Pastor’s Letter – May 14, 2020 – The Confident Confession of Faith

Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.

Psalm 119:166

Dear Church and Friends,

Confession has never been easy to do. Especially confession of some transgression. I remember when I was a child getting caught in a sin and having to confess to the person I wronged. Not fun! David encourages that kind of confession in Psalm 32 among others, but today I have another kind of confession in mind.

The psalms are filled with what I like to call the confident confession of faith. This is hard too because we generally have such a low estimate of ourselves. We don’t confess our sins enough and we certainly don’t confess our faith enough. Psalm 119:161-168 is a primer for the confident confession of faith.

We need to add this to our growing devotional life. Take these confessions with you into your prayer closet and pray them in faith. For example say, “I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love” (163). As we confess these positive faith statements we implant them in our hearts, they become subject to meditation, contemplation, and memorization.

Start today with these confession. It will enliven your devotional time.

Podcast: Psalm 119:166-167.

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Wednesday Night Bible Study Returns October 7, 2020 @ 7 PM

Music: In Christ Alone by Celtic Worship.

Prayer: Please pray for the Behdini Kurds of Central Asia.

  • (bah-DEEN-ee) – As the change of life that COVID-19 has brought hangs over Muslims during this year’s Islamic month of Ramadan, please pray that they will be more spiritually receptive to Jesus. Also pray that Christians will have creativity in engaging with people about the gospel on social media and the internet. This is the first Ramadan in which the full Behdini New Testament has been in print. Please pray that many will read it while at home during Ramadan.

Question 13: What advantage is there in knowing of this lost happiness?

Answer: Hereby we know God’s goodness, and our ingratitude.

Question 14: But can we not return to this state?

Answer: We come to a better state in Christ.

Question 15: What are we to learn from this discourse?

Answer: That the Church was first planted, blessed, and made happy, through obedience to God’s Word.

“Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”

All my best.

My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.

Psalm 119:167

Published by David B. Smith

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

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