Today is Saturday. Soon I will go to our Men's Prayer Breakfast and give a devotion, have prayer with the men in groups of three, enjoy a good breakfast, and then drive to the Airport to catch a flight to Reno. No, I'm not trying to enlarge the church funds, I'm speaking for Pastor Randy Ralstin and the good people of his church. Bro. Ralstin asked me to preach a one Sunday Mission's Conference for him and I'm delighted to do so. Our church will be in very capable hands. I read in Psalms this morning, and now I share with you some things that spoke to me as I read:
1) TROUBLE INSURANCE? Yes, you can have some trouble insurance with God. How do you purchase such insurance? The Bible tells us in Psalms 41:1 "Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble." Our premiums are given to the poor. Not just any poor, but the poor we have considered and deemed in need or worthy. God says that is our premium, and that He will deliver in full force the policy when it is needed. When trouble comes our way, God will act towards us as we have acted towards the poor. It goes on in verse two and three to share some of the ways that God will deliver: a. preserve him, b. keep him alive, c. spared from his enemies, d. strengthen him upon the bed of languishing, e. make all his bed in sickness. Wow! Don't forget to consider the poor!
2) GOT A THIRST? Psalms 42:1,2 says: "As the hart pantheth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?" Do you and I have a real thirst for God? Well, if we do.... we will see it when we read God's Word. We will see it when we talk to our God in prayer. We will see it when we go to church with rejoicing. We will see it when we sing praises to our God. We will see it!! AND.... so will God.
3) SING! This one verse always jumps out at me whenever I read it. Psalms 47:6 "Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises." It always convicts me. I just don't think I sing enough to my God and I can tell by this one verse mentioning singing three times that God wants to hear me sing! I just started singing "My Jesus I Love Thee" the other day. I sang that to God over and over and I have a different tune for the words than written. I remember as a 16 year old boy riding my bike and singing this song to God over and over with a real heart felt love for the Savior. What I didn't know was that a 16 year old boy wrote the poem to God about 100 years ago! Wow. Teens can love God. I think adults can too! Let us sing to the LORD for HE love to hear us sing.
Well, I've got to get ready for the meeting and give the house a once over before I go. May God's blessings be upon you today! Pastor Mike Mutchler