via Psalms 30:
via Psalms 30:
via Psalms 30:
Focus Points: 7- 9
Every word of God is flawless, he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add o his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; DO not refuse me before I die: Keep false hook and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bead. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.
Having too much money can be dangerous, but so can having too little. Being poor can, in fact, be hazardous to spiritual as well as physical health. On the other hand, being rich is not the answer.
As Jesus pointed out, rich people have trouble getting into God’s Kingdom (Matthew 19:23-24) Like Paul, we can learn how to live whether we have little or plenty (Philippians 4:12) but our lives whether are more likely to be effective if we have “neither poverty nor riches.
The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.
When the Lord in mercy passed by and saw us in our blood, He first of all said, “Live”; and this He did first, because life is one of the absolutely essential things in spiritual matters, and until it be bestowed we are incapable of partaking in the things of the kingdom. Now the life which grace confers upon the saints at the moment of their quickening is none other than the life of Christ, which, like the sap from the stem, runs into us, the branches, and establishes a living connection between our souls and Jesus. Faith is the grace which perceives this union, having proceeded from it as its firstfruit. It is the neck which joins the body of the Church to its all-glorious Head.
“Oh Faith! thou bond of union with the Lord,
Is not this office thine? and thy fit name,
In the economy of gospel types,
And symbols apposite-the Church’s neck;
Identifying her in will and work
With Him ascended?”
Faith lays hold upon the Lord Jesus with a firm and determined grasp. She knows His excellence and worth, and no temptation can induce her to repose her trust elsewhere; and Christ Jesus is so delighted with this heavenly grace, that He never ceases to strengthen and sustain her by the loving embrace and all-sufficient support of His eternal arms. Here, then, is established a living, sensible, and delightful union which casts forth streams of love, confidence, sympathy, complacency, and joy, whereof both the bride and bridegroom love to drink. When the soul can evidently perceive this oneness between itself and Christ, the pulse may be felt as beating for both, and the one blood as flowing through the veins of each. Then is the heart as near heaven as it can be on earth, and is prepared for the enjoyment of the most sublime and spiritual kind of fellowship.
Theme: God reveals his great power in nature. We can trust God to give us both the peace and the strength to weather the storms of life.