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Episode 101 · 5 months ago

Praise God In The Storm

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Life is hard. Maybe Father's Day is a hard day for you. Life doesn't usually go as planned; and man, it would be nice if it was better. .. Yeah... There is a song for that too. Habakkuk 3. Shannon's father, Mark Stauffer, helps us with the message.

Songs of summer and it's been a fun series where we've been looking at different songs in the Bible, songs that you probably wouldn't have read before. There's a bunch of songs in the Book of Psalms, but there are songs all throughout the Scriptures, and so we've looked at the first song in the Bible, the last song in the Bible. We've today we're going to look at a song when things are tough and there's a song probably literally, as you know, this for like everything, right, like every season of your life, every season of our life, everything that you experience. Sometimes there's a way that music connects. It doesn't even have to be a Christian song, right, it could be any song and you're just like this is on replay, repeat in your mind all the time. And so our series challenge has been, I've been telling you, I'll remind you one more time next week with our last final song next week in this series. But when you turn your music on, turn to Christian music first. That's the series challenge. So you got two more weeks left. See what happens, see what God does. As you tell a lex of the play something, as you get in your car and music starts play and try to turn to a Christian song first and just see see what God does. But it's really cool to hear from all of you. I asked you to share with me a songs that have meant a lot to you over the years or in a particular season, and Tori shared that there's a song called God gave me you, which was their wedding song, and so like yeah, that's a special time, right, that's a special time to sing and to dance with your newly married man. Yeah, absolutely, Jackie. Jackie shared that she remembers a song called silly songs by the wings. It was a just trust in here, trustin. It was the BI centennial summer of one thousand nine hundred and seventy six silly love songs. I remember going to our local pool every day that summer and that was the big song for the summer and it was played on the jukebox constantly. It was a great summer for eleven year old me. There you go. Lakeisha mentioned that the Song Firm Foundation by Maverick city music has been playing on her mind lately and I I actually heard that song for the first time a couple weeks ago and I'm like we gotta, we got to do that one eventually here at Church because, yeah, it just is powerful and I will probably when I first heard of a couple weeks ago. It's one of those songs where I will probably never forget where I heard it first, like I will just I will, my mind will take me back exactly to that place and I was like I will always remember, always remember that. Bob Shared with us there's a song by Phil Wickham called it's always been you, and the first line describes how gracious God has been to me, he says, he says this you saw me for first, you let me in when I was at my worst, the moment when I heard you say my name. And Sandra Sands with shared that one of her songs, favorite songs, was look what you've done, by Tasha Layton. That actually had a couple of those those songs, which is cool, and she said that it's my anthem every day. This song means a lot to me because the word spoken in this song reflect how I really feel inside. He ever, he has restored me spiritually, mentally and physically. He has given me new life in him and looking at where I was and where I am now in my life, I can lift my hands and my voice and worship and shout. Look what you've done. I'm happy and alive because of you. Father Amen, there's songs for every season, for everything, for every thing that you're dealing with, and sometimes those songs that stick out to you are the songs that happen in the hard times, in the difficult times, in the...

...sadness, through the tears, and you just this song connects with you and for me, one of the hardest seasons and times of my life was when I graduated from high school and I was moving into college and I was breaking up with my girlfriend in high school and God was like working on my heart in a lot of different ways and leading me into what I was doing and today. And God had one song that he gave me on repeat over and over again. I'd I think I burned the CD. I don't know, like nobody does that anymore, but I think I had a CD and I not let like, not like fire burned, but like actually put a song on a CD and like I think there was one song in the CD and it was this song. It was praise you in this storm by casting crowns, and I wanted to remind myself that, even in the storm, the hard time, the difficult time, that I wanted to praise God in the middle of it. I'm not sure if I knew why I wanted to do that, but I knew that I wanted to. And so the song is. It says this. I says, I was sure by now, God, you would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and save the day. But once again I say Amen, and it's still raining. Right, if any of you been there, you've prayed for something, you've wished God would make it different. You Wish God would change it, you wish God would make you feel better, you wish God would heal that, and you say amen, and nothing ever happens. And then he says, as the thunder rolls, I barely hear you whisper through the rain. I'm with you, and as your mercy falls, I'll raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away, like it is good to know that there is a God who is in control of even the bad things in your life, like it is not outside of his sovereignty, outside of his control and command. He has it all under his control, and so we respond and say I'll praise you in this storm and I will lift my hands no matter for you are who you are, no matter where I am, and every tear I've cried you hold in your hand. You never left my side and though my heart is torn, I will praise you in this storm. And so today I've invited Shannon's father, mark to preach the bulk of the message today from a scripture passage in the book of Habakk. It's fun to say Habakic. It's an old testament book. If you've have a physical copy of your bibles, you might not be able to find it. It's sort of close to the New Testament. But HABAKIC chapter three is where we're going to be today and this song that Habakic sings in Habacic three echoes these sentiments of difficulty, of things not going the way that we want them to, of trouble, of trial and he asked hard questions. Where is God? Does God care about me? Like life is hard right now. God, I thought you would do something about this. It's not working out the way that we wanted to. And HABAKIC reminds us we can praise God in the storm, and so don't wait to get through whatever it is you're going through to praise God, because we need to praise God every step of the way, because he is there with us, walking in step with us. He is holding us by the hand or by, you know, the hip, or has us on his back whenever we need to get through whatever it is we're going through. He's never going to leave you, he's never going to forsake you. God is always there, and so we can praise him for that. And so, mark, we thank you for joining us today,...

