If we realized that when the clock struck midnight tonight our own life's clock would stop and I could not go another second, what would I be doing now? I would try to spend my time on things that counted for eternity! Time with my family so that they might be there with me. Time in God's word that I might face eternity more prepared. Time spent in prayer that I might walk a little closer to Him with whom I will dwell forever. Time spent telling others about Jesus my Lord that they could come to know Him as I do. Time spent in Church among the saints of God with who I will join in a heavenly choir to sing the praises of God. - Pastor Kris Minefee​

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Baptism was given to the Lord’s Church as a means of showing a lost world what we believe and who we have identified with. When you change it, you change everything else that it was meant to preserve and portray. When you corrupt baptism, you corrupt the Gospel. – Pastor Kris Minefee

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Praise, Power and Peace in the Psalms #9 God’s Refuge
Part 3 Still Waters - Psalms 46:8-11

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

God Our Power

To the author of this Psalms, God was more than just a place to hide. He is the sustainer and the creator of all things. He is the righteous and all Holy. He is the judge of all and He has all power. By that great power one day He will cause all war and strife to cease. He will break the bow, cut the spear and burn the chariot.

Now listen for God Himself speaks in vs 10 and He tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

“Be still” literally means take your hands off! It means quit working and trying in your own strength. Quit fighting, quit worrying, quit fearing. Just be still, trust, have faith and fully know that I am God.”

Can We Be Still?

Here is the mistake we often make, we try to find peace, we try to calm the waters, we try to right the wrongs ourselves. In our power, we try to be stronger than our problems and more hopeful than our sorrows. But what we see in God’s word is that we cannot keep trying in ourselves and then know the presence and power of God. In order to know Him, we must “Be still!”

It is a mistake that mankind has always made. If you go to New York and stand in front of the United Nations building you will see a sculpture with an engraving taken from Isaiah 2:4, it says “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

But that will never be true for the nations of the world, because they left out the first part of that verse which says, “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

They left out God and without God’s power, the UN will never succeed in finding peace. And on a much smaller but even truer scale nor can we. If we leave God out of our lives, if we don’t reach for Him in the raging waters, if we don’t ask Him for the waters of life, if we can’t be still, then we won’t experience God’s power in our own life.

We must be still. It is in the stillness of our hearts that God is known, not the rage of our emotions or the rush of our actions but in the stillness of our soul, that we experience God.

Is there a better illustration of this than what we find in Exodus 14. We are studying this in a really well produced and video series in our Sunday afternoon services. As Moses and the Hebrews found themselves blocked by the Red Sea in front and the chariots of Pharoah behind God spoke to Moses and he spoke to the people and in Exodus 14 :13 we read, “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD.”

The people of God couldn’t raise Red Sea until it stood like the walls of a giant canyon, they could not dry out the land, they could not stop the chariots from sweeping down upon them from behind. All they could do was “Stand Still and See Salvation.

In the salvation of our souls or the deliverance from despair we must hear and obey the same command, “Be still, and know that I am God.

The refrain of the Psalms sounds once more to bring the Psalms to an end. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.

It is the truth, the promise, the hope that each of us needs to take with us today. The Lord of the Armies of Heaven stands with us. The God of the Ages, of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who protected, guarded and never failed them, He is also our place of safety, peace and hope.

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Praise, Power and Peace in the Psalms #9 God’s Refuge
Part 2 Living Water - Psalms 46:4-7

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

God Our Peace

The psalmist moves from being swept away by the troubled waters of despair in the first three verses to the hope and confidence of the living waters.

He says, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad…” That river is the presence of God, it is the Holy Spirit of God in the midst of his people. In that presence, just like sitting beside a gently flowing river, there is peace. Isn’t that a beautiful metaphor? It’s used over and over throughout God’s word.

Psalms 36:8-9 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

The Prophets Ezekiel and Zechariah both saw in a vision the river of life flowing from the throne of God bring peace to Israel. John the last apostle saw it in the book of Revelation.

Here the Psalmist looks up from the difficulties of the present to see the eternal dwelling of God. Though he may feel swept away, God is in the midst of Zion and because God is there, Zion shall not be moved.

Where God is the psalmist says there is help vs. 5 the words “right early” lit. mean at the turn of the morning, the breaking of the dawn, at the darkest of the night light breaks forth and God’s deliverance is seen. Right early. It also means that whoever wrote this psalm was from East Texas, so we can claim it as our own. And you might want to do that “right early”

The Psalms also tells us that where God is there is power vs. 6 “The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: but he (God) uttered his voice, and the earth melted.”

Where God is there is also assurance vs. 7 he LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge

The meaning of the word Selah is lost to us, but most feel it was a musical notation. Much like our notation crescendo it might have meant to raise the voice. And if so on this phrase in vs. 7 the singers of this psalm would shout the promise. “The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!”

Have You Been to the River?

The Bible often uses rivers, springs and water as a metaphor of salvation. We see this especially in the story of Jesus and the woman at the well.

Turn with me to John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

The woman at the well needed living water, for her soul and for her world. She was a sinner, outcast, alone and living on the edge of her society, but then Jesus came and offered her “living water springing up into everlasting life.”

Listen to me. We are all like the woman at the well. We are sinners, outcast from the love of God and living on the edge of eternity. Like her we need the living water that only Jesus can give. Without Jesus there is no refuge, no assurance, no hope, but with him there is peace in the midst of the fiercest storm.

Jesus told her, if you only knew you would ask me for living water. If we only knew, who Jesus truly is, what Jesus has done, what he can give, then we will ask him for living water. Living water to wash away my sin, my fears and my guilt. Oh, have you sought and tasted the water of life? Are you now depending upon that well of water springing up within you in the time of your deepest troubles knowing that because God is in your heart, you will not be moved by the floods of trouble and strife. You have a place of peace because God is with you.

Like the Psalmist and the woman at the well if we have been to the river, if we have drunk the water of life, then one day we will experience another river this one the greatest of all eternity.

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Praise, Power and Peace in the Psalms #9 God’s Refuge
Part 1 Troubled Waters - Psalms 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

God Our Refuge

The Psalms begins with this statement of faith, God is our refuge and strength. In Him we find a place of safety, of hope and ultimately of victory.

From this declaration of complete trust comes the conclusion of faith, “therefore we will not fear.”

The Psalmist describes the troubles as terrible earthquakes and overwhelming, apocalyptic floods. He is like a drowning man being swept away. In this deluge, the psalmist is powerless to save himself, but in the midst of the catastrophe, in the full power of storm, he reaches out his hand and God plucks him from the flood. In God he has found a place of refuge from the flood.

Our Troubled Waters

We may not face what Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem faced but we cannot be in this world and not know our own “troubled waters.” Sometimes it is our family caught up in the flood of illness or sorrow. Sometimes it is our church being swept away in a flood of turmoil, sin or even division. In these days of social upheaval, it seems our nation is being swept away by civil strife, immorality, perversion and ungodliness.

Like Hezekiah we can hear the enemies outside the gate of our family, our church, mocking us, ridiculing our faith, and telling us to quit believing because there is no God that can deliver us from what is coming.

At those when I am overwhelmed, it is then that I need to hear the voice of God’s word, the surety of God’s promise. “God is our refuge and strength.”

The flood may still be raging around us, but we have found our place of protection, shelter, and hope. That place is there, in the promise of God Himself. He is our refuge, He is our strength, He is with us. He is that “very present help in time of trouble”

I must state and stake my faith in God as my place of refuge. It matters not what circumstances are sweeping me away or what forces are shaking the very ground we stand on, we will not fear. God is our refuge and strength!

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