This week’s reflections are written by Rev. Brian Johnson, one of our Associate Pastors here at St. Matthew’s Rooted 2019 – Week Thirteen Day Five Today’s reading is Psalm 8 This Psalm is the first “Hymn of Praise” in the Psalter. You … Continue reading
This week’s reflections are written by Rev. Brian Johnson, one of our Associate Pastors here at St. Matthew’s Rooted 2019 – Week Thirteen Day Three Today’s reading is Psalm 4 Today we read another Psalm that is a cry for help. Like … Continue reading
This week’s reflections are written by Rev. Brian Johnson, one of our Associate Pastors here at St. Matthew’s Rooted 2019 – Week Thirteen Day Two Today’s reading is Psalm 3 This Psalm is written by King David during a very troubling time … Continue reading
This week’s reflections are written by Rev. Brian Johnson, one of our Associate Pastors here at St. Matthew’s Rooted 2019 – Week Thirteen Day One Today’s reading is Psalm 1 The Psalms have been the standard collection of prayers, poems, and … Continue reading
Psalm 78 is one of my favorite Psalms. It is one of those good historic Psalms, that recounts the goodness of God, how He has saved the people over and over again, how they had been faithful, turned from their sin, … Continue reading
We all need help. No one can live life alone, do life alone. We are beings of community. We are made in the image of a God that three in one, made in the image of a God that is … Continue reading
I am currently teaching a Bible Study at St. Matthew’s on Tuesday afternoon. We’ve walked through the book of Judges earlier but right now we are looking at some of our favorite Psalms. I mention it every so often, but … Continue reading
One of today’s readings is part of Psalm 119. This Psalm is the longest book in the bible; it is a poem written out of love for God’s law and wisdom. It is one of those passages that reminds us … Continue reading
It’s good to be back! Like many of you, summer can be a little hectic for me and my family, been out of town some, spent a week at Camp Wesley Pine, and had a busy, busy summer at St. … Continue reading
One of my favorite hymns is that old favorite, “Love Lifted Me.” Today’s reading from Psalm 40 made me think of the first verse of that hymn – “I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more; But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.” Listen to what it says today in Psalm 40:
1I waited patiently upon the LORD; *
he stooped to me and heard my cry.
2He lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; *
he set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure.
3He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God; *
many shall see, and stand in awe,
and put their trust in the LORD.
4Happy are they who trust in the LORD! *
they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods.
5Great things are they that you have done, O LORD my God!
how great your wonders and your plans for us! *
there is none who can be compared with you.
God heard the Psalmist’s prayers and lifted them up, out of the mire. Just like in the hymn, God lifts us out of the sinking waves. God hears the cry of those that He loves and lifts them out of the thing seeking to take our life.
He places us on sure footing.
He gives us a new song.
And we give Him the praise that He deserves.
Happy are those that turn to God, not to other places for their hope. Because our hope comes from God and from God alone. Not from any other source.
That’s why those that have their hope in God will never be disappointed because only God will not disappoint you. Others will, even those that do not mean to, they will disappoint you at some point. You will even be disappointed with yourself at some point.
But God will not fail you. He will not disappoint you.
But Andy, at this point in my life, I am disappointed in God. Things are not like I want them to be or need them to be.
As hard as it may be (and believe me, it’s really hard for me), wait upon the Lord. He has not forgotten you. He will not forget you. He loves you. He really does. He hears your cry. And He will lift you up from your time of trouble.
And when He does (and this is big), don’t forget. Sing the song of praise that He has given you. Give praise to Him when He saves you. Praise His name when He restores you. Give Him the glory when He places you upon solid ground.
Never forget what He has done. He will save you. He will. Hope in Him. Even when it’s hard. Even when it’s tough. Even when it’s a challenge. Keep believing.
He will not disappoint.
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