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That His Heart May Not Be Lifted Up Above His Countrymen

October 23, 2016

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That  His Heart  May Not Be Lifted Up  Above His Countrymen

In His wisdom,  God gave Israel  a list  of guidelines  in Deuteronomy 17  for everyone  serving as king  over them.    Needless to say,  these guidelines  are still useful today.     One section  in Deuteronomy 17:18-20  is of particular interest.

Now  it shall come about  when he sits  on the throne  of his kingdom,  he shall write  for himself  a copy  of this law  on a scroll  in the presence  of the Levitical priests.     It shall  be with him  and he shall read it  all the days  of his life,  that he may learn  to fear  the LORD his God,  by carefully observing  all the words  of this law  and these statutes,  that his heart  may not be lifted up  above his countrymen  and that he may not turn aside  from the commandment,  to the right  or the left,  so that he  and his sons  may continue long  in his kingdom  in the midst  of Israel.

Every king  of Israel  was instructed  to hand copy ( There were no printing presses  in those days. )  all the word  of God  that was written  up to that point.     The Levitical priests were supervisors,  making sure it was all correct.     That’s a lot  of work!     What was the purpose  of such a command?

This passage says  one reason was  “that he may learn  to fear  the LORD his God”.     When a king  respects God,  he is more likely  to rule well  —  knowing God Almighty  is King of kings.

A very important reason was  “that his heart  may not be lifted up  above his countrymen”.     Kings  who imagine  they are better than their “countrymen”,  become overbearing,  arrogant,  and crooked  —  bringing God’s  eternal judgment  down upon themselves.

Hand writing a copy  of God’s word  helps a person  to remember  what it says.     Remembering  guides our conscience  and actions.

All  of God’s wisdom  for kings   is also good  for us  —  so we daily study God’s word  that we may humbly  live by it.

Ever glad  for God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for leading us  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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

Pray for our country.

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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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