Leader Letter 5/5/20

Written By: Eli

In theses uncertain times, its important for us to remember that God is in control. As we’ve been going through Ephesians, we’ve been learning about the sacrifice of Jesus and how that has made us one with Christ. Psalm 19 reminds us of the character of God.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

This psalm of David, a man after God’s own heart, tells us about the character of God. The imagery and description of natural things are not meant to be read as scientific text, but rather to send a message to the people of the day—in terms they would understand—that God is in control.

“Look at how majestic His creation is; the whole heavens and earth cannot help but show off his glory and omnipotence!” But please don’t miss the point: it’s not that God is powerful, it’s that He is sovereign. The same hand that created the galaxies, the sun, the earth, and all that is in it is the same hand that guides you and me.

God has spoken to His creation and shown us the right way to live. His law is perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, and true. In a word: holy. This means that we no longer have to live in fear; we can put our trust and faith in a perfect God. We know His will is good and wise because He’s proven Himself over and over from the dawn of creation to the present time. He has not abandoned His creation to a desolate isolation. No, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us: all of that law was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, whose death redeems us.What in creation reveals the evidence of God’s hand to you and makes you marvel at His glory?

Why is there great reward in keeping the statutes of the Lord? Is it in the accomplishment of obedience, or is it in the results of doing what is right?

Verse 12 says, “Who can discern his errors?” meaning, apart from God, there is no ethical or moral guide. Why then, is it important that we keep moving closer in our walk with God?

How often do you really depend on God day to day? Do your behaviors reflect that you believe He’s big enough to handle any situation in life?

Make verse 14 your prayer for today: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and Redeemer.”

Published by thechapelyouth

Chapel of the Lake Youth Group in Lake Saint Louis, MO

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