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May 13, 2021 6:45 am
Says that God placed eternity in all of our hearts. God created us to worship all of us worship something because we were created to worship and give devotion to something by God's moments of hope. The Bible says that God placed eternity in each of our hearts created us to worship. Are we exchanging our devotion to the living and eternal God for the temporary things of this world. King David's life is a great example for us to look at here is pastor topic continuing our study the life of Dana, thank you for being here.
The question is what is worship. What is a worshiper of the living God going to look at that throughout this message through the life of King David. I've been in John IV chapter and if you know that very special story. Jesus is going from Jerusalem to Galilee, where he was born and raised and he's going through an area called Samaria, which had people that were half Jewish Gentiles, and the Jews actually hated them so Jesus encounters a woman at the well at Sykora small village in Samaria and they start talking about the presence of God. She says will here in Samaria we worship on Mount dear Azeem and the temple. We built there because you Jews won't let us worship in Jerusalem at your temple. What about that and Jesus response in some wonderful ways.
In John IV chapter versus 22 and 1223 and 24 he says this but the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the father is seeking such people to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth, so hold on to the spirit and truth, and will come back that at the end of the message but the point here is Jesus says to the woman is going to be a day when worship is not going to be limited to a place Mount dear Azeem or in Jerusalem.
There's going to come a day when you can worship freely. Anytime anyplace all day long. The father in fact is seeking true worshipers, the people asked me all the time. Questions like my supposed to marry so and so what job should I take and I don't know the will of God for you in those areas but I do know this part of the will of God for your life. The father is seeking true worshipers, the father wills that his followers be true worshipers.
So what does that mean human beings were created to worship something. The Bible says that God placed eternity in all of our hearts. God created us to worship. Now we worship something. Either it's other people's opinions, job success, power, prestige possessions, whatever it might be all of us worship something because we were created.
Worship and give devotion to something by God. David might give us a clue into what this worship should look like.
David was described in first Samuel 13 before he was anointed king over Israel as a man after God's own heart. That's what a worshiper is a man or woman after God's own heart.
So what is that look at let's look at second Samuel chapter 6 verses one through 23 as of view of understanding David as a worshiper what it looks like to be a true worshiper of God. But in order to understand these verses let me give you their context forcefully have to way back to Mount Sinai. When Moses is given the law by God and God instructs Moses to have certain people build a tabernacle. These elaborate tents, but in the center be what's called the ark of the covenant, the ark of the covenant was not made up by Indiana Jones. It was made up by Almighty God, let me describe for you the ark of the covenant better reality show you a picture of it. It was 2' x 4'.
It's a box that's what the word ark means the bottom part is acacia wood overlaid by bold the lead is pure gold on top of the lid are two angels wings symbolizing they do the work of God and at the center of the angels wings is what's called the mercy seat.
That's the place where God sits. He sits on a mercy seat which means he doesn't give us what we deserve. Aren't you glad that God doesn't give us what we deserve. That's the mercy seat and then there are four ringlets on each corner of the ark in a wood pole that is through each of those ringlets to be carried on the shoulders of the Levites as the ark of the covenant is transported from Sinai in the promised land. Now the ark of the covenant is the very presence of God. If you look at how the tents were told by God to be constructed around the ark move ability from Sinai to the promised land. You'll see the ark of the covenant was placed inside the holy of holy tents as the presence of God.
When people wake up in the morning the first thing they would see is the ark of the covenant inside that holy of holies.
The symbol of the very presence of God and whatever it was moved. It had to be moved by Levites on their shoulders through those poles.
That's very important, and no one could come into the presence of the holy God of the universe without dying. Clearly, God instructed everyone who had the opportunity of coming in the presence to be cleansed of their sins or they couldn't come this presence to people, especially Moses, the leader would commune with God before the ark of the covenant, but always in a cloud because no one can see the face of God, is a sinful human being before a holy God and live the other person was a high priest to once a year would kill a perfect pure unblemished lamb. That's why sometimes those of you who are spiritual seekers are those we were biblically illiterate heroes talk about worshiping the Lamb of God. Jesus was the perfect Lamb of God to sacrifice forgiveness of our sins every year the Jews would kill a perfect unblemished lamb. That blood will be brought into the ark of the covenant only by the high priest, but after he went through extraordinary cleansing ceremonies to make sure he was pure before a holy God and that he would place the blood on the mercy seat so the people would have a day of atonement, Yom Kippur, a day were they were forgiven of their sins because of the shed blood of the Lamb, the high priest could only go in the presence of God. After going through cleansing ceremonies and then they would still tie a rope around his foot just in case he wasn't cleansed enough and he died in the presence of God. He could be yanked out by the people, so it was very important understand coming into the presence of a holy God before the ark of the covenant, the very presence of God himself. Not having understood that when the Israelites finally got into the promised land. Saul was making the ark of the covenant was set up in a tent in a place called Shiloh and there.
