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|A Prayer That We Might Praise God Continually|
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”—2 Samuel 22:2-4
This week let’s concentrate on worshipping God with our praise.
There are times to intercede on behalf of others; there are times to pray for the sick, for finances, and for God’s leading. And then there are times to simply cease asking and start praising. For the next seven days, let us devote ourselves to giving God the gratitude and the praise that He so richly deserves.
You have had the experience of fearing the worst, only to receive the good news that your fears were unfounded. You feared an exam and were so relieved when you discovered you’d made the grade. Or you’ve just been pronounced free of the cancer that was discovered a few months ago. Then again, you may have received some unexpected but much needed funds in the mail. Your heart is gladdened with joy and freedom.
David feared that Saul might kill him. For ten long years he ran from cave to cave and from village to village, staying ahead of the spies Saul had recruited to find him. Years of hiding, scrounging for food, and staying ahead of his murderers drained faith from his soul. So you can imagine his relief when he was spared from the trap that Saul had laid for him.
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|A Prayer for Purity of Motive|
“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart”—1 Samuel 16:7
The context of this statement gives us insight into what God considers of utmost value. Samuel is asked by God to find another king for Israel, and is given specific instructions to go to the house of Jesse near Bethlehem because God was preparing one of his sons to be the next king. From the oldest to the youngest, the sons of Jesse strut past Samuel in hopes that they will be chosen for the position of fame and power. When the lineup is over, Samuel is confused because neither of the sons receives the “yes” from God.
When Samuel asks if Jesse still has other sons, the youngest, David, is brought to the prophet and Samuel instantly recognizes him to be the “the Lord’s anointed.” God made it clear that a man can be towering in stature and have a shriveled soul. A man can have all the outward qualifications of leadership but have an unqualified heart. When God measures a man, He puts the tape around the heart, not the head.
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