A Church with a Heart for our Community

June 17th Wednesday

Greetings in the name of ‘The Rising Sun’ (Luke 1:78), Jesus Christ – THE Crucified and Risen Saviour! What a beautiful morning in the Kingdom – isn’t God amazingly good to us? – and this is still Spring! I will be praying for you today, asking Father to release an extra measure of health, wholeness, and well-being to you … if you will receive it – turn your eyes to heaven, smile, and say “Thank You!”

At a recent Bible study, we were discussing the importance of remembering all the times that God has actively ‘worked’ in our lives, There was a reminder about building memorials to God, so that we would have tangible reference points. In the process, God connected-the-dots on three verses of Scripture.

David strengthened himself with trust in his God… 1 Samuel 30:6  The Message. It was a desperate moment for David. He and his army returned to their home base to find that the enemy, the Amalekites, had attacked while they were away. The camp had been destroyed y fire and their wives and children had been taken away. David’s army was upset with him and were questioning his leadership. David was questioning himself…and God. However, David had learned to spend time in worship – remembering all that God had done and who God was. He strengthened his understanding of who God was…and that gave him strength.

“…This day is sacred to our LORD. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Nehemiah 8:10 NIV. The city walls had been rebuilt and the once exiled people had returned home to resettle the towns. Now was a time to celebrate the accomplishments and restore their relationship with God. The more they worshipped, the more strength they seemed to possess. The more they worshipped…the more strength they experienced…the more of God’s joy they experienced…the more of God’s presence was manifested.

“…The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17  NIV. God’s people had been in a hopeless situation but they chose to trust him. They chose to ‘remember’ all that God had done through the years for their nation, their ancestors, and for them. God responded to their feeble trust with an amazing declaration…He was with them! … and he was pleased with what he saw. So, God danced, rejoiced, and sang over people who chose to move closer to him when it seemed counter-intuitive. In fact, the word ‘rejoice’ can be translated: leap, skip, spin, dance, to respond with strong emotion.

So, when in the midst of our life’s difficult moments, when we would sooner run away, when we feel like giving up, when it would be easier to doubt and question, when we want to avoid worship, when we are angry-hurt-betrayed-disillusioned … we chose, instead, to remember who God is and all that He has done–and we worship Him …something happens. God gets excited and releases inner strength to his people. He release a sense of security in belonging to Him. He sings and dances and delights in you and I.

Be blessed!