Back in January I shared this message to Carnoustie Community Church on Psalm 33. I hope you enjoy it as we see God the Artist, Planner & Rescuer.
Always you Lord; I do not seek success today, I seek only you
Before all others, you are the one I seek first and constantly
Consciously I turn from all other loves and choose to love only you
Dependent upon your Spirit I ask only to hear your voice and be with you
Everything else fades away when I steadfastly seek your face, help me stay in your presence each moment
Father, I desire you when I do not understand you; I love you when I cannot see you
Great God of the whole universe, help me to trust you are guiding me home and be thankful for your blessings
Hardness of heart is my enemy; give me a tender spirit and a fresh love for others
I am resolved not to base your love for me on my achievement; you love me as I love my children – unconditionally
Just one thing I seek; a full heart of blazing love for you Lord
Knackered is what I am expecting to be for most of the year; help me to accept this is your plan
Life is short and death comes quickly; I have everything I ever needed because I have you
Measure not my life by my accomplishments, or abilities, or reputation but my nearness to you Lord
Nothing… is what I need to be content, fulfilled, at peace. Help me remember this in the bustle of life
Only one day at a time, do not fret about what’s to come or what’s been done…
Peace comes from acceptance and resignation; I completely surrender my life to your hands
Quietness and silence – help me to meditate on you and be still in your presence
Restless is my spirit until you remove all the distractions and I see only you
Spirit, come fill me, lead me, mould me, shape me, satisfy me; all that I desire is more of you
Turn my eyes from worthless things Lord; do not let them dazzle me
Use me as you see fit Lord, no holding back; I do what I do today for you only – show me if you desire something else
Very short is the time I have with my children, they grow so quickly; help me make the most of each day
Work will demand much of me, help me Lord to be strong and do my best every day
X, the sign of the cross upon me wherever I go; always with me, marking me as your property Lord
Youth is disappearing; help me to live each day without deceit, regret or vanity
Zero… the credit in my spiritual account; never more or less than a sinner saved by grace
This post was written for the Scottish Baptist Lay Preachers Association – click here
In last Sunday’s children’s talk I continued the “guess the animal” theme with the following slides. After they had guessed which animal it was I asked the kids: “Who knows where this is? Whose been to London? We were there last September to see my brother. They say if they leave the tower it will fall down! Not sure about that, but they have been there for many years. Very famous place visited by tourists.
Jesus speaks about ravens in Luke 12.24. The ravens don’t have jobs – they don’t get up early like Mummy & Daddy to go to work and earn money. They don’t have a piggy bank or savings in the bank to pay for food. And yet God feeds them everyday – if that is what he does for them what will he do for his children, so don’t worry.
Also read in the book of Kings that the ravens fed Elijah! God could have fed Elijah himself, like the manna he sent to the Israelites – but he chose to use the ravens as his messengers, why?. So we can learn that God feeds the ravens and the ravens then feed Elijah – see the hand of God guiding his animals to provide for his child. A lesson for all of life.
Reminds us of God’s care for his children – says in the book of James that “every good and perfect gift is from above” – from God. Even our food, which we think comes from the supermarket in a plastic bag and then goes in the fridge came from God:
- He gave your mummy and daddy the ability to earn money
- He gave you parents that care about you and want the best for you
- He gave us a good climate with lots of rain (!) & blessed the harvest to produce food
- He gave us peace in our land so that companies can sell food in safety
- We can buy it without fear of robbery and that our money will be accepted by the company we pay
All this is from God and its why we thank him before we eat the food. So the next time you say Grace, remember the ravens and the unseen hand of God behind everything we enjoy. And remember that even gifts from heaven are sometimes wrapped in ordinary boxes – but they are very precious from God our father.