Re: The Will Of Worship, Psalm 106 - Study 15
And I,ll plop in todays bible verse 02-02-2012 (oops 4 two's must be symbolic)
1 Corinthians 2:9
“However, as it is written:No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him?”
TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE
God had prepared a place for the "chosen ones" and he was preparing a place, a place that they did not even have to build, a place that was built by "Someone Else" and they simply had to walk into it, this the "Promised Land"
And so the Chosen ones , that is "the body of believers" following God kept looking back at what had been in the past
They looked back to the rich foods of Egypt ( Psalm 106:15 )
How often I can look back and miss the old friends, the old places, the old life, almost as if my own free will was over ruled
Tried to take control of the situation by electing themselves a leader "Korah" to do their bidding thus taking onto themselves that which was of their own flesh ( Psalm 106:16-18 )
How often I try to do things in my own strength
Worshipped a representation of God in ( Psalm 106:19-20 )
How often I can worship something or someone above God
And so we end the last lesson and go onto the next lesson by just reflecting on where we have been
1, I craved for temporal things and by doing so lost sight of the eternal
2. I worshipped the temporal things and in so doing lost sight of the eternal
3. I tried to take control of the temporal and in so doing lost sight of the eternal
Lets finsh the last lesson The Will of A Nation - Psalm 106, Study 14
Psalm 106:13 But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel.
14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,and put God to the test in the desert;
15 he gave them what they asked,but sent a wasting disease among them.
1 Corinthians 10:9 We must not put Christ3 to the test,
4The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again the Israelites started wailing and
said, “If only we had meat to eat! 5We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the
cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. 6But now we have lost our appetite; we never
see anything but this manna!”
Isaiah 10:16 Micah 6:10
In the gratification of their desires, in great temporal success and prosperity, individuals,
churches, nations, often forget their dependence on God; lose their sense of the value of
spiritual privileges and blessings: are satisfied with their condition; become selfconfident
and proud, and forfeit the favor of God. If we pray for temporal prosperity, we should also
pray that we may at the same time have grace commensurate with it, that it may be a blessing
and not a curse;
But sent leanness into their soul: or "body"; the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental
versions, read, "he sent fulness into their souls"; he gave them flesh to the full, even to a
nausea; they fed too heartily on it, and were surfeited with it; which not being digested
brought a repletion, and issued in a consumption; or rather death, immediate death,
Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people
who had craved other food.
1 Corinthians 10:11
These things happened to make them an example for others. These things were written
down as a warning for us who are living in the closing days of history.
Romans 13:11 Matthew 13:39 Romans 13:12
THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL
1 Corinthians 10:6
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil
things as they did.
Nothing can separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus yet when I can be
tempted in life (and this is not referring to the brief temptations that come and go
but the lasting temptations such as the craving in life for the temporal - the craving in life
for to worship a false image - the craving in life to be be an image that we are not)
When I moan and complain about my "lot" (as if it would have been better if I could
have chosen) when I continue in this way and keep on continuing in this way
When I no sooner have reached the sea of reeds and cross over from death to life
That I start to complain straight away (as if my free will has been over ruled)
When I continue in this way and instead of entering the "promised land" I fear the "giants"
When I continue in my own strength and resist the power of God in my life
When I walk around for forty years moaning and groaning and going around in circles
When I am lukewarm in my Christian life
THEN I may not enter the promised land but perish outside
So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth
To spit out of His mouth, out of eternity, out of His prescence, out of His love,
(and thats something I want to focus on as well - eternity, but we shall come to that later)
NOTHING IS SET IN STONE
Nothing is set in Stone you know
It may have been as the people worshipped the "golden calf" and Moses walked down Mount
Sinia with the slabs of engraving written by "The Hand Of God"
But in the New Testament the law is written in our hearts and the New Testament
goes to the Heart of the matter
The law is written in our hearts instead of cold slabs of stone
No longer are cold hearts given laws on cold slabs of stone
But Gods "law of love" is written in our "warm hearts"
Nothing is set in stone you know !
Just because a scripture might say something doesn't mean that applies to all and every
sitaution and circumstance
As we move and live and have our being so too the "Living Word" walks with Us
If I go down one of these avenues in my life that I am warned about in Gods word
it does NOT mean I am doomed
It does not mean I'm suddenly going to drop dead or get some disease
It does however serve as a warning and these warnings are not put there for the sake of it
There is always a way out
there is always repentance
there is always a chance to turn
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to
mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Even in the bleakest darkest night of life there is always a chnace to turn so that we can endure
THE WILL TO WORSHIP
And so you ask "what has all this to do with "Worship ?"
Well this is the "Will to worship"
The whole earth worships God, even the plants and the trees and all living things display
the glory of God
Every person worships something or someone, as this is the way we were made
We have the fingerprints of God the Maker on us
We were made to worship
Refer to - Made to Worship - Psalm 105, Study 7
But the question is what do we worship ?
What do I worship ?
And this is "The Will To Worship"
And so the whole earth worships as indeed the chosen people worshipped in the wilderness
But instead of worshipping God "their leader" THROUGH Moses
They worshipped idols , memories, the past, the temporal things
And so when I say "The worship at Church was good this morning" I forget that everyone on
the planet has been worshipping
And when I say ""The worship at Church was good this morning" what I might be saying is :
"I changed my focus of worship to God this morning"
And that was the release that I felt
I may not sing to my car or my house and kneel down to it
But then neither is worship simply to do with "singing"
Worship is much more than that and can be seen ( as we are looking at Psalm 106 - and
relating it to "the wilderness journey"Wink through the life of Moses
We saw how Moses was left in a basket and found and how the "foreplanned" purposes of God
became visible in His life
Refer to , Made to Worship - Psalm 105, Study 7 and post
And when the time came Moses fled Egypt and then was called back once more
But only when the right time had come
In this was the preparation and the training ground
When the correct time had come THEN Moses went back once more to pharoah and to the people
But we see that Moses had to "lay down his life"
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting
what is behind and straining toward what is ahead
(also note verse 12...we are not yet perfect)
Moses left Zipporah his wife and two sons to venture into this journey ordered by God
Exodus 2:15-22 "I have been a sojourner in a foreign land."
Refer to - Alien Resurrection - Psalm 105, Study 9
Moses gave up his own life that others might be free
Gave up his will for Gods Will
Gave up his days for Gods days
"This is - THE WILL OF WORSHIP"