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Archive for May, 2010

May 31.10 ethot

Psalm 68:24 (1-35) “They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.

Some scholars recognize this psalm as the psalm that David had written to sing as the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Israel. Remember that King Saul had taken it into battle in hopes that it would insure a victory. What happened was that he lost his life, the like of his son [Jonathan] and the Ark itself.

Now if you remember the story the Philistines, who had the Ark, put it on a cart pulled by cows and let it go it’s own way, 1 Samuel 6. In 2 Samuel 6 David finally goes for the Ark, but has it placed on a cart and pulled by oxen. When it seemed like it was about to fall off a man named Uzzah reached out and touched it to steady it and was struck dead. David had not realized that God had prescribed a way for the Ark to be moved.

It is a difficult lesson for us to learn, that God wants His will done by us, but only in His way. When we attempt to accomplish Gods will in our own way then the attention, the honor is ours and not God’s. Recognition for a success always goes to our head and we get foolish. This is part of the reason why we must do things God’s way so the credit goes to Him. It saves me from embarrassing myself in so many ways.

Humility involves redirecting the credit for my successes to the God and His agents who produced them.

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May 28.10 ethot

Psalm 67:2 (1-7) “That Your way may be known on the earth,

The question that immediately came to my mind, as I read this verse, was how was God’s way being made known to the world by being gracious to us. And, how did that cause the peoples of the world to praise God?

I think the answer is found in the second half of the verse, “Your salvation among all the nations.” That phrase tells us what the first part means. God’s way is His salvation plan for mankind. It is as we live out (point others to God as we show our gratitude to Him for what He has done for us) the salvation already given to us that the rest of the world can see the advantage.

Almost every one in their right mind knows that the world is in trouble and in need of some kind of rescue plan. There are some who still believe, in spite of the facts of history that man can save himself. But, the fact remains that man seems to end up right back where he starts no matter what effort he mounts.

As believers we know that God’s salvation is afforded to us through no effort of our own. He sent His Son from Glory to become a man, suffer the consequences of our sin on the cross and come back to life as only the perfect man could (the perfect man took the imperfect man’s place). If we accept His work on our behalf we will be saved. But if we reject what He has done, then on that final judgment day there will be no excuse for us and we will go on to live in hell for the rest of eternity.

I urge you to make a decision today, right now, to accept His salvation for you and then to not be afraid and live it out so that others may know, and praise Him.

Gratefulness involves expressions of appreciation for His faithfulness in spite of our hardheadedness.

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May 24.10 ethot

Psalm 63:2 (1-11) “Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.

I wonder when was the last time you saw God at church?

At this time in David’s life there was no temple. There was a tent where the arc of the covenant was kept and that is where Israel was supposed to gather and offer sacrifices for their individual sins. As the man who killed Goliath, he probably was aloud to enter the sanctuary where the priest could go, but no farther.

So, how did David see God? May I suggest that it was as he observed and studied the various ceremonies the priests had to perform, discovering what each one meant and how it revealed aspects of the character of God he witnessed something of God’s beauty, Psalm 27:4. So when He was alone in the wilderness he could remember those things and think about the God he committed himself to serve as a boy.

I believe that ceremony has its value and shouldn’t be depreciated in the name of no longer being bound by Law. It is a shame that in the name of being friendly and comfortable we have lost the sense of being in the presence of God when we come together to worship Him, to focus our attention on Him and not on how comfortable or convenient our gathering is.

Obedience involves doing what God wants me to do when He wants it done, in the way He wants it done and because He wants it done.

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