Wow what a great May Lampstand meeting! Julie led our time of worship on the keyboard and did a fantastic job! We are thankful for these times to simply behold and worship the Lord. It is so good to sing about who He is, like from Psalm 46, THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US, WITH US IN THE FIRE, WITH US AS A SHELTER, WITH US IN THE STORM! Whew! What power in declaring Truth!
I (Matthew) shared from Psalm 19, specifically verses 7-11
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;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
What benefits there are from reading and studying the Lord’s word, His instruction! There is converting (change), restoration, and reviving for our souls! It brings gladness to our heart, makes us wise, and gives insight for living (our eyes enlightened!) If we really believe all this it will change our approach to the word. We see it is more valuable than gold!
We then took some time and prayed through this Scripture as a group as we worshiped some more and responded in singing after voicing our petitions!
We continue to press out oil by studying His word at these meetings and hopefully encouraging lifestyles of dedication to the word and connection with the Lord.
We will be taking time in future meetings to discuss different subjects in the Scriptures that will fuel our hearts, like studies in the beauty of God, our identity as the bride of Christ and our relationship to the Bridegroom, etc. We are looking forward to receiving the encouragement the Lord has for us the rest of this year.
Matthew or Julie Wine