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May 14, 2018

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram   May 14, 2018

 

To my fellow-followers of Christ,

 

I awoke this morning with a sense of joy hungering for the precious Word of God.  I was blessed to read from Scripture then to reach for my hymnal.  The hymnal fell open to a favorite of mine:  Standing to the Promises of God

 

1 Standing on the promises of Christ, my King,
Through eternal ages let his praises ring;
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain:
Standing on the promises, standing on the promises,
Standing on the promises of God, my Savior;
Standing on the promises, standing on the promises,
I'm standing on the promises of God.

2 Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

3 Standing on the promises of Christ, the Lord,
Bound to him eternally by love's strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit's sword,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

4 Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
List'ning ev'ry moment to the Spirit's call,
Resting in my Savior, as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God. [Refrain]

 

Russel Kelso Carter was a professor in the Pennsylvania Military College of Chester. While there he was licensed to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church. He became very active in leading camp meetings and revivals. After failing health forced him to abandon this work, he studied and became a medical doctor as well as a writer. He wrote novels as well as hymns.

 

It has been awhile since I thought about this song. But as I sang these words to myself this morning I was blessed once again by them.  May we all be blessed to learn God’s promises and to believe them.  When God speaks it is truth!  He is faithful to fulfill each promise to us.

 

A familiar verse comes to my mind.

 

NIV Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

 

The Psalmist gives us two comparisons of the word as light.

 

First, the Word is compared to an ancient lamp.  A lamp was a shallow vessel which held oil and a wick.  Once lit this lamp would give you a limited amount of light.  Jesus said this kind of a lamp is not put under a bed but left out in the open to enlighten the surroundings.  The Psalmist tells us that this lamp is for our feet.  The limited light gives just enough light to take the next step.  It is sort of an ancient flashlight.  So the lesson is clear let God’s Word guide you for each step you take in life.

 

Secondly, the Word is a light for my path. Now the world light is much broader.  Light was the primary creation of God (Genesis 1:3).  The light shines.  It is bright and far-reaching in its scope.  It is like the pillar of fire that led the children of Israel out of slavery into freedom. And it gives light to the path before us.  The path is our future; steps we have not taken yet.  So once again the lesson is clear: let God’s word guide you as you plan for the future. 

 

The combination of truth encourages us to read and follow the guidance we discover in the Word of God today so we will be in a healthy position to follow it tomorrow.  If we neglect the Word today; it will have a detrimental effect upon our future.  The best reading of God’s word is done daily.  Application of the truth we see is required. 

 

As summer approaches beware of busyness that may hinder your reading of God’s Word.  Commit now to read your Bible every day so you will stand on His Promises! 

 

The Psalmist celebrates the benefits of the Word in Psalm 119:106-112 to complete this strophe.

 

106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.

107I have suffered much; preserve my life, LORD, according to your word.

108 Accept, LORD, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.

109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.

110 The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts.

111 Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.

112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.

 

Enjoy your feeding in God’s Word each day!

 

Your servant for Jesus’ sake,

Pastor Rick

 

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