Dance In The Name Of Jesus!

Reading Plan: 2 Samuel 6-7; 1 Chron. 17

2 Samuel 6:14 (NASB)
14  And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.

David was a man with a heart after God (Acts 13:22). One of the ways David expressed His devotion was through worshiping the Lord. He danced with all his might. He loved the Lord so much, he could not contain it. Have you ever felt effusively enthusiastic that you could refrain from expressing it?

David’s love for the Lord was the catalyst to dance.

I pray that we would all inhabit this uninhibited passion when it comes to our love for the Lord.

Dance in the name of Jesus!


Shout Joyfully

Reading Plan: Psalms 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132

Psalm 100:1-5 (NASB)
1 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. 3 Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.

Our worship should be done joyfully, with gladness and thanksgiving! God loves our shouts of joy. He cherishes every moment we enter His presence with praise. On this day, I encourage you to find a serene place to shout praise to God. Dedicate time to sing joyfully to God. This weekend, join us during one of our weekend worship services and enter His courts in praise! Let’s shake the rafters together!

Who May Dwell In Your Holy Hill?

Reading Plan: Psalms 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68

Psalm 15:1-3 (NASB)
1 O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?  

2  He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart. 

3  He does not slander with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

I love reading through the Psalms from today’s reading plan. Psalm 15 and 24 illustrate who can ascend into the presence of the Lord. This is only accomplished when we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. By the Grace poured upon us from the Cross, we can have clean hands, clean minds and clean lips.

In order to be in God’s presence we must refrain from slander with our tongues or take up a reproach against a neighbor. As I read this, I consider how social media is used today. Lamentably, many utilize social media as an avenue to slander and take up a reproach against others. One attack engenders enmity. A single negative post spreads like wildfire as others comment, like, and share it. It is even more devastating when Christians join in.

My heart broke recently as a group of Christians started a web site mocking another brother in Christ regarding what he displays on social media. He loves to post pictures of his wife, what God is showing him in the Word and opportunities that God has opened up for him to minister. This young leader loves the Lord and many of us are so excited for him. The attacks are hurtful and dishonoring to God.

Verbal attacks hinder people from entering into the Tent of the Lord.


Inquire Of God

Reading Plan: 1 Chron. 13-16

1 Chronicles 15:13-15 (NASB)
13  “Because you did not carry it at the first, the LORD our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance.”
14  So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.
15  The sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

A recurring theme in Scripture is that those who inquire of God succeed and those who do not fail. In 1 Chronicles 13, David goes to move the ark and inquires if the people are with him. This turns into a mere disaster when they put the ark on a cart instead of having the Levites carry it as God had instructed. They placed the ark on a cart because they did not inquire of God or seek what is clearly laid out in His Word.

In chapter 14, David consults the Lord’s instruction. In verse 10 and 15 David inquires of God and experiences great victories. David learns to inquire of God and seek Him in everything. In chapter 15, David knows the correct way to move the ark because he abides by God’s Word.

In every circumstance, we should inquire of God by reading His Word and praying to Him.


The Lovingkindness Of The Lord

Reading Plan: Psalm 106-107

Psalm 107:43 (NASB)
43 Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things, And consider the loving kindnesses of the LORD.

If we are wise, we will heed the Lord’s instruction. Psalm 107 declares God’s love & faithfulness towards His people. We have a reason to give thanks to The Lord for all He has done. When we cry out in the midst of our trouble, God delivers us from all our distresses. This promise is repeated throughout this Psalm.

God wants us to grasp that there is no predicament where He will not heed our cry and come to our rescue. When you are caught in a storm, God will still the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea are hushed (Psalm 28-29). When you feel trapped in darkness and chained to misery, God will come to comfort and set you free. When you backslide and turn from the ways of God & depression begins to envelop you, God will come and turn your mourning into dancing. When your finances hit a time of devastation, God will turn the tide.

Wise people will take heed of the lovingkindness of the Lord.



The Blessing Of Unity

Reading Plan: Psalm 133

Psalm 133:1-3 (NASB)
1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.
3 It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever.

Life is at it’s best when we have true unity with our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Unity is “good and pleasant.” God’s blessing is found through unity.

