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Encourage0gram May 30, 2020

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Encourage0gram
May 30, 2020
 
Dear Ones,
 
The song writer begins Psalm 118 with a call to give thanks to the Lord. Then he gives us a personal deliverance testimony. 
 
NIV Psalm 118:5-7
When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place. 6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? 7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.
 
The psalmist was stressed out! His world was caving in on him, but God delivers him.  He brings him into a spacious place.  This is a clear picture of the remedy that was needed!  God, Himself heard the cry for help, removed the enemies and opened the space!  Open space suggests freedom and liberty. 
 
So, the delivered one confesses his faith in the Lord.  He is with me!  The presence of God is a huge relief to the singer. His fears are removed in the abiding presence of the Lord. His mortal enemies are no match for his immortal Savior. He concludes with confidence that the Lord is my helper.  He heard his cry for help and delivered him.  What a wonderful title for God, “my Helper.”  Consequently, he wins the victory over all his enemies! 
 
Every one of us has songs of deliverance!  God showed up in our distress and we escaped defeat.  Sadly, we forget these stories too quickly.  May our trust in the Lord grow with each testimony in our lives.  Share your stories with others to inspire them to trust in the Lord! 
 
Now the singer calls us to trust in the Lord.  The value of trust in the Lord far exceeds trust in anyone else. 
 
NIV Psalm 118:8-9
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
 
Faith is only as good as its object. The best object of faith is the Lord!  He has infinite love for us.  He knows us and our enemies better than we do. So, let us trust fully in Him. Let us cry out with confidence that He hears and will answer our prayers. 
 
NIV Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God,
because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
 
“Satisfied”  by Clara T Williams 1875

  1. All my life I had a longing
    For a drink from some clear spring,
    That I hoped would quench the burning
    Of the thirst I felt within.
    • Refrain:
      Hallelujah! I have found Him
      Whom my soul so long has craved!
      Jesus satisfies my longings,
      Through His blood I now am saved.

  2. Feeding on the husks around me,
    Till my strength was almost gone,
    Longed my soul for something better,
    Only still to hunger on.

  3. Poor I was, and sought for riches,
    Something that would satisfy,
    But the dust I gathered round me
    Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.

  4. Well of water, ever springing,
    Bread of life so rich and free,
    Untold wealth that never faileth,
    My Redeemer is to me.

I will be at our church tomorrow, Sunday May 31, 2020 form 8:30 – 12:00 noon.  I look forward to greeting any of you who can stop by.  We are eagerly planning for our re-opening for worship services.  Currently, our church is open for groups of 10.  Call Marie Welch to schedule a meeting.  We are currently abiding by our county and state regulations. As soon as we have freedom to meet in larger groups, we will do it.  Thank you for your patience and prayers.  We invite you to watch our worship service for this week at fcchurch.org.  Our series in Philippians is nearly over.  The sermon text for this week is Philippians 4:10-13 on the subject of “Contentment.” 

Until we meet again,
Pastor Rick
 
 

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