Receiving Respect starts with Obeying God
May 01, 2020: SOAP #3802: 1Chronicles 14, 15; Psalm 132; Matthew 18
Scripture: 1Chronicles (NIV) 14:13 Once more thePhilistines raided the valley; 14 so David enquired of God again, and Godanswered him, “Do not go straight up, but circle round them and attackthem in front of the balsam trees. 15 As soon as you hear the sound of marchingin the tops of the balsam trees, move out to battle, because that will mean Godhas gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 16 So Daviddid as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the wayfrom Gibeon to Gezer. 17 So David's fame spread throughout every land, and theLORD made all the nations fear him.
Observation: The LORDprotected David by interacting with the thoughts of the nations aroundIsrael. With their eyes they saw David'svictory and with their ears they heard of David's victory. Then God directed their thoughts that theyshould respect and fear David.
Why would God do this? A look at verse16 shows that David respected God. Helistened to what God had to say and he obeyed God. He did as God commanded him.
Application: Obedienceto God and respect from people; these two thoughts go together. If I want people to respect me, I need torespect God. Having God make people respect me starts withme respecting God!
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, moment by moment throughout each day show me how I can respect you. Honoringyour word by reading it, obeying the inclinations in my heart placed there bythe Holy Spirit, doing what I believe will bring you joy. I want you to be glad that I am yourchild. I want you to know, and othersaround me to know, that I am honored to be your child. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!