2 Chronicles 20:22 “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.”
Judah found themselves in a very bad position. Several armies had come to fight against them. The army of Judah seemed to be no match for these great armies. Judah was just a small country, and these nations that were coming against them were much bigger and seemingly stronger than they. These armies were so big that fear gripped the heart of King Jehoshaphat when he heard about them and saw them. Jehoshaphat ran to God in prayer, but after praying, he ordered the people to begin singing and praising God. It says that “when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD” turned their situation into victory.
Have you ever found yourself in the same position as Judah? Has life turned against you and tried to defeat your spirit? You can sit and let the armies of life’s situations try to defeat you, or you can choose not to let them defeat your spirit. Half of the battle you fight when life turns against you is to keep your spirit from being destroyed, and the best way to keep your spirit on topside is to sing the praises of God. You can turn your bad situation into victory if you would learn to sing in these times. Let me share several thoughts about what type of songs to sing.
First, sing uplifting songs. You will notice that these people sang songs of praise. You will never lift your spirit up in tough times by listening to the world’s music. There are no songs that the world produces that will encourage you to make it through the tough times of life. The world’s music reminds you how bad you have it in life; whereas, spiritual music reminds you of the omnipotence of the LORD.
Second, sing songs about the LORD. There is something about the hymns from the past that lift your spirit when you sing them, and that something is they are focused on the omnipotence of God. Sadly, most of the songs written today are melancholy songs that talk about our bad situations, which only sets us into a tailspin of self-pity. The reminder of God's omnipotence found in the older hymns is uplifting to the defeated spirit when they are sung. Stop running to the self-focused songs of our present day when your spirit is down and start singing the hymns of the past, and you will find your spirit is uplifted.
Third, you must sing if you are going to turn your bad situation into victory. You will never turn your situation around by sitting in your house sulking about how bad you think you have it. You may say, “But, I am not a good singer.” Nobody says you have to be a good singer to sing the songs of praise about the LORD. If you are by yourself, you can still sing those wonderful hymns that lift your soul by being reminded of the omnipotence of God and His ability to work through your life. Sitting in a chair in the darkness of your house sulking about your problems only makes your situation worse. Even those who are gravely ill can find the medicine of singing the praises of the LORD will help them.
My friend, the LORD will help you in your bad situations if you learned to sing in those dark times. Half of your battle is keeping your spirit on topside in tough times, and your spirit will be uplifted if you would sing the praises of God in these times.