From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 12, 2021
Subject: It's March 12; Good Morning Union



“Praise be to the Lord God… who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise His glorious name forever.”            Psalm 72: 18,19

 

No classes today but here’s our GMU:

 

Psalm 12- another psalm of despair ending in hope. That seems to be a pattern with David. I was challenged as I read the last verse. “The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.” I wonder if there is a correlation between the evil that I experience in the world and the evil that I justify in my life by my activities, my attitudes, and my priorities?

 

Psalm 42- “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” When I’m thirsty the only thing that gets in my way is the amount of time it takes to fill the glass! I wonder if I am that intentional with seeking God? Maybe not until I sense my need for Him as the only solution to the tough spots in life. Maybe that’s why the tough spots have to keep coming. “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Put your hope in God, and praise Him as your Savior, your Lord, and your God.”

 

Psalm 72- In the midst of trouble here’s what God promises

  1. He will judge
  2. He will defend
  3. He will endure
  4. He will be like rain falling on a mown field (meaning, just at the right time!)
  5. He will rule
  6. He will deliver
  7. He will take pity
  8. He will rescue

“Praise be to the Lord God… who alone does marvelous deeds. Praise His glorious name forever.”

 

Psalm 102- The prayer of an afflicted and struggling man who, in spite of his troubles knows where, and to Whom to turn. It’s worth the read!

 

Psalm 132- the 13th ascent psalm; sung on the 13th step up to the south gate of Jerusalem and into the temple. They’re getting really close now; only 2 steps and two songs to go. You’ll have to read them this weekend on your own! “I will not enter my house or go to my bed—I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, UNTIL I FIND A PLACE FOR THE LORD.” Now wouldn’t THAT be a commitment to ensuring that God does in fact have a dominant place in my life!? It’s interesting that the author of this psalm (it does not appear to be David) equates the temple with the place where God “rests.” I wonder if that’s what I find when I come to His temple?

 

Have a great day finding rest and reassurance as you “find a place for the Lord” in your life too,

Pastor Rich

 

Quote for the day:      “You don’t get results by focusing on results. You get results by focusing on the actions that produce results.”             Mike Hawkins

 

No classes today but we’ll still have:

Family Worship- 7:30pm in the church. Union for Christ is hosting David Kabanje who will be sharing Jesus.

Afterglo- CABL Café right after Family Worship in the church lobby. Juice will be provided, as will muffins and yogurt for your Sabbath morning breakfast) Bring your own instrument and/or song requests and we’ll just have an evening of fellowship and singing.