[CF Devotionals] 2010-04-25 - The Fourth Commandment

The Ten Commandments, Part 24


Because of our approach to “worship,” Sundays is often a day of just more rushing around and feeling harried, even in the service of the Lord. We need to make sure that our focus is on Him, not just program. In addition, even those who are here from 8:00 to 12:30, there is still a twenty-hour day left over, for rest and contemplation.

Another thought is: What better way to start the week than with the Lord? Remember Monday is the second day of the week As you can see, I think there are no fixed ways that we are to follow this command. Remember that Christ is the one who said: “… The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2: 27). The important focus, though, is that the day of rest is to be that a day of restoration, and it is God, and time with Him, that is the true restorative.

Now we have seen a number of ways that we can honor the Lord’s day. Can you see some changes you want or need to make in your life, to really set aside The Lord’s Day? What can you do this very day? We would love to hear from you in the coming weeks, if there have been any changes in our walk due to a greater recognition of this Command. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. … a sabbath of the Lord your God;” not to be kept out of legalism, but out of love of God for “… The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” remember God tells us “I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice, For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”

For us the Lord’s day then can be one of worship and testimony to those around us by the way we keep it. It is in this way we can truly honor the Lord, by keeping His day.

“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O LORD, save us; O LORD, grant us success. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you. The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar. You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 118:24-29).

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