Three men take the stage in First Samuel; a man of worship, a man of excuses, and a man of confidence. Then in Second Samuel there were two.
Samuel: A Man of Worship
Samuel was born out of prayer:
“And she (Hannah, Samuel’s mother) said, Oh my lord (Eli, judge and priest), as thy soul liveth, my lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.”1Sam. 1:26-28.
Samuel, Hannah’s child, served Israel as a judge, prophet, and a priest. In all we find, “And he worshipped the LORD there.
Samuel’s life began through the humble worship of his mother’s prayer. She sought the Lord’s help. He heard her cry. This is worship.
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13.
“And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life. And he went from year to year in circuit…And his return was to Ramah; for there was his house; and there he judged Israel; and there he built and altar unto the LORD.” 1Sam. 7:15-17.
Samuel remained faithful to the Lord’s calling on his life. This is worship.
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called…Eph. 4:1; Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us and offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour…Eph. 5:1-2; I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service…Rom. 12:1; Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” Matt. 24:46.
“And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision…And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth…And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him,
and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
And all Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the LORD.” ( portions of 1Sam. 3).
Samuel spoke the words of the Lord. This is worship.
“So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith…Rom. 1:15,16; Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15.
“And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;
And turn ye not aside for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart:
for consider how great things he hath done for you.
But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.”1Sam. 12:20-25.
Samuel prayed for Israel. He taught them the good and right way. He called the people to remember the great things God had done for them. This is worship.
Pray for one another.
“I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day…
Hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus…
Teach others the way.
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” (Portions from 2Tim. 1&2).
Remember the great things God has done for you.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Eph. 1:3. For more of God’s blessings read this whole chapter.
How do you describe one who worships God?
Next time we will examine a Man of Excuses. Speaking of excuses, I am late in posting because my internet has been down. Thank you for your patience and faithfulness to visit. I do pray what you read each time encourages you in the love and good works God has prepared for you.