Psalm 95:6 Bowing Down

Horse kneeling down

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker, Psalm 95:6 

Bowing down to something or someone is not uncommon around the world. In many places around the world, bowing down is a symbol of respect and honor given to another person. There are also many who bow down to idols to worship them.

It is common to see people bow down and nearly worship other people. Watch how the fans of singers and actors perform when in presence of someone famous. They see someone famous who they love, and idolize that person, thinking he is the best thing on the earth.

While many will bow in worship and adoration of others, there are very few that will bow down in submission. People do not want to have someone over them. They want to be their own boss, in control of their own destiny in life.

The author tells the people to bow down in worship. They are to kneel before God as He is their maker.

This is not only bowing down in worship, but also bowing down in submission. It is allowing God to be the controller of all life. It is giving Him honor for being the ultimate ruler of all things.

As many will bow in worship to God, giving Him honor, there are few who will bow down in submission, giving Him authority. People want to be in control of their own lives. On Sunday they will bow in submission, but on Monday, as they go back to work, they pick that authority back up for themselves.

A believer must realize that God should be the ultimate authority in every area of his life. God is the one who created everything and deserves that position and authority.

The believer’s life must characterize one of worship and submission to God, constantly bowing down before Him.

Take a moment to examine your life. Who or what are you bowing down to? If you are following the ways of this world, it will be things or other people. Bowing down to temporary things will only lead to death.

Bowing down to God will bring life. He knows what is best for your life. Give Him the honor that He is worthy of. Give Him full authority over your whole life.

Let us bow down in worship and submission to God today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will bow down to worship Him each day; that you will bow down in submission to God’s authority; and that you will trust God with your life. 

1 Samuel 24:6 Respecting All Leaders

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He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 24:6 

Showing disrespect for someone else is a common sight to be seen or heard among most people. This will occur even more, when the person is not liked really well.

In the name of freedom of speech, people will say things that will disrespect a leader, regardless of who the leader is or what his position is. Although it happens in all areas of life, one of the more common areas that people show disrespect to is the government leaders. People are very quick to cut down and condemn a leader because of some stand he has. They will show no respect for the position.

David was being chased by King Saul, who had been anointed by God to be the leader of Israel. He was hated by Saul. At one point Saul was in a cave and David snuck in and cut a corner of his robe off. Immediately David felt remorse for what he had done. He realized that he had disrespected God’s anointed leader and was wrong.

Every leader on this earth is appointed by God. No one can become a leader without His hand in it. This includes those ‘bad’ leaders. Believers are to love every person just as God loves them. This also includes those ‘bad’ leaders. In showing love, they will not disrespect the person or his position.

A believer may not agree with the person, but still needs to love the person with God’s true love. God will not disrespect anyone, but shows a caring, loving heart towards all.

Talking bad about a person is showing disrespect, just as David cut off a portion of Saul’s robe showed disrespect.

Take a moment to think about how you treat others and those in leadership. What words are you speaking? Do those words build up or tear down a person? Are they condemning or building up?

Work to show God’s love to every person, regardless of their position or ideologies. You may not agree with a person, but you can still love and respect the person.

God put them in that position for a reason. Allow God to show His love and light into their lives, rather than just condemnation and disrespect.

I pray today that you will know God’s true love for all people; that God will show you where love is needed; that your love for God will strengthen you to not disrespect others; and that your love will be a witness of who God is. 

Exodus 37:1-2 The Place To Meet God

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Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. Exodus 37:1-2

When people get a chance to meet someone of extreme high importance, most will want to be in their best outfit for the occasion. They want to put on a good appearance before the person they are meeting. Doing this shows honor and respect to the one they are meeting.

Some of the high dignitaries will not even meet with a person who is not dressed a certain way. They do not want to be disrespected in any way. There is an expectation in the meeting.

Moses was having Bezalel and others build the tabernacle and the articles to be used in the tabernacle. One of the major articles was the ark. This was the actual place that Moses and future priests would directly meet with God. As this was built, it was covered on the inside and outside with pure gold.

During the time of Moses, pure gold was the most precious stone available. It showed high honor, authority, wealth, position and more. The entire ark, both inside and out had a layer of gold upon it. This showed the value and position of meeting God–it was of the most importance and value of anything.

Since that time, that ark has been removed, however, Jesus set up a new temple and ark where a person can meet God. It is in the believer. Each and every believer and follower of Jesus can meet directly with God right where he is at.

The believer is to be covered inside and out with gold, the best that there is when he is meeting with God. This covering of gold is the blood of Jesus and His righteousness. When God sees the believer, He will see Jesus and allow Him in to meet together.

As a believer, you also carry the ark in you. You have direct access to meet with God, any time and every time you want. However, in order to meet with God, you must be made pure inside and out. You must be covered with Jesus–the gold of holiness and righteousness. This is the best and highest honor you can give God.

Have you allowed yourself to be covered with Jesus, in order to be ready to meet God with honor and respect? God is waiting to meet with you.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will be covered with the righteousness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy for God; and that you will take time to meet with God daily.

 

1 Corinthians 7:4 Not Your Own

 

husband and wife

The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 1 Corinthians 7:4

Marriage is something that God had started in the beginning of creation. However, it is something that mankind has chosen to abuse. The definition of what marriage is has changed over the years again and again. How people go into marriage is dependent upon how they see what marriage is.

In recent years, there has been a change when a couple gets married in their marriage contracts. They now put in certain stipulations that if certain things are not met, the marriage is annulled.

Each spouse now has the view that they are their own person in every way, even inside of marriage. Each has their own bank accounts, cars, jobs, friends, bills, and the list goes on. They are living in the same house, but are living separate lives.

