Scripture reading for March 12th: Luke 7
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Luke 7:44-47 “Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give Me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet. You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”
Jesus visited the home of a Pharisee for dinner and a woman came and lavished perfume and a foot-washing on Jesus. The Pharisee and his friends were looking with disdain on this development, knowing the past of the lady involved. Jesus told a story and then applied it to the situation. The Pharisees could not miss this teaching and its application.
What would Jesus say about us? All who have been ‘born-again’ have welcomed Him into our ‘house’. Do we lavish praise and worship on Him when we gather with God’s people? Do we humbly ‘wash’ His feet by serving others in need? Are we lavish with our precious treasures, giving generously to His kingdom work? Do we truly understand how much we have been forgiven?
Observations for over-comers: Good works and lavish worship won’t save us, but they are a good indicator of our understanding Christ’s forgiveness of our many sins! “When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.” (2nd Samuel 6:13-15)
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!