Monday, September 09, 2013

Enter His Gates

2 Samuel 12:20 (KJV) Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

This verse is overloaded with hidden revelation. For one thing, it is an overview of Exodus 28---Preparing a priest to serve in the Holy Tabernacle.

For the moment, I would like to draw your attention to one particular detail. Notice that David worshipped the Lord first, and then, ate bread.

Whenever I see the word bread, in Scripture, I automatically think of communion. This is what the Bible calls it (1Co. 10:16).

The New Testament of the Bible was originally written in Greek. The Greek version of the word, communion, is pronounced, koy-nohn-ee'-na. According to Strong's Greek Dictionary (1), this word means, social intercourse. It is the deepest possible level of communicating with God.

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6 (NKJV), "... With thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God." Prayer is a form of communication with God. This passage suggests we enter into prayer with thanksgiving---a form of worship.

In the Old Testament, God would visit His people in the tabernacle. It was a tent-like structure designed by God and placed in the midst of His people (Ex. 25:8 & 9). The gates to enter its courtyard were located on the east (Ex. 27:13-15).

God told Moses how to arrange the tribes of Israel surrounding the tabernacle (Nu. 2). In Numbers 2:3 we read, "On the east side, toward the rising of the sun, those of the standard of the forces with Judah shall camp." Judah, was located at the entrance. The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew. According to Strong's Hebrew dictionary, the name Judah comes from a root word in Hebrew that means, praise (2). To enter the courtyard, one would have to enter through praise (Judah). This is also reflected in the Psalms. Psalm 100:4 says, "Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise."

In my experience, I can usually count on hearing God during worship services. I have discovered that He taps into my deepest desires during these times. Worship is an excellent avenue to hear God. I have found that the more I can hear God---the less hindrance He has, to work in my life. Worship is a perfect place to begin communing with God.

Begin your prayers and communion with worship and praise. You will experience the deepest level of communication with God.

Be blessed!
(1) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s number, G2842.
(2) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s numbers, H3063, H3034.

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