Month: October 2018

Matter of the Heart (Psalm 69:30-32)

“I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves. The poor will see and be glad– you who seek God, may your hearts live!” (Psa. 69:30-32, David)

Simply put, a sacrifice of praise is more valuable than a sacrifice of our resources. I believe this is because a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving is reflective of a heart of love and obedience, whereas a sacrifice of our resources and assets is merely a sacrifice of something that already belongs to God, regardless of whether we choose to offer it back to Him or not. (more…)

Repentance and Redemption (Psalm 65 & 66)

In today’s reading from Psalm 65 and 66, the psalmists write:

“When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” (Ps. 65:3)

“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” (Ps. 66:18-20)

You’ll notice that just as much as sin is mentioned in the Bible, redemption through God’s grace is the more important thing for us to focus on as believers in Christ! (more…)

Hidden in Our Hearts (Psalm 119:11)

The daily Bible verse I got on my phone app today is Psalm 119:11, which reads:

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

This is a perfect verse for me today, as I’ve been very conscious this week about maintaining my focus on the Lord since I’m leading worship this Sunday. Every day I know I should strive to keep my focus 100% on the Lord, but as I’ve mentioned before, it’s often more difficult for me during the times when I’m knowingly about to step out in faith and do something to share or spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)