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Singing By Faith

Psalms 66:3-7
(3) Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
(4) All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
(5) Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
(6) He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
(7) He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

Did you sing out to God last week? Have you sung out to God recently? Maybe it was in church recently, if you were able to go. Maybe it was in your home.  Let me focus in on the words of what was being sung by them. “How terrible art thou in thy works”!...what???  Is the Bible calling God terrible?  No, please understand that the singer here is not calling God terrible in the same sense that we normally use it.  He is using the word in reference to the power, might, and majesty of God towards His enemies. God’s enemies will think it is terrible when they experience the effects of His works and His great power as they submit themselves to God!
OK, now to the definition…
Terrible
A primitive root; to fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten: dreadful

This definition was taken from the Hebrew language that it was written in. So let me put verse 3 further into context:
God is dreadful to His enemies.
God will make His enemies to fear.
God’s enemies will be frightened so much that they will submit themselves to Him.
Verse Three is so good to God’s people and so dreadful to the enemies, that we should sing and rejoice!  I believe that Christians show their faith when these type of songs are sung before God finishes His work on our enemies!  Can you, will you sing a song of victory to God, about God, for God, and for His praise before the victory?  God loves it when His people step out in faith; not only in their trust in Him, but also with their singing and praise!

Look at verse 5,
(5) Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
(6) He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
(7) He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

The singer is continuing on in these verses to point out what God has done in the past. In verse 6, he points out what God did for His people when they were being pursued by Pharaoh, king of Egypt. The singer points out that God can, wants to, and will do the impossible for His people! REJOICE!!!! If you are saved, then God will do the same for you!

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we, as God’s people, followed the lead of the psalmist in this chapter? Would you be willing and able to sing out to God about His terrible acts to your enemies? Would you do it by faith? Would you want God to be pleased with His people(you) as we sing it by faith? Guess what? If you trust God, then you should trust that His answer is already on its way! So why wait, let’s do it today!

Psst….check out this verse:
Psalms 22:3
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

March 31, 2020 Posted by | Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | Leave a comment

One Giant Leap for CW

Psalms 119:162
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

Those who know me, know that I am very much for reading the Bible through cover to cover in one year.  I will not be dogmatic on this devotion in regards to this, but let me say this.  My Christianity took a tremendous leap forward, not only as a Christian, but also as a Pastor.  Looking back on my life, I am regretful that I waited so long to do it, but I greatly benefit now that I am in the pattern of doing this yearly.

With all of this extra time that we have, let me suggest that we take more of the Word of God in our lives.  He will help us get through any and all difficulties and hard times.  Below is a poem.  It is rather lengthy, so I will just give you the first and last paragraphs.  I will also include a link to the entire poem.  I encourage you to follow the link and take 2 extra minutes to read it.

 

When I Read the Bible Through

I supposed I knew my Bible
Reading piecemeal, hit and miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,
Certain chapters of Isaiah
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third!);
Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs—
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!
But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn thro’ a hurried prayer;
You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book—
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look—
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through!

—by Amos R. Wells

https://www.wholesomewords.org/poetry/biblepoems/when.html

March 30, 2020 Posted by | Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | , , , | 2 Comments

What is Your Story?

2 Corinthians 3:2-3
(2)  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
(3)  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

These are interesting verses.  We are a letter from God, written to this lost world.  Think about that………………………   No Pressure!   Ha ha…

Seriously though, this is a great thought to send to you today.  If a non-believer in Jesus were to “read your book”, what would He read?  This is a convicting thought to me because there are areas in my life that need to be worked on and improved.  Being imperfect and greatly loved, we are forgiven by God…and He forgets too!  Regretfully, I have found that people do not forget so easily.

If someone’s eternity and their ability to trust in Christ was greatly effected by one of Christ’s followers.  And that follower was you, how would you go about your day?  Would you change anything?  My toes are being stepped all over right now.  Let’s do our best to be a great epistle for others to read during this time of fear and panic.  We all will encounter a variety of people today and this weekend.  Let us all determine to be the type of epistle that would draw others to Christ!

