2 Chronicles 20:21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever.” 22 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.
Maybe there is a pattern among the greats of God. Jehoshaphat was certainly a great…much like David, one of God’s instrumental leaders of Israel and a man of thanksgiving. Here in this passage of scripture Jehoshaphat instructed the people of Israel to give thanks to the Lord. This was in the midst of a traumatic experience that should have been met with quaking, anger with God, fist shaking, drunkenness or some other negative emotion. A great army of enemies were gathering against Israel.
2 Chronicles 20:1 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazazon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi).
Let’s see the power of thanksgiving that flows from a sincere heart. It can’t be a ploy or pretense, but a behavior that brings us into a state of humility and dependence upon our amazing God. Today, in the midst of difficulties, give thanks to your amazing God.