Ruth Davidson spoke in the Restored Soul in Psalms Series, “Applying the Cling” Principle. The Bible readings for today are
Psalm 63:8 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Sunday’s aspect of one of the features of having a restored soul, is looking at what we are hanging on to. The ‘Cling’ principle. The Psalm 63, verse 8 tells us clearly: My soul clings to You, Your right hand upholds me. So here we see what happens when we allow our soul to cling to the Lord. When Scripture uses the image of God’s right hand, it is seen as a picture of the pinnacle of strength and ability.
Today we are being encouraged, to not let go. To cling onto Jesus as Lord. To recognise who He is and therefore who we are in Him. Let Jesus be the centre of our life and persistently cling to Him.
Let us not give up, let us never let go. Let us cling, be persistent, and look to our Lord and Saviour. Ask Him for His mercies, as they are new every morning. So great is His faithfulness.
(New International Version)
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honour depend on God[a];
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
How BUSY are we in our weeks and by being BUSY adds stress in life and our inability to “be still” in God’s presence to allow God’s still, quite voice to speak to us in the silence and quite moments – we can’t because there are none! We fill every moment, every minute with doing things, thinking things, speaking things and on and on.
The way each person rests may look different, but the point is to do something that would cause you to feel refreshed and glorify God as a result.
We don’t rest because work is bad. In fact, rest should make us even more fruitful in our work. We rest because rest allows us to enjoy God and honor our limits and God’s design for us as finite beings. Rest allows us to enjoy work and glorify God when we do work. May we labor and serve God’s Kingdom with all our might, but learn how to rest so we sustain our pace for the long run! Thank You Jesus, You are our rest!
Senior Pastor Bill Tyrie led us in The Word on Sunday - looking at how our lives can get disrupted by sudden and unexpected events or our timetables getting thrown out of kilter. King David in Psalm 57:7-11 gives us some very helpful principles to ensure our Soul keeps awake.
Click on the Youtube link to watch Sunday morning's church service and listen to Bill's sermon.
Psalm 57:7-11 (Passion Translation)
My heart, O God, is quiet and confident.
Now I can sing with passion your wonderful praises!
Awake, O my soul, with the music of his splendour-song!
Arise, my soul, and sing his praises!
My worship will awaken the dawn,
greeting the daybreak with my songs of praise!
Wherever I go I will thank you, my God.
Among all the nations they will hear my praise songs to you.
Your love is so extravagant it reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness so astonishing it stretches to the sky!
Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens.
May your shining glory be shown in the skies!
Let it be seen high above all the earth!
Pastor Stephen Scott brought us The Word on Sunday continuing in our series, A restored soul in Psalms.
Just like our physical bodies need food to sustain us, so too our souls need to be sustained
- Sustenance, by defintion, comes from outside of us
- In context we see that it is Jesus who sustains us - 2 Cor 4:7-10
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
- David knew this in Psalm 54:4 - it is God who sustains us
Psalm 54:1 - 4 (NIV)
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, ‘Is not David hiding among us?’
1 Save me, O God, by your name;
vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
ruthless people are trying to kill me –
people without regard for God.
4 Surely God is my help;
the Lord is the one who sustains me.
Easter Sunday is a very special and wonderful day in our Christian calendar,
Where we focus on the “resurrection” of Jesus Christ, “He is Alive”
Bill's message follows our Easter series, “we see resurrection”
Psalm 49: 7-9 (NIV)
“No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for the 8 the ransom for a life is costly,
No payment is ever enough, so that they should live on forever and not see decay.”
John 20:24-29 (NIV)
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
41-44 He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.
Sonya spoke The Word on Good Friday - please connect in with the whole service on the youtube link attached.
Jesus did not shy away from conflict, but turning to take it head-on, He is author, the founder and perfector of our faith, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame” Hebrews 12:2.
Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD.”
We are currently looking at our soul for the first part of the year, as part of our spiritual focus for 2021, on “Restoration”
And especially looking at our Soul, as it is referenced throughout the book of Psalms
Bill's message from Sunday is entitled “Applying the Value Principle (of your soul)”
Psalm 49 5-9 (New Life Version)
Why should I be afraid in the days of trouble, when the sin of those who hate me is all around me? 6 They trust in their riches, and are proud of all they have.
7 No man can save his brother. No man can pay God enough to save him. 8 The cost is much for his soul to be saved. Man should stop trying 9 to live forever and not see the grave.
Revisit the sermon and service from yesterday's 10am service - everyone's welcome.
Riley brought us the Word on Sunday 14 March - A restored soul in psalsm - applying the refuge principle.
2021 is our year if restoration but that doesn’t mean that it's our year of applying Band-Aids patching holes and waiting for the world to return to normal again. Our year of 2021 is about restoring our faith in God. Rebuilding the foundation of our faith so that it is stronger than it was before. When our foundation is stronger than our relationship with god becomes stronger and we can reach more people with his message.
However, it’s impossible to strengthen our foundation for what is to come when we’re still battling with the problems of today. In order to restore our faith and our church we need refuge. We need a sheltered place where we are safe and yet nobody is talking about what a refuge is or looks like or feels like. In Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
For the choir director: A psalm[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalms+57%3A1&version=NLT#fen-NLT-14746a)] of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”
1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
until the danger passes by.
9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+10%3A9&version=NLT#fen-NLT-26456a)] They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.
1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Connect in with Ashley by listening to the Word from Sunday - Youtube link attached.
In Christ there is no east or west,
in Him no south or north,
but one great fellowship of love
throughout the whole wide earth.
In Christ there is no left/right political divide, not rich/poor country divide, no man/woman divide. We stand together, confessing our weaknesses and boasting about God and God alone.