What a great day we had yesterday at Church! My how God blessed as people were saved, baptized, and many other wonderful decisions. The auditorium was full and the bus routes were up, and God met with us. Both morning and evening had a wonderful crowd and spirit. God is certainly doing something great in our midst. Praise goes to Him alone!
I'm reading in Psalms again, and here are a few thoughts to share with you today:
1) A TOKEN FOR GOOD- I first saw this verse almost two years ago and I fell in love with it. In Psalms 86:17, David says: "Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me." There are times as you minister for the LORD that you feel under attack by people who have rejected your message and refuse to serve God in a biblical manner. As a believer, you cannot go on the offense, and get in an attack mode because this is not allowed in Scripture. You also cannot get in a defensive posture, because we are not worth the time to defend, we are to expend our energies in getting out the Gospel. So what do we do? Well, we pray like David prayed. "Shew me a token for good:" First to encourage your own heart. God's blessings encourage us and we need every one of them. Secondly, God's blessings will do the speaking to those who are against us. "that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me." David prays for a blessing (a token for good) that will be recognized by his enemies as the hand of God being upon him, and that will silence them. So, for a while two years ago that verse has come to mean so much to me. I often ask my staff now, "Has God given you a token for good lately?" We are looking for tokens!
2) SING- Psalms 98:1 says: "O Sing unto the LORD a new song;..." You cannot read the Psalms without seeing the word "sing" over and over. Seventy times we have the word "sing". God wants to hear us singing! Psalms 100:2 "Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing." I am convicted by the fact that we don't sing enough in our personal lives. I know we sing at church several songs each service, but I don't think this singing is to be relegated only to our church services. When is the last time we 'sang' a song unto the LORD by ourselves? I'm afraid I'm guilty of not singing to the LORD each day in my personal worship of my God. If GOD wants singing.... let us start singing!! I will start today, how about you?
3) THE SERVANT AND THE SAINT- Psalms 105:26 says: "He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen." Psalms 106:16 says: "They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD." So, here we see that Moses is the Servant, and Aaron is the Saint. The Servant and the Saint! Great isn't it?
Well, hope you have a great day today! May God's blessings rest upon your life, and don't forget to sing to the LORD today! Pastor Mike Mutchler