North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..November 2015
We are blessed during this month of November to pause and give praises and thanks to God for all that He has done, is doing and will do.
As we come together this month, we do so under the theme, “Be Thankful in Times Like These and Give God the Praise.”
We find that we are taught in Psalm 106 to bless God; that is to give Him thanks for his goodness toward us because He is good and His mercy endureth forever. We must give Him the praise for His mighty acts of power, which no man can hinder or oppose. For no man can utter the mighty acts of the Lord. Nor is there any man who is worthy or who is able to perform the mighty acts of the Lord.
We find that as we study this 106th Psalm, David is telling us that the children of Israel are saying to us, “We have sinned as our fathers, we have committed iniquity and done wickedly. But, our fathers did not understand. And, because they did not understand, they refused to give God the praise. As a result of their refusal to give God the praise, they wondered in the wilderness for forty years. Instead of praising God when they reached the Red Sea, they even provoked Him there.”
God is a good God. Rather than destroy the children of Israel when they provoked Him at the Red Sea, He saved them for His own name sake.
Hear me when I say God will save us, even when we provoke Him, for His name sake in due season, if we are thankful and give Him the praise.
David, in Psalms 106 verses 7-10, said even though the children of Israel refused to give God the praise, God rebuked and dried up the Red Sea to deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh. Not only did God deliver them from the hand of Pharaoh, He also drowned Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea. Upon the children of Israel seeing first handed the mighty acts of God in their deliverance from Pharaoh’s Army, they sang praises unto Him.
Now! If God would do all of these things for Israel, who would not praise Him until they saw his mighty acts, what do you suppose He would do for those of us who praise Him, that have not witnessed His mighty acts first hand?
This brings to mind John the 20th chapter verses 24 through 27, when Jesus appeared to the 10 disciples, while Thomas was not there. When Thomas heard they had seen the Lord, he would not believe their report. Thomas was so bold until he said, except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails and place my hand into his side, I will not believe. In other words I cannot give praise and be thankful in times like these, for the resurrected Lord until I see the results for myself.
I am glad, we serve a God who leaves no work undone. God never starts a task and walk away before it's completed. I know this is true because eight days later the disciples, including Thomas, were in the Upper room with the door shut. Jesus enters and said to Thomas, "Reach your fingers and thy hands into my side: and be not unbelieving but believing.” Thomas Praised the Lord and said "My Lord and my God."
Jesus said, "Thomas you praise me because you have seen me with your own eyes and felt me with your hands. But blessed are they who praise me and are thankful in times of hardship and trouble, but have not placed their fingers in the nail prints or their hand in my side.”
As I bring this documentary to closure, I am reminded of the words of the prophet Habakkuk in the 3rd chapter verses 17-19. There he said, "Although the fig tree will not blossom, neither shall fruit be on the vines, and the labor of the olives shall fail; and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold; and there be no herds in the stalls. Yet I will be thankful in times like these and praise the Lord.”
Our nation is at war and we are at war in every major city, as well as along the roadways with the local police departments. The policemen are the ones who are supposed to protect all people. But seemingly, I may be wrong in my thinking here; they only protect those people who look like them. But, through it all, I am going to look to the hills and praise God in times like these. It may take Him four hundred years to get around to me and my house. But, I will stand firm and say, “For me and my house, we are going to remain thankful in times like these and give God the praise.
Yes! We are going to wait on the Lord because Isaiah said in chapter 40 verse 31, “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they will mount up on wings like the eagles, and they shall run and not weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
So, in times like these, I encourage you to join me, and let us be thankful and praise ye the Lord. Let everything that have breath praise the Lord.
Praise Him. Praise Him. Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. To God be the glory for the victory He has already given His saints.
Be Thankful and Happy Thanksgiving!
Humbly Submitted Because of Calvary,
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for November 2015
Be Thankful in Times Like These
A man's heart deviseth his way
First Providence Baptist Church
315 Barton Road
North Augusta, SC 29841
Phone: (803) 279-8836
Fax: (803) 441-8666