Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 1: God is Holy
August 9 2002 by Crate Jones , 1 Chronicles 16:7-12, 15-17, 25-29, 34-35

Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 1: God is Holy | Friday, Aug. 9, 2002

Friday, Aug. 9, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for Sept. 1: God is Holy

By Crate Jones 1 Chronicles 16:7-12, 15-17, 25-29, 34-35

David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. The Ark represented the presence of God.

"On that day David delivered this psalm ... to thank the Lord" (v.7). It declares that God is holy, the giver of great blessings and worthy of praise, "Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people" (v.8).

"Sing unto Him, sing Psalms unto Him, talk ye of all His wondrous works. Glory ye in His Holy Name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

"Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually. Remember the marvelous works that He hath done, ..." (vs.9-12).

In the spirit of these words, I "talk of His wondrous work" in experiences He has allowed me to have.

In the 50s, there was a great longing in my heart for a better understanding of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus saves us, the Spirit is in us fully; but we may not be fully aware of His presence.

Our first churches out of seminary were Cartledge Creek Baptist Church and Saron Baptist Church, two half-time rural churches near Rockingham.

I knew there must be a deeper level in the Spirit than I had found.

On a Saturday night, I finished reading R.A. Torrey's book, The Holy Spirit: Who He Is and What He Does. Finding a quiet place, on my knees, I asked God for the blessing of the Spirit.

Though I felt no change, I thanked Him for hearing my prayer. On Sunday morning at Saron Church, His answer came. The sermon was finished; the invitation was about to be given. Suddenly, I was aware of the presence of Jesus. No visions, no ringing bells; just Jesus. I stood there and cried.

I went into a Sunday School room, knelt and told the Lord everything He already knew about me. He cleansed and filled my heart with an overflowing love for Jesus and His people.

Any problems since that day? You bet. But faithful is He who abides within us.

Response to His presence

When we find ourselves in the holy presence of God, our heart's response is: "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" (v.29).

In essence, that was my response to a mountain-top meeting with the Lord. Every Christian goes through times of self examining. This one was for me.

I went to Ridgecrest in search of water for my dry soul. (God used Isa. 30:15-21 as His word to me.) I read from the Bible, did a lot of praying and looked for answers. I thought climbing Kitazuma Mountain might help as a place to meditate.

The sign read: "Kitazuma Road," I started, only to find a garbage dump which reminded me of some garbage in my own life. Retracing my steps, I found a low rock wall and rested. It turned out to be an altar.

As I sat there, looking within and looking up, the Spirit began to stir. While praying, I sensed the presence of the Lord, and the tears came. His patience, understanding, love and forgiveness filled my heart with gratitude. A pilgrim soul met a gracious God, and life took on a different meaning.

God as Savior

David said, "Save us, O God of our salvation" (v.35).

Because Jesus came, we know that God in Christ is the only Savior. Therefore, we can say in truth: "Save us, O God of our salvation."

Nine Pennsylvania coal miners were trapped 240-feet underground for 77-hours. They stood in cold water, lived in gross darkness and were helpless to save themselves.

Rescuers worked three days and nights drilling a shaft to reach them. A cage on a cable was lowered; they were brought up one by one. Each time, the people cheered.

Man is trapped in the darkness of sin and cannot save himself. Jesus, the rescuer, labored three days and three nights preparing the way out - the cross, the tomb, the resurrection. Each time a soul is set free heaven rejoices. Amen and Amen!

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