Thanksgiving 2023 - We Will Give Thanks to You Forever - Psalm 79. A Psalm of Asaph lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 586 BC by the Babylonians concludes with a declaration that even in calamity and judgment, the people will give thanks to God forever!
In the 5th word, we hear a perceptive word. Christ cries, "I thirst" as He meticulously fulfills the Scriptures one by one and line by line. Jesus Christ the Lord is absolutely amazing. He left nothing out, but in detailed precision - down to the jot and the tittle - He accomplished all things which had been written. In the 6th word is a perfecting word, "It is finished." At the last cry we hear a parting word when He said, "Father, into thy hands..." We will hear the victory's cry in this sermon! Hallelujah! the work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross is a finished work!
The throne of grace and mercy, assuring us of access to God and all of heaven's resources. Every believer can draw near with confident boldness, because of Christ's finished work, we receive access, and help in time of need. Don't go elsewhere!
Faithful Unto All Generations: The servants of David were embarrassed by the Ammonites. The king sent them to Jericho to heal but left then with the prerequisite to return. They had to get back into their duty for the king. For the believer, he may be embarrassed, but he can find healing with God. But he must also return to the post God has given him to hold.
Faithful Unto All Generations: In Haggai, God does not only confront Israel with their failures, He confronts them with His faithfulness. It is His faithfulness that stirs and strengthened the people to work. In the end, it is HIs faithfulness that causes us to be faithful to Him.
The New Testament church is a godly suffering community – like personified Jerusalem – that keeps returning to The LORD our portion.
Discovering and confessing how far we wandered from God. (v.40-47)
Grieving and repenting with rivers of tears. (v.48-54)
Pleading for and hoping in God's rescue and protection. (v.55-66)
In what way are we like the ancient city of Jerusalem?
When is it time to examine our souls? Psalm 139:23-24
Which kind of sorrow shows true hearts? 2 Cor. 7:10, Is. 29:13
Who is viewed as the scum of the world? 1 Cor. 4:13
In 1 These 3:2, Paul refers to young Timothy as "God's coworker in the Gospel of Christ." The young minister is being sent to Thessalonica to find out how they are fairing under persecution and to strengthen and encourage them in the faith. Referring to Timothy as "God's coworker" reminds us that God is the one who meets the needs of His people while graciously employing the saints as the vessels through whom He works.
Faithful Unto All Generations: Elijah chose to reject the crowd, repair the altar, and seek God. He never sought to call down fire, he sought to call God. His obedience and submission to God allowed God to act on Mount Carmel.
Faithful Unto All Generations: Out of the many names in 1 Chronicles, we find the prayer of Jabez. He seeks God for the Lord's help, His hand and His hindrance. What marks his prayer is his seeking God for God's glory and not his own. What are we seeking God for, in our prayers?
Today on "Eye on the Middle East":
Your generosity is at work in Israel! Watch this new interview by Steve Conover with FOI's director of ministry support, Amy Hansen.
She discusses the humanitarian needs in Israel and how your gifts are making a real difference in the lives of the Israeli people.
Please continue to pray for those suffering, displaced and in danger in Israel, and for all the needs that have resulted from Hamas' attacks on October 7.
Then, please give to our Stand With Israel effort in the Holy Land. You can do so easily at foi.org/standwithisrael.
Jesus is the Vine and we are to depend on him for our sustenance and support. Without him we will never produce fruit, but with him we will produce much fruit. Are we dependent on Him for your direction? Are you willing to set aide what you want and to allow him to prune you so that you grow? When we do, we bring glory to our Father.