Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My Rock

For the next few days I am attending Annual Conference in Athens.  Its like a huge family reunion.  It’s a time where pastors and lay leaders get together to pray, worship, and make decisions.  I come every year excited to see the people I love and serve with, and its one of the times I feel the power of God in so many new ways.  These are the people I go to when I have no other answers.  They laugh with me, cry with me and love me.  This is the church that protects, supports and loves me.

Remembering that, these two Psalms really spoke to me about a God who supports and protects. 

17:8, “Hide me in the protection of your wings.”
18:2:  “The Lord is my solid rock, my fortress, my rescuer.”
18:18: “They came to me the very day of my distress, but the Lord was my support!”

Who supports you?  Where do you go when you are down or sad or scared?  Who is your rock and fortress?

I have grown up understanding how to pray when times get tough.  Learning how to find Christian friends.  Having an amazing supportive family. But not everyone is as blessed!  How do you use God as your rock and your support?  How would you tell a new Christian how to lean on God?

O Lord, my Rock.  Thank you for your protection and support.  Thank you for being my everything.  Please bless our time in Athens.  Show us how to reach out in your name.  Amen.

Pastor Emily


Mom said...

A song! 18:46 sounds like "The Lord liveth and blessed be the Rock. And let the God of my salvation be exalted!" Then to 18:3 "I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. So shall I be saved from my enemies."
Who do I trust, lean on, look for support? Sometimes I trust and depend on people too much. Then when they let me down, I stubbornly try to do things for myself. But God is the one we can lean on. We can pray for help and strength in situations, and then see God come through for us, although not always like we had planned. Give it to God!

Martha J. M. Orlando said...

We went over Psalms 17 and 18 at Bible study today. The kids allowed me to lead, which might not have been the best thing - lol!
One thing that we did discuss was David's seemingly one-on-one, intimate relationship with God, a foreshadowing of sorts which points to the personal relationship we now have with Him through Jesus. Something to contemplate . . .
Praying for you and all at the annual conference.

Lynne Watts said...

What beautiful language! I really like this verse: You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

I am struck by David's eloquence and his faith.