The people came and worship God on a regular basis. One day Saul is in battle with the Philistines and the Philistines are winning the battle. So Saul says let me get the ark of the covenant very powerful presence of God to go with us in battle and will surely win that's first Samuel four through seven and Saul does that. But God will have no part of using him as a lucky charm is like some of you put a cross around your neck and you can attach it all day long hoping God might bless you that's using God as a lucky charm. It doesn't work. In fact, the Philistines captured the ark of the covenant and took it into their land but after a few days of the presence of God being amidst the godless unbelievers called the Philistines they started getting sick, ill, and tumors breaking out all over their body.
They pretty soon convinced themselves. This is because we have this silly ark. Among ourselves we need to get rid of it.
So they put it on a cart and took it back into Israel to a city called Kerry at serum and they left it there and it stayed there under Saul's tutelage for 20 years.
Meanwhile, David finally becomes king over all of Israel. Saul dies in battle. He has a son named Isbell Chef is crowned by the northern kingdom to be the king.
But David's crown by the southern people to be the case of David comes up with an ingenious scheme to unite the nation. First of all, politically nosy. The center of the capital city of their political life. Jerusalem is held partly by the Jews. But the higher mountain mount Zion where the present temple is built on Mount Zion. It was controlled by the Jebusites and it was impossible to overtake them because they had the higher ground. David came up with an ingenious scheme finding a watercourse that he went through with some of his men, and the Jebusites awakened the next morning found David's army all over Mount Zion and they had to yield to David captured Jerusalem the capital city and that became the center of all political life. But David's and I need some kind of spiritual entity to unite the people spiritually.
I have Jerusalem politically. I need something spiritually. The ark of the code, the very presence of God. It's incurious jeer so he sends word to the people overlooking the ark incurious germ.
It's a been a dab who's a priest and his two sons Ohio a HIO, not the state in our union and whose his brother.
So the word comes to carry at serum that they want the ark to come back to Jerusalem as a way of uniting the people spiritually. David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel 30,000 and David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Biodel.
Judah to bring up the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of host who sits enthroned on the cherubim and they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of a been a dab which was on the hill and lose the and Ohio, the sons of a been a dab were driving the new cart with the ark of God in Ohio went before the ark and David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord with songs and liars and harps in tambourines and castanets and symbols. They probably would have little to the Latino sound. You think and when they came to the threshing floor of Nikon who's a put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it for the oxen stumbled and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Susan and God struck him down there because of his error and he died there because of the ark of God, and David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Cusa and that place is called pair residues are to this day, and David was afraid of the Lord that day and said how can the ark of the Lord come to me. So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David, but David took it aside to the house of Obed Edom, the get typed in the ark of the Lord remained in the house of obit. Even the get type III months and the Lord blessed Obed Edom and all of his household and it was told King David. The Lord has blessed the household of Obed Edom and all the belongs to him because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed Edom to the city of David with rejoicing and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps he sacrificed in oxen fat and animal and David danced before the Lord with all of his might.
And David was wearing a linen E fraud. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David Michael, the daughter of Saul looked out the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord and she despised him in her heart, and they brought in the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord and when David had finished offering, the burnt offerings and the peace offerings he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women a cake of bread a portion of meat and a cake of raisins to each one, and all the people departed each to his own house and David returned to bless his household but Michael, the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said how the king of Israel honored himself today uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants, female servants, is one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself and David said to Michael, it was before the Lord, who chose me above your father, and above all his house to appoint me as Prince over Israel, the people of the Lord, and I will celebrate before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this and I will be abased in your eyes, but by the female servants of whom you spoken by them. I shall be held in honor and Michael, the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.
So what we have in these verses in my opinion are three different kinds of worshipers to God finds offensive. The third one is the way God wants us to understand worship the first kind of worshiper is what I'll call lose the worship loser worship a been a dad is his dad. He is a priest.
The word comes to Cusa and his brother Ohio bring back the ark, so they put the ark on a cart like it was brought to them from the Philistines in case you did know the Philistines were the ones who invented the whole cart idea wheels and carrying something in the cart was a philistine invention so the ark is placed on a card and started to go back toward Jerusalem, Ohio. One of the brothers is ahead of the cart enjoying and celebrating bring the ark back to Jerusalem lose is actually on the cart. They hit a whole. The ark starts to wobble. Cusa sticks his hand out somehow to steady it and immediately he struck by God and in some of you cry out that just doesn't seem fair limited. One thing about fairness. Fairness was lost in the Garden of the fairness is in the sight of God to, and here's what you need to understand folks as you think that's not fair with Cusa.
