GREETINGS, EVERYONE! (There is a lot here this week, so you may want to scan the bold headings first)
This week, Psalm 43 came up three different times in my personal reading and group sharing. On Monday, Sept. 13, it was one of the Psalms of the day (13, 43, 73, 103, 133). On Wednesday, I read it in preface to our evening prayer time focused on Missouri missions. On Friday, it was part of my regular Bible reading plan. It seems the Lord was bringing it to my attention on purpose! If you will, indulge me to share just a couple of verses from the middle of this brief psalm:
"Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God."
In the very order of the phrases, the psalmist states that his worship, his joy, and his praise (signified by the "altar of God" and "the lyre") follows and flows from the light and truth which God sends out from Himself. They lead the psalmist into His very dwelling. It is the same for us: God's light and truth (yes, His very word) is the catalyst for praise. Praise is always for something, never without a reason. Some Godly attribute; some truth concerning God's nature and being; some Divine intention, purpose, or action. All of these are found in the pages of Scripture and provide abundant kindling to stoke the fire of our affections and send our praise and worship upward to the very throne room of God!
The Valley of Vision prayer concerning "Scriptural Convictions" relates it this way: "I cannot find out thy perfections, but I know thou art good, ready to forgive, plenteous in mercy. Thou hast displayed thy wisdom, power, and goodness in all thy works, and hast revealed thy will in the Scripture of truth. Thou has caused it to be preserved, translated, published, multiplied, so that all men may possess it and find thee in it."
As we prepare for corporate worship this week, I pray that we would so individually and personally read God's word, reflect and meditate on it, and inwardly digest it that, when we come to the gathering on the Lord's Day, our hearts would be so full of the truth of God that we cannot but praise and magnify the God of all truth!
TOMORROW (SATURDAY, 9/18)
Work Day at the Church House! Folks will start arriving at 8 am, and I plan to have donuts and coffee ready for those who come. I cannot promise there will still be donuts at 10, so plan on getting here early. Here is a "punch list" of possible projects for you to work on (more may be added):
THE LORD'S DAY (SUNDAY)
Fighter Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Call to Worship: Psalm 1
OT Reading: Proverbs 31:10-31
NT reading: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8
Prayer of Confession: Psalm 54
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 55:22
Sermon Texts: 2 Timothy 4:1-15; Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
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READ THROUGH THE BIBLE schedule is attached. We are on Week 38.
BONUS: Rob Philips, director of the apologetics ministry of the Missouri Baptist Convention, has released a new book, What Every Christian Should Know About Satan: Biblical Names and titles that Reveal his Nature, Activities, and Destiny. Rob has compiled a well-researched, engaging, and hefty (over 400-page!) volume to aid the church in discipleship and defense of the faith. I am ordering 20 of these at the greatly reduced cost of $5 per book (75% off retail). Please let me know and I will reserve your copy (or copies) today. Make checks payable to the church and designate it "Satan book."
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon