We offer two ways to be encouraged by God’s Word:
→ Pastor John Blog – Pastor John shares a little devotional, insight, or testimony and invites you to respond as well.
This week – I am not going to try to convince you that giving up sin is something you should do. If you want to hear the Bible’s reason for giving up sin, see the sermon I preached on 1 John 3:4-10 on September 15th, 2019. John gives us 4 reasons in that passage to encourage us to fight against sin. No, this week’s encouragement is a “how to” do it… for more, click here.
→ Daily Devotionals – If you like to have a devotional thought for the day, the following links will take you to a trusted Christian Bible teacher. You will find a Scripture and a devotional thought there that we hope will encourage your heart.
Our devotional highlight for this week is from John Piper (note: all links will take you away from this site and to the the websites chosen by the devotional for Bibles and cross references)
The Soul’s Final Feast
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.Psalm 27:4
God is not unresponsive to the contrite longing of the soul. He comes and lifts the load of sin and fills our heart with gladness and gratitude. “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” (Psalm 30:11–12).
But our joy does not just rise from the backward glance in gratitude. It also rises from the forward glance in hope: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Psalm 42:5–6).
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope” (Psalm 130:5).
In the end, the heart longs not for any of God’s good gifts, but for God himself. To see him and know him and be in his presence is the soul’s final feast. Beyond this there is no quest. Words fail. We call it pleasure, joy, delight. But these are weak pointers to the unspeakable experience:
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
“Delight yourself in the Lord” (Psalm 37:4).