What Will You Bring to Worship? – Sunday Scripture

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving. Psalm 95:2

What do you bring with you when you come to God? Psalm 95 suggests thanksgiving as cargo: "Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms."  (Psalm 95:1, 2) I'm thinking about… Continue reading What Will You Bring to Worship? – Sunday Scripture

Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“You mustn’t wish for another life. You mustn’t want to be somebody else. What you must do is this: ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks.’ I am not all the way capable of so much, but those are the right instructions.”

According to the Apostle Paul, gratitude is more than a pumpkin-spice-feeling. It is a matter of obedience to the will of God. Author and poet Wendell Berry put words into the mouth of a fictional, elderly widow named Hannah Coulter who, in addition to being a crackerjack farmhand when needed and probably making a great… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 12:1

Gratitude is a choice!

I love a decisive verb, especially when it appears in the setting of a solid, declarative sentence. Isaiah 12 is just right for this season of gratitude, falling leaves, and stiff breezes.  The prophet’s bracing words stand up to the fading light here on the far edge of the Eastern Time Zone with a pronouncement… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Isaiah 12:1

Sunday Scripture ~ John 8:12, 18

How does a solid belief in Jesus’ identity as God the Son impact on the way you read His Words? On the way you live them out?

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ John 8:12, 18

Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 5:24

"They do not say from the heart, 'Let us live in awe of the Lord our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of a harvest when the time is right.'"  Jeremiah 5:24 is set in a context of indictment for an opportunity to praise neglected, an observation of God's perfection… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 5:24

Sunday Scripture ~ Deuteronomy 29:29

Are there chapters in your personal story that you wonder about? "Why this, Lord? What good thing could possibly come from bringing this across my path?" If so, you are in good company, for many spiritual giants have pondered the same question. Amy Carmichael, pioneer missionary to India, did her pondering in poetic form with… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Deuteronomy 29:29

Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 46:7

There’s a reason why, In the architecture of Your perfect poetry, You ordained that this foundation of a phrase Should bear repeating: “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”  (Psalm 46:7 and 11) Pausing at Your command to reflect on words that should stop me in my tracks everyday (but, often enough, do… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 46:7

Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 23:24

"Do I not fill Heaven and Earth?" says the Lord.

Jeremiah floats the question, and I almost miss the impact. Coming as it does in the midst of a firestorm of holy fury against the false prophets who are Jeremiah’s contemporaries, the question sounds rhetorical:  “’Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can a man hide himself in… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Jeremiah 23:24

Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 32:8

Strong promises come with strong verbs, and Psalm 32:8 delivers both: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."   When I need wisdom, I want to know that my Counselor knows what he's talking about. When I'm looking for advice,… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ Psalm 32:8

Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Corinthians 5:17

Tired metaphor though it be, the transformation from chubby caterpillar to seemingly inanimate chrysalis, and then to elegant and dainty flying monarch is new again to me in this late summer season of 2019, because it is new to my tiny grandchildren. “Leafy” had no idea that the milkweed he munched in a retired goldfish… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Corinthians 5:17