Tag: bless the Lord
Scripture reading for July 5th: 1st Corinthians 1, Psalm 134, Proverbs 10
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 1:26-29 “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
Human pride loves to boast about talents, accomplishments, feats of strength, and mental acumen. Paul reminded those in the church that by the world’s standards for boasting, no one had much to boast about. In fact, God so ordered His church that their only boast could be in His own greatness, goodness and mercy expressed in Jesus Christ. All our human strengths or accomplishment pale before Christ Jesus our Lord.
Faith Confession: My boast is in the greatness, goodness, and mercy of my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. In my weakness and lost state, He is my wisdom from God, my righteousness, my sanctification and my redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Psalm 134:1-2 “Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord.”
Scripture reading for August 16th: Psalm 101-104, Galatians 2
Key Scriptures: Galatians 2:20-21 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”
Paul was writing to the Galatian church in response to some false teachers that were trying to get the church to add law-keeping to their faith in Jesus. He explained how his identification with Jesus Christ in His crucifixion brought new life to him through faith, not trying to keep the law. In fact, if he went back to trying to keep the law, Christ died in vain and grace would be nullified.
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Prayer: Thank You Lord, for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection. I bless You for all Your benefits today! Amen!