“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.” 2 Ch. 20:22
What did the Israelites do to secure their victory against their enemies? Not a whole lot, actually. They merely sang praises to God, as they were told to do, and what they did was enough to defeat their foes. It sounds rather simple, doesn’t it?
Even though it sounds so simple, it doesn’t mean the whole thing was that easy and effortless. In fact, singing praise to God before their enemies might have been far more difficult than actually fighting against them with swords and shields. In times of crisis, doing something is much easier than doing nothing, and being quiet is far more difficult than being active, for being occupied with doing something does keep us from becoming anxious.
Singing praises to God might have been considered by many as doing nothing. I am sure some of the Israelites would have liked to fight against their enemies rather than just singing and praying. Surely, just singing wasn’t something all the alpha males in the military would have liked to do under such circumstances.
What do we do to reconcile the conflict between self-reliance and God reliance? Are they really in conflict with each other at all?
Doing something to enhance our situation doesn’t mean that we cease to rely on God’s help anymore. Particularly in a time of crisis, we may have to do all things humanly possible to resolve whatever we are facing and, in the meantime, we should invoke divine help as well. Yet deep inside we should have a strong conviction, believing that all the solutions to our predicaments, be they human or divine, are in essence divine in origin. Out of his sovereign will and omniscience, God can employ all kinds of means to achieve desirable ends. Indeed, God’s way of operation is beyond finding out.
God was quietly at work while his people were singing praises to him. “As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.”
If all else fails, praying and praising are the things to do, and they will never fail, for by doing so, we become more willing to submit to him, trusting whatever transpires at the end will be good.