Updated:† 07/29/2014 8:02 AM
A Message from Our Pastor
† Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.† I will meditate on your wonderful works; and I will proclaim your great deeds. (Ps 145:3, 5b, 6b)†
Blessed be the Holy Trinity who provides all that we need at all times and in all situations.† He alone is worthy of our worship and praise.† He alone provides us with our life and salvation. Our Lordís greatness is beyond understanding. His deeds beyond compare. But that does not mean we canít see and benefit from His never ending love and grace which He showers upon us each & every day.
Through the words that the Lord God caused the psalmist to write, He reminds us that we should think upon the great and wonderful blessings He gives to us each day.† Each time that you read them remember the continual, limitless wonders that God shows upon us.
Every day that we are on this earth, God blesses us with the breath of life.† He blesses us with our food and shelter.† He blesses us with our family and friends.† He blesses us with all the things that we have.† Yes, it is true that not everyone has the same blessings.† Some have more, some have less.† But that does not change the fact that all that we have is a gift of God, given to us to use for His benefit in accordance to what He has given us.†
The level of our physical blessings is in no way a reflection of our spiritual blessings.† For we are all blessed in the same way when it comes to our sin and our salvation.† We have all been blessed with the forgiveness of sins that Christ Jesus won for us through His innocent sufferings and death upon the cross in our stead.† Through that forgiveness, we are blessed with eternal life and salvation, to spend eternity in heaven with our creator whose love and blessings will never end.†
The blessing of forgiveness is a free gift from God.† It is given through the working of the Holy Spirit who gives us the gift of faith to grasp onto the benefits of forgiveness.† Apart from the Spirit, we would only reject our Lordís blessings.† Apart from faith, we would scoff at the sacrifice that our Lord has made on our behalf and ignore the greatest blessing that He has given to us.
But praise be to God the Father and His Son, our Savior Christ Jesus.† He has provided us with His Holy Spirit so that we might believe.† He also has provided the vehicle by which the Spirit works, His Word and Sacraments.† We are all blessed with the ability to strengthen our faith through the hearing of His Word and by partaking of His Holy Supper.† That is what the psalmist means when he says I will meditate on your wonderful works.† By reading and hearing Godís Word we read and hear of the wonderful things that God accomplishes for us each and every day.†
These blessings are so great and wonderful that we cannot help but share them with others.† Each and every day God gives to us the opportunities to help proclaim His great deeds.† He brings people into our lives who need to hear the Gospel of Christ.† He gives us our resources and talents with which we can support the work of our congregation and the church at large.† He calls us to live as His children, showing to the world His love and mercy through our words and actions.
When you think about it, it is an awesome and humbling thing that the Lord asks us to do.† He asks us to proclaim the message of salvation in Christ to the world, equips us to do it, and then gives us the opportunities.† He then works through us despite our reluctance and flaws.† The Word is spread despite how bad a witness we sometimes may be.† This shows Godís greatness, which no one can fathom.
As we go through this summer, donít forget about Godís blessings.† Donít forget about His wonderful deeds.† Above all, donít forget that He has paid the full cost of all of your sins and has called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light so that you might be a witness of His love and grace to the world.†††††††† †††††††† †††††††† †††††††† †††††††† †††††††† †††††††† †† Blessings in Christ, Pastor Jones