VIDEO Psalm 130 Song “I Wait for the LORD”

Jun 26, 2012

Psalm 130 (NKJV)
1 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O LORD;
2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications.
3 If You, LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
And in His word I do hope.
6 My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning
Yes, more than those who watch for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the LORD;
For with the LORD there is mercy,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
8 And He shall redeem Israel

The long wait

Rest In The Lord Wait Patiently for Him

Forty years ago, as the violence in Vietnam rained down on his village, an explosion killed Ho Van Thanh’s wife and two of his children. In fear and desperation, Thanh scooped up his infant son, Ho Van Lang, and fled into the jungle. For 4 decades, father and son lived far from civilization, carving a rudimentary life out of the land. Recently, villagers exploring some 25 miles from their homes happened upon the two. Thanh, now 82, was very ill, and the villagers reached out to help him.

Just think, for all those years Thanh and his son had endured a difficult existence—trying to escape the horror they’d left behind.

James has much to say about patience and endurance based in hope, not fear. In the span of just five verses (James 5:7-11), he uses the words patience, wait (or look), and endurance several times. He implores his readers to “be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return” (James 5:7). He notes that a farmer works the soil and plants seed in the dirt, and then has to wait for the rain and the sun to do its work. So, James instructed, God’s people must wait and rely on God: “[We], too, must be patient” (James 5:8).

The concept of endurance isn’t exciting. To endure means to keep going. It’s to stay true to our commitment and not give up. To endure, in James’ vocabulary, is to give ourselves to patience. When we endure, we follow the example of the Old Testament prophets who waited (and died while waiting) for the promised Messiah. We follow the example of Job, “a man of great endurance” who suffered much hardship while waiting on God to act (James 5:10-11).

How can we endure even the long and difficult stretches? We endure because we know that God will act.

by Winn Collier

The Pattern of Powerful Prayer

Colossians 1:9-10

Praying effectively isn’t something we naturally know how to do—for most Christians, it must be learned. In fact, one of the disciples who walked with Jesus asked for help in this area (Luke 11:1).

So often we hear requests to bless, protect, and provide for a person. While these are fine to ask of the Lord, there is another, more powerful way to pray: When we use Scripture to speak to the heavenly Father, our conversation contains His own divine authority.

The apostle Paul is the author of today’s passage. It shows us the specific requests he brought before God concerning the Colossian church. These apply to us today as well. Let’s focus on the first two requests today, and we’ll look at the remaining four over the weekend.

Paul prayed that the Christians at Colossae would . . .

• Understand God’s plan for their lives. While the Lord often does not reveal everything at once, He will give seeking hearts enough information to trust and follow His way.

• Conduct themselves in a manner worthy of Christ and pleasing to Him.
Paul longed to see the Colossians’ lives prove consistent with their true spiritual identity: A follower of Jesus is evident to other people because of lifestyle and spiritual fruit (Gal. 5:22-23). One of the greatest gifts we can give is to lift a person in prayer. And there is no more powerful way to do this than to speak Scripture on his or her behalf. Colossians 1:9-14 is a beautiful example of a passage to pray as we bring loved ones and ourselves before God’s throne.

The Rock of Offense

“Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.” (Jeremiah 13:16)

The figurative representations of Christ as the foundation rock of the great spiritual house of God (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6) and also as the water-yielding rock of sustenance in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:4) are two of the great symbols of the Bible.

But for those who reject Him, He becomes “a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense. . . . And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken” (Isaiah 8:14-15).

Not only will the stone cause such a one to stumble, but Jesus said, “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Matthew 21:44). This figure is taken from the fall of the great image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet . . . and brake them to pieces” (Daniel 2:34). All the kingdoms of the world were represented in the image, but “the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (Daniel 2:35).

“Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient” (1 Peter 2:7-8).

Thus, the stone of stumbling, which is Christ, is also the Word, and it is deadly dangerous to stumble over the holy Scriptures. One should give glory to God before darkness falls and he stumbles upon the dark mountain in the shadow of death. HMM

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind.—1 Peter 4:1.

TAKE thy whole portion with thy Master’s mind—
Toil, hindrance, hardness, with His virtue take—
And think how short a time thy heart may find
To labor or to suffer for His sake.

YOUR portion is to love, to be silent, to suffer, to sacrifice your inclinations, in order to fulfill the will of God, by molding yourself to that of others. Happy indeed you are thus to bear a cross laid on you by God’s own hands, in the order of His Providence, The discipline which we choose for ourselves does not destroy our self-love like that which God assigns us Himself each day. All we have to do is to give ourselves up to God day by day, without looking further. He carries us in His arms as a loving carries her child. In every need let us look with love and trust to our Heavenly Father. FRANCOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON.

The loving heart which seeks to offer all, even disappointments and vexations which touch the tenderest places, to God, will be more likely to grow in generosity of spirit than one who bears grudgingly what cannot be averted. H.L. SIDNEY LEAR.

God gave Solomon … largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore

God gave Solomon … largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. 1 Kings 4:29

Behold, a greater than Solomon is here. — The Prince of Peace.

Scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. — Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. — The love of Christ passeth knowledge.

Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. — In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. — The unsearchable riches of Christ. — Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.

Matthew 12:42. Isaiah 9:6. Romans 5:7,8. Philippians 2:6-8. Ephesians 3:19. 1 Corinthians 1:24. Colossians 2:3. Ephesians 3:8. 1 Corinthians 1:30.

None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself

None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. Romans 14:7

Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. — Let no man seek his own: but every man another’s wealth. — Ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.

I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Romans 14:8. 1 Corinthians 10:24. 1 Corinthians 6:20. Philippians 1:20-23. Galatians 2:19,20.