God is our present God, He is with us right now, today.

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Psalm 46

      God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

      Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

      though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

      There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

      God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

      The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

      The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

      Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

      He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire.

10     “Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

11     The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

The use of language is important in communicating any thought or intent.  As we read this Psalm today we must notice and rejoice that every person who has ever read this Psalm has read it in the present tense.  These expressions, “God is,” and “there is,” and “is with us,” and “is our fortress,” and “I am God,” stir our hearts and bring great hope and rejoicing. All that God is will never change and His present hope, help and presence in our lives carries us today. 

As the world begins to return to work and worship, we will know that the Covid virus us not gone.  I trust we have had ample time to confirm to our souls that God is greater than Covid and that while it has just come on the scene, God has always been here and been with us.  While the information on Covid has changed a hundred times or more, now the WHO is telling us that Covid cannot be transmitted by asymptomatic people, God’s information has never changed.  No expert has proven Him wrong on any subject at any level.  God is as true today as He was when this Psalm was written. 

Come with me today and let us rejoice in the current love and power of our God.  Let us rejoice in His moment-by-moment presence in our lives.  Let us be still and know that He is God, that He is with us, and that He is our fortress, and all that of this is true right now, today. 

The Indonesian government has lifted the ban on religious gatherings; JIBC will be open and gathering for church here in our auditorium this coming Sunday, June 14th. Yes, we will follow the protocols of sanitizing and distancing, and checking temperatures, and wearing masks. We have removed 2/3 of the chairs and will have both masks and hand sanitizers for all. Then, we are going to gather and rejoice. While we will not have Sunday school or nurseries yet; we will have three sanitized rooms available for parents to take their children. 

Our message this Sunday will come from Psalm 34, a psalm of praise and thanksgiving. Our hearts will be lifted together as we sing and pray and rejoice in our God. For those who are comfortable to do so, gather with us by 10:45.

For those who are not yet comfortable gathering publicly, we will still be posting our recorded music and video for you. As a church, we love every one of you and long for the day when we will all be ready to gather, to share the Lord’s Table, and to rejoice in the Lord together. Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! That day is coming by God’s good grace toward us.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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