From: Rich Carlson
Date: March 24, 2021
Subject: It's March 24; Good Morning Union

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the One who sustains me.”        Psalm 54:4


Psalm 24- sung first, reportedly, as David brought the ark to the temple for the first time. When I read it this morning it sounded like an impossible works-directed demand for perfection before I can “enter His temple.” Remember my axiom- if it doesn’t make sense, keep reading? Well, I kept reading because I didn’t like what I had seen. The song ends with the “King of glory,” being the One who fulfills all those “entrance requirements,” which I cannot meet. Then HE “worthily” enters, AND He brings with Him all His children! Thank you “King of glory” for inviting me to join you in Your temple, not because I am worthy or because I have achieved, but because YOU have!


Psalm 54- David continues to face his life trials, and he continues to depend on God for his strength. That’s a very consistent position for David, and a great lesson for me.


Psalm 84- The first part was the inspiration for an old hymn; the last part is another piece of God’s word that I have fixed in my mind as a reminder of the joy and blessings that come from a focused life:

            “Better is one day in Your court than a thousand elsewhere.

            I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

            The Lord God is a sun and a shield; He bestows favor and honor; NO GOOD THING DOES THE LORD WITHHOLD FOR THOSE WHO WALK UPRIGHTLY.”


Psalm 114- a short little “look back” at how God had delivered Israel with a reminder that that same powerful God will be powerful enough for us too when we put our trust in Him.


Psalm 144- a little longer version of 114; extolling God’s power, in war and in peace, for those “whose God is the Lord.”


Have a great day knowing where your strength comes from, in the good and the bad times,

Pastor Rich


Quote for the day:      "Don't give up what you want most for what you want now."          Richard G. Scott


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