Day Five: Position of Worship

Let’s read aloud together the following passages:

2 Samuel 12:20 NIV, 16:14b NRSVUE
He went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house… and there he refreshed himself.

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not
received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

King David was called as a servant of the Lord and a worshipper. Things all started to go wrong when King David was not where he was supposed to be – alone, isolated, restless, and bored. He neglected his calling as king and worshipper. After King David, turned, repented, and received forgiveness, he then prioritized worship within his royal household. His relationship with the Lord and others was restored.

Let’s pray for those in our small groups and ministries who need to be restored and brought back into the house of the Lord. Let’s cry out to the Lord to restore his worshippers in our churches and cities.

Prayer: Lord, I worship you. Thank you for your mercy and grace that opens my eyes to see you. I give you all my heart, soul, mind and strength. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our God who has rescued us; let’s sing to “Resurrection Power“ by Chris Tomlin Redman (click here).

-LB

 

 

 

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Day Four: Receive from the Lord

Let’s read aloud together the following passage:

Titus 3:3-8a NIV
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.

In the story of King David, 2 Samuel 12, while Bathsheba’s child is still alive, David pleads to the Lord through prayer and fasting for the child’s life. He recognizes that the full consequences have not yet been realized. However, when the child does die, David quickly recognizes the situation, and accepts the consequences of the Lord. He does not attempt to wrongly TAKE something that the Lord has not given him. This is where restoration happens – when we stop trying to TAKE, and we begin to RECEIVE from the Lord. O, Lord have mercy! I trust in your unfailing love! Lord, forgive me for trying to control or wrongly TAKE what you have not given, and now, may my life receive what you desire to give! [P. Nate’s Message on Sunday at AMC]

Prayer: Lord, thank you that I have all that I need from you. You have generously poured into me, and I lack nothing. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s draw near to Jesus as we worship to “Draw Me Close” by Bethel Music (click here).

-LB

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Day Three: Forgiveness leads to life

2 Samuel 12:13 NIV
13Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 

Sin leads to death. Forgiveness leads to life. King David didn’t even recognize his sin, and the weight of his spiritual numbness and its effect on others. The Lord sends the Prophet Nathan to King David to open his eyes, repent, and receive forgiveness from the Lord.

“True repentance (12:13a) is met instantly with genuine forgiveness (12:13b). Israel’s law at times in their history prescribed death for the one guilty of David’s sin (see, e.g., Lev. 20:10). But God is merciful. Nathan’s reassuring words contain one of several metaphors for forgiveness in the Old Testament: ‘The Lord has taken away your sin.’ Its implication is essentially spatial: Sin is removed, carried off to a great distance.” (Bill Arnold’s 1&2 Samuel in NIVAC series)

The forgiveness of the Lord brings life to the dead, broken, and messed up areas of our lives. When God restored David, it was a change in the script, and things were turned around for those around him. Let’s come to the Lord in true repentance and receive genuine forgiveness.

Prayer: Lord, only you can save me. Lord, only you can restore me. Jesus, give me a new and contrite heart. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our God who has rescued us; let’s sing to “I Turn to Christ“ by Matt Redman (click here).

-LB

 

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Day Two: “Against you, and you alone”

Let’s read aloud together the following passages:

Psalm 51:1-4 NIV
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.

2Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.

Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.

“Sin against another is when you take away what is not yours. We are all familiar with the effects of sin in these terms. Even if you start from the very beginning in Genesis with Adam and Eve, their sin was to take the fruit of the tree that did not belong to them. God did not give them that tree. He gave them everywhere else in the garden, but they took what was not given to them by God.” [P. Nate’s Message on Sunday at AMC]

By the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we no longer are under the power of Sin. Yet we recognize the sin and effects of sin all around us still in this broken world. We may even recognize the sin in our lives, where we have taken what is not ours, not given by the Lord, and ultimately outside of his grace and provisions. We have sinned against the Lord. Let’s pray through Psalm 51, with a genuine repentance.

Prayer: Lord, have mercy on me, according to your unfailing love. Against you and you alone have I sinned, wash me and restore me in your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our God, let’s sing to “The Cross Forever Speaks“ by Matt Maher (click here).

-LB

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Day One: Abounding in Love

Let’s read aloud together the following passage:

Psalm 103:8-12 (NIV)
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Spend time memorizing and proclaiming this passage. Declare God’s Word and truth, this is our God who loves us! He does not treat us as our sins deserve, and his love and mercy leads us to repentance. Throughout the day, repeat these verses and praise the Lord!

Prayer: Lord, you alone are holy. I bow my heart to you, and give you all of my life. Jesus, thank you for your patience and love, and your blood on the cross that washes me and restores me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our God who has rescued us, let’s sing to “Echo Holy“ by Redrock (click here).

-LB

 

 

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