Psalm 27 is a showcase for the confidence David has in his God. Reading this psalm and meditating on its message helps us to understand that God wants us to be filled with confidence. Not confidence in ourselves or in the power of positive thought, as our culture would have us believe. But confidence in a sovereign and good God who is completely devoted to His children.
Here is how the godly can experience confidence in their lives through their relationship with God:
Which of these confidences do you need this week?
This past Sunday we examined Mark's account of Jesus' baptism (Mark 1:9-11). Though a brief account, we considered how this event is significant for at least three reasons:
As we considered the first point, Jesus' identification with us, we took a moment to think about the fact that Jesus was sent from heaven to earth on a mission to save. As the great pioneering missionary David Livingstone said: "God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary". In Jesus' identification with the sinful generation of his day (and with us today!), we can find encouragement to practice the skill of identifying with those to whom we are sent. This was a skill that was not lost on the Apostle Paul – 1 Cor. 9:19-23 - who willingly made himself "a servant of all” whether Jew or Greek, weak or strong, in order to bring people to Jesus.
So how do we practice the skill of identification? How should we seek to identify with those to whom we are sent, whether neighbors, coworkers, relatives, classmates, etc? Here are a few simple ways to begin to identify:
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Reading Psalm 25, I was struck with how the concept of trusting God is on display throughout the psalm. According to the psalmist, what does faith/trust look like?
Pastor Josh and his wife Tracey planted GraceLife with a church-planting core in April of 2017.