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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Daily Word February 23, 2011 - "He Delighted In Me"

Psalm 18:19
"He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me."
A marvelous mystery that only heaven knows the answer to - God delighted in me.  No exposition, no special thoughts today, just contemplate - "He rescued me, because he delighted in me."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Daily Word February 22, 2011 - "Confidence"

Psalm 17:3-5
"You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.  With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.  My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped."
Confidence is an interesting thought.  Some read these words and believe that the psalmist was confident in his works to stand before God.  However, the psalmist was David and so such a notion would be misguided at best.  David knew his inadequacies before a Holy God, as they continually played out from day to day.  So why confidence in this passage?  He was saying that he was being sure to examine himself continually, to keep a short sin account before his God, so that he did not fear God's examination. Ever do something wrong and have that continual ache in your stomac as you awaited the coming of a loved one, when you knew that it could get dicey?  How much greater the feeling of confidence when you know that your actions have actually pleased that one!  David wanted God to examine him because he knew that he had already examined himself.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Daily Word February 21, 2011 - "Preserve Me"

Psalm 16:1-2
"Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the LORD, 'You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'"
Where is hope?  Hope is the everlasting desire of man.  Movies are developed, songs are written, plays produced, and promises made about hope.  We want to believe.  What is the problem with this?  Is it man's desire to hope?  No, it is where man puts his hope.  Hope is not the problem, but the object of our hope is.  For the psalmist, he found in Psalm 16, all hope rested fully in the Lord.  The Lord was his shelter and provider.  The Lord was the only good thing about him.  Without the Lord, there was nothing worth experiencing.  This is the greatest of Christian virtues - to rest fully in the care of the Lord.  Knowing that God is worthy of our trust.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

February 15 - Post

For some reason Feb 15 post was posted in the wrong place.  If you click on the February posts tab, then scroll down you will find "Daily Word, February 15, 2011".  Sorry for the confusion.

Daily Word February 16, 2011 - "Who shall dwell on your holy hill?"

Psalm 15:2
"He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart."
David in verse 1 asks the question, "O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent?  Who shall dwell on your holy hill?"  He is asking God, who is approved for worship?  Who is able to draw near to you?  Who is in a right relationship with you?  The response is the one who practices righteousness.  The person who desires in his heart and life to be God glorifying.  It's not a difficult concept, I am most ready for worship, when I have taken time during the week to be holy.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Daily Word February 14, 2011 - "Great Love"

Romans 5:8
"But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
On this day every year, all of the conversation is dominated by one little word - "love".  A word thrown around and misunderstood by young and old alike in our culture.  But perhaps there is no greater definition of love given than that of Romans 5:8.  Here we find that the love God has for us was sacrificial.  When we were sinners, unusable and defiled by failure, Christ died for us.  He did not wait till we had something to offer him, as if we ever would.  Instead, he came at our most vulnerable state and died for us.  This is love.  Love is sacrificial.  Love erases the record of wrong.  Love gives of itself.  Perhaps if we would apply this definition to our marriages and relationships, we would have God honoring families.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daily Word February 10, 2011 - "Psalm 12:1"

Psalm 12:1
"Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man."
A frightful day the psalmist sees.  A day when God's people have disappeared.  He speaks of the loss of character in verses 2-4 and socail injustice in verse 5.  It is a daunting thought, I think, to consider what would happen if God's people became isolationists.  What happens when the church becomes ineffective or disappears from the public scene.  Our Lord prayed in John 17 for us, because we were not to be taken out of the world.  He prayed that we would be safe and secure in the refuge of God.  Because we live in a fallen world, often times the perspective is doom and gloom.  But I want you to notice where the hope is.  As the psalmist considered how terrible things had become, he wrote "I will now rise," says the Lord.  Our hope is found in God.  We don't serve a God who stands idly by as the world destroys itself.  Instead, we serve a God who is active and diligently working in the affairs of man.  I'm thankful that God is involved in the eveyday affairs going on around us.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Daily Word February 9, 2011 - "Psalm 11:7"

Psalm 11:7
"For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face."
Ever wondered what God's will is?  Ever thought to yourself, "I wonder which way I should go?" or "I wonder what God's will is in this situation?"  I marvel sometimes at how little ability some Christians have to discern the will of God.  It is true, that sometimes, our decisions are difficult because they are between the good and the best.  But on a day to day basis, it seems more and more that Christians struggle deciding what is the "right" thing to do.  Here the psalmist tells us in simple terms that the LORD is righteous and therefore, he loves righteous deeds.  God's will today is that you do righteous actions.  The perfect model and standard of righteousness is Christ Himself.  Therefore, between two opposing forces, one looks for the most Christ-like position.  So the simple saying, "What would Jesus do?", seems most beneficial.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Daily Word February 5, 2011 - "Psalm 9"

