Somewhere, we have lost something essential in the church and it must be found. Some time ago, I wrote an article on “fixed liturgy”* in the church and said that we have developed a system of church service that leaves no room for the Holy Spirit to break into. In other words, we have lost the presence of God, and with that loss, we have created lethargic Christians. The Holy Spirit wants to change all of this. Early in January of this year, the Lord gave me this. I had asked the Lord at the end of a prayer time, “Lord, my soul needs some inspiration. What’s going on?”
1 Chronicles 16:11… “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually” (KJV).
The story for this verse is this. King David had just returned the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem. He set up a tent for it, and burnt offerings and peace offerings were made unto the Lord. King David then appointed Asaph to lead a group of ten Levites to minister before the Lord. The name “Asaph” means “one who gathers, or one who can lead and organize.” In the meaning of the names of the ten Levites, we see the character and gifting of these men. Some were built up by God; others were strengthened by God. In other words, the anointing of God was upon them, and David saw it and chose them. The number ten is the number of law (order) and responsibility. After this was done, David delivered a psalm to Asaph (the leaders). A psalm is a message put to song. Singing is more than a melody. It speaks a message.
1 Chronicles 16:7-10… “Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren. Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD” (KJV).
The message to Israel (the church) was to worship, praise, and give thanks unto the Lord for all His deeds. In praise, we speak of God’s glorious deeds. (Surely you can find a few things to testify of what God has done). Praise and worship produce an environment in which God can work. For example, in Psalm 69:30-31, King David was going through an affliction. It was bad enough that people avoided him. He felt like he was sinking in a mire too, and he wept. He became a song in the mouth of drunkards.
Then he decided to call upon God through praise and worship. He magnified God through thanksgiving. He said that this was better than offering bullocks and other sacrifices. Then David speaks to us. He says in Psalm 69:32-33, “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God. For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners” (KJV). The word “humble” as used here means those who are grieving, hurting, and oppressed. He said to the people, “Your heart shall live that seek God,” i.e., through praise and thanksgiving. When people praise and worship the Lord, He listens to the cry of the needs that are in your heart (Moffatt’s translation reads, “The Eternal listens to a life in need.”)
1 Chronicles 16:11… “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually” (KJV). What a great verse.
Notice three things that we are to do…
a) Seek the Lord, i.e., pursue Him, ask, petition Him, search Him out, inquire of him, and seek repentance when you have sinned.
b) Seek His strength, i.e., seek His power, seek the anointing, seek His might, seek His boldness, and seek His majesty.
c) Seek His face, i.e., get God’s attention and get in His presence. There, you will get His words. Malachi 2:7 tells us that His ministers must seek the Word from God’s lips. In John 17:8, Jesus said, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me” (KJV). Preachers will stand in God’s presence one day. Will they be able to say, “For I have given to them the words which you gave me”?
1 Chronicles 16:12… “Remember his marvelous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth” (KJV). Take note of what God is saying and doing–Jesus did. John 5:30 says, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” Even today we must know what God is saying…
1 Chronicles 16:15… “Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations” (KJV). Always be mindful of God’s covenant. We are covenant people. The covenant that God gave to Abraham was for a thousand generations, i.e., everlasting and forever. We are Abraham’s seed–the blessings of Abraham are our blessings too.
V. 22… “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (KJV). That is, do not quench the Spirit. We need genuine prophetic words today.
Vv. 23-24… “Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvelous works among all nations” (KJV). Reach out and show the people of the earth the Lord’s salvation (not yours).
V. 31… “Let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth” (KJV). Tell the world that the Lord reigns. The world needs to know that the Lord reigns. The USA needs to know this too.
Pastor George Belobaba
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*See “Fixed Liturgy,” posted June 7th, 2014.