Preparing Hearts for Worship

Seeing the Goodness of the Lord

Psalm 27:13–14 13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! This song is a comforting expression of hope from the heart of David. The experiences of threats and opposition from people and enemies present repeated…

God Doesn’t Need Us – We Desperately Need Him

Psalm 50:12–15 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, 15 and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver…

Sustained in Affliction through Resurrection Power

1 Peter 1:3–9 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power…

Lord Jesus, You are Worthy of All Praise!

Revelation 5:9–10 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they…

Distracted from Jesus by Trying to Earn God’s Favor

Luke 18:9–14 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men,…

Self-centeredness is the Enemy of God-centeredness

Matthew 23:2–5 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. 5 They…

Waiting on the Lord in the Light of His Word

Psalm 27:13–14 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! We are children of God, followers of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. When we face tough circumstances,…

Face Your Fears by Fixing Your Eyes on Jesus

Mark 4:35–41 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that…