Issue #641 ~ December 7, 2020

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Christ is All and in All,
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My Help and My Sustainer
"Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me."
Psalm 54:4
"Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them."
Psalm 54:5
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Verse 4: "Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me."

Eugene Peterson paraphrases verse 4: "Oh, look! God's right here helping! God's on my side."

There are 2 things here in verse 4: (1) "God is my help" and (2) "the Lord is the one who sustains me."

"God is my help" reminds me of Isaiah 41:10: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (NIV).

The fact He "sustains me" reminds me of Isaiah 46:4: "Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you" (NIV).

Don't you feel like singing "Our God, our Help in ages past, Our Hope for years to come; Be thou our Guard while troubles last, And our eternal Home."

It was Helen Keller who said: "I have been given so much that I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied!"

Verse 5: "Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them."

Here we have the prayer petition: "Let evil recoil on those who slander me."

Those he is praying against here in this prayer are those described back in verse 3 as: "Strangers," "ruthless," and "without regard for God."

They are those who "slander me." Back in verse 3 they were attacking him and seeking his life. Now the third part of that is they are slandering him.

He concludes verse 5 with the words: "in your faithfulness destroy them."

Psalm 108:4: "For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies" (NIV).

1 Thessalonians 5:24: "Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass" (NASB).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:2, 3 (NIV)
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2.  Pray: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

3.  Pray: Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)
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4.  Praise: For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Psalm 57:10 (NIV)
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5.  Pray: That BTR will be able to respond to the growing number of requests for Bibles from prison inmates. If you would like to participate in this ministry, please send a gift with a note for Prison Ministry.
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Join me in our time of worship by singing one of Charles Wesley's great hymns, "Jesus, Lover of My Soul":
Jesus, Lover of my soul, Let me to Thy bosom fly.
While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high!
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last!

Other refuge have I none; Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah, leave me not alone, Still support and comfort me!
All my trust on Thee is stayed, All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head With the shadow of Thy wing.

Thou, O Christ, art all I want, More than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faints, Heal the sick and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am, Thou art full of truth and grace.
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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