• Pastor Jonathan Painter

February 22, 2022 Weekly Newsletter

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THE PASTOR'S PEN

The following writing is a copy of Pastor's notes from Sunday Morning's message.


“THE MORNING PRAYER”

PSALM 5:1-8


INTRODUCTION

In this Psalm we find the psalmist seeking an audience with God in prayer. He asks God to give him His ear and to consider the meditation of the psalmist. As he continues his plea in verse number two, I believe the request takes on new intensity as the psalmist begs God to hear his cry.


We find as we continue reading that the psalmist is making reference to his morning prayer time. “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3) He wanted God to know when he was going to pray, that his prayer would be in the morning. Why in the morning? I believe when we prayer offered in the morning is a gesture that shows God that we are trying to put Him before everything and everyone else.


The psalmist continues to speak of the expectations God has of man. He has no pleasure in wickedness and He will not be addressed by those who are fools or work iniquity. He lauds the justice of God’s judgement against those who speak lies and those who shed blood.

In verse number seven the psalmist declares his own intentions before God. “But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.” (Psalm 5:7) He expresses his desire to go to God’s house and worship. It should always be important to God’s children to come to His house.


It will not be until our eyes rest upon verse number eight that we finally see the request that David, the psalmist, brings before the Lord. “Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.” (Psalm 5:8) This is the main request of David’s morning prayer, that God would lead him and make his way straight before him.


David recognized the value of God’s leadership in His life. There are eight other times in which the psalmist sought God in prayer to lead him.

1. Lead me in truth… (Psalm 25:5)

2. Lead me in a plain path… (Psalm 27:11)

3. Lead me and guide me. (Psalm 31:3)

4. Light…truth…let them lead me…(Psalm 43:3)

5. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Psalm 60:9)

6. Thy hand shall lead me…(Psalm 139:10)

7. Lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:24)

8. Lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)


APPLICATION

How often do we seek for God to lead us? The morning prayer of David serves as a wonderful example and challenge to us in our own prayer life. When is the last time we have started our day asking God for His leadership in our life? Too many Christians wander from day to day and in almost an aimless fashion they fail to find purpose and meaning in their life, yet they will not seek leadership from the One who can give them direction. They will not seek leadership from the One who can blaze their trail and make for them a path to walk.


SERMON

I believe that there are three main reasons why David met with God in the morning and made his request for God’s leadership. These are the same reasons we too must seek God’s leadership in our life.


He recognized the value of God’s leadership. (Psalm 5:2)

Notice how David addresses the Lord as His King. He understood the place of God, the power of God, and the value that such an awesome God brings when He reaches down His hand from His throne and leads us in our way.


We often fail to have the morning prayer and to seek God’s leadership because we fail to see the value of God’s leadership in our life. We must need stop and think about Who He is, and what He can do.


I have often heard stories about people who buy old houses and then find some form of treasure in the rafters thereof. Either a monetary value or an antique of great value. If someone came to your house and told you that you had such a treasure hid in your house, would you not go and seek for it? Would you not put forth the effort to access it to profit from its value? I dare say we all would! Yet how can it be that we would value the monetary power of an earthly treasure more than the power of the King of Kings. We have access to this power through prayer.


He recognized the necessity of God’s leadership. (Psalm 5:3)

Notice the time of day which David sought God’s leadership. He sought it in the morning. He did not even want to begin his day unless God was leading him. We too should recognize just how necessary God’s leadership is for our day. How often have we rushed to begin our day without first seeking the leadership of God? We feel as though we have the power to win the day on our own without our General’s leadership. Yet, while we may win a few battles, we will ultimately lose the war without our God to lead. We must recognize the necessity of God’s leadership in our life.


He recognized the protection in God’s leadership. (Psalm 5:8)

Notice the words, “…because of mine enemies…” David knew that their were enemies waiting for his demise and he was in great need of God’s leadership to succeed and have victory. This is the same man who once said while fleeing from Saul, “…there is but a step between me and death.” (I Samuel 20:3) He was very aware of his danger, and thus very aware of his need for God to lead him into protection.

We too need to be aware that we have an enemy. We may establish personal enemies during our time of life who view us with a bitter hatred. We need God to lead us and protect us from these. However, whether we have personal enemies or not we all have one common enemy. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (I Peter 5:8) The devil wants to devour you up each and every day and you need God’s leadership and protection to resist his charges, to quench his fiery darts. There is protection in God’s leadership.



CONCLUSION

As we conclude the message this morning on the matter of morning prayer, I would like to remind the children of God that we are promised that our prayers are indeed heard of God and they have the potential to do much good. “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) I want each of us to be challenged to seek God in the morning and with a passionate desire seek His leadership every day!

THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY

We had a wonderful week at Lincoln Baptist Church this week. We were able to see twelve precious souls trust Christ as their Saviour with a Sunday morning attendance of 156. Our busses were full with a combined total of 64 riders. It is amazing to see how the Lord is working in our services right now!



TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR WEEKLY MEDIA OUTPUT

While the Devil tries to push his agenda through the world's media every day, we are trying to fight back as a church. We are trying to release new media content on a daily basis in an effort to keep Christian's minds on spiritual things seven days a week. We should give our minds to God and think about Him at some point every day! As a church we are hoping to help our members be able to do so. Here are just a couple of the content matters we offer on a weekly basis.



Every Wednesday we share motivating and stirring sermons both from men of God in our day as well as men of God from the past.

 

Every Tuesday Pastor puts out a short podcast specifically for our teenagers in the church. He speaks on topics that are meaningful specifically to our youth challenging them to please God even at their age.


 

Every Friday Pastor sends out an article on a family related topic. This could be on marriage, child rearing, relationship or a whole host of other topics.



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