Battle Belongs by Nic Bancroft
In 2 Chronicles 20, three nations have joined together come to wage war against King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah. They were badly outnumbered. Jehoshaphat prays to God on behalf of his people: “Lord, you rule over all nations. Power and might are in your hand, no one can stand against you. You drove out our enemies before, do it again! We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you! (paraphrase)”
While the people of Judah stood there, a priest stands up and replies: “15 Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but Gods. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Go face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
The next day as they were preparing for the incoming attack, Jehoshaphat announced his master defensive game plan: singing
In verse 21; “after consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army (emphasis mine); saying “Give thanks to the Lord for his love endures forever.”
The front line of the army, an army that was outmatched and outsized, sent vocalists to the front lines.
“And as they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the opposing army till they were all defeated”(v22)” till “No one had escaped” (v24).
This Sunday, we will introduce a new song by Phil Wickham called Battle Belongs.
Within the lyrics are huge declarations of faith!
When is all I see is the battle, you see the victory
When all I see is a cross, you see the empty tomb
Because of all these things, because of what I know my God is capable of, I don’t have to pick up a sword and shield to fight, I don’t have to make things happen on my own. I can stand firm and know that my God has got this!
I love the first line of the chorus:
When I fight, I’ll fight on my knees, with my hands lifted high
What a picture of humility and surrender knowing that we cannot fight our battles alone! In the middle of a struggle, our posture is one of praise and faith!
As we sing this together, be reminded of the story of Jehoshaphat and that God is always in control. No matter what armies are coming at you or how difficult a situation you find yourself in – nothing can stand against the power of our God!
Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. For is the battle is not yours, but God’s.