“Many, Lord, are asking, ‘Who will bring us prosperity?’
Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:6-8, NIV)
“At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep,
For you, God, have put my life back together.” (Psalm 4:8, MSG)
O LORD, when troubles gather round me
(and they never fail to come),
You are the One I turn to for help
for Your help is always the best available.
When waves whip up around my life,
which seems like a boat helplessly tossed at sea in a storm,
You are the One who speaks peace
and brings calm no matter the circumstances.
You are the source of all my joys
in the best and brightest times,
and You are the bringer of true comfort
in the dire and dark days.
I love knowing You and walking with You.
In every day and every year, keep me close
that I might walk on Your road all my life.
Continuing our journey with the Psalms of Ascent, we explored Psalm 121 this weekend at Eastbrook as part of our series, Ascend. In contrast to last weekend’s message, “Peace,” Psalm 121’s striking emphasis on the character and activity of God is so overpowering it is no wonder that it is many people’s favorite psalm. I walked steadily through the text in this message, drawing attention to God’s all-powerful help in every situation and season of life. As I drew to the end of the message, I focused on a four-stage exploration of the life of prayer.
Here is the video and sermon outline of this first message of the Ascend series, “Peace.” You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. We also have a reading plan for this series, which you can access here.
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When Matthew tells the story of Jesus walking on water, the main theme of the episode is that Jesus is the Son of God whom it is entirely appropriate to worship. He tells us: “Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God’ ” (Matthew 14:33).
But if that is the main theme, a sub-theme of that story centers on the fears bubbling up in Jesus’ followers. For them, seeing Jesus do this miraculous water-walk is a fearful experience. “When the disciples saw Him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear” (14:26). In response, Jesus speaks words to them that are aimed at eliminating their fears: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (14:27).Read More »
As for me, I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning, and noon
I cry out in distress,
and He hears my voice.
He rescues me unharmed
from the battle waged against me,
even though many oppose me.
God, who is enthroned from of old,
who does not change –
He will hear them and humble them
because they have no fear of God.
You are my Savior and my answer-er.
You are the One on whom I depend.
There is no other hope or help.
And what better hope or help is there?
Who else is all-powerful?
What else is so unchangeably true and dependable?
Who else knows me and what I face?
You are my Savior, my hope, and my help.
[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]
In 2012, I will be posting a prayer every Saturday as a way to reflect on the week past and prepare for the week ahead. I hope these prayers may help you voice your own prayers to God. Lord, I give You my life today. I give You my meetings and events. I give You […]