Treasuring God’s Word: Psalm 40:3

 

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 Psalm 40:3
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”

Psalm 40 is such a rich passage! The more you stay and linger, the more insight and beauty you behold!

As we treasure v3 together we could summarize this verse as: Great deliverance is a compelling witness. David says that those who hear of how God wrought great deliverance in his life will be moved in 3 ways.

(1) They will see. They will see God’s deliverance. It is evident not only from David’s position, out of the pit, but also from his disposition, a new song in his mouth. It becomes then undeniable that David has been delivered and that it is God who accomplished it!
(2) They will fear. That is, they will be forced to recognize that God exists, that He answers, that He is real, that He is powerful, that He is forgiving, and on and on… For the believers who hear of David’s deliverance, this is a fear of recognizing our hope and trust is horribly misplaced if it is not in God. For the unbelievers who hear of David’s deliverance, this is a fear of realizing the God  they wish to denounce and deny is nevertheless there.
(3) They will put their trust in the Lord. The believer will be renewed in clinging to the Lord. The unbeliever will be compelled to turn to the Lord in faith and repentance. God’s deliverance of His people from life’s trials is a great evangelistic testimony to the world. When others see how God cares for His people, it is a great means of their own deliverance from sin, calling them to come to Him by faith. Our testimony of God’s salvation remains one of the best means of sharing with others about our Lord and Savior!

Enjoy treasuring Psalm 40:3

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

National Dog Day? I Approve.

 

 

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Who knew it was National Dog Day? Probably a lot of dog-lovers everywhere. All I knew was that today had thrown me some emotional curve balls–really challenging ones. That’s when my cockapoo fixed his big brown eyes on me.

Now, Oliver is really adorable…especially when he’s clean. Maybe it’s something about the poodle mix but give him a week after a bath and he starts to resemble the gray mop in Grandma’s cupboard. It’s not his fault. It just is.

Suddenly a trip to a self-serve dog wash seemed like the best idea ever. I could get out of the house for a little while and get out of my own thoughts by loving my dog into a better level of cleanliness.

When I arrived I knew I had made the right decision. Not only was it fun to watch the hair literally FLYING off the husky getting a blow-dry next to us, I blissfully lost all my concerns of the day in the sudsy water. I had all the room, tools and time to just pamper him…and maybe myself, too.

By the end, I had a fluffy, sweet-smelling pooch and I felt just about the same inside.

Pets are definitely one of God’s good gifts to man. So, yes, I’m glad there’s a National Dog Day.

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It’s Really Between Us and God

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Mother Teresa’s Anyway Poem

Based on a poem penned by Kevin Keith, this version resided on the wall of Mother Teresa’s Home for Children.

It reminds me that this life is essentially a journey between Christ and me. Understanding this is invaluable when we encounter nay-sayers, opposition, and misunderstanding. Or good things too…like success 🙂

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.