Jehoshaphat

Jehoshaphat

King Jehoshaphat was the 5th King after King David.

Jehoshaphat sought the Lord and walked in the ways of God's commandments. Jehoshaphat took delight in the ways of the Lord and removed the idols out of Judah. He also sent out Levites to teach the people the Bible.

Jehoshaphat did make the mistake of joining forces with the wicked King Ahab in going to war against the people of Ramoth Gilead. The prophet Micaiah warned them not to go. King Ahab died in the war and Jehoshaphat came close to being killed. The prophet Jehu rebuked him for his mistake.

Sometime after this more than three nations came to attack Jehoshaphat at one time. Jehoshaphat set himself to seek the Lord and he called for a fast throughout all the people. When everyone was gathered together Jehoshaphat prayed "O Lord God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand you? We have no power against this great multitude, nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon YOU." Then the spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel and he said, "listen, thus says the LORD to you: 'do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's, you will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.

Jehoshaphat and all the people bowed down and worshipped the Lord. Then the Levites got up and praised the LORD GOD with loud voices. Early the next morning they rose up and Jehoshaphat said to the people "believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe HIS prophets and you shall prosper". Then Jehoshaphat sent the choir out before the army singing "Praise the LORD for His mercy endures forever". As the people went out to war singing and praising the Lord, God sent confusion among their enemies so that they started killing each other. By the time God's people came to the place of battle they found all their enemies lying dead before them, not one had escaped.

If we learn to praise the Lord during difficult times He will see us through them all.

Picture originally found here

Related Articles

More From Articles

El Shaddai

The name El Shaddai, God Almighty, is one of the most awesome titles for the everlasting God of…
El Shaddai

Torah-Judah and Tamar

“After a long time Judah’s wife, the daughter of Shua, died. When Judah had recovered from his…
Torah-Judah and Tamar

A Fool's Wrath

“In the course of time, Nahash king of the Ammonites died, and his son succeeded him as king.…
A Fool's Wrath

Then Moses Said

"Then Moses said, 'I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.…
Then Moses Said

Jericho

The city of Jericho is one of the oldest cities that we currently have records of. Jericho was…
Jericho

Joash

Joash, who was only 7 when he became king, was the youngest king that ever reined in Jerusalem.…
Joash

We're on the Border

Just before crossing the Jordan River to claim the promised land of Canaan the Israelites…
We're on the Border
Illustration: Job, covered with boils, sits listening to his friends.

What Does it Cost to be Faithful?

The ancient story of Job in the Bible has encouraged many men and women throughout the ages.…
What Does it Cost to be Faithful?

The Servant

The prophet Isaiah wrote, "Behold, My servant shall prosper, He shall be exalted and lifted up,…
The Servant

Objections

What about this “Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to…
Objections
Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

God, in His great love, developed a plan whereby we could receive forgiveness for our mistakes.…
Cain and Abel

Job

Have you ever wondered why God allows suffering, pain, war, and sickness?
Job
Creation

Adam

On the 6th day of earth's creation God said, "Let us make man in our image after our likeness."…
Adam

God's Name

What is God's name? Some say it is so sacred that it cannot be said. Some people say we must…
God's Name

Nehemiah’s Decision

My sister-in-law used to say, “I pray, but I just don’t hear that booming voice telling me what…
Nehemiah’s Decision

God Called Moses

Have you ever felt that you could not accomplish something important?
God Called Moses

A Tale of Two Women

We often hear of the courageous deeds of Esther and her role in saving the Jewish people, and…
A Tale of Two Women

No Substitutes

Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a…
No Substitutes

Publish the Menu module to "offcanvas" position. Here you can publish other modules as well.
Learn More.


donation