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  • Undignified Worship (1 Chronicles 15:25~29) Sep 3, 2018
    Views 0 Update Sep 3, 2018 Speakers Wesley McClure

    25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing.
    26 Because God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, seven bulls and seven rams were sacrificed.
    27 Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as were the singers, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs. David also wore a linen ephod.
    28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts, with the sounding of rams' horns and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.
    29 As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

     

     

    Reflection

    Glorifying God Alone (15:25–27)

    The work of bringing the ark of the covenant from the house of Obed-Edom is very extravagant. Along with the Levites who carry the ark, Israel’s king and military leaders join in the procession. Sacrifices are made, instruments are played, and choirs sing with great rejoicing as the ark makes its journey to Jerusalem. It is significant as both a national event as well as a day of worship. Even David’s choice of clothing suggests that he wishes to identify himself among the Levites, the servants of the ark. It is God’s day, so all the attention is on Him, and Israel honors and glorifies God in joyous praise. When the LORD is truly worshiped, His people will gladly humble themselves and give Him all the glory.

     

    When do you worship God with all your heart? What can you do to make sure He receives all the glory?

     

    Despising the Dancer (15:28–29)

    All of Israel participates in exuberant celebration, but Michal, David’s wife and Saul’s daughter, is disgusted by David’s enthusiastic dancing and rejoicing. She probably considers it inappropriate for a king to be so expressive in public. David, on the other hand, does not care what people think of him, for his joy cannot be contained. Many people do not understand the reason for our rejoicing; others find our expressions of worship extreme or offensive. However, this should never discourage us from worshiping in ways that show our enthusiasm. God’s character and works are more than worthy of all praise, and He delights in our exuberant and even undignified expressions of affection for Him.

     

    When was the last time you engaged in a public display of worship outside of church? How can you be more expressive and creative when you worship God?

     

    A letter to God 

    Majestic Lord, You rule over all You have created. You deserve more praise than I can ever express. May I always strive to give You the worship You deserve with all my strength and in everything I do. In Your name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • A Joyful Sound (1 Chronicles 15:16~24) Sep 2, 2018
    Views 0 Update Sep 2, 2018 Speakers Jonathan Kwon

    16 David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.
    17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel; from his brothers, Asaph son of Berekiah; and from their brothers the Merarites, Ethan son of Kushaiah;
    18 and with them their brothers next in rank: Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel, the gatekeepers.
    19 The musicians Heman, Asaph and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals;
    20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play the lyres according to alamoth,
    21 and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel and Azaziah were to play the harps, directing according to sheminith.
    22 Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.
    23 Berekiah and Elkanah were to be doorkeepers for the ark.
    24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer the priests were to blow trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-Edom and Jehiah were also to be doorkeepers for the ark.

     

     

    Reflection

    Making Music to the LORD (15:16–24)

    David tells the Levites to appoint musicians to make joyful sounds with harps, trumpets, cymbals, and singing. They organize themselves in an orderly way, each having a specific role and task. They are given responsibilities according to their rank and skill. From the Levitical musicians of Scripture to the corporate singing that takes place in church services today, music has always been an important part of worship. As God’s people, we are called to make music to God and to do so with joyful hearts. At the same time, Levitical musicians show us an example of the great care and orderliness that we should use when producing music that honors and glorifies the Lord.

     

    As you sing songs of worship, focus on the words you are singing. Let the music express your wholehearted praise as a fragrant offering and expression of love to the Lord.

     

     

    A letter to God 

    The Unreached
    Several million Somalis live across eight countries in the northeastern portion of Africa and in the Middle East. They are predominantly Muslim. Pray that the Somali people would come to know Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. Pray also that God would allow strong local churches to be established so that the Gospel would flourish.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • The Ark of God (1 Chronicles 15:1~15) Sep 1, 2018
    Views 0 Update Sep 1, 2018 Speakers Jonathan Kwon

    1 After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.
    2 Then David said, "No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the LORD chose them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister before him forever."
    3 David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to the place he had prepared for it.
    4 He called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites:
    5 From the descendants of Kohath, Uriel the leader and 120 relatives;
    6 from the descendants of Merari, Asaiah the leader and 220 relatives;
    7 from the descendants of Gershon, Joel the leader and 130 relatives;
    8 from the descendants of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the leader and 200 relatives;
    9 from the descendants of Hebron, Eliel the leader and 80 relatives;
    10 from the descendants of Uzziel, Amminadab the leader and 112 relatives.
    11 Then David summoned Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab the Levites.
    12 He said to them, "You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate yourselves and bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.
    13 It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the LORD our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way."
    14 So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel.
    15 And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

     

     

    Reflection

    Celebrating the LORD (15:1–10)

    David truly understands the significance and holiness of the ark of the covenant. Even though his first attempt to bring the ark to Jerusalem failed, David is determined to bring it to the city safely. First, he makes careful preparations for the ark’s arrival and pitches a tent for it. He then gives firm instructions that only the Levites may carry the ark, in accordance with the LORD’s commands. Moving the ark is not an exclusive event reserved for priests and high-ranking officials, however; David assembles all of the Israelites in Jerusalem to join in this historic occasion. By inviting the people to celebrate the ark’s arrival, David is sending a clear message to his people that it is the LORD, not man, who rules over them.

     

    How important is the presence of God to you? How do you show others that it is God who rules over your life?

