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TUNE IN

As I read Psalm 89 verses 1-13, there are a few particular verses that stood out. Verses 1-2 reads,” I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens” and verses 7 -8, "For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord? What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord? The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne”. 

 

It wasn’t so much the power of what the verses were conveying but that I had not only read these before but heard them. Not just during Sunday School, or orated from the pulpit but in the car, on the radio, to music. Are these lyrics familiar to you:

 

Over the mountains and the sea,

Your river runs with love for me,

And I will open up my heart

And let the healer set me free.

I'm happy to be in the truth,

And I will daily lift my hands:

For I will always sing of when

Your love came down.

 

I could sing of your love forever,

I could sing of your love forever…

What about these?

Who is like the Lord? Nobody, who is like the Lord?

No, no, no, no, no, nobody

Who is like the Lord? Nobody, who is like the Lord?

No, no, no, no, no, nobody

Who is like the Lord? Nobody, who is like the Lord?

No, no, no, no, no, nobody

 

If our God is for us, who can be against us?

He will keep His promise, there's nobody like Him

What can separate us from the love of Jesus

He will keep His promise, there's nobody like Him

Nobody like Him, oh

 

What the reading of scriptures put on my heart to share is that God speaks to us in various ways. He speaks to us through scripture and songs, of course, but I feel the Holy Spirit pressing on me to think, and step and feel outside of that box of normalcy and to also listen for him in the rustling of the leaves and the whistling of the wind. To remember His promise seen in a rainbow and encouraged that “joy comes in the morning” as seen in the beauty of his sunrise. 

Let us all seek God in everything and may our findings remind us of his unfailing love that will be with us for eternity and restore our power in Him as we remember that there is no one like Him.

 

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CHRISTIAN DECORUM

Here is a word that we don’t use much in the 21st century, decorum. It means behavior in keeping with good taste and propriety. In this “anything goes” world it seems very few people have a sense of propriety. However, as the “called out ones” we most definitely should.

In our reading, today in 1 Timothy 3, Paul tells his young charge “I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you in case I am delayed, to let you know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, because it is the church of the living God, the support and bulwark of the truth.”

The Greek term translated “household of God” speaks more to the members living in a common unity together than to a building or structure. That’s us, the church and we are to conduct ourselves with purpose, direction, and decorum. Why? First of all because God requires it. Secondly, because this lost world is watching us and we represent Him and the truth of His message. 

What the Apostle is addressing is not what hymnal we sing out of, or at what point in the service we take the offertory. He is talking about the relationships that we share as brothers and sisters in Christ. Because if we cannot serve and treat each other with love and respect how will we be able to serve and love the lost?

 

 

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