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The Stone the builders rejected

The Stone the builders rejected

These next few Psalms exalt the Lord's presence, glory, care, faithfulness and steadfast love. Our response is simply to offer up praise and worship.

Psalms 114: Tremble at the Presence of the Lord

1 When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

2 Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.

3 The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.

5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?

6 O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,

8 who turns the rock into a pool of water, the flint into a spring of water.

Psalms 115:To Your Name Give Glory

1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!

2 Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?"

3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.

5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see.

6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell.

7 They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat.

8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.

9 O Israel, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD! He is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;

13 he will bless those who fear the LORD, both the small and the great.

14 May the LORD give you increase, you and your children!

15 May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth!

16 The heavens are the LORD's heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.

17 The dead do not praise the LORD, nor do any who go down into silence.

18 But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. Praise the LORD!

Psalms 116: I Love the LORD

1 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.

2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.

4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: "O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!"

5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.

6 The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.

7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;

9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

10 I believed, even when I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted";

11 I said in my alarm, "All mankind are liars."

12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?

13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,

14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

16 O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.

17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.

18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,

19 in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

Psalms 117: The LORD's Faithfulness Endures Forever

1 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!

2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!

Psalms 118: His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

2 Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

3 Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

4 Let those who fear the LORD say, "His steadfast love endures forever."

5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free.

6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!

11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!

12 They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!

13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

15 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,

16 the right hand of the LORD exalts, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!"

17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.

18 The LORD has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.

22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

23 This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We bless you from the house of the LORD.

27 The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.

29 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!

Things to think about…

1.We know the Lord protects His people. Ps 114 speaks of Israel being led out of Egypt and God's covenant love and protection being over them. They have had a tough time in history. But we know the end. God's love and grace is over you today – rejoice!

2.Look at the world. Look at what it praises. Ps 115 speaks of the futility of idols. But the God of Israel blesses His people. The Lord has blessed you my friend. True prosperity can only be found in knowing and obeying God. This psalm concludes with the fact that those who are dead do not praise Him. Very true. But we are alive in Christ and will praise Him forevermore, Ps 115:18. Hallelujah!

3.We all struggle with unbelievers and their shallowness at times, but have you ever been in danger of your life, either from persecution or even a health scare or physical violence or family strife? The writer of Ps 116 (probably David) says he has been delivered from death. But even so, he says, "precious in the site of the Lord is the death of his saints", vs 15. Sometimes believers don't live as long as we think they should. But our resting place is not found in this life. In Christ's presence is where we belong. Some are just promoted earlier! Rejoice, because you will finally receive your reward.

4.The shortest Psalm, Ps 117 still has a profound message. All nations should and will praise the Lord. Ps 117 merely shouts out this fact. Regardless of the many 'faiths' around the world. The Lord has given life and blessing to all nations. But salvation in Christ is the ultimate gift. As His child, how much more should His praise be on our lips?

5.Deliverance from times of trouble is part of the testimony of the Christian. Ps 118 speaks about God delivering the writer (again, probably David) from all the nations around him and giving him the land. What has the Lord given you my friend? He has given you much in this life because you live in Australia. You are exceedingly and abundantly blessed. But more than that, He has given you eternal life. Praise Him with every fibre of your being.

6.How does the Lord's steadfast endure forever, Ps 118:1-4, 29. Because "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes", Ps 118:22, 23. Jesus quoted this part of Ps 118 as a reference to Himself and the work He would achieve is the rejected Messiah, Mt 21:42. It is marvellous in the eyes of those who see Him for who He truly is. As such they acknowledge that His steadfast loves endures forever in heaven with Him.

Vision Point

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

1.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 have passed the vote to decriminalize abortion laws. Another very sad day in Australia.

4.More Sunday school teachers

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

6.Next Sunday's messages. "How can I know I am forgiven?" in the morning and "Dealing with enemies"– Psalm 109 - Axiom 6pm.

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

8.Church finances to meet our expenses.

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


Praise Points.

1.Andre and John's preaching ministry on Sunday

2.Men's breakfast on Saturday – Phil's testimony.

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

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

5.A number considering baptism.


Announcements

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

2.Playpatch – On holidays for 2 weeks.

3.Recharge – on break over school holidays.

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

5.Andrew Otte preaching 13th Oct AM and 20th Oct PM.

6.Ray of Hope orphanage trivia night dinner to raise money for the orphanage Saturday 19th Oct 6pm at Church.


This month's catechism question...

Q. 5. How many petitions are there in The Lord's Prayer?
A. Six.


"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

It is good for me that I was afflicted
I am poor and needy