July 10, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart    …Pastor’s Help Mate

A PSALM OF SWEET PEACE

Psalm 4 (KJV) has been a balm to me this past week….

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. [Definitions: leasing: lies or falsehood.  Selah:  a word that escapes a clear definition… but perhaps is like a break in the music or Psalms…  A musical term… indicating a pause. or an Amen.]

3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear  when I call unto him.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

This first verse of this Psalm is like singing a song of God’s faithfulness to us,  in hearing as we call out to HIM for rest and mercy in our times of trouble.

If you are like me, in the past year, I have had to call out to the Lord,  many times, when our dear loved ones have gone on ahead of us.

The Second: the word ‘leasing’  refers to falsehood, vanity or folly;  a reminder of how we hang on to things we cannot keep: material things and personal relationships and things we idolize above our relationship with Christ alone.

The Third:  We who are  Godly are set apart unto Him and He hears our prayers.

The Fourth and Fifth:  Remind us not to tremble or sin by not Trusting His wisdom.

The Sixth and Seventh::  When many of us question His judgment and fear for our future and then remind the Lord of our JOY when we prosper.

The Eighth: And at last we can say to the Lord, I will trust in you and be able to lie down and sleep. 

  Ah! Yes, Lord, You alone give us PEACE….

PART 11: Psalm 23:5c  “…..My cup runs over.”

July 6, 2014        JANE’s HEART TO HEART

                          …The Pastor’s Helpmate

As we spoke last week about the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives this flows right into this passage.  The Lord is pleased when we seek the Holy Spirit to guide us and consequently the result of the Holy Spirit working in and through us we over flow with love and concern for one another. The Holy Spirit in our lives brings peace JOY, long suffering and generosity. We then have great contentment in His care and that love overflows and that is when we become the most contented people on earth.  

Inside the sheep fold the shepherd stores water in a large stone container to keep it cool and then when the sheep are hot  he dips a cup in the water jar and the sheep sinks its nose into the cup all the way up to its eyes to cool a fever and the shepherd allows the sheep to drink all it needs. Also, remember that at night the Shepherd lies down across the entrance of the sheepfold.

After the flock lies down to sleep their shepherd lies down in the open gateway of the sheep pen.  No sheep can go out except across his body. No wolf can come in to the sheep pen except across his body.  He literally becomes the door of protection.

Can this be said about us.. Especially when troubles or disappointments come along, we are apt to feel forgotten by our Shepherd. We may feel as though He has  looked away from our needs. Some say, “That’s not fair” and become angry when those around us do not treat us as we feel we should be treated.  Not so if we allow the Holy Spirit to control our actions and our reactions “…we will hardly even notice when other do it wrong.” I Cor. 13:4 LB.

Missionary  to India, Amy Carmichael said: “ if a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted.

Take time to be with Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to fill you to overflowing with sweet water even in the hard times.

Psalm 23:5c  “….My cup runs over.”