August 13

Psalm 96-98

In our reading today we have an interesting verse. Psalm 98:4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.” Notice the word “noise” is used twice but it is not the same Hebrew word. The first use “make a joyful noise” means an ear splitting shout, to shout for an alarm or for joy. The second use “make a loud noise” means “to break out in joy.” Saints we all shout and cheer for our favorite teams and its ok to do that, but what happens when we are in a praise and worship service. Does our favorite team get more of a shout from us than the King of Glory. Saints He is worthy of all praise a honor. 

 

Romans 12

Romans 12:1, 2 was one of the first passages that had a profound effect upon my life. It was not difficult for me to realize what things in my life I was not to be conformed to. The music, the drugs, and the books all contributed in “fashioning me to the former lusts in my ignorance” (1 Peter 1:14), into an image that was not of God. Now the Lord desired me to be transformed into the image of Christ by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). Our part is renewing our mind and yielding to the grace and power of the Spirit and not letting sin reign in our mortal body. Romans 6:11, 12 “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Though the ceremonial sacrifices Israel participated in were done away in Christ. These are some of the sacrifices we participate in to worship and glorify God through Jesus Christ. 

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