My refuge and fortress

We go back to the book of Psalms this week. May our Lord bless you as you read and pray. Live for His glory.

Psalms 90: Book Four From Everlasting to Everlasting A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You return man to dust and say, "Return, O children of man!"

4 For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning:

6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed; in the evening it fades and withers.

7 For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed.

8 You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.

9 For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh.

10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

11 Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants!

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, and for as many years as we have seen evil.

16 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

17 Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!.

Psalms 91: My Refuge and My Fortress

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,

6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place--- the Most High, who is my refuge---

10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.

12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.

13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.

15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him.

16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Psalms 92: How Great Are Your Works A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

2 to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,

3 to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.

4 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

5 How great are your works, O LORD! Your thoughts are very deep!

6 The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:

7 that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;

8 but you, O LORD, are on high forever.

9 For behold, your enemies, O LORD, for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be scattered.

10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil.

11 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

13 They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.

14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green,

15 to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Psalms 93: The LORD Reigns

1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.

2 Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.

3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.

4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!

5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.

Things to think about…

1.Psalm 90 is actually the beginning of book four of the five books of Psalms. The psalm was written by Moses and a great reminder to number our days. God is outside of time and yet we are bound by it. Redeem the time. Do not waste your life on meaningless pursuits. May the Lord's favour be upon you and establish the work of your hands, Psalm 90:17.

2.Don't you just love the Psalms. God is our refuge and our strength Psalm 91 tells us. His angels will protect you, vs 11. Pestilence will not fall upon you. Wonderful promises. Who is sick, who is fearful, who is discouraged? May our great loving Protector bless you with a double portion of His healing, comforting Spirit this day.

3.How is your praise and worship of our Lord going? Psalm 92 calls us to give thanks and sing praise to His name. We are promised that we will bear fruit even in old age, vs 14. Look at the purpose of it all, vs 15 to declare the Lord is upright, he is my rock. May these promises be evident for you today.

4.Psalm 93 – short, but sweet and with powerful truths. It speaks of the Lord being mightier than the floods. We as a family can certainly testify to that. When our house went under water 8 years ago we saw an outpouring of the Lord's blessing that was greater than the floods themselves. He is trustworthy in His promises. How has He met your needs in times of grief and trial?

Vision Point

CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.

Cell groups on break for the School Holidays


Prayer Points

1.Those who are still recovering from illness..

2.Pray for drought breaking rain.

3.NSW parliament they have passed the lower house to decriminalize abortion laws. Likely to be passed in the upper house. Another very sad day in Australia. But keep praying.

4.More Sunday school teachers

5.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.

6.Next Sunday's messages. "Why should we consider the Bible as the Word of God" in the morning, "Christ's Millennial temple" Ezek 40-48 – Axiom 6pm.

7.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.

8.Church finances to meet our expenses.

9.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.

10.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.


Praise Points.

1.Ross and Karen Goltz – 40 year anniversary

2.Many new folk visiting CBC yesterday.

3.Those who serve on our worship teams and ministry teams.

4.Ministry of God's Word on Sunday.

5.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.

6.A number considering baptism.


Announcements

1.Backwell group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.

2.Men's breakfast this Sunday morning at the Bean Redeemed Café – 7am. $10 coffee and brekky – Phil Weston sharing his testimony.

3.Playpatch – On holiday for 2 weeks.

4.Recharge – Finished for 2 Fridays.

5.Kids at Church – Primary school aged children – on break for holidays.

6.Denning cell group enjoying a meal at Plantations (next to Char'd) Restaurant – Wednesday night. All welcome to join us. Meet there at 6:30pm.

7.Andre preaching in the morning of the 29th Sept. John Molhoke preaching at Axiom on the Incarnation of Christ.


This month's catechism question...

Q. 4. Repeat the Lord's Prayer.
A. Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Bible Reference – Matt.6:9-13.


"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3

Pastor Jay