I am thankful for what God taught me and what He is doing in our lives through His revelation in Psalm 22.  What a joy to know that even in the midst of deep affliction, even when we feel abandoned, that when we anchor our hearts in the truth of God’s sovereignty and faithfulness we can say with David, “The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied, those who seek Him shall praise the Lord!  May your hearts live forever!  All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you, for kingship belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations.” God does not hide his face from His people even when we feel that we cannot see Him, and He always hears our cries even when we feel like He is not answering.  That is because God rules and reigns over His creation, and He is working every circumstance (yes, even the ones we have a hard time accepting) to bring about His redemptive purposes in our lives individually and in His church globally.

Stop and consider, then, that the King of the Universe – the Sovereign One – calls us to come before His throne and cast our burdens on Him and there find the grace and strength we need to go and proclaim His righteousness throughout the world.  Are we taking full advantage of such an offer as this?  Are we embracing the truth that we have a Savior who is at His Fathers right hand, “appearing in the presence of God on our behalf” (Hebrews 9:24)?  Or, do we neglect it mostly because we don’t really think we need it?  We are not nearly desperate enough for the Spirit and we are way too dependent on ourselves.   That, at least, is often the testimony of my own life and ministry.

But, I believe the Spirit of God is continuing to urge us to stop working in our own strength and tap into the power that works within us – His power, Spirit-empowered ministry and mission!  That is how God uses sinful people to make His name known as great amongst the nations.

David Platt writes in his book, “Radical,” “God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust in His extraordinary provision.  He stands ready to allocate His power to all who are radically dependent on Him and radically devoted to making much of Him.

So, let’s do this together.  Make plans to be part of a time set aside each Monday evening at 7:00 to meet at the church with your faith family and come before the throne of God together.  We had a precious time together tonight asking God to work mightily in Peru as Anthony Karam and the Mortons go to minister there this week, and continuing to ask the Lord to use the community of believers at Providence to have a serious impact on Lexington for the sake of the kingdom.  Let’s stop imagining all the things we could accomplish and ask God to do what only He can accomplish!