Daily Devotions

Numerologial Power

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"The Voice of the Lord..." (Psalm 29)

"The voice of the Lord" is found seven times in Psalm 29. In both the Old and New Testaments, numerology plays an important role in the interpretation of God's sacred Word. Numerology is "the study in the significance of numbers." One of the significant numbers in the Bible is the number 7. It is a number for completeness and perfection.

Let me give you examples of the numerological power of the number 7.

The 4 corners of the universe plus the trinity = 7.
The Book of Revelation speaks of: 7 churches; 7 spirits; 7 stars; 7 seals; 7 trumpets.
The number 7 is used over 700 times in the Bible.
The number 7 is used 57 times in the Book of Revelation.
There are 7 days in creation.
Israel marched around the city of Jericho 7 times.
On the 7th day on the 7th time around, the completed their march.
There are 7 candlesticks in the Holy Place in the tabernacle.
Solomon took 7 years in the building of the temple.
Job had 7 sons.
Job's friends sat 7 days and 7 nights in silence and afterward offered a burnt offering of 7 Bullocks and 7 rams.
Naaman washed 7 times in the Jordan River.
Jesus spoke 7 words on the cross.
There were 7 years of plenty and 7 years of want in Egypt.
Jesus called for the faithful to forgive "70 times 7."
The Babylonian captivity was for 70 years; 10 periods of 7.

In Psalm 29, the 7 fold mention of "The voice of the Lord" is all powerful. Psalm 29 responds to the people's temptation to worship the Canaanite god, Baal. Baal was the god of weather and fertility. Amidst an agricultural societies fear of starvation, weather was a fundamental part of bringing crops to harvest. Fertility is essential in the ongoing care of farm animals.

The number seven expresses the voice of Israel's God, and shows that in all things, including weather and fertility, God is more powerful than any other god, including Baal. Today, pray seven different ways over an issue or situation that is causing you pain or discomfort. You might pray at seven different times. You might pray silently once, you might confess another time, a third time might include affirming God's power, etc. The key is to do 7 different spiritual activities so you can experience the numerological completeness of God's Spirit.


God's Goodness

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"I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living." (Ps. 27:13)

In Exodus 33:12-23, Moses wanted to see God. God said that if Moses cast his eyes on God's face he would die. But God did want to support Moses, so God placed Moses in the cleft of a rock. In that position, Moses would not be able to see God directly, but, like a shadow, would be able to witness God's "goodness," and then look at God's back.

The same "goodness" appears in Psalm 27:13. The New Interpreter's Bible commentary suggests, "The psalmist trusts that he or she will be privileged to share the same experience as Moses." The goodness God gave Moses provided the faith to continue his call and handle the impending challenges.

Goodness is an inherent part God's being. To witness goodness is to experience some level of the divine. We have all witnessed goodness at many different moments in our lives. One of the many blessings in being a pastor is the opportunity to see the goodness in other people. I cannot count the times people have made dinners for someone after a surgery, or given someone a ride home, or sacrificed vacations to meet their pledge.

In your devotional time today, recall some of the individuals in your life who exemplified goodness to you. Reflect on moments when you were the one who modeled goodness. When you were sharing goodness, you were giving others a glimpse of the divine. It is amazing how simple it is to bring the divine to life in our lives.

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