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Free & Fit - Summer with the Psalms - Saturday 22nd June

Summer with the Psalms

Saturday 22nd June



“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them. They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you and were never disgraced. But I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned and despised by all! Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, “Is this the one who relies on the Lord? Then let the Lord save him! If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” Yet you brought me safely from my mother’s womb and led me to trust you at my mother’s breast. I was thrust into your arms at my birth. You have been my God from the moment I was born. Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me. My enemies surround me like a herd of bulls; fierce bulls of Bashan have hemmed me in! Like lions they open their jaws against me, roaring and tearing into their prey. My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me for dead. My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet. I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat. They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. O Lord, do not stay far away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid! Save me from the sword; spare my precious life from these dogs. Snatch me from the lion’s jaws and from the horns of these wild oxen. I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people. Praise the Lord, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy. He has not turned his back on them, but has listened to their cries for help. I will praise you in the great assembly. I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you. The poor will eat and be satisfied. All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him. All the families of the nations will bow down before him. For royal power belongs to the Lord. He rules all the nations. Let the rich of the earth feast and worship. Bow before him, all who are mortal, all whose lives will end as dust. Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.”


‭‭Psalms‬ ‭22‬:‭1‬-‭31‬ ‭NLT‬‬



Pastor Tims Reflection


Do you sometime forget God? Do you turn away from him and cancel your religion? It’s funny how we respond when we feel all alone and God isn’t answering our immediate demands. Thankfully we are not alone the Psalmist, and of course Jesus, have also experienced that feeling of being all alone.


“According to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States recently reached its highest peak since 1941 (Psychiatric Today, 22.).

“According to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States recently reached its highest peak since 1941 (Psychiatric Today, 22).” There is an increasing rate of loneliness, depression and suicide in our world not just in the US, but globally as well. The need to seek help, to reach out to people and to experience genuine authentic support is also in decline. Many people can feel abandoned by God. It is important we stay close to God in prayer, stay close to God in His word and stay close to God in worship.


Despite all these warnings, the Psalmist crying out and a need for an immediate response God still may seem to be absent to you in your life, circumstances or ever changing declining situation. Sometimes things seem to get worse, before they get better. As a result, we are called into action, not on our own, but to be called the Church. To reach out to the lonely, to comfort those who grieve, to seek to support the lost and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the sick, hurting and those lonely people in our own world. Where is God? Where is He right now?


Today we can Pray to God for help. Pray to God for healing of that health diagnosis, for that work situation, for that family feud and of course for that circumstance you seek change in your life. Jesus is real, he wants to comfort you and not dessert you. Let’s be real with Jesus Today.


Prayer


Father God we need you right now, come into our lives, listen to our cry for help and please answer our prayers. We are desperate for you and need you right now. Please Lord God come into our lives and save us again today. Please hear our prayers, respond to our cries and rescue us again with new opportunities, new income and revenue streams, new relationships and hope and your Son sending your Holy Spirit to us in the midst of all our pain, hurt and heal us again today. Wash us white as snow and make us new in Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen


Source: “According to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the suicide rate in the United States recently reached its highest peak since 1941 (Psychiatric Today, 22.).”



“So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.”

‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬


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