We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool. (KJV)
Is your all on the altar?
David wanted nothing more than to find a place for the Lord and for the ark. He wanted to create a tangible symbol of God’s presence. This should be your desire as well. The wonderful thing is, because of Jesus, you don’t have to find a place and you don’t have to build a place.
Acts 7:48 However, the Most High [the One infinitely exalted above humanity] does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet [Isaiah] says. (AMP)
You can worship wherever and whenever you choose to worship. You are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know and understand that you [the church] are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells [permanently] in you [collectively and individually]? (AMP)
There is a war raging between your flesh and your spirit (Romans 7:15). Whatever is in your heart controls the flesh.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also. (AMP)
You win the war by sacrificing what is in your heart. When you surrender your will and wishes to the control of the Holy Spirit, you are, in effect, laying them on the altar before God.
Psalm 5:2-3 I need your help. Every morning you’ll hear me at it again. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on your altar and watch for fire to descend. (MSG)
The purest form of worship is to submit yourself to the Lord continually.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father God, in Your presence, I want to personalize the lyrics to a song I sing, challenging myself. Is my all on the altar of sacrifice laid? Do I allow Your Spirit to control my heart? Do I understand the only way You can give me rest and perfectly bless me is if I give You my body and soul? There are many times when I’ve gone to the altar when I heard that song. Even when I sing it, it makes me focus on what You require. I repent for every time I went to the altar with selfish motives. I repent for singing it and not living it when I wanted something to go my way. It is so hypocritical to say I believe You will handle all things and then act like You won’t. Also, You have taught me when I bring something to You, I should leave it with You and worship. There is such a peace when I place my life in Your hands. I know it may seem like I am doing nothing. However, it is not doing nothing. It is doing the best and only something that I can do. Give it to You and trust You to handle it. I desire to live my life knowing it is in Your hands. Then I can stop worrying and trying to fix things myself. I will continue to lay my all on the altar…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.