There was a national crisis, and the king didn’t know what to do. At that moment, the king had choices. He could turn to his own wisdom, the advisors of those around him, or any number of places for advice. In the Scripture inspired by Phil Wickham’s song “Battle Belongs,” the king chose to seek the Lord. May we follow his example…well, mostly.
Let’s read the whole account of King Jehoshaphat’s crisis in 2 Chronicles 20 and then read past it to see “the rest of the story.”
In this episode, I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Reading in context
- Sharing with a friend
- Compare and contrast
- Remembering the people described in the Bible were REAL
- Praying Scripture
- The 30 Day Music Challenge
- Heading over to 2 Chronicles 20 for the week
- How I’ve used this area of Scripture in previous episodes – Episode 151 and Episode 305
- Watching Phil Wickham take the BITE of “storying” this video – YouTube Video
- Not letting the “tweetable” verses in 2 Chronicles 20 distract from internalizing this Scripture
- Watching the king and his people go from a crisis to fear, to trust, to worship, to victory, to rest
- The difference between descriptive and prescriptive texts in Scripture – GotQuestions.org Article
- Using Scripture to shape the wording of our prayers
- How reading the “rest of the story” reminds us to finish well
- 2 Chronicles 20:33
- Matthew 24:13
- Colossians 1:21-23
From crisis to fear, to trust, to worship, to victory, to rest. What a great account of God’s might and faithfulness.
Enjoy the official lyric video on YouTube below.
More Than a Song Playlist
- Lyrics and chords – Essential Worship
- The Story Behind the Writing of the Song “The Battle Belongs” – YouTube Video
- The Biblical Story Behind the Song “The Battle Belongs” – YouTube Video
- A critical thinking review of the lyrics testing for Biblical accuracy – TheBereanTest.com
- A discussion about the difference between prescriptive and descriptive Scripture – GotQuestions.org Article
Become so familiar with the account in 2 Chronicles 20 that you can retell the story to others. The best way to practice this is with a friend. It will take some time and repetition, but it will be worth it! To get the full context of King Jehoshaphat’s reign, you might even back up in 2 Chronicles to the beginning of his story — or even go further back and take in his father’s story. We all know how our heritage can shape us. Learn from Jehoshaphat and remember that the battle for your soul belongs to the Lord — He has already won the victory!