Weekly Worship Meditation

He knew his place before God

But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You.  15  For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, As were all our fathers; Our days on earth are as a shadow, And without hope. —1 Chronicles 29:14-15 David truly was a man who knew his place before God.  He was the king of a great nation, but he saw himself before God, and saw himself as nothing apart from...

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Is God ever NOT gracious with us?

David said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’” —2 Samuel 12:22 The back story of this verse is that when David’s first child by Bathsheba lay dying, David was fasting and weeping, but once the child died, he rose up and went into the house of the LORD to worship.  When asked why the abrupt change, this verse was David’s reply. While...

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Does God withdraw from us when we fail?

And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah. —1 Samuel 23:5 The people of Keilah were being savagely bullied and robbed by the Philistines (23:1).  David ( a fugitive from Saul at the time), heard of it and asked the Lord if he should attack the Philistines to rescue the people of Keilah (v.2, 4).  The Lord answered yes, and assured David of...

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Honoring children over the Lord

“Why do you honor your sons more than Me?” —1 Samuel 2:29 NIV Eli was the High Priest.  His two sons, Hophni and Phinehas served as priests in the tabernacle.  “The sons of Eli were corrupt; they did not know the LORD” (1 Sam. 2:12)  How corrupt were they?  The stole the offerings the people brought as tokens of worship (v.16), and they abused the women who came to worship (v.22).  The result was that the people abhorred worshiping...

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Being used by God is not the same as being aproved by God

For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." Judges 13:5 As we probably all know, that Nazirite’s name was Samson.  Samson’s life is a lesson in God’s grace, and in His willingness to use, while not approving of, weak and sinful servants.  Samson is also another Old Testament pointer...

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When common sense is wrong

Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD. So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them. Joshua 9:14-15 The great architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”  When we look at this world, we’d have to agree.  But even when a person does look at the facts, and does exercise good...

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God's Word is certainly not empty!

“For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.” Deuteronomy 32:47 ESV What is no empty Word?  God’s Law, which in His providence, God expanded and is now the entire Bible.  And when we say it is the entire Bible, we mean entire, since “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (2 Timothy 3:16).  Because all Scripture is the actual...

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Ending Frivolous Law Suits

If a false witness rises against any man to testify against him of wrongdoing, then both men in the controversy shall stand before the LORD… if the witness is a false witness, who has testified falsely against his brother, then you shall do to him as he thought to have done to his brother; so you shall put away the evil from among you. Deuteronomy 19:16-19 Civil law courts are overloaded and bogged down in our land today as people abuse the system in hopes of getting rich by suing...

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Our Great High Priest

And Aaron shall bring the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house, and shall kill the bull as the sin offering which is for himself. Leviticus 16:11 On the Day of Atonement, before the high priest could offer a sacrifice for the people, he had to offer a sacrificial sin offering for his own sin and for the sins of his household.  Only then could he offer a sin offering for the people.  This happened every year.  And...

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A warning to stragglers

Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt,  how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God. — Deuteronomy 25:17-18   As Moses retold the forty years Israel spent in the desert between Egypt and the Promised Land, he reminded the people of the time Amalekites attacked them back in Exodus 17.  The tide of the battle was going against...

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