July 7, 2020
WHO ASKS FOR A DOUBLE BLESSING? In the listing of names in the lineage of Judah, the author of 1 Chronicles paused to describe a man named Jabez. What can we know about Jabez from this description? 1) He was “more honorable” than his brothers. 2) His mother named him, “Jabez,” meaning “to cause
July 16, 2019
TRANSITIONING FROM PORTABLE TO PERMANENT David made preparations for the Temple to be built in Jerusalem. He gathered the materials for the building and gave his son, Solomon instructions for its construction. He instructed the Levites on how to transition from their former ministry of carrying and setting up the portable Tabernacle, to the new
July 14, 2019
WHO ARE WE O LORD THAT YOU HAVE BROUGHT US THIS FAR? When David told the prophet Nathan of his desire to build a house for the Lord, the word of the Lord came to Nathan during the night saying that He was instead going to build a house for David. The Lord spoke of
July 13, 2019
PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS EVERY DAY TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE. David gave this song of thanksgiving to the Levites to sing on the day they brought the Ark into Jerusalem. In these two verses, he commanded his people to proclaim the good news that God saves to the nations. Notice some of the details of his
July 11, 2019
DAVID: THE SONG-WRITING, STONE-SLINGING MAN OF GOD David was God’s man, but he was also a man’s man. There was something about his heart that the Lord would anoint him king. And something about his manner that made men of action want to follow him. He was an amalgamation of such eclectic talent and passion,
July 16, 2017
David not only provided the materials and plans for the building of the Temple, he also organized the Levites for its service. Among those he set apart were 4,000 he chose for praising the Lord with musical instruments which were made according to his instruction.
David was a well known musician and song writer himself. He wrote most of the 150 psalms we have in our Bible. He included inscriptions at the beginning of many of his psalms for the musicians who would perform them. For instance, today’s One Year Bible psalm reading, Psalm 12, instructs the Chief Musician to have it played “on an eight-stringed harp.”
David’s vision for worship was all-encompassing. He planned and provided for every detail, including the musicians, instruments and even the songs they would perform. Yet, he never saw his dream fulfilled. He left it all in the hands of his son, Solomon to accomplish.
Although the Lord didn’t allow David to build the Temple, He was David’s inspiration for planning it. Even the songs and musical instruments that David made were echoes of heaven’s worship that David heard from the Spirit that anointed him.
July 13, 2017
These two verses come from the psalm of thanksgiving that David instructed Asaph and the Levite singers to sing during the procession of the Ark to its new home in Jerusalem. David was not only a good king, he was a good worship service planner.
The first stanza invites all the earth to sing to the Lord. The next instructs his saints to proclaim the gospel (“good news”) every day. The third and fourth stanzas instruct the saints to declare God’s “glory” and “wonders” among every nation and people. Reading this, one can see the continuity of David’s song and Christ’s Great Commission, namely, to “go and make disciples of all nations.”
What a wonderful worship service David planned for the Ark’s arrival in its new home! And what a worship service the Lord plans for us when we arrive home with Him!
July 12, 2017
After Saul died, all Israel came together to make David their king. At this time, David consulted with leaders from every tribe to get their advice about bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and inviting all Israel to gather together for the occasion. The assembly gladly approved the idea. So David invited Israelites from as far South as “Shihor in Egypt” (“Shihor,” meaning “black,” was another name for the Nile River), and as far North as “Hamath” (A city located deep in modern Syria called “Hama”), which at that time was a possession of Israel.
David had the Ark brought from “Kirjath Jearim,” the place where it had rested for 20 years, since its capture and return by the Philistines (1 Sam. 7:1-2). Unlike king Saul, David wanted the Ark nearby, that he might inquire of the Lord, something that Saul had not done.
King David’s first act as king revealed his heart for the Lord and his wisdom for uniting the twelve tribes into one nation.
July 11, 2017
David was God’s man, but he was also a man’s man. There was something about his heart that the Lord would anoint him king. And something about his manner that made men of action want to follow him. He was an amalgamation of such eclectic talent and passion, rarely found in one man. He was both a song-writer and a stone-slinger, a man of words and a man of war, a gentle lover and a giant-killer, a musician and a mighty warrior, he was the shepherd king and even mighty men would follow him anywhere.
David was a foreshadowing of the coming Messiah. The one who would be both Lion of Judah and Lamb of Jehovah. The one who was lifted up on the cross that He might “draw all men” to Himself (John 12:32). Those who follow Him as King are made His “mighty men” and mighty women today.
July 7, 2017
In the listing of names in the lineage of Judah, the author of 1 Chronicles paused to comment on a man named Jabez.
What can we know about Jabez from these two verses?
1) He was “more honorable” than his brothers.
2) His mother named him, “Jabez,” meaning “to cause pain, grief or sorrow,” because he caused her such pain in childbirth.
3) He was a praying man.
4) He prayed to the “God of Israel,” not a false god.
5) His prayer revealed that he wanted to overcome the name and situation he had been given at birth.
What did Jabez pray?
1) That God would bless him “indeed” (Double use of “barak,” – “blessing” in Hebrew. Literally, that God would “bless bless” me.) Jabez wanted a double blessing!
2) That God would enlarge his “territory” (“coastlines, boundaries”). He wanted God to grow his influence.
3) That the “hand” of God would be with him. He prayed for God’s continual presence on his life.
4) That God would keep him from evil. This request was similar to Christ’s “deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13) request in His teaching prayer.
5) That God would keep him from causing pain. Or that God would keep him from pain (As most translators see it).
And God “granted” his request. Regardless of our situation at birth, or at present, the Lord is ready to hear our prayers. Jabez did not complain, nor blame. He asked God to bless and be with him. And God is always ready to do just that!