Today: Psalms 90:11-17; Romans 16; 1 Chronicles 15; 1 Chronicles 16:1-36
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
Pride is the most prevalent form of foolishness. Pride believes we control our own fate. Pride assumes we can make our own decisions and fashion our own lives. But wisdom understands how frail and fleeting our lives are. Wisdom recognizes that God is the only one who controls this universe.
Moses, the author of Psalm 90, understood this so well. He had witnessed God’s almighty power many times–in the burning bush, the Egyptian plagues, the parting of the Red Sea, manna, on Mt. Sinai–so many miracles! Moses intimately knew the expanse of God’s character. He had experienced God’s guidance and unfailing love. And he had witnessed the ferocity of His wrath.
Paul made a practice of recognizing others for their kingdom work. He included many women in his praises. Jesus also included many women in His inner circle and work, which was extremely counter-cultural at that time. People who believe that following Jesus is a sexist endeavor, do not know the Bible!
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” Romans 16:20
1 Chronicles 15 & 16
The ark of the covenant was the holiest object ever created by man. It was made by Moses according to God’s specific instructions. The presence of God dwelt with the ark — all of the details were of utmost importance. God gave Moses detailed directions concerning how the ark should be carried and treated. Uzzah hadn’t intended to do anything wrong when he steadied the ark, but the Israelites had been transporting the ark in a manner contrary to God’s instructions. That is not okay! If God graces us with detailed instructions about something, we disobey at our peril.
After Uzzah died, David obviously poured over the Scriptures to find what they had done wrong. He then carefully followed God’s instructions and successfully brought the ark into Jerusalem with great celebration. The presence of god had returned to Israel!
“Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever. Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name, and glory in Your praise.’ Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the LORD.'” 1 Chronicles 16:34-36