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The Altars of God

July 14, 2019

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The Altars of God

On our house,  I noticed a bird’s nest up under the corner of an eave,  in a little nook.        What a perfect spot for protection  from the elements  and the neighborhood kitties!

That made me think of Psalm 84:3-4,   “The bird also has found a house,  and the swallow a nest for herself,  where she may lay her young,  even Your altars,  O LORD of hosts,  my King and my God.      How blessed are those who dwell  in Your house!      They are ever praising You.”

That Psalm ends with,  “O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You!”

There are so many wonderful things to notice  in this Psalm,  one can’t mention it all.      But,  if a lowly bird can praise the LORD  by trusting Him,  how much more blessed is the man  who learns  to trust God?

An altar is a place of sacrifice,  and yet,  this is exactly where the bird knows  it can find refuge.      It’s where we find refuge.      Our refuge is  in the sacrifice  of entrusting our whole lives  to God.      Learning to trust God  in this sinful world is a real sacrifice.      There are many ways  to sacrifice  to the LORD  as we acknowledge His protection.      Because God knows our innately sinful nature,  He is very specific  about honorable sacrifices.      Here God defines true sacrifice.

Hebrews 13:15-16Through Him then,  let us continually offer up  a sacrifice  of praise  to God,  that is,  the fruit of lips  that give thanks  to His name.      And do not neglect doing good  and sharing,   for with such sacrifices  God is pleased.

Psalm 4:5Offer the sacrifices  of righteousness,  and trust  in the LORD.

Psalm 27:6And now my head will be lifted up  above my enemies around me,  and I will offer in His tent sacrifices  with shouts of joy;  I will sing,  yes,  I will sing praises  to the LORD.

Psalm 51:15-17O Lord, open my lips  that my mouth may declare Your praise.      For You do not delight  in sacrifice,  otherwise  I would give it;  You are not pleased  with burnt offering.      The sacrifices of God  are a broken spirit;  a broken and a contrite heart,  O God,  You will not despise.

Psalm 107:22Let them also offer sacrifices  of thanksgiving,  and tell of His works  with joyful singing.

Proverbs 15:8The sacrifice  of the wicked  is an abomination  to the LORD,  but the prayer  of the upright  is His delight.

Hosea 6:6For I delight in loyalty  rather than sacrifice,  and in the knowledge of God  rather than burnt offerings.

Mark 12:32-33The scribe said to Him,  “Right, Teacher;  You have truly stated  that HE IS ONE,  AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE  BESIDES HIM;  AND TO LOVE HIM  WITH ALL THE HEART  AND WITH ALL THE UNDERSTANDING  AND WITH ALL THE STRENGTH,  AND TO LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR  AS HIMSELF,  is much more  than all burnt offerings  and sacrifices.”

Romans 12:1Therefore  I urge you,  brethren,  by the mercies of God,  to present your bodies  a living and holy sacrifice,  acceptable to God,  which is your spiritual service of worship.

All of this is mind boggling.      Our whole lives belong  to God.     To fully enjoy God’s nearness,  we need to lay our lives  on the altar of God.      We do that with praise,  thanksgiving,  trust,  righteousness,  sharing,  telling of God’s works,  loyalty,  joyfully singing,  having a broken and contrite heart  over our sinful natures,  delighting in the knowledge of God,  and, most of all,  loving God  with our whole heart,  understanding  and strength.

That’s every single thing we have.

But…..  Jesus gave us His all.      So  as we endeavor  to give  the right kind  of daily sacrifices,  we are to be:  “fixing our eyes on Jesus,  the author and perfecter of faith,  who for the joy set before Him  endured the cross,  despising the shame,  and has sat down  at the right hand  of the throne of God.      For consider Him  who has endured such hostility  by sinners against Himself,  so that you will not grow weary  and lose heart.”Hebrews 12:2-3

Nestled in God’s true saving love  we say, “Hallelujah!”  and let ourselves  be blessed.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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