Meditation

12/31/2019

“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors whose who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.” (Psalm 15:1-5)

Who will truly worship God? The psalmist answers that with one of the many character portrayals of the Old Testament. Note the several references to treatment of other persons which are given as direct proofs of relationship to God.

The psalmist asked God who may dwell as His guest. Verses 2-5 describe what God searched for in 14:2 ( The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God) and who are invited to worship. Public worship ceremonies include prayers which help God’s people learn God’s expectations of His worshipers.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we are all called to worship You, yet there are those who do not willingly desire to do so. Abba, help us to be clear with others about who will live on your holy hill, that we are to strive to be blameless and to do what is righteous, even though at times we fall short of Your expectations. Help us love others in spite of their actions, and reveal Your love towards them, in the hope that they will respond and come to have a desire to worship You. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Everyone you meet today is on heaven’s most wanted list.

KNOWING GOD:

The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. God look down from heaven on the sons of men to see if thee are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one. Will the evildoers never learn—-those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on God? There they were, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!” (Psalm53:1-6)

To answer the first verse, you must understand that sin is depravity. Sin involves atheism does not argue philosophically that God does not exist. It argues practically with every action of life that God does not care and will not act. Such an approach to a particular moment of life lies behind a sinful act. Every person is guilty both of the attitude and the act. The only solution to our sin problem is to seek God consciously in every moment of life, in ever decision of life, and through every act of life. Extreme evil derives from a lack of faith. Unbelief is foolish because the skeptic never learns or never experiences God’s presence. The prayer is given in worship or instruction, showing that prayer not only speaks to God but also instructs the individual and congregation. Heartfelt prayer may teach us lessons that restore our hope. Understand?

I AM:

Prayer, Instruction”: (Psalm 119:1176)

Psalm 119 is a lengthy meditation on the values and delights of God’s Word. Most of he meditation is expressed in the form of prayer in direct address to God, but the language and total effect of the psalm show its intention to be instruction of believers as well as communication with God. The basic message is that God’s continual blessings through all stages and circumstances of life fall on those who study and follow his Word, a Word known in written, permanent from available for study. The psalmist is an example of people Jesus described in Matthew 5:6. Sorrow and pain turned him to God and His Word, not away. He prayed for understanding, knowing God is the only source of proper understanding of His Word. Security and freedom come only to one who serves God’s powerful opposition. Faithful study of God’s Word leads one to praise the Word, obey its teachings, and freely petition God for help in time of need and suffering and to ask forgiveness when devotion to the law does not always bring obedience to it.

Second Thought of the Day:

“When I (Paul) returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance and saw the Lord speaking. ‘Quick!’ he said to me. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because hey will not accept your testimony about me.’” (Acts22:17-18)

A vision often came in a time of prayer. God uses prayer time to guide His people in important decisions of life. In verse 9:11, God sent Ananias to Saul of Tarsus, who we in prayer and had been given a vision of a man named Ananias who would come to him to restore his sight. In verse 10:9, Peter had a vision of Cornelius and two others coming to him, to bring him so Cornelius could hear Peter’s testimony. At the same moment, God told Peter to ready himself, for the three men were on their way to bring him back to Cornelius’ house. God uses vision or dreams to call His people to affect others.

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