Category Archives: Worship

Bible Devotions about Worship

Satan’s Worry-Trap

Satan uses traps. A favorite bait is trouble—in various flavors. The method is proven in the case of monkeys. Monkey catchers take a strong container with an opening just wide enough for the monkey to insert his hand. They place fruit in the container, which they chain tight. A monkey follows the scent to the […]

Worthy of What?

In Revelation chapter 5, heaven bursts into jubilant worship in answer to a rhetorical question, “Who is worthy to open the book [scroll] and to break its seals?” Jesus, the Lamb of God, is worthy because He died to redeem people with His blood (Rev. 5:1-10). Heaven’s worship extends like a huge ripple flowing from […]

Love and Worship

Worship times shouldn’t damage human relationships yet King David’s marriage became a casualty. His wife Michal was living her dream—she had married her hero, David (1 Sam. 18:20-29). One lively procession was enough to sour their love. Then it happened as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David that Michal the […]

Mission Accomplished

It’s exciting when we finally complete a costly and difficult task. King David’s mission accomplished was the arrival of the ark in Jerusalem. David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an […]

The Price of God’s Presence

Occasionally, envy can be a healthy motivator. In King David’s case, it rekindled his passion for God. The ark of the covenant had been stored at the home of Obed-edom for three months. When David saw how God blessed Obed-edom, it fueled his desire for God’s presence in his capital. It was no longer enough […]

The Loss of God’s Presence

Have you ever been involved in a project that appeared well planned, by a good team, but failed? King David’s preparation to move the ark was like that. He led well; he consulted the experts and obtained ownership from key players.1 However, David learned that there is more to serving God than enthusiasm and good […]

God’s Presence a Priority

What’s the first thing you do when you move to a new home? Find the nearest coffee shop? Visit the neighbors? With a hundred items on the “To Do” list, prioritization is difficult. King David made God’s presence a priority. When he moved his capital to Jerusalem, he tried to bring the ark of the covenant […]

On God’s Terms

Which situation sets you most at ease: visiting a house that looks like it just underwent an intense spring clean just for you and you must not disturb it, or visiting one that is obviously lived in and you are welcome to make yourself at home? Our lives, like those houses, fall somewhere between the […]

Honoring the Guest of Honor

Jesus spoke to a crowd that He had earlier fed with bread and fish: “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, […]

King of the Castle

British children used to play a game called “King of the castle.” The object was to be the highest person among the players. It was usually played around a fallen tree or on a hill slope. There were few rules; just a rough-and-tumble for dominance. Adults spoiled the game. They had a height advantage so […]