In the Midst of Trouble – Psalm 138

A Prayer Guide... 1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; 2 I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. 3 … Continue reading In the Midst of Trouble – Psalm 138

When God’s Word Pours Down Like Rain

Teaching Outline: Rain is the difference between life and death. God’s Word is like the rain. How so? True life (both physical and spiritual) comes from beyond us. We can’t control it; we can only receive it. When God's word pours down like rain, we heed the invitation to our Lord's banquet of grace (Is. 55:1-5). Like rain, … Continue reading When God’s Word Pours Down Like Rain

How Does the Lord Fulfill His Purpose for Us?

In Psalm 57:2, David declares who He worship and why he worships amidst great affliction and difficulty: "I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me." It is most assuring to know that God has a plan and will fulfill it. David is on the run from a … Continue reading How Does the Lord Fulfill His Purpose for Us?

The Purpose of God-Sent Afflictions

To be thankful only for our comforts is to make an idol of this life. “God-sent afflictions,” says Maurice Roberts, “have a health-giving effect upon the soul” because they are the medicine used to purge the soul of self-centeredness and this world’s vanities. Pain, in other words, sharpens us, matures us, and gives us clear … Continue reading The Purpose of God-Sent Afflictions