Issue #652 ~ February 22, 2021

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From Strength to Strength
"They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion."
Psalm 84:7
"Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. Selah
Psalm 84:8
Verse 7: "They go from strength to strength till each appears before God in Zion."

Eugene Peterson paraphrases verse 7: "God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and at the last turn - Zion! God in full view!"

"They go from strength to strength." This takes us back to verse 5: "Blessed are those whose strength is in you."

C. H. Spurgeon said: "So far from being wearied they gather strength as they proceed. Each individual becomes happier, each company becomes more numerous, each holy song more sweet and full. We grow as we advance if heaven be our goal."

Perowne says: "FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH, ever renewing it, in spite of the toils of the way, and in view of the journey's end..."

Don Wyrtzen prays: "O Lord Almighty, help me to love Your place and Your people. May I draw strength from my fellow pilgrims, my brothers and sisters in Christ."

Back in the 70s when I was into running marathons, I was on a Saturday morning run with a dear friend Doug. When I reached the top of the last rise in the road with 2 miles stretching out to the finish line, I had a great urge to stop running and start walking. Doug came by and with a simple statement helped me to finish those last 2 miles. His words: "The rest of it is a piece of cake!"

God is there to provide strength for the present demands upon us, and totally adequate strength to make a strong finish. Get over your pity party of pain and press on for a fantastic finish.

Verse 9: "Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty; listen to me, O God of Jacob. Selah"

The Psalmist says no matter what, keeping on praying.

Bill Hybels gives us the 6 causes of unanswered prayer: 1) not praying, 2) unconfessed sin, 3) broken relationships, 4) selfishness, 5) uncaring attitude, 6) inadequate faith. (Campus Life, Sept. 1989, p. 40)

If indeed we are going to persevere and press on and make a strong finish, it's going to be through the strength of the One who indwells us. Therefore it is absolutely necessary we keep the prayer lines open and use them on a daily basis.

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Praise: The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2 (NIV)

2.  Pray: It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
2 Samuel 22:33 (NIV)

3.  Praise: In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:13 (NIV)

4.  Pray: ...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, Ephesians 3:16-17 (NASB)

5.  Pray: ...strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. Colossians 1:11-12 (NASB)
Let's sing another one of Stuart Hamblen's great songs, "Until Then":
My heart can sing when I pause to remember,
A heartache hear is but a stepping stone
Along a trail that's winding always upwards.
This troubled world is not my final home.

The things of earth dim and lose their value
If we recall they're borrowed for a while
And things of earth that cause the heart to tremble,
Remembered there will only bring a smile.

This weary world with all its toil and struggle
May take its toil of misery and strife.
The soul of man is like a waiting falcon,
When it's released it's destined for the skies,

But until then my heart will go on singing
Until then with joy I'll carry on,
Until the day my eyes behold the city,
Until the day God calls me home."
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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