Today's Word of Encouragement

The Sustaining Power of God's Word

May 17, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

    Trouble and anguish have come upon me, yet Your commandments are my delight (Psalm 119:143).

     The people of God are no strangers to trouble and hardship. Yet we do not face trials and testings alone. The Lord has promised His presence with His people - always

    . . . I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
    . . . He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

     Knowing the presence of God with us is comfort enough, but understanding the sustaining power of His Word is an added comfort.

     So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
    "Whatever word I speak will be performed," declares the Lord God (Ezekiel 12:28).

     In His Word, God has not only made certain promises to His people, He has proven His faithfulness to His promises. Down through biblical history we have the record of such faithfulness.

     You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness and exceeding faithfulness (v. 138).

     King David learned that no matter what he would face as God's anointed servant, he would have the unfailing source of comfort, the truth of God. And regardless of what would result in his obedience to God's Word, it would still be his source of joy in life.

"When I think I'm going under, part the waters, Lord
When I feel the waves around me, calm the sea
When I cry for help, oh, hear me, Lord
And hold out Your hand
Touch my life Still the raging storm in me
Knowing You love me, through the burdens I must bear
Hearing Your footsteps, lets me know I'm in Your care
And in the night of my life, You bring the promise of day
Here is my hand, show me the way"    (Charles F. Brown)

Pastor Martin

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