VIDEO A Total Miracle

Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! Psalm 66:5, NLT

Dr. Dale Glenn was resting in his airplane seat at 40,000 feet when the flight attendant called over the intercom for a doctor’s assistance. When he responded, he discovered a woman giving birth in the plane’s tiny bathroom. It was a “cryptic pregnancy.” In other words, the woman was unaware she was pregnant. As it turned out, she was 29 weeks along with a tiny baby. Soon Dr. Glenn was surrounded by three other passengers on the plane—all of them neonatal intensive care unit nurses! “It was a total miracle,” Glenn said later, and the NICU team saved the child—a baby boy.[1]

Maybe there are times in your life about which you can only say, “It was a total miracle!” God can perform miracles, and He will do so for His children.

But the real “total miracle” is how He transfers us from darkness to light. It’s how He transforms us from hopeless sinners into Christlike followers and friends. That’s a miracle that keeps working its wonders in our lives every day! Let’s praise the Lord for He is our totally miraculous Lord!

How quickly we forget God’s great deliverances in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles He has performed in our past. David Wilkerson

Jakob Torington, “’Miracle’ at 40,000 feet: Man from Rexburg assists baby delivery on an airplane,” Post Register, May 5, 2021.


Psalm 66 • Shout for joy to God, all the earth

Resting Secure in God

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long. Deuteronomy 33:12

I wrote a letter to our children as each became a teenager. In one I talked about our identity in Christ, remembering that when I was a teenager, I felt unsure of myself, lacking confidence. I had to learn that I was God’s beloved—His child. I said in the letter, “Knowing who you are comes down to knowing Whose you are.” For when we understand that God has created us and we commit to following Him, we can be at peace with who He’s made us to be. And we also know that He changes us to be more like Him each day.

A foundational passage from Scripture about our identity as God’s children is Deuteronomy 33:12: “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” Just before Moses died, he proclaimed this blessing over the tribe of Benjamin as God’s people prepared to enter the land He’d promised them. God wanted them to always remember that they were His beloved and to rest secure in their identity as His children.

Knowing our identity as God’s children is equally important for everyone—teenagers, those in the middle of life, and those who have lived a long time. When we understand that God created us and watches over us, we can find security, hope, and love.   

By:  Amy Boucher Pye

Reflect & Pray

How does knowing that you can “rest between his shoulders” increase your love for God? How does this deepen your understanding of who you are?

Loving Father, You created me and You hold me close. Let my identity as Your child permeate my thoughts and actions.

God Acts on Your Behalf

Proverbs 3:5-6

Do you trust God? Most believers will quickly answer yes. But stop and consider if that’s true in your prayer life. When your need is urgent but God isn’t answering as soon as you desire, do you still trust Him? Scenarios like this lead some believers to doubt that the Lord has His children’s best interests at heart.

However, Isaiah 64:4 assures us that God “acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (NIV). Joseph had to wait in very difficult circumstances before the Lord set him free from prison and gave him authority as a ruler in Egypt (Gen. 37:18-28; Gen. 39:19-20). From an outsider’s viewpoint, it didn’t look as if God was acting on Joseph’s behalf. But from a heavenly perspective, events were right on track (50:20).

The same is true in your life. During a period of waiting, God could be preparing you for a future answer that will come at just the right time. Or He might be teaching you to trust Him so you can walk by faith rather than sight. Another possibility is that your desire would ultimately involve something against His will, and withholding it serves as protection.

You may never find out why God delays answering your prayer, but you can always trust in His goodness, wisdom, and love.

Yokefellows

“And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.” (Philippians 4:3)

Although the word “yokefellow” is out of use today, the meaning is easily understood. Most of us know a yoke is a device that connects two animals together to increase the power for the work that needs to be done.

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30). From a spiritual perspective, we labor together with the Lord Jesus. Among ourselves, we labor in the gospel. It is worth noting that God sees the marriage bond as “joined together” (same term) with a yoke (Matthew 19:6).

Interestingly, as Paul speaks highly of the women who labored with him, he uses two very different concepts to recognize their contribution. First, he describes them as sunathleo, or those who are “engaged in the contest” with him, like “a man also [strives] for masteries” (2 Timothy 2:5). Then, Paul uses sunergos to describe those who have accomplished meaningful work alongside him. Titus is described as Paul’s “partner and fellowhelper” (2 Corinthians 8:23). These women had evidently earned Paul’s respect for their commitment to the Kingdom work.

