In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength. Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth. Psalm 31:1-5
When, by His grace, I know WHO HE IS, I better understand who and what I am!
When I know WHAT HE DID in obedience and death, I realize what I cannot do!
When I understand WHY HE MUST SUFFER, I understand how God can be just and justify me.
When I know WHERE HE IS, I can rest in the blessed hope that I shall one day be there too!
Pastor Henry T. Mahan
Faith is looking to Christ, not to how much faith I have. It is not faith that saves, but it is Christ Who saves!
Faith is looking to Christ and not to my prayers, my worship, nor my meditations.
Faith is looking to Christ and not to the name I wear nor the doctrines I hold. It is not what but Whom we believe.
Faith is looking to Christ and not the law. The law wounds but never heals; it kills but never gives life.
Faith is looking to Christ and not to His mother, nor His apostles, nor to a cross. There is one God and one Mediator.
Faith is looking to Christ, and not to the brethren; neither the best nor the worst of them – no confidence in the flesh.
Faith is looking to Christ, not to my strength nor to my weakness. All grace or strength we have is by His grace; and when I am weak, then I am strong.
Faith is looking to Christ, not my works! Our righteousnesses are filthy rags.
Faith is looking to Christ yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Faith is looking to Christ at all times; and we never stop coming, looking, resting, trusting, believing, depending nor leaning on the Lord Jesus Christ.
OUR PRAYER FOR THE LORD'S PEOPLE
"Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever" (Psalm 28:9).
David in this last verse of this Psalm closes with a sincere and fervent prayer for the Lord's people. He prays for vital things that we as sinners desperately and constantly need. Let us make this our prayer!
1). Save thy people….Who are these people? They belong to Christ by electing love (John 6:37; Eph. 1:3-6). They are His redeeming blood (Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-20). They are His by an effectual call of grace (2Tim. 1:9). What do Christ's people need? Salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, for "all we like sheep have gone astray." Our Lord came to seek out and to save His lost sheep (Luke 19:10).
2). Bless thine inheritance, those who are the heirs of salvation, (Rom. 8:17). In Christ we have a blessed and eternal inheritance; "an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3). Lord, bless your inheritance; the sheep of your hand and the people of thy pasture (Psalm 95:7). Bless your people with all spiritual blessings in Christ (Eph. 1:3-6). Bless your people with greater zeal and passion for the gospel of the free and sovereign grace (Phil. 1:27). Bless your people with greater confidence and assurance of complete salvation in Christ (Phil. 3:3).
3). Feed them…what do the sheep desire to eat, sheep food? Christ is the Bread of life, (John 6:35). The Scripture is all about Christ, we feed on Him through the Word of life (John 5:39). God's servants are charged to, "feed the church of God, that He purchased with His own blood" (Acts 20:28; 2 Tim. 4:1-2;1 Peter 5:1-3).
4). Lift them up for ever…. Lord, lift them up from the dungeon of sin, lift them up from the curse of the law, lift them up from the dunghill of works, lift them and make them one with Christ and lift them up to glory with Christ forever. "Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:5-6).
Tom Harding is pastor of Zebulon Grace Church located at 6088 Zebulon Highway, Pikeville, Kentucky 41501. You may also contact him by telephone at (606)...