Calling All Worshippers ~ part three

Lord, You are the only Truth & Way. Teach us to fear You alone, bowed down & worshipping You in thought word & deed with reverential awe for our lives are in You.

MINI SCRIPTURE SOAKING BIBLE STUDY ~ Part Three

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro   www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

We are re-considering the importance of an authentic attitude of worship, which reflects an understanding that God is in control and worthy of all trust by reading through one of the stories of Jehoshaphat.  We are focusing here in order to consider the importance of an attitude of worship in our own lives in response to God’s presence, remind ourselves of worship’s place in our day and how we can expect God to respond.  We are recalling, why we worship!

In Part One (https://ascendinworship.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/calling-all-worshippers), we read that when Jehoshaphat became king of Judah, he knew there was only one God.  He understood God’s sovereignty in all circumstances and  God’s promise to protect and provide for those who honored Him for His rightful position as supernatural, Supreme King over all.  Jehoshaphat immediately set about ensuring as much as he could that Judah was a “nation under God”.  Jehoshaphat knew that many others before him had declared Judah a nation under God because God had made promises to Judah.  But those promises were contingent on the people fulfilling one promise: to put God first in their lives, worshipping no other God but God.  Many of his predecessors had honored God in word only.  Jehoshaphat was different.  His reverence of God was more that words.  It was faith declared in word and manifested by action in every regard.  Jehoshaphat used his authority to have all altars to other gods torn down.  Next, understanding he could not expect the people who didn’t know God to revere Him (and knowing God did not want a forced reverence, but a turning of individual hearts toward Him whose reverence to Him was a free will offering, not because of a law), Jehoshaphat send those who knew God into every village to teach the people about Him.

In Part Two (https://ascendinworship.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/calling-all-worshippers-part-two/ ) we  learned that when faced with impossible odds, because they knew God, the people of Judah followed Jehoshaphat to worship God in their crisis.

We continue our study to see how God answered, so we can better understand how God promises to respond when we choose to worship God in all circumstances.

Remember where we stopped.  Jehoshaphat had reminded God of the circumstances where they found themselves.  They did not know what to do. They needed God, His answer and His power to fulfill it. The people waited.

 2 CHRONICLES 20 (Amplified)

     14Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.

Who delivered the message to Jahaziel to speak? (2 Chron 20:14)

It is important to recognize Jahaziel did not speak out his own ideas.  He spoke what follows only because the Spirit of the Lord came upon him and filled him with this message:

     15He said, Hearken, all Judah, you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you King Jehoshaphat. The Lord says this to you: Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

     16Tomorrow go down to them. Behold, they will come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the ravine before the Wilderness of Jeruel.

     17You shall not need to fight in this battle; take your positions, stand still, and see the deliverance of the Lord [Who is] with you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Fear not nor be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.

Read the message God gave all those in Judah again through the Jahaziel after the Spirit of the Lord came on him (in direct response to their worship).  What did the Lord say to King Jehoshaphat and all in Judah? (2 Chron. 20:15-17)

When God speaks, what He states is not a “maybe”, but a promise.  Everything which the Spirit of the Lord spoke through Jahaziel was God’s promise to Judah.  How impossible it all sounds!

Therefore, write it out again.  What did God instruct Judah to do and what did He promise He would do?  (2 Chronicles 20:16-17)

     18And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping Him.

     19And some Levites of the Kohathites and Korahites stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

What did Jehoshaphat do when Jahaziel had finished delivering God’s message to Judah?  (2 Chron 20:18)

What did the Levites do when Jahaziel had finished delivering God’s message to Judah? (2 Chron 20:19)

Consider for a moment the impossible odds Judah faced concerning these three armies coming against them. What faith the people had!  First, when news came the enemy was coming against them, they did not run and hide.   When their king called them to gather to worship the Lord they came. This was because of the preparatory work Jehoshaphat had done beforehand, making sure all the people had been taught enough about God to know He was their answer in times of trouble.   If Jehoshaphat had not taught them who God was ahead of time, the people would never have gone to worship God during such a crisis.  It is likely they would have panicked and not worshipped.  They may not even have believed God could provide them with a strategy.  Even if a small remnant had understood and worshipped and God had chosen to respond with release of His strategy as He did through Jahaziel, it is probably the people would not have believed and may even have mocked those who brought the message.   It is highly doubtful they would have had faith to follow the seemingly ridiculous strategy Jahaziel expressed, even though it came from God.  But instead they believed this seemingly ridiculous strategy that they did not have to worry or fight was from God and even thanked Him for it.

