Weekly Worship Meditation

Cry out to God now; later may be too late

"For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him." —Psalm 32:6 Note the following: First, the ungodly do not really pray to God.  Being lost in sin keeps the supposed prayers of the ungodly--besides a true prayer of confession of sin and request for salvation from reaching God.  Instead of being true prayers to God, these so-called prayers are to god’s...

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As David loved Absalom, God loves His guilty children

“O my son Absalom—my son, my son Absalom—if only I had died in your place! O Absalom my son, my son!” —2 Samuel 18:33 One way that David was a man after God’s own heart was in his love for his sinful erring son, Absalom.  Absalom was a murderer (he killed his brother Amnon in chapter 13).  Discontent for his father to rule, he usurped the role of king, setting up his own kingdom in place of David’s.  Adding insult to injury, he...

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What you can do for God is unimportant

“Wherever I have moved about with all Israel, have I ever spoken a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’” —1 Chronicles 17:6 David was settled into his house in Jerusalem.  He got to thinking, “I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under tent curtains.”  That didn’t seem right to David so he purposed in his...

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Flattery is harmless. Really?

I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before their eyes. In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin. —Psalm 36:1-2 While a positive word of encouragement or thanks is a good thing, flattery poses a serious danger.  What is the difference?  When offering encouragement and thanks, we must take care not to go overboard by exalting the person.  Focus on what the person...

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Understanding how I got what I have changes everything about generosity

But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given You. — 1 Chronicles 29:14 The particulars of this verse have to do with the Israelites bringing their offerings to build Solomon’s temple. The principle is a reminder regarding any generosity and giving we might engage in.  There is no room for boasting about giving when we remember that we have nothing but what the...

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Do you see Christ in the Old Testament?

"When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever." —2 Samuel 7:12-13 God forbade David to build a temple for His dwelling place.  The first reason, of course is that God cannot be contained in a single place, much less a building made by human hands (Isaiah...

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How might you be wasting YOUR life?

The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was severely wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armorbearer, "Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and thrust me through and abuse me." But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it. —1 Samuel 31:3-4 Saul’s death was a sad end to a sad life—the life of a man whose potential and...

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Resurrected out of dead religion

Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!” —Luke 24:5-6 Many things changed when Jesus rose from the dead.  One of them was that mechanical practice of religion gave way to a living faith in a risen Savior.  Before Christ there were two religions.  Of course there were countless man-made religions that were all false.  There was also...

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Parenting permissively or restrictively?

For I have told him that I will judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knows, because his sons made themselves vile, and he did not restrain them. —1 Samuel 3:13 Who created us and ordained the family, including parent/child relationships?  God, of course. Who is the perfect Parent, and therefore knows how parenting is to be carried out?  Again, of course, God. Where then ought we receive instruction regarding family and parent/child relationships? ...

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Are there instances in which we should not keep vows?

30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, "If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands,  31  then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD's, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering."... 34  When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only...

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