Weekly Worship Meditation

February 2016

The fruit of negativity

February 14, 2016 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, "The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. —Numbers 13:32  Is there any advantage to seeing the glass half full?  There sure is.  Of course, we do not embrace the foolish notion that we can change reality with the power of positive thinking;...

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More of God's heart on worship

February 7, 2016 Thus Moses did; according to all that the LORD had commanded him, so he did. —Exodus 40:16 To be redundantly redundant (from the previous meditation), God is the Author of worship.  Worship is His idea, not ours.  And He alone is in the position to determine how He is to be worshiped.  So, as the point was made in the previous meditation, God gives clear and precise details about how He is to be worshiped.  We have no liberty to worship Him...

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God's heart on worship

February 1, 2016 And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain. —Exodus 25:40 This phrase and others like it are repeated again and again.  Did your eyes glaze over last week at any time while reading the instructions about the building of the tabernacle, its contents, and the details of the priestly garb?  Let’s be honest, it isn’t the most riveting reading.  Even though these chapters may not be page...

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Rest in the Lord

January 24, 2016 But the LORD was with Joseph… —Genesis 39:21 It is unlikely that many of us have ever been sold as slaves by our siblings and carried away to another country.  Neither is it likely that many of us have ever been falsely convicted of a crime that lands us in prison, presumably for life.  So in that sense, few of us can relate to Joseph’s plights. Every one of us has been in situations we didn’t like, or that may not have been fair,...

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January 17, 2016 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.  25  Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob's hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. —Genesis 32:24-25 Jacob’s story is not unlike every believer’s story, though it played out more dramatically than many.  Jacob ruined his life by stealing his brother Esau’s birthright...

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A father's love for his son

January 10, 2016 And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided." —Genesis 22:8 & 14  Consider a few parallels:  Isaac was Abraham’s only son, the son he loved.  Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, whom God...

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