Pastor’s Letter – April 16, 2020 – Make Thy Face to Shine

Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

Psalm 119:134

Dear Church and Friends,

The Bible is full of prayers waiting for us to pray. Today’s passage from Psalm 119 is such a place. During the shutdown is a wonderful time to explore these closet gems and use them as you address the Father’s throne.

In verses 134 and 135 we find a three fold request from the Psalmist.

  • Deliver me. apparently he was under some oppression. Perhaps Saul was close on his heals, or the Philistines, or the Amalekites were threatening. Whatever the problem was David asked for the Lord to deliver him from it.
  • Shine on me. This is a favorite phrase of the Psalms, “Make you face to shine” is found in several places throughout the Psalms. Here we have it as a request asked while waiting for deliverance to come. His presence makes all things better.
  • Teach me. This is a request for the days ahead (whether deliverance comes or not). To continue to walk in his ways we need an instructor. A teacher to guide us and so the Psalmist asks the Lord to teach him His way. A path which is according to his word.

So take this into your closet today. We all find ourselves in need of deliverance, presence, and teaching. What a wonderful way to address the Lord.

Podcast: Daily Dose Radio, Psalm 119:134-135; April 16, 2020.

Prayer: Please remember our Send Missionaries as you pray today.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

  • Question 73: What is the third commandment?
  • Answer: Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.
  • Question 74: What is enjoined in this commandment?
  • Answer: That in the ordinary course of our lives, we use the name of God, (that is his titles, word, works, judgments, and whatsoever he would have himself known by) with reverence and all holy respect; that in all things he may have his due glory given to him.

“I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.”

All my best.

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

Psalm 119:135

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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