Friday Morning Prayer:)… May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019 - 7 minutes read

How firm a foundation 
You saints of the Lord 
Is laid for your faith in 
His excellent Word 
What more can He say 
Than to you He has said 
To you who for refuge 
To Jesus have fled 
To you who for refuge 
To Jesus have fled 

Fear not I am with you 
Oh be not dismayed 
For I am your God 
And will still give you aid 
I’ll strengthen you help you 
And cause you to stand 
Upheld by My righteous 
Omnipotent hand 
Upheld by My righteous 
Omnipotent hand 

When through the deep waters 
I call you to go 
The rivers of sorrow 
Shall not overflow 
For I will be with you 
Your troubles to bless 
And sanctify to you 
Your deepest distress 
And sanctify to you 
Your deepest distress[1] 

“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”[2]

We sing in the power of the Spirit, “There is a Redeemer, Jesus, God’s own Son; Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One.  Thank you, oh, my Father, for giving us your Son, and leaving Your Spirit ‘til the work on earth is done.”[3]  It is good and necessary to be reminded of how firm a foundation on which we stand, live and have our being.  On the Christ the solid rock I stand!  All other ground is sinking sand.[4]    “Standing on the promises that cannot fail, when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, by the living Word of God I shall prevail, standing on the promises of God….”[5]  

“In Christ alone, my hope is found; he is my light, my strength, my song…”[6]  “He sought me when a stranger wandering from the fold of God; he to rescue me from danger, bought me with his precious blood…”[7]  Therefore, “…This Cornerstone this solid ground firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!  My Comforter, my all in all here in the love of Christ I stand.”[8]  Shout for joy to Yahweh, all the earth.  Worship the LORD [Yahweh] with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.[9] 

In Christ, we “Know that the LORD [Yahweh] is God.” The great “I AM” Our “God is constant.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  He cannot be improved.  He is not becoming anything.  He is who he is.”[10]  “It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”[11]  Through Jesus, the Word became flesh, we stand on a firm foundation, the only Solid Rock to sustain our new life in Christ.  We worship God the Father, through the Son, in the power of the Holy Spirit, our triune God.  Joyful songs we sing in response to who God is and what he has done!  Joy from God is returned to him; through his mercy we are his, he indwells and empowers.  ”How good is the God we adore, / Our faithful, unchangeable Friend!”[12]  

A brother expressed concern this week.  The inevitable changing circumstances we must proactively endure.  He ministers to many the faithfulness of God, God’s love and our call to trust him with all we have and who we are.  His concern was his own doubt.  I encouraged him in the moment.  I assured him there will come a time when I need encouragement too!  I doubt at times and have to lean on brothers to remind me of God’s faithfulness and love me through the storm.  Be ye encouraged this day!  The storms must come to mature us in Christ.  The Potter is at work, we are the clay.  He molds and shapes as he determines, ultimately for our good.  His love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations. 

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”[13]  

When through fiery trials 
Your pathway shall lie 
My grace all-sufficient 
Shall be your supply 
The flame shall not hurt you 
I only design 
Your dross to consume and 
Your gold to refine 
Your dross to consume and 
Your gold to refine  

The soul that on Jesus 
Has leaned 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 
I’ll never no never 
No never forsake

Sisters are meeting to pray! First Baptist.  1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900You are invited to join gals in Christ for a time of prayer and encouragement. Thank you, sisters, in Jesus for your faithfulness to pray.  Your help through prayer is much valued and appreciated.

Brothers are meeting too!  Alpine Youth Center.  2153 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0730
Join brothers for a time of prayer before the throne of grace.  All men who profess Jesus and enjoy this great salvation are invited.  We gather week after week to love and encourage, hence living out our faith in relationship as the Holy Spirit empowers our time together.   Hope to see you!   


[2] Psalm 100:5

[3] The Hymnal—for worship & celebration.  There is a Redeemer.  pg. 206.  (Green, 1982).






[9] Psalm 100:1-2


[11] Psalm 100:3

[12] Allen, L.C.  International Bible Commentary (1986).  Bruce, FF (ed.) quoting J. Hart

[13] 1 Peter 5:7