“Then Manoah took a young goat, together with the grain offering, and sacrificed it on a rock to the Lord. And the Lord did an amazing thing while Manoah and his wife watched: As the flame blazed up from the altar toward heaven, he angel of he lord ascended in the flame. Seeing this, Manoah and his wife fell with their faces to the ground. When the angel of he Lord did not show himself again to Manoah and his wife, Manoah realized that it was the angel of he Lord. ‘We are doomed to die!’ he said to his wife. ‘We have seen God!’ But his wife answered, ‘If the Lord had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and grain offering from our hands, not shown us all these things or now told us this.’” (Judges13:19-23)
This story from Judges is proof that God blesses families when they honor Him. In this case, the angel of the Lord came to the wife of Manoah and though she was barren, was told that she would give birth to a son, but that she had instructions that were to be follow to the letter. She and Manoah her husband offered to feed him but he declined and said to prepare a burnt offering and grain offering and offer it to the Lord.
This couple was a worshiping couple and they realized that the angel of the Lord had visited them. They had been told that their son would be a Nazirite (set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of he Philistines), and he was named Samson. This worshiping couple responded as directed to the Lord’s presence with reverence and awe.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, let our worship reflect the same reverence and awe as did Manoah and his wife, as they were blessed with a son. Samson was a Nazirite, having never drunk wine or any fermented drink and never cut his hair. Our God blessed this family and all families of Israel, for the purpose of eliminating the Philistine control over Israel. Abba, even today, you continue to bless those who honor You. For it is in Jesus’ holy name, that we who claim to be Christians, honor Him for all He has already done for us. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Moments spent with God rep benefits that lasts a lifetime.”
“David praised the Lord in the presence of he whole assembly, saying, ‘Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted a head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.’” (1st Chronicles29:10-13)
Worship centers on God in His holy, unique nature before it looks to His acts on behalf of His people. One great characteristic of worship is pure love for or adoration of the Lord. Focusing the mind and heart on the majesty of God, contemplating the glory of God, meditating upon all the glorious attributes of God are all vital to worship.
The sovereignty of God is the basic reason for and focus of worship. These verses vividly illustrate such adoration. We have lost much of this sense of awe and adoration which ought to be at the very heart of worship collectively, and certainly of us individually. We get so caught up in arriving at church before the start of church worship, that we don’t make any time to truly contemplate what it is that we are really doing. Instead, we need to arrive early, just so that we can find the real reverence and awe that is in our hearts and allow it to come forward to lead us into meaningful worship.
“He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.’” (Revelation14:7)
Stop for a moment and just think about your priest/minister/pastor/clergy suddenly disappearing in front of your eyes, and in place of them was Almighty God! Would your worship be different than it normally would be? I’m reminded of the young family that roared into the parking lot of their church, there was obvious bickering going on, and yet as they walked into the church and their clergy asked them how they were, their response was, “Blessed in every way!” So, I’m guessing to answer to my question is that your would definitely being worshiping in a new way or at least, different that other days.
The people responded immediately to the presence of the Lord. With “deep reverence” they rejoiced and fell flt on their faces before the Lord! True worship grows out of this sense of reverence and awe for God. My prayer is that the next time you worship, you try to do so with this type of reverence and awe and I believe that you will have a different experience altogether! Your clergy have all been called by God, to be there and to bring the Word of God to each of you, and you, hopefully, are there to listen to it and figure out how it applies to your daily lives.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” (Mark9:8)
Jesus takes Peter, James, and John on a walk and then up on a high mountain. Upon arrival, Jesus is transfigured: his clothing is dazzling white and before them appeared Elijah and Moses who were talking with Jesus. The three disciples are stunned and Peter cries out, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one you, one for Moses and one for Elijah. Suddenly a cloud appeared and enveloped
Suddenly a cloud appeared and enveloped them, a voice came out of the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’” Moses and Elijah are no longer there, only Jesus. This was a test for the disciples and for us, beloved. On the way back down, Jesus gave them strong orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. Beloved, if you are going through the motions of worship services, without truly worshiping, you and God need to have a talk, now.