Paul talks about how the wife is to submit herself to her husband and the husband is to submit himself to his wife. It is to submit to each other.

Submitting here is giving in to the desires of the other person, putting the other person first. It is building the other one up and seeking to meet the other’s needs first. When both are seeking to do this, both will be built up and there will be unity.

Many marriages end because one or the other, or both, are seeking one’s own desires above the other. This is not a sign of love or respect, it is selfishness and separation.

God is not a God of selfishness and separation. He wants all to be in unity and love, to be generous with each other.

If you are a married person, you are no longer your own person. You are one with your spouse. Seek to build your spouse up and meet his/her desires. Show the love that God has shown and given you. Jesus did not seek His own good when He died upon the cross, but He was seeking your good, what was good for you. Do the same for your spouse.

As you put God at the center of your marriage, you will put your spouse at the front of your marriage. Then your marriage will be stronger.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for others; that God will be at the center of your marriage; that you will put your spouse above your self; and that your marriage will be built upon God’s love and word.

Jeremiah 36:23-24 No Fear Or Remorse

Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. Jeremiah 36:23-24

Jehoiakim was the king of Judah and had been leading the people into sin against God. Through Jeremiah, God had been telling the people that destruction was coming because of their actions. Some of the people heard the words and believed them. When it was reported to the king what was being said, he requested the scroll be brought and read to him.

As the scroll was read, he would tear out section by section and burn it in the fire. When the entire scroll was read it was destroyed and there was no fear of God in what was said, nor did they turn and repent of their sins.

Very few people today would purposely burn the Bible if they were given one, even though even fewer would take time to read any of it. There are many people who go to church each week and hear the words of God read from the Bible. Instead of burning the Bible, they ignore it. Most people ignore most of what the Bible says.

The world likes to pick out the verses that God loves them, all believers are to forgive, and that there will be peace and happiness some day. When it comes to the verses talking about turning away from sin and coming judgment, most people ignore them.

Ignoring God’s word is no different than the king burning the scroll. It is actually better for one to burn the bible than to ignore it. Burning it, shows one has no fear of it or remorse for sins. Ignoring it gives the appearance of accepting it, while the heart is far from God.

Think about when you hear or read parts of the Bible. What are your thoughts on what you hear or read? Do you strive to apply those words to your life?

Do you respect and honor God’s word or do you ignore it and go on with your life?

Do not burn God’s word today, they are words of life, abundant, eternal life.

I pray today that you will find life in God’s word; that you will desire to know God’s word; that you will apply His word to your life; and that you will not ignore what God has to say to you.

Psalm 128:1 Blessed In Fear And Obedience

Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

Fear and obedience are two things that many people do not see associated with blessings. Yet the psalmist says that the one who fears and the one who is obedient is blessed.

Fear is often associated with being scared, not respect. There are many people in the world who fear God, because they fear that He will not accept them because of their past sins. Christians often fall into this same type of fear of God. They fear God no longer loves them because they fell back into some sin again. The weight of judgement against them weighs heavily on their minds.

This is not the fear the psalmist was talking about. Fear, here, is the respect and reverence for God. It is allowing God to be God and absolutely ruler over one’s life.

Obedience is seen as something that one must do, not a privilege to do. Throughout the world, many people obey the laws, only because they have to. The rules are obeyed only out of fear of getting caught. This also is often seen in the church. The heart is not in the obedience.

When a believer realizes what Jesus has done for him and how much God loves him, he will want to obey God. It will be a choice, not a requirement.

When you obey God out of fear, you are constantly on the outlook for when God is going to strike you. In that way, there is no real peace or loving relationship with God.

The blessings in fearing and obeying God is found in the relationship that is built up through the obedience. The level of trust in God is built up as you fear and obey Him. Knowing that there is peace between you and God rises when you know you are living for God with the right mindset.

Having that right relationship with God removes fear of judgement or reprimand. You will know the grace and mercy God has for you. In the midst of trouble in this life, you will still have God’s peace and love in your life. What better blessing can there be than that?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will have the proper fear and respect for God; that God will strengthen you in your obedience to Him; and that you will know all the blessings God has for you.

2 Samuel 6:7 Respect For The Holy

The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God. 2 Samuel 6:7

After the ark of the covenant had been in the hands of the Philistines for a time, David had finally got it back. He was having it brought back to Jerusalem. On the way the oxen, that were carrying it, stumbled and ark started to tip over. Uzzah reached out to grab it and steady it. This went against God’s laws to never touch the ark by hand. God was angry with him and struck him down.

Being reverent for something means that one will have the proper respect for that item or person. It is very common for people to be irreverent about many different things. They will crack bad jokes about the president, God, churches, their boss, the police,  their parents, and most anything else. This can be constantly seen in nearly every television show and movie.

Not only can this be seen in the world, it can also be seen in the church. People in the church should have the proper respect for what is holy. As the pastor is speaking, how many times are people texting, or talking, or doing something else? There is no respect for the pastor or God’s word that was given him. Others will make jokes about God’s word or play around when there is a time of prayer.

There is a fine line between freedom and being irreverent with what is God’s things, those things that are holy. You are not to be a legalist in dealing with the things of God, but should have a healthy, holy respect for them.

As a believer, you must have the highest respect and honor for anything that is holy. Some things that are holy are: times of prayer, reading of God’s word, talking about God, witnessing, and any place God has set up for a place of worship.

How are you treating the things of God?

Are you showing God the respect and honor He deserves?

Or are you being irreverent and selfish, like the world around you?

I pray today that you will see the holiness in the things of God; that you will treat all the things of God with great respect; that God will not have a reason to be angry with you; and that the world will see through you the holiness of God.