Build Me An Altar

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Johnathon Stockstill

     This is a wonderful song by a great singer named, “Johnathon Stockstill.”  The name of the song is, “Build Me An Altar.”  I urge everyone to listen to the song, and build God an Altar.  Not a profane fire like Eli sons, Nadab and Abihu offered unto God. (Leviticus 10: 1).  But an altar to God from your heart is an excellent way to praise God.  God is after our heart.  In the Old Testament, altars were made out of unwrought stone, or the earth.  An altar would be placed in churches, temples, and other places of worship.

     Hebrews 13:10 says, “We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.”  This means, Christians had an altar where others who didn’t believe in Jesus could not partake.  A reference to the eternal, once-for-all sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  Now we don’t have to build an earthly altar.  The altar is in our hearts, prayers, and praises unto God. 
     Eli’s sons took censors and entered the tabernacle, and burned incense. They failed to ask Moses permission.  How many of us do things without seeking God first?


     They burned incense on their own. Instead of, taking fire from the altar, which was newly kindled before the Lord, by Moses. They took fire from the flesh of the peace-offering and it wasn’t, “holy fire.”(Exodus 30:9)   When we build God an altar, we need to give God glory.  We need to reference His power.  Yes, it seemed harsh for Eli’s sons to lose their lives. But no doubt, it probably wasn’t their first time sinning against God.     Several chapters before it speaks of them having sex with the women in the church.
     God doesn’t punish our sins right away. He gently tugs at our hearts to change. His first attempts are quiet during our daily routines.  Then if we don’t listen to Him, we’ll suffer the consequences.  How many of you punish your children when they disobey?  God isn’t any different.  Just like you love your children-God loves you too!  He wants the best for you. 

     Will you build God an altar today?  Not just any old way of praise, but true worship.  When you first fell in love, you couldn’t wait to be with that person.  They took your breath away.  You stayed up all night long talking and laughing.  Wow!  Everyday you called each other, or waited for each other after work.  Well, it’s just like that with Jesus too!  Spend time with God everyday.  Don’t be afraid to share your deepest thoughts with Him.  He loves to listen, and share things with you.

Why don’t you try Jesus today?

     I’m getting goosebumps all over me.  Jesus is so amazing to me.  You can build an altar at home, work, the car, on vacation, etc.  Wherever you go don’t forget to take the Lord with you. O.k.?  Last but not least, don’t forget to pray.  The Bible tells us to pray everyday. (2 Thess. 5:17).  Don’t feel bad if you forget.  Just repent, and pray. 

Enjoy the song!

Let me know what you think.  Please share this with someone else.




  1. Reblogged this on Janiese Reveals His Heart and commented:

    In Exodus 20:24-26, God gave specific directions to why an altar needed to be built. He wanted to prevent idol worship from creeping into, “True worship.” He loves creativity, but not creating false religions. He didn’t us to change His way of doing things. I encourage you to do things for God. He will bless you for doing things His way.


  2. Janiese I love this. I often think in terms of abiding to remind myself that apart from Him and HIs love I can really do nothing. This is how the temple in my heart stands no matter the task at hand.

    “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” – John 15:4

    Thank you for sharing.


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