No matter what is going on in our lives or the world around us, God is unchanging, with us, there and faithful. He will use all for good in light of eternity and so we can rest in Him, lay our head on His shoulder when we are discouraged and trust He will bring us out of the circumstances which oppress us and back into freedom and joy of His promises. Praise honors our King! Worship connects us intimately with Him here and now. And so on Sunday we make a divine pause to worship our King and reflect upon His majesty. Our worship is our gift to Him for we turn focus from us and onto God. And yet we are the ones blessed in the process for as we worship He writes His Truth upon our hearts, which fills us with His peace, hope and joy and causes us to be able to stand strong in all circumstances because we have learned who He is. The Israelites used to sing Psalms as they ascended the mountain to go and worship God as He instructed. We still ascend when we worship, but now spiritually by the power of His Spirit entering His throne room every time we choose to worship and praise Him. As a result, He fills us with His presence and power, thereby strengthening us for the battles which invariably come. It is God who is our strength; He is our shield. We only need to worship, seek to hear His voice and obey, then watch how He will use all things for eventual good. What a mighty God we serve! ~ Elizabeth
PSALM 46:1-7 NIV
1 God is our refuge and strength, ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fail; God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
“Worship in the Waiting” ~song & lyrics by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c)2009 from the RESTORE worship CD
1) We choose to worship, to bow, to adore
Almighty, All-knowing, Redeemer and Lord
We choose to worship You.
We worship in the waiting, we worship in the storm.
We raise hands in thanksgiving, before Your answer has come.
We worship in the waiting, we worship in the storm.
We praise in expectation, before Your answer has come.
2) Ascending in worship, now at Your throne
We join with the saints to adore.
Hallelujah, halle Yahweh, we worship You, oh, Lord.
WORSHIP PRAYER ~ when we address God, focusing on Him and adoring Him, our prayers and proclamations become declarations of worship which honor our King. According to His promises, He responds to our authentic worship with release of His sovereign power into our circumstances in the way He deems best.
Lord God, Ruler of Heaven and Earth, Lover of our souls and only One who can save. We are at Your mercy. We cannot do everything right. Yet, You created us this way and so we bow to Your sovereignty, are in awe of Your majesty and ask You to fulfill Your promises according to Your Word. You are the One who redeems us. You are the One who calls us by name and keeps on calling until we hear You. You are the One who promises to be found if we will turn and seek You. You are the One to bring good out of all the evil which we experience in this lifetime by turning it and using it for eternal good, just as You did the cross.
Lord God, You are beyond our complete understanding and yet, You, Supreme Creator and Ruler of the universe promise to speak to us and teach us when we call to You.
Your mercy reaches to the heavens and down the the dirty, ugly places where we sometimes find ourselves. You pick us up, hold us close, carry us, and guide us in the way we are to go. Nothing is too terrible for You to redeem or to painful that you can’t heal it. And so we pause today to honor You and to bow to You, giving You our lives once again for however You ordain right and good to use us in Your good plans for the eternal destiny of all who will turn and call You Savior and Lord. Thank You for being a God who is always merciful and loves. Thank You for being a God who redeems us. Thank You for giving us purpose now as Your ambassadors and life with You and all those who have loved You before forever. You are our all in all and everything. Our delight and hope are in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen
END Note to ASCENDING IN WORSHIP on Sundays: I have always loved music and worship music, but have not always understood worship. For many years it was just a word used to describe church service or a type of music. But that changed radically in Feb. 2004 when friends prayed over me to start hearing (thus composing) new songs from heaven. (Since their prayers I have composed over 350 worship songs and recorded more than 60.) Then in Feb. 2005 the Lord gave me a vision which implied worship changes things. I needed to understand what the vision meant. I needed to understand His way. After months spent in Scripture studying everything I could find about worship, it became clear that indeed God promises to respond to our worship with a release of His power, which changes things. Thus worship is not a song, service, drum beat or lifting of hands (though all of these things with a worshipful mindset can be worship). Worship is an attitude of heart which adores God in the majesty and sovereignty of who He is in our lives at all times. Worship is the ultimate expression of our trust in Him, because we choose to spend precious time contemplating the awesome wonder of all He is, without the need to ask Him for anything. It expresses to God we can abandon ourselves to worship Him because we trust He already has everything else handled – that which we can see and which we can’t.
Worship is not a Sunday activity, but a lifestyle. However, Sunday is the traditional day within most Christian circles to take a pause from our work which helps refresh us and honors God as our ultimate provider and protector from whom all good things come. Worship honors Him and strengthens us in Him.
On Sundays, to facilitate this “pause” before God, NUGGETS OF GOD’S WISDOM features Scripture and song lyrics to assist in laying down everything that burdens us and constrains the mind, to enter into blissful, restorative worship of the only One who can which writes His promises on our hearts.
To God be the glory forever and ever!
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.
Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss. (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.) For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org
Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you for your prayers and support!