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Upcoming Events
DEC

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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

17

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
DEC

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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
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All That is Within Us

Psalm 103:1 - "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!"

David calls us as we begin this wonderful song of praise to bless the Lord.  What does that mean? It means to speak well of Him because of His abundant generosity and that is exactly what David does throughout the remainder of this psalm.  Certainly this implies relationship, as David has a relationship with this God that he is blessing.  It is a personal relationship but more than just a personal relationship, as David praises God not only for God's goodness to him but also for His goodness to the entire nation of Israel.  

The ESV Study Bible notes puts it this way,  "this hymn of praise reflects on the faithfulness and goodness of God, who delivered Israel from Egypt under Moses (vv. 6–7). It calls people to praise God for his continued acts of merciful forgiveness and sustaining grace (p. 1067)."  So David's affirmation of praise to God is not only individual but he praising God for God's goodness to an entire people.  He is praising God for His faithfulness and then he calls others to join him in this song of praise.  

And yet David realizes that for him to be able to call other people to praise God that he must first praise God himself.  So he  calls himself to praise and to bless God.  This is something that cannot be done lacksadasically or half heartedly, but something that must be done with the entirety of heart and life. "Bless the Lord o my soul and all that is within me".  Apathy is not an option.  We must worship God with all that we are.  We must do as Jesus said and "love Him with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul and all our strength."  Because of the holiness of God and the love of God we cannot love God half heartedly, but we must love Him with our whole heart.  God is holy and God is love, and our response to Him must be one of dedication.  We are to be fully devoted to Him.  As Joshua called the people, "choose you this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24:15)".  We must serve and we must love and we must bless God with all that is within us. 

A holy God deserves no less.  Of course that raises the question, "since God is holy, how can we who are not holy even enter into His presence?"  And the answer is only through the blood of Jesus, only through what He did for us on the cross.  He did for us what we could not do for ourselves, He redeemed us.  We can enter into His presence and we can have a relationship with Him only though the forgiveness that He gives us through the cross.  We bring nothing to our salvation, except our sin.  No wonder the hymn writer wrote, "nothing to the cross I bring, only to the cross I cling."  Jesus redeems us and because of that we are free to approach a holy God.  We are free to pray, free to love and free to serve with our whole hearts.  That is why David calls us to devotion and it is why he praised God with "all that is within him."   To God be the glory!