...on this father's Day. Go for it. Good morning everybody. I think we're going to try this stand here. It's a little higher. I'm excited about the opportunity to be here and to take a look at the scriptures. I'm always excited about any opportunity I have to take a look at the scriptures and I hopefully this will be enjoyable as well. Thank you, Kevin, for that introduction to this passage and if you have a Bible, feel free to go along, because we're going to be looking at this particular song in a verse by verse basis and going to read reach its exciting conclusion. Now I have about eight hours worth of notes here, but I remember John Denver sang a song, thank God I'm a country boy, and he said I'd play Sally Good and all day if I could, but the Lord and my wife wouldn't take it very good. So, based upon that, I don't think we're going to go the entire hours. I have spent the last two days cutting it back to just a few brief comments about this song and I think it's going to be as exciting for you as it is to me. If theologian by the name of Ha ironside said that this is one of the most precious and Sublime Old Testament portions, and I have of the same opinion and hoping after you hear the riches in the depths that are found within this song, you'll leave here saying the same sentiments as ironside. This is fantastic. Now, this is a song, the third chapter of a bacco. Can we know this for sure? For several reasons. At the end it's a dressed to the chief singer on my string instruments. The words see law is found three times within this passage and you'll recognize that word from time to time in the Book of Psalms. Exactly what it means nobody's entirely sure, but we tend to think that it might be a musical pause of some sort, possibly a way of reflecting the passage that you just got done listening to. But it begins by saying a prayer of Abacook the profit upon the SHIGGY and off. Now the word Shiggy and off doesn't mean much to you and it did not to me from the beginning either, but it's found one of their place in scripture and that is also at the beginning of Psalm Chapter Seven. So we believe that it is referring to either a type of song or something to do with maybe how it was orchestrated. In any event, this is a Shigy an oath and it says only shiggy own in the Book of Psalms. Here it says Shiggy an oath, which is the plural version. So was there several Shiggy owns or was it just to say this is a very significant as the plural can mean in Hebrew, a very significant psalm. But it begins with Habakuk addressing God, and Habakuk is looking at the nation of Judah. Now, for some of you who maybe are not in the faith all that long or having had the opportunity to study a lot of scripture, you may not be aware of the fact that when we look at the Kingdom of Israel in the Old Testament most of it, were not just looking at one kingdom, but we're actually looking at two separate kingdoms, a divided Israel. During the reign of Solomon's son Rheubone, he entered into his kingdom in pride and his pride was so great that God took the kingdom away from him and he gave him to a servant of his father, Solomon, who ended up being the king of the land of Israel. But God said, I made a promise to David and because of that promise I made to David, I'm not going to take the entire kingdom away, I'm going to leave one tribe, the tribe of Judah, to David and his descendants.

