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Jonah’s Psalm

Today’s sermon was from Jonah 2:1-10, Jonah’s prayer from the belly of the whale, or great fish. Here’s a song based on that same text. If you heard the sermon, this will serve as a good backdrop or reminder. If you didn’t hear it, the link to listen is below.

Here’s the text from Jonah.

From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said:

“In my distress I called to the Lord,
and he answered me.
From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.
You hurled me into the depths,
into the very heart of the seas,
and the currents swirled about me;
all your waves and breakers
swept over me.
I said, ‘I have been banished
from your sight;
yet I will look again
toward your holy temple.’
The engulfing waters threatened me,[b]
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.

“When my life was ebbing away,
I remembered you, Lord,
and my prayer rose to you,
to your holy temple.

“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.

Here is a link to the sermon, “A God of Grace”, Paul Lamberson at Faith Baptist Church in Cheboygan, MI, on February 4, 2018.

Just sayin’

“…let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

The beauty of holding your tongue

In studying for today’s lesson on Psalm 73, I read this verse:

If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

The Psalmist was in the midst of a personal thought crisis, and really wanted to speak his piece. But he didn’t, at least not immediately. He waited until his crisis had been resolved. Then he went back and wrote this wonderful treatise on God’s love, God’s sovereignty, God’s eternal provision.

As he retells the story, he leads off with his findings, just so we aren’t “betrayed”.

Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

He goes on to explain the reason for his thought crisis, and then tells how it was resolved.

…until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned…

What did he do? He went to church. He surrounded himself with the people of God. He immersed himself in the teachings of God’s Word. He worshipped the Lord God Almighty. Then, and only then, did he get the answer to his crisis. No Oprah, no Dr Phil. The sanctuary of God.

He ends with these words:

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.

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Selfless, not self-centered

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Paul said this in his letter

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But I will sing!

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Feeling better now, thanks!

I really need to quit feeling sorry for myself. I need to remember this:

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In addition, rejoice in the Lord

Getting ready for small group lesson tomorrow night. This is how the text begins:

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Really? You want me to do what when?

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I think […]