Ipsalms remix - old tunes for new life: Steadfast


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This has been an amazing week at St. Johns!  God gave us the opportunity to share the Good News of Jesus with almost 200 children every night!  It was a lot of energy and effort.  We had over 50 volunteers each night with youth and adults.  The theme of our VBS was God’s friendship.  This message is simple and clear but also powerful.  The youngest child has an understanding of friendship.  Our need to love and be loved is inherent and helps us to connect to each other.  Each child this past week heard that God wants to be their friend.  More than that, they experienced it through the care of each group leader and volunteer.  Was it worth our energy and effort?  After all, these kids will have so many other experiences before they will be able to claim Christ as their Savior.  ABSOLUTELY!  It is worth all the work we have poured into the week because God is so amazingly faithful to his promises and to his Word. Small seeds grow into great trees of faith.  In our sermon series, Ipsalms Remix, Old Tunes for a New Life, the sermon for Father’s Day and our VBS conclusion is Steadfast.  It is based upon Psalm 89:15-29.  Our section begins with the familiar word we have seen throughout these Psalms that points to God’s friendship, “blessed.” This Psalm is about God’s faithfulness to all of us, and we have an opportunity each day to claim his promises and blessings for our lives.  We realize that God has been working to be our friend for centuries and he has always kept his promises.  This Psalm communicates the great power of God’s faithfulness, but also how our lives can be transformed by claiming this God as our Father.  Our most sincere prayer is for you to experience God’s abiding, constant friendship that is able to be your help and salvation as you read Psalm 89:15-29.

Psalm 89:15-29: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, LORD. 16 They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. 17 For you are their glory and strength, and by your favor you exalt our horn. 18 Indeed, our shield belongs to the LORD, our king to the Holy One of Israel. 19 Once you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said: “I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have raised up a young man from among the people. 20 I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. 21 My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him. 22 The enemy will not get the better of him; the wicked will not oppress him. 23 I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries. 24 My faithful love will be with him, and through my name his horn will be exalted. 25 I will set his hand over the sea, his right hand over the rivers. 26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.’ 27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the earth. 28 I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail. 29 I will establish his line forever, his throne as long as the heavens endure. (NIV)