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April 8, 2020 12:00 am
Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God to order and provide
In every change He faithful will remain
Be still my soul thy best, thy heavenly friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end
The plan special sure made me do you welcoming you to another broadcast of the Baptist Bible. Our I'm glad that you're listening. Maybe you can tell some friends about the program to target the same time each day on this station and will appreciate it if you let us know that you are listening, you can go to our website and Baptist Bible hour.or respond there or by way of letter addressing your letter to the Baptist Bible. Auerbach 17 oh 37th Cincinnati, OH 45217. If requested, we will send you a copy of our publication. The Baptist witness in these difficult times. It is indeed important that we approach life with a calm spirit trusting in our God. So today we hear the first part of the message entitled the steel myself.
It's not unusual these days to hear someone say I'm deeply troubled about the direction our nation is going troubled about the decline of the society in which we live about the coldness, often seen among many professed Christians. Sometimes it comes down to an issue of a more personal nature. Trouble say about love one sect are being influenced of the world going the wrong direction troubled about whatever particular affliction may at that time the touching their life. We need to remember the admonition of Scripture, such as is found in Psalm 46 verse 10 be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Be still and know that I am God will often point out great benefit to be derived from looking at the beautiful words of hymns and spiritual songs, songs themselves are given by divine inspiration. We know that we can count on them to be absolutely truth in every detail. Sometimes songwriters may stretch things a bit in an effort to be poetic, but when we find songs and hymns that convey a great truth subtly good to sing them in the public worship service but to commit some of the words to memory, sing it to ourselves when we are traveling along the road of life as a source of encouragement and admonition.
Beautiful him that coincides with the verse we just read in Psalm 46 is entitled the still my soul. This was written by a woman thing. Katharina von Schlagel. She lived in Germany and she looked at him in 1752. It was not translated into the English language until 1855, at which time it appeared in a hymnal entitled hymns from the land of Luther that Kim was reportedly the favorite of Eric Lindell the athlete who became famous in 1924 when he was scheduled to run in the Olympics but refused to run on the Sabbath. That story is told in the movie. Chariots of fire, but later became a missionary to China and was imprisoned during the second world war. He is said to have taught this him to others in the prison camp where he eventually died of a brain tumor. Be still my soul the Lord is on my side there patiently the cross of grief or pain leave to thy God, to order and provide in every change, the faithful will remain. Be still my soul by best my heavenly friend through thorny ways leads to a joyful and be still my soul like God doth undertake to guide the future as he has the past that I hope thy confidence. Let nothing shake all now mysterious shall be lighted last.
Be still my soul the waves and winds.
Still no his voice who ruled them while he dwelt below the universe that's not in our book. Be still my soul when dearest friends depart and wall is darkened in the veil of tears, then shalt thou better known for his love is parked comes to Sue thy sorrow and thy fears. Be still my soul by Jesus can repay from his own fullness.
All he takes away. Be still my soul that Howard is hastening on when we shall be forever with the Lord when disappointment, grief and fear are Ron sorry forgot most purest joys restored.
Be still my soul when change in tears are passed all safe and blessed we shall meet at last be still my soul as we think about the admonition in Psalm 46 to be still, and to know that God is God. We can't help but consider why it is that many seasons of life are so is not still were not at peace when restless where disturbed were filled with some degree of anxiety were given to worry that many reasons obviously could be cited but will think about just a few.
One is we become restless. We are not still waiting for the Lord when we are self will. When we have determined I want my way. The matter what may be unfolding a divine providence, no matter how God may have been leading us or directing us.
We become so determined I want to have things my way that we can have no real peace we see a vivid example of that in the experience of the prophet Jonah. Jonah chapter 4 verse three. Therefore, now, Lord, take the seat sleep my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live another extreme case, here's a prophet of God who is disturbed because the people to whom we preach, and repented and God would mercifully spare he was so angry at the inhabitants of Nineveh because they were paid and they were wicked people.
He would rather have seen them the wrath of God but to sing them, repent, so is so distraught over it.
Excess take my life. It's better that I should die than to live but a terrible frame of mind rebellious.
Publishing I wanted to go my way as I could have it my way.
I don't even care live.
That's blatant rebellion.
Verse eight and it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind and the sun beat upon the hand of Joan that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said it is better for me to not delay this is that the second time or let us be careful not to become so intent on fulfilling our plans reaching our dream pursuing our ambitions that it doesn't work out where disturbed is not angry that we react the way and become depressed and disheartened, and say what you said about anything I can have my wife but I give up my plans not working out so I quit. Be still muscle with Me. Call and still so when we are so determined, it must be my plan and nothing's more. We have a restless spirit were not still were not calm or not trusting God when we become focused on acceptance, whatever they may be, it could be that some of the troubles that we encounter are self-made were suffering the consequences of our own actions, but it's trouble. Nevertheless, it could be even if some action by a person who has harmed us spoken against us, deceived us in some way opposed us, and we're focusing on that until we can think of anything else may be that the fault is constantly there.
