Day 10

Day Ten:  Riding Upon High Places
“If you turn back your foot from {unnecessary travel on} the Sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a {spiritual} delight, and the holy day of the Lord honorable, And honor it, not going your own way Or engaging in your own pleasure Or speaking your own idle words, Then you will take pleasure in the Lord, And I will make you ride on the high places of the earth, And I will feed you with the {promised} heritage of Jacob your father…”. Isaiah 58:13-14

There is a common trend in modern times for churches to have only one to two services per week devoted to coming into God’s Presence.
Reasons for this decrease of amount of time spent attending God’s house vary, but this decrease does pose a question…If people considered attending church a delight, would churches have to begin having services more than once or twice a week?

There is a church that has 5 services a weekend because 10% of their city of over 80,000 people attend this church, and it isn’t possible to get everyone in at only one service.
Sounds like people in this church consider the Sabbath a delight.

God asks some very specific things from us in regards to His Sabbath in the verses above.
 The main gist being that we do not spend the Sabbath doing things that gratify our personal desire, but rather that we make being in God’s Presence the delight of this day.

Attending church should never be something we simply do and mark off our list so we can go on to do what we really want to do that day.

Your emotions may not quite agree with this idea, but they can catch up.
Joyce Meyer explains that if you will do what you know to be right according to God’s Word, your emotions will eventually catch up with your heart.

God wants us to attend His house because we love Him.  He doesn’t want the day He asked us to visit with Him to be considered a burden.  So, He gives us the liberty to decide whether or not to delight in Him on the Sabbath day.

But He does promise wonderful things if we will delight in spending time with Him on His day.

According to the verses above, he will make us “ride on the high places of the earth.” 
When God delivered Israel from Egyptian bondage, the Bible explains He made Israel to ride on the high places of the earth (Duet. 32:12-13).  In other words, God brought Israel out triumphantly.
God still wants us to triumph in this earth.  We were created for dominion.  God not only wants us to survive in this world—He wants us to thrive!

How much better would it be if you lived triumphantly rather than just surviving?

If you'd like to "ride the high places," make God a delight in your life.
  • A delight to spend time with Him in prayer
  • A delight in reading His Word and accepting it as truth
  • A delight in patterning your life after the Word of God
  • A delight in giving your time in serving
  • A delight in prioritizing attending His house
  • A delight in revealing His character through your own life to others

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