Going Deeper 6-26-19

+1) ‚ÄčLast Friday's "Hike-a-thon" to raise funds for our Pine Ridge Mission trip this summer was postponed due to weather.  We are now hiking 10 miles this Friday.  If you are willing and able to support us in this event please send me an email (markgabbert58@hotmail.com) or text (970-776-6763) to let me know.  You can pledge on a per-mile basis, or simply pledge a donation of whatever amount.  Donations can be sent or brought to Zion, 8322 Second Street, P.O. Box 417, Wellington, 80549.  THANKS!
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The Psalm for Pentecost 3...
Psalm 16    Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you."  As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight.  Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips.  The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage.  I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.  For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.  You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Recently we have heard and pondered a couple of Psalms of Lament.  This Psalm is generally classified as a Psalm of Trust/Assurance.  And there is certainly some profound wisdom is the part of the "Wisdom Literature"-- Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes.

The older I get the more I perceive the truth of these words: "I have no good apart from you."  I have been led to see the interconnectedness of everything, and of every part of life.  There really is no such thing as "secular."  Everything I see, everyone I touch, all that I think and say and do, are all experienced as a child of God.  Anything I try to separate from my life as a child of God becomes problematic.  "Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows."

A similar thought is expressed in this verse: "I keep the Lord always before me."  The more I consistently recognize and 'practice' the presence of God in all of my life, the more truly blessed my life becomes.  Admittedly, this is certainly easier for a pastor to do as so much of my time is spent in 'ministry.'  But I would urge everyone to see their work as part of the walk with God and seek to live with an awareness of His presence in everything you do.  Work, rest, play, worship, socializing... The Lord is always with you and seeks to bless you in each part of your life.

"In your presence there is fullness of joy."  

With You in His Presence,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."