I Have Stored up Your Word in my Heart
Psalm 119 is 176 verses long and speaks about the part played in the godly person’s life by the word of God. The psalmist begins with the blessing of those who walk according to the word in verse 1 (“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD!”) and ends with a prayer for strength to be the person of God, verses 174 – 176 (“I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments”).
The most important institution known to man today is the New Testament Church. It is a privilege to be a member of that body which Christ loved so much that He was willing to give His life to make it possible (Ephesians 5:25). “Muse” with me as we notice some of the marks that identify this New Testament Church…
October 19, 2014 will be long remembered by the 252 folks who gathered at Strathmore to worship and enjoy the fellowship of a day of thanksgiving for ninety years of life for this congregation. Many memories were shared as former and present members of the congregation enjoyed the worship, the fellowship lunch, the singing and a PowerPoint presentation of the congregation’s history prepared by Geoff Ellis, who began to grow in his faith and commitment to the Lord here at Strathmore at the age 12 in 1943.
Geoff also was the speaker for the worship service and presented a lesson reminding us of who we are as an extension of God’s kingdom of heaven on earth. I wish everyone could have been here to be inspired and challenged by his lesson. You might want to invite him to come to your congregation and present this lesson .
I asked Geoff if he would reduce into a short article the heart of his message, which he graciously did, and am happy to share it with you in Musings this month. (Easiest Musings I ever wrote!) I pray you will be blessed and encouraged to give thanks for who you are in
Christ as a result of reading this article.
“When I look into the mirror each morning do I really see myself for what I really am?” Of course, the question has to do with seeing one’s inner self…the part that God sees – rather than simply how our face or hair looks.
Rebellion is a word that brings a mixture of thoughts and images to mind. In most cases, the word refers to something that is negative in nature. Rebellion against authority is likely the most common. Such is the rebellion recorded in Numbers 16, lead by Korah, a Kohathite. He was joined by Dathan and Abiram who were Reubenites. Korah and his people were responsible for the care of the sanctuary. (Numbers 3:28)
Sin is a problem for all of us, even though we would often like to believe we are above or free from it. Some of those sins may be a regular part of the life of a professing Christian. Sins like anger, greed and grudge bearing to name three. Another of those sins which sometimes come right into the assembly is ritualism.
The wonderful children’s song says, “The B-I-B-L-E, now that’s the book for me, I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E”. Clearly this should to the place where all Christians stand. Sadly, however, many in our world only pay lip service, if that, to God’s Word.
If on a regular Sunday, someone were ask you the question noted above, what would your answer be? There are many possibilities ranging from exciting to boring. On the television show, Family Feud, the producers ask 100 people a question and their answers are listed in order from most common to least common. Several years ago the question was asked, “What is the most boring thing you do?” The most popular answer was, church!
I am very thankful to be writing this musing. Last Sunday, October 25, 2015, I kind of caused a disruption in the service…not by plan but a disruption just the same. (I am thankful for our “congregational nurses” who came quickly to help Cledith help me at that time.) I was not surprised and was very thankful just the same to learn that the service resumed after my departure and you enjoyed a fine message from Bob and an enjoyable fellowship at the pot luck following the service.
I am musing while reclining in a Lazy Boy chair at my brother’s house in Virginia Beach, VA. An enjoyable holiday here has involved two 175 mile trips from here to Richmond, VA, on Wednesday and Thursday nights. T.J. drives a truck to Richmond International Airport three times a week for a shipping company. Also, we have done a good bit touring around this historic and location of several military installations. We “went aboard” Oceana Naval Air Station, where T.J. was stationed for part of his career. Here we saw the history of Naval air flight in the presence of planes from different eras.