Precious oil is a reference to the anointing of Aaron as High Priest. The pouring of oil refers to the Holy Spirit flowing down upon us all. When we are unified, the Spirit flows with power over us. When we are not unified, the Holy Spirit is quenched (1 Th. 5:19) and grieved (Eph. 4:30).

Those who love The Lord have a passion for unity because Jesus prayed that we would be unified. In John 17:21, with the cross looming before Him, Jesus prayed we would all be one. This is my iterative prayer for our church. When we are unified, then we experience the expanse of God’s blessings!




Reading Plan: 2 Samuel 5; 1 Chron. 11-12

1 Chronicles 11:22 (NASB)

22 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, mighty in deeds, struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion inside a pit on a snowy day.

In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day is one of my favorite books. The author, Mark Batterson, based the book on the story of Benaiah. Batterson emphasizes the agony of being in a pit. One can make the assumption that being in a pit with a lion would be an utter disaster. Add a snowy day on top of that and your day seems doomed. However, God delivered Benaiah from his affliction and used his challenges to strengthen him. Benaiah rose up to a place of prominence. His obstacles became victories!

The book is truly worth reading. Are you in a pit today? I want to encourage you that being in a pit is a mere opportunity to witness the power of God’s mighty hand of deliverance. God will use this for your good far beyond your thoughts and imagination.


Forget Not His Benefits

Reading Plan: Psalms 102-104

Psalm 103:1-6 (NASB)
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;  3  Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;  4  Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion;  5  Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.  6  The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.

There are benefits that come from knowing God as our Father. God desires for us to experience His benefits & blessings. The Psalmist cautions us to never forget them. I love what the psalmist depicts in psalm 103:

  • God pardons all of our iniquities. Verse 10 describes how God will not deal with us according to our sins. He deals with us according to His love, mercy and grace. He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west (verse 12).
  • God heals all of our diseases. This is in reference to the hurts and pains within our heart. While God can and at times does heal physical disease, healing of our emotional distress is imperative. One day, when we get to heaven, we will be entirely healed from both our physical and emotional pain.
  • God redeems our lives from the pit. Have you ever felt like you are stuck in a pit? God has the power to get us out of the pit. He lifts us up out of the mud and delivers us to an oasis.
  • God crowns us with loving kindness and compassion. God cares for us and exemplifies His love.
  • God satisfies our years with good things. God fills us with joy & rejuvenates our soul. With God, we always feel young!

This is a great benefit package and it is all ours when we are truly His!


Inquire Of The Lord

Reading Plan: 1 Chron. 7-10

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 (NASB)
13  So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it,
14  and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.

Saul started out on the right path. He and Samuel were close and he led the people of Israel for years with the Spirit of God upon him.

Then he turned from the Lord. Impatience and pride inhabited his heart. He did not honor the calling of Samuel by offering the sacrifice that only Samuel should have offered. Saul disobeyed God. He kept possessions from the victories they won that should have been destroyed or been given to the Lord. He would fall because he was jealous of David. David loved Saul and was loyal to him. Saul’s jealousy blinded him and lead to his demise.

Verse 13 describes the reasoning for the fall of Saul. Saul did not keep the Word of the Lord and did not inquire of the Lord. If he had, God would have received him with open arms. God knew Saul would reach a place where he would never return to Him. However, God would have bestowed His grace upon his son had he come back with a sincere & repentant heart.

We should ALWAYS inquire of the Lord and follow His Word. Even when we don’t, it is never too late to turn to Him!


Open Up To The Lord

Reading Plan: Psalms 81, 88, 92-93

Psalm 81:10-16 (NASB)
10  “I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
11  “But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me.
12  “So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices.
13  “Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!
14  “I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.
15  “Those who hate the LORD would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.
16  “But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

Verse 10 was George Mueller’s favorite passage. He was a prominent Christian evangelist, recognized as a man of prayer with amazing testimonies of how God answered when he called. One of my favorite quotes from Mueller is, “God’s rescue is never late, but seldom early.”

George Mueller loved verse 10 because he experienced the fulfillment of God’s promise over and over again. It is my prayer that we experience the same. Open your mouth and God will fill it. When we open up to God, He will fill us with His love & bless us in abundance. The key, then, is to open up to the Lord.


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