Lord’s Day 08/09 Preparation

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In my last post I offered how to meditate on Scriptures. That post focused on the personal time we spend with the Lord. In similar fashion we should be encouraged to meditate to get ourselves ready to worship at our church meeting place. I offer some words by Thomas Boston from his The whole works of the late Reverend and learned Mr. Thomas Boston, Minister of the Gospel at Etterick, 1851.

Ponder thy manifold sins, on the one hand, and the rich mercies with which thou hast been visited on the other. This is a proper mean to bring the heart into a broken disposition ; Rom. ii. 4, ” The goodness of God loadeth to repentance.” Believe and meditate on the sufferings of Christ for sin. Look how he was broken for it in a way of suffering, till thy heart be broken for it in a way of repentance; Zech. xii. 10, [And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people.].

What a simple, elementary activity we often over look. We get so consumed with life and even our piety at large that we might forget the Gospel. What an excellent way to meditate on and apply the Gospel to ourselves. Of course, this is not just for Sunday. Below is another quote from Boston for encouragement.

Study to increase in love to Christ, zeal for his glory, and hatred of sin. Always keep correspondence with your Physician. Be often at the throne of grace by prayer, and keep up communion with him in the exercise of faith. ” They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” Amen.

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1 Daniel August 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

“Believe and meditate on the sufferings of Christ for sin. Look how he was broken for it in a way of suffering, till thy heart be broken for it in a way of repentance…”

Seeing that Christ was broken for me will break me before Him. I love that.

2 Mark Lamprecht August 10, 2009 at 11:32 am

Isn’t that just the essence of the Gospel that we so often miss? Forget?

3 Daniel August 10, 2009 at 11:51 am

You’re right. Brings me back to the idea of preaching the gospel to ourselves everyday. A concept I heard of long before I understood it or saw the importance.

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