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A REVELATION OF....... THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID - Part 5

REJOICING IN GOD'S GOODNESS

 

 

INTRODUCTION

We all look good when things are going well, don't we?

But the real test of the true state of our walk with Jesus, is how we react when we are placed under pressure. Particularly if we believe the trial is not of our own making!

If we can remain joyful in the Lord and His goodness during the hard times, we are truly reflecting the genuineness and depth of a mature faith.

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

DAVID - Easton's Bible Dictionary

DAVID, CITY OF - Easton's Bible Dictionary

DAVID - The new Bible Dictionary

JERUSALEM - Easton's Bible Dictionary

JERUSALEM. - The new Bible Dictionary

 

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REJOICING IN GOD'S GOODNESS

 

12 Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went down and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. (2 Samuel 6:12)

David was pleased that his faithful servant Obed-Edom and his house, was blessed. But he was even happier, that through this blessing, the Lord showed him he had done the right thing in leaving the Ark with his friend, while repenting of organizing the Ark's return His own way. Of being obedient to, and following the ways of the Lord. He was then able to return to Obed-Edom's house in the outlying area of Jerusalem, and following the Lord's pattern and instruction, confidently return with the Ark, rejoicing all the way.
 

 

THE PROBLEM

 

Godly rejoicing grows out of obedience. Generally though, we rejoice in doing things our own way.  

 

THE LESSON

 

As I write I am reminded of the old hymn that goes, "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice", which is taken from..... 

 

Philippians 4:4

 

 

Godly rejoicing however, doesn't come from 'celebrating', as David found out during his first attempt to bring the Ark to Jerusalem. True rejoicing comes out of righteousness, out of being obedient to God. Three confirmations, all from Psalms, that great repository of life experience, follow.....

 

 

Psalm 97:10-12, Psalm 64:9-10, Psalm 32:11

 

 

Rejoicing, and its associated 'fruit of the Spirit', joy, are God given, not human driven. Rejoicing is so much more than celebrating. It is found in knowing that we are doing things God's way, doing them in His will.

Now David could confidently approach the Ark with rejoicing as he knew he was in God's will and way. For this time, the Levites carried the Ark on their shoulders, as per the instructions first given to Moses.
 

 

1 Chronicles 15:15

 

 

It is the same for those of us today who desperately seek everything of the Lord. When we are prepared to do things His way, as He instructs, we can truly rejoice in His goodness. 

 

<i>NEXT WEEK</i> A REVELATION OF... THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID - Part 6

 

The question God continually asks us, one way or another is, "How much are we prepared to sacrifice for Him?"

Next week we are looking at the sacrifice He desires, indeed requires!
 

 

A NOTE FROM DAVID

 

Everything we have and are comes from God. While we often try to modify our own behaviour and attitudes, unless the change is God based, it is unlikely to last.

The more we submit our lives to our Lord, the more room we give Him to change us into the image of Jesus. And the greater ability we will have to be joyful in the Lord, irrespective of what difficult situation we find ourselves in.

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So until next week.......
MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU BLESS GOD!

His servant and yours

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A DAVID'S DOODLING

615. Joy is much like eating prunes. You may not like them but you are joyful because of the good effect they have at the other end.

David Tait         

 

 

 

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