Monday, March 4, 2013

Lord, what is man...?

David the king, in his song to the Lord who preserves and prospers his people, asks the question: "Lord, what is man, that you take knowledge of him?  Or the son of man, that you are concerned about him?"

As I look over the entries in my prayer journal for last week, I see one answer to prayer after the other.  All that I needed, the Lord provided...and more.  We were not only able to pay for all the expenses concerning this trip to Gambela, but we were also able to replenish the small missions fund we had depleted at the beginning of the week!  I really don't know why I am amazed.  We have seen the Lord do this before.

Perhaps our amazement has more to do with the folks at Resurrection Fellowship and other friends of ours who dipped deep into their pockets to give sacrificially and cheerfully to the Lord.  It is a joy to see how serious our Fellowship is when it comes to missions!  Clearly, their hearts have been shaped by the heart of the Lord of missions!  It truly is a privilege to be part of such a family!  We may not be many; we may not have all the trappings of larger churches; we may not have much in the way of resources...but we have the Lord and he has proved to be sufficient all the way.

Then perhaps, that is where the sense of amazement really comes from.  Like David, we may well ask, what are we that our Lord should deal so bountifully with us?  Amazing grace....'tis mercy so amazing, so divine...great is Thy faithfulness...David wasn't the first and certainly wasn't the last to write songs of praise and adoration in response to the kindness of our God.

Referring to God's bountiful provision for his people, David ends his Psalm with this statement: "How happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; How happy are the people whose God is the Lord!"

Indeed.  We have been blessed...we have blessed so that we, in turn, may be a blessing.

I will sing praise to you, O Lord, among all the people groups; I will sing praise to you among all the nations!

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