Scripture reading for April 30th: 1st Samuel 18-19, 1st Chronicles 3, Psalm 59, Acts 13
Key Scriptures: Acts 13:1-3 “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”
The early church sought the will of God by fasting, prayer and worship. In the gathering of believers, some had the gift of prophesy and spoke prophetically to the believers concerning Saul and Barnabas. God had already revealed to them a calling to preach to the Gentiles and now their calling was confirmed during a prayer meeting. The church responded by obediently commissioning them through the laying on of hands.
Psalm 59:17 “O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord, You alone have prepared the good works that You want me to do. Help me daily to see each day’s portion of Your plan as I worship and pray to You alone. Thank You that You are with me always!
1st Samuel 18:14 “And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him. And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him.”
Scripture reading for February 5th: Exodus 13-15, Psalm 114, Ephesians 3
Key Scriptures: Exodus 15:11-13 “”Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You stretched out Your right hand; the earth swallowed them. You have lead in Your steadfast love the people who you have redeemed; You have guided them by Your strength to Your holy abode.”
The Israelites had left Egypt, loaded with silver and gold. on an appointment to worship their Lord. This was a result of God’s awesome wonders of judgment. As they journeyed through the wilderness, the Egyptians had a change of heart and followed them to bring them back into captivity. As He promised, God opened a way for His people through the Red Sea. The Egyptians were all drowned as the parted waters came back on them! The Israelites celebrated God’s amazing love!
Psalm 114:7 “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, . .”
Faith Confession and prayer: I stand in awe of Your great love and amazing power used to deliver Your people. “Who is like You, O Lord among gods?” is on my lips! I ask You to continually reveal the height and depth of Your love as I worship You alone!
Ephesians 3:16-19 “. . .that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Scripture reading for December 5th: Daniel 11-12, Hosea 1-2, Revelation 5
Key Scriptures: Revelation 5:12-13 “. . .saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
The activity around the throne caught John’s attention. Worship was flowing from creatures in heaven, on the earth, under the earth and in the sea! God was being honored by His creation. Christ, God’s Son, who was slain as the Lamb of God that took away the sins of the world was worthy to receive all honor and worship. The living creatures and elders affirmed it with words and action! All of heaven gave glory to God and the Lamb!
Daniel 12:3 “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
Prayer: Lord, how exciting and energizing is the vision You have given us through Jesus, the prophets and apostles! Enable us to share the Gospel and turn many to You. Amen.
Scripture reading for October 29th: Jeremiah 20-22, Hebrews 12
Scripture reading: Hebrews 12:25-29 “See that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject Him who warns from heaven. At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” . . .”Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
God spoke to His people in the Old Testament from the cloud and the fire of Mt. Sinai and in the New Testament through Jesus Christ, God’s Son and final Word from God in Heaven. The earth shook at Mt. Sinai and God promises that He will shake the earth once more at the return of Jesus Christ for His Church. His people receive an “unshakable Kingdom,” but those who have rejected His Word will be shaken out!
Jeremiah 20:13 “Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For He has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to proclaim Your Word to those in the world who have not heard His voice. I worship You with reverence and awe for Your great mercy and deliverance! Amen.
Scripture reading for October 23rd: Jeremiah 6-8, Hebrews 8
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 8:1-2 “Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a High Priest, One who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a Minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.”
Hebrews was written to Jewish believers who understood the Old Testament and God’s law. They were used to going through the priesthood of Aaron to cover sins with a sacrifice of animal blood. But Jesus Christ shed His own blood and offered it in the true “Holy of Holies” in heaven on our behalf. His work done, He is enthroned with the Father at His right hand. Hallelujah! Because He intercedes for us, we can stand before His throne!
Jeremiah 7:9-10 “Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’–only to go on doing all these abominations?”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for delivering me from sins and their penalty. Now I am free to worship and serve You alone, the enthroned King of Kings! Amen!
Scripture reading for September 24th: Song of Songs 4-6, 1st Timothy 1
Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 1:15-17 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Paul stated the mission of our Lord Jesus simply: Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Paul was a murderer and blasphemer of Christ before his encounter with Jesus. Because of Christ’s perfect patience, Paul was saved and became a follower and worshiper of Christ, praising the “King of the ages.”
Song of Songs 5:2, 10 “I slept, but my heart was awake. A sound! My Beloved is knocking.” . . . “My Beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, King of the ages, thank You for Your perfect patience with me, a sinner. I want to follow You and worship You forever. Amen.
Scripture reading for August 15th: Psalm 98-100, Galatians 1
Key Scriptures: Psalm 99:1-5 “The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! The Lord is great in Zion; He is exalted over all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome Name! Holy is He! The King in His might loves justice. You have established equity; You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He!”
The psalmist calls God’s people to worship and holy awe because of Who He is. He is the Holy One. He is the Just One. He is the fair and impartial judge of all mankind whose Name and reputation is awesome. This calls for worship and reverence in contemplation of His holiness.
Galatians 1:3-5 “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the grace extended to all mankind through the Lord Jesus Christ. Your grace and holiness call me to worship You–now and forever! Amen.
Scripture reading for August 14th: Psalm 94-97, 2nd Corinthians 13
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 13:11-14 “Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
As Paul closed his final letter to the Corinthians, after urging them to rejoice, he called them to take aim or to focus their life. The goal was restoration of the fallen brother and a flow of God’s comfort, peace and love in the body of believers. Father God, Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit would be with them to help them hit the target! This calls for worship!
Psalm 96:6-7 “Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the people, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your promised presence with Your people. As we focus on You and Your will and Word, we are drawn to worship You, the Strong and Beautiful One. Amen.
Scripture reading for June 27th: Job 15-18, Romans 11
Key Scriptures: Romans 11:32-36 “For God has consigned all to disobedience, that He may have mercy on all. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?” For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
God’s great mercy is available to all. All men need it because all have been disobedient. There is no one who has counseled God or given anything to Him. All men owe Him everything! Repentance can only come when this is recognized. Worship is to be our response to this truth!
Job 15:14 “What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of woman that he can be righteous?”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your great mercy to me, a sinner and one in need of mercy. Today I worship You as the source of all things and my Lord. Amen.
Scripture reading for January 16th: Genesis 46-49
Key Scriptures: Genesis 47:29-31 “When the time drew near for Israel (Jacob) to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.” “I will do as you say,” he said. “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on top of his staff.”
Jacob had lived in Egypt for seventeen years and knew that his departure was coming soon. He called Joseph and gave him instructions for the burial of his bones. He wanted to rest in the land of promise with those of faith who had preceded him in death. When this was assured by Joseph, he worshiped his God as he leaned on his staff!
Cause for rejoicing: God gives us vision concerning eternal life, removing the fear of death from our hearts! His promises are sure! “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.” (Hebrews 11:21-22)