God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.[a] A Song.
46 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 "Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
What a great comfort today! As things continually go wrong on this earth, and nations war and rage against each other. As government becomes more corrupt, as people all around us fail us, and as we fail ourselves over and over again, we have a fortress to run to. We have a God who isn't fighting against us but has fought for us and won! He has already conquered sin, death, the devil, and hell.
Have you been running to God as your fortress? Maybe you're hanging out in the wind and being tossed around by it. Maybe the enemy is hitting you with everything he's got. Maybe it even feels like he's winning.
Do you feel as though temptation is getting the better of you? Do you feel like your friends aren't really acting like your friends? Is your body failing you and causing you great grief? Does your faith feel dull and asleep, even dead?
RUN TO YOUR FORTRESS!! RUN TO JESUS! He is your shield and great reward! He is your maker and redeemer. Run to him and hold on to him! Don't let go of him. Run to him in worship! Run to him in prayer! Run to him as you go to your pastor and talk to him about your troubles. Your pastor is God's representative, God's mouth, to tell you what you need to hear and to comfort you with his grace. Run to him as you share in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ. They, along with you, are the body of Christ.
Run to Christ where you are guaranteed safety, security, and peace! Run to Christ where your sins are forgiven, your faith is strengthened, your conscience is cleared, and your love is renewed. he is an EVER PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE!! Run to Jesus today!
Let us pray: Lord God, help me to remember daily that you are my fortress. Amen.
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Lydia Miller; 11- ????? (Need someone to take Gus's place)
Ushers- Dave Winter, Gary Scott, Larry Schulze, Scott Schulze
Altar- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean up- Lynn Russell and Elaine Schauer
Communion Assistants- Sat- John Hachtel; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Dave and Linda Callies; 11- Dan and Lisa Rausch
Lay readers- Sat- Judy Koprowski 8:30- Roy Bohning 11- Steve Robine
Sat. Pianist- Kathy Barrow
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat. Perricone, 8:30- Terry McKenzie, 11- Jack Bunge
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