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Because You Have Rejected the Word of the LORD

May 23, 2015

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Because  You Have Rejected  the Word  of the LORD

Our human tendency  is to believe  that we know  what is best  in our lives.     We feel  that we have  very good  and valid reasons  for doing  what we do.     And…  we object  to any criticism  of our choices.

That’s how King Saul was.     He was the first king  of Israel,  and God,  through the prophet Samuel,  directed King Saul  and his army  to utterly destroy  Amalek  —  all its people,  cattle, and everything they had  —  because of the evils  they had done.     Saul did defeat  the Amalekites,  but he spared their king,  spoil,  and the best  of their cattle.     His weak excuse  for such disobedience was  that they intended  to use that  to sacrifice  to the LORD.

That almost sounds noble.     But,  in 1 Samuel 15:22-23,  Samuel said,

Has the LORD  as much delight  in burnt offerings  and sacrifices  as in obeying  the voice  of the LORD?     Behold,  to obey  is better than sacrifice,  and to heed  than the fat  of rams.     For rebellion is  as the sin  of divination,  and insubordination is  as iniquity  and idolatry.     Because  you have rejected  the word  of the LORD,  He has also rejected you  from being king.

Saul  had “rejected  the word  of the LORD”.     He imagined  he knew better  than God Almighty.     Today’s Christians  might recognize  Saul’s actions  as really wrong  and justify themselves  by imagining  they would never have done such a thing.     But,  we need  to pay attention  to what God has  told us  in His word.     Many  of our actions are  the result  of rejecting  “the word  of the LORD” —  they are  “rebellion”  and “insubordination”  against God’s known word.

We know  that God directs us  to live  with faith,  hope,  and love.     But,  many live faithlessly,  hopelessly,  and unlovingly.     That’s rejecting  “the word  of the LORD”.     Let us examine ourselves  and pray  for God’s grace  to lead us.

Ever glad  for God’s love  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for faithfully strengthening us  to live  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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