O come to the Father through Jesus, the Son.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart" (Psalm 24:3-4). We read these words of the Psalmist, and we ask the question, "Who has clean hands and a pure heart?" The moment each of us ask ourselves this question is the …

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“It is finished!” “Hallelujah! What a Saviour!”

"For He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ)" (2 Corinthians 5:21). These words are too much for the mind to take in - but they bring joy to the heart. What joy comes to us when we think …

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By the rivers of Babylon… I will rejoice, for He has made me glad.

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? …

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I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.

I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold (Psalm 18:1-2). I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies (Psalm 18:3). The Lord liveth; and blessed be …

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O, the deep, deep love of Jesus

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All …

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Be bold, be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart... for your unfailing love and your faithfulness... When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me (Psalm 138:1-3). Where does boldness come from? Where does our strength come from? It comes from this: the Lord our God is with us. We walk in faith and victory when there …

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Revive Thy work, O Lord.

You, Lord, showed favour to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. Restore us again, God our Saviour, and put away your displeasure toward us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong …

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My Tribute (To God be the glory) / Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord, my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name (Psalm 103:1). Let's think together of all the great things the Lord has done for us, and let us lift up our hearts and voices to him in worship. In love, the Lord is reaching out to us. He's speaking to our …

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1).

Whenever we confess our faith in the Lord, we must never forget what we were without the Lord. We were in darkness. We were lost. He has brought us out of our darkness and into His light. He has found us. He has saved us. The Lord is our light, and he is our salvation. …

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Lord, speak to me that I may speak in living echoes of Thy tone.

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever (Psalm 118:28-29). The Psalmist offers his own worship to the Lord, and he calls upon others to worship the Lord. If we are learning to worship the …

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Who is on the Lord’s side? / Stand up, stand up for for Jesus / Soldiers of Christ, arise.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to …

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I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me and rest.”

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God (Psalm 42:1-2). On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers …

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I hear the sound of rustling in the leaves of the trees.

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14). We speak the Word of the Lord, and we think about what it means for us. We pray that the Lord will bless our words and our thoughts. We need the Lord's …

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In our own homes – let us thank the Lord for saving us and calling us to be His servants.

Serving You, Lord, doesn’t begin with our choice. It begins with Your call. The initiative is Yours – not ours. Thank You, Lord, that You love us so much. Thank You for saving us – and calling us to be Your serv.ants. At the beginning of the lockdown, Jack McHugh, the Moderator of the Presbytery …

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I will rejoice, for He has made me glad.

With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:3). The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10). In these two very encouraging verses, one from Isaiah and the other from Nehemiah, we read about joy, and we read about salvation and strength. What do we mean when we speak about joy? It is …

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Ye gates, lift up your heads on high.

Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King …

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Great is Thy faithfulness.

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself (Psalm 89, verses 1 and 2). Singing of the Lord's great love: this lies at the heart of …

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Thy hand, O God, has guided Thy flock from age to age.

Future generations will be told about the Lord (Psalm 22:30). We look back to the Old Testament. We look back to the New Testament. We wonder, "Is this just ancient history?" We ask, "Does all of this have anything to do with us in today's world?" Here, God's Word gives us God's answer to our …

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Tell me the old, old story of Jesus and his love.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you (Psalm 33:20-22). Here, we focus on the word, "hope." What do the politicians and economists have to …

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O for a closer walk with God

The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace (Psalm 29:10-11). In these verses, we read about who God is, and we read about what he does for his people. (1) God is the "King." He is not just one king among many other …

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We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves. Tell the nations: Jesus saves.

The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice (Psalm 97:1). Here, we focus our attention on the words, "the distant shores." As we read these words, we are reminded that the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, is for people of all nations. As a community of worshippers, we are to be reminded, often, …

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Lord, fill our worship and our living with your holiness and your joy.

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!... Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad (Psalm 96:9,11). In our worship, there is to be both holiness and joy. This is not only the way things are to be when we are gathered together for worship. It's the way things are to be in …

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How marvellous, how wonderful is my Saviour’s love for me!

Who is a God like You? You forgive sin... You love to be merciful.You will again have compassion on us... You will throw all our sins into the depths of the ocean!... You will bless us... You will set Your love upon us... (Micah 7:18-20). ‘I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene …

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Since Jesus came into my heart

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). Knowledge There are different types of knowledge. We can know with our minds, and we can know with our hearts. …

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Turn your eyes upon Jesus.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6). "Let light shine out of darkness": this takes us all the way back to Genesis 1:3-5. And God said, “Let …

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Looking beyond our many defeats to God’s final victory

If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). "We are more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37). In our world, there are many people who set themselves against the Lord. Here, the Word of God assures us that they will not triumph over the Lord, and they will not triumph …

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The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: “God, I thank you that I am not like other people – robbers, evildoers, …

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God’s love for us is so much greater than our faith in him.

My grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9). How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in His excellent word; what more can He say than to you He hath said, you who unto Jesus for refuge have fled? God's love for us is so much greater than …

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Our own great weakness and the Lord’s great strength

I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:3-5). What a contrast there was between what Paul was …

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Hearing the voice of Jesus, looking to Jesus and coming to Jesus

The words I have spoken to you, they are full of the Spirit and life (John 6:63). Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romaqns 10:17). I heard the voice of Jesus say, "Come unto Me and rest; lay down thy head upon My breast: I came to Jesus as I was, weary and …

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