"Stand ye still"

In II Chronicles, the twentieth chapter, is the record of a magnificent victory which the people of Judah won over a confederation of their enemies—the armies of Moab, Ammon, and Mount Seir. Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, realizing that his army was not equipped to withstand the forces of the enemy that surrounded his domain, gathered his people together—men, women, and children—and humbly prayed to God for guidance and protection.

"We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee," he prayed. "Then," the Bible states, "upon Jahaziel... came the Spirit of the Lord...and he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's....Set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you."

Whereupon the king called upon the people, "Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper." Instead of going about frantically to increase the size of his army or to fortify his defenses, Jehoshaphat "appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness."

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