     

    The LORD’s Way (15:11–15)

    David recounts how they failed to bring the ark to Jerusalem during their first attempt. Because they had not transported the ark correctly, God’s anger broke out against them. This time, he ensures that the Levites set themselves apart and carry the ark upon their shoulders. When things go wrong in our lives, we are often quick to blame God. David, however, acknowledges Israel’s mistake: they had not inquired of the LORD about how to perform the task in the right way. God’s work must be done God’s way. Learning from this, we would be wise to seek God’s guidance in prayer and act in accordance with His commands in all our endeavors.

     

    Reflect on a recent failure or disappointment in your life. In what ways did you fail to inquire of God and obey His commands?

     

    A letter to God 

    God, You alone are Lord and King over my life. Help me to seek Your wisdom in all my endeavors and to obey Your commands without compromise. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • David and the LORD (1 Chronicles 14:1~17) Aug 31, 2018
    Views 0 Update Aug 31, 2018 Speakers Eddie Ledesma

    1 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons and carpenters to build a palace for him.
    2 And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
    3 In Jerusalem David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters.
    4 These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon,
    5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,
    6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia,
    7 Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.
    8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went out to meet them.
    9 Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim;
    10 so David inquired of God: "Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?" The LORD answered him, "Go, I will hand them over to you."
    11 So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, "As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand." So that place was called Baal Perazim.
    12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burn them in the fire.
    13 Once more the Philistines raided the valley;
    14 so David inquired of God again, and God answered him, "Do not go straight up, but circle around them and attack them in front of the balsam trees.
    15 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army."
    16 So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
    17 So David's fame spread throughout every land, and the LORD made all the nations fear him.

     

     

    Reflection

    Established and Exalted (14:1–7)

    David was anointed at a young age by the prophet Samuel to be the next king of Israel, but he spent many years struggling through difficult times before he finally became king over the nation. He fought many battles and had to hide in the wilderness from King Saul, who sought to kill him. When David finally becomes king, he is honored by the king of Tyre, who sends workers and supplies to build his palace. David understands, however, that his kingdom has been exalted because the LORD has established him. The kingdom is blessed because God cares for the people of Israel. David therefore should not be prideful that he has been exalted. Rather, he should recognize the God who has blessed him.

     

    In what ways has God elevated you to influence your community? How is God calling you to use your gifts for His glory?

     

    Inquiring of the LORD (14:8–17)

    As David rises to power, the Philistines search for him with full force to destroy him. David hears about this and goes out to meet them. Rather than engaging with the enemy right away, David does what Saul failed to do. Before each battle with the Philistines, David inquires of the LORD. Inquiring of God does not mean that planning and preparation do not matter, but it does highlight the need for God’s people to seek and understand His will before hastily making decisions. When we seek to do what is pleasing to God and inquire of Him, He will give us the confidence and assurance that He is with us and is leading us to the right path.

     

    Reflect on the major decisions you have made throughout your life. How might you be more intentional in seeking His will in the future?

     

    A letter to God 

    Heavenly Father, thank you that You are the God who establishes leaders and exalts Your people. As I seek Your leading, help me to trust that You will faithfully guide me in the way I should go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.

  • Awesome and Holy God (1 Chronicles 13:9~14) Aug 30, 2018
    Views 0 Update Aug 30, 2018 Speakers Eddie Ledesma

    9 When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled.
    10 The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.
    11 Then David was angry because the LORD's wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
    12 David was afraid of God that day and asked, "How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?"
    13 He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it aside to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
    14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the LORD blessed his household and everything he had.

     

     

    Reflection

    Holy Anger (13:9–10)

    God’s anger over Uzzah’s actions is not a moment of mere displeasure; it is closer to outright rage. The same wording is used to describe the moment when God intended to destroy the Israelites in the wilderness for their repeated disobedience. But why is God so angry at something that seems so well-intended? The ark was meant to be carried on the shoulders of priests, who are the only ones permitted to touch it. To transport it by ox-drawn cart was against God’s commands. Furthermore, Uzzah, in reaching out to steady the ark, failed to uphold the holiness of God. He regarded the ark as a common thing. Let us be reminded that God is holy, and He should never be treated with casual irreverence.

     

    What are some ways that you have acted in an unholy manner? How might you change your attitude and behavior before God?

     

    Blessing and Grace (13:11–14)

    David is deeply upset over Uzzah’s death and halts the plan to bring the ark to Jerusalem for fear that further trouble will come. The temporary option is to store the ark in the home of Obed-Edom, who was a resident of Gath and therefore a foreigner. For reasons unknown to us, his outcome is very different from that of Uzzah, for God blesses him and his household while the ark stays there. In fact, 1 Chronicles 26:4‒6 names the many descendants of Obed-Edom as “capable men” who become gatekeepers for the temple. Like Obed-Edom, we may not be qualified or worthy to stand before God, but His blessing can overflow to us because of His grace.

     

    Reflect on a time when you were blessed by God despite being unworthy or unqualified. How can you thank God for His amazing grace?

     

    A letter to God 

    Holy God, forgive me when I do not give You the respect and honor You deserve. Because of Your grace and mercy, help me to keep watch over my attitude and behavior, especially regarding those things that matter most to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

     

     

    * All Copyrights of the text in Living Life belong to Duranno Books.