Weekly Worship Meditation

April 2017

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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"Give Thanks to the LORD"

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. —1 Chronicles 16:34 The phrase “Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good” appears ten times in 1 Chronicles and in Psalms, making it particularly worthy of note. That the phrase begins with “Oh!” reminds us of the excitement, urgency, and necessity of giving thanks to the Lord.  Why?  Because everything we have is from Him, and who doesn’t more often experience...

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People of Forgiveness

"But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the LORD's anointed, and be guiltless?...The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD's anointed…” —1 Samuel 26:9 & 11 Saul had relentlessly sought to kill David over the course of several years.  Why?  He was jealous because God took his kingdom and gave it to David.  David had two golden opportunities to kill Saul but he...

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