ARE WE GOOD STEWARDS OF GOD’S BLESSINGS?

The Great Purpose of Christian Stewardship

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1 Chronicles 16:23–36

Retired missionary Paul R. Lindholm begins a reflection on what he views as the overriding purpose of Christian stewardship—glorifying God—with a humorous vignette:

A church choir director asked a clerk in a music store for a copy of an anthem with the title, “The Glory of the Lord.” The clerk called to the person working in the storage shelves for a copy. Finding none, the clerk called down: “The Glory of the Lord” is out of print.

In print and in thought, the shekinah glory of our Lord does not have the prominence nor attention it should have.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism highlights this subject in its very first question and answer:

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

What a mind-boggling thought: God created us for the purpose of glorifying and enjoying him! Are you tempted at first glance to question God’s motivation? The fact is that God is a spiritual being who is social. Certainly he enjoys intimacy within the Godhead and among the angels. But beyond that, he desires authentic and voluntary fellowship with the beings he created to be in relationship with him. The enjoyment part is reciprocal (see Zep 3:17). And Psalm 8:4–5even proclaims that God crowns us with a measure of glory and honor. When we think of stewardship, how readily does this aspect occur to us? Lindholm goes on:

Before Solomon built the temple in Jerusalem, his father King David had the Ark of the Covenant that contained the two stone tablets on which were engraved the Ten Commandments brought there.

The Ark was the symbol of the presence of God. When the Ark was first placed in the tabernacle in Jerusalem many offerings were made. Then a long hymn of thanksgiving was sung with the chorus accompanied by a large instrumental band. In the hymn were the lines:

Declare his glory among the nations … Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name (1Ch 16:24,29).

The words, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name” [appear] many times throughout the Psalms.

Think About It:

  • Going back to Lindholm’s opening anecdote, how readily do we think of proclaiming and reflecting back the glory of our Creator as key to our God-ordained stewardship role?
  • In what ways has proclamation of the shekinah glory gone “out of print”?
  • What role does praise play in your daily prayers?

Pray About It: 

Dear Father God,

I praise you and worship you. Thank you for your mighty works and deeds!

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Writer’s Thoughts: 

Our relationship with the Lord in to be held in High Reverence (Psalm 89:7  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.)   

Praise the Lord in all occassions, prayer and supplications.  Worshipping the  Lord in spirit and truth!  Amen

 

 

JOHN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

JOHN 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

 

Scriptural References:

Reverence

Matthew 21:37

But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mark 12:6

Having yet therefore one son, his well
beloved, he sent him also last unto them, saying, They will reverence my son.
Luke 20:13

Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.
Praise
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.
Ezra 3:11

And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercyendureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when thepraisethe Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
Psalm 7:17

I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.
1 Timothy 2:1

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
Worshipping the Lord
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lordworshipping the Lord.

  1. John 4:23
    But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

    John 4:22-24 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  2. John 4:24
    God is a Spiritand they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

    John 4:23-25 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  3. John 14:17
    even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    John 14:16-18 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  4. John 16:13
    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

    John 16:12-14 (in Context) John 16 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

  5. Ephesians 5:9
    (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth😉

    Ephesians 5:8-10 (in Context) Ephesians 5 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

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“Jesus was there to heal”

Mark 4:2

Mark 4:2

Morning

“And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.”
Mark 2:4

Faith is full of inventions. The house was full, a crowd blocked up the door, but faith found a way of getting at the Lord and placing the palsied man before him. If we cannot get sinners where Jesus is by ordinary methods we must use extraordinary ones. It seems, according to Luke 5:19, that a tiling had to be removed, which would make dust and cause a measure of danger to those below, but where the case is very urgent we must not mind running some risks and shocking some proprieties. Jesus was there to heal, and therefore fall what might, faith ventured all so that her poor paralysed charge might have his sins forgiven. O that we had more daring faith among us! Cannot we, dear reader, seek it this morning for ourselves and for our fellow-workers, and will we not try today to perform some gallant act for the love of souls and the glory of the Lord.

The world is constantly inventing; genius serves all the purposes of human desire: cannot faith invent too, and reach by some new means the outcasts who lie perishing around us? It was the presence of Jesus which excited victorious courage in the four bearers of the palsied man: is not the Lord among us now? Have we seen his face for ourselves this morning? Have we felt his healing power in our own souls? If so, then through door, through window, or through roof, let us, breaking through all impediments, labour to bring poor souls to Jesus. All means are good and decorous when faith and love are truly set on winning souls. If hunger for bread can break through stone walls, surely hunger for souls is not to be hindered in its efforts. O Lord, make us quick to suggest methods of reaching thy poor sin-sick ones, and bold to carry them out at all hazards.

Evening

“There is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.”
Jeremiah 49:23

Little know we what sorrow may be upon the sea at this moment. We are safe in our quiet chamber, but far away on the salt sea the hurricane may be cruelly seeking for the lives of men. Hear how the death fiends howl among the cordage; how every timber starts as the waves beat like battering rams upon the vessel! God help you, poor drenched and wearied ones! My prayer goes up to the great Lord of sea and land, that he will make the storm a calm, and bring you to your desired haven! Nor ought I to offer prayer alone, I should try to benefit those hardy men who risk their lives so constantly. Have I ever done anything for them? What can I do? How often does the boisterous sea swallow up the mariner! Thousands of corpses lie where pearls lie deep. There is death-sorrow on the sea, which is echoed in the long wail of widows and orphans. The salt of the sea is in many eyes of mothers and wives. Remorseless billows, ye have devoured the love of women, and the stay of households. What a resurrection shall there be from the caverns of the deep when the sea gives up her dead! Till then there will be sorrow on the sea. As if in sympathy with the woes of earth, the sea is forever fretting along a thousand shores, wailing with a sorrowful cry like her own birds, booming with a hollow crash of unrest, raving with uproarious discontent, chafing with hoarse wrath, or jangling with the voices of ten thousand murmuring pebbles. The roar of the sea may be joyous to a rejoicing spirit, but to the son of sorrow the wide, wide ocean is even more forlorn than the wide, wide world. This is not our rest, and the restless billows tell us so. There is a land where there is no more sea–our faces are steadfastly set towards it; we are going to the place of which the Lord hath spoken. Till then, we cast our sorrows on the Lord who trod the sea of old, and who maketh a way for his people through the depths thereof.

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2013 Feast of Tabernacles in Israel

Jerusalem, Israel My Beloved!

Jerusalem, Israel
My Beloved!

Watch the Feast Live: Sept. 20-25, 2013

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Feast of Tabernacles 2013 LIVE

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Click to watch video of Angus Buchan talk about the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem!

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Prayer:  Dear Father in Heaven, you know the love and desire you have placed in my heart for Israel!  I beseech you Father, in the name of Jesus, please make a way as only you can for me to visit Jerusalem during the Feast of Tabernacles.  My heart  longs for Her as Yours does!  She is Your Bride as the Church is the Bride of Jesus.  I know and stand in Faith that you will make a way.  Thank  you Father for hearing your daughter’s prayer.  Praise you Father and all glory to YOU, JESUS, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.  Thank you Father for your love, grace and mercy upon my household.  I stand in reverence of you Father, for you are Holy, Righteous, and worthy to be Praised above ALL; for you ARE ALL.

Signed,

Your Humble, Loving Daughter YOU Never Give Upon