Posted by: Pauline | July 8, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday July 15

Psalm 24

Our worship space looks very different from that of the ancient Israelites, and no one stands at the door to ask whether we meet the requirements for entry into God’s presence. Indeed, we pray a prayer of confession early in our worship time, acknowledging that we are not worthy, but confident that God welcomes and forgives those who come with repentant hearts.

Psalm 24 shows that the people of ancient Israel, like us today, desired to be in God’s presence. They recognized God as the King who created and rules the world, and they knew that God was a holy God who expected holiness in His people.

Ephesians 1:3-14

Sometimes we get so caught up in the details of our lives that we have to be reminded to take a larger view and put our daily concerns in perspective. In this passage in Ephesians, Paul puts everything in such a grand and eternal context that our usual preoccupations seem pretty insignificant.

Yet those things do concern us, and it may not be immediately obvious how to relate Paul’s eloquent statements about our blessings in Christ to the mundane details of our lives. The passage is so deep and deals with things so vast that it may take us a good long while of meditation on aspects of its truths to find how it speaks to what we are currently dealing with in our lives.

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