2 Chronicles 19 & 20: The Beauty Of Holiness
Verse of the Day: (20:21) And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
1. Heart (19:1-11)
And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. (19:9)
Prophet Jehu told King Jehoshaphat of Judah that God’s anger was upon him for making alliance with the wicked King Ahab of Israel during their battle against the Syrians. Nevertheless, God forgave Jehoshaphat, because he had repented his sins, and sought after Him with his heart. Indeed, let us confess and repent our sins, and God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
2. Hear (20:1-13)
If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. (20:9)
Soon after the battle against the Syrians, Jehoshaphat now faced the battle against the Moabites and the Ammonites. Jehoshaphat immediately went to God’s house, and sought after Him to help him fight against his mighty enemies. At the same time, he also called for a fast throughout all Judah. Indeed, let us fast and seek and call upon God in the day of trouble, and He shall hear and deliver us, and we shall then glorify Him. (Psalms 50:15)
3. Holiness (20:14-37)
Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation; (20:14)
God’s Spirit came to Jahaziel, a Levite, who told Jehoshaphat to be still before Him, and appoint singers to praise Him for His beauty of holiness and mercy as the army of Judah followed behind them, and then He shall grant them victory over their enemies. Subsequently, God destroyed the Ammonites, the Moabites and the inhabitants of Seir by stirring them to destroy one another. After the victory, the people of Judah got away with abundant riches that were left behind by their enemies. However, at the later stage of his life, Jehoshaphat made alliance with the wicked King Ahaziah of Israel. God then judged and chastised him. This was the second time that he sinned against God by making alliance with a wicked king, as the first time he made alliance with the wicked King Ahab of Israel. Indeed, though we are never perfect, yet let us keep on perfecting God’s beauty of holiness in our lives by fearing and trusting Him in everything. (2 Corinthians 7:1)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You for Your beauty of holiness as I trust You for everything.