Sunday, April 7, 2019

A REASON TO DANCE

Today’s┬áReading: 2 Samuel 6

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Here are the remains of a column rising out of the ground in ancient Laodicea, the home of the “lukewarm church,” one of the seven churches of the book of Revelation (Rev. 13:14-22).

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 6:14-15

Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

Psalm 68, a song, may have been composed by King David for the occasion of bringing the Ark up to Jerusalem. David writes, “Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Sing to God, sing praises to His Name.” He also tells of a procession into the sanctuary: “The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after. Among them were the maidens playing timbrels” (Psalm 68:24-25). The Apostle Paul quotes a verse from Psalm 68:18 refering to Christ’s ascension into Heaven (Ephesians 4:8-10). There was at least one person who was not happy on the day the Ark was brought to Jerusalem. Saul’s daughter, Michal, was miserable. She had been manipulated by her father, and it seems that David didn’t love his first wife. Back in 1 Samuel 17:25 it is stated that Saul’s daughter would be given to the man who defeats Goliath. We can be sure that Michal had no say in the matter. Nevertheless, she came to love David (1 Samuel 18:28), and they were married. In the next chapter, Michal saves David’s life (1 Samuel 19:11-17). Then Saul intervenes again and gives Michal to another man. Now, after David took her from the other man, it seems there was no love there. Michal and David had been deeply hurt. Perhaps this history will help us understand David’s later conduct with other women (no excuse), and Michal’s bitterness and outburst against him…and why she was childless.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I ask for healing of hurts from the past. I ask for a greater measure of joy and for freedom to express that joy before You in my worship of You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve been thinking of the words of Isaiah which Jesus read from the scroll when He announced His mission before His hometown congregation (Isaiah 61:1 & Luke 4:18). As I meditated on the messed-up relationship between David and Michal, I’ve been feeling sad. Now, however, I’m starting to rejoice as I read Isaiah and Luke. Jesus declared that the Spirit of the Lord has “sent Me to heal the brokenhearted” and “to set at liberty those who are oppressed.” Yes! Yes! I’ve seen Jesus do this again and again. Jesus is our “Ark.” He is the manifest presence of God in our lives. In fact, I’m thinking of two married couples I know well whose hearts were broken. Recently I sat in a restaurant with one of these couples and heard these words from both husband and wife: “Jesus has healed us so powerfully that we love each other more than ever before.” Only Jesus can do that. Jesus changes everything! Rejoicing fills my being as I think about Jesus.

Yours for expressing the joy of the Lord!

David

P.S. Norma-Jean showed me her facebook link to Budapest, Hungary. Here is a dance of joy from their celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. They call this a “Flash Mob.” To think that just over 20 years ago their communist government was trying their best to eradicate faith in God from all Hungarian people. I say to all killjoy atheists: Give up! You’ll never win! (click here) Celebrate Jesus!

In today’s reading, David brought the Ark of the Covenant up to Jerusalem. The sacred Ark contained the two tablets with the Ten Commandments, the rod of Aaron that blossomed and a pot of manna.

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7 thoughts on “Sunday, April 7, 2019

  1. Our bible seems to be telling us that we are all in the same boat. What a wonderful legacy from Jesus and all believers. Watched the video from Hungary which Norma-Jean was viewing. How great all these people share our joy in celebrating God as our Lord and Saviour. Thank u Ron et al for continuing this joyful and enlighterning bible study.
    Blessings on all believers now and always.

    • Hi Lynda
      the Bible is the Word of God! It is filled with good wisdom, words of encouragement;always building up our confidence and assurance that God said He will never leave us nor forsake us;
      I so enjoy the Prayer that Jesus taught us, The Lord’s Prayer; it covers every aspect of our lives and of others;
      The Bible; the Word of God has instruction for every day of our lives; how to live; love and be happy;how to make good decision; assurance that when we mess up our Heavenly Father is right there beside to hear us when we say “I’m sorry, I messed up Lord, please forgive me” and our Lord God, the Holy Son of God; forgives us completely; never to bring it up again; His forgiveness stretches as far as the east is from the west; unbelievable; but at the song says AIN’T THAT JUST LIKE THE LORD!
      Lord Thank You for You Word; help us understand You and thank You that you love us with unconditional love.
      Lord I pray at this time to heal all those that are dealing with health issues; I pray Lord You will heal them, completely from head to toe and that those who are healed with turn around and Thank you,
      In Jesus name I Pray amen

  2. What a joy to watch these people – young and some older – dance to celebrate the RISEN CHRIST on an EASTER MORNING !!!

  3. Praise the Lord for His great love for us!

    When we are hurting, the tendency is to heart others!

    Great picture of the Ark of God!

    Sunny and warm this day of the Lord; rejoice in it!

  4. Lord God You know my whole situation, I need a financial breakthrough; a good person for the back room, or may be 2 good people, I used to have this and it worked out well, I could pay down my loan HOWEVER I am trusting You to hand pick the right people
    Bless my family; my neighbours, Thank You Lord for swimming; in Jesus Name I Pray amen

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