Friday Morning Prayer:)… February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021 - 7 minutes read

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said—
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

“Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.[1]

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.[2]

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How often do I have the voice to sing and really sing it out?  Whenever listening to hymns of old I find myself in awesome wonder;  I consider the mighty works God has done and is doing.  With tears of joy, my heart sings, over and over again!  “Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art! [Yes!] Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art!”[3]Intentional heart-felt singing, proclaiming, even shouts of acclamation overflows from a truly regenerate heart!  With great and ever-increasing confidence, you, and me too, readily share with others this blessed assurance!  Jesus is mine.  This is my story this is my song praising my Savior all the day long!  I pray you know the foretaste of glory divine.  Through Christ, you are an heir of salvation purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.  

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, is laid for your faith in His excellent word!  The old hymns encourage us in that they point to our firm foundation in the gospel.  Amazing grace how sweet the sound!  Moreover, at the heart of the gospel, the cross and sins are forgiven; “And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in.  That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.”[4]  Furthermore, Paul encourages us, “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.  Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”[5]

Brother/sister, humbly, we strive in his power to live holy lives, joyful and pursuing what pleases our God.  This world is full of corruption, fleshly temptations, discouragements, calamity, vices, and every form of evil battling to get you and me off the gospel course.  I need the aid of God, his strength, his help, and his omnipotent hand to cause me, and you, to stand!  We fight the good fight of faith and are upheld daily, even moment by moment, by our gracious God.   Indeed!  ‘Fear not, I am with thee, oh be not dismayed, for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid.’  Our indwelling God, the power of the Holy Spirit that we cry out for and nurture, relying on supernatural power to live a disciplined Christian life.   A new Christ-life to help us, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Moreover, to continually “[be] imitators of God… as dearly loved children [being living] a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”[6]
 

We sing with the Psalmist, “I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”[7]   Persevere in his strength!

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

“The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

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Sisters are meeting for prayer, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900 

Gals representing local churches meet to encourage one another and pray together.  You are invited.  A sweet hour of prayer with Christian sisters. Yey!  Thank you, sisters.

Brothers are meeting too!  Zoom.   0730

I know it is not the same as meeting in person.  However, the Spirit of God is present and we truly can and do love one another in live fellowship.  It is a joy seeing brothers and listening as we share and pray in one accord before the throne of grace.   The link is below, join us if your schedule allows.   It is always good to love the brethren.

You are invited to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

 Topic: Friday Morning Prayer

Time: 0730 Email: help@cmpps.org

Email a request to join men’s prayer via Zoom.


[1] https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/How_Firm_a_Foundation/

[2] Ephesians 2:4-5

[3] How Great Thou Art
How Great Thou ArtWords: Stuart Hine, 1953. Music: Swedish melody.
How Great Thou ArtWords: Stuart Hine, 1953. Music: Swedish melody.

 [4] Ibid.

[5] Ephesians 5:19-21

[6] Ephesians 4:32-5:2

[7] Psalm 18:1-2