And so the southern Kingdom of Judah continued to pass from David to his son, to his son to his son and down through and it stayed in the family of David. Where Israel, the northern kingdom continued to go from one kingdom to another, and the only thing those kingdoms, those kings, had in common with each other is they were all evil. These were God's people. But he put up with it for time and time and time again, and finally God said I've had enough. So in twenty two BC he raised up Shalmanezer, who was a tremendous, powerful, wicked king of the land of Assyria, and they came into Israel and they destroyed him and they carried him away captive. In the northern Kingdom of Israel was no more. Now, a hundred and thirty years later, the southern Kingdom of Judah also fell, this time not to the Assyrians but to another nation even stronger, more powerful and more wicked, and that was the Babylonians, headed by Nebuchadnezzar. Now, why is this history necessary in order to go into the song? Well, it is because if you understand the situation of what's going on here, it's going to make a lot more sense with what the prospect Tobaccok is facing. You See, a hundred years have now passed since the northern kingdom fell. He did not realize it at this time, but in thirty short years his nation was also going to fall. All he knew is things weren't going well. There had been a king by the name of a Nassa that reigned for fifty five years and just a tremendous wickedness throughout the land of Jude and has brought down the moral fabric of the people to the point that it was horrible, horrible place. And Habakuk, has a prophet cried out to God. Any kid, can't you see all the problems that are going on here in this nation? The people are violent, there I dot the idolatrous. There's just all kinds of things going on. What do you intend to do about it? So God answers him, as God did to the prophets, and he said, Tobacca, don't you worry about it, I'm I've heard, you're your plight and I've got this thing all taken care of. In fact, as you speak right now, I'm raising up a very, very wicked, strong, powerful nation, the strongest nation that exists. Their horses there there are their charting, you can't believe how powerful, and they're going to come in and wipe you guys out. Now, wait a minute. God, I think you kind of missed my point here. I'm not telling you to wipe us out. I was just hoping that maybe there was something you could do that didn't involve I mean, it's not really ethnical, is it, to take a more wicked nation and wipe out one that's not as bad as they? Is this really the route you want to go now? I'm not telling you what to do. I mean we're wicked, I know that, and your God and you can there do whatever you want, he said, but I'm going to wait back and I'll just continue on my watch and listen for you to give an answer to what's going on. So Dod God did come back and he talked him and he says, I do want to talk to Yabach Hook, he says, but I'm going to give you an answer of something that's going to happen way, way, way in the future. What's going to happen? be patient, it's coming. But the answer to your situation is that the proud, those that are lifted up, I can have no part with, but the just shall live by faith. He didn't realize that the time how significant this was, but this passage was repeated three times by the apostle pause. He's presenting the Gospel in his epistles. It's found in Romans and galacians and then again in Hebrews. And it was this passage it became the pillar, the corner stone of the reformation, the greatest time in the history of the church. The just shall live by faith. But he said, in the meantime, Babbelon is coming. They're going to destroy the land. But he said, don't worry, they're not going to get away with it. I want to take care of them when the time's done. To Trust me, I've got this thing under control...

...and it's based upon this. Now that we go into the Psalm of a Bakook his song, and he begins with saying in verse two, I have heard thy speech, I heard which you just said, and I was afraid. Oh Lord, revived your work in the midst of the years. In the midst of the years, make known, but in wrath remember mercy. You see, he began with an understanding of the fear of the Lord. Now the fear of the Lord is intricral part with understanding the salvation of God, because it begins with us. But we're not looking at a fear as a dread or a feeling within you. Fear is more based upon understanding than it is emotion. For example, we understand that it's not a good idea to drive a hundred miles an hour in the middle of the city. You might get a thrill out of it, but you better fear it because it's very, very dangerous. We also realize that there is a policeman sitting beside the road and you better fear him because if he sees you driving a hundred mile an hour, he could also make your life a little more inconvenient. So fear is based upon knowledge. The fear of the Lord simply means I acknowledge that he's great, he has everything under control, he can do what he wants to and I better be subservient to him if I want things to go the way that they should. But then the prophet begins to reflect, he begins to reflect on God's history, he begins to look back at these people that God has called his own, and is raised. You know, we used to sing a song in Church when, upon the billows you are tempted, tossed and you are discouraged, thinking all is lost. Count Your blenny blessings. Name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your blessings. See what God has done. Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done. You know, it's not a bad idea, when you find yourself in difficult times, to take an inventory, to look back and reflect on individual things, not just the whole picture, but look at individual things. It's not maybe not even a bad idea to draw up a journal or a list as God does something for you, so that when times began to get rough, you can look back and say, Oh, yes, he was faithful there. Oh Yes, he was faithful there. Yes, I thought he couldn't happen this time. This is another situation where he worked it out, and this is exactly what the Prophet habakup began to do in this psalm. He began to look back and look at the individual things that God had done with these people, his people, Israel, and he begins by looking back at the giving of the law, when the Covenant was made at Sinai, and he said God came from teaming and the holy one from Mount Paren. See Law, his glory cover the heavens and the earth was full of his praise and his brightness was as light, and he had horns coming out of his hand, and there was the hiding of his power. Now he's a basing this a little bit on the Deuteronomy thirty three, when Moses, before his death, was giving his final blessing to the people, and he also began by talking about God's descending upon their coming from these people. But what I think is very interesting here as he uses teaming and Mount Parin. Now, team and maybe not not mean much to you, but team and was the grandson of Esau, and so Esau's descendants were often known interchangeably in scripture as the team nights. In fact, a job's first comfort, or Eliphas, was aliphas, the team night. He was also a descendant of Esau. And then we see Mount Paren. And Mount Paren was the wilderness where Ishmael dwelt when he left the presence of Abraham. So he says, God, you came from teamen, where Esau lived, and you came from Mount Paren,...

