Pastor's Paragraph, 11/20/2018
PASTOR’S PARAGRAPH . . .
Dear Church Family,
I again want to express my thankfulness for Billy Manning preaching in my absence. He has boldly proclaimed that God expects men to stand up and be counted as servants of Christ. The challenge is before us men. If we will not stand up now, when will we stand up? A church needs men who are faithful, courageous, and willing.
Sunday morning our sermon series through the Psalms, “Songs for the Soul” continues by focusing on Psalm 119. The writer of the psalm uses an acrostic utilizing each letter of the Hebrew alphabet for each eight verse section. An acrostic is a poetic device used to establish a pattern and aid memory. The subject of the psalm is God’s law or word. The writer is attempting to convey the completeness of God’s Word using the Hebrew alphabet. In our modern language we might would state it as God’s Word covers everything from A to Z. The question we may need to contend with is whether we actually consider God’s Word sufficient for all things. What source do we use to determine truth? Where do we derive our sense of right and wrong? Do we allow God to speak to us through His Word?
The writer notes, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (v. 11) “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” (v. 15) “Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.” (v. 34) “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.” (v. 71) “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (v. 105) “I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight.” (v. 174) Each of these express how the writer delights in God’s instructions and seeks to love God with his full heart. The writer does not consider God’s Word as a burden or not worth his time. How do you view and interact with God’s Word?
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For His Glory,