Some thoughts from Haggai and Psalm 84
What’s your priority- your own house and life, or God’s church?
Haggai 1:9 ‘Ye looked for much, and, lo it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.’
Seek first the Kingdom-work for it’s advancement…
Haggai1:14 ‘And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God..’
Encouragement.. Haggai 2:4 ‘Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts:’
The subject of CPRC Men’s BS group Sept 2013 onwards is the Rebuilding of the temple
Haggai 2:7 ‘ And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. Haggai 2:19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you.’
Attitude to the Lord’s day?
Psalm 84:1 ‘ How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!’
84:2 ‘My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.’ Which is a bit like my job (caretaker) in church now!
And a wonderful promise that I prayed when still single and seeking a wife:
84:11 ‘For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly’. And ‘he who finds a wide finds a good thing!’ Prov.18:22
84:12 ‘O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.’
The privileges of being God’s people
‘You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. Can two walk together except they be agreed?’
We, elect people, are known to God in an intimate and loving way, indeed foreknown from before the foundation of the world-loved before time and loved and blessed for all time to come…but, and because of that Fatherly love, God cannot overlook our sin. True all our sins have been atoned for by Christ over 2000 years ago but judgement begins with the house of God and His judgements are in all the earth (Romans 1:18) and effective in the lives of His people. Concerning the remaining sin in our lives, He chastises that we may learn obedience, He teaches us to agree with Him and be at peace.(Heb.12:6, Amos 3:3).