...where Ishmael lived, but you did not make a covenant with Esau, and you did not make a covenant with the Ishmael. Ishmael was the oldest son of Abraham, but God said to Abraham, I know you love him, but my covenant is with Isaac. And then Isay came along and he had twin sons. He saw in Jacob and he loved Esaul greater than they did Jacob. But the Bible said it was quite the opposite. God loved Jacob and he despised Esau. He said, my covenant is with Jacob. So even though God came from visiting Esau and visiting Ishmael, he did not make a covenant with them. They were not his choice. His choice was the people of Israel. So ABACCOCA is beginning by saying, God, we are are people, because this was a choice you made. I know you did the right thing. So you ows us. So in your wrath, remember, mercy. Where your people? And now we see the first pause Cela, and I think this seal is placed there is because he wanted Israel to reflect this concept of what's going on here. Remember, whatever happens from this point on, you have been, from the beginning of God, the people of ease, of of of God. By his choice. You are, as I'm speaking right now, still the people of God by his choice, and you will continue into the ages and into eternity to be the people of God. I can't emphasize enough. Whatever is happening, whatever situation you find yourself in, you belong to God. You have been bought with a Christ through Jesus Christ, and there's nothing that will ever do to change that situation. Always you're the people of God. He's not going to cast you aside. That's the first place. So he said, let's go on, let's reflect some more. You See, the heavens, the earth was full of his praise and his brightness was as light, and he had horns coming out of his hand. Warrens coming out of his hand, warrens come out of the head. Why are they coming out of the hand? What is the reason for that? You see, horns was a word in Hebrew that means both strength. My Horn is exalted, we see in the psalms from time to time, but the verse also refers to light and in his horns. Well, if we back again into Moses Farewell Address, he said out of his hand came a fiery law. You See, that covenant was made from a covenant of Power and a covenant of Light. And with the Covenant with Israel, he had showed his power that the mountain shook, they trembled. He showed himself for WHO and what he was. And the light, the light was so bright that the people couldn't look upon it. And this is the way it is. You See, light has an amazing quality to it, and light and darkness are not in dual relationship. It's not like darkness can exist there and light can exist there. The second the light turns on, the darkness is gone. Dark darkness has no power. It cannot stand up the light. It doesn't matter how deep the darkness is. You turn on a light, darkness is gone. God said, I am that light now before him. He went on to say when pestilences and burning coals went forth at his feet, the pestilence he's referring back now to the deliverance from Egypt. You See, God brought out he's legs. He turned the water into blood and the Egyptian magicians, Jenny and Jambres, said, we can do that too. I turned water into blood. It's nothing great about you. So now he brings frogs upon the land, and the magicians again said we can bring frogs upon the land. Nothing so great about that,...

