Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Welcome to Day 122 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
1 Chronicles 16:1, “They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 2 After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD…
4 He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to make petition, to give thanks, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel… They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6 and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.”
Psalm 106:1 echoes much of what was sung at the return of the Ark… “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” v 48 “Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, ‘Amen!'”
Matthew 19:1-11, Jesus is questioned about divorce, takes them back to Genesis and what Moses wrote. Divorce is almost always an issue of hardness of heart and/or unfaithfulness.
Jesus blessed the little children… converses with the rich young man…
David’s Tabernacle is now in full operation. Different from the Tabernacle of Moses…
David’s Tabernacle had no outer court or furnishings, no holy place or furnishings, David’s now had the Holy of Holies (because David had the Ark) no veil restricting access, daily sacrifices of prayer and worship, a great host of musicians (and singers?) and ministers.
A new way of approaching the Lord… there were still sacrifices and burnt offerings morning and evening, but worship was now key.
David’s Tabernacle was a picture of what we experience today. At the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn top to bottom, exposing the Holy of Holies, giving “direct access” as it were, for all of us who worship the Lord!
Romans 12 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
We are now both priest and sacrifice. We are to present our bodies as living sacrifices. Living for him, day to day. This is our spiritual act of worship, in addition to our corporate times of worship, as David wrote in Psalm 68…
“Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. 25 In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines. 26 Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the assembly of Israel.”
Worship is both an act and an attitude. It’s inward and outward. It’s spiritual and physical. It’s more than only singing songs. It’s both private and public at times…
David understood worship… he wrote songs, dance before the Lord with all his might. He gave offerings and sacrificed. Our offerings and sacrifices are different (since there is no longer a need for sacrifices of bulls and goats…) but we give our tithes and offerings… “Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” How cool is that? That we may approach the throne of grace with confidence!
Thank you Lord for making a way for us to draw near to you! To approach you with confidence!