SUNDAY’S WORD (1/17/2010) Passionate Worship

Psalm 84 (Contemporary English Version)

The Joy of Worship

1LORD God All-Powerful,

your temple is so lovely!

2Deep in my heart I long

for your temple,

and with all that I am

I sing joyful songs to you.

3LORD God All-Powerful,

my King and my God,

sparrows find a home

near your altars;

swallows build nests there

to raise their young.

4You bless everyone

who lives in your house,

and they sing your praises.

5You bless all who depend

on you for their strength

and all who deeply desire

to visit your temple.

6When they reach Dry Valley, [a] springs start flowing,

and the autumn rain fills it

with pools of water. [b] 7Your people grow stronger,

and you, the God of gods,

will be seen in Zion.

8LORD God All-Powerful,

the God of Jacob,

please answer my prayer!

9You are the shield

that protects your people,

and I am your chosen one.

Won’t you smile on me?

10One day in your temple

is better

than a thousand

anywhere else.

I would rather serve

in your house,

than live in the homes

of the wicked.

11Our LORD and our God,

you are like the sun

and also like a shield.

You treat us with kindness

and with honor,

never denying any good thing

to those who live right.

12LORD God All-Powerful,

you bless everyone

who trusts you.

Hebrews 10:19-25 (Contemporary English Version)

Encouragement and Warning

19My friends, the blood of Jesus gives us courage to enter the most holy place 20by a new way that leads to life! And this way takes us through the curtain that is Christ himself.

21We have a great high priest who is in charge of God’s house. 22So let’s come near God with pure hearts and a confidence that comes from having faith. Let’s keep our hearts pure, our consciences free from evil, and our bodies washed with clean water. 23We must hold tightly to the hope that we say is ours. After all, we can trust the one who made the agreement with us. 24We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. 25Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.

Luke 18:10-14 (Contemporary English Version)

10Two men went into the temple to pray. [a] One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. [b] 11The Pharisee stood over by himself and prayed, [c] “God, I thank you that I am not greedy, dishonest, and unfaithful in marriage like other people. And I am really glad that I am not like that tax collector over there. 12I go without eating [d] for two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all I earn.” 13The tax collector stood off at a distance and did not think he was good enough even to look up toward heaven. He was so sorry for what he had done that he pounded his chest and prayed, “God, have pity on me! I am such a sinner.”

14Then Jesus said, “When the two men went home, it was the tax collector and not the Pharisee who was pleasing to God. If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.”

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