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FOLLOWING GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS

As I read Numbers chapter 4, as the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron about the duties of the tribes as they disassembled the temple. I really noticed how specific the duties are of the tribes. The amount of detail that God gave to Moses of how everything should be packed. God was very specific right down to the age of the people working, the materials that were used and their job that they had to do. God expected the tribes to do as He instructed right down to the small details. In some cases if the instructions were not followed exactly even death could occur.

Do we follow instructions exactly? I think we know the answer to that. He gives us the exact instructions on how to receive salvation and live our life but we constantly fail. Thank goodness Jesus paid the price for our failures and no matter how many times we fail He covers our sin. Pray that we will read His word and follow His instructions. 

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A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART

Psalm 101

"I will sing of loving kindness in justice, to you, O Lord, I will sing praises. I will give heed to the blameless way. When will you come to me? I will walk within my house in the integrity of my heart. I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those for fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil. Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will destroy; no one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I endure. My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may do well with me; he who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; he who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked in the land, so as to cut off from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity." 

When I first read this passage, the first thing that came to mind was the words from I Samuel 13:14 which says “The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.”

How often do I pray as David did and ask God to help me and guide me to lead a blameless life? Not nearly as often as I should. How often do I not walk with integrity? How often do I set worthless things before my eyes? I don’t always hate the work of the faithless. How is my heart?  Is it perverse at times? When David says “whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him will I destroy”, Would I be one of them destroyed? In verse 8, David says “he will destroy all the wicked in the land so as to cut from the city of the Lord all those who do iniquity. Would I be one that is considered wicked and be destroyed?

This Psalm would make a great prayer asking God to help us in these areas.

Lord, I pray I would have a heart more like David. Help me and guide me to lead a blameless life. Help me to turn away from sinful ways. Lord, I pray I become a man that you would look at and say “he is a man after my own heart”.

 

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