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Rescue Me

2014-06-06 21.23.45

So much is going wrong Lord,
who can I turn to,
where can I go?

Will you rescue me,
save me,
protect me?

Where are you God?
I can’t find you.
You are lost in the pain,
the frustration,
the anger
that builds inside me.

Guide me Lord,
lead me,
help me find my way
to you.
There will be protection,
as I find you
and myself in you.

When I can see clearly,
I know that you help me,
I know that I can trust you.
I take my courage
and rest
in you.

Psalm 43  (CEV)

A Prayer in Times of Trouble

43 Show that I am right, God!
Defend me against everyone
    who doesn’t know you;
    rescue me from each
    of those deceitful liars.
I run to you
    for protection.
Why have you turned me away?
    Why must enemies mistreat me
    and make me sad?

Send your light and your truth
    to guide me.
Let them lead me to your house
    on your sacred mountain.
Then I will worship
at your altar
    because you
    make me joyful.
You are my God,
    and I will praise you.
    Yes, I will praise you
    as I play my harp.

Why am I discouraged?
Why am I restless?
    I trust you!
And I will praise you again
    because you help me,
    and you are my God.

Rescue

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You rescue me Lord,
you save me.
In my pain,
my anguish,
my worry,
then things holding me back,
holding me down.

So,
I offer myself,
all I am,
can be
and will be,
to you,
in thanksgiving
to you

Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 (CEV)

When the Lord Saves You from Death

116 I love you, Lord!
    You answered my prayers.
You paid attention to me,
    and so I will pray to you
    as long as I live.
Death attacked from all sides,
    and I was captured
    by its painful chains.
But when I was really hurting,
I prayed and said,
    Lord,
    please don’t let me die!”

12 What must I give you, Lord,
    for being so good to me?
13 I will pour out an offering
    of wine to you,
    and I will pray in your name
because you
    have saved me.
14 I will keep my promise to you
    when your people meet.
15 You are deeply concerned
    when one of your loyal people
    faces death.

16 I worship you, Lord,
    just as my mother did,
    and you have rescued me
    from the chains of death.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice
to show how grateful I am,
    and I will pray.
18 I will keep my promise to you
    when your people
19 gather
    at your temple
in Jerusalem.
    Shout praises to the Lord!

Psalm 116 – Sons of Korah

God’s Work

Don’t you just hate it when you’re forced to take sides – or at least someone tries to persuade you to?  Sometimes it is perfectly possible to see both sides of an argument.  Or if it is a choice between people, they may both be your friends, and you don’t want to have to choose.

1 Corinthians 1:10-18  (CEV)

Taking Sides

10 My dear friends, as a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, I beg you to get along with each other. Don’t take sides. Always try to agree in what you think. 11 Several people from Chloe’s family have already reported to me that you keep arguing with each other. 12 They have said that some of you claim to follow me, while others claim to follow Apollos or Peter or Christ.

13 Has Christ been divided up? Was I nailed to a cross for you? Were you baptized in my name? 14 I thank God that I didn’t baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius. 15 Not one of you can say that you were baptized in my name. 16 I did baptize the family of Stephanas, but I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else. 17 Christ did not send me to baptize. He sent me to tell the good news without using big words that would make the cross of Christ lose its power.

Christ Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work.

We have already been introduced to the Corinthians.  Now that Paul has established the basis for what he wants to say, he turns to their difficulties, for much as there are blessings and good things happening, there are also problems arising.

Factions are appearing within the membership, arguments over who they follow.  Some are saying they follow Paul, some Apollos, others Peter, and some just that they follow Christ.  Paul is quite blunt with them – he doesn’t want any special glory or recognition.  He knows that salvation is not through him, so why are they arguing about such a thing?  We are perhaps used to reminiscences about previous Ministers, and different people having their favourites, but this is even more than that, it seems to be people placing their whole salvation in one of the leaders.

Paul wants to point right away from that.  He is not the rescuer.  He is the messenger.  God sent him to tell the good news, not to be the good news.  He points only to God – none of it is about him.  Why can’t the Corinthians see that and agree on it?

The same is true for us.  Whatever part we are called to play in God’s work, it remains his work, not ours.  Whoever is our Christian idol, however much they have helped us, it is still God’s work that they are doing, and our focus should be on him, not any human being.

Lord,
it can be so nice
to be flattered;
for people to tell me
how much I’ve helped them,
even shown you to them;
but help me
always to remember
that it is your work,
not mine.

May my life point to you
and not me,
in all I do

It’s All About You, It’s not about me