|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday Aug 13, 2018
It is a clear Montana summer night and the sky is chock-full of stars. A Christian and an atheist are both standing in the back yard looking up. Do they see the same night sky? Welcome to the word with Pastor David. Psalm 8:3-4 reads:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”
I think both men appreciate the same twinkling night sky. Both are struck by the vastness of the universe on display and they both can feel quite small in comparison. But for the atheist, that smallness means he is an accidental speck on a speck of a planet circling an average star in one galaxy among a hundred billion other galaxies. He does not matter in the face of such vastness.
The Christian however feels small in the face of the same vastness, but he is overwhelmed that in the face of an immense universe, God cares about humankind. More specifically, God considers and cares about him. The night sky helps the Christian gain perspective. The creator of the universe of stars above reminds us that we are small but valuable. We are tiny creatures in a big place, yet God places value in us. He values us so much he planned to connect to each one by visiting this small planet himself in the person of Jesus.
Today’s Word is that humans may be small but we are valuable to God.
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday Aug 14, 2018
Do you feel like you have lost a lot? Welcome to The Word with Pastor David. The song writer in Psalm 147:2-5 sings to those who have lost so much:
“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.”
Some have had their home-town torn down. Others have been deported and enslaved. Others have a broken heart. Some people are wounded. We understand this verse, but why talk about God naming every star that exists?
There are roughly 100 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Photographs from instruments like the Hubble telescope estimate that there are about 100 billion galaxies visible to us. That means there are some billion-trillion stars out there. That mind-boggling number is a 1 followed by 22 zeros! Humans have named several hundred stars. They have given catalogue numbers to some thousands more. But scripture here states that God has named all billion-trillion. The God who has given a name to every distant star knows our name too! His understanding is not limited like ours. When we feel rejected, jilted, and lost we can recall that the One who has given a name to each star knows our name and situation very well. We are not a number to him. We are a person. And he can bring personal healing to our broken heart.
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday Aug 15, 2018
Does a track-record of painful losses make it hard to reach out to God? Welcome to The Word with Pastor David. The song writer in Psalm 147:2-7 sings to those who have lost so much:
“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power…Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.”
Rejection and loss can lead us to believe that God does not know our situation. Yet God knows the name of each of a billion-trillion stars. He has no trouble tracking the individual circumstance of a mere 8 billion humans. It may seem easier to praise God when everything is going great, but the Word says to sing to him precisely when we feel great loss. He knows our situation. Praise him for his greatness. Trust him with our hurt. The one who cares about every star can bring healing to our lives.
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our Wednesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for more of the Word.
Thursday Aug 16, 2018
Do you feel crushed by the System? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Isaiah 40:22-26 reads:
“…He stretches out the heavens like a canopy…He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they wither…” To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out he starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name…”
Political rulers and economic and government systems can make us feel small and helpless by comparison. We are not equal to the might of these systems. Yet God states he has no equal at all. The Communist Chinese governmental system rules a billion humans. But God states that such a system is but a flash in the pan to him. He has the power and longevity to both create and name a billion-trillion stars.
When we are feeling crushed by the systems of this world we need to remember we belong to the One who can blow such systems away with a single breath. We are safe with Him.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday Aug 17, 2018
Do you feel like God has somehow lost your file on his big desk? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. Isaiah 40:26-29 reads:
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens; Who created all these?...Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God” Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
The people are complaining that the Great Judge has misplaced their case file. Human judges can be overworked, or burned out, or careless. But the God who made and tracks the billion trillion stars in the sky is not overburdened by anyone’s case. He does not get weary. In fact, quite the opposite. God is so great he can lend some of his power to you.
The next time you feel overlooked by God, look up into his night sky. The one who has personal knowledge of every star in the sky has complete and personal knowledge of your situation. And then ask him if he can lend you some power. He has plenty to spare!
And that’s the Word. You can enjoy more of the Word this Sunday at 10:45 at Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.