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Friend – Pull Up A Chair

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I stand in awe of the God of all creation when I look at the moon and all the stars in the heavens! As a believer, I have a special relationship with God – He is my Heavenly Father, He is my Shepherd, He is my Friend. The Bible has much to say about the fear of the Lord. There are 30 verses with that same phrase. One such verse is:

~Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

This fear has nothing to do with being afraid of God and His judgment. We are no longer judged because we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour and His blood is what cleanses us from all unrighteousness. This places us in a different position than the unsaved. The unsaved have every right to be afraid of God and His judgment. But to the believer, we fear him as we do our own earthly father – a reverential fear.

What blessed peace is brought to the heart of the believer knowing that he is a child of the King and no longer needs to be afraid!

There is a difference between fearing God, and being afraid of God; the Godly fear God as a child does his father, the wicked are afraid of God as the prisoner is of the judge.
(Watson, Religion Our True Interest, 9)
Thomas Watson

~Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
~Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart.

My life before I repented and accepted the saving grace of Jesus Christ was one where I could only pretend to be “religious.” I knew way deep down in my heart that I was not where I should be but I ignored it. This belief was actually encouraged by my religious leaders. If I attended church, kept a good confession, and kept the sacraments, I was well on my way to Heaven. But I did not have the joy in my heart that the Psalmist expressed in today’s text.  It was not until I saw my sin as God sees them and realized that there was nothing that I, personally, could do to get to Heaven.  (Ephesians 2:8-9) It was all about Christ – all about His death, burial and resurrection – all about His precious shed blood on the cross that paid the penalty for my sin!

Once I understood this and repented of my wicked sin, the Holy Spirit came to dwell inside me and made me whole!  Oh the joy that came into my heart!  The burden of sin was removed and I was immediately set free!  (Matthew 11:28-30) I no longer feel the heavy weight of religion upon my shoulders but now I am free!

I can rejoice with the Psalmist – I can be glad in the Lord and sing praises to His name!!!  Psalm 32:11 says that the righteous should rejoice!  There is no righteousness in me (Isaiah 64:6) but Christ’s righteousness is what covers me and we are the righteous that the Psalmist exhorts to be glad!!  Jesus Christ is my justifier (‘just” as “if” “I” never sinned).  It’s not anything that I’ve done but it’s everything that Christ the Saviour has done!

~Romans 3:26 To declare, [I say], at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Amen and amen!  Praise the Lord – give glory to His Name!  He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!  He is my Redeemer and my Friend!!!

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Joseph M. Scriven

  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
  3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.
  4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
    Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
    May we ever, Lord, be bringing
    All to Thee in earnest prayer.
    Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
    There will be no need for prayer—
    Rapture, praise, and endless worship
    Will be our sweet portion there.

 

16. April 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: Poetry · Tags: , ,


There’s Someone who wants to be closer to you
A Friend who can fill every void
He’s never too busy to listen or care
Neither will you make Him annoyed!

Call on Him, no time is He ever asleep
You can be sure He’s always there
He’ll not ignore you or reject what you say
His love is unique and so rare.

A Saviour you say, but just Who could this be?
Our God, sent to earth as a man
Jesus stepped down from His Glorious Place
To be offered, a Passover Lamb

Our sins He has taken upon His own Self
So we can gain entrance to Heav’n
To repent and believe is all we need do
For Christ made the payment for sin!

Why would He do this you must ask to yourself?
Why would He give His life for me?
The Creator unselfishly gave Himself
Receive Him so we may be free!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be changed
New life bringing glory to Him
Give Him praises and thanks for all He has done
He freed us from all of our sin!

A new life with a sweet aroma of works
We’re a light which never should dim
Be faithful and pure in your actions and deeds
So that souls may be won just Him!

Kate Plourde
Summer 1981

There are different kinds of friendships
That we encounter along the way
That vary with each different person
And change from day to day

There is only one kind of friend though
That is worthwhile waiting for
The kind that always stands behind you
And provides you with so much more

Much more than mere companionship
Much more than a bending ear
But the kind that always holds you tight
Whenever you’re close to tears

The kind that understands your ways
Without a question or a word
The kind that just cannot be bought
And if so, I could not afford

And this, my friend, is a story of you
That I hold dearly to my heart
I thank the Lord for your sweet friendship
And pray that we’ll never part!

Kate Plourde

1984