Our lesson for the tenth of July is entitled True Faith Obeys and is taken from 1 Samuel 13:14 (only one verse!), with references to the past chapters regarding Saul’s life and work, and references to a number of other passages throughout the Bible. We will make four discoveries about obedience and then a discovery about ‘attending upon God,’ each of which are among the marks of true faith. This is, in reality, a continuation of last week’s sermon on pretend faith.
Our public reading was the classic Psalm 1
1:1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish. (ESV)