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“He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan, as your portion for an inheritance.” 1 Chron. 16:14-19

Covenant forever. A sworn promise. Confirmed. Everlasting. These words are part of David’s song of thanks after the ark is placed in a tent that he’s prepared for it.

David knew that only a forever God could make an everlasting covenant. In 1 Chronicles 17, David prays a prayer that is full of forever:

“And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God. And now, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's God,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever” 1 Chron. 17:22-27 (emphasis mine).

The word forever is used five times in as many verses. David knew the God he served. Our prayer today is that we would, as well. This isn’t a fly-by-night God who shifts with the sands, or the weather, or popular opinion. He’s the covenant-keeping Rock, forever. Believe it.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

If I said to you: “Have a super, super, super day!” – How would you respond? (Um… Sue, lay off the caffeine you are way too chipper!)
 
We use repetition in our culture to emphasize something. But it’s not just Americans who do this – you can also find it in the bible. Isaiah 6 describes a vision of God seated on His throne, surrounded by angelic beings called Seraphim.
 
With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:2-3
 
What I noticed especially was the attitude of the seraphim in the presence of God – they are essentially flying blind - their faces and feet covered. Their only concern is adopting an attitude of humility in front of the Lord Almighty.
 
Notice also how they describe God. He isn’t just holy. The Lord Almighty is holy, holy, holy. The word in Hebrew is Qwadosh and it means: sacred, or set apart. God is clearly “set apart” from everything else that has ever existed. He is 100% holy – there is no sin, no corruption, no imperfections in our God. He alone is worthy of this word!
 
So, when we come into the presence of God, do we adopt an attitude similar to the seraphim? Are we fully focused on who He is, rather than ourselves? Take a moment to praise God for the fact that He isn’t just holy – He is holy, holy, holy.

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