Day 2: WORSHIP—Are You up to Develop a Relationship?
'One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.’—Psalm 27:4
('to gaze on the beauty of the Lord'—Psalm 27:4): Worship—Photo by NC-Mineral on Unsplash
David had a unique relationship with God. How that relationship developed, we can only imagine, and who was responsible for cultivating that relationship we don’t know either. But what we do know that we obtain insights into David’s relationship with God in a way that few other individuals ever do.
David shares his vulnerability, his strengths and his weaknesses, his victories and his failures. Through David’s experiences we can evaluate his actions and learn both from his victories and failures. “The Lord has sought out for Himself a man (David) after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as leader and ruler over His people”—1 Samuel 13:14
David wasn’t just the king, he was also a Prophet and a Priest—Not in a Levitical sense, but a priest nonetheless.
David’s relationship, his forthrightness and his obvious love of God is shown in his writing and his songs. His personal devotion and focus on Worship are evident in the Psalms he wrote.
Many are still used in worship 2,500 years after they were written. Not too many writers, lyricists or musicians can claim that sort of pedigree … Not even Shakespeare.
As I read the Psalms and get a sense for David’s heart, I feel that he could easily have given the kingship up and become a full time servant in the house or the LORD. He could have been content to give it all away just to be near God.
You must remember that the house of the Lord hadn’t yet been built. The house of the Lord was in the mind of David and wouldn’t be constructed until after his death. The actual construction of God’s House would be the responsibility of his son Solomon.
Prior to that the ‘house of God’ was a tent—a tabernacle. That special home designed by God and built by Moses. At the time when Psalm 27 was written I’m thinking that David had relocated the tabernacle into Jerusalem. I’m thinking too that though David may have constructed his own magnificent palace, he felt more at home in the tent of God.
There he could have his quiet time, times when he could meditate, perhaps bring a musical instrument with him. Was it here that he was inspired to write many of the psalms we still read and sing today?
In the quiet hours of the day … the wee hour of the morning and again the still of the night, when darkness enveloped the city, I can imagine David stealing away from the politics and intrigue of civic, political and family time to be alone with his Shepherd.
It was during these times “his delight [would be] on the law of the LORD, and on his law he could meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2)
Time alone with God
I get the feeling that these devotional times were the highlight of David’s life. These were the hours he longed for, his most productive hours!
I get the sense that spending time alone with his God was like coming home again. It was his sanctuary, his place where all pretence could be dropped. It was during these times that David could be authentic … warts and all.
It was during these quiet times he could reflect, repent and renew. It was during these times David could truly and authentically worship.
What are you existing for? Are you like David?
Start making an impact today
If we are going to impact our family, our church and our community—then change must happen, Specifically a change of attitude. At the beginning of 2018 let’s begin to cultivate a habit of intentionality. Intentionally set aside quality time as a daily priority, to be with God. Let His Word and Spirit begin to permeate your every pore and thought.
Take time to reflect, repent, renew and worship.
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