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The Worship connection!

Scripture reading for March 27th: 2nd Samuel 5-7

King David had a heart for God and His presence.  David was a psalmist, musician, and worshiper himself.  He knew God by personal experience.  He attempted to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem with a cart pulled by oxen and guided by Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab the priest.  David  and the men of Israel were celebrating with all their might, when the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark.  God struck Uzzah for touching the Ark and the celebration ended abruptly!  (2nd Samuel 6:7-9)

After some research, David again decided to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem.  This time the Ark was carried on the shoulders of the priests with blood sacrifice.   David took off his kingly robes and put on a linen ephod and danced before the Lord with all his might.  The house of Israel followed with the sounding of trumpets and loud shouting.  (2nd Samuel 6:12-15)  As the procession entered the city, Michal, David’s wife, saw David dancing and leaping before the Ark and wrongly judged he was putting on a show for the women.  As a result, she became barren and was judged by the Lord!(2nd Samuel 6:20-23)

God wants us to enjoy His presence and has made specific instructions about how man may come into His presence.  When we come in our own way, we disrespect God and bring judgment. We must be careful today to come humbly before the Lord and treat His presence with respect.  We must be covered by the sacrifice of Christ’s blood.

David wanted the Presence of God in his city and the nation he ruled.  David realized that God was King and that he owed Him whole-hearted worship.  He disrobed and danced with all his might as an offering of himself to the Lord.  This was acceptable to God because of David’s heart attitude! In Michal’s eyes,  David’s worship wasn’t “dignified”!  We must be not be critical of others’ ways of worship.

Take time today and examine your own worship of the Lord.  Are you giving God “all your might”?  Are you hungry to have His presence with you whereever you are?  Show Him an extravagant life of worship this week!

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Extravagant Worship!

Scripture reading for March 27: 2nd Samuel 5-7

King David was a psalmist, musician, and worshiper.  He knew God by personal experience.  Deciding to bring the Ark of God back to Jerusalem, the king set it on a new cart pulled by oxen and guided by Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab the priest.  David  and the men of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, when the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark.  God struck Uzzah down dead and the celebration ended abruptly! (2nd Samuel 6:7-9)   His good intentions and exuberant worship ended in tragedy.  What went wrong?

After careful research, David found God’s instructions for moving the Ark.   This time the Ark was carried on the shoulders of the priests!  David sacrificed to the Lord a bull and a fatted calf.  He took off his kingly robes and put on a linen ephod and danced before the Lord with all his might.  The house of Israel followed with the sounding of trumpets and loud shouting.  (2nd Samuel 6:12-15)  As the procession entered the city, Michal, David’s wife, saw David dancing and leaping before the Ark and despised him in her heart.  As a result, she became barren and was judged by the Lord! (2nd Samuel 6:20-23)

These stories speak about true worship.  God wants us to enjoy His presence and has made specific instructions about how man may come into His presence.  When we come in our own way, we disrespect God and bring judgment.  Uzzah died as a result of the king and priests failing to move the Ark in the prescribed way.  We must be careful today to come humbly before the Lord and treat His presence with respect.  We must be covered daily by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  We are to come wholeheartedly,  offering ourselves to the Lord in spirit and truth.

We are now the bearers of God’s presence through the Holy Spirit.  As the new Temple, God’s glory dwells in us.  We are priests and kings before the Lord and bear His glory where ever we go!   Take time today and examine your own worship of the Lord.  Are you living for God with “all your might”?  Are you more focused on pleasing God than appeasing others who may not understand your worship?    Each day brings opportunity for extravagant worship!

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Blessed Forever!

Scripture reading for March 27th: 2nd Samuel 5-7

King David had a desire to see a house built for God’s glory to dwell in.  David had built himself a house of cedar but the Ark of God was still in a tent.  (2nd Samuel 7:1-3)  God had traveled with His people using the tent and ark as His dwelling place.  Of course, all of heaven and earth cannot contain God because He is so awesome!  David’s desire for a house for God brought a response and promise back from God that is amazing even today!  We are blessed today by this response!

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:  I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over My people Israel.  I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you.  Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth.  And I will provide a place for My people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. …I will also give you rest from all your enemies.

I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish His kingdom.  He is the one who will build a house for My Name and I will establish His kingdom forever.  I will be His father and He will be My son.  When He does wrong, I will punish Him with the rod of men with floggings inflicted by men.  But My love will never be taken from Him, as I took it away from Saul, who I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me and your throne will be established forever.” 2nd Samuel 7:8-16

All King David could do was respond to God’s personal promises to Him! “You, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with Your blessing the house of Your servant will be blessed forever.” (2nd Samuel 7:29b)  These promises to David were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  He is building the “Temple” of God with all who believe on Him.  We have His everlasting love and our enemies are  defeated forever!   Amen, Lord, let Your promises be upon us!

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Whole-hearted Worship!

Scripture reading for March 27: 2nd Samuel 5-7

What constitutes worship that is acceptable to God?  Does God really kill people who don’t do exactly what He wants?  Does God want us to do bizarre things in order to worship Him?  Is God wanting us to dance in His presence?  Must we do things that others don’t appreciate in order to please God?  These are the kinds of questions that come to our minds when we read about King David bringing the Ark of God back to Jerusalem.

King David had a heart for God and His presence.  David was a psalmist, musician, and worshiper himself.  He knew God by personal experience.  Deciding to bring the Ark of God back to Jerusalem, they set it on a new cart pulled by oxen and guided by Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab the priest.  David  and the men of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, when the oxen stumbled and Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark.  God struck Uzzah down dead and the celebration ended abruptly! (2nd Samuel 6:7)  David was angry and afraid of the Lord!  (2nd Samuel 6:8-9) His good intentions and exuberant worship ended in tragedy.  What went wrong?

After some time and careful research, David again decided to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem.  This time the Ark was carried on the shoulders of the priests!  David sacrificed to the Lord a bull and a fatted calf.  He took off his kingly robes and put on a linen ephod and danced before the Lord with all his might.  The house of Israel followed with the sounding of trumpets and loud shouting.  (2nd Samuel 6:12-15)  As the procession entered the city, Michal, David’s wife, saw David dancing and leaping before the Ark and despised him in her heart.  She judged that he was putting on a show for the women.  As a result, she became barren and was judged by the Lord for her disrespect!(2nd Samuel 6:20-23)

These stories are recorded for us today and speak about true worship and its attributes.  God wants us to enjoy His presence and has made specific instructions about how sinful man may come into His presence.  When we come in our own way, we disrespect God and bring judgment.  Uzzah died as a result of the king and priests failing to move the Ark in the prescribed way.  We must be careful today to come humbly before the Lord and treat His presence with respect.  We must be covered by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  We are to come wholeheartedly,  offering ourselves to the Lord in spirit and truth.

Another aspect of this story concerns the heart of David to have the Presence of God in his city and the nation he ruled.  David realized that God was King and that he owed Him whole-hearted worship.  He disrobed and danced with all his might as an offering of himself to the Lord.  This was acceptable to God because of David’s heart attitude! In Michal’s eyes,  David’s worship wasn’t “dignified”!  We must be more concerned with our own heart and pleasing the Lord than the opinions of others.   We must also be careful not to be critical and judgmental of others’ ways of worship.

Take time today and examine your own worship of the Lord.  Are you giving God “all your might”?  Are you hungry to have His presence with you whereever you are?  Show Him an extravagant act of worship this week!

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