Today we continued our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 78. The psalmist appeals to the people to remember the history of God’s relationship with their ancestors in order to instruct the current generation to take the path of faithful obedience to the Lord.
In Dr. Stanley’s message today we heard that trials are designed to strengthen us while temptations are designed to weaken us. Have you noticed that typically we don’t want or like trials in our life but somehow we tolerate temptations? Why is that? The prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray says, “and lead us not into temptation”; it doesn’t say “and lead us not into trials”. Although it’s not a sin to be tempted, when we are thinking about heavenly things it’s much less likely that we’ll be tempted.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:8-9
Please note that next Sunday, June 18, Willie Hart will facilitate as we continue our study of the Book of Psalms with a focus on Psalm 23. This best known psalm compares the Lord to a loving shepherd in whom the psalmist (David) has complete trust for provision and protection.