27 January 2009


“The altars you make for me must be simple altars of earth. Offer on such altars your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Build altars in the places where I remind you who I am, and I will come and bless you there.” (Exodus 20:24 NLT)


God’s people were in a very intense learning phase of their relationship with God. He was demonstrating his power to guide, to provide, and to protect them. He was teaching them his ways, so they could live good lives in healthy relationship with him and with others. He was teaching them to worship and to trust in him and him alone.

Here God taught his people a very important principle, one that had already been practiced by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God told them to build altars in all the places where he met with them and reminded them who he is and to worship him there.


In this season of life, God is reminding me that he and he alone is my shepherd and defender, protector and provider. Each time and in each place or circumstance he reminds me of who he is, I can build an altar to offer him the sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise. Each time he reminds me of who he is, I can bow my knee in submission to his good will and great grace and lift my hands and heart in surrender and praise.


Father, thank you for each reminder of who you are. You have been so gracious to Jean and me in this season to remind us in so many ways that you are Shepherd and Redeemer, Protector and Provider, and that you alone are worthy of our worship and praise. Today I worship at this altar of remembrance. I bow in submission and I lift my heart and hands in thanks and praise. You alone are God. Amen.

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