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Assembly Required Week 1- Day 1

Lynn Bettes Assembly Required Devotion

We Are What We Love

Assembly Required: Week 1- Day 1
Big Idea: We gather to delight in God’s Word

The life of faith is meant to be lived in community. A relationship with God is personal, but not private. Jesus came to gather a people for His glory, not to call individuals to individualistic lifestyles. Central to the identity of God’s people is the Sunday gathering. This summer we are spending a few weeks in the Psalms for our new sermon series, Assembly Required. We will be reinforcing our conviction that goes back to the Church’s inception of the coming together in worship as God’s people.

In support of our message series, we have compiled a reading list that features stories and themes that link with the psalm that we study on the weekend. It is our hope that you’ll be encouraged on your faith journey as you read along!

Psalm 19:1-14

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
2Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.
14Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Three Questions for Consideration 

With every biblical passage there is much for the reader to consider—things like cultural context, the people involved, the location, and the message that’s being communicated.

All these things should be considered before we move to personal application of the biblical truth presented in the biblical text. Once we have considered these foundational aspects of a biblical passage, that’s when we can move to personal application.

One helpful way to allow the truth of Scripture to mold and shape our lives is to consider the following questions as we seek personal application:

UP: What does this communicate about the character of God?
IN: How does this encourage me to live in a relationship with the Family of God? 
OUT: How does this influence me to intentionally live on mission and reach others with the Gospel? 
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