“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:29).
Today is a special day for praise and worship and remembering. We give glory to the Lord when we thank Him for dying for us at Calvary. God wants us to exalt and honor His Son. What better way than by spending a few moments today remembering the Lord’s suffering and partaking of the loaf and the cup in remembrance of Him?
When the ten lepers were cleansed in the days when the Lord Jesus was here on earth, we find that there was only one who returned to give thanks and glory to the Lord for what had transpired in his life. Can’t you hear the question and sadness in the voice of the Lord as He asked “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger” (Luke 17:17-18).
Let’s not be counted amongst the nine who did not return to give Him His due. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him” (Psalm 34:8).
An Australian young person gives the following account as to how he came to know the Lord as a boy.
“I was a wild boy, but a local Christian man and his wife started a children’s Bible hour group and I heard that they gave out candy and other sweets. So I went, but only for the candy and sweets.”
“However, before the treats were given out the man would read the Bible and preach a simple gospel message concerning the Lord Jesus as the Saviour of sinners. Quite against my will, a seed was being sown in my heart. So much so, that I continued to attend, less and less for the sweets, and more and more to hear about Jesus and His love. Then one day the Lord opened my heart and I trusted Him as my own personal Saviour. I came to realize that there is nothing sweeter than to know the Saviour. He took all my sins away, all the bitterness in my heart, and filled me instead with His peace and joy and love!”
What a testimony! What testimony can you give? Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour?
“Jesus called his disciples unto Him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with Me three days, and have nothing to eat: And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far” (Mark 8:1-3).
What an example these people are to us! They so hungered after the words of eternal life that they followed Jesus into the wilderness without taking enough physical food for the journey. Some were so hungry after three days that they would not have made it home if they didn’t have a meal before they left. But Jesus does not forsake or disappoint those who cast themselves on Him. They had put their lives into the hands of Jesus and it was in those hands that the He took the loaves and the fishes, blessed them, and they were multiplied.
Jesus will not let us down either. It there is a real desire and hunger for Himself, He will provide for our needs, both spiritually and physically as well. “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
When we are in the days of our youth, it is so easy to give our hearts to having fun, or getting better at sports, or improving our education, or getting a good job and establishing a career. But the Lord wants your heart, and he wants it totally. Only He can fill it to the brim. He may allow you to get on the ball team, or become valedictorian. But first and above all else He wants your heart.
Solomon also wrote, “I withheld not my heart from any joy” (Ecclesiastes 2:10). But across it all he also wrote, “Behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit” (Ecclesiastes 2:22). He found that the things of this world did not satisfy! Remember, the world is too small to fill the human heart. Only the One who made us can truly and unequivocally fill that void.
Don’t waste the best years of your life, by not giving the Lord the full devotion of your heart. Be like Daniel, who as a young man “purposed in his heart” (Daniel 1:8), or like Ezra, who, “had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord” (Ezra 7:10).
I know there are a number of older folks who read this calendar. Today’s page is particularly for you.
“For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29).
A gentleman who was visiting a large sheepfold noticed that the owner seemed greatly discouraged. He asked him the reason. The shepherd answered: “The wolves entered the flock last night and caught sixty-five of my loveliest lambs.”
“And how many sheep were killed?” asked the visitor.
The shepherd looked at him with an air of astonishment: “Do you not know that a wolf will never take a sheep if he can seize a lamb?”
This is why we need to have a special prayerful concern and shepherding care for our young people, and why the Lord said to Peter, “Feed My lambs…Feed My sheep” (John 21:15-16). He could have just said “Feed My flock,” and that would have included the lambs and the sheep, but he knew there would be special needs and special attacks on the young. Do we who are older have a genuine desire to shepherd those who are younger?
Do you know where your Bible is this morning, or would you have to go and search for it? Is your Bible well-worn from being well-read? A few days ago I was looking through an old cookbook (not that I do much cooking). And came upon a piece of paper with the following statement:
A Bible that’s falling apart
probably belongs to someone who isn’t!
I earnestly urge you to make Bible reading your daily habit. Let it be a fixed principle with you that you daily need the Word of God. Be like Job, who said, “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). If you do not keep applying yourself to the daily reading of your Bible, your famished soul will readily eat of the world’s dainties. But if you are filled with the bread of heaven you will have no taste for what the world offers.
In the previous verse God is reminding His people that it was He that had blotted out their transgressions. “I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isa. 43:25).
Then He asks them to put Him in remembrance. But how easy it is to forget. Don’t we have to confess that we get so busy (I’m sure that’s what Satan wants) and so occupied with things in this world and this life that we often forget what God has done for us? And don’t we often forget what Christ accomplished when He went to the cross, bore the punishment for our sins, laid down His life, and shed His precious blood?
Today, on the first day of the week, as we go to remember the Lord in His death, let’s make a special effort to really and truly remember what it cost Him to redeem us; what He had to do in order to blot out our transgressions.
Then during the week to follow let’s not forget to always thank the Lord for what He did in order for us to be saved, to become the children of God, and to look forward to heaven when we leave this world.
Many professed Christians question it. Skeptics scoff at it. Atheists deny it. Decidedly it is an unpopular doctrine today. Few preachers mention it; some openly reject it. In view of all this opposition, what shall we say? Simply, we turn to the unerring Word of God for confirmation.
“I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, l say unto you, Fear Him” (Luke 12:4-5).
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:13-15).
There is no need of comment upon these statements of God’s Word. God is too great, too holy to deceive any of His creatures. It is the “God who cannot lie” (Titus 1:2), that in love warns us lest we come into that place of torment.
Everything in Christianity is in view of the Lord’s return. Just before the Lord left His disciples to go to the cross and then return to heaven, He gave them this precious promise: “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). The promise on the last page of the Bible is, “Surely I come quickly” (Revelation 22:20).
“Till He come” is the motto of every true watcher for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord said to Peter, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me” (John 21:22).
Again, to the rest in Thyatira, He says, “That which ye have hold fast till I come” (Revelation 2:25).
To all His servants He says, “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13).
The Holy Spirit may well add, “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till He come”(1 Corinthians 11:26).
Thus we are taught to follow, to hold fast, to serve, and to remember Him. For how long? “Till I come.”