     20And they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established; believe and remain steadfast to His prophets and you shall prosper.

What did Jehoshaphat tell the people as they went out into the Wilderness to encounter the armies who were coming against them?  (2 Chron 20:20)

     21When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

Who did Jehoshaphat send in front of the army into the battle?  (2 Chron 20:21)

What were they to do? (2 Chron 20:21)

Not only did Jehoshaphat believe what God had spoken through Jahaziel (though the strategy sounded ridiculou when considered with human wisdom), as a sign of faith in what God had promised to do, Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise God (to WORSHIP HIM) in their holy garments (not wearing armor or any protection against the enemy) and had them precede the army into battle. AND THOSE APPOINTED DID IT!  If God didn’t show up as He had promised, they would surely die!  But God fulfills His promises.  Read on!

     22And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered;

     23For [suspecting betrayal] the men of Ammon and Moab rose against those of Mount Seir, utterly destroying them. And when they had made an end of the men of Seir, they all helped to destroy one another.

     24And when Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked at the multitude, and behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none had escaped!

     25When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take the spoil, they found among them much cattle, goods, garments, and precious things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry away, so much they were three days in gathering the spoil.

What did God do when the appointed worshippers began to sing and praise leading Judah into battle? (2 Chron. 20:22)

What happened to three armies bent on destroying Judah? (2 Chron 20:22-24)

What was all that remained for Judah to do?  (2 Chron 20:25)

Recall the seemingly ludicrous strategy God had delivered in response to worship by His Spirit through Jahaziel.  What was it?  (2 Chron. 20:15-17)

Did God fulfill His promise in response to their worship (due to their understanding of who He was and His superiority over all their circumstances)?  (2 Chron. 20:22-25)

     26On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah. There they blessed the Lord. So the name of the place is still called the Valley of Beracah [blessing].

     27Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, Jehoshaphat leading them, to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.

     28They came to Jerusalem with harps, lyres, and trumpets to the house of the Lord.

     29And the fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.

     30So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest round about.

On the way back from the battlefield Judah worshipped again.  To whom did Judah give credit for the victory?  (2 Chron 20:27-28)

What additional gift did God give Jehoshaphat and the kingdom of Judah in response to their faithfulness to fear Him alone, go to Him as their answer, and worship Him before battle, during and after as a sign of their complete trust in Him?  (2 Chron 20:29-30)

This story of Jehoshaphat shows how God responds to worship with release of His supernatural, sovereign, victorious power in ways beyond what we can imagine.  It shows He will do what He has said He will do.  It also demonstrates the principle that before people can go up and worship Him trusting He is the answer to every circumstance, they must know who He is.  Therefore the people must be taught about God if we expect for the people to put themselves and their nation under Him.

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

END

Christmas is coming.  A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season.  As a result in December 2009 I was in the studio beginning to record CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project.  Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas.  It can be purchased at www.holyspiritpress.org or amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Worship-Elizabeth-Fulgaro/dp/B004D9931G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320069144&sr=8-2  or CDbaby.com  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elizabethfulgaro3.  Music clips can be heard at the CD Baby or amazon.com links.  May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season.

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 For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Calling All Worshippers ~ part two

Lord, You are the only Truth & Way. Teach us to fear You alone, bowed down & worshipping You in thought word & deed with reverential awe for our lives are in You.

MINI SCRIPTURE SOAKING BIBLE STUDY ~ Part Two

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro   www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

We are re-considering the importance of an authentic attitude of worship, which reflects an understanding that God is in control and worthy of all trust by reading through one of the stories of Jehoshaphat.  We are focusing here in order to consider the importance of an attitude of worship in our own lives in response to God’s presence, remind ourselves of worship’s place in our day and how we can expect God to respond.

