The Lord's Powerful Voice Psalm 29

Psalm 29 is one which speaks of the glory and honor that is God’s by the very definition of who He is. The angels in heaven ascribe Him, glory and strength and worship Him in the splendor of His holiness. In the same way when we approach worship, whether it is at church on a Sunday or at home during the week, we are called to come into God’s presence and recognize who He is.

Often we come before Him and rush into His throne room with urgent requests and heart felt prayers. While these are not wrong and certainly God does not turn us away at these times, we can sometimes forget the majesty of the one we address. Taking time to remember and comment upon His glorious nature, not only prefaces our prayers with praise, but gives us an even deeper appreciation for the debt of gratitude we owe our heavenly Father for His grace and mercy.

Amid the storms of this life we can either turn to God and know His strength and peace, or turn from Him and begin to drown. Put in that way we wonder why we would do anything other than turn to Him. However, take a moment and think back over the past week or month and the times when you have been lifted or have begun to sink. Do we turn away because we doubt God can raise us, or because we do not feel we deserve His help yet again? Be comforted to know that while God is the God who is enthroned above the storm, He is also the one who reaches out to us in our distress and uses the thunder and rain to grab our attention and wash away our doubts.



Tell The Next Generation – Psalm 78:1-8

“We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done” (Psalm 78:4)

This is the key verse from this Sunday’s text.   The Psalmist declares that he and the people will “tell the next generation.”  We explored that together on Sunday.  What are we to tell?   The praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.  Why are we to tell them?  So that they would put their trust in the Lord and live for him.  The final question we asked Sunday:  How?

Isn’t that always the hardest question?  How do I do this?  I want to challenge you to explore that this week.  If you wrote down notes on this question, explore those further.  Take a walk, pray, and consider how God wants you to tell the next generation.

For some of you, you have the next generation right in your house. Your elementary-age student or your teenager needs to hear you tell them.  They need to hear you tell them all that God has done for humanity and for you personally.

For others, you don’t have kids in the house.  This does not excuse you from God’s call to tell the next generation.  There is a church full of  kids who need adults who are willing to tell them all Jesus has done.   Whether you plug in as a volunteer leader with the children’s ministries  or  youth ministries or  you just start building relationships with families and their children, there are opportunities for you to live out this calling.

Many people say “it takes a village to raise a child.” I think they  are on to something. However, I think it goes a little more like this:   “It  takes  a  church  to  raise a child in Christ.”   Each  of  us  has  opportunities  to  tell the next generation.

How is God calling you to tell the next generation?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Show Me The Way! – Psalm 119:105-112

 Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the book of Psalms. It contains 176 verses! Psalm 119 has a lot to say about the Word of God. In the eight verses of vs.105-112 we learn that following God’s Word helps us find our way in life. Please note: it is not enough to simply know the Word that helps us find our way. We must know the Word of God and obey it! We must put God’s Word into practice! Do you?

Following God’s Word shows us how to live our lives according to God’s plan. Further, following God’s Word preserves our lives and beckons us to higher ground. We read in vs.107 “I have suffered much; preserve my life, O Lord according to your word”. I think of David confronting the giant Goliath. David was annoyed that Goliath had defied the living God and he wanted to confront Goliath. We know how David killed Goliath. God preserved David’s life according to His Word.

Finally, following God’s Word fills us with joy and determination to live a godly life. We read in vs.111, “Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart”. When we obey God’s word, God blesses us with joy! Sally and I started tithing twenty-two years ago and since that time God has poured out incredible, joyful blessings in our lives. Our obedience to God’s Word has led to joy!

In what way do you need to obey the Word of God? Perhaps like Sally and I you need to obey God’s Word in tithing. Or, perhaps you need to obey the Word in terms of forgiving someone who has hurt you deeply. Or, you might need to obey the Word with certain moral behaviors. Let us make a renewed commitment to follow God’s Word in its entirety!

