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August 15, 2018

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Encourage0gram August 15.2018

August 15, 2018

 

Encourage0gram

 

Dear Family of Fellowship Community Church,

 

The writer of Psalm 121 begins his poem with a important question.

 

NIV Psalm 121:1  I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? 
 

This song was sung by worshippers as they approached the city on a hill – Jerusalem.  Imagine the relief of a traveler to see the city.  Imagine the joy that filled their hearts with the expectation of worship at the Temple.  No doubt they could see in their minds eye the “glory of God” that was located in the Most Holy Place.  Perhaps they could smell  the incense which represented the prayers of God’s people.  They may have had a sacrificial lamb with them to offer to God as atonement for their sins.  All of these thoughts would have one very specific goal – to enable them to worship the great I AM who is always present!

 

So the Psalm continues: NIV Psalm 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

My personal help comes from the Creator of the mountains and of the city of David.  He alone is Almighty, and He is able to watch over us to protect and to guide us home to heaven.  After all the worshipers were pilgrims sojourning through the dusty paths.  We are pilgrims too, we have not reached home YET.  However, by faith in the Creator and Redeemer we are certain the long road on earth will end at heaven’s shore.

 

NIV Psalm 121:8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

 

Our Lord is constantly on watch over His own.  He is there on the day of our conception and birth as well as the day of our death.  He never grows weary or tired.  He alone is able and willing to be our Savior!

 

One of the blessings of living in Colorado is seeing the Rocky Mountains. Each morning I travel to the church heading west so I can see the mountains. They remind me of God’s loving protection and guidance. However, this week because of the haze and smoke the Rockies have been hidden from my physical eyes.  But I know they still exist beyond the haze!  In the same way, as followers of our Lord we sometimes cannot see the Hand of our Lord.  We grow impatient and nervous.  But let the eye of faith be your assurance – He is there!  He has not fallen asleep and He will never go off duty. As His child by faith in His Son, you are on His mind and in His heart always!

 

NAS 1 Corinthians 13:12-13

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I shall know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

Be encouraged my friends!  Our Great I AM is lovingly watching over you today, tomorrow and forever!

 

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Pastor Rick

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