Renewal in two forms.

Today’s (03/07/2016) FDR is Psalm 24 (included below).

This Sunday as we gather for worship either in church or in our home we have recently passed three worldly milestones that promise renewal. A new month, July2016, a new financial year, F2017, and an election for a new Commonwealth parliament, the 44th.

Each promise us something different.  Respectively;  another 31 days to get on with our lives, another 365 days in which to manage our finances before our tax returns are due, and up to another four years of Australian Government.

Renewal of the worldly variety comes with less surety of outcomes the longer term over which we set our expectations.  Some of us who are near renewal that comes from retirement find that the early work-life picture we had of what our retirement might be is not nearly as clear as we had hoped or planed for.  So too as we hold our new child, or perhaps watch them play, we are aware that the life entrusted to our care is not only precious but even this renewal of life has much uncertainty of outcome.  Even longevity!

But all is not lost?

As you enter into worship today Psalm 24 acknowledges the Almighty God,  our everlasting Father.  In whom there is eternal renewal and eternal life.  Praise our God in reciting this psalm

Psalm 24
The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
2 for he has founded it on the seas,
and established it on the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
and do not swear deceitfully.
5 They will receive blessing from the LORD,
and vindication from the God of their salvation.
6 Such is the company of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
he is the King of glory.
Selah

 

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One thought on “Renewal in two forms.

  1. Thank you Glenn. I read this on Sunday but didn’t feel the desire to comment although verse 4 is one that very close to my heart. Then yesterday my daily devotional was on verse 4, so I thought I’d bless others with the words of Spurgeon;

    Outward practical holiness is a very precious mark of grace. It is to be feared that many professors have perverted the doctoring of justification by faith in such a way as to treat good works with contempt; if so, they will receive everlasting contempt at the last great day. If our hands are not clean, let us wash them in Jesus’ precious blood, and so let us lift up pure hands to God. But “clean hands” will not suffice unless they are connected with “a pure heart”. True religion is heart work. We may wash the outside of the cup and the plate as long as we please, but if the inward parts be filthy, we are filthy all together in the sight of God, for our hearts are more truely ourselves than our hands are. The very life of our being lies in the inner nature, and hence the imperative need of purity within. The pure in heart shall see God; all others are but blind bats.

    Just a snippet from verse 4 but some solid food for the soul.

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