Dec 11, 2012
Take delight in my praises
Take delight in my songs
I pray, Lord, You’ll take delight in me
Come, O Lord, and receive now
All my sacrifices of praise
O come, Lord, that I may worship You
And as you come near
I am deeply moved by Your presence
My heart feels strangely warm
And all that I can do is worship You
With all that’s in my heart
I worship You, I worship You
I worship You with all my heart
Words, Music and Video Copyrighted by Esther Mui.
. . . they went forth for His name’s sake . . . —3 John 7
Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the characteristics of this love— it is actually the love of God expressing itself. The true test of my love for Jesus is a very practical one, and all the rest is sentimental talk.
Faithfulness to Jesus Christ is the supernatural work of redemption that has been performed in me by the Holy Spirit— “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit . . .” (Romans 5:5). And it is that love in me that effectively works through me and comes in contact with everyone I meet. I remain faithful to His name, even though the commonsense view of my life may seemingly deny that, and may appear to be declaring that He has no more power than the morning mist.
The key to the missionary’s devotion is that he is attached to nothing and to no one except our Lord Himself. It does not mean simply being detached from the external things surrounding us. Our Lord was amazingly in touch with the ordinary things of life, but He had an inner detachment except toward God. External detachment is often an actual indication of a secret, growing, inner attachment to the things we stay away from externally.
The duty of a faithful missionary is to concentrate on keeping his soul completely and continually open to the nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. The men and women our Lord sends out on His endeavors are ordinary human people, but people who are controlled by their devotion to Him, which has been brought about through the work of the Holy Spirit.
by Oswald Chambers
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
The world’s primary interest in the body is how it looks on the outside: How can it be shaped differently? How can it become more attractive or gain more attention? Regrettably, by worldly standards, success is often dependent on the condition of our bodies.
In contrast, how do you think God views the human body? Do you believe that He is interested only in the soul and spirit, or would you expect Him to also be concerned about our physical bodies?
Despite many popular misconceptions, the Lord is deeply concerned about our human bodies. In today’s passage, Paul confirms this truth when he writes, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you.” Again, in 2 Corinthians 6:16, the apostle describes the human body as the temple of God. The context of this passage reveals many of the same errors in thinking that are common today. The Corinthian people had a low view of the body. They believed that it was unimportant and even described it as a tomb in which the soul is incarcerated.
Paul’s response is dynamic. He essentially cries out, “No! The body is not a tomb—it is a temple!” It merits our respect and esteem in the same way that the most holy place of worship deserves upkeep.
The viewpoint of Scripture is crystal clear: Your body is the temple of the living God. This should say something to you about its value and the way you ought to treat it. Furthermore, you should take God’s words as a warning against abusing, misusing, or ignoring your own body.
“O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.” (Psalm 139:1)
Perhaps the most frightening attribute of God is that He knows everything about us. Everything! He has “searched” (literally “penetrated”) us and “known” (“understood”) us. And since God is both omnipresent and omniscient, it obviously follows that nothing escapes His conscious knowledge about us. He observes our ordinary activities (v. 2) and our innermost thoughts. “Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways” (v. 3). The Hebrew word translated “compassest” suggests that He actually sees the formation of the words in our tongues before we begin to speak them (v. 4). That means that we are transparent to Him; we cannot deceive Him in any way. He knows what we are going to think; we cannot hide anything from Him. God knows what only we know about ourselves and those things we won’t even admit to ourselves.
Furthermore, He is everywhere around each one of us (vv. 7-10), wherever we are or could be. He fills all space, and there is no escape. We cannot hide from God. He is wherever we go. The apostle Paul once observed: “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). This very intimate and complete knowledge about us is what makes God’s salvation such a marvelous matter. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). God loves us in spite of what we have become. Yet, since He knows what we could be, He gives us eternal life through His Son so that we will realize, one day, what He knows we shall be. HMM
Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.—2 Corinthians 4:17.
ONLY be still, and wait His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whatever thy Father’s pleasure,
And all-discerning love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.
GEORGE NEUMARK 1657.
OH, how is the face of life altered, as soon as a man has in earnest made his first object to do his Father’s will! Oh, how do, what before seemed grievous burdens, bodily sickness, domestic trial, privations, losses, bereavement, the world’s scorn, man’s un-thankfulness, or whatever grief his Father may put upon him, how do these things change! To those, whose hope is in heaven, everything becomes a means of discipline, an instrument of strengthening their cheerful acceptance of their Father’s will. Their irksome tasks, privations, sickness, heaviness of heart, unkindness of others, and all the sorrows which their Father allots them in this world, are so many means of conforming them to their Savior’s image. Then doth everything which God doeth with them seem to them “very good,” even because He doth it. EDWARD B. PUSEY.
Amen. Matthew 6:13
Amen: the LORD God … say so too. — He who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth (Hebrews The Amen) and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth (The Amen).
When God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.
These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness. — For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever. Amen, and Amen.
1 Kings 1:36. Isaiah 65:16. Hebrews 6:13, 16-18. Revelation 3:14. 2 Corinthians 1:20. Psalm 72:18,19.
One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John 19:34
Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you. — The life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls. —It is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
Jesus said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. — By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. —Peace through the blood of his cross.
Ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, … but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, … manifest in these last times for you.
Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you and ye shall be clean: … from all your idols, will I cleanse you. —Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience.
Exodus 24:8. Leviticus 17:11. Hebrews 10:4. Mark 14:24. Hebrews 9:12. Colossians 1:20. 1 Peter 1:18-20. Ezekiel 36:25. Hebrews 10:22.