5.10.2011

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Both Feet on Solid Ground
Psalm 31: 1-3
In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.  Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge,  a fortress of defense to save me.  For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, lead me and guide me.
Aren't you glad for God's grace and mercy?  What a tremendous promise King David reminds us of here.  Life can be oh so busy and schedules demanding, but God's promises are sure and true.  How is your faith today?  Are you standing on the Rock of Ages, or in your own strength?  There is a story told of a man attempting to cross the frozen St Lawrence river in Canada.  Unsure of whether the ice would hold, the man first tested it by laying one hand on it.  Then he got down on his knees, and gingerly began making his way across.  When he got to the middle of the frozen river, where he trembled with fear, he heard a noise behind him.  Looking back, he saw a team of horses pulling a carriage coming down the road toward the river.  Upon reaching the river it didn't stop, but bolted right onto the ice, and past him, while he sat there on all fours, turning a deep crimson.   When we are standing on the Rock, we are safe and secure, and we need not fear, even when we are unsure of the thickness of the ice!  We, the chosen of God, walk by faith and not by sight.
King David asks the Lord to "bow down His ear."  When you and I call out to God He "bows down" to hear!  This reminds me of a parent bending to listen to and comfort their child.  In the same way, our Heavenly Father inclines His ear when we call to Him, and this truth is proven over and over in the Word of God.  Beloved, He knows your need this morning and He hears your cry.  He knows your joy and your sorrow.  He knows everything there is to know about you, and He loves you with an everlasting love.  I encourage you this morning to take His hand and let Him lead and guide you through all of life's difficulties, challenges, joys and sorrows.  Prayer for today:  "Lord Jesus come and be my Rock and Fortress today.  I repent of my sin, and I place my faith in You.  Thank you for dying for me, and thank you for the blood that was shed to cover my guilt and shame.  Come into my heart and give me Your strength to walk in faith today,  Amen"
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