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For you, O LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will sing joyfully at the works of Your hands. O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep! Psalm 92:4-5

God’s creative works testify of His great wisdom and understanding, as well as His almighty power. They are reason to acknowledge the true God and to offer up to Him our worship and praise!

“We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator, in grateful devotion our tribute we bring; we lay it before Thee, we kneel and adore Thee; we bless Thy holy name, glad praises we sing” (The Lutheran Hymnal, Hymn 568).

[Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.]

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It is good to give thanks to the LORD, and to sing praises unto Your name, O Most High: to declare forth Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness in the night, on a ten-stringed lute and on the harp, and on the lyre with a solemn sound. Psalm 92:1-3

As we prepare for worship on Sunday, it is important to remember that it is good to continually thank and praise the LORD our God with our voices, and with stringed instruments, for His mercy and His faithfulness toward us in Christ Jesus.

“We praise Thee, O God, our Redeemer, Creator, in grateful devotion our tribute we bring; we lay it before Thee, we kneel and adore Thee; we bless Thy holy name, glad praises we sing” (The Lutheran Hymnal, Hymn 568).

[Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.]

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But whoever keeps His word truly has the love of God perfected in him. By this we know we are in Him. Whoever says he remains in Him ought to walk as He walked. 1 John 2:5-6

If we truly know the love of God for us in Christ Jesus, it will move us to keep the words and teaching of the Lord Jesus. It is evidence that we trust in Christ Jesus as our Savior if we, as a fruit of faith, seek to walk as He walked.

O Holy Spirit, work through Your Word and grant to me true faith in Christ Jesus and move me to live as he lived. Amen.

[Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.]

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By this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. Whoever says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:3-4

If one is a Christian — if he is truly sorry for His sins and looks in faith to Christ and His cross for pardon and forgiveness — he will then seek to keep His commandments and live in accord with His Word. One who claims to know Jesus Christ and trust in Him but disregards His commandments is a liar and not a true believer.

Grant that I truly repent of my sins and look to you in faith, O Jesus, that I may have forgiveness for my sins and walk in accord with Your Word. Amen.

[Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.]

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“My little children, I am writing these things to you, so that you do not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Why can we confess our sins and look in faith to God for pardon and forgiveness? How can a holy God be faithful and just in forgiving us our sins? It is because our Advocate, Jesus Christ, who lived a righteous and holy life in our stead, made full atonement for our sins and the sins of all when He suffered and died upon the cross.

O gracious and merciful God, forgive my sins and grant me pardon for the sake of Christ’s perfect righteousness in my stead and His perfect sacrifice for my sins. Amen.

[Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.]

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