Friday Morning Prayer:)… June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020 - 7 minutes read

…Taste and see
That the Lord is good
Oh bless us here
Who hides in Him

Oh fear the Lord
Oh all you saints
He’ll give you everything
He’ll give you everything

Magnify the Lord with me
Come exalt His name together
Glorify the Lord with me
Come exalt His name forever…[1]

…O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
Gracious Savior of my ruined life
My guilt and cross laid on Your shoulders
In my place, You suffered bled and died
You rose, the grave and death are conquered
You broke my bonds of sin and shame…[2]

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”[3]

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Where does the desire or craving for pure spiritual milk come from?  The ‘spiritual milk’ is God’s word given in the Bible.  An expanded translation might be, “crave the unadulterated spiritual milk of the word.”[4] The psalmist, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to him are radiant….” “This poor man called and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.”  Moreover, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”[5] In light of these proclamations of Yahweh’s divine protection, transforming power, and deliverance he invites you and me to “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man [and woman] who takes refuge in him.”[6]

You, me and every regenerate heart can taste the goodness and see the glory of God because our God is merciful and has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.[7]  The stirring of your heart and mine is supernatural!  God chose you to experience salvation to recognize Jesus as Savior and Lord—A supernatural event and ongoing supernatural process of growing and maturing in our shared faith.    In Christ, we are shielded by God’s power and greatly rejoice in the “givenness” of salvation, even a present deliverance from sin and eventual complete deliverance as we long for the return of Jesus in all his glory!

The goal of my life is to keep this craving strong.  O Lord, illuminate Scripture and direct my thoughts, my feelings, and my doing to be consistent with what you intend through the purity of your Word.  I am sure you too want to know more and more, feel deeper and deeper, and be filled to overflowing with an inexpressible and glorious joy manifest through your life as you, me and every genuine believer relies on the power of God to help us work out this great salvation with fear and trembling. 

How are you doing, craving, thirsting, pursuing in this supernatural journey?  This is an ongoing question asked of evolving leadership at Alpine Youth Center.  What do I do when the motivation is low? The discipline is a daily challenge? What about the honest recognition that I am struggling to stay the course?  You have tasted the Lord is good and now are called to keep craving the spiritual milk of the word and grow up in your salvation.   All I know to do is encourage, with tears, I encourage myself and anyone willing to embrace this salvation.  “The end of all things is near.  Therefore, be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.”[8]  The emotional struggle is real.  God is greater! “To you I call, O Lord my Rock… Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help…”[9]

You are a sojourner!  I have to fight to not allow the world and all the worldly ideas and debates about meaningless things and human issues that are filled with hate and backbiting to not conform me to its mold.  Beloved, let’s talk about what matters!  “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”[10]  Love comes alongside and reminds, even helps to renew, enhance, nurture the pursuit; with ever-increasing confidence I know to actively pursue the glory of God is a supernatural enjoyable pleasure orchestrated by our gracious God in co-participation with you, especially since you have truly tasted that the Lord is good.

You rose, the grave and death are conquered
You broke my bonds of sin and shame
O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer
May all my days bring glory to Your Name
May all my days bring glory to Your Name

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Sisters are meeting to pray together.   0900. 

If you are not connected and sense God’s prompt to join Christian gals for a time of encouragement and prayer, please reach out.  Thank you, sisters!  Your faithfulness and love for the body of Christ are much valued and appreciated!

Brothers are meeting too!  ZOOM.  0730.

We will be moving toward gathering in person soon.  For now, if you are internet savvy, join us on the ZOOM platform.  It is a joyful time to see one another, share, and seek our gracious God together.  If you do not have the link, please reach out.


[1] https://youtu.be/yOzf0VrDNGU?list=RDyOzf0VrDNGU

[2] O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer • Prayers of the Saints Live
O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer • Prayers of the Saints Live

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[3] 1 Peter 2:2-3

[4] Expositor’s Bible commentary (1981).  E.A. Blum, vol. 12  Gaebelein, F.E (ed).  Zondervan.

[5] Psalm 34:4-7

[6] Ibid.  v. 8[7] 1 Peter  2:3-4

[8] 1 Peter 4:7

[9] Psalm 28: 1a, 2a

[10] 1 Peter 4:8