Deuteronomy 16:1–17:20; Luke 9:7-27; Psalm 72:1-20; Proverbs 12:8-9
He Only Doeth Wondrous Things
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. – Psalm 72:18-19
The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended. – Psalm 72:20
When I read this last verse, I thought how David seems to be declaring the place he began as David, the son of Jesse, and the place where he will end, as David, the son of Jesse. All of the things in his life are because of and for the glory of the Lord God. It was God who took a young boy and set him where He set him and used him for His purposes and His glory. What more could David say than of his life than he said in these verses?
What more can I say of my life. Where God brought me from, where He has brought me to, where He will bring me in the future? May my prayer and my heart song, today and every day, be as David’s.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed by His glorious Name forever: and let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen!
Write the Law, Read the Law, Keep the Law
And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel. – Deuteronomy 17:18-20
The kings were instructed to write the law in a book, keep it, and read it every day. Why? So that they can learn the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord will help kings to keep the law and not deviate from it. What excellent instruction for us as well. Write the Word down, read the Word, and keep the Word that we too may learn to fear God and keep and do all God instructs!
Who Do You Say that I Am?
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. – Luke 9:18-20
Who do you say that I am? This is a question we each will have to answer. Because we have grown up knowing the correct answer, there is only one way we can answer honestly, which is how we live our lives. Are we sitting at the feet of Jesus to hear, learn, and follow His commands because we know Him and love Him? Or are we listening from a distance, and at test time looking at someone else’s life to copy for the correct answer or pulling from what we have merely memorized. We sound like we know Him, but then we go off into our day doing as we please. We know the correct answer, but we don’t live it day-by-day?
He that is despised, and hath a servant, is better than he that honoureth himself, and lacketh bread. – Proverbs 12:9
To honor oneself is not honor at all. It is the direct opposite. Give honor where honor is due and there is only one that truly deserves our honor and praise.
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious Name forever: and let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen!