Weekly Worship Meditation

September 2014

Counting and weighing one's blessings

September 21, 2014 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. —Psalm 32:1-2  Rev. Johnson Oatman, Jr., was one of the important and prolific gospel song writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The chorus of the gospel song for which Oatman is most remembered goes like this: Count your blessings, name them one by...

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Who is righteous, really?

September 14, 2014 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. 21For I have kept the ways of the LORD, And have not wickedly departed from my God. 22For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. 23I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. 24Therefore the LORD has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His...

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Resting in God's sovereignty

September 7, 2014 Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.  3 My soul also is greatly troubled; But You, O LORD—how long? —Psalm 6:2-3  The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer. —Psalm 6:9  One of the problems with the modern notion that praise and worship is all supposed to be upbeat, positive and almost giddy, is that the Psalms—the book most completely devoted to...

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Daniel: Two Views & Confessing Corporate Sin

August 31, 2014 “…we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments.” —Daniel 9:5 The first six chapters of Daniel, while containing prophetic aspects, are largely historical.  The last eight chapters are virtually all prophetic.  How shall we interpret these prophecies?  If there were a crystal clear answer to that question, there would not be so many different...

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