Daily Worship for the Week of 2/15

Daily Worship - February 16-21, 2015

"Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer

to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe." Hebrews 12:28 

Psalm 34:1-3

    1 I will bless the LORD at all times;

       his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

    2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;

       let the humble hear and be glad.

    3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,

       and let us exalt his name together!

“Be Thou My Vision” (vv. 5)

High King of heaven, my victory won,

  may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’ns Sun!

  Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

  Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 18

Q. Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?  

A. The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell consists in the guilt of Adam's first sin, the want of original righteousness, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called original sin; together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it..

Monday Psalm 58:3 and Matthew 15:18-19

Tuesday Psalm 14:2-3 and Isaiah 64:6

Wednesday 1 Corinthians 2:14, John 3:19 and John 5:39-40

Thursday Jeremiah 13:23

Friday Romans 3:10-18

Saturday 1 John 1:8-9

(Readings from Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism, by Starr Meade)

Family Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

  As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,

  world without end. Amen, amen. 

Towards Thanksgiving

I gave a devotion this week at Community Bible Study. Several folks have spoken to me about it, so I thought I'd post the outline/major points. Here they are: 1. Lack of thankfulness is a foundational sin, beneath other sins. (Rom 1:18-25). Therefore, thanksgiving should be cultivated, practiced. You can grow in this area if it is not your disposition. 2. Paul says that we are to give thanks in all circumstances. (1st Thess 5:16-17) Some sets of circumstances are obviously more challenging than others. 3. If it is a sinful temptation to make good things ultimate, and God's judgment is seen in giving some over to their desires (Romans 1:18-25), then we can be thankful to God when he has either taken what we loved or not given what we wanted. He is protecting us. 4. Romans 8:32---All the wrath of the Father was laid on the Son for us. Nothing that comes to the believer is from a disposition of wrath--the Son bore all of that wrath. All we face is under the loving hand of our Father, to bless us and grow us. Therefore, we can be thankful to God in the midst of bad situations, even those wherein we may have been wronged. We don't have to be thankful for bad things, but can be thankful to God and for Christ and the work of the Spirit in our lives. God is for us, not against us. He is working lovingly for our good in all things, so we can be thankful in all things.

Lord's Supper Sunday Reflections

We celebrate the Lord's Supper this Sunday 8/7.  Here's some rich thoughts from Robert Murray M'Cheyne,... "[The Lord's Table] is the most solemn appropriating act of all your lives. It is declaring by signs, "I do enter into the ark; I flee into the city of refuge; I lay my hand on the head of the Lamb; I do touch the hem of His garment; I do take Jesus to be my Lord and my God; I hold Him, and by grace I will never let Him go." It is a deliberate closing with Christ, by means of signs, in the presence of witnesses. When a bride accepts the right hand in marriage before many witnesses, it is a solemn declaration to all the world that she does accept the bridegroom to be her only husband. So, in the Lord's Supper, when you receive that bread and wine, you solemnly declare that, forsaking all others, you heartily do receive the Lord Jesus as your only Lord and Savior."

"All who are really 'looking unto Jesus' are invited to come to the Lord's table. Some feel like a sick person recovering from a fever: you are without strength, you cannot lift your hand or your head. Yet you look unto Jesus as your strength: He died for sinners, and He lives for them. You look to Him day by day. You say, He is my bread, He is my wine; I have no strength but what comes from Him. Come you and feed at the Lord's table, and welcome. Some feel like a traveller when he arrives at an inn, faint and weary: you have no strength to go farther, you cannot take another step; but you lean on Jesus as your strength; you believe that word: "Because I live, ye shall live also." Come you and feed on this bread and wine, with your staff in your hand and shoes on your feet, and will "go on your way rejoicing." Feeble branches need most nourishment. The more you feel your weakness, the amazing depravity of your heart, the power of Satan, and the hatred of the world, the more need have you to lean on Jesus, to feed on this bread and wine -- you are all the more welcome."

- Robert Murray M'Cheyne, from a sermon preached at St. Peter's, Dundee, October 1841