Todays readings.. Genesis 42&43, Psalm 46,47&48, Matthew 28

Today we completed reading the gospel of Matthew with its’ account of the resurrection.  We especially noted its’ conclusion that they were “to make disciples of all nations” – and only in our generation is this being completed.  The outward proof of conversion is baptism. (v.19) But we must make sure our heart has genuinely experienced conversion.

Our chapters in Genesis tells us of the second journey into Egypt by the brothers of Joseph, this time Benjamin is with them and the scene is set for a drama to unfold as we will read tomorrow.

But our hearts were most affected by the three Psalms we read (46-48)! The 47th and 48th Psalms describe God’s kingdom in action, Psalm 48 starts, “Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! …. the joy of all the earth … the city of the great King.”  But we let our minds dwell – in awe – on Psalm 46 – and its application to our world today – and its inspiration to those who still believe in – and – most particularly – have a relationship with God.    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved … the sea,  though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble … The nations rage, the kingdoms totter … ” [v.1,2, 6]

But true and faithful believers will hear the words, ” Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth …” [v.8,9] This is the climax to the ‘history’ of godless humans – those who have convinced themselves there is no God.  Once again we are reminded that there are just two ways – the broad and narrow – one leads to wonder – the other to disaster.

Let us makes sure the final words of this Psalm are fully embraced within our hearts and minds. “”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress”  Let us especially be ready to know and feel this  – that our God and his Son are “a very present help in trouble.”

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