Weekly Worship Meditation

May 2018

Are you chasing soap bubbles?

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” —Ecclesiastes 1:2 The word “vanity” appears in the book of Ecclesiastes 33 times.  Clearly that is a key word in understanding the book.  What does the word mean, and how is it used by Solomon?  Vanity is emptiness.  Meaninglessness.  Ten times Solomon defines vanity by likening it to trying to chase, grasp, or labor for “the...

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Are you lazy?

A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.  —Proverbs 19:24 The lazy man says, “There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!”  —Proverbs 26:13  The Proverbs speak much, not only about wisdom vs. foolishness, but also about industriousness vs. laziness.  Before going on any further, let us remember that Proverbs are not law or absolutes.  They are generalizations—but...

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Knowing God means fearing God

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. —Proverbs 1:7 The person who does not know God in the only way He can be known, through faith in Jesus Christ, can only have a superficial wisdom at best.  He may be a scientist, a statesman, or a philosopher, yet without the knowledge of Christ, he is lacking the most crucial element of true wisdom.  Paul wrote (1 Corinthians 1:21) that all the wisdom of the godless ends in...

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Everybody experiences times of discouragement

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. —Psalm 42:5 Everybody experiences times of discouragement.  Some know what it is to be depressed.  What are we to do in those times? Two things:  (1) Hope in God.  As long as our eyes are on our circumstances, or on how discouraged we feel about them we will spiral down further.  The first step is to get our...

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Three observations from Psalm 119

This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. You are my portion, LORD; I have promised to obey your words. —Psalm 119:56-57 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. —Psalm 119:60  I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD, And have comforted myself. —Psalm 119:52 Like all the Psalms (and the entire Bible), Psalm 119 is Messianic.  No mortal other than Jesus has ever enjoyed the relationship with God’s Word that is described in...

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