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Luke 2:8-14 NKJV
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Our Sunday Sermon discussed the sellout of David by his relatives, the Ziphites, part of the Judah tribe. This was a trust in the sovereignty of the Lord. So if you feel sold out… David can empathize.
1 Samuel 23:19-24 ESV
Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon? Now come down, O king, according to all your heart’s desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.” And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the Lord, for you have had compassion on me. Go, make yet more sure. Know and see the place where his foot is, and who has seen him there, for it is told me that he is very cunning. See therefore and take note of all the lurking places where he hides, and come back to me with sure information. Then I will go with you. And if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.” And they arose and went to Ziph ahead of Saul.
Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.
The Related Psalm:
Psalm 54:1-7 ESV
O God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
O God, hear my prayer;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen against me;
ruthless men seek my life;
they do not set God before themselves. Selah
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord is the upholder of my life.
He will return the evil to my enemies;
in your faithfulness put an end to them.
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you;
I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.
For he has delivered me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.
Sandra McCracken is great. A songstress with a voice soft and soulful. I love this version by her of thy mercy my God.
Makes me think of this part of Psalm:
Psalm 51:1-4, 12 NIV84
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Mercy is mentioned over 60 times by the writer of Psalms by name alone; obviously this is a serious & needed characteristic of God, most often in reference to chastisements from God.
What sweet mercy He brings!
Sometimes we suffer because it is the consequence of our sin. Sometimes because it is necessary. These verses give meat to the latter. Just a quick blurb on how we are to use that pain & suffering…
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
Something to think about…
Our pastor shared how we as Christians should approach the Bible in 10 handy facts. Our Women’s Ministry Summer Specials, & this will be my focus these next weeks. Too good information to be held silent!
1 Cor 2:6-14 It is necessary
2 Tim 3:14-16 It is ex-spired (not inspired) God breathed; The Bible is God breathed
2 Peter 1:20-21 It is inerrent No prophecy is human wrote, but filled by the holy spirit like a balloon
2 Peter 1:3 It is complete it covers all areas of life, in full submission of God. Lacking of nothing.
Proverbs 8:1, 10, 22-23, 30 Calls to you, most important, eternal, desirable, absolute It is vital
Luke 24:25-27 It is to be viewed Christocentric; it all revolves around Him
Romans 2:17-24 It is meant to be shared
It is a narrative, a story It is to be shared.
2 Tim 3:16-17 It is meant to change us Teaching: reproof: correction: training
2 Tim 4:13 It is the illumination of truth in static doctrine
2 Timothy 2:11-13 NIV84
Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
Short & will return another day!
2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV84
You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.