...favorite frogs. And then he brings lice and the magicians can't bring lice and they try again and they try again, and they said this is the finger of God. You see, with these plagues, he brought it to a degree that it was greater than anything they could do. You think you have power, my God has more power. And then it said burning coals went forth from his feed, and I think this could be the fire mixed with the hail. But the interesting part is this goes on. Is What we do see what was going with his power. But I want to back up one verse again. There too, the verse said the horns came out of his hand, but ends up with and there was the hiding of his power. And he what he means by that. He's saying, even though I showed you such a tremendous display of power, this is only a small portion of it. I've hidden most of it. I mean you see everything. The Heavens declare the glory of God and the ferminent show with his handiwork. You look up and you see the tremendous heavens and just imagine all the majesty involved making those galaxies and everything. And his answer is this is just the hiding of my power. I'm just showing you the tip of the iceberg. You have no idea how much power I have. So can I ask the question at this point? Is there anything to too hard for God? Anything this is just the hiding of his power. I've just shown you a bit. I've got a lot in reserve. God says, if I want to bring that out, I can do that too. Well, he goes on. It says he stood and he measured the earth and beheld, he drove asunder the nation's and the everlasting mountains were scattered and the perpetual hills did bow. His ways are everlasting. He takes a look now, as God begins to deal with the nations that came before then, and it said he measured the earth and drove out the nation's. Measured the earth. Means he had now checked out where he wanted his people to go. Remember the original promise to Abraham. He said, Abraham, get you out of your country and from your father's house and from your kindred to a country, a land that I'm going to show you right from the beginning, God had determined this is where I want you to live. You're going to be living in a land right now, but the problem is it's a inhabited by all these Canaanites and these people are strong giants. I mean twelve spies noticed that when he came in there. They've got walled cities and we got a lot of people roaming around in the wilderness. We're not a formal army. How will we going to take over this? God says, I've measured it, I've decided this is what you're going to have and I intend to drive these people out and give you what I've determined for you. I want to emphasize it. No point is there anything that God has determined for you that he is not able to take care of, whatever adversity is lying in the way. He's determined what he has for you. His will will be done. Never be discouraged by what's in the way. What's in the way. You can't stand in the way because if God has made up his mind, if he has measured it, it's going to go through. And he said I saw this thing. Then he went on to say I saw tens of a cushion and affliction, and the curtains of the lands of Midian did tremble. You see, he's mentioning Cush who was the brother of Canaan, and he's also mentioning Midian, who was another son of Abraham, but not the son of Abraham that he had chosen. But he said, these nations, just hearing about the problem, begin to be scared. Now they had nothing to worry about. God had no intention of taking away the lands of cushion giving them. He...

...took away the lands of Canaan because that was the brother that the curse had been put on because of his immorality back in the time of Noah, and he also had no intention of giving away Midian. But you know, Midian got scared and they thought that they were going to lose their lands to him and they send forth the Prophet Bailum, and he caused so much trouble and led the people in idolatry that twenty four thousand of the Israelites ended up being killed at the pure incident because of what was brought on by Midians Apostle. But you know, God did destroy them for that. They weren't in the way he said nothing is going to get in the way. And then he kind of gets poetic here, a little interesting. He says, was the Lord displeased against the rivers that you're angry was against the rivers? Was Your Wrath against the sea that you did ride upon the horses of Chariots of salvation? Obviously God wasn't angry with the seas and rivers. But he's talking about the way God divided the Jordan River and divided the Red Sea. Yeah, he said he took care of all that came before you. Then he says the the bow was made quite naked according to the oaths of the tribes. Even thy word Selah, doubt it's cleave the earth with rivers. The mountain saw thee and they trembled. The overflowing of the water passed by in the deep, uttered its voice and lifted up their hands. He's saying right here the bow of God was revealed, was shown, was open up, according to the oaths of the tribes. In this word tribes takes on two meanings. Obviously it's saying here I had made a promise to the tribes of Israel. Intend to do it. But that word is also referring to the word staff. Now he's saying I showed my power by the staff. Now do you remember what happened when Israel had come across the Red Sea and here came Amelek, and a'm alak was a strong and powerful people, and Moses assembled the armies and he sent Joshua leading them down across the army to against Emile. But you know, they didn't win that battle because Joshua was good and he was. He didn't win him because the people weren't fighting and they were. He led that won that battle because Moses was told lift your hands with the Rod of God in your hands, and as long as his hand was up they were winning. He got tired and put his hands down and they started to lose. And then Aaron took one arm and her took the other arm and they lifted up with the Rod of God in his hand, and as long as that rod remained they defeated ameleks soundly. You see what it says here. According to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word, and the word was made flesh and dwelled among us. You See, that rod was a picture of Jesus Christ. When Jesus is lifted up. He said, if I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me. As long as Jesus is lifted up in his elevated there is guaranteed victory. I'm not saying you don't still have the struggle, it's there. I'm not saying you don't have the conflict, it's there too. But I'm telling you that as long as Jesus Christ is uplifted there is no defeat. It's not possible. The armies can't, finally can't come against him. It's because of the word. It's all. Then the mountain saw thee and they trembled. The overflowing of the water passed by, and the deep buttered its voice and lifted his hands into heaven. You see, this what happens when they cleave the earth with the rivers. Now, this is referring to a situation where Moses was told to Smite the Rock and water came forth from it. And then on another occasion, even though he's told to speak to it, he smote it instead, water still came, water coming from a rock. Well, let's back up a couple words and let's go back to that second sea law found in verse nine, and where is it? Right after even thy word? You See, he paused one more time afterward because he wanted...