In Part One (https://ascendinworship.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/calling-all-worshippers), we read that when Jehoshaphat became king of Judah, he knew there was only one God.  He understood God’s sovereignty in all circumstances and  God’s promise to protect and provide for those who honored Him for His rightful position as supernatural, Supreme King over all.  Jehoshaphat immediately set about ensuring as much as he could that Judah was a “nation under God”.  Jehoshaphat knew that many others before him had declared Judah a nation under God because God had made promises to Judah.  But those promises were contingent on the people fulfilling one promise: to put God first in their lives, worshipping no other God but God.  Many of his predecessors had honored God in word only.  Jehoshaphat was different.  His reverence of God was more that words.  It was faith declared in word and manifested by action in every regard.  Jehoshaphat used his authority to have all altars to other gods torn down.  Next, understanding he could not expect the people who didn’t know God to revere Him (and knowing God did not want a forced reverence, but a turning of individual hearts toward Him whose reverence to Him was a free will offering, not because of a law), Jehoshaphat send those who knew God into every village to teach the people about Him.

We continue our study three chapters later in 2 Chronicles 20.  Some time has passed and now three armies are coming against Jehoshaphat and Judah.  It is more than they humanly can fight against and expect to win.  The odds appear impossible.

 2 CHRONICLES 20 (Amplified)

1AFTER THIS, the Moabites, the Ammonites, and with them the Meunites came against Jehoshaphat to battle.

     2It was told Jehoshaphat, A great multitude has come against you from beyond the [Dead] Sea, from Edom; and behold they are in Hazazon-tamar, which is En-gedi.

     3Then Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself [determinedly, as his vital need] to seek the Lord; he proclaimed a fast in all Judah.

     4And Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord [yearning for Him with all their desire].

What two things did Jehoshaphat do when he was told a multitude represented by three separate armies was coming to attck Judah? (2 Chron. 20:3)

What did all of Judah do in response to the news of the impending attack and King Jehoshaphat’s call to fast?  (2 Chron. 20:4)

 When we “fear” God more than anyone or else, it means we understand that out of all that we face, God is the one with the supreme power to address our circumstances.   In Psalm 111:10 we learn:  10The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. (Ps. 111:10 Amplified) 

“Fear” does not mean to be afraid, but to understand who He is enough to know that if God is with us, there is no reason to fear anything else because of His might, power, sovereignty and plan.  Because Jehoshaphat not only had the altars to the wrong gods torn down AND sent those who knew God out to teach the nation ahead of time, now when the attack came, the entire nation knew to seek God for the answer to their problems.  As a result, instead of crying out for God’s help in panic, 2 Chronicles 20 continues with Jehoshaphat leading his entire nation in worship of God:

     5And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem in the house of the Lord before the new court

     6And said, O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.

     7Did not You, O our God, drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend?

     8They dwelt in it and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your Name, saying,

     9If evil comes upon us, the sword of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You–for Your Name [and the symbol of Your presence] is in this house–and cry to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.

In these verses, Jehoshaphat was not asking for anything.  He was declaring to God who He was, honoring Him in the process.  This was worship!  He was adoring God and honoring Him by remembering to God the wonder of His past faithfulness.  (How many times do we thank God and remember what He has done before?  Most often when trouble comes we run to Him in fear for our current problem forgetting how He has helped us in the past.)  Jehoshaphat’s worship, not only gave God the credit (the glory) He was due, but it also reminded the people worshipping that they had been in bad circumstances before and God had taken care of them.  Thus one outcome of authentic worship is that it builds our faith!

Only after Jehoshaphat had led the people of Judah in worship, did he begin to intercede (pray) on behalf of his nation in the verses which followed:

10And now behold, the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, whom You would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they turned from and did not destroy–

     11Behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.

     12O our God, will You not exercise judgment upon them? For we have no might to stand against this great company that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.

      13And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their children and their wives.

