Meditation

05/03/2021

And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all our heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good! (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

God’s command to heed and imitate His revealed character give me to our reverential awe, or worship, from which springs our lifestyle. One’s total being should be dedicated to having a personal character which reflects our God’s nature.

God’s laws establish order most outsiders recognize as wise and desirable. They

meet all standards of righteousness. Humans have no reason to criticize or change God’s social order. Do you?

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You offer us to honor and worship You; to model our lives after You; to serve You; to commit ourselves in every way to You as our Lord and our God, with our heart and mind and to observe Your commands and decrees that benefit us and our best interests. You standards of righteousness, simply move us to worship us even more that we want to do anyway. Almighty God, today we seek to commit ourselves in all of our words and deeds, and to honor You always. It is in Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Jesus: ‘His life changed death; His death changed life.’

KNOWING GOD:

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may life 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, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends him 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. These portrayals are just a few ways of revealing to those around you, of your relationship with God. If you do these things and even more than these, you are giving a strong witness to being in a strong relationship with God through His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ.

The psalmist asked God who may dwell as His guest. Verses 2-5 answer the question from 14:2 (“The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, and who seek God.”). God looks for men, women, and children, who are not seeking to serve themselves, but Him alone. They go about their lives, witnessing their faith and relationship to everyone they come in contact with. Public worship ceremonies include prayers which help God’s people learn God’s expectations of His worshipers.

I AM:

“’The rest of the people—-priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, temple servants and all who separated themselves, from the neighboring peoples for the sake of the Law of God, together with their wives and all their sons and daughters who are able to understand—-all these now join their brothers the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the Lord our Lord.” (Nehemiah10:28-29)

The people renewed the covenant given Moses (Exodus 24:1-11). The acknowledgment of the curse along with the oath by the people is unusual and indicates the strength of their commitment. The curse was the covenant curses for those who broke the covenant.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

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. Do not conform any longer to the patter of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—-his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.” (Romans12:13)

Worship is more than feeling good about God. Worship includes the matter of applying faith to everyday life. We worship as we pattern life after God’s ways and not the world’s. This is possible when God changes our mindstyle. That is, God’s Spirit works in us so we can test and judge to determine God’s will. Clear? I pray so.

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