...him to reflect on the word of God. Where again, are we pausing? For pausing at a picture of Jesus Christ? Yeah, the water came forth, but remember when Jesus was out of the ocean and the big storm came and they said, what manner of man is this that even the winds and the seas obey him? You See, the scripture tells us all things were made by Jesus and without him was not anything made that was made. You See, he not only created all of nature, he maintains all nature. There's nothing that's beyond his control to be able to take care of. So if he wants water to come from rock, what did it say? Happen there? It said the deep, buttered its voice, I'll tell you the deepest, referring to the sea. In other words, Jesus said, okay, I'd like some water coming up in the water set. Yep, let's go. In fact, he even told the people on one occasion, if you don't praise me, the rocks and stones are going to cry out. I know biologist would tell us that rocks and streams are not living, but I am also telling you that the creator can communicate with them and they do respond. Again, there's no limiting of his power. Well, he goes on. He now talks about the sun and the moon stood still in their habitation. Of course, this was when Na Joshua was able to stop it, to win the battle. He talked about him marching through the land with indignation. Again, grace begins with an understanding that there is wrath. He said in Thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. Yes, there is an anger, but the beauty about anger is because of the grace of Jesus Christ that has turned away in this twelfth chapter of Isaiah. In that day, I will say I will praise you, Lord, because though Thou wast angry with me, thine wrath is turned away, and Thou comfortest me. And so we looked down then, at verse thirteen. He went forth for the salvation of the people, even for salvation. With Thine Anointed Thou woundest the head out of the House of the wicked by discovering the foundation of the neck. He says, you went forth for saving the people. But do you see this beautiful picture of Christ. You went forth for the salvation, down from his glory, the song says, ever living story, my God and Savior came and Jesus was his name, born in his manger to his own a stranger, a man of sorrows, tears and agony. You see, he went forth from the heavens, came down here for the purpose of the salvation of the people, my salvation of yours, even for the salvation with thine anointed anointed. There the Hebrew word machiah. You recognize. That is the Messiah Christ again, a perfect picture of Jesus Christ. And then Thou woundest the head. What was the prophecy from Genesis, chapter three, Verse Fifteen? I will put enmanty between your seed and the seed of the woman, and he's going to wound your head. It is through that prophecy of Jesus Christ again that the power of Satan was destroyed. And where did this plake place? Here in the House of the wicked. He didn't accomplish the warp from heaven, he did it down here. He died in the Isaiah fifty three. He made his grave with the wicked, and he did this by discovering the foundation or did this from head to toe. And what did Jesus do? He started the church. He started it with the foundations of the Apostle and prophets, he himself being the head, cornerstone. You See, this is all about. He came down, he brought salvation to me, and then he established us, the body of Jesus Christ, the Church, to be his people. Then now did strike through with the staves of the head of the villages. They came out as a whirlwind to scatter me. The rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. But Thou didst walk through the sea with fine horses, through the heap of the great waters, and walking through the sea again. Is the idea of walking to the...

