Thoughts on Reverence

I came across the the following information this afternoon and my studies and felt the analogies and information given would be an encouragement to all who would read it. I hope it serves as a blessing to you this day as it has for me

TO BE HAD IN REVERENCE

Drivers who are meticulous about traveling the speed limit may do so for different reasons. Some are conscientious.

They believe that out of respect for the safety of themselves and other motorists that it is a wholly proper thing to do. Others will travel the speed limit out of fear. Some fear getting caught by the police. Teen drivers probably fear getting caught by their parents. Still others travel the speed limit because they do not have any choice. Lack of horsepower or the mechanical condition of their cars takes away the option of traveling at a higher rate of speed. Each is doing the same thing but for different reasons.

The same can be said about worshipping God as we do today. We are each doing so, but our motives may vary. I’m sure that most people are here because there is nowhere else they would rather be. But that cannot be said for all. We are confident that some are here out of fear…the fear of hell, the fear of parents, the fear of “how it might look” can cause some who desire to be elsewhere to join with us this Lord’s Day.

If we were able to go back through time we would likely find that people really have not changed. Be it at Mount Sinai, the dedication of the temple or the keeping of any of the feast days the motivation of worshipers liked varied. However, one thing that did not vary was the attitude of the worshipers. When it comes to the attitudes we present He is quite demanding.

David declared, “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him.” (Psalm 89:7). When we assemble we are to show God the respect He is due. Not only does He deserve it but He also demands it.

Consider matters of simple respect:

At a memorial service for a fallen soldier all in attendance are quiet and respectful. On Sunday morning we honor the Christ who died for us (I Thessalonians 5:9-10).

At a movie we become frustrated over those who talk during the show and move about the theatre.

A schoolteacher’s ability to maintain order and effectively work with each child in her class demands respect from each student for her and all of his fellow students. To accomplish this she requires each to stop talking and remain in their seats.

How much more is our God to be respected! Even beyond respect, He is to be revered. The prophets had to reach people who certainly did not properly revere God. Many ignored Him in favor of idols and among those who did claim to worship Him there was a relaxed attitude. People felt that they could do what they wanted when they wanted in matters of worship. In the midst of this period one made a very simple plea: “But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20). It’s a simple matter of respect for Him and our fellow worshippers. Tom Lynch

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Are You a Positive Example???? Are You Different than the World???

Believe while others …
Believe while others are doubting.
Plan while others are playing.
Study while others are sleeping.
Decide while others are delaying.
Prepare while others are daydreaming.
Begin while others are procrastinating.
Work while others are wishing.
Save while others are wasting.
Listen while others are talking.
Smile while others are frowning.
Commend while others are criticizing.
Persist while others are quitting.
~By William Arthur Ward

As Christians we are called to be different then those around us. I believe the above statements offer sound advice and follow the biblical principles found in the following verses.

As Christians we are always being watched and must therefore ask ourselves what type of example we are showing the world.

More thoughts on the glory of God

Thought this would be an excellent reminder of the glory of God to all who read it. May we ever look at the beauty of the earth and appreciate all our great God and Father has done for us.

You are glorious and more majestic
than the everlasting mountains. Psalm 76:4

Psalm 76 celebrates the justice and strength of God, who “breaks the pride of princes and the kings of the earth fear Him” (76:12). He is truly “glorious,” “even more majestic than the everlasting mountains” (76:4). The word translated here as “glorious” means, literally, “lighted up” or “shining”. God’s glory glows even more stunningly than the mountains at sunset.

The mountains are not there simply to impres us with their own glory. Rather they point to the One who made them, whose magnificence exceeds them beyond all measure. No doubt, God has given us the wonders of the natural world to delight us. Yet these gifts also serve to remind us of the even greater wonder of the Creator

Thoughts on the Graciousness of God

Every now and then I cam across things that have been written that I feel do not require any comment from me in regards to their message and my opinion of it. Below is an example of one of these times. May it serve as a blessing to you as you consider the message presented.

Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he slammed the door on his compassion? [Psalm 77:9]

Psalm 77, written by Asaph, begins with a profound expression of anguish. The psalmist has found himself in a terribly difficult and painful situation. He has cried out to God, even shouting and praying all night. When he thinks of God, he moans with unfulfilled longing (77:1-3).

Then Asaph begins to ask questions that are stunning in their honesty:
• “Has the Lord rejected me forever?
• Will he never again be kind to me?
• Is his unfailing love gone forever?
• Have his promises permanently failed?
• Has God forgotten to be gracious?
• Has he slammed the door on his compassion?” (77:7-9).

These six questions all can be answered by the simple word “No.” No, God has not rejected Asaph forever. No, God will not “never be kind” to him again. And so forth and so on. After all, when God revealed his essential nature and hallowed name to Israel, he made it clear that he is “The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness” (Exo 34:6). So why would Asaph wonder if God had forgotten to be gracious? And why would this question show up in the Psalms, the inspired word of God?

Psalm 77 models for us exceptional honesty in prayer. It shows us that God cares about our openness with Him. The Psalms in general, and Psalm 77 in particular, encourage us to pray with “no holds barred.” We don’t have to be afraid of asking God tough questions. In the context of this relationship we will discover, again and again, that God has not forgotten to be gracious. Yes, sometimes His grace seems strangely hidden. But we who know God through Christ can always be sure that nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love and grace.

From “The High Calling Daily Reflection” e-newsletter