Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

Worship, Part 3

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 92 (NIV)

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

10 You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox;
    fine oils have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
    my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.
12 
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
    they will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still bear fruit in old age,
    they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

Today's Message

WORSHIP, PART 3

 

The theme of this worshipper is “I’m getting older, but I’m also getting better!”  Over the long haul, the veteran believer sees the big picture.  Eventually, the enemies of God falter and die out.  But believers just keep getting stronger and stronger. 

It’s sad when older Christians think they are done growing in Christ.  It’s a never-ending process of new discoveries and fresh insights.  “They still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.”  Isn’t that what you want your story to be?

Paul had a similar thought in 2 Corinthians…

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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Worship, Part 2

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 92 (NIV)

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

5 How great are your works, Lord,
    how profound your thoughts!
6 Senseless people do not know,
    fools do not understand,
7 that though the wicked spring up like grass
    and all evildoers flourish,
    they will be destroyed forever.
8 But you, Lord, are forever exalted.
9 For surely your enemies, Lord,
    surely your enemies will perish;
    all evildoers will be scattered.

Today's Message

WORSHIP, PART 2

Outsiders to the faith “just don’t get it.”  Why we have joy in the Lord is a mystery to them.  Yes, they may have temporary pleasures, but it all ends in disaster and misery.  They will perish.  That’s the consistent vibe of Scripture.

We, on the other hand, flourish!  When we focus on God’s goodness, our lives are made better.  When we take time to ponder God’s greatness and faithfulness, it profoundly re-shapes our attitudes and perspectives.

An old hymn by John Newton (who also wrote Amazing Grace) is titled “Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken.”  It’s about the city of God and all those who are a part of his forever family.  Read it over…

Savior, since of Zion’s city
I through grace a member am,
Let the world deride or pity,
I will glory in your name.
Fading are the world best’s pleasures,
All their boasted pomp and show;
Solid joys and lasting treasures
None but Zion’s children know.

We are part of God’s city by grace alone.  The world may pity us, but their very best pleasures are fading fast.  They boast and brag, but it all comes to nothing.  On the other hand, it’s only the believer in God who experiences “solid joys and lasting treasures.”

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, August 17, 2017 | 0 comments

Worship, Part 1

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 92 (NIV)

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

1 It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
2 proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.

4 For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done.

Today's Message

WORSHIP, PART 1

Psalm 92 is a song for the Sabbath.  It was a song that was meant to call people to worship and to find their rest in God alone. 

The first thing we see about worship is that it is directed toward the Lord.  Worship isn’t really about us, it’s about Him!  We praise him, make music to his name, proclaim his love and his faithfulness, and rejoice in what his hands have done.  It’s all about him.

But the second thing we learn is that worship can (and should) fill the believer with joy.  Praising God, recounting all his blessings, finding peace in him, and just making the music brings joy to the heart. 

“You make me glad by your deeds” and “I sing for joy at what your hands have done.”  Feeling down?  Need some joy?  Why not spend some time worshipping and thanking God for all he has done for you.  It won’t be long before you are singing for joy!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | 0 comments

Count on It

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 91 (NIV)

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

Today's Message

COUNT ON IT!

In the year AD 156, the early Christian leader Polycarp was executed for refusing to deny the Christian faith.  Christians were called “atheists” at the time because they rejected the Roman gods and goddesses.  Here’s the scene, as recounted by an ancient historian:

As Polycarp was being taken into the arena, a voice came to him from heaven: “Be strong, Polycarp and play the man!” No one saw who had spoken, but our brothers who were there heard the voice. When the crowd heard that Polycarp had been captured, there was an uproar. The Proconsul asked him whether he was Polycarp. On hearing that he was, he tried to persuade him to apostatize, saying, “Have respect for your old age, swear by the fortune of Caesar. Repent, and say, ‘Down with the Atheists!’” Polycarp looked grimly at the wicked heathen multitude in the stadium, and gesturing towards them, he said, “Down with the Atheists!” “Swear,” urged the Proconsul, “reproach Christ, and I will set you free.” “86 years I have served him,” Polycarp declared, “and he has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?”

Polycarp was shortly thereafter executed.  What causes someone to have such confidence in the face of death?

It’s someone who believes all the promises of our passage today.  Read it over and take in God’s amazing promises to all who believe!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Tuesday, August 15, 2017 | 0 comments

No Harm Will Befall You

Today's Scripture

Read Psalm 91 (NIV)

5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Today's Message

NO HARM WILL BEFALL YOU

Sometimes we read these verses as a complete guarantee of protection from anything bad every happening to us.  If that were the intent, then obviously Scripture is not true.  The fact is, we all experience hardship and harm in many ways.

Author and pastor Tim Keller points out that Satan himself quoted this passage when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness.  And Satan wanted Jesus to understand the passage as a promise of total protection against all harm.  Jesus instantly rejected this as false.  After all, he would be a suffering Savior.  Great harm would befall him – more than any of us could ever imagine.

But.

In the long run.

In the big picture.

No harm will befall him (or us).

In the end, there is vindication, peace, and victory.

It is a bit of a paradox.  Jesus taught the disciples that in the last days…

“You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish.”  (Luke 21:16-18)

You will be put to death.  Not a hair on your head will perish.

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