...sea. They took over the Jordan River and they took all the lands between there and the Mediterranean Sea, the land that he had given to them. We used to sing that song. We are able to go up and take the country, to possess the land from Jordan to the sea, though the giants may be there, our way to hinder God is sure to give the victory. And I have giants and you have giants. And he said. When I heard this, my belly trembled. My Lips quivered at the voice, rotten as centered into my bones. I trembled in myself that I might rest in the day of trouble. When he comes up to his people, he will invade with his troops. He said, I know that we're bad and I know they're coming. I know Babylon's coming and I'm scared. Truth of matter is, I wish I could just take a nap until this whole thing's over with, but that's not going to happen. But although the FIG tree shall not blossom, neither shall there be fruit in the vines, the Labor of the olive shall fail, the field shall yield no grain, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and they'll be no herd within the stalls. Yet in spite of that, I will rejoice. I will joy in the God of my salvation. What if it with us? Well, maybe there's going to be fusial food, food shortages. It's possible. We know the price of fuel continues to rise, there's inflation. We know their businesses that are folding. For some of you, maybe it's even more basic. Maybe you don't even have a house to live. Maybe you're homeless. Maybe you're not sure where you're going to get your next meal. Maybe you're just looking for a job, some way to take care of the family. I don't know what it is, but there's something. We all are facing difficulties. But regardless of the situation, I'm going to look to the God of my salvation again. This word salvation, Hebrew word Yasha, from where we get the name. You're right, Jesus, we used to sing that song. Turn Your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace. And then he ends it up with the Lord God is my strength. He will make my feet like Hind's feet. He will make me to walk upon my high places. And then he addresses it to the chief Stinger on my stringed instruments. You see, he's going to give me strength. They that wait upon the Lord, she'll renew their strength. They'll mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. And he's not going to only make me survive, but he's going to cause me to rise up and to walk in high places. I'm going to be above it. All the cares of this world are not going to destroy me. I'm going to walk in his presence. And then he addresses it to the chief singer. I know that's a musical notation, but he doesn't say on thus stringer man's he said on stringed instruments. We used to sing that song all my life was wrecked by sin and strife. This chord filled my heart with pain. But Jesus swept across the broken strings, stirred the COLUMB stumbling the slumbering chords again. You see Jesus Christ as who this is addressed to. He is the chief singer on my stringed instruments. And you know what? He's chosen me and he's chosen each one of you to be that stringed instrument whereby his melody is being played. It doesn't matter what's going to come, no matter how bad things are going to be, no matter how scared you get, even if you say I wish I could just take a nap till this situation is over with. He says, I have chosen you to be my stringed instrument and I am going to play that melody upon you and regardless of what happens, you are mine.

Perhaps you've never heard of a man by the name of Horatio Spafford, and then again, perhaps you have. Stafford was an attorney and he lived in Chicago in the late eighteen hundreds and he was quite successful business when he owned quite a few properties. But a tremendous fire went through Chicago and he lost a lot of his property and, what's more, his own only son, a four year old boy, died of scarlet fever at the very same doubt the very same time. Needless to say, he was crushed. He now found himself financially destitute and he lost his only son, his only heir. But he plunged himself into his work of trying to help rebuild the Chicago as best he could and trying to find places for the over one hundred thousand homeless people that lived there. But after a while he decided he was going to take a trip to Europe. Deal Moody was doing some evangelistic sermons and he was hoping that he could catch part of that sermon if he could, and then take a little vacation. But when he got to New York to board the vessel there was submergent business that kept him behind for a little bit, and so he sent his wife and his four beautiful daughters on ahead in the ship and he said, I'll join you shortly, as soon as I take care of this. Halfway across the Atlantic the ship struck and I iron freighting vessel and within two hours that vessel, that ship, along with all four of his daughters, found themselves to the bottom of the Atlantic. His wife was able to survive by clinging on to a piece of debris and when she got to Cardiff Wales, as a ship was able to rescue her, she sent back a telegram saved Nance, saying to him saved alone. He realized the impact of it as soon as he got that. He was overcome. Now not only was he destitute, no money, his son gone. Now all four daughters were gone to he took a ship as quickly as he could and started heading over to Europe so that he could be reunited with his wife. And as he was crossing the Atlantic, the captain came to him about the place where the ship went down and showed him in the location. He went down to his cabin and he tried to sleep and he couldn't, and the words came to him. It is well, the will of God is done. And shortly after that he penned these words, which have been sung ever since and may continue for the end of the time. When peace, like a river attendeth my way, when sorrow like sea billows roll, whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul. When, when what hast told me to...

...see, it is well. It is well my soul. It is well my soul. My Se o, the place of this school, Oh my seat to look cross, and I praise the Lord, praise the Lord O my soul, teas we my soul, my soul. Day when my pace shall be side looks crow a child show will. Even so, it is my soul. He is what my soul. It is.

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