…. they were unschooled, ordinary men …. they had been with Jesus …. the crippled man healed standing with them – Acts 4:13,14

Praise from men or Praise from God? .. Fame, or faithful ministry

While reading the story of Saul,
a verse in the passage prompted me to pause, … and pray

There Saul has set up a monument
in his own honor

In this post, we’ll be exploring Saul’s story,
and contrast his response with those of Daniel, Peter and Paul,
and the example of Jesus.

Some prayerful thoughts, …

after the Lord blesses our ministry,
how precious is validation, … praise?

On the flip side,
how open are we to opinions, critique, feedback?
How do we respond, … react?

Faithfully serving … quietly, … anonymously?

John wrote about the religious leaders during Jesus time,

John 12:43 (NLT)
For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

Jesus said,

… and your Father
who sees what is done in secret
will reward you.
Matthew 6:4, 6, 7 (NASB)

“… without Me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 (NKJV)


Here’s how Saul is first introduced in the Bible

1 Samuel 9:1,2 (NASB)
Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.

He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.

Impeccable pedigree, stunning looks, impressive physique … a choice candidate for any political party.

When Saul  started out as king,
he was humble, self controlled, and God blessed him with a good team.

– Humble, … Samuel said, “you were once small in your own eyes” 1 Samuel 15:17 (NIV)

– Self-controlled, … But some scoundrels said, “How can this fellow save us?” They despised him and brought him no gifts.
But Saul kept silent. 1 Samuel 10:17 (NIV)

– God gave him a good team,  … Saul also went to his home in Gibeah, accompanied by valiant men whose hearts God had touched. 1 Samuel 10:16 (NIV)

As his story unfolds, … Saul’s actions … reveal his heart.

In 1 Samuel 15, the Lord gave Saul an instruction to attack the Amalekites through Samuel.

1 Samuel 15:1-3, 7-12 (NIV)
Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord.
This is what the Lord Almighty says:
‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt.

Now go, attack the Amalekites
and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”

In this attack, Saul and the army were to take a “no prisoner” approach in the battle.

Then Saul attacked the Amalekites all the way from Havilah to Shur, near the eastern border of Egypt. He took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and all his people he totally destroyed with the sword.

Saul led the army and attacked the Amalekites.  The Lord gave them a resounding victory and honored his word.


But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good.
These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.

Saul did followed the Lord’s instruction …. but, .. not entirely,
near-enough obedience.

10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.”

Samuel was angry,
and he cried out to the Lord all that night.

12 Early in the morning Samuel got up and went to meet Saul,
but he was told, “Saul has gone to Carmel.

There he has set up a monument in his own honor and has turned and gone on down to Gilgal.”

Right after this resounding victory,
Saul first set up a monument in his own honor in Carmel,
before going down to Gilgal (where there’s an altar to the Lord, and perhaps to meet Samuel)

A monument to himself, celebrating and commemorating the crushing defeat of his enemies;
and for others to admire & remember his legacy.
Basking in the glory of victory, triumph.

Celebrating greatness to self,
or gratefulness to the Lord?

His actions revealed his priorities,
his heart.

he has turned away from me
and has not carried out my instructions

Sadly, … sooner or later,
our actions betray our well-intentioned words, sound-bites, verbal commitments,
and reveal our true intents, desires, motivations … character.

Like Saul, since the tower of Babel,
people through the ages have tried to permanently immortalize their achievements & splendour through monuments or buildings:

They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 
Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city,
with a tower that reaches to the heavens,
so that we may make a name for ourselves  …
Genesis 11:3,4 (NIV)

Whereas, for Abraham,

By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and builder is God.
Hebrews 11:9, 10 (NIV)

At various places the Lord led Abraham,
he built altars of worship to God.

In spite of what Saul had done,
… Samuel faithfully interceded for Saul.
Samuel cried out to the Lord all that night
Samuel felt God’s heart, … regret and anger,
…  mercy and justice.

As prophet, … Samuel received God’s word of instruction/direction and gave it to Saul
As priest, … Samuel faithfully interceded for Saul before God.

Saul built a monument in his own honor, to honor himself,
instead of building an altar in thanksgiving & worship to the Lord,  like the patriachs.

