January 15, Wednesday

Today’s AMI QT blog, written by Pastor Barry Kang of Symphony Church in Boston, was originally posted on April 3, 2013.

 

Devotional Thought for This Morning

“Glorifying God through our Skills”

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV 1984)

Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 2 Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.  3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. 

The Hebrew expression translated here as “play skillfully” literally means to “do well in playing music.”  Psalm 33:1-3 reminds us that the gifts that God has given us should be used for His glory (literally for His “praise”).  If we have musical talents, then we should learn to “play skillfully” for the Lord. Although this may take years of diligent practice, the musicians are encouraged to work hard on developing their skills and to express their praise “with joy.”  

We can extend the same principle to other areas in which we have received talents from God, such as our professions, careers, passions, or even hobbies. Metaphorically speaking, all of us should learn to “play skillfully” for His glory in these areas as well.  

In addition, we should not forget about joy.  As we serve the Lord with excellence, let us rejoice in being able to use what God has given us for His pleasure and glory.

So, what talents and abilities will you be using today?  How can they be used to give God glory? Are there talents that you have not been developing or using?  God has given them to you for a reason. Ask God for ways to use them to give Him praise. 

Prayer: Father, I thank You that I am “wonderfully and fearfully made.”  This day, help me not only to seek to give You praise with my lips but also with every gift that You have given to me.  In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: John 15


Lunch Break Study

Read Exodus 33:1-11 (NIV 1984): Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you: 7 the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— 10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.” 

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the context of this passage (see chapter 25:8-9)?
  2. What is the significance of God giving Bezalel the Holy Spirit?
  3. What do you think the role of the Holy Spirit is in our worship (c.f. John 4:23-24)?

Note

  1. God is giving detailed instructions to Moses about how to build the tabernacle, that is, the location where the Israelites are to experience God’s presence and to render unto Him the worship due to him.  Bezalel is chosen as the main craftsman to furnish the tabernacle.    
  2. It seems odd that craftsmen need to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to do their work.   However, Exodus 33 indicates that the Holy Spirit is necessary for anyone who seeks to do the work of God, no matter how ordinary the work may appear to the human eyes.
  3. Authentic worship can only happen when we are right with God at the spiritual level (since God is spirit).  For this to happen, our sins must first be rectified before the Lord. This requires the work of the Holy Spirit because he comes to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness (Jn. 16:8).  In light of the morning devotion, we need the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to properly give glory to God. 

Evening Reflection

Every gift/ability given to us by God is to be used for His glory.  Put differently, a proper usage of the gifts can enable us to render unto God the worship that would please Him, no matter how prosaic this may appear to some.  How does this happen?  

The Holy Spirit will guide, teach, and empower us into the right way of giving all the glory to God; therefore, let us ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit once again!

Reflect on the ways you used your gifts today.   How was your heart and attitude as you used them?  Were you able to use God’s gifts to give Him glory?  Journal about how God may be asking you to use your gifts.

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