Summary: What is "Worship"? How do we see worship lived out in the life of Jehoshaphat? How are we instructed to worship?
O worship the King - All glorious above
And gratefully sing - His wonderful love
Our Shield and Defender the Ancient of Days
Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise
I will worship with all of my heart
I will praise You with all of my strength
I will seek You all of my days - I will follow all of Your ways
Father we love You - we worship and adore You
Glorify Thy name in all the earth
Glorify Thy name - Glorify Thy name
Glorify Thy name in all the earth
What is worship? What is praise?
Today we'll be taking a look at 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
Give a brief overview of where this event takes place in history. (expound briefly on each time frame)
Abraham - Isaac - Jacob (Israel)
Joseph in Egypt - 400 years
Moses and the Exodus
40 years in the wilderness
Joshua leads Israel
Judges - Gideon, Samson, Deborah
The Kings over Israel - Saul, David, Solomon
The Kingdom divided - kings over Israel and Judah
In this passage we read about Jehoshaphat, king of Judah
Ahab was the king of Israel - the northern kingdom
Before the exiles
“After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat.
“Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, ‘A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar’
“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek Him.
“Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard and said:
“LORD, the God of our ancestors, are You not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You.
“Our God, did You not drive out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham Your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for Your Name, saying,
“If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in Your presence before this temple that bears Your Name and will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear us and save us.
“But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory You would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them.
“See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession You gave us as an inheritance. Our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.
“‘We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones, stood there before the LORD.
“Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Jahaziel … as he stood in the assembly. He said: ‘Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!
“This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not Yours, but God’s.’
“Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz and you will not have to fight this battle.
“Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”
“Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD. Then some Levites praised the LORD, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
“Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld.
“‘Have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.’ 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.”
“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.