I know the Bible says vengeance belongs to God and I just wonder when is God going to do something and the person becomes obsessed with that thought so, in whatever form you become preoccupied with looking at the troubles of life.
Reviewing the troubles evaluating the troubles meditating on the troubles analyzing the troubles soul was not going to be at rest stop on the big steel because you're looking at the wrong thing. The fun of the gospel of Mark lesson when Jesus was on the ship with his disciples in the 36 verse and when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship and there was also with him other little ships and there arose a great storm of wind and the waves beat into the ship so that it was now full. They can imagine that if the ship was full of water and natural reaction to that is going to be some anxiety and concern and he was in the hundred part of the ship, asleep on a pillow and they awake him and send him Master Terrace found not that we perish and heal wounds and rebuked the wind and send the C piece they still in the wind ceased and that was a great call and he sent to them, why are ye so fearful. How is it that you have no faith and they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, what manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him. Jesus was on board the ship and don't you know they were perfectly safe with Jesus on board, but when they looked at the water coming into the ship and they looked at the angry waves and they felt the strong wind blowing fearful and when they go to awaken the master asked the question Paris thou not that we perish ever asked that question. Have you been in since the troubles of time that you. The Lord has forgotten about his God doesn't even observe my deep trouble at the moment is the Lord on the object of his love. Why doesn't he securely wanted to regret my request V calm the storm and when Jesus was awaken he just spoke three words. Please be still. When ceased to blow the waves ceased to toss ship about they were amazed what kind of man is this, that the wind and the sea obey him now in our own life as we have been tossed about in the days of storm in trouble. The Lord is able and sometimes does speak that word piece beastie and suddenly the storm is over and looked like it was a storm that would write on and on but certainly it's over because Lord intervened by his divine providence for the word of his power. Other times it doesn't cause storm the cease, but he still gives us peace inside because now instead of being focused on the front and on the storm refocused on him and other times we fail to be at peace in our own so because the things we don't understand another always be things we don't understand and God is not obligated to fill us in on all the details and let us understand the why's and wherefore's of what he's doing but this lack of understanding made on certain occasions we failure to understand the full scope of what his word teaches women make the right application in her life. We may have heard some false teachers make presentations and promises that sounded good. We were influenced by them were expecting something that God himself hasn't promised so we are in a state of confusion. We see that on the 24th chapter of the Gospel of Luke verse 34 they came saying the Lord is risen indeed and has appeared to Simon what good news is this the sacred equipment crucified the Savior who had died on the cross is risen, and they told what things were done in the way and how he was known of them in the breaking of bread and I was late last night, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, peace be on the wonderful think of Jesus speaking the word piece is not smoke that when they were on the troubles he bespeaks that when he appears, following his resurrection, but they were terrified that was there any reason to be terrifying.
Obviously not the Savior that they love the Savior, over whom they had grieved when they saw him crucified and treated so cruelly is now standing next is there to harm them, but they are terrified and affrighted, and supposedly seen the spirit and he said to them, why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts to hold my hands and my feet, that it is myself handily and see for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have. See they were afraid because they didn't understand they were greatly trouble because they did not at that moment comprehend that the one other mix was a risen Savior that a lot of them when they got their eyes open with her able to put together the prophetic references concerning Jesus say that indeed this one that we had believed to be the Messiah and the Savior is the risen Lord and is victorious over sin over Satan and others are other areas that causes us to be restless on the inside so that we are not able to be at peace. Where were troubled where perplexed, but it really comes down to that problem soon from problem we have to talk about repeatedly tried bride is at the heart of so many other sins. Psalm 131 verse one more. My heart is not horny, nor mine eyes lofty, neither do I exercise myself in great minors or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself as a child that is weaned of his mother, my soul is even as a wing child in reverse. He saying that when was behaving like a baby that depends upon nursing his mother. I was not at peace. You see a little child that has not been weaned as a child gets Mary's mother. You know how many patients they don't get what they want quickly to be creating a fuss. They know what they want they want now. But he says I have quieted myself because now is a weaned child.
I have learned some things. But to say before that weaning takes place. The spry nice is because of this progress. My heart is not horny.
I'm not exhausted.
I'm not looking down on other people say often one evidence of pride is that the person is constantly looking for the faults of others so they can feel better about themselves. I want to exalt itself. But he says my heart is not horny. My eyes are not lofty and neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Nothing wrong with having legitimate godly goals. But if we set our sights on something that is too high and unrealistic would be constantly frustrated peace essay. My soul was at rest I'm committing myself the things of God comes right back to the issue of self will and determination rather than bowing in humble humility before God's will be all will all will reason we can have, some so there may be much fear and anxiety around us because of the uncertainties that were facing these difficult days is because were trusting in the living God. The sovereign God who rules and reigns. According to his pleasure or comfort to know that he is in absolute control. I hope that you will write us this is Sarah Bradley Junior bidding goodbye until we greet you next May God bless you see all reading and day all and all I see in all