Harmony and Anointing oil…Precious

Psalm 133
How wonderful and pleasant it is
when brothers live together
in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the
anointing oil
that was poured over Aaron’s head,
that ran down his beard
and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew
from Mount Hermon (highest mt. in Israel)
that falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the LORD has pronounced
the blessing,
even life everlasting.

Amen and Hallelujah! Greetings sweet DIVAs! This is the 14th of the 15 Psalms of Ascent. Have you had a chance to at least read each one over 15 times? You can do it! The pleasantness of harmony. Are you interested in striving for unanimity? Let’s take a look at some of the verses in this Psalm.

How wonderful and pleasant – the word pleasant here means lovely, charming, and attractive; that which fills the mind with delight. It is spoken of one beloved (SS 7:6), of a place (Gen. 49:15), of words (Proverbs 15:26), or of beauty and glory, as of Yahweh (Psalm 27:4). It can describe the joy we derive from a picture, from a landscape, from sweet sounds and gentle voices, or from love.

Who is your brother/sister? The word brother here means someone with whom you are in relationship. This can be someone with whom you share the same parents, a relative, a reciprocal relationship, or someone of the same resemblance. Do you think of ‘growing more like Christ’ (Eph. 4:15) when you read ‘someone of the same resemblance’? Or even Genesis 1:26-27?

Brethren (brothers) living together in harmony. The beauty of the unity of the brethren when assembled!! How powerful it is to have the brethren, all of one accord, coming together to worship God! (Romans 15:5-6) To leave life’s troubles at the door and gather together under the wing (shelter) of the Almighty. How beautiful and lovely is the unity and harmony! We are redeemed by the same Savior, we serve the same Master, we cherish the same hope, we are subject to the same trials, temptations and sorrows. We sojourn together under the sun. Brethren looking with the eyes we have to the Author and Perfecter of our faith.  Love so amazing.

Have you experienced the fragrance of the anointing oil lately? The luxury of delighting in the refreshing? The holy anointing oil for the high priest was olive oil mixed with four of the best spices (Ex 30:23, 25, 30). As priest, Aaron was to have anointing oil poured over his head. (Ex 29:7) The anointing oil was holy and was to be used exclusively for the priests (Ex 30:32-33). On this side of the cross, we are the priests of God (1Peter 2:5, 9). The rich mixture typifies the abundance of the Spirit’s graces. The oil represents the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 16:13, James 5:13-15, Matthew 25:1-10) and the Holy Spirit comes to represents Jesus (John 14:26).

There are other applicable verses you can find in the Holy scriptures. See for yourself and share what you find! To be in harmony (with one accord) with sisters- how precious for the LORD has pronounced a blessing, even life everlasting!

In His grace,
Amanda

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Abba Father!

Two days ago this nation’s citizens celebrated Father’s day. Many of you have someone you call Father and you honored that event with gratitude in your heart. There are also many of you that do not have someone to call Father. Emotionally, you may or may not be stirred on the matter of Father’s day. I read a statement recently concerning how people address our God. He is indeed petitioned and spoken about as “God” by many, but less are able to appeal to Him as “Father”. If you consider it, anyone can call our Father, God. A non-believer can call Him god. When you pray, how often do you appeal to God the Father as just, “Father!”? Have you ever considered Him your Father? Have you ever spoken to Him as the child He has strong affection for when you make your request to Him or when you honor Him with your praise? Can this reflection stir a different kind of gratitude in your heart concerning Father’s day?…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~

In His grace,
Amanda

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God’s Response to His People

Are you ready to re-visit Psalm 132?

This morning I was reading Acts 4:29-31. The disciples “all raised their voices to God” requesting that “Your slaves may speak Your message with complete boldness, while You stretch out Your hand for healing, signs, and wonders to be performed through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak God’s message with boldness.” The disciples asked and God granted. Praise God! The Creator and Sustainer of the universe not only heard their prayer but answered them! Are you praying prayers with the full expectation that the Lord hears you? Do you wait for His response?

Looking at Psalm 132:9, the Psalmist is requesting that the LORD’s priests “be clothed with righteousness” and “Your godly people (derives from the Hebrew term for “covenant love”) shout for joy.” In verse 16 the LORD responds by saying, “I will clothe its priests with salvation, and its godly people will shout for joy.” The Psalmist asked and the LORD granted. Is there anything sweeter?

What about James 1:5? Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. Are you asking God for wisdom when needed?

Jeremiah 33:3. Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know. Amazing. Are you calling to your Father?

Memorize/read Psalm 132 DIVAs! How about looking for yourself at additional verses that speak of how God responds to our pleas. Post what you find to encourage others – I will be reading them for refreshment as well! You can do it and it will be a blessing to you.

In His grace,
Amanda

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Arise to the Next Step DIVAs!

Psalm 132
LORD, remember David and all the hardships he endured,
and how he swore an oath to the LORD,
making a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob.
I will not enter my house or get into my bed,
I will not allow my eyes to sleep
or my eyelids to slumber until I find a place for the LORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.
We heard of the ark in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.
Let us go to His dwelling place; let us worship at His footstool.
Rise up, LORD, come to Your resting place, You and Your powerful ark.
May Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and may Your godly people shout for joy.
Because of Your servant David, do not reject Your anointed one.
The LORD swore an oath to David, a promise He will not abandon:
“I will set one of your descendants on your throne.
If your sons keep My covenant and My decrees that I will teach them,
their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”
For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His home:
“This is My resting place forever;
I will make my home here because I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless its food; I will satisfy is needy with bread.
I will clothe its priests with salvation,
and its godly people will shout for joy.
There I will make a horn grow for David.
I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one.
I will clothe his enemies with shame,
but the crown he wears will be glorious.”

Greetings fellow sojourners! Have you Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed (DIVA) sisters been building yourselves up in your most holy faith each glorious morning? Do you ever find yourself beseeching the LORD to remember you or someone else in need; recalling the hardships that have been endured? Have you ever made a vow to the LORD? Were you faithful to keep your vow?

Many blessings have descended upon families and nations through the godly lives and patient sufferings of the saints. Although we cannot be saved by the merits of others, we do benefit from their virtues. Paul said, “We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Th 1:3) Do you recall scripture that calls for a reward for the righteous? (Psalm 58:11, Proverbs 13:21, Matt. 25:31-36, Matt. 10:41, 2 Sam. 22:21) Some rewards come upon descendants rather than upon ourselves: they sow, and their successors reap. We may this day pray – Lord, remember those who suffered for Your name’s sake, and bless Your people and nation with grace for our fathers’ sakes.

This Psalm is a hymn for the consecration of the temple. What have you done lately to consecrate your sanctuary where the Most Holy Spirit dwells? (1 Co 6:18, 2 Co 6:16) What can you do today to guard your heart, your eyes, your ears, and your mouth to please the Spirit of God? Please make a comment to encourage your DIVA sisters as we ascend the 13th step!  What a blessing you are indeed DIVAs!!!

We will take two weeks with this Psalm to memorize/read 15 times.

In His grace,
Amanda

 

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Ascending the 12th Step

Psalm 131
LORD, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I do not get involved with things
too great or too difficult for me.
Instead, I have calmed
and quieted myself
like a little weaned child
with its mother;
I am like a little child.
Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
both now and forever.

Perhaps David had these thoughts during the time he assumed his royal office. As king of Israel, he would have had many monumental tasks to gaze upon. Such would have been the expectations of the king of a nation! Yet, he humbled himself under the LORD and did not get involved in ‘things too great or too difficult for’ him. Instead, he ‘calmed and quieted’ himself. A child not yet weaned will cry and be in distress for their next meal. A weaned child, in the presence of its attentive mother, will be calmed and quieted knowing the next meal will be provided and the needs met. Shall we be like that little child who looks to our attentive LORD knowing our needs will be met? Or, shall or inner self be frenzied and agitated not having an equivalent expectation of the LORD.

Have you ever known someone, maybe yourself, that has gotten involved in things too great or difficult? You take on staggering challenges because of the desire for great things, yet the LORD has not opened that door to you? Have you witnessed someone in such complete inner turmoil because they refuse to let go of a task; considering the reward that is dreamed of is too great to release? The undiscerned choice is frenzy and agitation rather than calm and quiet. The LORD has told me recently, “When the two ideals are in conflict, do they prioritize the worldly over the spiritual?” How would you respond to that question if it was inquired of you by the LORD?

I am in a season of prayer with fasting. At times, I will stroll around my yard while praying. Because of the frequent rainfall, mosquitoes can be prolific. As I walked and prayed I was disappointed, envisioning my prayer time would be cut short as a result of the mosquitoes (I am always on their mark!). In faith I rebuked the mosquitoes by saying, “I will not have one of these mosquitoes bite me while I am in prayer. I will have a hedge of protection around me so that no mosquitoes come near me.” (I could not believe it myself!) I have several paths on my circuit while I pray. When coming to the end of one path, I turned to go on another. This particular path has vegetation where mosquitoes typically dwell. I aimed that direction speculating it would be ok to enter because I had prayed! However, I sensed the Lord instructing me that there were indeed mosquitoes there and not to proceed. I thought of Luke 4:9-12, concerning not temping the Lord your God. Even though I had prayed, the Lord was saying “Some places are ok to be and some are not”. That was enough for me. While continuing to walk and pray, I approached another path I like to walk but it also can have mosquitoes. I stopped to inquire if the Lord would have me not go on this path. I heard nothing so I walked all the paths except the one He said not to walk. I prayed with joy and power and after a couple of hours I still had no bites! Praise God! Are you sensitive to the Spirit when He instructs you not to do something? Do you find blessing when you are obedient in the simple things? Lord, provide us strength to not get involved in things You instruct us to stay away from. Keep our hearts in perfect peace for our eyes are upon You! Whenever temptation calls us to get involved where You have not lead us, help us to look to You! With the eyes we have – we look to You Jesus! The truth may loom indistinctly with our gaze, but we look! Thank you Lord that You will never fail to be our deliverer.

In His grace,
Amanda

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