04/04/2013 (03:09 PM)
Our hope and glory this morning is in the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is reflected at the Lord’s Table. There is nothing that you contribute so as to earn your place at the Table. You don’t work your way to this meal. No, you don’t bring anything except your complete need and hunger for Jesus Christ, and in this meal it is him that you receive.
Here in this meal our Lord feeds us with his body and blood, and we see afresh that we are always and ever dependent upon him. (We are continually in need of the cleansing blood of Christ). Here in a tangible way we experiance the truth that Christ has given himself for us and that we belong to him. Here our salvation is set before us, and we behold the glory and sufficiency of our Savior. Our hope and glory is in Christ and in him alone.
Sunday Morning Exhortation
04/04/2013 (03:08 PM)
One of the things our worship does is give us a truer understanding of God and the world around us. Worship helps us to see things as they really rather than as they might appear to be.
We see this in Psalm 73.At the beginning of the Psalm everything seems to be wrong with the world.The Psalmist sees the wicked prospering and getting away with all kinds of evil. They ask, “How can God know?” The Psalmist even begins to wonder what good his faithfulness has been.But then what happens?We hear in verses 16 and 17:
When I tried to understand all this,
It was oppressive to me
Till I entered the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood their final destiny.
The Psalmist began to see the truth behind what was happening.He now saw what God was doing. Everything changed when he went to the sanctuary of the Lord.To put this in New Testament language, everything changed when he went to church to worship God with the gathered congregation.
As we come to worship we gain a fresh perspective on what God is doing.We see the world as it truly is.We realize that the Lord as sovereign over all, and he is doing all things for his good purposes–even allowing the wicked to prosper for a time.
Worship brings clarity to our lives.It helps us to see things as they truly are, and not as they so often appear to be.
Sunday Morning Exhortation
12/28/2012 (02:28 PM)
In Psalm 27:4, King David says,
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that I will seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.”
This is amazing! King David is saying in this inspired Psalm that the greatest desire of his heart is to be in the place of worship and in the presence of the Lord all the days of his life. He is saying, “I want to approach the Lord in worship every single day!”
This is what worship should be like for us. The “one thing” that all of us should desire is to dwell in the Lord’s house all of our lives. There is no greater thing than to be before the Lord in worship. It is a beautiful thing to come before him singing Psalms, offering prayers, and hearing his word in the Spirit-filled fellowship of his people. Is this the desire of your heart?
This is what we have come to do this morning. We have come here this morning to experience the ONE THING that King David sought after. We have come here to gaze by faith upon the beauty of the Lord.
May each one of us taste and see that the Lord is good!