How does Jehoshaphat describe their power & wisdom to address their own situation? (2 Chron 20:12)

Where does he see their answer?  (2 Chron 20:12)

What is the population of Judah doing?  (2 Chron 20:13)

Even as Jehoshaphat then prayed it was with an attitude of worship, not panic or fear.  Through worship and remembering what God had done, Jehoshaphat had effectively ascended above his impossible earthy circumstances, and confidently (without panic) brought before God what was yet to be done.  He feared God alone.  He knew if God was with them, it didn’t matter the size of the enemy or the seeming impossibility of their circumstances.  There was no question God was faithful; therefore they put their request before God and waited for a response.  And God answered.

To be concluded in the next Bible Study post…. Meanwhile Lord, help us to hold all these revelations in our minds and hearts until then, when we will learn how God responds when we worship because we have had a foundation of faith laid by those who know Him.

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

END

The song, “FULFILL YOUR PROMISES” on Elizabeth’s ASCEND IN WORSHIP CD was composed as direct result of learning from 2 Chronicles how to worship God by remembering all He has done and then interceding in confidence for what remained for Him to do. The song can be purchased via the CD at www.holyspiritpress.org, http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/fulgaro1, itunes and amazon.com

Christmas is coming.  A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season.  As a result in December 2009 I was in the studio beginning to record CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project.  Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas.  It can be purchased at www.holyspiritpress.org or amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Worship-Elizabeth-Fulgaro/dp/B004D9931G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320069144&sr=8-2  or CDbaby.com  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elizabethfulgaro3.  Music clips can be heard at the CD Baby or amazon.com links.  May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season.

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 For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Calling All Worshippers

Lord, You are the only Truth & Way. Teach us to fear You alone, bowed down & worshipping You in thought word & deed with reverential awe for our lives are in You.

MINI SCRIPTURE SOAKING BIBLE STUDY ~ Part One

Several years ago, the Lord laid on my heart to write Bible studies.  These are called Scripture-Soaking Bible Studies because participants “soak” in His Word.  We read the Scripture, then we read it again, then we write what we learn from it.   The more time we spend in His Word, the more He writes the Truth of His Way on our heart so we can stand strong against views contrary to Him which surround us and exalt themselves as truth.  This is a “mini” Scripture Soaking Bible Study in that we will complete it via just a few blog posts. ~ Elizabeth

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011   www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

We are called to be worshippers – a people who know who God is and in light of His supreme sovereignty, almighty power and victorious inscrutable Way – freely lay down our wills and our burdens in order to simply contemplate His majesty and seek to enter His most intimate presence while we are still on earth before we enter heaven.  We worship Him in thought, word, song and action, seeking to make every breathe a sacrifice of praise because He is.

Sometimes we are at risk for treating worship as just another activity, when it should be a lifestyle.  (And it is a lifestyle which is a gift and not a burden or obligation!)  Sometimes treating worship with complacency (which is not authentic worship) can happen because we don’t remember or have never learned how God promises to respond when we worship Him above all else.

God is unchanging.   Therefore how He responded to the worship of the people in the Old Testament is how we can expect Him to respond to us as well. A wonderful depiction of how God responds to worship beyond anything we can imagine when we believe in Him for who He is and trust Him with all our circumstances is a story of Jehoshaphat found in the book of 2 Chronicles.

Now let us begin our study.  We will read through the relevant Scripture (Bible verses).  Questions will follow each section.  At the end of each question will be the Scripture reference where the answer can be found.  These questions will cause us to contemplate portions of the Scripture which are most revelant for us in light of the topic of this “mini” study by highlighting their message.  In addition, pertinent notes will be placed below sections of verses in italics.  To gain the most from this mini-study, please print this out, write the answers to the questions and add notes of your own!   

Lord, open our eyes to see and our ears to hear what You would have us know about You and Your Way through this study! ~ Elizabeth

2 CHRONICLES 17 (Amplified) ~Jehosphaphat becomes King of Judah.

1JEHOSHAPHAT HIS son reigned in Asa’s stead and strengthened himself against Israel.

     2And he placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had taken.

     3The Lord was with Jehoshaphat because he walked in the first ways of his father [David]. He did not seek the Baals

     4But sought and yearned with all his desire for the Lord, the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not after the ways of Israel.

     5Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor.

