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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

Paul Chappell - 3 Must-Haves For Every Servant Of God

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If you came across a “Top Ten Must-Have Tools” list by a legendary expert in your industry, you’d snatch it up. And you’d probably find a way to procure every one of the tools on the list.

Moses, identified by God Himself as “the servant of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 34:5), knew the must-haves for servant leadership. He knew them so well that he insisted he could not and would not serve without them.

And Moses said u
o the LORD, See, thou sayest u
o me, Bring up this people: and thou hast n
let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people.—Exodus 33:12-13

Those of us who serve in ministry are quick to recognize organizational or facility needs. May we be just as quick to recognize and just as insistent to obtain these three needs Moses identified:

1. The Presence of God

The presence of God is indispensible to ministry.

Some leaders get enamored by tech, spending double or triple the amount of time on producing a video for their Sunday sermon as they do in prayer and study for that same sermon.

Some leaders get distracted by the external signs of growth, paying more attention to numeric attendance than the pulse of spiritual growth in the lives of those they lead.

Some leaders get so preoccupied with planning programs in ministry that they allow no time to seek the power of God for those programs.

Technology can be a tremendous tool. Numeric growth is a blessing. Planning is important. But the number one priority—the real must-have—is the presence of God.

2. The Leading of God

Moses pled with God, “Shew me now thy way.” He knew he could not accomplish the task God had given him without God’s leading.

We have to have the Lord’s leading in what we do for Him. From parenting to teaching a Sunday school class to leading a church building program—we can’t “wing it.” And we can’t just rush into opportunities just because they’re there.

We must have the leading of God.

3. The Grace of God

Sometimes we go days on end serving in our own strength. We know our responsibilities and we’re familiar with how to conduct them. So we serve without pausing to seek the face of God and look to Him for grace.

As you enter this weekend of ministry, are you desperate for God’s grace? For His leading? For His presence? These are the three true must-haves for every servant of God.

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These are necessary for every Christian not just leaders.


And one must remember that OT servant leader like Moses is different than the NT servant leader Paul.


OT the people are commanded to give a tithe, Nu 18:21,26; Heb 7:5


NT the people are commanded to set aside what they purpose in their hearts according to how God prospered them.

2 Cor 9:7


OT the servant leaders lived off the things that Israel was commanded to give. Num 18:24


NT those being taught the word are to communicate with those that teach the word. Gal 6:6

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