August 25, 2019
preached by Reece Brown
Time of Reflection Quotations
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus…”
~ Helen Howarth Lemmel (1863-1961), singer, hymnist and poet
“It has been his experience, [David] as it no doubt has been ours, that time spent with God on such occasions is always well spent. Sometimes the trouble then simply evaporates. Sometimes it remains exactly what it was, but we find we have a new courage and clarity in facing it. But sometimes nothing changes. Then we, like David, are thrown back on the great facts about God that we have known all along.”
~ Michael Wilcock (1932-present), pastor, professor and author
“Whoever loves God without faith considers himself, but whoever loves God with faith considers God.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher, theologian and author
“Can we, then, pray the imprecatory psalms? In so far as we are sinners and express evil thoughts in a prayer of vengeance, we dare not do so. But in so far as Christ is in us, the Christ who took all the vengeance of God upon himself, who met God’s vengeance in our stead, who thus – stricken by the wrath of God – and in no other way, could forgive his enemies, who himself suffered the wrath that his enemies might go free – we, too, as members of this Jesus Christ, can pray these psalms, through Jesus Christ, from the heart of Jesus Christ.”
~ D. Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), German pastor, author, theologian
“You do not know the truth of God until the person of Christ is dear to you.”
~ Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), English pastor and renowned preacher
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
~ John Piper (1946-present), American pastor and author
“With my whole heart I’ve sought thy face; O let me never stray, From Thy commands, O God of Grace, Nor tread the sinner’s way.”
~ Author Unknown
“Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.”
~ George MacDonald (1824-1905), Scottish author, poet and Christian minister
Psalm 27 (ESV)
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness
of the Lord
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!