Don’t have to do sermon notes today, since I was working with the kids yesterday. And no matter when the sermon becomes available through our website, it’ll be a question of finding time to listen to it!
However, that’s not to say I didn’t get any scripture lessons yesterday. Someone shared this neat passage, and then someone else was excited that it was the very passage that he’d come across the other day and wanted to share! And both of these people are gifted speakers, men whom our church look up to as people God uses to speak to us.
In fact, the passage is in the very Old Testament book that I am on in my OT reading! It’s 2 Chronicles 20. Here is an amazing story, and one of the things that amazes me: “The country of Judah united in seeking God’s help – they came from all the cities of Judah to pray to God.” (2 Chron. 20:4) Of course, disaster does that to people, doesn’t it? It unites them. These guys even fasted, they were so desperate to be saved from the multitude of enemies who were getting ready to attack. Imagine that–the whole country fasting!
And this is where the Praise Team went ahead of the army to battle, like I was telling you about the other day. (2 Chron. 20:21-22) Even before that, as they were praying, they included a lot of worship & praise (2 Chron. 20:18-19). The Message says “they praised at the top of their lungs”! A little better than some of the dead-looking faces you see some Sunday mornings, during praise! You look at them and you think, “How can they possibly stay still for that song? What does it take to wake them up?!” (But I probably shouldn’t expect everyone to be jumpy like me. :P)
I think this particular scripture passage is going to be one I’ll be reading over again and again, for awhile.