Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 26, 2014

Worship Services: “you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 2:13.

“Every grain offering of yours, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering;  with all your offerings you shall offer salt.”  Leviticus 2:13.

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When we offer worship to God, we should “salt” it with God’s covenant promises.

God’s covenant promises describe what God promises that He will do for our salvation.  We can add this “salt” to our songs, our Scripture readings, and our sermons.

Although every sentence of our songs, our Scripture readings, and our sermons does not need to contain these covenant promises of God, there should be sufficient salt in them that our whole worship is seasoned with this salt.

It is sad when we our ears pick up with delight these covenant promises of God only to be later contradicted and let down by other statements.  We should not just pay “lip service” to these covenant promises of God.  Everything in the worship service should be seasoned (affected) by the covenant promises of God.

For example, how often does the focus change from what God has done for our salvation to a conclusion in the worship service which states or infers:  “Now, it is up to you!”.  Instead, the conclusion could be seasoned by the salt of God’s promises such as “… walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”  Galatians 5:16.

Our salt is “TULIP, the Five Points of Salvation, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  These are God’s covenant promises of salvation.  Our songs, our Scripture readings, and our sermons should all be seasoned by this salt.

We don’t need to expressly use the words “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistable Grace”, and “Preservation of the Saints” (the “U”, “L”, “I”, “P” of “TULIP”).  These are helpful general summaries, but we can be even more general as Scripture sometimes is.

“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 92:4.

“The Lord has done great things for us; We are glad.”  Psalm 126:3.

“I looked, and there was no one to help,
And I was astonished and there was no one to uphold;
So My own arm brought salvation to Me, …”  Isaiah 64:5.

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:29-30.

“Salvation belongs to the Lord;
Your blessing be upon Your people!”  Psalm 3:8.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  …”  Ephesians 1:3-4.

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;  seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.  For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”  2 Peter 1:2-4.


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