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How to Respond to the Word of God

October 6, 2018

When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 2 Samuel 6:18

When David got right with God, God’s blessing came to many people: “he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts and distributed among all the people… a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins to each one” (6:18-19).

Some think Psalm 24 was written in the light of this great day. It begins with a question: “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?” (Ps. 24:3). That question comes right out of what happened to Uzzah (2 Sam. 6:6-7). But the Psalm ends with an overflow of joy: “Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in!” (Ps. 24:7, 9). Fling wide the gates. Let the Lord who comes to bless his people in!

To the person who has been offended by God, to the person who has been missing out on the blessing of God—you could make no better response to the Word of God today than to fling wide open the gates of your heart and life and let in the Lord who will bless you!

The blessing that came to these people with the ark comes to us in Jesus. God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). Great blessing will be yours if you will have him.

What would keep you from opening wide the gates of your heart today and letting in the Lord who will bless you?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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