The One Year\’ae Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), July 5\
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Jehoshaphat had allied himself with Israel to help them defeat the Arameans. God rebuked him through a prophet, \’93Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD?\’94 (2 Chron. 19:2). Jehoshaphat returned to the LORD and appointed the Levites to judge the people throughout the land based on God\’92s law, commands, decrees, and ordinances (2 Chron.19:10).\
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As Jehoshaphat faced the vast opposing army, he cried out to the Great King. He prayed according to the prayer that his great grandfather Solomon prayed at the temple dedication, \’93If disaster comes upon us\’97sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine\’97we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to you in our affliction, and You will hear and save\’94 (2 Chron. 20:9). He confessed his utter dependence upon the LORD to protect Judah, \’93O our God will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You\’94 (20:12). God sent Benaiah to encourage Jehoshaphat, \’93The battle is not yours, but God\’92s\’94 (20:15).\
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Based on the prophet\’92s promise, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and He \’93set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir\’94 (20:22). God defeated the enemy. It took Judah three days to plunder their equipment, clothing, and valuables.\’a0 On the fourth day they praised the LORD. They returned joyfully to Jerusalem and praised the LORD in the temple that bore His Name.\
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imagesPsalms 47 and 48 demonstrate that those who understand submission\’97kings who belong to the King\’97see God act on their behalf:\

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  • \’93For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth\’94 (Ps. 47:2)
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  • \’93God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne\’94 (47:8)
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  • \’93Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great King\’94 (48:2)
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Jehoshaphat\’92s submission to the Lord, as a king to the King, prepares him to face the vast army of Moabites and Ammonites, along with some from other countries, as they oppose Judah. Those kings see God in midst of His people; \’93For behold, the kings assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, they hastened away. Fear took hold of them there, and pain, as of a woman in birth pangs, as when You break the ships of Tarshish with an east winds\’94 (48:4-7). Psalm 48 also captures the essence of Hezekiah\’92s revival by connecting it to the Lord’s presence in the temple of the city where His Name dwelt.\

The world has hope when God\’92s people trust Him to defend them. God doesn\’92t need what man may do to defend himself. Nor does the world need what God\’92s people may do to defend themselves. Man needs what God can do to defend those who trust in Him. As He defends His people, the world comes to know that God is the Great King.

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It is always God-sized when you feel small and your battle looms large. Submit to the great King over all the earth!\
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Questions from today\’92s chronological Bible reading (Ps. 47-49; 84; 85; 87):\
What do the psalms in today\’92s reading reveal about who God is for those who trust in Him?\
What do these psalms communicate about God\’92s care for Jerusalem the city and Judah the nation?

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