But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors. – Psalms 31: 14-15a

September 1, 2017

 Open the book of Psalms and begin reading and it will not be long before you will find words of distress and persecution.  Often it was in the midst of troubles and injustice that David penned his heartfelt cries to God.  When things got tough and the pressure began to mount, David went to his knees and poured out his soul to the King of his heart.

 

The 31st Psalm stands as a prime example.  From the very first words David cries out for deliverance. He praises God for keeping him out of his enemies’ hands, but he remains in distress. His enemies have destroyed his reputation and he is hated by many. His eyes are bloodshot from crying and his sorrow has overcome him to the point of weakness.  He feels forgotten, broken, and surrounded on every side.

 

It is in the midst of this great storm of sorrow that he recognizes a profound truth. His God is the One True God and all of David’s times are in His mighty and capable hands.  There is not a single moment in which David stands alone. In another Psalm (Ps. 139) David questions, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.”  Here, in Psalm 31, David broadens the scope of God’s presence.  Not only is there no place in which he can go to escape God, but there is no moment in time in which God is not present and sovereign.

 

We need this reminder too. We live in such a busy day. Our moments are filled with text alerts, appointment reminders, Facebook requests, newsfeed reports, billing schedules, phone calls, and constant global awareness of the troubles which surround us. It seems that demand for our attention begins daily before we even open our eyes and it doesn’t stop even as we close our eyes in nightly slumber.  Many struggle with balancing the multiple demands which come from home, work, school, entertainment, and even church.  This would be stressful enough, but add to this a world which constantly barrages our lives with a variety of tragedy and sorrow and one can be quickly overwhelmed by it all. And, as if that was not enough, many are also dealing with the hurt and the pain of broken bodies, broken relationships, and broken hearts.  Is it any wonder that so many have simply given up trying?

 

Christian, perhaps we should begin as David did.  Perhaps we should make the simple acknowledgement to our Heavenly Father, “You are God.”  Perhaps when we are feeling broken and overwhelmed and buried under a pile of demands we should slow down and remember that we are not alone and that our sovereign God loves us and is walking alongside us.  Perhaps, knowing that the world is calling for our attention before we wake, we should begin each day with an attitude of surrender; giving over our stress and our worry and our busyness to the One in whom we live and move and have our being.  Perhaps we should recognize that all of our times, even the busiest and stressful of our moments, are in His hands. 

 

NEWS AND NOTES:

  • We apologize to all those who had planned to participate in our annual ROS Got Talent variety show.  We will reschedule this event, and will notify everyone as soon as we find a fitting date.

  • We are excited to bring back KID’S PRAISE starting Wednesday evening September 13th.  This group meets each Wednesday night at 6:15 in the Element Kid’s room to sing, dance, and make a joyful noise to God.  If your child is interested in participating and/or you have any questions see Jonathan.

  • We would like to invite you to participate in our Fall Drive-In Movie night on Friday evening Sept 22nd at 6:30 on the front lawn of our church.  Save the date, and bring a carload of friends and family with you to watch a family-friendly movie, eat free popcorn, and celebrate the cooler weather. Watch our website, Facebook, and your bulletin for more details.

Thanks!

In His Service,

Jonathan Hendrickson

Assoc./Worship Pastor

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