Daily D – Ezekiel 46:9
Ezekiel 46:9 “ ‘When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed festivals, whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate. No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate. (NIV)
Imagine entering God’s presence and leaving unchanged. This is an unfathomable thought. What difference will today’s worship make in us? Let’s evaluate this in our afternoon and evening reflections.
The last few chapters of Ezekiel amplify our imaginations. This verse and others around it repeat the idea of leaving through a different entrance than the one a person entered. A couple of handymen told me one day it is bad luck to go out a different door than the one you entered. I wonder what Ezekiel would have said to them?
Perfunctory worship is worship that leaves us unchanged. Let us never, ever experience this again. Let us do what Psalm 100:4 says:
give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalms 100:4 NIV
Stephen Covey writes in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People how we are to carry our weather within us. Let’s carry our praise and thanksgiving into worship and into those places where we live, work, and play.
Whichever exit you choose today, go with thanksgiving, go with praise.
I will praise God for who he is and thank him for what he has done.
Our Father, may we never enter and exit a worship service without knowing and experiencing you in ever-deeper, more profound ways. Speak to our hearts today as we exalt you with grateful praise. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.