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There is a River!

Scripture reading for June 11: Psalms 42-49

America has one of the finest and best equipped  armies in the entire world.  We have a great air force which has a wide variety of weapons to strike the enemy from afar and soften the opposition before ground troops go into harms way.  We have a military intelligence system that gathers information about the enemy and battlefield for the air force and ground forces.  But in spite of our great army and ability to protect our nation and people, there is yet a much more fearful and powerful force of protection!

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

God’s ability to protect His people and help them in trouble is well documented.  He delivered David as a shepherd boy from the lion and the bear and then from the giant, Goliath.  He delivered an entire nation from slavery in Egypt and then saved them from the most powerful army on earth as they were being pursued.  He caused the Red Sea to close over the enemy army after His people walked through this sea on a dry bed!  Bring on those powerful armies!   Our God is our refuge and strength! 

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.  God is within her, she will not fall’ God will help her at the break of day.  Nations are in an uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts.  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah Psalm 46:4-7

God’s presence is likened to a river of refreshing and life-giving water.  All who were inside the city and belonged to God would have this source of water and life available to them.  In the midst of confusion of the nations, God’s voice melts the earth, causing kingdoms to fall. God is in charge and present with His people.  He Himself is their Fortress during judgment and war!

“He makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth, He breaks the bow and shatters the spear, He burns the shields with fire.  Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:9-10

God will ultimately bring peace to this troubled world.  We must silence our lips from fretting and fear and unbelief!  God is in control!  He alone is our refuge and strength!

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Our Great High Priest

Scripture reading for October 17th:  Hebrews 4, Psalm 58, Proverbs 23

Key Scriptures: Hebrews 4:14-16  “Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  

The writer of Hebrews saw Jesus Christ as our great High Priest.  He was able to come to our aid, because He had been tempted in all ways like other human beings.  Unlike other humans, Jesus Christ was without sin.  Because of this, death and the grave could not hold Him and He was resurrected to the right hand of God.  We can have confidence to draw near to Him on the throne of grace and find help and mercy anytime we need it.

Faith confession:  I have a great High Priest, Jesus Christ, who understands my weakness and is able to come to my aid.  I can go to Him anytime and have confidence in His wisdom, instruction,  mercy and help.

Proverbs 23:22-23 “Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.  Buy truth, and do not sell it; by wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”  

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