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Pastor’s Letter, November, 2018

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Dear Friends: Psalm 102 is “a prayer of the afflicted when he is overwhelmed and pours out his complaint before the Lord.” The Psalmist was over-powered, overcome, and buried beneath the mass of the things described in the Psalm It’s not easy to start your prayers with lofty praise under such circumstances. That’s why the Psalmist begins with a cry for help in verse 1: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come to You.” In such situations you hope God hasn’t turned His back on you, and you hope that He will answer you quickly (even as you submit to His perfect timetable). When we hurt badly, time drags. But when we are hurting we cannot afford to stop praying. Please don’t walk away from God when you are hurting. Yes, our pain is real; but even more importantly, God’s power is real! He reigns eternal and He is not unfeeling toward us. Surely He who holds power over the nations will respond to our personal needs. One day when you look back on the season of turmoil you are in right now, I guarantee you that you will be able to say, “The Lord has never failed me yet!” If there’s anything we can learn from the Psalmist here in Psalm 102, it’s this: in times of despair, keep talking to the Lord. Keep believing, don’t lose the faith. Moments after you’ve poured out your soul to Him, you’ll be amazed at how He can fill your heart with words of powerful faith! As you continue to talk with Him, He’ll be talking to you. This is the key. Perhaps you’ve spent a lengthy amount of time in a similar kind of despair found in Psalm 102. But, as you move into Psalm 103, we see that the Lord has a deep healing to match your deep hurt! Psalm 103:1-5 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul’ and all that is within me, bless His holy name! (2) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: (3) Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases., (4) Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, (5) Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Look at what the Lord does for us, and at the amazing benefits that He blesses us with. We believe in God’s healing power because of what we see in His Word. We affirm our belief in divine healing, and our surety that miracles are still for today. We pray in faith believing, and follow the instructions and example of Scripture when ministering to the sick–and entrust the results into the hands of our good and sovereign God. We stand on the promises of God’s Word with unwavering faith! Pastor Keith