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Psalm 44:26 Rise up and help us; rescue us because of your unfailing love.

 Psalms

The book of Psalms is the greatest collection of prayers, songs, and wisdom in the Bible.  Its rich themes of thanks, praise, lament, and celebration have been on the hearts and lips of all worshipers of God since the days of David.  Throughout the Psalms we learn that God desires his people to cry out to him, to call upon Him, to find refuge in Him.  We learn that the way of the righteous is good and the way of the wicked is perishing, regardless of how things may seem at times.  We learn that the spiritual person can be honest with God in prayer, should humbly submit to His ways, and stand in awe of His majesty.

We also learn much about God’s character, particularly that he is a mighty deliverer who delights in coming to aid of those who boldly call upon his name.  Our theme this year is Rescued and it points us to the fundamental truth about our relationship with the God of the Bible.  We all are perishing apart from his steadfast love and mercy and this theme runs through the entire book of Psalms.    Specifically, our theme verse, Psalm 44:23-26, expresses an urgent cry for the Lord’s deliverance.  After recounting difficulties experienced by the children of God, the Psalmist writes:

Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24 Why do you hide your face
and forget our misery and oppression?

25 We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
26 Rise up and help us;
rescue us because of your unfailing love.  (NIV)

May we all this year be richly blessed by dwelling in the Psalms.  May our vocabulary of praise, worship, lament, prayer, and devotion be enhanced through our encounter with this wonder portion of God’s word.   And, in years to come when we and our children need God’s help, may we have the boldness and confidence to cry out for His hand to rescue us.    And then, with thankfulness and praise may we let the world know that we are a people who have been RESCUED.

Dates: April 17-19, 2020
Location: Richland High School
930 Long Avenue
Richland, Washington 99352

Friday evening and Saturday morning

Richland High School
930 Long Avenue
Richland, Washington 99352

Saturday afternoon and Sunday
Richland Church of Christ
933 Thayer Dr
Richland, Washington 99352

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