Build the Altar: What Is It We Need Every New Day?

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies

The friendship [secret counsel] of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
    and he makes known to them His covenant.”
—King David (Psalm 25:10, 14)

We finished a sermon series helping us apply grace-driven effort to Build the Altar to God in our lives with this fourth message on gathering the necessary spiritual food for each new day. If you’ve ever struggled with motivation to read the Bible and pray, let the first lessons of God’s people in the wilderness comfort and challenge your heart.

Why we do what we do is more important than what we do.

Plus, it is worth re-mentioning that the Law that would be given (Exodus 19-20) came after God’s incredible and miraculous work of Redemption. And after His daily provision of all their earthly needs. Truly WHOs before DOs.

Message title: Build the Altar: What Is It We Need Each New Day?
Fourth Week of Build the Altar
Scriptures: Exodus 12-16; Psalm 25; 1 Corinthians 10; Deuteronomy 8:2-5 (Matthew 4:4)
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 1/29/17

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As an opening illustration, Pastor Jeff mentioned two British Olympians whose running careers were highlighted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire. Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell were teammates on the Great Britain team at the 1924 Paris Olympics. Both were to run in the 100 meter sprint race, but Liddell intentionally refused to run during a preliminary heat race as it was slated for a Sunday. Instead, Abrahams won gold, and Liddell then competed in the 400 meter race, not his specialty. Notice his stellar finish, as the “Flying Scotsman” wins, running faster than he ever had before at this distance, establishing a new Olympic record time (outside lane, far left in this video):

At the close of the morning worship service Pastor Jeff left us with this thought on how we can truly evaluate and appreciate Liddell’s life and legacy:

Scripture readings:

Exodus 15:1-13 (NLT):

A Song of Deliverance

15 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord:

“I will sing to the Lord,
    for he has triumphed gloriously;
he has hurled both horse and rider
    into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
    he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
    my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
The Lord is a warrior;
    Yahweh[a] is his name!
Pharaoh’s chariots and army
    he has hurled into the sea.
The finest of Pharaoh’s officers
    are drowned in the Red Sea.
The deep waters gushed over them;
    they sank to the bottom like a stone.

“Your right hand, O Lord,
    is glorious in power.
Your right hand, O Lord,
    smashes the enemy.
In the greatness of your majesty,
    you overthrow those who rise against you.
You unleash your blazing fury;
    it consumes them like straw.
At the blast of your breath,
    the waters piled up!
The surging waters stood straight like a wall;
    in the heart of the sea the deep waters became hard.

“The enemy boasted, ‘I will chase them
    and catch up with them.
I will plunder them
    and consume them.
I will flash my sword;
    my powerful hand will destroy them.’
10 But you blew with your breath,
    and the sea covered them.
They sank like lead
    in the mighty waters.

11 “Who is like you among the gods, O Lord
    glorious in holiness,
awesome in splendor,
    performing great wonders?
12 You raised your right hand,
    and the earth swallowed our enemies.

13 “With your unfailing love you lead
    the people you have redeemed.
In your might, you guide them
    to your sacred home.

  1. 15:3 Yahweh is a transliteration of the proper name YHWH that is sometimes rendered “Jehovah”; in this translation it is usually rendered “the Lord” (note the use of small capitals).

Psalm 25:10-14 (ESV):

10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
    and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship[a] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
    and he makes known to them his covenant.

  1. Psalm 25:14 Or The secret counsel

Exodus 15:25-27 (NLT):

25 So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink.

It was there at Marah that the Lord set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”

27 After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water.


He Who Honors God Will Be Honored By Him

For context to Eric Liddell’s life and athletic achievements, consider this scene from 1924 Olympics dramatized in Chariots of Fire:

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