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As Christians we have a new song to sing with all creation, that once we were dead in our sin but have been saved to newness of life to give glory to our Savior first, and then to love one another.
Recognizing that there's nothing in our fallen world that can satisfy the greatest longing of our hearts, we look to the Lord our God to meet us in that need and satisfy us with His love.
Psalm 127 reminds us of the central truth of existence, that in all things, we are dependent on the Lord. And this is not a design flaw in the human race. It's an intentional reminder of who God is.
The Gospel is that Jesus to save us from our sins. It's that "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." And that restored relationship with God, He desires an authentic relationship with us, which means He wants us to share our hearts. In this psalm of lament, David is fully exposed, and fully received by the Father, because of His steadfast love for His people.
We're reminded in this familiar Psalm of three fundamental truths of the Christian faith, that Life With God Means Never Being Without, that Life With God Means Never Being Alone, and that Life With God Means Never Being Forsaken. These truths are communicated through the imagery of the Lord as our Shepherd, who takes care of His sheep.
The pattern of prayer set in Psalm 143 is one of recognizing the Reality of our circumstances, Remembering the wonderful works of God, crying out for Rescue to our God who is able, and who promises to save, and then walking in the faith that He will Retain us, that He will hold us, all the way home.
Continuing our series in the Psalms, we look at Psalm 145, being reminded that worship is for God, and God alone, and that we should be cautious in how often we Psalm 145 the things of the world around us.
When we ask the question of what sort of a church God is calling us to be, the foundational response is that we're called to be a church that is marked distinctly by joyful worship.
This Psalm of Ascent reminds us that worship begins before we ever reach the mountain, before we ever walk through the door of a church building. It begins when we cry out to the Lord is who is mighty to save, faithful to provide, and steadfast in His love for His children.
Arriving at the end of the journey, we look back and ask what it is that God is leaving with us as we press on, and we see it through the eyes of Faith, Hope, and Love.
Perhaps the greatest gift of Daniel 11 is that it reminds us that apart from God we can do nothing...and that by the grace of God, we'll never have to know that fear ever again.
In this passage we see God meeting Daniel in preparation for what is to come, and we're reminded that before Jesus ever said, "Come to me," He first came to us. That's His kindness and grace to His new creation sons and daughters.
In all the chaos that is Daniel 9, and all the mystery that we're called to embrace as created things, subject to our Creator God, there are two things that really stand out; we see an honest prayer, and we're given a holy hope. Those two things are certain.
In Daniel 9, we see the Priority, the Posture, and the Petition of prayer, as Daniel demonstrates what it looks like to come to the Lord and call upon His name.
Knowing what's coming doesn't change the course, but it gives us clarity and confidence to keep us going, knowing and trusting the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
Daniel 7 makes it clear that the sadness of the fallen world is real, that it is painful, and that there is no hope outside of heaven for the renewal that we all need.
Hearing Daniel's story, and seeing his deliverance in this chapter, begs us to ask the question, "Who is worthy of our worship?" It's not Darius, his king who would rather let him die than lose a little status. It's not Daniel, who, even though he shows great fidelity and spiritual discipline in the face of great personal danger, is nevertheless powerless to save himself. So, it leaves us with only one answer. God alone is worthy of our worship!
Continuing our series in Daniel, we see how God comes in power to remind us who He is, and how in grace He makes Himself known.
God comes and meets Nebuchadnezzar in the peak of his own sinful mythology, and He brings him low, in grace, to restore him to a new understanding of who God is, and what that means for the earthly king.
As the world stands untethered from the Lord, His people will find themselves caught in the chaos, subject to criticism and even conflict, but found confident in the community of God's people.
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