A Man of Worship

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

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“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.

Our Worship:

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rom. 10:13.

The Judge:

“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.

Our 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.

The Prophet:

blogprophet-312156__340“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.

Our 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.

The Priest:

blog priest“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.

Our 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…

Remain Faithful.

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.

 

 

 

He Knows My Name!

DSCF4322“…the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out…I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” John 10:3,14.

“Oh LORD, thou hast searched me…If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart… Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.” (Ps. 139:1a; 44:20-21;139:23).

“Oh LORD, thou hast … known me…The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him… the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity…(Ps. 139: 1b; Nahum 1:7;2Tim. 2:19).

“Thou knowest my downsitting…thou understandest my thought afar off…Thou compassest my path and…art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue,

 but lo, O LORD, thou knowest it all together..Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do… The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good… For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.” (Ps. 139:2-4; Heb. 4:13; Prov. 15:3; 2Chron. 16:9; Job 34:21).

”Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it…Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings…with thee is the fountain of life…continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee.. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! FOR WHO HATH KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD? OR WHO HATH BEEN HIS COUNSELLOR…For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Ps. 139:6; Ps. 36:5-10;Rom. 11:33,34, 36).

If Jesus is known to you as Lord and Savior, then He knows you, calls you by name and leads you. Now it is time to do two things.

Pray: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps. 139;23,24.

And:

“…to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night…For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep…thou, LORD, art most high for evermore.” Ps. 92:1,2,4,5,8).

If you do not come to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, one day you will hear these words, “…Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…and these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”  Matt. 24:41,46.

He pleads with you to come, repent from your sin, turn to him and know life eternal. He is the only way to the Father, the only name whereby you can be saved.

“Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

Does Jesus know your name? How does your answer affect your present and your future? As always I welcome your comments and questions. May you praise Him in the knowledge of truth throughout the weekend.

 

 

 

What Did They Hear?

“…the shepherds said…Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which…the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” Lu. 2:15b,16.blogchristmas-1010749__340

This is what the shepherds saw, but what did they hear when they looked into the face of God?

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…” Heb. 1:1,2.

Did they hear the seraphim crying out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”(Isa. 6:3).

Did they hear the Psalmist singing of God’s faithfulness? “I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations…I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah…Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.”(Ps. 89:1,3,4,27).

Did they hear Isaiah proclaiming who this babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was and what he would do? “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to the opening of the prison to them that are bound: To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn…give…beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”(Isa. 61:1-3).

Did they hear the Lord speak to Moses at the end of forty years of wandering, saying, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him…whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.”(Deut. 18:18,19).

Did they hear Abraham reassure his son? “…My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” (Gen. 22:8,14).

Did they hear Isaiah foretelling the death of the baby the shepherds gazed at? “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth…for the transgression of my people was he stricken.” (Isa. 53:7,8b).

Did they hear David singing of His victory over death? “…my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell: neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Ps. 16:9,10).

Did they hear Daniel reveal the king’s dream of a future day? “…in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever…the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Dan. 2:44,45).

Look on the face of the infant lying in a manger and you will see, “…his Son…Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Heb. 1:2a, 3).

“God…hath…spoken unto us by his Son…”  Do you hear the Spirit, the bride, those who have heard? They call out, “…Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely…He(Jesus) which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.” (Rev. 22:17,20).

Heavenly Father, May all who read and hear this, heed the words and know your blessing. Amen and even so come quickly.

2 Questions

blogearth-11595__340“All the earth will worship Thee, And will sing praises to Thee; They will sing praises to Thy name. Come and see the works of God, who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.” Ps. 66:4-5, NASB

“saying, ‘I will proclaim Thy name to my brethren, In the midst of the congregation I will sing Thy praise.’ And again, ‘I will put my trust in Him.’ And again, ‘Behold, I and the children whom God has given Me.” Heb. 2:12-13, NASB

The call to worship echoes in our ears, as the church doors close and we walk into the world that is deaf to the call. How did God reveal Himself to you who heard and heeded the call? How did you express and are you expressing that revelation in worship?

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24, NASB

“Worship comes as a response to revelation.” This quote is taken from a small book, “Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church” by Keith and Kristyn Getty. It is an easy read packed with little gems, and I have only finished the first half. But this quote struck a chord in my heart as I have been praying through the summer for the Holy Spirit to be my teacher, showing my how to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. And this is what He revealed to me through the weekend and how He prepared me for congregational worship on Sunday.

The more revelation of our awesome God, the deeper the worship as it penetrates our fiber and is lived out of a surrendered life. It becomes more than an emotional expression as it grows into a physical expression of who God is in us. In other words, worship responds to the cry of help with the Lord’s compassion, to the unlovable with love, to the lonely with our presence, to the lost with the hope of the gospel, to the temptations of sin with the word of God…Whatever God is, true worship expresses.

God revealed Himself to me through that one sentence, and through the following scripture found in Col. 3:3. “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” NASB. My life is hidden and God is revealed as Christ lives in me. What an awesome privilege and responsibility, accomplished only through the strength of Christ. As each new revelation of God takes root in my heart, He gives me a new one to always make worship a fresh and exciting journey.

So, how did God reveal Himself to you and How are you expressing that revelation to others? I invite you to share your story as the telling roots it in your life and blesses mine. With your permission, may I share your blessing with others?

“To God be the glory! Great things He hath done!”

 

Call to Worship

DSCF0327Does your church have a call to worship? Mine does not but the more I study Revelation the more I am convinced we are missing one of the most important aspects of congregational worship. Through this week, I have shared with my readers and visitors  the call to a new life, the call to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, the call to battle, the call to allegiance. It is fitting to end the week with a Call to Worship with the songs of Revelation. I invite you to join me for a moment, putting all else aside, and focusing on the One who is worthy of praise.

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and who is to come.”

“Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”

“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

“and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.'”

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there arose loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’ And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, ‘We give Thee thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who art and who wast, because Thou has taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign.”

“Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou alone art holy; For all the nations will come and worship before Thee, for Thy righteous acts have been revealed.”

“And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude…’Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.”

church“And he said to me…worship God.”

This call to worship is not only for the time we join hearts and voices with others but for us to realize worship is a life lived 24/7 for His glory, honor and praise.

Teach us, Holy Father, to worship you in spirit and in truth and as we join with others may your voice be heard around the world.