“Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord.” (Genesis 24:26)
Abraham called upon his most trusted servant to go and find a woman to wed his son Isaac, that was of their clan. He was told where to go and that when he saw a woman at a well drawing the water, he was to ask her for some water to drink and this woman, Rebekeh did exactly as the servant was told she would do, and his response was to bow down and worship the Lord, for he had found the offspring of Abraham’s brother for Isaac to wed.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, today we honor the gift of answered prayers, and our appropriate response to them. Worship is the best way we can honor our Lord for answering a prayer that we have offered up to Him, for it reflects that our prayers are in symc with His will. Today also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“We make a living by what we get…, we make a life by what we give…(Winston Churchill)”
“As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. Whenever the people saw the pillar of loud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. The lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” (Exodus 33:9-11)
Worship is intensely private and individual. We need to worship together with others, but such meetings are worthless if we do not have our private and personal worship of the Lord. The Old Testament begins with individual worship (Genesis 4:3-4). Individual worship is needed to prepare us for corporate worship with the congregation.
“Also the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!’ And the king bowed in worship on his bed and said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.’” (1st Kings 1:47-48)
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“When he came to the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’” (Luke 19:37-38)
As Abraham was successful in the sending of his servant to find a woman of his own clan to marry his son Isaac, and prayed both as an individual, he had also impacted his family and servants, that worship and prayer is the appropriate response to God’s our prayers. David had been a faithful servant of God for a long time, though he had committed a terrible sin. God eventually forgave David for his sin, after taking the son that resulted in the sinful act. In his old age, David was granted the privilege to see his son Solomon, succeed him on the throne and was humbled before God for that gift. Way too often, we seem to take credit for things that God has done for us. We must learn that humility is underrated in our gifts, for it is in humility some of the greatest works we provide by God’s help is in helping those less fortunate than ourselves. It is often said that the best example of good works is accomplished for those who can do absolutely nothing for us in return, as it removes any possible gift in return for helping them!