Saturday, April 22, 2017

David's Doxology

A doxology is an expression of praise to the Lord, rejoicing in His glory. I remember growing up at Peachcrest Baptist Church and singing the Doxology every Sunday in our worship service. Before David died, he prepared everything for the Temple, which his son, Solomon, would build, and he set up Solomon as king. At that time he gave a wonderful doxology for the people and for us today. (I Chronicles 29:11) Let's consider how David had learned to praise the Lord.

He began his statement of praise by addressing God as the Lord. Then, he extolled the virtues of His character and power. He praised Him for His greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty. He acknowledged that everything in the heavens and in the earth belonged to God, as He was the Creator and Sustainer of it all. Then, He recognized that the Lord had the dominion over all things and all people, over which He had exalted Himself. What a great and glorious God we serve. Surely, we should praise Him every day, and many times each day. He is worthy of all praise!

Tomorrow, I intend to read II Chronicles 2-4.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Set Apart for the Service of Music

Since the time of King David and even before, music has played a huge role in our worship of God. David and the leaders of the army actually set apart some of the Levites for this service. (I Chronicles 25:1) Then, the musicians were divided into groups like the rest of the Levites to do their service at different times of the year. I know all of us have been blessed by the music ministry in various ways.

The musicians were actually prophesying with their instruments. It is the same today in our churches. We sing songs that are directly from God's Word or songs that speak forth the meaning of God's Word, which is what prophecy means. In David's day they used all types of stringed instruments as well as percussion instruments like cymbals to give variety and freshness to the songs and their messages. When we hear the Word of God from skillful musicians who are dedicated to the service of the Lord, we receive a blessing that is unique, because music communicates straight to our soul. At NHBC we are blessed to have this type of music and musicians, and I am thankful for all of them.

Tomorrow, I intend to read I Chronicles 27-29 and II Chronicles 1.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

God's Way to Prosperity

God has a way for us to prosper. He does not promise we will have fantastic wealth. Prosperity to the Lord is the ability to have a good life here on this earth. He had taught David these principles, and David passed them on to his son, Solomon. (I Chronicles 22:13) I believe they are still just as true today.

To prosper we must begin by observing the statutes and ordinances of the Lord which He showed Moses. Sometimes, we call it the law of God. The laws of God are for our good. He gives them to us to set us free, not to hinder us. Therefore, if we keep them, we will be blessed, because they show us how to live in wisdom and the will of God.

Also, we must be strong and courageous, if we want to prosper. It takes physical, mental, and emotional strength to prosper in this world. This world is not for the timid, but for those with enough courage to step out, while we are trusting the Lord to protect us and go before us.

Finally, we must not fear or be dismayed. Fear cripples us. It causes us to make bad decisions. We must get rid of the fear of man and earthly things, so that we can prosper. If we allow fear and discouragement into our lives, we will not venture out into new situations, but we will be paralyzed by the fear and never grow.

Tomorrow, I intend to read I Chronicles 23-26.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Wise Leader

David was a wise leader over all of the people of Israel. I believe if all leaders would govern their people as David did, the people and the leader would be blessed. (I Chronicles 18:14) Let's examine what the Bible says in this short, but powerful, verse.

David was an administrator. He did not try to do everything himself. He delegated responsibility to men who would do things the way he knew they ought to be done. He administered justice and righteousness in this way. Justice is very important to any group of people. Justice is the act of being fair in the way people are treated when they do good or evil. He also administered righteousness. The true righteousness is from God, and that is what David led the people to do. He administered justice and righteousness for all of the people. He did not favor one group over another group, but he treated all people the same.

I believe if we had leaders in America today who would administer justice and righteousness from the Lord for all of the people, it would go a long way toward bringing the needed changes in our society. That is my prayer for our leaders, and I would urge you to join me in that prayer.

Tomorrow, I intend to read I Chronicles 20-22.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Give Thanks to the Lord

The second time King David tried to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, he was successful, because he followed God's instructions. He was so glad that he was able to accomplish this task that he appointed all of the leaders of worship to carry out their roles continually with music, song, and sacrifices. He even wrote a song for the occasion. (I Chronicles 16:8,9) He began by giving some specific ways to show our thanks and worship to God.

We are commanded throughout the Bible to give thanks to the Lord. All we have, and all we are is because of His power and grace toward us. We owe Him much thanks. When we call upon Him, we show how much He means to us and how much we need Him. If we fail to call on Him, we must think we can do things ourselves, which is false. Then, when we tell others His deeds, it is a way of showing our thanks and our awe at His power, wisdom, and love for us.

When we sing in worship, we should sing to Him with all of our heart, so He sees how much we love Him, and we are grateful for Him. We should sing praises to Him, for all of His perfection. He is perfect in every way. Then, we can speak of all of His wonders, even more, because we are reminded of how great He is, when we take time to praise Him. I hope we can all grasp the need to give thanks to the Lord in meaningful worship on a regular basis.

Tomorrow, I intend to read I Chronicles 17-19.

Monday, April 17, 2017

God's Way, Not Our Way

Some believers think that the end justifies the means. They think that as long as we are trying to do God's will, we can employ any means or methods to do it. That is a false assumption. It is possibly the assumption David made when he first attempted to bring the Ark of the Covenant up to Jerusalem by using a new cart. That was not God's way. He was very specific. It was to be carried by Levites on poles inserted through the golden rings on the sides of the ark. That way no one ever had to touch the ark, and it was safely carried anywhere. However, on the cart, the oxen stumbled, and the ark was slipping, so Uzza reached out very innocently to steady it. God's anger burned against him, and he died right there. (I Chronicles 13:9,10) That was a very difficult way to learn an important lesson that we all need to know.

Whenever the Word of God tells us how to do something in a command or in principle, we must not try to change that. We must simply obey His Word, and He will bless His methods to accomplish His will. If we get impatient, or for some other reason, we use human ways to do His will to speed up the process or to get more results on our own, the results can be just as devastating. We might accomplish what we were trying to do, and miss God's will completely or partially, so that we do not see His blessing, only our work in the flesh. Let's decide to do God's will in His way by following His Word. Then, we can stand back and see what God will do when He is pleased with our obedience.

Tomorrow, I intend to read I Chronicles 14-16.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Reason for King Saul's Death

Many people have a false idea about sickness and death. They think that Satan is the only one who makes people sick and kills people. That is not a Biblical belief. The Bible is full of stories that are very clear about God causing sickness and death for various reasons. King Saul was one of the people the Lord had killed, and there were specific reasons. (I Chronicles 10:13) We need to hear those reasons, and receive them as a warning for those of us who know the Lord.

Saul was unfaithful to God, and he went against what God told him to do. He was supposed to kill the people and the animals of one city his army defeated, because of God's direct command. He did not do it, because the people wanted to keep the best of the animals. Also, God told him to wait for Samuel, the priest, and to let him offer the sacrifices before one of the battles. Saul did not wait. He carried out the sacrifices himself, and did not keep God's word. Also, Saul consulted a medium, the witch at Endor. He knew that was an abomination to the Lord, but he did it anyway. Therefore, God brought his life to an abrupt end, when a Philistine soldier took a random shot and hit him right in the crack in the king's armor with an arrow. Saul could have lived longer and done well as king, if he had not done these things.

Often, when we have sickness and when people die, it is not the Lord who causes it. However, if we are directly unfaithful to our Lord, He can and will remove us from this earth for being disobedient and a bad witness to others. I pray that we will be faithful, and God will be able to allow us to live the full length of our days on this earth, being used by Him every day.

Tomorrow, I intend to read I Chronicles 11-13.