Cory Illingworth – Psalm 121
Cory Illingworth – Psalm 121
On Sunday, August 17, 2014 we looked together at Psalm 23. Mike Fahlman shared his journey and how Psalm 23 impacted his life over the last few years of his journey. Below I have included Psalm 23 in the King James Version and in the New Living Translation. On Sunday we were invited to write our version of Psalm 23 and to send it in to Cory at his email firstname.lastname@example.org
Psalm 23 is what God inspired David to write. The thought is for us to write our version. It is not meant to replace what David wrote, but to show how God has guided us through our journey.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
Cam Liske – Psalm 42
Psalm 116 is an incredible roller coaster of a psalm.
We see the author who has such firm faith and trust in God, and has seen God work and move in the past, but still faces trials and tests.
We see an author who is overwhelmed, stressed and perhaps even depressed. He has lost faith in society and feels death closing in on him.
But his response is something we all need to look at: “Please Lord, save me!”
Even in his overwhelmed heart, he did the only thing he knew to do and the only thing he knew could make a difference – he called out to God.
Some passages I referred to this past sunday in my sermon that I would encourage you to read again:
Psalm 116, 2 Corinthians 4:7-15, Revelations 21:1-4, Hebrews 13:15-16 and Romans 12.
This week, if you feel life closing in around you and you are becoming overwhelmed – call out to God, He will hear you.
But also journey with people. The author of this psalm also talks about doing this “in the presence of all His people”.
Connect. Find those you trust, those who are in the same place, those who have been in the same place, those who care for you, those who may be so far removed from that but can offer a new perspective, those who trust God and can point you to our Saviour, Healer, Comforter…
This fall we are re-launching small groups, because I believe this is a VITAL part of our journey. Pray about being in a small group, and pray about being a small group leader. Let us journey together and strengthen each other as we seek God in the joy and the struggles of our lives.
Cam Liske – Psalm 116