We read earlier in Saul’s life,

1 Samuel 14:35 (NASB)
And Saul built an altar to the Lord;
it was the first altar that he built to the Lord.

Earlier on, Saul built an altar to the Lord after the Lord gave him victory over the Philistines.

However as time went on, … somehow, his heart changed … perhaps success or vainglory got into his head.
Pride, self-praise, ego (?)

Saul started well, with the right attitude.
And like Saul, … its equally important how we maintain and finish the race marked out for us.

In the book of John, the Pharisees in Jesus time were described as:

John 12:43 (Jub, NASB, NLT)
for they loved the glory of men
more than the glory of God.

for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.

they love glory, … approval, … praise …

In a world increasingly measured by opinion polls, twitter/google trending topics, fads, buzzwords, approval ratings, … social media likes, fans, and shares,
… let’s be careful not to fall into crowd validation, fame and ‘fan popularity’ syndrome.

This is revealed in Saul’s answer, when Samuel confronted him about his actions,
i.e.  …  Saul and the army spared Agag and the animals.

13 When Samuel reached him, Saul said, “The Lord bless you!
I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.”

Saul answered he had completed the mission successfully, … the outcome was achieved, i.e. Victory

14 But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”

15 Saul answered, “The soldiers brought them from the Amalekites;
they spared the best of the sheep and cattle to sacrifice to the Lord your God,
but we totally destroyed the rest.”


“Hey … not too bad right? … we totally destroyed the rest
and, ….
we did even better than what was asked,

we will give God the very best of the animals as sacrifices,
in a great thanksgiving service.

And, … I must credit the soldiers for their great idea
… (not me)”

As a seasoned political leader, Saul’s answer had some truth in it, … included a sweetener, … & stealthly absolve responsibility.

near enough truth, … & shift the blame

the majority feel it”s a good thing to do
.. why not then?

‘I’m with the majority’s opinion’

Saul sold on the benefits of the decision.

16 “Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”

Samuel:  what counts is the Lord’s opinion on this

Samuel questioned the integrity of the decision.

benefits  vs  integrity?

God’s opinion vs man’s opinion?

All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes
[and he may see nothing wrong with his actions],
But the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents
[of the heart and knows the truth].
Proverbs 16:2 (AMP)

Samuel did not let the matter rest, and he pressed the matter further.

Beyond successful outcomes, … & the favor of God in victory,
lies a heart issue.

… what does Saul cherish, treasure?

Interestingly, in Saul’s answer — to sacrifice to the Lord your  God’
shouldn’t it have been …  ‘the Lord our God’?

If one is not careful,
success can  take a life of its own, … intoxicating, addictive, … even blinding.
Enamored by the gifts of success,
and lose sight of the Giver of all things,
and His grace.


24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned.
I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions.

I was afraid of the men
and so I gave in to them.

In the end, Saul agreed he had done wrong.

I was afraid, … I gave in … to the men
… the approval & opinion of his men,
were of greater concern,
than God’s.

approval ratings, … poll results, … ‘likes‘, fans … ?

play to please the crowd,
lead with an unpleasant, but true message, … decision,
from the Lord, … doing what God says.

fame? …  being faithful ?

Lets pause to consider Saul’s actions as a leader or boss,

There Saul has set up a monument in his own honor
Taking credit from others.

I was afraid, … I gave in … to the men
Shifting blame to others, for one’s own mistakes.

Can people work for such a boss?

22 Samuel said,

“Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
As in obeying the voice of the Lord?
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
And to heed than the fat of rams.

23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
    and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.

Because you have rejected
the word of the Lord,

    he has rejected you as king.”

30 Then he said, “I have sinned;
but please honor me now
before the elders of my people and before Israel, and go back with me, that I may worship the Lord your God.”

31 So Samuel went back following Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.

to obey from the heart is better than any outward sacrifice

The root of the problem — rebellion and arrogance towards the Lord,

with serious consequence —
you have rejected the word of the Lord,

    he has rejected you as king.

God takes His Word seriously.

In humility … to heed, .. to obey His Word, His plans faithfully,
safeguards against rebellion and arrogance.
one yields to one’s own desires and plans,
and subtly move towards building monuments, and establishing one’s own ‘kingdom’.

