“The voice of the LORD is over the waters, the God of glory thunders,” Pslam 29:3
The Wednesday Bible study at Trinity Presbyterian Church is looking at prayers in the Bible. On October 18 we will focus on Psalm 29, a prayer of praise to the powerful King. You are welcome to join us.
“Why are we weak when we have divine strength to flee to? Why are we troubled when the Lord’s own peace is ours? Jesus the mighty God is our peace – what a blessing is this today! What a blessing it will be to us in that day of the Lord which will be in darkness and not light to the ungodly!
“Dear reader, is not this a noble Psalm to be sung in stormy weather? Can you sing amid the thunder? Will you be able to sing when the last thunders are let loose, and Jesus judges quick and dead? If you are a believer, the last verse is your heritage, and surely that will set you singing.” (C. H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, on Psalm 29).
Lightning picture credit: David Mahaffy www.mahaffy.org
This evening’s 101 Bible Study focuses on the last half of Romans 9. You might note these quotes:
“The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination is to be handled with special prudence and care, that men, attending the will of God revealed in his Word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their effectual vocation, be assured of their eternal election. So shall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and admiration of God; and of humility, diligence, and abundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel.” (Westminster Confession of Faith, 3.8).
“This trust of faith . . . consists on the one hand in a relinquishing of every human achievement, it is the exclusion of all ‘boasting’ or moral self-confidence, leaning on the strength of the law as the means of salvation; on the other hand it is the absolute surrender to God’s grace, whereby ‘in faith’ and ‘in grace can be parallel expressions.” (Herman Ridderbos, Paul: An Outline of His Theology, p. 246).
“If my understanding of Calvinism does not drive me to prayer, then I understand neither Calvinism nor prayer.” (Bud Powell).
[Consistent Christianity recognizes, even in the face of dreadful reality,] “the will and hand of an almighty God, who is also a merciful Father. While Calvinism does not offer a solution, it invites us humans to rest in him who lives in unapproachable light, whose judgments are unsearchable, and whose paths beyond tracing out.” (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 2, p. 395).
For the 101 Bible Study in Astoria this evening.