|Update for Palm Sunday, |
"Camp Of the Woods Home Bible Fellowship" (Our home).
UPDATE FOR PALM SUNDAY,
Psalm 34:4 "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
Deliverance...what does that word mean to you? It has a very welcome sound to the captive...those who are held captive in any kind of prison, whether it be a prison with bars and high walls, or a prison of fear and isolation...the thought of deliverance brings hope and joy and peace. For many in today's economy, there is a tremendous amount of anxiety over the future...people fear losing their jobs, others fear not being able to find a job. Retired folks are concerned about their savings running out too soon, or having health issues that will rob them of what little security they have left. Our nation is in turmoil over (2010) health care reform and the brittle financial and housing market. (2015 AND 2016: Race Relations, World Terror via ISIS, Religious persecution, upcoming election ) 2017 and 2018: ALL OF THE ABOVE AND MORE...WORLD PEACE, IMMIGRATION... People look to our national leaders and hope that they will make some wise decisions that will bring relief, and yet that so-called relief often comes with a high price tag that will endanger the future security of our children and grandchildren for many years to come.
Where can we find this deliverance that we are seeking? Is there any ONE who can come and set us free from our bondage to fear and doubt?
Verse 17 says "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles."
The Jews back in the time of Jesus were desperate for a leader who could deliver them from the tyranny of the Roman government. As Jesus entered Jerusalem on what we now call Palm Sunday, the people cried out, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! The King of Israel!" (John 12:13) They hailed Him as their King and Messiah, but they were seeking an earthly king for an earthly kingdom.
Jesus came to prepare our hearts for the kingdom that is yet to come, that is a Heavenly Kingdom. In the meantime, His Holy Spirit gives us strength and grace to endure the trials and tribulations that are common to all of mankind. He came to deliver us from all our fears and troubles. Do we still have financial difficulties? Do we still have health problems or other major concerns? Yes. As long as we are on this earth there will be trouble and sorrow......but hear what Jesus said in John 16:33~
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
"I sought the Lord, and He heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears."
Have a glorious Palm Sunday today!