DEVOTIONAL – JAN 09

WORSHIP THE GOD OF HEAVENS

Leslie M. John

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” Exodus 20:5

David the king of Israel addressed in his last days all the princes of Israel, the princes of tribes, and the captains of the companies. He called them as his brethren and his people and said to them that he had a desire to build a house of rest for the ‘Ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God. However, God said to him that he shall not build the house for the name of the LORD because he was a man of war and shed blood. The God of peace, the LORD of hosts desired that a man of peace, Solomon, the son of David build the house for the ‘Ark of the covenant’ to rest and for the footstool of our God.

The God of heavens, the LORD, who is Jehovah, chose David as king over Israel and, therefore, he as a king over them calls them his brethren and his people and addresses them that he was chosen to be the king over Israel for ever. He was chosen from among the brethren born to Jesse his father.

The Lord gave David many sons; however He chose Solomon, his son through Bathsheba to sit upon the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. David said God chose Solomon to build the ‘house of the LORD’ and promised that He will be Solomon’s Father and Solomon His son. The LORD said He will establish His kingdom for ever provided Solomon kept the LORD’s commandment and judgments as on that day.

David asks people of Israel in the presence of God, to keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD in order that they may possess the good land promised to Abraham and leave it as inheritance of their children for ever.

The LORD promised as early as in Genesis Chapter 15:18 to Abraham that to his seed God has given the land from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates. ”In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18)

Turning to Solomon, his son, David asks him to know the God of his father, the LORD God of Israel, the God of heavens, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and serve Him with perfect heart and with a willing mind. David says to him very firmly that the LORD searches the hearts and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts and if he seeks the LORD he will find Him but if he forsakes He will cast him off for ever.

As the history shows Solomon built the temple and his kingdom was glorious in all respects, yet in his last days, he forsook the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that resulted in very quick deterioration of his kingdom. Solomon’s kingdom could not be passed onto his son, Rehoboam just as he took over from his father David. He forsook the living God and lived a worldly life in his later days with his concubines, who encouraged him to worship the idols that which was highly loathsome to the LORD and his kingdom divided into two.

The God of heavens, who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as the New Testament says:

The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 2Corinthians 11:31

Lord Jesus Christ is our Mediator, and He is our High Priest. Let us worship our LORD in the name of our Savior Lord Jesus Christ.