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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
"The Greatest Promisekeeper"
Message summary: Today, as you hold onto God's thoroughly tested promises may your heart be filled with a song of praise.
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"Then they believed His promises and sang His praise" (Psalm 106:12). "Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them" (Psalm 119:140).
You say come, ye weary, come and find your rest
In the arms of Mercy, in the One who knows you best
You are good, You are good, let my heart remember this
For many years we have enjoyed the writing ministry of Robert J. Morgan, who has served the same church near Nashville for 40 years. We visited the church several years ago and had the opportunity to meet him personally (as seen in photo to the right). His wife, Katrina, who had suffered with Multiple Sclerosis for many years, passed away this week on 11/11 at 11:11 a.m.
We were so blessed to read his faith-filled account on his Facebook page and noted how his ministry years have some similarity to ours both beginning in the mid-seventies and His loving commitment of 43 years to his wife through many years of hard times is an example of a promise kept, one of the greatest blessings of life. And one that seems to be diminishing among so many.
He wrote earlier today: "This morning in my regular Bible reading I came to Joshua 2:11: 'The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below.' We have a Ruler of Two Realms. Katrina and I, though temporarily in different realms, are still walking with the same Lord Jesus Christ. How could I not rejoice in that?"
A promise is a commitment by someone to do or not do something. Our most solemn human to human promise is our marriage vows. But we make many other promises in life. A promisekeeper is someone we all value greatly.
In our first daily text the song is a result of believing His promises, "they believed His promises and sang His praise". Our goal today is to give hearts that may be troubled a song as we consider the greatest Promisekeeper.
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and virtually every verse extols some aspect of God's Word. The Psalmist David seems to be in a crescendo of deep appreciation for God's Word and yet the "Bible" he had was only the first five books of our present Bible, perhaps along with some of the historical books (hardly listed among our favorite sources of promises!)
"Your promises have been thoroughly tested." Dr. Herbert Lockyer's classic book titled "All the Promises In The Bible" lists over 8,000 promises. These promises are definite, explicit declarations God has made that we can rely on. His promises are "thoroughly tested". The actual Hebrew words convey a poker constantly in the fire in the refining process of gold. The Amplified Bible states, "tried and well refined."
Consider how these promises that David reckoned as "thoroughly tested" have been around an additional three thousand years! And now we have the entire Bible as a source of revelation from God and a great mine from which to glean His promises. Late in the New Testament Peter writes of God's "exceeding great and precious promises" (2 Peter 1:4). We certainly are blessed aren't we!
The Psalmist continues by expressing his attitude toward God's thoroughly tested promises; "your servant loves them". Believing friend, you can depend on God's promises regardless of the seeming hopelessness of any situation you may face. His promises have been thoroughly tested again and again. May God give each of us a great love for them and increase our faith as we see them fulfilled in our present age. It will help us to hold out for the promises not yet fulfilled.
The late Bible teacher James Montgomery Boice wrote, "The God of the Bible is not weak; He is strong. He is all-mighty. Nothing happens without His permission or apart from His purposes -- even evil. Nothing disturbs or puzzles Him. His purposes are always accomplished. Therefore those who know Him rightly act with boldness, assured that God is with them to accomplish His own desirable purposes in their lives."
Friend of God; today, as you hold onto His thoroughly tested promises may your heart be filled with a song of praise.
Even now, You keep Your promise
Even now, Your heart is kindness
In the dark, I shall not fear
For You are on my side in battle,
God my Strength, My Shield forever
Where my hope is found, I will praise You even now
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, help us to meditate upon Your promises so that our faith is increased and our hope is renewed. When obstacles cloud our view that discourage or sway our trust in You, knowing Your thoroughly tested promises helps us to look beyond the natural and trust You for the supernatural. We know, by experience and by looking at Scripture that You work in mysterious ways, Your wonders to perform. Amen.
Robert J. Morgan - We have so many of his books in our home and have shared many of them with others. Probably our favorites are "Red Sea Rules" and his three editions of "Then Sings My Soul" of hymns written over the centuries along with their backgrounds.
We saw these signs yesterday during our visit to Audrey's, a wholesale distributor of gift and home decor items where we serve as chaplains in Lebanon County. I suppose they brought some nostalgia to both of us. But the fresh baked pies brought me a distinct memory of a visit to a small diner in Butler, Missouri when I was a small child. On the way to my grandparents we had stopped for a bite to eat, a very rare occurrence in my childhood as we hardly ever stopped at restaurants of any type. As we walked toward the diner my mom spotted the fruit pies being cooled outside behind the diner. She also noticed they were covered with flies. We were marched right back out of that diner which was referred to during the rest of my childhood as "the diner with the flies on the pies".
Since we've lived in Lancaster County Shoofly Pie is the popular molasses based Pennsylvania Dutch treat that tourists like to sample. I can't help but wonder if the same thing didn't happen to those pies forcing the bakers to shoo the flies away, thus the name, "Shoofly Pie".
My diner memory is similar to an experience Brooksyne had with the one and only family trip in her childhood when they stayed in a motel near Six Flags Over Texas. That story is here but hint, it has to do with roaches not flies!
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Even Now" Video Travis Cottrell
"Every Promise of Your Word" Video Keith and Kristyn Getty
This may be a bit carnal but we thought this bumper sticker that we saw on a car yesterday at a drive-through in Lebanon, PA was rather funny and in so many cases far too true!
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