Here is a poem that you might appreciate:

The Gospel is written a chapter a day
By the deeds you do and the words you say
Men read what you say, whether faithless or true
Say, what is the Gospel according to you?

 

March 27, 2020 Posted by | Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | , , | Leave a comment

The One Who Holds our Soul

Psalms 66:8-9
(8)  O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
(9)  Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

What an Awesome God!  The God who created all of the world and everything within and without with the sound of His voice has chosen to tell us, yet in another way, how much He loves and values us.   He tells us in verse 9 that He holds our soul!  This verse is yet another verse that assures us that once a person receives the eternal Gift from God, they are always saved!  I know, I know… that is hard to believe, but let me assure you of a few things:

  1. If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God
  2. If you trust that, what God says in His Word, is true
  3. If you have freely received the Gift of Eternal Life (it is from Jesus, not from good works, church, a warm/fuzzy feeling, etc…) ….see below
  4. If you have asked Jesus to save you from Hell and the punishment of your sin and only trust in Jesus to take you to Heaven
  5.  Then the Great God that formed everything is now holding your soul!

What a great thought!  God cares enough about you in this great expansive and populated world that He will take care of YOU!…well, this entire chapter is great, but let me point out a few things in regards to this chapter:

Look at verse 1 and 2:

Psalms 66:1-10
(1) To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
(2) Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

We are instructed to make a joyful noise unto God. That means to shout a joyful noise to God. That might initially sound weird to today’s culture, but if we really stop and think about it, we will understand that it really is right in line with what we already do.
Have you ever heard a song while you were driving or riding in a car, that you totally lost yourself in it?  I realize that there are some that are not into music as much as others, but for those who are…

Have you every been lost in a song that you were singing out loud? Maybe you were the only one in the car (which usually helps) so singing out was not embarrassing to you at all. But maybe, while you were at a stop light, you looked over and caught someone watching you sing. They may have even laughed too; even though you were a little embarrassed, you didn’t care because you were having a great time.
THAT IS WHAT VERSE 1 IS TALKING ABOUT!!!! God is not going to grade you or your voice on quality or range. He loves to hear His children sing, just as a parent cherishes the voice of their young child! God gave you your voice, so please know that He wanted you to have it. It matters not if you like the sound of your voice, God does! When you make a joyful noise unto the Lord, you will get His attention!  He likes your praise so much, that the Bible says:

Psalms 22:3
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

We know that Israel in the O.T. is a picture of God’s people.  God loves to hear you praise Him.  So when you are stressed, worried, anxious, or afraid, one of the best things for you is to praise His Holy Name!  You should try it.  Sing out to God the next time you are down; you might even need to sing 2 songs or more.  When you praise God, you just might be surprised as to what benefits come your way!

Psalms 43:5
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 

March 26, 2020 Posted by | Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | , | Leave a comment

Og, Yeah…He Sounds Familiar

Deuteronomy 3:1-5
(1) Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei.
(2) And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.
(3) So the LORD our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote him until none was left to him remaining.
(4) And we took all his cities at that time, there was not a city which we took not from them, threescore cities, all the region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
(5) All these cities were fenced with high walls, gates, and bars; beside unwalled towns a great many.

Wow!  God did amazing things back then, and now the 2 1/2 tribes are taking Og’s former lands as a possession!  Can you imagine the kind of stories that could have been told to the children about the conquering of Og?  Now they are living in a place that every where they turned, God was reminding them of what He has done in the past for them.  They are living in the heavily fortified towns that they did not build.  God delivered it into their hands.  What an Awesome God we serve!