Though Saul confessed, “I have sinned”,

even at that very moment,
Saul’s final request to Samuel is interesting,

please honor me now
before the elders of my people and before Israel
Though Saul had said he had sinned, 
to save face,
he asked Samuel to keep appearances before the elders and the people,
as he went to worship the Lord.
(in such circumstances, its not clear how sincere his worship was)


35 Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death;
for Samuel grieved over Saul.
And the Lord regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.

A king who listens to his subjects or
listens to the Lord?

… face value … or God valued
… fame … or being faithful

Its costly to follow the Lord,
and not follow the Lord, … either way

I have decided to follow Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back

Though none go with me, I still will follow;
no turning back, no turning back

My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
no turning back, no turning back

The world behind me, the cross before me;
no turning back, no turning back.


“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a Christian hymn originating from India.
The lyrics are based on the last words of a man in Assam, north-east India, who along with his family decided to follow Jesus Christ in the middle of the 19th century through the efforts of a Welsh missionary.
Called to renounce his faith by the village chief, the convert declared, “I have decided to follow Jesus.” In response to threats to his family, he continued, “Though no one joins me, still I will follow.” His wife was killed, and he was executed while singing, “The cross before me, the world behind me.” This display of faith is reported to have led to the conversion of the chief and others in the village.

— Source: Wikipedia (click here)

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies
as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God
— this is your true and proper worship

monuments … or the cross?

The Lord said,

“I am the Lord, that is My name;
I will not give My glory to another,
Nor My praise to graven images.
Isaiah 42:8 (NASB)

The psalmist humbly prays

Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.
Psalm 115:1 (NASB)

Paul wrote:

May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Galatians 6:14 (NIV)

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!

All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
— Isaac Watts

but, those trophies could not equal
to the grace by which I stand

For only by His grace I am redeemed

Now I seek no greater honor
Than just to know Him more
And to count my gains but losses
And to the glory of my Lord

In Christ alone
I place my trust

And find my glory in the power of the cross
In every victory let it be said of me
My source of strength, my source of hope
is Christ alone

— Shawn Craig & Don Koch


After Jesus healed a man with leprosy,

Luke 5:12-16 (Jub)
12 When He was in a certain city, a man full of leprosy, upon seeing Jesus, fell on his face and begged Him, “Lord, if You will, You can make me clean.”
13 He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I will. Be clean.”And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 Then He commanded him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

15 Yet even more so His fame went everywhere.
And great crowds came together to hear and to be healed by Him of their infirmities.

16 But he withdrew himself into the wilderness and prayed.

The headline healing news virally flooded news feeds everywhere,
and Jesus fame went everywhere,  … attracting great crowds,

Jesus withdrew to the wilderness and prayed to the Father.

Jesus knew his priorities.

Though the needs were great,
though large  crowds were running to hear Him from everywhere,
though His fame was virally spreading across the country,

Jesus chose to withdraw, and pray.

 Jesus taught in the parable of the master and his servants,|
after the servants had faithfully done everything the master expected,

Luke 17:10 (NASB, CEV, MSG)
10 So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say,
‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”

In the same way, when you have done everything required of you, you should say,
We servants deserve no special praise.
We have only done our duty.

When you’ve done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say,
‘The work is done.  What we were told to do, we did.’”

‘We servants deserve no special praise.
We have only done our duty.

Its interesting that right after this parable, Luke records another healing of leprosy,

Luke 17:11-19 (NASB)
11 While He was on the way to Jerusalem, He was passing between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As He entered a village, ten leprous men who stood at a distance met Him; 13 and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they were going, they were cleansed.

15 Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, 16 and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan.

17 Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? 18 Was no one found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?” 19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”

Only the Samaritan remembered Jesus,
and came back glorifying God with a loud voice,
fell on his face at His feet,
giving thanks to Him.

But the nine—where are they?

take a little time to say thanks

On another note, in our image driven society, where looks, background, success, qualifications and packaging sells,
Compared to Saul’s background heritage,
… Jesus came from a working class family in the rural north, Nazareth, far from Jerusalem the religious and political center.

He’s described in Isaiah as,
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, 
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him
Isiah 53:2 (NIV)

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
John 1:46 (NIV)

“Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?
Matthew 13:55 (NIV)

Let’s look at the response of Daniel, Peter and Paul when God did great things through them.


King Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream and needed an interpretation.  However, to validate the interpretation of the dream, the king wanted the person to first accurately tell him what his dream was.

Daniel 2:10, 11 (NIV)
10 The astrologers answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.11 What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans.

12 This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon

An impossible mystery puzzle for the wise men in the kingdom to solve.
No one can reveal it except the gods

To save their necks, Daniel and his friends prayed to the Lord,
and the dream was revealed to Daniel that same night.

19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision.
Then Daniel praised the God of heaven
20 and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;
    wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons;
    he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things;
    he knows what lies in darkness,
    and light dwells with him.
23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:
    You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you,
    you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Daniel fully acknowledged and gave thanks to the Lord for the Lord’s wisdom,
wisdom and power are his,
He gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things

What he spoke in prayer to the Lord privately,
… Daniel declared publicly to the king.
Our prayers are a reflection of our hearts.

With the right answers, Daniel went to see the king.
Daniel’s sole interpretation will save all the wise men from being put to death.

Daniel 2:26-30, 47 (NIV)
26 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about,
28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.
He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.
Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:

No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain
First, Daniel pointed out that what the king wanted was impossible for any human to solve,
including himself.

but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.
Daniel pointed the king not to himself,
but to the source — God, who reveals mysteries.

He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar
Daniel pointed out that the Lord had spoken personally to the king through a dream.
(even though he does not know the Lord, or honor the Lord)

He reveals deep and hidden things
God speaks to people who have yet to know him,
and one of the ways is in their dreams.  Praise God!
Egs.  Pharoah in Egypt (Genesis 41), Pilate’s wife (Matthew 27)

29 “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come,
and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.

things to come
the king’s dream was prophetic!
(like Pharoah’s)

Again, Daniel emphasised that it was God who showed the king the dream.
Daniel wisely called the Lord, the revealer of mysteries to the king.
(rather than get caught up with semantics and words)

30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me,
not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive,
but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation
and that you may understand what went through your mind.

Daniel kept his priorities, … its not about him,
or anything special about him.

may know, … may understand
Praise God!  The Lord wants the king to understand what He has revealed to him.
… What more, for us who believe in Him?

After Daniel accurately revealed & interpreted the king’s dream,

47 The king said to Daniel,
“Surely your God is the God of gods
and the Lord of kings
and a revealer of mysteries,
for you were able to reveal this mystery.”

Now the king linked the  revealer of mysteries
to the God of gods and the Lord of kings.

your God is
a personal God who speaks, one-on-one, intimately,
even in our dreams.

The king saw the glory of the Lord God through this experience
of having a dream from the Lord,
and he acknowledged that Daniel’s wisdom came from the Lord.


Peter, on his way to prayer met a lame man from birth, who asked him for alms,

Acts 3:6-9, 12, 16 (NASB)
But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you:
In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!”

And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

The lame man was instantly healed by the word of faith spoken through Peter.
Seeing the lame man walking & leaping, … the people around responded,

And all the people saw him walking and praising God;
10 and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
11 While he was clinging to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them at the so-called portico of Solomon, full of amazement.

Then Peter explained,

12 But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us,
as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?

16 And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.

Like Daniel, Peter kept on pointing the people to the Lord who gave the miracle.
Not at himself.

Not by our own power or piety
It was 100% God’s grace & mercy,

Nothing to do with Peter,
or  whether Peter was more godly or had more faith,
or was more pious & devout  than others,

Only God’s grace & mercy.

He who is faithful in a very little thing
is faithful also in much
Luke 16:10 (NASB)

15 … people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats
so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
Acts 5:15 (NIV)


Acts 14:18-15 (NASB)
At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.

The lame man was instantly healed by the Lord.

11 When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.” 12 And they began calling Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul,Hermes, because he was the chief speaker. 13 The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds.

