Weekly Worship Meditation

Being a Father

Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.  6  (And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, “Why have you done so?” He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.) —1 Kings 1:5-6  Three lessons to glean from this short passage.  First, Adonijah was a self-centered man, in part, because...

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David and Mephibosheth

Then the king [David] said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet.” —2 Samuel 9:3 The story of David and Mephibosheth is a story of grace.  As you will remember, King Saul was not about to let David have “his kingdom,” (as though he could have overridden God!)  Saul sought to kill David numerous times...

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"Give Thanks to the LORD"

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. —1 Chronicles 16:34 The phrase “Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good” appears ten times in 1 Chronicles and in Psalms, making it particularly worthy of note. That the phrase begins with “Oh!” reminds us of the excitement, urgency, and necessity of giving thanks to the Lord.  Why?  Because everything we have is from Him, and who doesn’t more often experience...

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People of Forgiveness

"But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the LORD's anointed, and be guiltless?...The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD's anointed…” —1 Samuel 26:9 & 11 Saul had relentlessly sought to kill David over the course of several years.  Why?  He was jealous because God took his kingdom and gave it to David.  David had two golden opportunities to kill Saul but he...

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Seek the Lord, Not Blessing

"And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.” —1 Samuel 4:3 Human beings, including believers, can be incredibly superstitious.  The Children of Israel had suffered a defeat at the hands of the Philistines.  “Whatever shall we...

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Making and Keeping Vows

"And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands,  31  then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering." …And it came to pass, when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, "Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among...

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The Sin of Achan

But the children of Israel committed a trespass regarding the accursed things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed things; so the anger of the LORD burned against the children of Israel. —Joshua 7:1 Most of us are familiar with the story of Achan.  When the Israelites defeated Jericho, they were forbidden to take any of the spoil, since these “first fruits” of the Land belonged to God.1  It...

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Hanged and Accursed

“If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,  23  his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.” —Deuteronomy 21:22-23   Hanging was not the method of execution in Israel.  Stoning was.  So why the instructions...

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Fear, Marriage, and Worship

What happens when one cannot decide which passage to write a meditation on because they are all so important?  Do all three! You must not fear them, for the LORD your God Himself fights for you. —Deuteronomy 3:22  These words were said in the context of following the Lord’s specific guidance.  When we are follow-ing what He has said in His Word, we need not fear anyone or anything.  We must not, however, presume on His protection when we are doing our...

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"Who is Balaam?"

So Balaam rose and departed and returned to his place… —Numbers 24:25 Who was this Balaam fellow and what was up with him?  There are four chapters in Numbers that are taken up with Balaam.  He is called a prophet, and he speaks with God, but consider all the details from scripture that cast a shadow on him: He was a “prophet-for-hire,” working for a pagan king. He was trying to curse God’s people, for pay. Even though he...

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