Text: Ephesians 1:15-23
This message was preached by Pastor Don Harrelson on Sunday June 24, 2018, at Cumberland Bible Church, Cumberland, Md.
How worthy is the God you worship?
If you were to give God all your earthly possessions as a thank offering, would he be worthy of that?
If you were to serve God every moment of your life in selfless ministry to others, would he be worthy of that?
If you were to give your body to be burned at the stake of his name, would he be worthy of that?
If you were to find a hymnal and sing every song it contained a hundred times over to the glory of God, would he be worthy of that?
To these and hundreds of imaginary situations like them, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
God is worthy of your greatest gift, your noblest act of service, your very life, for “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” (Micah 7:18)
Praise God for His worthy character!
Length of days does not profit me
unless the days are passed in thy presence,
in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids, every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith;
and give me a desire to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbor,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my hears full of love,
my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear be my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.
Source: Arthur Bennett, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975, seventh printing, p. 206.
Text: Jonah 2
A sermon preached by Pastor Don Harrelson on Sunday September 10, 2017, at Cumberland Bible Church, Cumberland, Md.