A Son, A Servant, A Steward

What Makes You Sing and Dance?

What Makes You Sing and Dance?

Psalm 87: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

1 On the holy mount stands the city he founded; 2 the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. 3 Glorious things of you are spoken, O city of God. Selah

4 Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush “This one was born there,” they say. 5 And of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; for the Most High himself will establish her. 6 The LORD records as he registers the peoples, “This one was born there.” Selah

7 Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.”

THIS IS THE PSALM that inspired John Newton (who also wrote Amazing Grace) to write the hymn Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken. The opening line of the hymn alludes to verse 3, “Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion city of our God.” The focus of Psalm 87 is the city of God.

The city of God is not just a place. It is also the people of God. The hymn alludes to this association in verse 2, “See, the streams of living waters, Springing from eternal Love, Well supply thy sons and daughters, And all fear of want remove.” 

Clearly, God loves his people. The first two verses describe God’s love for his city – his people with whom he dwells. On the holy mount stands the city he founded; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.

But what is it that causes the singers to sing and the dancers to dance in verse 7? I think the answer is found in verse 4.Please take notice as to who can now claim citizenship in Jerusalem as God’s people. Here we read, “Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon; behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush “This one was born there,” they say.”

The term “Rahab” is a nickname for Egypt. Is this not rather startling to read? People from nations once considered enemies of God and his people are now citizens of Jerusalem. People from Egypt, Babylon, Philistia and Tyre and Cush. Those once Israel’s enemies are now part of the people of God. They are the objects of the affection of God.

Does this not cause you to sing? Does this not cause you to dance? God has set his affections upon us in Jesus and has made us his people. God is in the process of keeping his promise to Abraham and through his seed, Jesus, He is forming a people unto Himself from every nation and tribe and tongue. Is it not good to be able to say, “This one was born there.”

This makes me think of Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

That ought to make you sing! That ought to make you dance!

 

Hartford Church Planter: Rev. Gary Knighton

Hartford Church Planter: Rev. Gary Knighton

PASTOR GARY KNIGHTON is a church planter and pastor of Faith Fellowship Church that meets on the campus of The University of Hartford.

This unique church plant targets college students and people from the surrounding community. Gary’s mission is to help students find meaningful community, live on mission, and prepare for a lifetime of disciple-making in the real world.

Why the University of Hartford?

  • Students from 46 states and 40 countries come here to prepare themselves to compete in a global economy.
  • To say that UHart is influential is an understatement. Even so, the need for the gospel is great!
  • Gary serves the university as their Protestant Chaplain and spear-heads campus ministries
  • Gary is also the lead pastor of a collegiate church plant started 6 years ago to serve students on campus.
  • Gary shepherds and equips these students for the work of ministry on campus and beyond.
  • Thousands of students have an opportunity to hear the gospel and experience the love of Christ.

We are excited for you to hear about what God is doing through a local church planter in our area.

A Coronavirus Prayer

A Coronavirus Prayer

THIS COMING SUNDAY, I will be preaching on Micah 7. As I was preparing for Sunday, I came across a great verse that describes what we should do when we are in need. The prophet Micah says in Micah 7:7, “But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

So, what do we do when we are in need? We turn to God. We wait on God. We pray.

The following prayer is a prayer that was sent to me by Rita Bertone, a member of our church family.  She wanted to share it with us as we continue to walk through the uncertainties of this pandemic.  Isn’t it good to know that in uncertain times, there is someone certain we can turn to? 

As you look to the Lord in prayer and wait for God’s answer to your prayer, rest in knowing that God hears our prayer.

Our Prayer to GOD

Holy Father thank you for all your blessings and especially we thank you for Jesus.

He is our light, our direction, our eyes and our healer.

All of us on the prayer chain come before you Holy Father to praise you and to worship you and we ask You in Jesus’ name to heal the sick that have the coronavirus, to give them strength, peace, grace and mercy while they are suffering with this virus.

We see your hands over all of us and we thank you for your protection Holy Father.

Lord God we ask that you especially watch over the elderly and the children during these difficult times in Jesus’ name.                   

We pray for the weak and the frighten individuals and the strong such as the Doctors, Nurses, Pastors, EMTs, Custodians, Truck Drivers and Grocery Workers.

You are the Alpha and the Omega, you are the Beginning and you are the End, you are the Creator and we cannot live or breathe without you Holy Lord.

We thank you Lord that you allow us to pray and worship you. We thank you Holy Lord that you live inside of us and you are with us everywhere we go.

We worship you Father, Son and Holy Spirit and there is no one higher or powerful than you. We know that you are in control and you will never leave us or forsake us.

We Love and Thank you Holy God in Jesus’ name.

                                    

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