Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 4, 2014

The Incense of our Prayers: Glory to God Alone!

Today’s devotion comes from Exodus 30:1-10.

“Moreover, you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be square, and its height shall be two cubits; its horns shall be of one piece with it. You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and its sides all around, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding all around for it. You shall make two gold rings for it under its molding; you shall make them on its two side walls—on opposite sides—and they shall be holders for poles with which to carry it. You shall make the poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. You shall put this altar in front of the veil that is near the ark of the testimony, in front of the mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I will meet with you. Aaron shall burn fragrant incense on it; he shall burn it every morning when he trims the lamps. When Aaron trims the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense. There shall be perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations. You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it. Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year; he shall make atonement on it with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once a year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.” Exodus 30:1-10.

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“May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.” Psalm 141:2.

The prayers of the saints are treasured by God as fragrant incense. They are held in golden bowls and on the golden altar. They are offered to God.

“When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they *sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Revelation 5:8-10.

“Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.” Revelation 8:3-4.

Reformed Doctrine leads us to the Sola of “Glory to God alone!” Reformed Doctrine refutes alleged free-will and goodness of man to give all credit for our salvation to God. Reformed Doctrine delights in teaching about God’s sovereignty and His “Total Perfect Triumph”.

“The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior.  He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”  Zephaniah 3:17.

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14.

Dear Father in Heaven:

You are God.  There is no one like You.  You sovereignly determine and control every detail of history.  Your purpose will be established, and You will accomplish all of Your good pleasure.  Truly You have spoken;  truly You will bring it to pass.  You have planned it, surely You will do it.  Isaiah 46: 9-11.
                                                                                                                                                                                        You have chosen and saved all of Your people.  You give eternal life to them, and they will never perish;  and no one will snatch them out of Your hand.  John 10:28.
                                                                                                                                                                                         The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against You the Lord God and against Your Anointed and Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”

                                                                                                                                                                                       You Who sits in the heavens laughs, You the Lord God Almighty scoff at them.

You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.  Psalm 2:2-9.

Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:11.

Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10.

In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

 
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