I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Related Media I want to talk about the most important concept in the whole Bible. You will struggle with guilt, you will lack joy, you will lack motivation to serve God, if you do not understand and apply this concept to your walk with God.
I am referring to the glorious truth of the grace of God.
It ought to be at the core of your daily experience with God. You will be richly rewarded. I need to warn you that Satan works overtime to confuse people on this essential truth.
Some turn the grace of God into licentiousness Jude 4.
Others give lip service to grace but live under the strangle hold of legalism. But who would expect to find it shining forth from the pages of 2 Samuel 9? The story is tucked between two accounts of battles which David fought, and so it sparkles all the more by way of contrast.
David was reflecting on his dear friend Jonathan, who had been killed in battle along with his father Saul about 20 years previously. It comes from the Hebrews, who observed the exceptional love and care which the stork demonstrated toward its young. It would make its nest in the tallest fir trees, safe from its enemies.
It would nurture and care for those ugly, gawking baby storks with an unfailing, loyal love. He does not wait around for us to come to Him. In fact, we cannot and do not come to God in and of ourselves. Lewis put it, I never had the experience of looking for God.
It was the other way round: He was the hunter or so it seemed to me and I was the deer. And I am very thankful that this is how the first conscious meeting occurred.
It forearms one against subsequent fears that the whole thing was only wish fulfillment. David sought out Mephibosheth. In fact, he was in hiding when the king found him. Notice three things about where God found us, as illustrated in this story: We were fallen in sin.
Twice we are told that Mephibosheth was lame in both feet 9: The common custom of eastern monarchs in that day was to eliminate all rivals to the throne. So she grabbed the boy in her arms and ran in panic. He fell and, I would surmise, broke both of his ankles.
Without modern medicine to set the bones properly, he was left a cripple for life. The spiritual parallel is obvious. Just as Mephibosheth once walked with his father, so man originally walked with God.
But sin came and man suffered a fall which left him as a permanent spiritual cripple, alienated from God. That is the condition in which we were when God sought us out with His great love: We were far from God.
Mephibosheth knew that by virtue of his lineage, he could be put to death by King David, and so he was living in quiet obscurity out in Lo-debar.
And so we just quietly blocked God out of our lives and moved as far away from His presence as we could get, hoping that He would not come looking. The study of the nature of God: My Reflection Anonymous Theology Professor October 01, The study of the nature of God: My Reflection “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians TDB:NIV) One of the many unique qualities of Christianity is that the Bible talks about testing everything and holding on to the good.
Sermon. Text: ‘“Leave her alone,” said Jesus.
Why are you bothering her? He called it SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD. The girl who was too ugly to get married had done something beautiful with her life for God.
No doubt when Muggeridge chose that title, he had in mind the passage we read today. I believe that he also sees beauty in. The Fourfold Beauty of a Godly Woman Amanda Criss May 5, Christ Removes the Curse of Criticism Amanda Criss Dec 2, let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD Jesse M. Hendley Psalm Psalm - AND LET THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD OUR GOD BE UPON US: AND ESTABLISH THOU THE WORK OF OUR HANDS UPON US: YEA, THE WORK OF OUR HANDS ESTABLISH THOU IT.
PHYSICAL BEAUTY I am writing this in Ft. Myers, Florida. I am sitting in my hotel room. “And to behold God's beauty. AND TO BEHOLD GOD'S BEAUTY. Let’s say the whole verse together: “One thing I seek, to live in the presence of the Lord all the days of my life, and to behold God's beauty.” You have learned the Bible verse.
Psalm The one thing that I need. The one thing that you need. God wants us to use the Scriptures like soap to scrub us clean of the things that make us dirty if we are to grow in beauty.
I know that each day I need to be washed by God’s soap. It reminds me of a shower when my hair and clothes are full of sand from being on the beach all day.