SATURDAY 4 June, 2016
Mountain Top Worship
Now it happened when David had come to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God—there was Hushai the Archite coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head. - 2 Samuel 15:32
David came to the peak of the mountain and worshiped God. Notice, in times of great distress he was driven to worship the God he loved and trusted. When his newly born baby died, he washed and anointed himself, then changed his clothing and went into the house of God and worshiped (2 Samuel 12:19-20). When Absalom sought his life and he fled the city of Jerusalem; once again he worshiped God. His surrender to God in worship prepared him for whatever the Lord intended for his life.
David’s worship was interrupted by his faithful friend and counselor Hushai, the Archite. He was named alongside Ahithophel, who had betrayed David –– Ahithophel was the king’s counselor, and Hushai the Archite was the king’s companion (1 Chronicles 27:33). No doubt he heard of Absalom’s approach to take over the city and fled to be with David. Mourning, his robe was torn and dust was thrust on his head; warranted by the magnitude of sorrow caused by Absalom.
When life is at its hardest and you are full of sorrow there is nothing better than to be alone with God on a mountain top. Often the view itself reminds us of our omnipotent God, the creator of heaven and earth. Here we can lay before Him our heavy burdens and call upon His name.
More often than not we cannot travel to those lofty heights. Instead, we must take the time to worship within the confines of our homes. We may be interrupted by others but we should take the time nevertheless. God is at work when we are completely surrendered to Him.
There is more healing joy in five minutes of worship than there is in five nights of revelry.
~A. W. Tozer~
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