Saturday, September 24, 2011

Preaching on the Fear of the Lord at Bethlehem Baptist Church

A couple months ago I read Psalm 112 in my daily time alone with God and it touched me very deeply (I have published the full text of the Psalm below). After meditating on it for sometime I said to the Lord, "If I ever get a chance to preach some Psalms this will surely be one of them."

Then about a week or so later my good friend Kenny Stokes, one of the Pastors at Bethlehem Baptist Church, asked if I would preach at Bethlehem's north campus this weekend: 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and then 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. They're hosting their annual conference this weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center and therefore Pastor John is unable to bring the message. So I'll be covering the north campus, and three other Bethlehem-related church planters will be covering the other two campuses.

As soon as Kenny asked me to preach, and told me I could preach on anything at all, I knew Psalm 112 would be my text. Perhaps in a couple of days I'll post the sermon, I don't know, but one way or the other I do want to post the Psalm today and encourage you to read and savor it. It's delicious but it takes some pondering!

"Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!

"His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.

"He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.

"The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!"

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