July 23rd, 2017

Read "ISAIAH 44:6-8" & "PSALM 119:57-64"

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

"Thus says the Lord, . . . "I am the first and I am the last; besides Me there is no god." (ISAIAH 44:6)

THE ONE AND ONLY GOD

Corporate worship is not about us and our preference for style or music, to "feel good," or to sit back and relax from the rigors of our routines; rather, it is meant to refocus our attention from ourselves to zero squarely and singularly on God! The one God! The only God! It is amazing how much other "stuff" can subtly become an unworthy substitute in our lives for God; that is, it can take over our mind and manner of living, control us, and usurp God's rightful rule over all that we are and have.

At wit's end with His chosen people, God (through the prophet Isaiah) puts it on the line: "If there is any other being, any other 'god,' who has done for you what I have done for you, who can meet all of your needs, satisfy all of your desires, protect and deliver you as I have, can, and will, then let it be compared to My power and dominion." When we worship, we come to a place all that staggers the mind and tires the body into the hands of our living, loving, all-powerful, and grace-filled God, who declares rhetorically, "Is there a God besides Me? . . . I know not any" (44:8).

God, thanks for assurance of Your power and presence in our world and in my life. Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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