Good morning!

What was your first thought this morning?  Was it Psalm 118:24?

“This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

I must admit that was not my first thought this morning.  However, due to the directives of our government and the requests of our children that keep us “stuck” at home, Dennis and I have spent a fair amount of time listening to hymns on Youtube and watching interesting sermons online.  This morning we watched Pastor Robert Madu deliver a rich and rousing message on the subject of being stuck.  I encourage you to watch it.  Pastor Madu is probably a lot different from the pastor, priest, or preacher you typically listen to on Sunday mornings.  Be prepared for that, and ask the Lord to help you to see what He wants you to take away from this lesson based on Acts 3:1-10. Here’s a link:
https://elevationchurch.org/sermons/the-beauty-of-being-stuck/

I hope you listened to “Faith of Our Fathers” and read Psalm 107 each day during the past week and were blessed by both the hymn and the Psalm.

Homework for this week:

1. Listen to the hymn “Rock of Ages” as often as you can each day until you find yourself humming the tune and perhaps singing to yourself as you go through your day.  Here’s a link to a beautiful version you might enjoy:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSHzrlGoelQ 
Feel free to find one that you enjoy.

2. Read Psalm 144 as often as you can throughout the week. Here’s a link to Psalm 144 in the King James Version of the Bible:  https://www.bible.com/bible/1/PSA.144.KJV After you have clicked on the link and read that version, you can click on the letters “KJV” toward the top of the page, and a long list of different versions and translations will appear. Just click the one you want to read next.

3. Consider these questions about the hymn and also about the Psalm.
What is the theme? 
What feelings does it evoke in you? 
What words or phrases got your attention? 
What does it tell you about the character of God?

Optional:  Complete Puzzles Nos. 10 and 11 in the pink Word Search Bible Puzzle book as a way of reviewing and reinforcing your awareness of the words and message in the hymn and the Psalm. 

You may also want to read and consider Psalm 18:2:

“The LORD is my rock,
my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock,
in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold.”

Have a great time enjoying your solitude with the Lord!

The Beauty of Being Stuck