Keep Calm & Praise


Last year my youngest son found himself challenged with a bully in his PE class. Each Friday when PE rolled around, he felt afraid that he would have to contend with this much larger kid yet again, in front of his peers, and be humiliated. He told his teacher, I talked to teachers and we finally got the situation under control, but not without some tough teary moments on his part.

What my son Ethan learned, as surely all of us have learned as well, is that unexpected crises, issues, and even battles can rise up with out our consent or initiation. Jehosophat, in the Bible, is a great example of this. In 2 Chronicles 20 he suddenly finds himself confronted with not one, but three separate peoples scheming against Him. The Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites had drawn up a plan to defeat the tribe of Judah, of which Jehosophat was King, to possess the land God had given them.

Alarmed, King J, as we will call him, resolved to go to God first in prayer and fasting as a nation. After He cried out to God before His people, a Levite, moved by the Spirit of God responded, and in 2 Chronicles 20:17, he said, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you.”

I love what came next in this chapter. Instead of lamenting the real drama moment reality that three tribes of people were coming upon them, instead of questioning whether they heard God right or could believe Him at His word, King J told the people to have faith in what God had said. He then appointed men to sing to the Lord and praise Him at the beginning of the battle march. 2 Chronicles 20:22, says “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon, and Moab and Mount Seir and they were defeated.”

They praised their way to victory. Don’t you just love that! They believed God at His word, and marched toward their enemies singing their hearts out to Him, and that is when the battle turned in their favor and God’s victory began to unfold before their very eyes.

There is so much to be reminded of here. First, no matter what battles we are facing God is with us and He fights on our behalf, and second He moves in response to our praise even while we are waiting for the manifestation of His answers to come. Whatever you are walking through today, believe God for deliverance and then praise your way through the stormy battle. It takes a leap of faith… but that is the substance of thing God moves in response to.

Copyright © 2013 by Amy O’Donnell. All Rights Reserved



  1. Gretchen

    I sure wish I had this blog entry to read when I was in school. I really didn’t know how to handle being bullied and suffered through a number of wrong and/or nonconstructive ways, before eventually just growing up. That said, God has used those experiences to help me in my adult life.


    • Amy

      Thanks for sharing that! Bullying is painful at any age. God is so faithful to redeem. It doesn’t surprise me to hear you have been able to use those experiences as an adult.


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