Sunday, July 17, 2016

A Distinction Is Made

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Lord, who shall come to thee,
and stand before thy face?
Who shall abide, as welcome guests,
within thy holy place?
All those of upright life,
sincere in word and deed,
who slander neither friend nor foe,
nor idle tales will heed...
who honor godly folk,
ignore the false and vile,
who keep their promised word to all,
though loss be theirs the while;
who love not usury,
nor take a base reward;
unmoved forever they shall be,
and stand before the Lord.
 —Psalm 15
Suggested tune: Terra Beata (SMD, 2 stanzas)

I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.
—Colossians 1:24
Since we so often see the church of God defaced by much impurity, to prevent us from stumbling at what appears so offensive, a distinction is made between those who are permanent citizens of the church, and strangers who are mingled among them only for a time. This is undoubtedly a warning highly necessary, in order that when the temple of God happens to be tainted by many impurities, we may not contract such disgust and chagrin as will make us withdraw from it. 
 —John Calvin, Commentary on Psalm 15
Help me, O God, so to minister within your church that I may be both transformed by it and a reformer of it...

Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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