Community as Discipline: Who We Are

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Psalm 139:1, 13-16
M’Cheyne Text: Hosea 14; Psalm 139

Lived: What are we making of our lives? What are we doing with them? Our lives are not our own. They are trusts given to us for a set period of time. When we get up in the morning and face the day, do we ask questions like these – How can I live meaningfully today? What should I make of the day? What do I hope to achieve by the end of it?

Created: David praised the Lord, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! … For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” [1].

Encouraged: In community, we come together as people who are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Lord. We gather together as His people in order to fill our hearts with hope in God and encourage one another in Him. As the writer of Hebrews exhorted his readers, “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” [2].

Prayer: Lord, Our lives are precious and given to us by you. You fearfully and wonderfully made us to glorify and enjoy you forever. Therefore, let us fill our hearts with hope in you, as we meet together to direct our wavering hearts to hope and trust in you. Let us spend our unique lives meaningfully today, reminding one another that we were made by you in the depths of the earth for a set number of days that you have appointed. Amen.

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Audio: Bible Listening (3.59 minutes total)

·      Hosea 14 (1:38 minutes) – here

·      Psalm 139 (2:21 minutes) – here

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Footnotes

[1] Psalm 139:1, 13-16 ESV  |  [2] Hebrews 10:23-25 ESV

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One Comment to “Community as Discipline: Who We Are”

  1. Ya learn soimnhetg new everyday. It’s true I guess!

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