Jun 22 2008
Archive for the 'Worship' Category
Jun 21 2008
The entire person of Jesus is but as one gem, and His life is all along but one impression of the seal. He is altogether complete; not only in His several parts, but as a gracious all-glorious whole.
“Thou art fairer than the children of men.” Psalm 45:2
Today’s above Scripture reference (from the KJV) expanded for context and taken from the New American Standard Translation for contrast:
1 My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
2 Thou art fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Thy lips; Therefore God has blessed Thee forever.
3 Gird Thy sword on Thy thigh, O Mighty One, In Thy splendor and Thy majesty!
4 And in Thy majesty ride on victoriously, For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let Thy right hand teach Thee awesome things.
5 Thine arrows are sharp; The peoples fall under Thee; Thine arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
6 Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Thy kingdom.
7 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee With the oil of joy above Thy fellows.
8 All Thy garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made Thee glad. Continue Reading »
Dec 14 2005
As we approach the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, may this help you to even focus more on His Person and work.
Basically the tabernacle (in the Greek) speaks of Christ, the Word who became ‘flesh’ and ‘tabernacled’ among us: John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Worship and holiness go ‘hand-in-hand’ in a believer’s life. Even when we sin, as we all do, and repent, and confess our sin, and the Lord is faithful to cleanse us and restore us to relationship (communion) with Himself, He does not ‘take us to penance’ but ‘direct to worship.’ (Christ has paid our penalty—and His work is totally sufficient and completed for all things.)
Dec 10 1998
Low at Thy feet, Lord Jesus,
This is the place for me;
Here I have learned deep lessons,
Truth that has set me free.
Free from myself Lord Jesus,
Free from the ways of men;
Chains of thought that have bound me,
Never bind again.
None but Thyself, Lord Jesus,
Conquered this wayward will,
But for Thy love constraining,
I had been wayward still.
(Found in a man’s bible after he died.)
My prayer after reading this, is a prayer of solemn yet joyful thanksgiving for His merciful, love which authored His salvation through grace and freed even such a wretched sinner as me from the bondage and penalty of my sins. Grace — only through and in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, I love Him – and reverence Him. But, it is His love, and His righteousness to which I cling, and is the anchor of “my hope in Him” –as my love is fallible, conditional, inconsistent, and to truly describe it — is human, of my flesh — therefore, unreliable — my own heart deceives me, my will contends with His; and I will continue to sin –but I am forgiven! That is the truth that sets me free, free from the ways of men, but mainly, free from myself and my flesh. (Again, here I wish to state too that ‘divine election’ does not ‘dull human responsibility.’)