Although the picture drawn by these synonyms rests on the work aspect, surely there is the assumption that those who are yoked together are anticipating a common goal. Jesus, with “the joy that was set before him endured the [work of the] cross” (Hebrews 12:2). And we labor in the Kingdom since our “names are in the book of life.” HMM III

A Soaring Descant-Psalm 107

He turns rivers into desert, springs of water into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into salty wasteland, because of the wickedness of it’s inhabitants. He turns a desert into a pool of water, dry land into springs of water. He causes the hungry to settle there, and they establish a city where they can live… But He lifts the needy out of their suffering and makes their families [multiply] like flocks. The upright see it and rejoice, and all injustice shuts it’s mouth. Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things and consider the Lord’s acts of faithful love (vv. 33-36, 41-43).

The southeastern region, where I now live, is in it’s fourth year of drought. Interestingly enough, weather fronts have skirted middle Tennessee many times, bringing storms and showers to neighboring counties, but not a drop to Nashville and Williamson County! There has been a great deal of speculation as to the reasons—our geographical configuration, changes in prevailing winds, even the ozone layer.

Wiser heads, seeking counsel from the Scriptures, have concluded that only God holds the answer, since he alone can “turn a desert into a pool of water and dry land into springs of water” (v. 35). The governor of a sister state suffering from the same drought called for a day of prayer for rain. Within twenty-four hours the whole state was enjoying the first good downpour in weeks!

The Lord gives and withholds blessing according to the faithfulness of his people. Since all products come from resources in the earth, all of humanity depends on God’s providential care.

Just as he controls nature, he also is fully capable of ordering human experience. He may choose to humble the arrogant or to exalt the poor and needy.

He can silence the wicked and inspire the redeemed to sing his praises. The psalmist suggests, “Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things and consider the Lord’s acts of faithful love” (v. 43).

Personal Prayer

As I meditate on your great love, O Lord, I long for showers of blessing on the barren soil of my life.

The Language of Music

Descant

A soaring counter melody, usually sung by several sopranos.

Used as a decorative addition to a hymn, the descant is a very effective musical device that can leave listeners feeling exhilarated.

An Honest Look

So a man should examine himself.—1 Corinthians 11:28

An important step in bringing about a more perfect coordination between heart and mind is to take an honest, straightforward look at what is going on beneath the surface of your life.

I have often invited my readers to spend a few days taking an honest look at themselves. The reactions I have gotten to this suggestion have been quite interesting. Some Christians hear in my words a call to self-preoccupation and become concerned that I am pushing them toward becoming engrossed with their aches and pains.

One of my readers put it like this: “What people need is to forget about themselves and concentrate on reaching out to others; then their personal problems will quickly be forgotten.” Others have taken an opposite position and said, “We need more of this, for our hearts are so self-deceived that unless we are constantly challenged in this way, we will never get through to a close relationship with God.” I am unhappy about both those reactions, for both are unbalanced positions.

The first one fears that taking a look beneath the surface of our lives leads to unhealthy self-preoccupation. And the second opinion assumes that constant self-examination is the only way forward. But I believe an occasional, honest, straightforward look at what is going on beneath the surface of our lives contributes greatly to our spiritual progress, providing it is done in a proper and balanced way.

Prayer

O God, help me to see that in inviting me to examine myself, You are not seeking to demean me but to develop me; not to take away from my spiritual stature but to add to it. Make me an honest person—with You, with myself, with others. Amen.

Further Study

Lk 8:1-15; Ps 15:1-2; 51:1-6; Rm 8:27

Where does God require truth?

What must we allow God to do?

“Amen, God”

1 Chronicles 16:36

Lord, I’ve never talked with You about “Amen.” It always seemed to be the end of my prayer. Today I suddenly, happily realized it is the beginning of my prayer.

Of course, I’m not going to start my prayer “Amen, God,” but it really isn’t such a far-out idea after all. Amen is such a full, rich word of assent or affirmation! I think this is why I was so thrilled when the songsters sang “Amen” fortissimo. So be it, God!

No questions, no “whys,” no quibbling or challenging—only “Amen.” So be it, Lord! Your purposes and plans, Your will and desires, Your answers to my prayers have my deep, glad assent.

Dear Lord, thank You for reminding me that my “Amen” is “Yes, God.” I know that when the sun is shining it will be easy to say “Amen” clearly and loudly; but when it gets dark or if You say “wait” or “no,” even though the “Amen” may be softly spoken, may it be a resolute consent to and acceptance of Your design for my life.

All the experiences I cannot understand—the circumstances which bring pain or anguish—so be it, Lord! All the joys, the dreams realized and all the fair blossoms of life—Amen, yes, Lord! Always yes!

“All the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘praise the Lord'” (1 Chronicles 16:36).

Virginia E. Talmadge, Little Prayers to a Big God