When one ministers in power and anointing, … unconsciously , others may put them up on pedestals
(in honor, adoration, etc.), … viewed as special, extraordinary, ‘chosen’

14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out 15 and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things?
We are also men of the same nature as you,
and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God,
who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

Paul & Barnabas reiterated and demonstrated that they were mere men like everyone else,
nothing special about them,
it was the Lord God who healed the lame man.
They pointed others to the Lord who heals and saves,
not at themselves.

They took the opportunity to point the people away from vain things to the living God who made everything around.

He who is faithful in a very little thing
is faithful also in much
Luke 16:10 (NASB)

11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,
12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

Acts 19:11 (NIV)

I can’t even walk without you holding my hand

Paul, Peter & Daniel affirmed Jesus words:

“I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NKJV)

John the Baptist humbly acknowledged God’s grace in his ministry,
27 … “No one can receive a single thing unless it’s given to him from heaven.
30 He must increase,
but I must decrease.”
John 3:27, 30 (HCSB)

Paul wrote,

2 Corinthians 4:7 (NASB, NLT)
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;

We now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars
containing this great treasure.

This makes it clear that our great power is from God,
not from ourselves.

Amen, we are just fragile clay jars in His hands.
Christ in us, … He is the real and eternal treasure.

At the close of his life, Paul wrote to Timothy,

I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar.
This is the only race worth running.
I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way.

All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause!
2 Timothy 4:6,7 (MSG)

In conclusion,

As we serve the Lord, let’s remember the parable where the servants said to the master in Luke 17,

‘We servants deserve no special praise.
We have only done our duty.’”

Let’s heed Jesus words,

… and your Father who sees what is done in secret
will reward you.
Matthew 6:4, 6, 7 (NASB)

…. without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 (NKJV)

… face value … or God valued
… fame … or being faithful

… celebrating greatness to self … or gratefulness to the Lord

O my soul, bless God. From head to toe,
I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don’t forget a single blessing!
Psalm 103:1,2 (MSG)

In the Old Testament,
before entering the promised land, the Lord reminded the people in Deuteronomy 6:10-13 (NASB)

the promise:

10 “Then it shall come about when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you eat and are satisfied,

the warning:

12 then watch yourself,
that you do not forget the Lord who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

13 You shall fear only the Lord your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name

and again in Deuteronomy 8,

Deuteronomy 8:10-20 (NASB)
10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.

11 Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God
by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes which I am commanding you today;

12 otherwise,

when you have eaten and are satisfied, and have built good houses and lived in them, 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and gold multiply, and all that you have multiplies,

14 then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

15 He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. 16 In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.

17 Otherwise,

you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth.’

18 But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

19 It shall come about if you ever forget the Lord your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I testify against you today that you will surely perish.
20 Like the nations that the Lord makes to perish before you,
so you shall perish;
because you would not listen to the voice of the Lord your God.

The Lord blesses us, confirming His covenant.

Let’s honor Him.
Let’s  listen to the voice of the Lord our God.
Let’s not become proud and forget the Lord our God
Let’s humbly serve and worship the Lord with a grateful heart

“Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine
—where are they?

Was no one found who returned to give glory to God,
except this foreigner?”


By the way, … Saul was not the last to build a monument to himself.
David’s ambitious and very charming son, Absalom, who usurped him also built one.
(2 Samuel 18:18, 14:25,26, 15:6)

At the end of Saul’s life, here’s how Saul finally died,

2 Samuel 1:2-8 (NASB)
On the third day, behold, a man came out of the camp from Saul, with his clothes torn and dust on his head. And it came about when he came to David that he fell to the ground and prostrated himself. Then David said to him, “From where do you come?” And he said to him, “I have escaped from the camp of Israel.” David said to him, “How did things go? Please tell me.” And he said, “The people have fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also.” So David said to the young man who told him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan are dead?” The young man who told him said, “By chance I happened to be on Mount Gilboa, and behold, Saul was leaning on his spear. And behold, the chariots and the horsemen pursued him closely. When he looked behind him, he saw me and called to me. And I said, ‘Here I am.’ He said to me, ‘Who are you?’ And I answered him, ‘I am an Amalekite.’

an Amalekite, … in the very hands of the people he was to destroy earlier.

Its just as costly not to heed and follow God’s word faithfully.

Serving Quietly | Shepherd Leadership

by 林弟兄, bro Lim
August 20, 2016

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