Paul's exhortation to his beloved disciple, Timothy, was given to him by the Lord and written for OUR instruction upon whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. Yet, many born again believers today are primarily responding and conforming to the expectations and traditions of their denomination, their church, or their intellectual understanding of scripture. Yet, our relationship with the Lord Himself is to be HIS disciple, HIS bondservant, hearing and understanding His rhema truth, His covenant promises, and His commands in a direct personal sense.
Why was the Lord tested in the wilderness? And why does God ordain our similar testing?
Those upon whom the fulfillment of the ages has come, have much to learn about faith and obedience from the Biblical account of David killing Goliath, and, as it is with much of the Old Testament, this event in David's life was not meant for him alone. It was also intended as a source of revelation for us, because there be GIANTS greater than Goliath set against the covenant people of the Lord today.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power…(authority)… is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore,…(in My authority)… and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe…(understand and obey)…all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world…(age)…. Amen.…Matthew 28:18-20 KJV (insert is the author’s) Are we doing all things whatsoever He has commanded us to the end of the age (i.e. the last day resurrection)?
The primary modern concept of worship in the majority of organized churches is the "worship service" where we sing corporate praises to our Lord. This is not altogether wrong. It is right for us to praise the Lord for what He has done, is currently doing, and will do for the body of Christ. And it is an opportunity for us to experience a deep emotive gratitude toward our Lord for what He has done and what He will do in the future. But there is a more important understanding of PRAISE that we desperately need to be aware of.