Explains That True Joy Is Found When Following The Path Outlined In The Bible.

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Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.119:106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thyrighteous judgments.119:107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according untothy word.119:108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, OLORD, and teach me thy judgments.119:109 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thylaw.119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thyprecepts.119:111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: forthey are the rejoicing of my heart.119:112 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway,even unto the end.To me this section of the Psalm is a call to a lifestyle of worship.Let's consider what the Psalmist has to say and how that applies tous today.The first thing this portion of the Psalm declares is that the Bibleis a lamp unto our feet.Read this poem on this though. Is that howyou are living?What is true worship?Scriptures reveal the superior nature of God, shows us God's graceand then leads us in worship in both spirit and truth. Jesus' wordsto the woman at the well, that we must worship God in spirit andtruth, are coupled together in the words of our text by the Psalmist.How does the church, a pastor, or the Bible lead us in worship?Let's say your great-grandmother, who immigrated from Russia at theturn of the century, recently died. In her will she left you an old,cheap-looking piece of jewelry shaped like an egg. You throw it inyour closet and treat it as some cheap costume jewelry of a bygoneage. One day your daughter brings it out to play with it and yourfriend, a local jeweler, is in your home. He gasps and says, "Do youknow what this is? I think it is the missing piece of the Faberge EggCollection from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Ibelieve it is worth $250,000. I know a jeweler in Berlin who repairsthis kind of art work. It will probably cost you about $20,000 tohave it repaired. But, I would do it as it will double the value ofthis work of art." What happens inside of you at that moment?Immediately you decide to you go to the bank and rent a deposit box,and then buy a first-class ticket to Berlin. Immediately you changeyour attitude toward that egg. Now you are willing to pay the pricefor the trip, the deposit box, and both the egg and your great-grandmother have become very special and precious to you. What didthe jeweler do for you? He led you in worship! He helped you see theworth of the artwork. This is what scriptures do for us when bothtaught and studied: they lead us to worship.Jesus talks to the Samaritan woman about worship. When he confrontsher with a riddle about her lifestyle, she begins an intellectualdiscussion about worship to avoid facing herself. She does exactlythe opposite of what worship should do to us. When we worship andface God we are forced to face ourselves. She diverts the discussionfrom the topic of worship to the place of worship. "Where is theplace...

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