Reach Out and Trust is a faith-based 30-minute program brought to you each Sunday morning at 7:30 am and 11:30 am. Reach Out and Trust is a ministry of Whitney United Methodist Church here in Boise. Rev. Christina Thompson is the pastor at Whitney and each week brings her sermon to the radio. Each program is designed to encourage trust in the Lord and seeks to bring everyone who listens to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
This morning Reverend Christina continues with her new sermon series titled God is My Rock. Her talk this morning is based in part on Psalm 61, which is a prayer for security and assurance. It reveals that wherever we are, we can trust that God, our faithful Rock, will be there to answer our cries for help. He was there when David was far from home and felt the need to reach out to God by writing Psalm 61. Thankfully God is not limited to anything, including geographic location. Even when we are far away from familiar surroundings and find ourselves in an unsafe or dangerous situation, God, our Rock, never abandons us. What’s more, His all-surpassing strength is unfailing and always with us. As David strongly implies in Psalm 61, by trusting God to be our Rock, Salvation and Defense, our entire approach to how we live, react, and respond to difficult situations can be altered. Fear, hatred, and resentment fall away and are replaced with the assurance that when we are resting in God’s strength, nothing can shake us.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through Psalm 61 which says (ESV):
1Hear my cry, O God,
listen to my prayer;
2 from the end of the earth I call to you
when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I,
3 for you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the enemy.
4 Let me dwell in your tent forever!
Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
5 For you, O God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.
6 Prolong the life of the king;
may his years endure to all generations!
7 May he be enthroned forever before God;
appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!
8 So will I ever sing praises to your name,
as I perform my vows day after day.