Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 19, 2014

Count your Blessings in Church: “and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 12:4-27.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+12&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“4 You shall not act like this toward the Lord your God.  5 But you shall seek the Lord at the place which the Lord your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come.  6 There you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the contribution of your hand, your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.  7 There also you and your households shall eat before the Lord your God, and rejoice in all your undertakings in which the Lord your God has blessed you.   …

10 When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and He gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security, 11 then it shall come about that the place in which the Lord your God will choose for His name to dwell, there you shall bring all that I command you:  your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution of your hand, and all your choice votive offerings which you will vow to the Lord.  12 And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates, since he has no portion or inheritance with you.  …

18 But you shall eat them before the Lord your God in the place which the Lord your God will choose, you and your son and daughter, and your male and female servants, and the Levite who is within your gates;  and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God in all your undertakings. 19 Be careful that you do not forsake the Levite as long as you live in your land.”  Deuteronomy Chapter 12:  Verses 4-7 and 10-12 and 18.

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Today’s Scripture repeats three times that we shall rejoice about our blessings before the LORD our God in the place of worship.  How providential it is for this Scripture to come to us this Sabbath as we prepare to go to church!          

We certainly should not be loud and proud in speaking of our blessings in our church.  We certainly should not tell everyone in our church all of our blessings.

But, we can reverently and silently count our blessings in our head in church.  We can also sing praises with the congregation meditating and rejoicing on all that God has done for us.

In a setting such as fellowship hour or Sunday School, we can give a praise report to those whom we know have prayed for us, and we can also join others in sharing some of our blessings with those who are also sharing some of their blessings where we know that such sharing is likely to build all of our faith together.

Church is the proper venue for these activities.  “There also you and your households shall eat before the Lord your God, and rejoice in all your undertakings in which the Lord your God has blessed you.”  Verse 7.

“4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.”  Psalm 100:4-5.

“In the courts of the Lord’s house,
In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!”  Psalm 116:19.

“But those who garner it will eat it and praise the Lord;
And those who gather it will drink it in the courts of My sanctuary.”  Isaiah 62:9.

“1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
2 Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.”  Psalm 150:1-2.


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