Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Steadfast Love of the Lord

I arrived in L.A., and my hotel, around 9:30 last night. I just rested and then woke up at 6:30 Minnesota time, which was 4:30 California time! I cried out to the Lord, "I'm hungry and thirsty for you, please give me food and drink." And then I read these words from Psalm 107:1-9:

"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

"Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things."

Of all the places in the Bible I could have read from today, this was the Father's assigned portion--oh, he is so wise and good!

The Psalm goes on to give three more examples of the steadfast love of the Lord--for those who sat in darkness because of their hardness of heart; for those who were fools through their sinful ways; and for those who went out on the sea in ships and encountered great storms. And the key turning point in each of these examples is marked with the exact same words, "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress" (vv. 6,13,19,28). One way, then, to summarize this Psalm is that God gives grace to the humble. God gives help to those who call upon his name with earnest and sincere hearts.

The Psalm ends with these words: "Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord" (v. 43). The wise will not simply read these accounts of the steadfast love of the Lord and just go on about their day; rather they will ponder his love and rejoice in his love and seek for his love to be manifested in their own lives.

May we be found to be wise.

My brother Bob, who is the third child and 16 years older than me, is arriving in town today, and so we will be spending the day together along with our oldest sister, Micky. We don't have much planned for the day but I'm sure the Lord does. None of my siblings are walking with Christ, so please pray that the Lord will give me favor with these two today. Thank you for your partnership in Christ.

For the glory of Christ,
Pastor Charlie

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