Here in Psalm 131 we get a glimpse of a BeReal moment that David shared with the Lord and the Lord’s people.
Here’s the link to the message I preached a few weeks ago at Faith Fellowship
And I’ll start sending my notes to you in parts as well over the next week or two.
Practicing His Presence,
Part 1 / Introduction:
We’re continuing in our study of the Psalms of Ascent.
I’ve titled this morning's message “Resting in the Lord Begins with Being Real.”
Our main text is Psalm 131.
Psalm 131 (CSB)
A Childlike Spirit
A song of ascents. Of David.
1 Lord, my heart is not proud;
my eyes are not haughty.
I do not get involved with things
too great or too wondrous for me.
2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul
like a weaned child with its mother;
my soul is like a weaned child.
3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
both now and forever.
It’s been said that “Rest in the Lord is a frequently used expression in the Bible. When the psalmist says, ‘Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him’ (Psalm 37:7, NKJV), he’s not talking about physical rest that involves taking a break from activity, relaxing, napping, or stopping to gather strength to continue or complete some physical undertaking. Rest in the Lord refers to a spiritual rest from confusion, worry, stress, useless human effort, and a break from all internal, external, mortal, and spiritual enemies. The Hebrew word translated as ‘rest’ means ‘to be at peace,’ ‘to be still,’ ‘to be quiet or calm.’” https://www.gotquestions.org/rest-in-the-Lord.html
While I was back home in Iowa last week, I heard the following expression on a couple different occasions, one from my daughter, and another from my nephew, “Time to BeReal”…“BeReal is the simplest photo sharing app…” https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bereal-your-friends-for-real/id1459645446
This “app notifies users at random times each day to share unfiltered snapshots of what they're doing during a two-minute window.” https://abc7.com/bereal-be-real-app-what-is-social-media/12109439/
It’s amazing how the world comes to a complete stop when it’s time to BeReal.
Next time we’ll take a look at a BeReal moment that David shared with the Lord.
Today’s blog is entitled, “A love that is demonstrated.”
In the last blog I sent out, I pointed out that I could not find any instances recorded for us by the Holy Spirit that states that Jesus ever said “I love you,” directly to anyone. Instead, He always chose to demonstrate His love…knowing that actions speak louder than words. Here’s a great verse to really chew on for a while and express your gratitude to Him this morning for this very truth and example set before us…Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
What about you, are you one to only use words, or do your actions speak louder? Strive each day to demonstrate your love to others.
Practicing His Example,
As many of you know, my father-in-law died a few weeks ago on July 3rd. I was in Wisconsin when I received this news and as I was on my way back to Iowa to be with family I was reflecting a lot on who my father-in-law was to so many people. I got to thinking...I don't recall ever hearing him say "I love you" to anyone. And then the Lord laid something interesting on my heart that I had never considered before. He had me ask myself "Did Jesus ever tell anyone that he loved them to their face?" As I was in the van, my daughter was driving, so I did some quick research. And not once could I find a passage that the words "I love you" came out of Jesus' own mouth. I'm well aware that Jesus spoke more words than are fully recorded in His word, but the Holy Spirit inspired the hands of men to pen the words He felt were necessary to be included for us to read and live by.
What I find interesting is that during the Lord's last moments with His disciples at the Last Supper, it is recorded that "he loved them to the end," in John 13:1. It doesn't say that Jesus said this. The Holy Spirit is just pointing out His heart, just in case you were wondering what was going on in the mind of Christ. In the following verses of John 13, Jesus then goes on to demonstrate His love to everyone around Him. We don't have that He said "I love you," but what we have is much more precious than that. He loved everyone to the end...even the one's who denied and betrayed Him. He loved them so much that He even chose to die for them.
Lip service is detestable to the Lord...He'd prefer to spew out anything lukewarm. Jesus doesn't want to hear you say you have faith...He wants you to demonstrate it. He doesn't want to necessarily hear you say "I love you" to Himself or others...He wants you to demonstrate it.
My father-in-law wasn't an outspoken "I love you" kind of guy...and that's not to knock him. What's commendable is that he was a demonstrator. He lived out his faith and love each day of his life. What a role model. No doubt he was only following the greatest example of all...the Lord Himself.
Men...stop telling the Lord and others that you love them, and then never do anything to prove your love to them. May we get out of that rut if it's become the norm for us. Instead, let me encourage all of us, myself included, to be more of a men known for being demonstrators of our love each moment of our lives. Desire for others to say about you that "you loved them to the end," not so much because of your words, but more so because of your actions. Men...never give up on others just like Christ never gave up on you. Keep loving everyone to the end.
Practicing His Presence,
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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