Yes, it's Sunday! It's sprinkling outside, but I believe it will clear off before noon. Then it will allow for a wonderful day with the helicopter candy drop for the children. It is a Big day on the buses and Church attendance should be way up. Looking for a great day in the LORD! Hope you are too. I've read ten chapters in Psalms this morning, and here are a few short thoughts for today:
1) OUR SOURCE OF HELP- Psalms 121:1,2 says: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth." God is our source of help! Our job is to look to Him in time of need, His job is to help us. He will do His job, if we will do our job. Psalms 124:8 says: "Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth." The closer we walk to Him, the more He will delight in helping us, for in Psalms 125:4 it reads: "Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts." So God wants to be our source and stands ready to be our source of help. We just need to stay close to Him and call out in our times of need. Psalms 120:1 says: "In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me." Now that can be our experience as well. Look to God dear friend!
2) TO "WAIT" MEANS TO "SERVE"- When we consider waiting on the LORD, we can get a mental image of just sitting around for an answer, but the Bible's idea of "waiting" means to serve. We have a gas attendant wait on us. (at least in Oregon, where you cannot pump your own gas.) We have an usher wait on us and shows us to our seat. We have a retail clerk wait on us and ring up our purchases. So it is in the Bible. To help us better understand that, we look at Psalms 123:2 "Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us." The analogy is beautiful. The servant is not listening to the voice of the master's command; but rather, he is looking to see if there is anything that the master needs. It is the look of expectation and desire to please! Oh how we need that look when we look at God. Let us not be found sitting around, but standing with our eyes focused on the Master, ready, willing, and able to jump and fulfill that which we are impressed the master needs. Our MASTER is GOD!
3) NO ONE- That's the answer. Now, here is the question: Psalms 130:3 "If thou, O LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand?"
No one would stand. Thank the LORD that He forgives our sins and our iniquities are removed far from us. Psalms 103:12 says: "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." Praises!! Don't let us ever be tempted to be proud or holier than thou, because we are not "holier than thou", we are "just as corrupt as thou", but forgiven by the wonderful grace of Jesus Christ! Praise be His holy name!
Well, so much for today! Have a blessed Sunday. I know I'm excited about it! Dr. Mike Mutchler, Pastor of Grand View Baptist Church