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02/08/2021 03:00 - 03/08/2021 02:00

“I will tell of your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you. I will sing praise to your name, O most High” - Psalm 9:2 (NIV). 

The Christian life is amazing because of the liberty it offers for those who know Christ. Unfortunately, every now and then, there is that deliberate puritan streak on the part of some to rob of others the liberty they want to express in Christ. Just as we find a Hannah crying out to the Lord for a child (1 Samuel 1:10); there is also a King David, who takes to the streets, dances with elliptic moves, bursting with excitement once a prayer has been answered (2 Samuel 6:14-22).

There was a recent case of a church priest who was captured on video his body gyrating with dance strokes soon after his mother was released from hospital, a survival of Covid -19. Many related to this dancer with his bold strokes. But there were others, for whom, it was, no way! They also took issue with the blaring music of guitar sound!

When King David took to the floor with his moves, someone seethed. It is written, “Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart” (vv 16). Raised as a princess and now a Queen, Michal had strong ideas about decorum and propriety. She was so taken up by her status in society that even if the moment expected no less she just could not let herself loose.

In life we find several of us who are so bound by the status of our present station that even for things of the Lord we are held back. We shall not raise our hands in praise for the Lord since that could make us appear less dignified. We shall not declare our faith in Jesus Christ because within certain eyes it may make us look less sophisticated. We shall not venture some places even for a mission of Christ because how else can we be spotted in such undignified places.

When David got back to his house Queen Micah was ready for him. “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants' female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” (vv 20). But her husband had a fast one. “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. (vv 21).

Perhaps you have had a recent moment that has left you besides yourself. Just like that priest who sent tongues wagging, do not hesitate, but just get on, and dance to the Lord!

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise full of thanksgiving, for you have been so good to me, that is why I must dance with joy, full of praise!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!