Here is my latest entry for Our Daily Journey. As always, any recommendations would be appreciated. I have a concern in the last paragraph, but I can’t find an easy way to fix it. So if something bothers you there, give me an idea on how to improve it!
read > 1 Chronicles 11:10-19
So the Three broke through the Philistine lines, drew some water from the well by the gate in Bethlehem, and brought it back to David. But David refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as an offering to the LORD (v. 18).
In his book Faith at the Edge, philosopher Robert Wennberg describes attending a small church with his students as they traveled through Europe. The students were not greeted warmly by the church members, did not know enough of the language to follow the songs or the sermon, and generally considered their Sunday morning to be a complete waste of time. Wennberg assured them that it wasn’t, for the effort they made to worship with fellow believers was an act of respect toward God.
Wennberg quoted Pascal: “Respect means; put yourself out….it amounts to saying: I should certainly put myself out if you needed it, because I do so when you do not; besides, respect serves to distinguish the great. If respect meant sitting in an armchair we should be showing everyone respect and then there would be no way of marking distinction, but we make the distinction quite clear by putting ourselves out.”
We respect others when we put ourselves out for them. It may be something small, such as standing to our feet when they enter the room, saluting or tipping our hat, or kneeling in front of their wheelchair. It might be huge, as when David’s elite warriors snuck behind enemy lines to bring him water from Bethlehem or when David, overcome by the magnitude of their love, poured out the water as a drink offering to the LORD.
We respect God when we practice our spiritual disciplines. We all experience dry spells when the Bible seems irrelevant, our prayers don’t seem to matter and we’d rather sleep in than go to church. Do them anyway. Down times are opportunities to express your allegiance to God. If you continue to put yourself out, even when you do not feel any benefit, you pay God the highest respect.