Google+ 09/30/13 "Lord, I Lift You Up!"

1 Kings 8:21-23

 

And I have prepared a place there for the Ark,

Which contains the covenant that the Lord made with our ancestors when he brought them out of Egypt.”

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel.

He lifted his hands toward heaven, and he prayed,

“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below.

You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.

 

Today we begin a six-part devotion series entitled, "Lifting and Loving."  In recent weeks we have explored what it means to say "yes" to Jesus.  We have discussed our obedience to God and living in His will.  We have examined what the Scripture has to say about God's plan for our lives.  Finally, we have decided that we must make Jesus the Chief Cornerstone in our lives.  What now?  Before the actual "construction" begins, we need to turn to 1 Kings and Solomon, the master builder of the temple.  We are not sure who authored 1 and 2 Kings, but Jewish tradition says it was Jeremiah.  The events that are recounted are certainly a blessing and instructional to all Christians.  Solomon lifts his hands toward heaven and prays.  Before we can hope that our "construction" will be successful, we must lift up the Lord.  If we accept Christ as the Chief Cornerstone, we must make sure that we understand who He is.  We must glorify His name before we do anything.  So many Christians and churches miss this point.  Once we make a decision for Christ, it should go without saying that He needs to be in charge!  We don't have the answers, or the power, which is why we surrender completely to God.  It is very confusing why we jump right into the "construction" phase of our Godly lives, before acknowledging God's great glory and power.  This is the beginning of our derailment as our ideas must be God's.  We only are able to surrender to Him when we acknowledge what place He has in our lives.  Remember, His Son Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone!  So, this week we will work on our "Lifting and Loving."  By doing this, we will have success when we begin to construct God's "house" in our lives.  Let's all pause and say today, "Lord, I Lift You Up!"