Category: Lord’s Day Preparation

Preparing Our Hearts To Worship, Psalm 119:130

Preparing Our Hearts To Worship, Psalm 119:130

Guest post by  Elder Luis Hernandez

Psalm 119:130 NASB

“The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.”

As we prepare our hearts to worship on the next Lord’s Day (January 22, 2017) let us meditate on the Word of the Lord and let Holy Scripture shape, mold and guide us.

We will consider some scripture related to our verse for this week:

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. 

Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 119:97

O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light;

Why do we delight in the words of the Lord? The words of the Lord bring us to knowledge of the person of Christ and they teach us how to have relationship with YHWH, which is what we were created for; to glorify the Lord and to enjoy a relationship with Him forever. Moreover the Bible teaches us all that is needed for life and godliness.

Let us pray:

Father, Your words are life and truth. Grant us the desire for more of Your word. Please teach us to desire more of your word and to meditate on it day and night. May we say with the Psalmist, “Oh how I love your Torah! It is my meditation all the day. We ask these things for the sake of Christ and His glory. Amen

Preparing Our Hearts to Worship- Psalm 8:1

Preparing Our Hearts to Worship- Psalm 8:1

Psalm 8:1 (NASB)

“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!”

As we preapare our hearts for the next Lord’s Day (Jan 15, 2017), let us pause to consider the excellencies and the majesty of God’s Names. Each name that God uses in the Bible reaveals something unique about His character.

In Genesis 17:1 God reveals himself as El Shaddai (God Almighty/the all sufficient God). The excellence of this name is in revealing that God is the source and sustainer of all we need.

In Exodus 3:14 God reveals His Name as Ehyeh Aser Ehyeh (I AM WHO I AM) or YHWH for short. Had we 1000 years together, we could not plumb the depths of how excellent the Name, YHWH, really is. God is the uncaused source of all things. This is the proper name of God in the Old Testament; hence the Jews called it the name by excellence, the great name, the only name, the glorious and terrible name, the hidden and mysterious name, the name of the substance, the proper name, and most frequently shem hammephorash, i.e. the explicit or the separated name, though the precise meaning of this last expression is a matter of discussio

 Every thing has been made for His glory and His pleasure.

The Last Name for our reflection is YHWH Shua (the God who saves/God my savior). Matthew 1:21 tells us, “you shall call His Name Jesus, for He shall save his people from their sins.” This is God’s most glorious Name; it is the Name that is superlative above all other Names. In revealing His Name as Jesus (YHWH Shua or Iesus in the Greek), God reveals Himself as the one who superintends all of redemptive history. He is the father in the parable of the prodigal son, the One who seeks the son who has been lost to Him and the repair of the damaged relationship.  It is this name that we gather corporately, on the Lord’s Day to celebrate and to give our honor to. YHWH Shua is the God whom we shall adore for all eternity.

Shall we pray…

YHWH our God, there is no other Name that compares to yours. As we prepare our hearts to gather in your Presence, would you keep the majesty of Your Name in the front of our minds so that we may worship You with all of our vigor and with hearts burning in passion for Your glory. We ask this for Christ’s glory and the excellence of His Name. Amen.