God is a holy God.
Moses could only appeared when the cloud, the high priest only after elaborate cleansing and then no one else could come into his presence without fear of death. The problem with Cusa and Ohio and his daddy had been a dab is they didn't know when they should've known as priests who had the tour. The first five books of the Bible available to them that the ark could only be carried by Levites on poles not casually placed on a philistine heart. The problem with lose the ones he casually touched the ark and he did not understand from numbers 415 other places that the ark should only be carried by Levites, not priests you as I read the story about who's a I'm not so much surprised that news is dead. I'm more surprised I'm alive.
As I think about the ways that I casually worship Almighty God of the purpose of preaching is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable. You need to know for the next minutes I'm going to do the latter, I want to challenge you, whether you casually worship the holy God of this universe. What most Americans do is casually worship the Lord God of this universe. Let me ask you some pointed questions how do you spend your hours before you come to corporately worship do you go see movies or watch television programs that Almighty holy God would never want you to watch in the first place. But you used that is what you do before you come into his holy presence right. Do you casually come in late.
Is that a casual attitude toward holy worship of a holy God. All there just singing.
Do you ever come in even early before the service begins and spend some time saying God cleanse my confessing your sins and all my things and moments of hope David something. Thanks for listening, coming up Dana joins me in the studio with a conversation about when it really mean to being lucky nothing right now this is the ministry minute, focusing on ministries that have a positive impact on our community on Mark McManus and here's Jim Noble with the dream Center, Charlotte hello my name is Jimbo and Bowen direct take a minute tell you guys. Thank you mama. Suppose David and Marilyn Chadwick all of you there being no real number for us. You been there since OA restarting kings and grew into the dream Center the middle of the last eight weeks, probably exceeding 55,000 now I guess. Where is the right made such an impact in the city of reason and of those is one of the work that with the meals. No ministry so in JC Williams and Thomas were remarkably new words that never come out as well. As the meals and know the first collimated side of Israel and provide you all the resounding yes. So everything you and not only that, you also said dreams and this week started producing meals.
There is a restaurant of dreams and with you as were surveyed for you guys got God bless and we just turn 1916. Thanks for listening today joining the DM is our pastor dated, Dated, thank you so much for being with us today.
Thank you Jim great being with you to David you titled this morning Z devotion block is the religion of the lazy, that's quite a statement dated. I don't know who said it 1st.I think Marilyn and I actually were watching a television show one time and heard it, and I jotted it down because I really liked it a lot. Then the question comes with what's it trying to say. Well, the Bible makes it very clear that we are to work and work hard hardly as if the Lord himself is our daily boss overseeing all of our work. Our desire is to please him. I think that comes from Colossians chapter 3 verses 23 and 24 most often good things come to people who work hard and live righteously and may I say that again good things most often come to people who work hard and live righteously. Solomon who was the wisest man who ever lived. In Proverbs chapter 6 says look at the ant observed the and how they just daily go through their work, discipline and routine, then over a long period of time have stored up enough stuff to allow them to live easily for the rest of their lives. How much more should we follow the example of the ant. For those of us who are children of God seek lazy people rely on luck. They just sit back and go case a roster.
Whatever will be will be. Will I think we more need to work for our futures and defined them ourselves when lazy people often fail.
They have no one to blame except themselves but hard-working righteous people rely on good hard work they understand delayed gratification. They understand getting out of debt and storing up for the future and they are the ones who most often succeed. Actually, that's another Proverbs. Proverbs 16 nine hard-working people are the ones who most often succeed.
So if I could make a statement against a lot of the critical theory that's being advanced in our culture right now. It's basically trying to divide our culture into the oppressed and the oppressors and was trying to defeat are things like personal responsibility, hard work, delayed gratification, etc. saying that's only for people who are of white privilege. It's not folks. Those are basic values of life when practiced by anybody over a long period of time. Most often lead to success.
This is so powerful and it reminds me of the Scripture that we have good works laid before us into our future that we need to walk into an accomplice and I can't remember exactly where that Scripture is as trying to look at here bet that there are good works for us to facilitate or not. Can I just happen to us. We need to step out. Indeed, on this is a great challenge will it's the message of personal responsibility and health course. God is sovereign and over control of everything.
But that doesn't deny the fact that we must take responsibility for our own lives and there's a verse in Ezekiel that says no longer are we to blame our parents for what has happened to us. We are responsible ourselves what has happened to us and every body no matter what your past is been needs to say I hate what's happened to me, but I'm not defined by my past I can make decisions today to work hard and depend upon the Lord, and then again most often when you work hard, live righteously, you are able to succeed and I think that's the message I wanted to get across today.
So powerful thinking so much. Thank you everyone.
And remember, work hard today for the glory of Jesus and Jesus alone.
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