I am the Lord your God.
The Lord lists many instructions for the Israelites in chapter 19. I have the sentence “I am the Lord your God” coloured in purple so it stood out as I read the chapter. What better reason for obeying God than that He is God?
But godliness actually is a means of great gain
when accompanied by contentment.
1 Timothy 6:6
The words “great gain” caught my attention. I long to serve God well and to gain much for Him. I was encouraged to find the answer to making it possible – godliness! Just seeing this verse again made being Christlike look more possible because God would not have said this if it wasn’t something we could accomplish. It isn’t saying perfection or sinlessness, but godliness. Godliness which is striving to be more like Christ each which can be accomplished by doing what He says in His Word.
I know contentment is important, but I find it hard to attain it at times. I wonder if the contentment in this verse means being content with godliness. In other words, believing that doing things God’s way is the best way and begin content to let Him work through His all-wise, all-loving means.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
1 Chronicles 16:8-9
God is a great God! He truly worthy of our worship. These verses are part of David’s praise to God at the time the ark was returned to Jerusalem. He used this time to organize the priest so that the worship of the Lord was done properly. Part of his organization included an interesting group of people.
With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen,
who were designated by name,
to give thanks to the Lord,
because His lovingkindness is everlasting.
“Designated by name, to give thanks to the Lord” Giving thanks to God for all that He has done must be very important. I wonder how much better the Lord will like our prayers if we spend more time praising and thanking, instead of listing all of our problems and needs/wants. He wants to hear both, but if our prayers include more praise and thanksgiving, we will find that our view of problems and needs will change. We will probably trust Him more.