One of the great benefits of being reminded of the past victories, is that we can be encouraged that our God that we serve today is the same God that defeated the enemies of old.  If you are saved, your God has no limits!  He has no equal!  He is not worried about an foe or enemy…no matter how legendary and fierce they may be!  Guess what?  That same mighty God that conquers all…. well…He loves you!  He loves you so much!  Nothing makes your God worried.  No one makes your God scared.  Nothing gives your God a panic attack, but rather He attacks panic!…LOL  Not only will He defeat your enemies, but He will also take care of you and supply your needs!

One of the dangers though of being reminded of our blessings on a regular basis, is that we can grow complacent.  Not every one will, but many naturally slide into that bad habit.  Will you be the type of christian that will resolve not to grow complacent and take for granted the blessings of God?  If you want to do this, know this that you will have to work at it.  Our sin nature will constantly resist anything that is good.  It will want you to slide into that which is easiest.  Let’s be the Christians who determine not to take God or His blessings for granted.  As we live our lives and as we get reminded of God’s victories in our lives, lets all stop and thank the Good Lord for all of the great things He has done in our lives!

 

March 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Preserve My Life, Dear Lord, From Fear!

Psalms 64:1-10
(1) To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
(2) Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
(3) Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
(4) That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
(5) They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
(6) They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
(7) But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
(8) So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
(9) And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
(10) The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

Here in this Psalm, the wicked might seem like they are about to get a win.  I am reminded of a little quip, “looks can be deceiving”.  This is in reference to the wicked who like to boast…Psalms 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.  Their pride gets the best of them and they allow themselves to be convinced that their way, their plan, their devices are better, stronger, and more powerful than God.

In verse 2, they are conspiring in secret counsel; there is insurrection.
In verse 3, they sharpen their tongues like a sword; they are bending their bows to shoot bitter words.
In verse 4, they will shoot in secret at the perfect; they shoot without any fear of repercussion.
In verse 5, they encourage themselves in evil; they lay snares and think that no one will see them.
In verse 6, they search out reasons and the justification to do the evil.
…….BUT……In verse 7, GOD is about to take care of their wicked, evil ways!
In verse 7, God will shoot at them with 1 arrow. In verse 2, they have several, but God only needs 1 to defeat them!  God’s 1 arrow will wound them…which means they will not be able to recover from it.
In verse 8, They will self-destruct because of God’s wound.  Their words will hurt themselves.
In verse 9, All men will see what God’s 1 arrow did to the enemy and be fearful of God.  They will declare the work of God!  His doing has wise consideration from all people.
In verse 10, Well…the verse speaks for itself….Rejoice! God’s protection is always on time!
Be encouraged dear friend, When man is out of control…God is always in control!

March 24, 2020 Posted by | Fear, Madison Street Baptist Church, Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Og? Remember him?

Numbers 32:31-33
(31) And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben answered, saying, As the LORD hath said unto thy servants, so will we do.
(32) We will pass over armed before the LORD into the land of Canaan, that the possession of our inheritance on this side Jordan may be ours.
(33) And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about.

Deuteronomy 3:11
(11) For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.

Og King of Bashan was a Giant!  He was feared by many and it has been said that he used his great physical ability to conquer the 60 large, fortified cities found in Deut. 3:4.  He was considered a king of kings (not in the spiritual realm, but in the physical, human realm) because of his physical size, ability in battle, and because of the vast kings that “bowed the knee to him”.  This human man was second to no other human man!  His bed was made of iron and was more than thirteen feet long and six feet wide.  Here is another reference to him as well…Amos 2:9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath. 2:10. Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite

With that understanding of Og, go back and read the verses above in Numbers 32.  Did you see it?  Did you see the fact that 2 and 1/2 tribes of the “children of Israel” got to inherit Og’s former kingdom?  Why would they be able to inherit his former kingdom?  The answer is, because God defeated Og, King of Bashan.    He delivered Og into the hands of the children of Israel.

God, who delivered Og, can deliver your enemy into your hands as well.  Keep faith in the Almighty, He sees everything, knows everything, and can conquer everything!

To be continued…

March 23, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment