RCCG Open Heaven 6th October 2021 | Practice Gratitude written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye. May the Lord bless you as you read through! Kindly share with other people.
OPEN HEAVEN DEVOTIONAL FOR OCTOBER 6, 2021 (RCCG)
TOPIC: PRACTICE GRATITUDE
Memorise: And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. 2 Samuel 6:21
Read: 2 Samuel 6:14-22
14 Then David danced[a] before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
17 So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.
19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.
20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, “How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows [b]shamelessly uncovers himself!”
21 So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.
22 And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”
Open Heaven Devotional 6 October 2021 Message
We must consider practical ways of saying Thank you to the Lord. When you are truly grateful to someone, it will be difficult to hide it. Your gratitude will be evident in everything you do and this truth is confirmed in today’s Bible reading. When David considered how he had been surviving both seen and unseen battles of life, he could not help dancing and leaping for his God.
The Almighty God has kept us alive to date, and like David, we must practically demonstrate our gratitude through dancing and offering of heartfelt praises to Him. For the preservation of our lives alone, we must bless the Lord. In Psalms 144:1, the Psalmist blesses the Lord for teaching his hands to war and directing his fingers to fight right. We must realise that not all fighters win the battles of life. This is what made David write:
“Bless the Lord O, my soul…Who redeemeth thy life from destruction…” “Psalm 103:4”
Considering the numerous battles David fought in his lifetime, particularly against King Saul and his own son – Absalom who staged a coup against him, one should know that but for God, David would have died a premature death. This is why he described God’s benevolence as loving-kindness and tender mercies. Oh, how I wish we all would appreciate God’s kindness as much as David did. Moreover, David recognized that the mercies of God to him were of tender types – not one but many.
Little wonder that in our Bible reading of today, he literally praised the Lord to the consternation of his wife who despised him for dancing passionately for the Lord. Apparently, Michal had never seen her father – the former king praise God in that manner before so it was strange to her. Little wonder God replaced him with David, who would genuinely praise and worship Him.
Open Heaven RCCG Devotional 6th October 2021 | Prayer Point:
Take a minimum of fifteen minutes to thank God for His goodness and mercies over your life and those of your loved ones.
Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him,
for he is your health and salvation!
Come, all who hear;
now to his temple draw near,
join me in glad adoration.
2. Praise to the Lord,
above all things so wondrously reigning;
sheltering you under his wings,
and so gently sustaining!
Have you not seen all that is needful has
been sent by his gracious ordaining?
3. Praise to the Lord,
who will prosper your work and defend you;
surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
if with his love he befriends you.
Praise to the Lord!
O let all that is in me adore him!
All that has life and breath, come now with
praises before him.
Let the Amen sound from his people again;
gladly forever adore him.
Thanks for reading 6th October 2021 Open Heaven RCCG Daily Devotional | Practice Gratitude, written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
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