O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST! – Psalm 90:1-2 Devotional

O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST​!

Psalm 90:1-2 – Devotional

Psalm 90:1-2

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

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This week’s hymn by Isaac Watts is a paraphrase of Psalm 90. It originally consisted of nine stanzas. In present day usage, however, the hymn is usually limited to stanzas; one, two, three, five, and nine.

The hymn was originally part of  The Psalms of David Imitated in the language of the New Testament, published by Watts in 1719.

It has often been sung for special occasions in England. For instance it was sung in 1941, at a religious service on board HMS Prince of Wales, attended by Sir Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt as part of the conference creating the Atlantic Charter. It was also sung at the funeral service for Winston Churchill in 1965.

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O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in following years.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guide while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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May God richly bless you as you bless others by your words and actions!

– – – Pastor Cecil

The Bible in One Year & Prayer

April 19th: Joshua 19:1-20:9, Luke 19:28-48, Psalm 88:1-18, and Proverbs 13:12-1

New Testament Scripture & Prayer

April 19th: Luke 19:28-48, Psalm 88:1-18, and Proverbs 13:12-1

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BLESS THE LORD ALWAYS! – Matthew 24:35 Devotional

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BLESS THE LORD ALWAYS!

Matthew 24:35 – Devotional

Matthew 24:35

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

In my mind’s eye I recall our family gathered around the dinner table. All three kids are still at home and we are enjoying a sweet time of sharing. Across the table from me is Joyce, my precious wife. To her right is our oldest daughter, Brenda. Next to Brenda and to my right is our youngest daughter, Lori. On my left and to the right of Joyce is our son, Dan. It is a wonderful picture … but it did not last.

In the blink of an eye it seems, the kids marry and leave home. Grandbabies are born and illness takes many loved ones. My daughter-in-law’s father, Dave Shenk went to be with the Lord a few hours ago. Those loved ones who know the Lord have soared into Paradise. We will never be able to sit around the table with them on this earth, but oh how we look forward to that day when we will see all of our loved ones. More than that, we will see the Savior who loved us enough to die for us.

C.T. Studd lived from 1860 to 1931. He composed a poem that is now so familiar that many think it is a part of scripture. Here is a verse from that poem:

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.” 

That is the moment in time I fervently anticipate! What a day that will be!

Blessings dear hearts! Walk with God today and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

The Bible in One Year & Prayer

April 18th: Joshua 16:1-18:28, Luke 19:1-27, Psalm 87:1-7, and Proverbs 13:11

New Testament Scripture & Prayer

April 18th: Luke 19:1-27, Psalm 87:1-7, and Proverbs 13:11

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HEAVENLY HELP! – Psalm 121:2 Devotional

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HEAVENLY HELP!

Psalm 121:2 – Devotional

Psalm 121:2

“My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

One of my first tasks in the early morning hours is to take my little dog, Lady Belle, outside to do her doggy duty. I always enjoy staring into the heavens and admiring the beauty of God’s mighty handiwork.

As I contemplate on the mighty work of God in creation, I am awed by the reality that such a mighty and all powerful God would demonstrate such heavenly help to come into this world and shed His precious blood that would cleanse my sin!

All around us we observe people who exert all of their effort to achieve frivolous goals that melt away faster than an ice cream cone on a hot summer day. They go from thing to thing or person to person trying to find satisfaction, but fail!

The precious Word of God is our never failing help that God sends us from His home in heaven. He desires for us to receive His heavenly help and then in turn share it with those around us. This glorious privilege is one of the greatest of the many blessings God has given us. Take freely of His Heavenly Help!

Blessings dear hearts! Walk with God today and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

The Bible in One Year & Prayer

April 17th: Joshua 15:1-63, Luke 18:18-43, Psalm 86:1-17, and Proverbs 13:9-10

New Testament Scripture & Prayer

April 17th: Luke 18:18-43, Psalm 86:1-17, and Proverbs 13:9-10

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PREPARE TO CONFESS! – 1 John 1:9 Devotional

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PREPARE TO CONFESS!

1 John 1:9 – Devotional

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

One morning I was waiting at a stoplight about to proceed when suddenly a car ran the red light and careened past me, narrowly missing my left front fender. Most of us will recall cars rushing into an intersection when the light had gone from amber to red, ignoring the danger and in fact, speeding up.

My experience as a police officer leads me to believe that, in almost all of such incidents the offender will deny their offense. Most often they claim, “The light was yellow when I entered the intersection!” RIGHT!

From the days when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, human nature has not wanted to admit its guilt. Even when substantial evidence is provided, denial is still maintained. I have seen police videos showing offenders committing crimes — but even when shown these videos the offender still denies their offense. Go figure!

God wants us to be open with Him and confess our sins. Denial of our offenses will always hurt us more than others. 1 John 1:9 tells us that it is only when we confess our sins that the Lord is able to forgive and cleanse us. Our denial blocks the path of God’s forgiving grace. DON’T DENY IT!

Blessings dear hearts! Walk with God today and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

The Bible in One Year & Prayer

April 16th: Joshua 13:1-14:15, Luke 18:1-17, Psalm 85:1-13, and Proverbs 13:7-8

New Testament Scripture & Prayer

April 16th: Luke 18:1-17, Psalm 85:1-13, and Proverbs 13:7-8

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THE POWER OF WAITING! – Mark 15:3 Devotional

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THE POWER OF WAITING!

Mark 15:3 – Devotional

Mark 15:3

“The chief priests accused Him of many things: but He answered nothing.

During the height of the “Cold War,” David Benson was standing in the center of Red Square with hundreds of Russian Bibles buried in his luggage and sewn into his garments. He was to deliver the Bibles to a Russian believer, but the authorities had unexpectedly relocated that man and David had no idea where he was or how to contact him.

It was at that terrifying place in his life that David Benson took his hands off the situation and did nothing in his own strength. As he waited, totally dependent on the Lord, he was miraculously united with his contact in another part of Moscow in which he had never been. What David Benson was incapable of doing himself, God did for him. He simply experienced the power of waiting.

Throughout His ministry here on earth our Savior did much and said much, but there were times when He did nothing and said nothing. In so doing, He accomplished His purpose.

Sometimes it seems as if we are compelled to say or do something when all the Lord wants us to do is to simply do nothing more than simply wait and watch for Him to accomplish His work.

Blessings dear hearts! Walk with God today and be a blessing!

– – – Pastor Cecil

The Bible in One Year & Prayer

April 15th: Joshua 11:1-12:24, Luke 17:11-37, Psalm 84:1-12, and Proverbs 13:5-6

New Testament Scripture & Prayer

April 15th: Luke 17:11-37, Psalm 84:1-12, and Proverbs 13:5-6

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