Weekly Worship Meditation

Complaining Against God

"O My people, what have I done to you? And how have I wearied you? Testify against Me. For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, I redeemed you from the house of bondage; And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. —Micah 6:3-4 It is not uncommon, even among His children, to complain against God.  It is even considered by some that telling God you are mad at Him is not only no big deal, but healthy.  There are at least two reasons this is madness. The first...

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Will God Forget Your Children?

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. —Hosea 4:6 What could be worse than hearing God say He will reject you?  I can’t think of a thing—except maybe hearing that God will forget our children!  A few thoughts on this: Many would give their lives for their children.  But what would...

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The Book of Jonah

Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” —Jonah 1:1-2 The book of Jonah is not like any of the other prophetic book.  Instead of being a collection of prophetic utterances, it is a narrative.  It tells the story of a prophet commissioned by God to deliver a word of judgment to the wicked pagan inhabitants of the enormous city of...

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The Word and Genuine Revival

So they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the LORD with them; they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught the people. —2 Chronicles 17:9 King Jehoshaphat was one of the good kings in Judah (the southern kingdom after Israel was split in two.)  While we can certainly see some decisions he made that were not so wise (allying with wicked King Ahab in the north, for example) Jehoshaphat’s twenty-five year reign was marked by God’s favor. ...

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Song of Solomon

Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love. —Song of Solomon 2:3-4 Okay.  So what is the Song of Solomon about and why should we read it f we are not sure what we are reading? S of S was written by Solomon about his love relationship with a Shulamite woman.  Not much help because we...

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Miracle of the Incarnation

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” —1 Kings 8:27 Solomon humbly acknowledged that the grand temple he built in Jerusalem was not literally a place in which God can dwell.  After all, how can an infinite God be contained in a building made with human hands.  He can’t. Fast forward to the insignificant village of Nazareth when the angel...

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Lady Wisdom, Lady Folly

Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. Proverbs 1:20 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him. —Proverbs 7:21 Proverbs presents two women: The wise woman and the foolish seductress woman.  Both are constantly calling out to those who would pass by.  The wise woman gives wisdom which leads to life (Proverbs 1:20-23, 33).  The immoral woman promises a good time free from impunity...

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The Messianic Psalter

Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father's house;  11  So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him. —Psalms 45:10-11 Some Psalms that are routinely identified as “Messianic Psalms,” because they foretell specific events in our Lord’s life on earth.  Psalm 22, for example, is clearly a prophecy regarding His crucifixion. It is my conviction that in...

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Being a Father

Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king”; and he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him.  6  (And his father had not rebuked him at any time by saying, “Why have you done so?” He was also very good-looking. His mother had borne him after Absalom.) —1 Kings 1:5-6  Three lessons to glean from this short passage.  First, Adonijah was a self-centered man, in part, because...

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David and Mephibosheth

Then the king [David] said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet.” —2 Samuel 9:3 The story of David and Mephibosheth is a story of grace.  As you will remember, King Saul was not about to let David have “his kingdom,” (as though he could have overridden God!)  Saul sought to kill David numerous times...

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