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A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD,

and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night..."

Psalm 92:1-2.

Our study in Psalm 92 led us to think about how to keep the Lord's day, as we noted the morning and evening exercises. The theme of God's lovingkindness gets us working by faith in the morning, and in the evening we can testify to God's faithfulness after proving the sufficiency of God's grace through the day.
 
At prayer meeting we prayed for:
  • Florence S. who has appointments for treatment next week.
  • Al. R.  who is to commence radiation treatments in a few week's time.
  • Victoria congregation -  Pastor Mok is to preach there this Sunday.  The Dunlop family leave next week.
  • The baptisms on Sunday after evening service - Steven B. & Lindsay S.
  • A vehicle that is needed for Liberia.  $2,000 per church in North America is a reasonable goal.
  • Alan & Shiena's wedding.  Shiena's mom and aunt are to arrive on Sunday from the Philippines.
  • Daniel R.  who needs a new caregiver.
  • Some unsaved souls who attend, or did attend our church.
Announcements:
Picnic on Monday @ 2p.m.  at Peace Arch Park
Alan & Shiena's Wedding  Saturday, Aug. 6 @ 1 p.m.  
Next Communion will be held on Aug. 14th.  at our Sunday morning service.
Here are some notes of our Study on Psalm 92   Please meditate and pray.
The title of the psalm is helpful.  The Lord's day is not to be wasted.  Its time is not to be squandered.
See v2 for the morning and evening exercises. This is a good choice of text to plead for two main services in the Lord's house each Sunday.
 
1. First, think on the DESIRE TO PRAISE GOD ON THE LORD'S DAY
This writer thought it a good thing.  He spoke from His own experience.
     Let our children grow up with this heritage of honouring the Lord's Day - being busy for the Lord in His house.
     It really comes down to the heart - to think it good to give thanks unto the Lord.
          It's good for our own souls.
          It's good for our fellow believers.
          It's good for the Lord - He receives the pleasure.  It is a little bit of heaven in our hearts and in this earth.   
 
2. Second, think on REASONS TO PRAISE GOD ON THE SABBATH DAY
Several reasons are stated:
  •      God's lovingkindness
  •      God's faithfulness
  •      God's works
            It has to do with creation as a Sabbath Psalm
            Special providences / answers  v4  "Thou hast made me glad through thy work."
            Redemption -  God's greatest work and greatest display of power.
            Personal  victories  v4  this word "triumph" refers to  a shout of victory.
  •    God's purposes  v5  "thoughts"  are God's plans or purposes.  See Psalm 40:5  to learn that God's works and thoughts go together.  His thoughts are never left undone, or unfinished.  They are always translated into His works.
3. Third, think on the blessedness of the Righteous who keep God's Day  v 12 -- 15.
This heading follows the destruction of the wicked. v.7-9.
 
a. The righteous are blessed in prosperity as a palm tree. "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree." v12
A traveller in the land of Israel wrote:  "The palm grows slowly, but steadily, from century to century, uninfluenced by those alternations of the seasons which affect other trees. It does not rejoice overmuch in winter’s copious rain, nor does it droop under the drought and the burning sun of summer. Neither heavy weights which people place upon its head, nor the importunate urgency of the wind, can sway it aside from perfect uprightness. There it stands, looking calmly down upon the world below, and patiently yielding its large clusters of golden fruit from generation to generation. They ‘bring forth fruit in old age.’ The allusion to being planted in the house of the Lord is probably drawn from the custom of planting beautiful and long-lived trees in the courts of temples and palaces, and in all ‘high places’ used for worship.
Solomon covered all the walls of the ‘holy of holies’ round about with palm-trees. They were thus planted, as it were, within the very house of the Lord; and their presence there was not only ornamental, but appropriate and highly suggestive; the very best emblem, not only of patience in well-doing, but of the rewards of the righteous - a fat and flourishing old age - a peaceful end - a glorious immortality.” 
 
Too many professing Christians go off the rails in latter years, enter a sickly form of church life, become bitter or angry with life and don't bear much fruit. Let us aim to be like the palm tree.
 
"He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon."  v12
These cedars of Lebanon were 115 feet high by 45 feet in diameter.  Red Cedars grow to about 200 feet.  
So the analogy is for fast growth.
We need to pray for that -  First C. Christians did a lot of growing in a short space of time.
We should expect new Christians to grow by leaps and bounds.
They can cast off the old life and live in the power of the new.  
b.  The righteous are blessed in position.  v13 This is God's design
c. The righteous are blessed with longevity. v14   Cedars can live for 1000 years.   The oldest saint can beam forth for the Lord
d. The righteous are blessed in testimony  "to show that the LORD is upright.   "No unrighteousness in Him."
This is the testimony the child of God should bear to the very end of life.  God is good and faithful.  He keeps His word.   As the Rock, He is unchanging in our old age just as truly when we were in our youth. He treats us with lovingkindness and with faithfulness all our days.
          Solomon said it well,  that not one word was lost of God's promises to His people.
 "Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant." 1Ki_8:56 
Have faith, therefore, to pray for God to make you like a palm tree that is stately and fruitful and like a cedar tree so you may quickly abound in the grace of the Lord.
Yours in the Lord,
Pastor Goligher   

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