The Inside Column 13/3

Posted in: The Inside Column- Mar 13, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and a warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today, we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to stay for a hot drink after the service.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been thinking about what it might look for us to become a people that learn to worship deeply. This is not a new idea that I made up, but one that over the centuries many people have thought about and wrestled with. How do we keep ourselves worshiping Christ in all we do? Psalm 51 is one of the most powerful as David writes out of a deep places of repentance.

 

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash away all my iniquity  and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4 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. 5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have rushed rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. 14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Saviour, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15 Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. 17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

 

Well done to all those that put on the Banquet in the Vines last night, it is a lot of work, and you do an amazing job year after year to raise money for those that are in need. It is incredible to think about how much can be achieved when a small group of people work together for a common goal. You girls are amazing!

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

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