Weekly Worship Meditation

June 2016

"Because of Your Precious Children"

June 26, 2016 Make yourself bald and cut off your hair, Because of your precious children; Enlarge your baldness like an eagle, For they shall go from you into captivity. —Micah 1:16 The only thing worse for parent than seeing their children suffer, is to know that the children’s suffering is the parents’ fault.  God told both Israel and Judah of His impending judgment on their respective lands.  That judgment would come in the form of being carried off into...

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Our Own Jonah Syndromes

June 19, 2016 Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "It is right for me to be angry, even to death!" But the LORD said, "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night. And should I not pity Nineveh…? —Jonah 4:9-11 Jonah is not a book about a man who was swallowed by a whale.  Though Jonah was swallowed by a big...

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"Do Not Gloat..in the Day of His Misfortune"

June 12, 2016 But do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; do not boast in the day of distress. —Obadiah 1:12 Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament (fifth shortest in the Bible)  It is only one chapter of twenty-one verses:670 words total.  There is disagreement about the events that prompted this prophecy, and therefore about the date when it was written. ...

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USA, Repent!

June 5, 2016 Rehoboam… forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel along with him. And it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD —2 Chron. 12:1-2 America is not Israel.  But the case could easily be made that the Lord has blessed the USA above many other nations—perhaps more than any other nation in history.  What does God do to nations whom He blessed,...

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Jesus, the Wisdom of God

May 22, 2016 "...but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  24  …we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness," —1 Corinthians 1:23-24 As we read the book of Proverbs in the Daily Bible, remember the following: First, Proverbs is about wisdom. Second This reminds fathers that it is our responsibility to train our children in God’s wisdom;...

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Reading the Psalms Messianically

May 15, 2016 You who fear the LORD, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, And fear Him, all you offspring of Israel! —Psalm 22:23 How did people in the Old Testament get saved? We read a number of Messianic Psalms last week.  Messianic Psalms are prophetically predictive regarding Jesus, the Messiah.  Psalm 22 is a strongly Messianic Psalm that about Jesus in many ways (including His crucifixion).  Verse twenty-three exhorts the people in the...

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“Oh, how I love Your Law!"

May 8, 2016 Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, And teach me Your statutes. —Psalm 119:124  Hear my voice according to Your loving-kindness… —Psalm 119:149  Psalm 119 is all about God’s Word.  The psalm refers synonymously to the Word with a variety of other words, such as law, statutes, commandments, testimonies, etc.  These two verses stuck out to me while reading this monumental psalm.  I love the reminder in...

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