Worship

September 26 – Today’s Readings – Micah 1-3 and Psalms 86

As you can see in this passage, God was VERY upset with Israel (once again) but I will save my comments on this subject for tomorrow. Today let’s have a quick look at Psalms 86:10-12 and also verse15 – “For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever… But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

In this passage, we see how much of a New Testament man King David was. First he was a worshipper – acknowledging God, God’s character, and His marvelous deeds. This is the essence of New Testament worship. It is not so much our “offering” as it is our “acknowledging” – it is having a loving attitude of thankfulness and praise.

What is the foundation of all New Testament worship? – “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God— this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1) We offer our lives – our bodies our hearts our minds our all to God – our lives become an act of worship. – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

Second, we see David’s recognition that it is only by God’s grace and blessing that he could be of service to the Lord – “give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11)

As New Testament believers we understand this concept, but in David’s time the undivided heart was not considered a gift from God but an obligation to fulfill certain religious duties. No wonder God called David “a man after His own heart” – he truly understood salvation by grace. Paul put it this way; “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.” (Galatians 4:6)

In his instruction to the Hebrews Paul quoted Jeremiah saying, “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” (Hebrews 8:10-11) This is worship – It is motivated by the Spirit – We are the vessels – We offer ourselves and God does the rest.

Questions:

1. In which ways is Old Testament worship like New Testament worship?
2. Reverse the question – In which ways is New Testament worship patterned after Old Testament?

Ninevites!

September 25 – Today’s Readings – Jonah 1-4 and Psalms 85

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Continuing Faithful

September 24 – Today’s Readings – Colossians 3-4 and Psalms 84
Did you catch the “good attitude code” found in Chapter 3:5-22 – how our behavior should magnify God in this dark world? Wow – there are several sermons in these verses concerning the conduct of the saints. Always remember when you read these lists that […]

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2 Kingdoms

September 23 – Today’s Readings – Colossians 1-2 and Psalms 83
The book of Colossians contains some key doctrines of Scripture. The doctrine of “the two kingdoms” is outlined here, as is the reaffirmation of who Christ is and what the true Gospel is.
The “two kingdoms” is found in Chapter 1:12-14; “giving thanks to the Father, […]

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Christ-Like

September 22 – Today’s Readings – Philippians 3-4 and Psalms 82
Paul says in Philippians 3:8-15, “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in […]

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