10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
I was in the car for a few minutes on the 11th and heard a bit of Chris Brooks on the Moody noon show, Equipped. Chris said much of what I have been thinking that the many natural disasters of the past months and years including the terror attacks on us and on others, are the hand of God seeking to get our attention that we might recognize that God is the Lord. I have been listening to and reading the reports of hurricane Irma and not once did I hear that this was a demonstration of the power of God Almighty. If you did not hear it from anyone else, hear it from me today, the earth is groaning and travailing in pain until the day of the Lord. God is showing us His power and we need to sit up and take notice that He is the Lord.
According to Isaiah 61 there is coming a day when God will deck out His bride, the church, as a bride adorned with ornaments of jewelry. God makes us beautiful with the garments of salvation and with the robe of His righteousness. For while I know that the nations are running away from God we are running toward Him. We look forward to the day when He with His righteousness and praise will spring forth before all the nations. That day is coming. As sure as we are here today we will be with the Lord when He reigns in righteousness.
Therefore, let us greatly rejoice; let our souls be joyful in our God. For while wars and destruction come and will come God is in control and He alone will bring His judgment upon this earth and will then set up His righteous throne where He will rule and reign in righteousness, peace, and perfect justice. Greatly rejoice today my friends. God has clothed us with the garments of His salvation.
One of the things I saw in the Philippines was just how hard people work just to be able to have a place to sleep and to have food to eat. If enough money is made for one meal a day then that is all that they get. If enough money is made to keep their place to live then they have a place to sleep. Coming back to the U.S. I know that some of you have the same struggle. You work long and hard just to make enough money to keep your house, your car and food for your family. I admire you for your hard work and your commitment to your family. Let us pray more for one another that we might have a little more strength to do all that we are called to do each day. Let us pray that God will provide for each of us according to the riches of His storehouse so that each of us would know that God is the Lord.
We are still short of workers for Kids4Truth. If you are on the fence about serving in this important ministry to our children, call MaryEllen or Bobbi and let them know that you can serve.
Thanks for your prayers yesterday, the message to the pastor’s went well. I was thankful for the opportunity.
Have a great day in the Lord,