Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Daily Word May 31, 2011 - Psalm 32:5

Psalm 32:5
"Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed."
Great words of hope and encouragement to the one who faces trial and tribulation.  This past week, as you know, our city was hit by a tornado.  It has been difficult for many to understand and deal with the damage and loss.  But for the believer, we have great hope and peace.  Vs. 4 of this psalm says, "I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears."  God does not forsake his people, especially when they call out to him. 
Now picture with me - "Those who look to him are radiant"...They reflect the wonderful and majestic glory upon which they are gazing.  Like the moon reflecting the light of the sun.  Those who turn their faces toward God, reflect the radiance of his glory.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Daily Word May 24, 2011 - "Blessed"

Psalm 32:1-2
"Blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit."
One of my favorite passages is psalm 32.  I have meditated on it many times.  As we look at the psalm as a whole we see the pain of unforgiveness in verses 3 & 4.  The guilt of sin can wear us out.  But verse 5 for me is the key to the man's "blessedness" - "I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity..."  When we are transparent and honest with a holy God, when we come to the end of ourselves and confess our failures - we serve a God who is faithful to forgive.  When he has forgiven - blessedness (happiness) is all that is left.  As a child many times I failed my parents.  Hiding that from them caused more grief than the discipline ever could.  With God, we find the same.  Dealing with our sin is difficult, but liberating.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Daily Word May 20, 2011 - "Psalm 121"

Psalm 121
"I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.  The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.  The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore."
Great promise and hope are found in these words.  My life is not my own, it is not up to the righteous to protect themselves.  The reality is that every life has its ups and downs, but there is one constant - Jesus Christ.  He keeps our lives and stables our footing, he never grows weary and never sleeps.  He is never caught off guard or by surprise, he is always in control.  Great words of hope and promise!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Daily Word May 17, 2011 - "Continual Cleansing"

Psalm 51:10
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."
We are continuing our way through Psalm 51 as we learn about worship.  David has asked God to cleanse him with hyssop - the idea being that he is ready for service.  Now he says that cleansing the outside is not enough.  He asks God to create a clean heart.  David knew that you could wash away the mud but if you did not take away the desire to get into the mud, then you had accomplished nothing.  If God made him ready for worship by cleansing his sin, but did not also effect his natural desire for sin, then David would continually be coming before God asking forgiveness.  So now David says, 'give me new desires.'  And then he follows it up with and "renew a right spirit within me."  'Give me the right desires and emotions as I look at what you are doing', this is the psalmist prayer.  Though the word worship is not here, you can hear its heartbeat as David strives for intimacy with God.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Daily Word May 12, 2011 - Psalm 51 Part II

Psalm 51:7-8a
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness..."
In the Old Testament, purging with hyssop was a cleansing for the priest.  They would wash with hyssop so that they were prepared for service.  As David looks at his fallen condition, his failures, and his sin; he asks God to prepare him for service.  Those who are cleansed and ready for worship, are also excited about serving.  Then he says, "let me hear joy and gladness..."  He was worn out with all of the negative.  He knew his shortcomings, now he wanted God to speak joy into his heart.  What do you think?  Is David close to being ready for worship?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Daily Word May 10, 2011 - Psalm 51

Psalm 51:1-2
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."
On Sundays we have been dealing with the topic of worship.  One of the things which we shall discover as we go along is the role that sin plays in blocking us from experiencing real worship.  Here David has a problem.  There is a divide in his relationship with God, that divide was his sin.  Sin had separated him from worship.  In Psalm 51, we hear his prayer.  He begins by praying, "have mercy on me."  He continues, "wash me...cleanse me."  David wanted to be totally clean as he stood before the Lord.  He wanted to be ready for worship.  Real worship always occurs after deep spiritual cleansing, which only the Holy Spirit can accomplish.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Daily Word May 4, 2011 - Psalm 63:1

Psalm 63:1
"O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water."
Here the psalmist gives us insight to his relationship with God.  He says that he "earnestly seeks", which speaks of an intentional behavior.  He doesn't stumble into God in the morning, but rather, he goes after God.  Then he says that his soul thirsts and faints, as in a dry and weary land.  In other words, he longs after God as one who longs after a cup of water in the middle of a famine.  We can only imagine for a moment the thirst for a relationship.  A thirst that is not satisfied with anything except that which it thirsts for.  The psalmist is saying that nothing else will do, he must have God and God alone.  I wonder today, is this a picture of your relationship with God?  A relationship that cannot be quenched by the things of this world?  A relationship that intentionally runs after its object?