Psalm 9:1-2
"I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High."
These first verses are the theme statement for all of Psalm 9.  The psalmist, David, is saying that the Lord is worthy of his praise in good times and in bad.  "When the enemies turn their back", when in oppression (vs. 9), in affliction (vs. 13), and even in death; the Lord is worthy of our praise.  It is easy, I think, to praise God when everything is going well.  When everyone likes you, when life at home is peaceful, when the kids are obedient, when there is money in the bank account, etc.  But what about when you don't feel like it?  What about when the trials of life, the enemy, and even our friends and family abound on every side?  The psalmist has two pieces of advice when encountering these times.  First, give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart.  Get engaged in worship!  Tell God how thankful you are that He is in control and in charge.  Tell God how thankful you are He has saved you from the miry clay.  Second, recount all of His wonderful deeds.  Keep a journal of all the things that God has done for you.  When you look back, you find that God is not slack on blessing His people.  When you look back, you find you have much more to be thankful for than not.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Daily Word, February 4, 2011 "Acts 2:23"

Acts 2:23
"Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless me."
I have been reading of late, John Stott's book "The Cross of Christ".  In it, he discusses at great lengths two things.  First, the fact that my sin nailed Christ to the cross of Calvary so many years ago.  Notice, Peter's words at the day of Pentecost - 'you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men'.  This truth is indescribable to me as we look at the penalty of our sin.  To know, every sin I have committed played a role in the death of Christ.  As such, when we examine the cross, when sin starts to creep into our lives our response must be to realize that Christ's death payed the penalty for it.  When we sin, we are not just hurting ourselves and our families, we see the condemnation of that sin poured out on our Savior.  This begs the question, 'If I would look at my sin in light of the cross, would I continue in doing it?'  This is what the Hebrew writer speaks of when he speaks of those who refuse or "proface" the Son of the Living God.  Each sin, especially in the life of a believer, is an open slap in the face of the One who died for us.  Second, Stott speaks of the sovereignty of God.  To understand that it was not only my sin that put Him there, but also the Father's love that put Him there.  The Father was so committed to mankind that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for my sin, and thus, it "pleased the Father to bruise the Son".  What Peter said again was, "Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan...of God."  At the height of the cross, we see God was in control each step of the way, which gives me faith in the most difficult of circumstances.  We are forever, held by grace.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Daily Word, February 3, 2011 - "Psalm 8:3-4"

Psalm 8:3-4
"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place; what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him!"
An interesting thought isn't it?  Perhaps the greatest truth of scripture is written here in poetic form by the psalmist, and yet for the most part, we are forgetful.  We forget as we bow our heads and pray that we are speaking to the only God, the One who put every created thing in its place.  When we come into worship, where mountains tremble and the foundations of the earth shake, we have lost our wonder.  When we look at creation, our minds quickly wander to the thoughts of evolution and questions of "how?"  But the psalmist looked at the heavens and was filled with humility.  Why would God care about little old me?  Why would God show His love and faithfulness toward me in that He sent His Son to die on my behalf?  Really, I have no answer.  What we know is that God was committed to mankind and wanted to restore the relationship that once existed, therefore, He sent His Son (Jesus) to die on my behalf.  To pay the penalty.  I, like the psalmist, wonder "who am I that you are mindful of me?  Who am I that you should love me?"

Clarification About Cancellations

There have been many questions about Saturday night services.  Sorry for the confusion.  All activities during the week (Mon - Fri) have been cancelled.  As for all weekend services, our plan is to keep them as scheduled.  Sorry for the confusion.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Weather

Sorry for the late post today - the weather is terrible!  Sometimes, it gets like this.  Our plan at this point is to continue with church on Sunday, however, all activities during the week are cancelled.  Be safe!

February 1, 2011 Daily Word - "Psalm 6:9"

Psalm 6:9
"The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer."
The psalmist begins this passage in terrible anguish.  He prays that the Lord would stop rebuking and disciplining him in verse 1.  In verse 2 he says he is in anguish and trouble, followed by verse 3 where he says his soul is "greatly troubled".  Verse 6, is the pinnacle of his suffering where he says "I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weaping."  David is really troubles at this moment!  Ever been there?  Ever felt like the entire world was caving in around you?  Felt like you were no use to yourself, your family, your church, even to God?  But here is what is interesting to me.  Filled with this sense of overwhelming 'lostness', what was his approach?  It wasn't to call in the prayer warriors (though this can be helpful and godly).  It wasn't to get medication or see a doctor (though this is sometimes needed).  Instead, he kept praying.  Even though he felt as though no one was listening, he didn't stop, he just kept praying.  And in the end he claimed a truth that all of us can claim today "The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer."  When all else fails, or before all else fails, sometimes the simplest approach is the best - go to God in prayer.

Daily Word February 15, 2011 - "Psalm 14"

Psalm 14:1a
"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'"
A simple statement.  It is interesting that the New Testament orders us to never call someone a fool.  The term is demining.  It debases the individual it is thrown at.  It is condescending. Yet, the Bible calls a few people fools.  One instance is a man who tore down his barns so that he could build a bigger barns and save his profit.  Why did he do this?  Because he thought of himself as invincible.  Here the psalmist speaks of another man who thinks of himself to highly. He has an attitude that thinks of himself as the one who is control of his destiny.  This man the psalmist says is a "fool".  While most of us would not say this, recently I have been reading the book "Christian Atheist".  The summary of the book is that there are many who believe in Christ, but they live as though he doesn't exist.  I wonder, how many of us would not say the words, but live our lives as though God doesn't exist.  We think that no one sees our actions and thoughts.  We think there is no consequence for our actions.  We say with our lives - "There is no God."  I wonder, have I played the fool?  Have you?