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Feb 16th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. The word is ‘joy’, a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know God to live a true life and extract the best from life.

JOY – TURNING SORROW INTO JOY – Esther 4:1-3; 8: 15-17

It was to be an occasion when the Israelites were suddenly thrown into a state of intense panic, sorrow an depression. An enemy had arisen under the name of Haman who had inveterate hatred against Mordecai and the Jews and wanted to see their demise. He got into a favourable situation with the reigning monarch who was prepared to accede to his request of annihilating the people. The decree went forth and things looked very bleak and black for God’s people. Who could save them from this awful prospect?

God is always ahead of this kind of thing. Providentially Esther, a Jewish maid had been chosen and elected to be queen and she was to be instrumental in bringing an answer at this dark hour. Her uncle, Mordecai, encouraged her to take this cause to the king and have the order revoked. He saw that his niece had been placed in this strong position to play the role of the intercessor. He said: “Who knows whether you have been brought to the kingdom for such a time as this?” – Est 4:14. In a unique manner deliverance was made possible, so mourning was turned into great celebration. They could say: ‘the Lord had turned their sorrow into joy”.

So it can be true in your life. You find yourself seemingly under a sentence of death and such looks very ominous and threatening. All has been seemingly raised in opposition to destroy your future and unless there is divine intervention, you are doomed. Be assured, the Lord will provide a deliverer and means of deliverance. There is no situation of an impending nature that cannot be answered. Instead of being overcome by sorrow and sadness, the tables will be turned. You will be exceedingly joyful at the outcome in your Lord.

SACRED SONGS

There is a Land of Pure Delight 

Author Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas’ pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary He did not retire from ministerial duties, but preached as often as his delicate health would permit.

The number of Watts’ publications is very large. His collected works, first published in 1720, embrace sermons, treatises, poems and hymns. The first hymn he is said to have composed for religious worship, is “Behold the glories of the Lamb,” written at the age of twenty. It is as a writer of psalms and hymns that he is everywhere known. Some of his hymns were written to be sung after his sermons, giving expression to the meaning of the text upon which he had preached. Montgomery calls Watts “the greatest name among hymn-writers,” and the honour can hardly be disputed. His published hymns number more than eight hundred.

1/. There is a land of pure delight, Where saints immortal reign,

Infinite day excludes the night, And pleasures banish pain.

Refrain

We’re feeding on the living Bread, We’re drinking at the fountain-head:

An whoso drinketh Jesus said, Shall never, never thirst again.

What! never thirst again? No, never thirst again!

What! never thirst again? No, never thirst again!

And whoso drinketh Jesus sai, Shall never, never thirst again!

2/. There everlasting spring abides, And never withering flowers:
Death, like a narrow sea, divides This heav’nly land from ours.

3/. O could we make our doubts remove, Those gloomy thoughts that rise,
And see the Canaan that we love With unbeclouded eyes!

4/. Could we but climb where Moses stood, And view the landscape o’er,
Not Jordan’s stream, nor death’s cold flood, Should fright us from the shore

QUOTES TO NOTE – inspiration

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it – Edith Wharton

DAILY MEDITATIONS

PRAYER FOR THE NATION – Psalm 79

According to Matthew Henry, “This psalm, if penned with any particular event in view, is with most probability made to refer to the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, and the woeful havoc made of the Jewish nation by the Chaldeans under Nebuchadnezzar.” Taking note of what took place at that time one can understand the awful mess the nation was in. The fall of Jerusalem and Judah to the Babylonians was a terrible moment for God’s people. This is fully expressed by Jeremiah in his book of Lamentations. It was a tragedy of enormous proportions that made many feel there was no hope of any recovery of national identity and status.

There is only one to turn to in a national calamity of this nature: it is the Lord. The plea was for intervention of the greatest quality and power so that the Lord would come into a right place, where pagans could see and know that He ruled. Repentance is expressed and forgiveness sought in the hope that there would be a great reversal in the nation’s affairs. The history of the restoration period proves that God did hear. The nation was brought back home and a new sanctuary built. The Lord turned the captivity of His people in a miraculous manner.

You have a responsibility towards the nation in which you were born and live. In its present degraded estate a duty is laid upon you to pray much for spiritual revival and renewal. Make it a daily habit to intercede for the well being of this land so that the tide of evil, which is ruining it, will be turned. Learn to stand in the gap to plead for the complete overthrow of the works of darkness. Your contribution can make the essential spiritual difference in your life and locality.

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