Issue #651 ~ February 15, 2021

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Whose Strength is in You
"Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage."
Psalm 84:5
"As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools."
Psalm 84:6
Living Water
Verse 5: "Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage."

Back in verse 4 we learned the "Blessed [ones] are those who dwell in your house [and] they are ever praising you."

Now here in verse 5 we learn those who are "Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage."

Colossians 1:11: "strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously" (NASB).

Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me" (NASB).

2 Corinthians 12:9: "And He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me" (NASB).

Isaiah 40:30-31: "Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (NIV).

Verse 6: "As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools."

The Bible Commentary says: "The Valley of Baca...was apparently a waterless place that became a place of springs. The rains would cover the arid valley with pools of water, a vivid picture of God's blessings on the faithful pilgrims." (855)

They were a people who were using the dry times to refresh others.

You have a similar situation in John 4 when the woman at the well discovers there is a "Living Water": "but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life" (4:14 NASB).

Psalm 65:9-11: "You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly. The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops. You crown the ear with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance" (NIV).

Psalm 126:5-6: "Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him" (NIV).

Psalm 126:3: "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy" (NIV).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Praise: He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29 (NIV)

2.  Pray: Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (NIV)
3.  Praise: Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (NIV)

4.  Pray: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11 (NASB)

5.  Pray: But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NASB)
Among the collections of John W. Peterson's wonderful hymns, I found this one called "It's Not An Easy Road." I would like for us to sing this as we conclude our worship this morning:
It's not an easy road we are trav'ling to Heaven,
For many are the thorns on the way;
It's not an easy road but the Saviour is with us,
His presence gives us joy ev'ry day.

It's not an easy road there are trials and troubles,
And many are the dangers we meet;
But Jesus guards and keeps so that nothing can harm us,
And smooths the rugged path for our feet.

Though I am often foot-sore and weary from travel.
Though I am often bowed down with care;
A better day is coming when Home in the glory,
We'll rest in perfect peace over there.

No, no, it's not an easy road,
No, no it's not an easy road;
But Jesus walks beside me and brightens the journey,
And lightens ev'ry heavy load.
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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