To Help You Worship on this Lord’s Day

Psalm 34:1-8
Of David.

When he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
[2] My soul will boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
[3] Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

[4] I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
[5] Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
[6] This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
[7] The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

[8] Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Tozer Devotion for this Lord’s Day

What Really Counts

The excellence of a man lies in the perfection of his human nature. God made him with powers no other being possesses and gave him a physical body through which to express these powers fruitfully. An automobile has another and a different excellence; it can add nothing to the glory of the man.

Our Lord, riding into Jerusalem on the back of a humble beast, lost nothing of the majesty that was His as the world’s most perfect man; conversely, a little, selfish, frightened man gains no dignity from the expensive and shiny steel monster in which he rides. That he feels greater only accents his feebleness; that he acts as if he were greater only reveals more clearly the basic error in his total life philosophy. He accepts as real the illusion that he is more powerful, when in fact the power lies outside of him. His imagined excellence is the excellence of a piece of machinery, something he must share with the little dog that sits beside him with his head out the window.

The whole point is that human excellence consists in the perfection of human nature. Things cannot enter men to make them better or more worthy. “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.” Only the God who made man’s nature in the first place can remake it after the divine image.

Verse

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’ Matthew 21:9

Thought

Christ might have flown into Jerusalem on a helicopter or driven in a Mercedes Benz but He comes riding on the colt of a donkey. Little pizzazz but symbolic of Davidic royalty. What counts is the one who is transported not the mode of transportation!

Prayer

It is my relationship to You, Lord, that counts; not those things that clutter my life.

Taken from the Tozer Devotional page at the Christian Missionary Alliance

A Prayer by Ken Boa (“All Things Work Together”)

Your creation is a magnificent unity in diversity, profound in wisdom, awesome in understanding, marvelous in purpose and rich in elegance. You revel in variety, subtlety, intricacy, information and beauty. All things work together in both the physical and spiritual realms. I thank You for creating and calling me to become conformed to the image of Your Son, and I pray for the grace of holy desire to pursue by Your power what You have called me to become in Christ. I thank You for friendships and alliances with likeminded people, and I am grateful for the manifold gifts and ministries in the Body of Christ. Give me a growing heart for Your people so that I will be embedded in others-centered community as a lover and servant of the people You love.

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