Posts Tagged ‘ worship ’

Day 100: The New Jerusalem

Passage: Revelation 21:1–22:21
Key Verse:
“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”

Read today’s passage very slowly. What do you notice? What strikes you? It’s a declaration isn’t it? A passage filled with hope, a new time.

As I read this passage two sections struck me, one a challenge to my life now and the second a faithful promise that again has implications for my now as well as my future.

SECTION ONE – a challenge

“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.”

Stop and consider you life, your priorities. Is this true of you? Is this true of me? Is the light of God and the guidance of Jesus permeating through your life?

Lets not skip past these questions too quickly but take time with God to consider any blind spots in your life or to call areas of your life back under the hand of God. It seems fitting in light of the splendour of God we take time to realign our lives with His. It seems a fitting response to reading the whole of this book.

AND THEN

SECTION TWO – a promise

With that in place lets hold to the closing declaration, the promise filled words of Jesus –

“ ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. “

Hear His words for you and hear the blessing of grace for you life and mine. Carry these words into your summer…. He is coming!

AMEN!!

Helen

Day 98: The Throne of Heaven

Passage: Revelation 4-7

Picture the most beautiful panorama you can.
Savour a thirst-quenching drink.
Smell a fragrant aroma that infuses and lingers.
Listen in stereo to a harmony of sound.
Feel the touch of an all-consuming embrace.

Whatever each one of us has seen, tasted, smelt, heard and felt, the best is yet to come. This picture of heaven, revealed to John and communicated to us in these words, defies human description.

I am reminded of what C.S. Lewis wrote at the end of the adventures in Narnia, after all the battles were fought:

“But for them it was only the beginning of the real story.  All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

For us too the story is only beginning…

Anita

Day 50: Great is your faithfulness

Passage: Malachi 1 – 4

Malachi is an uncomfortable read.  The language is strong and unforgiving.  The challenge is whether God’s criticisms of His ancient people have any resonance for me? now?  God is unhappy with the people’s worship – it is insincere, it is disrespectful, it brings God no pleasure.  They give God less than second best, the blind and crippled animals.

I must ask myself whether my service of God and my worship is any better.  Does He get the best part of my life, do I come with sincerity and purity or is my worship simply a routine I go through, a duty to be performed?  God said that He would rather have the temple doors shut altogether that to have offerings go on.

God’s second big complaint is about the people’s giving, their tithes and offerings.  “You are robbing me” says God because you are not giving generously, systematically and when you do give it is just out of a sense of duty.  God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Alistair

Day 42: Have mercy on me

Passage: Psalm 51:1-19
Key Verse: “Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you.” v16

We get so familiar with certain things in life that often we do them without even thinking. I’ve sometimes driven on a journey to a place, and when I arrive struggle to remember anything about the journey. Or I shut the chapter of a book and can’t even remember a thing about it. A conversation on the phone. A sermon at church.

How often do I go through the motions?

God wants us to be fully present in every moment of our lives. Eyes open. Ears attentive. Heart tuned in. Simply going through the motions doesn’t interest or impress God.

And it’s the same when we come before Him in worship or prayer. He sees through our role play prayer or our ritualistic bible reading. He knows when our hearts are more caught up with duty than desire.

How I want to learn the ‘God-worship’ that David speaks of in this Psalm.

Rick