Pastor’s Letter  ~ February 2021

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My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.  Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.  I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.” Psalm 57:7-11 NIV


Reading the Psalms, we can get the impression that the writers, especially David, had one trial after another in which they begged God for His mercy.  There are Psalms of lament and sorrow, and Psalms of praise and joy.  In Psalm 57, we get both.  This Psalm begins like this: “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.”  The preface to this Psalm tells us it was written by David as he fled from King Saul into a cave.  Even though it starts out as a lament, it ends up as praise!  One thing God looks for when we are in the crux of life’s issues is a steadfast heart.  This is having a heart for God that will not fall away when things get rough around the edges.  No matter what is going on in our life we are to remain faithful, steadfast, we don’t fall away.  It takes a deep abiding trust to know that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)  No matter how much pressure is in the situation, God will wait to answer prayers until it is clear to Him that our heart is resolutely fixated on Him.  In this situation it is clear that not only do we approach God in hope but also in worship.  To praise Him no matter what the outward circumstances reveal is to have a steadfast love for Him.  Easily said I know, but when it happens, and we continue to see God is still in control, we break out in joy and praise.  Deliverance comes twice.  First, a worshipful heart rises above the circumstances even if they remain the same.  A heart that can find joy no matter what is going on is a heart that is steadfast in love for God.  Secondly, a resolved worshipful heart finds victory as God delivers.  It may be a time of testing our patience but the victory is sure.  God does not remain silent in His love as long as we don’t remain silent in our worship! Taking refuge in the shadow of His wings, we draw closer to God in relationship and the closer we walk with Him the closer He walks with us.  God’s love remains steadfast for you!  There is nothing that can separate us from His love.  As Paul writes: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 NIV)  Did you get that? N O T H I N G can separate us from God’s steadfast love, not even ourselves.  In a month when we celebrate love, let’s celebrate God’s love for us and for others.  Let’s show the world how much God loves by taking the commandments of God seriously.  Love God first and then show His love to our neighbor.  And who is our neighbor?  Everyone we meet!                                                     In His love, Pastor Bill ♥






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