TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY(Pt. 2)

“I have found David…a man after My own heart, who will do all My will”(Acts 13:22 NKJV)

WORSHIP-FINDING THE HEART OF GOD

God loved David because David loved God. He captured the heart of God through his worship. Long before David was a king or a warrior he was a worshipper on the lonely backside of his Father’s pastureland. He sang to the LORD God his Creator, gazing up at the moon and the stars by night and the glory of the rising sun by day. As he reflected on the beauty of God’s creation he mused poetically, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor”(Psalm 8:3-5 NKJV).

WORSHIP IS SUSTAINED BY HUNGER

The secret of David’s ardent worship was a consistent thirst for the divine. He refused to accept dead religion for a true experience of God’s manifest presence in His life. “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name”(Psalm 63:1-4).

David understood that worship is a personal matter before it becomes a corporate expression among people. He also understood that it is natural for those who love and honor God to express that love in some demonstrative way. David never considered worship as a drag or dread. He knew that God enjoyed His people and longed to have them filled with joy and expectation.

“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name”(Psalm 100:1-2,4 NKJV).

RECOVERING THE ARK

Perhaps the one crowning achievement of David’s life was recovering the Ark of God’s presence. This was the symbol of God’s presence among Israel, God’s people. Under Eli’s priestly administration it was lost, captured by the Philistines. It was not pursued under the prophet Samuel’s leadership. Neither did Saul, first king over Israel, seek the Ark. But when David was anointed to be the next king, he declared, “I will not rest until I find a resting place for the Ark of God”. David knew that his kingdom would never be established until God’s Kingship was visibly acknowledged in the midst of His people. Today, we have too many who are happy to have their rulership acknowledged among the people and yet, the Lord God’s Kingly government is nowhere in sight.

WORSHIP AMONG THE NATIONS

David was not only a priest and king. He was a prophet who gave expression by the Holy Spirit of those things that were yet to come. He writes with anticipation of when all the nations would come to worship the Lord King of all the earth. “Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us, And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him”(Psalm 67:5-7 NKJV). Our worship matters to the Lord. True worship from His people will hasten His coming.

 

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