Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday's Featured: Levite's Prayer

How did I not know about this?
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I was asking myself this question earlier this morning after stumbling upon a mountain-moving, soul-purifying prayer in Nehemiah.  I realized how much of the Word I have yet to read and absorb--and it makes me want more of it.

This prayer, spoken by the Levites, remembers the Lord's great and mighty works.  It takes a thorough account of all God has done, simply as an outpouring of His upright and loving character.  And it also reveals the tendency of mankind to get too comfortable, too self-assured, and as a result, altogether rebellious.  Yet, God in His tenderhearted mercies continues to show compassion on his children throughout history--no matter how many times they stumble and become apathetic.  

Am I apathetic at times?  Do I get too comfortable?  Do I begin to rely on my own strategy and understanding during times when life seems like it's moving right along? 

It is easy to run to the Lord when times are difficult, when we do not understand our life.  But the true test comes when we are, as the prayer says, "at rest".  Will we "again do what is evil in [the Lord's] sight?" (9:28), becoming self-dependent and self-assured?  Or will we cry out to God, knowing we need Him all the time, even during periods of rest?  

May we be a people fully, wholly dependent on God, during times of hardship and times of rest!  Read part of the prayer from Nehemiah Chapter 9 below:

Then the leaders of the Levites—Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, 
and Pethahiah—called out to the people: “Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from 
everlasting to everlasting!” Then they prayed:
“May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise!
“You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth 
and the seas and everything in them. You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you.
“You are the Lord God, who chose Abram and brought him from Ur of the Chaldeans and renamed
 him Abraham. When he had proved himself faithful, you made a covenant with him to give him and
 his descendants the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and Girgashites. 
And you have done what you promised, for you are always true to your word...

16 “But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands..."

How can we remember to run to God during all seasons?  


2 comments:

  1. One of the things that I have to remind myself on a daily basis is that what God gives to us, can also be taken away from us. That some things that we have or experience in one season of our lives may not be there for the next season. That might sound a little pessimistic, but it enables me to cherish each and every moment and take it for what it is. Also, we should run to God because we completely depend on Him to fulfill us; that we will never be able to feel whole and complete by our relationships, material things, etc.

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    1. Oh Alyx, isn't that the truth? I SO feel you in that statement. I don't think it's pessimistic at all--it's perspective. We are only human, and He is God. I remember a time in my own life when something was taken away from me. It was so difficult to understand--and I still do not fully--but I trust God knows best, and He advocates on our behalf. Amen to your comment!

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