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, May 10, 2020
I Stand Amazed in the Presence
Build My Life
Before you read each passage, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes and to give you understanding. Meditate on what the Spirit reveals to you as you prepare your heart for worship this Sunday morning.
Tuesday: “I Stand Amazed in the Presence”– Romans 5:1-11
“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene
and wonder how he could love me, a sinner condemned unclean.”
“1Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 9 And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.”
As you read these verses, do you find yourself amazed at God’s love for you? Take a moment and offer a pray of thanksgiving to God for his love for you.
Wednesday: “I Stand Amazed in the Presence” – Psalm 89:1-2
“When with the ransomed in glory his face I at last shall see.
‘Twill be my joy through the ages to sing of his love for me.”
1 I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever!
Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.
2 Your unfailing love will last forever.
Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens.
We so long for heaven as a child of the King. We look around at this world and we realize that we are aliens and strangers longing for our true home. And yet, heaven is here. We live in the strange world of “now but not yet” where the Kingdom of God is within us but it is not fully realized in this physical world yet. Our job is to be ambassadors for this kingdom; we are to share the good news of Jesus’ sacrifice so that others may believe and join the kingdom of God with us. As we sing the last stanza of “I Stand Amazed in the Presence”, we should remind ourselves that we live for heaven now. We should offer the same praises to God as we live this life just like we will standing before him in eternity.
Are you waiting for heaven to “start” before you begin singing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever? Spend time in prayer; possibly ask the Father to help you “sing” faithfully.
Thursday: “Build My Life” – John 3:22-36
“Holy, there is no one like you, there is none beside you.
Open up my eyes in wonder.
Show me who you are and fill me with your heart and lead me
In your love to those around me”
“22 Then Jesus and his disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people.
23 At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism. 24 (This was before John was thrown into prison.) 25 A debate broke out between John’s disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing. 26 So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Rabbi, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River, the one you identified as the Messiah, is also baptizing people. And everybody is going to him instead of coming to us.”
27 John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.28 You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ 29 It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. 30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
31 “He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else. 32 He testifies about what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them! 33 Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. 34 For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. 36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”
After reading, walk back through the passage backwards and compare it to the chorus of “Build My Life”. In verses 31-36, John the Baptist plainly tells his disciples who Jesus is, which is wholly different than anyone else for he was sent from God. Now compare verse 33 to the second half of the chorus. Doesn’t the song ask the Holy Spirit to make John’s viewpoint of Christ be ours?
As you wake each morning, do you pray a prayer that asks God to increase and help you to decrease?
If not, how can you expect to live a biblically successful Christian life?
Friday: “Build My Life” – 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
“I will build me life upon your love, it is a firm foundation.
I will put my trust in you alone, and I will not be shaken.”
“10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.”
Paul is specifically talking about building the church in these verses, but the principals are true for our individual “temples”. Christ is our only foundation, no other is safe to build on. Once we are saved by faith in Jesus, our job is not done. We are commanded to live for his kingdom. We are bond servants of the King and our life is not our own. As said yesterday, we are his ambassadors in this world. One day Christ will return, gather God’s children, and bring them home. But there will be a time where we answer for the things we’ve done as Christians.
Reflect on your own life as you read verse 12-15. How much of your life will be burned up?
Pray and ask God to help you build rightly on his foundation.
*All Scripture is taken from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.