Why was the Lord with Jehoshaphat (for him and not against him)? (2 Chron 17:3-4)

What did the Lord do for Jehoshaphat because Jehosphat honored God above all and put no other god before Him?  (2 Chron 17:5)

NOTES: Jehoshaphat was blessed by God because Jehoshaphat treated God as Lord.  He knew that he was under God and wanted to be subservient to Him.  He understood God had all power and all knowledge and was worthy of worship, and that we cannot say we are for God and with God if our actions show otherwise.  In order to receive the blessings God promises to all those who align themselves with Him, the alignment must be authentic.  And so Jehoshaphat did not seek wisdom, knowledge, power, provision, protection or blessing from anything or anyone but God.  He set about to eliminate any potential source of wisdom and power which was not God.

Verse 3 tells how he did not seek the Baals, who were idols and not the real God. 

Verse 4 describes how though an earthly king, Jehoshaphat knew God was so much more and yearned for Him alone.  He also wanted to honor Him and so chose to try to live according to God’s commandments.  He did not do as others did, but put obedience to the invisible, one true God first.

In verse 5 once again God reveals one of His most basic traits: He is an “if-then” God.  In other words, if we are a specific way, then He promises to respond in a certain way.  Here it validates that if we put God first in all things, then He will make sure we have all that we need in every regard.  He will be our “covering”, protecting and providing for us perfectly.

     6His heart was cheered and his courage was high in the ways of the Lord; moreover, he took away the high places and the Asherim out of Judah.

Verse 6 describes one more of Jehoshaphat’s key actions during his reign.  He had all other altars to all other so-called gods removed from his kingdom (Judah).  There would only be honor given to the one true God.  Jehoshaphat understood that God is not to be mocked.  Either we treat Him as God or we do not.  There is no middle ground. (Middle ground is compromise and thus subject to the same treatment as if we blatantly declared and acted as if God were not our God.)

     7Also in the third year of his reign he sent his princes Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah to teach in the cities of Judah;

     8And with them were the Levites–Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah; and with these Levites were the priests Elishama and Jehoram.

     9And they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the Lord with them; they went about throughout all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.

What were the princes, Levites and princes sent into all the cities of Judah to do?

In verses 7-9 we learn about how Jehoshaphat sent out princes, Levites and priests to teach the entire population (in all the cities and villages) about God.  We cannot worship what we do not know.  In order to know God is worthy of worship, we must know Him. Jehoshaphat knew that in order for the entire kingdom to come under the covering of God’s Lordship with perfect protection and provision, the populace would have to know enough about God to bow to Him.  Yet the generation before had not followed God and therefore not taught the current generation the Truth about the Lord God.  Therefore Jehoshaphat dispatched the princes, Levites and priests to teach them.  The equipping the people of the kingdom of Judah received as a result became the critical pre-requisite for what they would do when crisis came and what God would do in response.

     10And a terror from the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaphat.

Why didn’t the other kingdoms who surrounded Judah make war against Judah and Judah’s King Jehosphaphat?

Jehoshaphat had a fear of the Lord.  He knew who God was so he would do anything in an effort to live a life pleasing to God – which honored Him.  (The Bible says the for us the reverential worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning of true Wisdom from God.[Job. 28:28]. ) As a direct consequence of Jehoshaphat putting God on the throne of his life with the proper reverential, worshipful fear of the Lord, God protected Jehoshaphat by causing all the kingdoms surrounding Judah to be afraid of Judah and therefore to leave them in peace for a particular time period.

To be continued in the next post…. Meanwhile we hold all these revelations in our minds and hearts until then, when the foundation of faith laid by Jehoshaphat, which caused the people to know God well enough to trust Him and worship Him with reverential fear and awe, becomes the critical component to their survival.

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

END

Christmas is coming.  A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season.  As a result in December 2009 I was in the studio beginning to record CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project.  Please consider giving the gift of CHRISTMAS WORSHIP this Christmas.  It can be purchased at www.holyspiritpress.org or amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Worship-Elizabeth-Fulgaro/dp/B004D9931G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1320069144&sr=8-2  or CDbaby.com  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/elizabethfulgaro3.  Music clips can be heard at the CD Baby or amazon.com links.  May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season.

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 For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.