Summer In Psalms, Part 1

Sunday Service

  • 10 January 2016
  • Pastor Garey Clark
  • Summer In Psalms

Review last week:

  • God is Powerful
  • God is Persistent
  • God is Present

Psalm 139

  1. You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
  2. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
  3. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
  4. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.
  5. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
  6. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
  7. Where can I got from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
  8. If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
  9. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
  10. even there your hand will hold me fast.
  11. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’
  12. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will sine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
  13. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
  14. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
  15. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
  16. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
  17. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
  18. Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of the sand – when I awake, I am still with you.
  19. If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
  20. They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
  21. Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
  22. I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.
  23. Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
  24. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Our Greatest Fear: Aloneness

  • Life without Connection
  • Achievement without Companionship
  • Existence without Friendship

Attributes of God from this Psalm:

  • Omniscience – God is all knowing.
  • Omnipresence – God is everywhere. This presence is the Essence of Blessedness.
  • Sovereignty – God is in control.

The challenge is not what happens in life but how we respond to what happens.

What’s going on for you, right now?

  • Ask this question, in order to let go of what’s not important.
  • And refocus on what is.

 

 


 

 

This week:

  • Got back from holiday in Wellington. Glorious weather down there, but not hot enough to swim every day.
  • “There is no God, otherwise why is there evil in the world? There are no barbers, otherwise, why are there long-haired people in the world? Because those people don’t go to the barber!”
  • Tane was on sound desk for a wedding yesterday. He did well.
  • Hamish and Aimee came back from Christian Youth Camp. They were buzzing about it.
  • Tegan stayed over with Aimee for a couple of days. That’s nice.
  • Fiona and I spent time looking for a second hand car.
  • Toastmasters Committee meeting:
    • Carl’s resignation
    • Decision to focus on competitions this year – means not able to go away for our anniversary weekend.
  • Attended my first Overeaters Anonymous meeting. Learned that I am not in control and need God’s help to overcome this addiction.
  • Got up to 118kg on holiday.
  • Got down to 116.6kg today.
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