Do you ever feel so overwhelmed that you can’t imagine a solution, even at the hand of God Himself? Or maybe you feel like you’ve been waiting forever for something and it’s just never going to happen.
A great story to read at times like these is the one found in 2 Chronicles 20. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
Three ginormous enemy armies are marching against Israel, and they are totally freaked out. God tells them to stand still and watch what He will do, and then a choir leads the way into battle. The sound of the choir freaks out the enemies and they start turning on and killing each other. Israel wins by literally doing nothing but singing.
Can we just take a minute to acknowledge how awesome it is that a choir won a battle? When I get to Heaven, I’m going to ask God to see the instant replay of that one!
But seriously, I love this story so much because it teaches us to trust God even in the most impossible circumstances. It teaches us that sometimes victory comes only after we worship, and not the other way around. It’s easy to worship after a victory, but the real test is whether we will still choose to worship God when we don’t see a victory on the horizon. In their wildest dreams, the Israelites could not have imagined that their choir would win a battle, but they started singing anyway, simply because God told them to and they trusted Him enough to obey His seemingly crazy instructions.
This story is the basis for my choir piece entitled His Mighty Love Is Without End. You can listen to a live performance of it here. The cool thing is that God used this piece that I wrote three years ago to trigger a series of events in my life that have been key in my development as a composer. I’ll get into that more in my next post…but for now, I really want to encourage you to keep trusting God no matter what – if He can win a battle with a choir, He can take care of you!
[August 28, 2012]