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.
Continuing with her sermon series God is My Rock, Reverend Christina this morning turns to Psalm 27. The theme of this Psalm is maintaining an unwavering confidence in God, our protective rock, for keeping us safe, sheltered, and free from fear. Here’s how David describes God’s protective nature in the Psalm’s fifth verse: “For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion. In the secret place of His tabernacle, He shall hide me and he shall set me high upon a rock.” We often run to God when we experience difficulties such as fear, uncertainty, rejection, or sickness. David did. In fact, he sought God’s guiding presence every day. When troubles came his way, David was already experiencing the Lord’s faithful presence, which gave him the strength and preparation necessary to handle any test. Believers can reach out to God for relief or assistance at any time, but only when seemingly overwhelming problems are knocking on the door. Many of our problems can be far more easily handled by seeking God’s help and direction beforehand. David did, and so should we all.
In this week’s show, Reverend Christina Thompson takes listeners through parts of Psalm 27 which says (ESV):
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!