“When I am afraid, I trust in you.”
David prayed for deliverance after being captured by Philistines.
What causes us fear? What builds our trust in God?
When a brother or sister in Christ tells you something in confidence, make sure it goes no further.
Gossip is a gallow that kills morale, trust and love.
Some fancy themselves on being the local church’s reporter! They always have the scoop and they’re ready share what they’ve heard through the grapevine or straight from the horses’ mouth. But simple fact of the matter is – God despises the grapevine of gossip that betrays trust and the talker who destroys fellowship amongst his people (Proverbs 6:16-19).
The church doesn’t need any TMZs! So if that’s what we’re in the business of listening to other’s problems for, then wisdom says we better shut down the shop before we sell a multitude of things that cannot be bought back.
“A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.” (Proverbs 11:13)
Do you sometimes wonder how you can be concerned and yet not worry? This lesson brings Scriptures forward that can help you make the distinction.
Rejoice in God and cast your care on Him.
Maak je geen zorgen. Wees gelukkig!
May the Lord bless you,
Are you bearing a burden today that makes you feel discouraged and worthless? Is it hard for you to sleep peacefully and enjoy a mind that is under God’s control? Today there are multitudes of people who are hurting so very much and may even feel that God is not aware and listening to their prayers and answering them.
Let me urge you to read Psalm 40. Of course there are many other passages of scripture in the word of God that will help us, but in this section of scripture we find a man who feels exactly as we do when our hearts are broken and life is so very, very, difficult.
He says in v. 12, “For innumerable evils have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head, therefore my heart fails me.”
Have you felt that your life is just like this? What can we do in such a condition as this? Continue reading
“Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle forever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.” Selah. (Psalm 61:1‑4). When my heart is overwhelmed. . .to be over-whelmed means, “to the mind covered or muffled up with sorrow.” [Wilson’s Old Testament Word Studies]. What do we do when our hearts are simply overwhelmed? This psalm should give comfort to many a person who has struggled in finding words to express to God. The psalmist tells us how to deal with situations such as this.
First of all, we are instructed to pray. The very thing that we may struggle with is what we are instructed to do. I am reminded of the statement made by the apostle Paul in Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” The psalmist asked God to “attend unto my prayer.” Listen or give attention to my prayer. We have that assurance from God’s word in many places. John states, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:” (I John 5:14). Don’t forget to pray!
Second, remember what God has done for you. The psalmist proclaimed, “thou hast been a shelter for me.” Remember all the blessings you have enjoyed, both physical and spiritual. When we look at what God has done for us, it should help us to face whatever is confronting us at the present time.
Third, we need to abide in the tabernacle. To do so is to be in the presence of God. We need to stay close to God. We need to walk closer to God each day of our lives. Notice another statement found in Psalm 27:5 “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
Finally, we need to trust God. We may not understand why certain things happen, but we need faith that is strong enough to trust God. (Psalm 62:8; Isaiah 26:3,4).
Pray. . . Remember. . . Abide. . . Trust.
Larry Cole – Montrose Church of Christ, Carthage, TN
Here’s something that some of you may enjoy reading first thing in the morning: scripture poetry.
Psalm 33 – Adapted by Joshua Gulley
Come and sing to the Lord with great joy in your souls
All you men who are righteous in heart
For ‘tis fitting for those who are righteous to praise
And bid those who would mock us depart
Now give thanks to the Lord while you play on the lyre
Singing praise with a harp of ten strings
And with such virtuosic accompaniment each
Shout for joy in his heart as he sings
For the Word of the Lord is so pure and upright
And His might He displays without fail
Taking pleasure in justice; His love can be found
Through the plain, o’er the hill, in the vale
By the Word of our God all the heavens came forth
By the breath of His mouth all their host
He collects all the oceans in storehouses deep
And forbids them to march past the coast
Now let every created soul stand before God
Short of breath, mouth agape at His might
For ‘twas only a Word which He spoke that brought forth
Sun and moon, earth and sky, day and night
Lo, He brings to an end what the nations pursue
For no human designs can defeat
All the plans of the Lord, which cannot be defied
Generations all bow at His feet
Oh, how blessed are the people whose God is the Lord
All His chosen ones here on the earth
Oh, what glory they’ll share when they look on His face
Life eternal, peace, fellowship, mirth!
Now the Lord scans the earth from His dwelling above
Yes, He knows all the hearts of our race
For He fashions them all and the plans they devise
Come to naught without His tender grace
No, the king is not saved by a powerful host
Nor a warrior delivered by strength
Do not trust in a horse to bring vict’ry in war
E’en though strong be his muscles at length
How the eyes of Jehovah are e’er upon those
Who before Him on their knees do fall
Who yet wait for His mercy and trust in His love
And in hope on His name e’er they call
To deliver their soul from the reach of the grave
And to keep them alive through the drought
Yes our souls ever wait for the Almighty God
Who’ll deliver us without a doubt
Yae, our hearts keep rejoicing in Him whom we trust
On His sanctified name e’er we lean
Let Your grace, peace, and mercy, Lord, be upon us
Until thy holy face we have seen
Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and is a member among the saints who belong to the Smithville Church of Christ
Jeremiah struggled to reconcile widespread hypocrisy in a supposedly believing culture with the justice of God. He witnessed damage caused by unthinking rebels against God. The more he proclaimed God’s will, the more pain he experienced. At the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry, God had promised that he would be with him. In his prayers recorded in Jeremiah 11 and 12, Jeremiah voices how hard it can be to trust God’s promises. He wrestled with his doubts; he pleaded for God to vindicate him. Other prayers of Jeremiah reveal his love for his people. His prayers in chapters 11 and 12 unveil his fear and doubt, but also his confidence that in the end, God will be faithful to his values. Today you and I may feel compelled to pray Jeremiah’s prayers. We too want God to defend His values. God promises that He will remain faithful. He pleads for us to do the same. We plead for God to defend his values. We cry , ‘Where are you, God? ‘Let’s remember that he may be asking us, ‘Where are you?’