 



Why God's Help Is Best – Psalm 146

Psalm 146 teaches us that we should seek God when we need help! The key verse is Psalm 146:5 “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God”.

The word for “help” in the original text is the word, ezer. Do you remember Ezra, the Jewish priest who helped lead the Jews back from Babylon? His name means, “help”. Ezra lived up to his name! He helped his people learn the Law of God!

Though the word ezer often refers to military assistance, in Psalm 146:5 it refers to personal help.

I wonder: do you need help with something or someone today? Perhaps you need help with an important decision which needs to be made. Or, you face a big project which needs to be completed. Maybe you need help caring for a loved one.

In whatever way you need God’s help, ask Him and the Lord will give you help! As you seek the Lord’s help, give up the problem or need to the Lord. Remember, God has power to help you, He is faithful to help and God really cares for you!



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Shining Stars !!

All girls in grades 4-6 are invited to join Shining Stars for an evening of fun on Friday, November 14, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Education Building at Church.

We will begin the night by making delectable desserts, followed by bible study, craft, and games.

We will end by enjoying our desserts and girl talk.

Our delectable desserts will involve caramel, so please let me know if anyone is wearing braces and cannot have caramel.

Please confirm your attendance by calling the church office 541-899-1287 so enough craft activities can be provided for everyone.



Enduring Love – Psalm 136

         

Most of us know that we live in a day and age of rapid change. Our technology, morals, manners, family structures, loyalties, pretty much every area of life is undergoing rapid change.

In this fast changing world, it’s reassuring to know that God’s love endures forever! God’s love for you doesn’t change! God’s love for you and me remains sure, steadfast and committed. His love will never fade away, grow weary or change in any way, shape or form!

Psalm 136 teaches this truth: God’s love endures forever! Note the recurring refrain: “His love endures forever”. God’s continues to love us regardless of how many times we’ve strayed from God, sinned against Him, questioned His existence, or doubted His ways; God continues to love you and me always!

You might feel or have felt that God has abandoned you. Perhaps you have prayed for someone for years and that person has never changed. Or, your marriage failed that you prayed would survive. Or, a loved one died unexpectedly. You might have prayed for God’s help to overcome a stubborn habit or addiction that persists. Though God seems distant at times, His love endures forever!

During my first year of college my family left this country and lived in Denmark. I remained in our country and started college. My Dad worked at the University of Copenhagen on an oceanography project. It was a hard year for me because I missed my family’s support and love; they were far away from me! But though they were distant geographically, I knew they loved me and cared about me.

It’s the same way with God. He might seem distant at times but He continues to care for us! The psalmist tells us that we should “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, His love endures forever”. (vs.1) Let us give thanks to the Lord for his constant and enduring love!



God Cares For You! – Psalm 121

 

Psalm 121 reminds us of God’s tender and loving care for us. In spite of our rebellion,  sinful ways, or the intensity or scope of our problems, God cares for us! God exercises great care over us! God exercise great care over you

Note the recurring phrase, “watch over”. This phrase appears in vs.3,4,5,7,8. Further, the word “keep” in vs.7 is the same identical word as “watch over” in the original text. I don’t know why the English translators used the word “keep” instead of “watch over” in vs. 7. The word for “watch over” in the original text is the Hebrew word, shamar. Guess what it means? “To exercise great care over”!

God watches over us and he does this by exercising great care over us! The psalmist notes that God uses his divine power, ceaseless vigilance and persistent protection as means of exercising this great care over us.

Some people refuse to accept God’s care and constant protection. They prefer to struggle through life on their own, using their own experience, intellect, wisdom, and resources. But the psalmist in Psalm 121 expresses this thought: he cherishes God’s care over him! He tells us pointedly in vs. 3 “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth”.

In what way or ways do you need God’s care today? Are you struggling with loneliness or depression, anxiety, sleepless nights? Are you troubled over a loved one, a problem at work, a bad habit that you have developed? Turn your trouble and struggle over to God for He cares for you! He cares for you so much that he “neither slumbers nor sleeps”.