Day 148

Today’s Reading – Psalms 111-118

FEAR OF THE LORD GIFT OF THE SPIRIT

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.  Psalm 111:10

David gives direction for worship and praise to continue and leaves behind a wonderful series of poems and prose celebrating all that there is to praise God for and about.

But why should we fear God?

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word used for this fear is yirah, which denotes piety and reverence rather than terror. This is why some modern translations state “revere the Lord” rather than “fear the Lord”.

Wisdom and understanding come when we are able to revere God as holy. Holy as in totally unique and set apart.

When we are able to humble ourselves in relationship to God, it is then that all that God is trying to teach us begins to make sense.

Unless God is God, the Bible and all that God is teaching us will have no understanding.

Therefore, wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord.

Are you ready to wise up?

Then humble yourselves, it is never too late to start.

 

Tomorrow’s Readings – 1 Kings Chapters 1-2 and Psalms 37, 71, and 94

Day 147

Today’s Readings – 1 Chronicles Chapters 26-29 and Psalm 127

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” 

Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement.
I Chronicles 28:9-11

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David’s life is drawing to a close and he is making final wishes known.

Clearly, Solomon is the choice to be the new king, but more than that Solomon is given a charge to complete – build the temple!

David also instructs Solomon to seek after God.

I like what John Wesley wrote about this idea of seeking after God . . .

If thou dost only put on a profession of religion to please me, or if thy obedience to God be unsincere, thou mayest indeed deceive me, but thou canst not deceive Him, for He searcheth the motions of thy heart.

Wise words today from King David and John Wesley.

In our relationship with God, we need not put on a show for people – they are easy to deceive. God knows your every thought and motive – therefore do not set out to deceive Him.

Faith in God is not a game to be played and won.

Faith is a relationship that changes your life – that gives it meaning and purpose.

Stop playing games today and seek after God’s direction for your life.

Trust that God has a plan for you – a plan that will bring glory and honor to God – a plan that in time will be perfect and pleasing to you as well.

Tomorrow’s Reading – Psalms 111-118

 

Day 146

Today’s Reading – Psalms 131, 138-139, and 143-145

Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends Your works to another; they tell of Your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty —
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of Your awesome works —
and I will proclaim Your great deeds.
They celebrate Your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

Psalm 145:3-7

It is one thing for each of us to to personally declare our adoration and praise for God and all that He has done in our lives, BUT (and this is a big but!)

We are not to keep this praise to ourselves!
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We are to tell the next generation of all that God has done, so that they too might share in the celebration of all that God has done.

God’s good works are a bandwagon that we have permission to jump on!

It’s okay to celebrate all that God has done in your life and the life of others.

David celebrated the victories he had shared in, but he also celebrated the victories of the past generations.

If we stop telling the stories, I fear we are doomed to lose another generation. I don’t think it is too late, but time is running short.

Share your story.

Stop waiting for someone else to tell the story.

It’s your turn.

Tomorrow’s Readings – 1 Chronicles Chapters 26-29 and Psalm 127