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June 7, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – JUNE 8

by Leslie John

DAVID THANKS GOD

Leslie M. John

“Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever”. (1 Chronicles 29:10)

King David was blessed by God and he in turn thanks and praises God. This is the first time the God of Israel is addressed as “father”. David blesses God of Israel and wishes that His kingdom, His greatness, His power, His glory, His victory and majesty be for ever and ever. David praises God that the Name of the Lord be exalted as head above all. (1 Chronicles 29:10-15)

In his own life, David saw that both riches and honor come from God, who rules over all. David acknowledges that in the hand of the living God is power and might, and it is He who makes one great, and gives strength to all. He saw in his own life, he defeated Philistine giant Goliath. Before that he killed a lion and a bear to protect his sheep. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the good shepherd and we are his sheep. We all had gone astray but Jesus had mercy on us.

“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls”. (1 Peter 2:25)

David was a good shepherd and saved his sheep from peril and death. In all the wars that he fought it was the hand of God that he saw and he was not hesitant to acknowledge that God was his rock of refuge, and because God helped him he had victories. David humbled himself and said that all things came from God. He set apart huge wealth for the construction of the Temple at Jerusalem. David ardently desired to build a Temple for God, but God did not permit him to build it, but said to David that his son, Solomon, would build the Temple at Jerusalem because David was a man of wars. David acknowledged that he and his people were strangers in the land and they were sojourners, just as his fathers were. He says his days on the earth were as shadow which does not last.

Lord Jesus Christ, who is called “the Last Adam”, fought with our enemy, the Old Dragon that deceived Adam and Eve.

“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit”. (1 Corinthians 15:45)

Jesus showed us the way to have everlasting life. He defeated Satan at the Cross and whoever accepts this fact and accepts Jesus as his Lord will have everlasting life.

We too are strangers and sojourners on this earth. Our eternal inheritance is in heaven. As the born-again children of our God, we have been blessed with heavenly blessings and we will be in New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven.

“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband”. (Revelation 21:2)

Lord Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray and asked them to start the prayer beginning with the words, ”Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name”.

David said: ”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever”. (Psalms 111:10)

The beginning to becoming great in any one’ life starts with honoring, praising, and blessing the name of God. Unless and until God blesses us we can not have anything. Except the Lord build the house the laborers build it in vain.

”Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain”. (Psalms 127:1)

Apostle Paul says:

“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

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