“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (CSB)
David, the writer of Psalm 19, declares the glory of the Lord, and then praises his instruction, his testimony, his precepts, his command, and his ordinances. David follows this by asking the Lord to cleanse him of hidden sin and to keep him from any future sin. Finally, David closes with the above verse. David is not only concerned with his actions and his words being pleasing to the Lord, but he is also concerned with the thoughts that he ponders during the day. On this page you will find the congregational songs for the upcoming Sunday service along with scripture and questions to ponder. May this help you as you prepare your heart for worship.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Holy is the Lord
Wherever He Leads I’ll Go
Tuesday: “Holy Is the Lord” – Isaiah 6:1-5
“Holy is the Lord God Almighty! The earth is filled with His glory!”
As we sing these words, we echo the seraphim that attend the Lord by the throne and who call out to each other,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!”
Have you ever rambled on and on about something, and found yourself repeating the same words over and over again? When I find myself doing that, it’s because I’m overwhelmed and I can’t think of any other words to use. There is no other word that so accurately describes the Lord than “holy”. And for the angel in heaven, who see him in all his glory, saying it just once isn’t enough. God is so holy, he is so separate from us, that saying it once doesn’t convey the magnitude of that separation. What about you? When we sing these words, are you overcome with the knowledge of God’s holiness, or is this just a song to sing?
Wednesday: “Holy Is the Lord” – Nehemiah 8:2-11
“We stand and lift up our hands, for the joy of the Lord is our strength.”
After the nation of Judah had been punished and exiled to Babylonia as slaves, God brought a remnant back. After years of rebuilding the temple and the walls of the city, the Israelites gathered to hear Ezra read the Book of the Law of Moses. There are three things to notice in this passage. In verse 3, the people listened closely to the Scripture being read. In verse 9 we see that the reading and understanding of the Scripture brought weeping ad repentance. In verse 10, Nehemiah tells the people to not be sad, but rather rejoice because the joy of the Lord is their strength.
The Word of God brings conviction of sin, which is what we see in the Israelites gathered in Jerusalem. They saw their sin and rebellion against God and were grieved over it. All of the shame from the exile, from the lackadaisical attitude in rebuilding the temple, and from the other sins in their lives poured out. If we truly understand that God is holy, holy, holy, then we are confronted with our sin and rebellion and are grieved over it. But never forget that through Christ, your failures have been paid for and forgiven. The Lord joyfully calls you back in to a right relationship with him, which should bring strength to the spirit and celebration to the heart.
Thursday: “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go” – Mark 8:31-38
Most Bible translations split this passage at verse 34, which makes it easy for us to forget that one event quite possibly caused the second event. Beginning in verse 31, Jesus feels that it’s time to give the disciples a glimpse of what the future holds. Peter ain’t having it. He proceeds to take Jesus aside and to let him know that he’s wrong for saying such things. Now, we don’t know what Peter’s motivation was for reprimanding Jesus. It could have been that Peter’s view of the Messiah was wrong; how could a conquering hero die? It could have been personal, “Jesus has to know that I wouldn’t let anything happen to him.” Regardless, Jesus pulls Peter back into the larger group of disciples and rebukes him for his actions. Then Jesus calls the larger crowd into the discussion. Here we find our part in the contract of salvation.
“If you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”
Jesus will tell the disciples at the Last Supper in Luke 22:20,
“This cup is the new covenant between God and his people…”
A covenant is a contract. I will do this and you will do that. This new covenant, the Good News, stipulates that Jesus will pay the price for your sins, but you must make him Lord of your life. There are many other things that happen in salvation, but this is the essence of the agreement. In light of Peter’s response to Jesus’ death announcement, Jesus wanted them, and us, to understand that to follow Christ means that your life is no longer your own. As you ponder this truth, think back to the moment of your salvation. Did you give your life up? Are you still holding onto your life?
“Take up thy cross and follow me,” I heard my master say;
“I gave my life to ransom thee, surrender your all today.”
Friday: “Wherever He Leads I’ll Go” – Luke 9:57-62
It may be through the shadows dim, or on the stormy sea
I take my cross and follow him wherever he leadeth me.
We want to pick our life back up; it’s human nature. We can have a true salvation experience, give our life over to the Lord, and still fight him for lordship down the road. Jesus’ conversations with these three people show us his expectation for a disciple. He tells them that to follow him means you have to go where I go, not add other commitments, and not worry about earthly concerns. Not doing this means we are not fulfilling our call to the Kingdom of God. This is a hard truth. It flies in the face of everything our society tells us, and it goes against our very nature. It’s a constant struggle to deny self and live for the Lord. And yet, look at what he gave to purchase our freedom. How can we do anything else except boldly proclaim,
My heart, my life, my all I bring to Christ who loves me so.
He is my Master, Lord and King; wherever he leads I’ll go.
*All Scripture is taken from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.