1 Samuel 9
Notes on Worship
PASSION - 1). The servant sacrificed for the sake of Saul. (v.8,10) Only after the servant gave of his own hard earned money would Saul relent and allow them to approach Samuel. This servant is more impressive here than Saul, because he was ready to give for the sake of another. 2). Samuel set apart the best for Saul. (v.24) Our leader deserves our best. We need to set aside the best of what we have for God. Giving our best to God shows our loyalty as an act of true worship.
1 Samuel 10
Notes on Worship
WORSHIP - 1). Saul met the three men on the second leg of his journey at Bethel. (v.3) Bethel was the place were Jacob met God. It was an altar, a place of worship. God wants his leaders to regular attend his place of worship and spend time in his presence often. 2). Saul came across three men, one of which had a wineskin. (v.3) Wine represents the Holy Spirit, as does oil as well. This wine symbolizes God's desire for us to be full of His Spirit, and led by it as well. The Spirit must be within for God's power to be displayed with-out. 3). Saul encountered three men who gave him some bread. (v.4) They willingly gave him some bread, even when they only had enough for themselves. They gave him two and kept one. They gave a double portion away. Saul was learning that giving is a part of worship, and we should always be willing to give our very best. 4). The prophets at the Phillistine outpost were worshippers. (v.5) Worship is a part of spiritual warfare. As those prophets worshipped, God attacked the demonic forces of the Phillistines in the heavenly realms. When we worship, God confronts the enemy.
PASSION - Samuel encouraged Saul to do whatever was on his heart after God was with him. (v.7) When we are full of the Spirit of God and changed into a new person, God encourages us to dream and create new things for Him. We can take initiative to bring God glory.
WORSHIP - Saul finished prophecying and then went to the high place. (v.13) The high places were places of sacrificial worship. Saul finished ministering to others, and then he went to a place where he could minister to God. We should spend all of our time with God, in His presence and in His will for ministry.
PASSION - When Saul went home, valiant men went with him. They left their own homes because God had touched their hearts. They were now servants of their King. When God touches our hearts, we forsake all else to follow His plan and go where He goes. A desire to stay close to God shows valiance in our lives.