Looking through the Cross – Power
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Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
....Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
....righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
....on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
I will take away the chariots from Ephraim
....and the war-horses from Jerusalem,
....and the battle-bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations.
....His rule will extend from sea to sea
....and from the River to the ends of the earth.
And there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.
Read Psalm 62.
For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation. (ESV)
The NIV in its translation misses the sense of silence.
It is an attitude of trust towards God.
Often the psalms set before us the possibility of being outspoken in prayer,
Here it sets before us the opposite possibility.
vv 3-4 depict someone under pressure.
The psalmist would seem to be in a vulnerable place,
being attacked from positions of strength.
What things give you cause for concern, worry or anxiety?
What things seem too strong for you?
The psalmist might look vulnerable but his position in God is in fact strong.
In God his soul finds rest, there is hope, he is a rock and our salvation, a mighty fortress.
Think on God’s power.
How he has shown power in your life in the past?
The power he displayed recorded for us in the Bible.
The power he displayed through Christ.
Those who oppose the psalmist might look strong
but their strength is misleading.
They rely on human strength and resources that are nothing in the face of God’s justice.
They delight in lies but they themselves are a lie,
trusting in their own strength is a self-deception.
Compare the things that cause you concern with the power of God.
Power belongs to you, God,
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love.
If it were just power God might not be disposed to using it in our favour.
If it were just love he might be willing but not able.
With power and love God has the commitment and the capacity.
He is able and willing.
He loves you and has the strength to help you in all situations.
Name those things that concern you before God
and invite his power into your life.
Most wise, holy and infinite God,
We worship you and magnify you.
To you belongs all power and strength and honour and praise
Forever and ever.
You came to our world with a power so great we did not recognise it,
It was called foolish by worldly wisdom,
But a power that reconciled the whole earth to you,
That defeated sin,
That defeated death,
That defeated evil.
A power never before seen or imagined,
Unparalleled and unrivalled.
Lord forgive us for when we trust in our own folly and weakness,
Thinking it wisdom and strength.
Sorry for when we live life according to our own will and weak morality,
When we grieve you and hurt others.
But we thank you that your power is also the power to forgive,
is also the power of transformation and change,
That, steadfastly and surely by your Spirit you make us more like you.
And as we come to you,
It is Christ who is our wisdom and righteousness and consecration and deliverance.
We thank you too, that your power is also the power to heal.
Loving God, we bring before you those known to us who are
anxious about the future,
or struggling for provision.
We pray that in each of these situations you would be exactly what they need,
healer, comforter, friend, provider and assurer.
In your great love and mercy, visit them now in their distress.
Help us to be good neighbours or brothers and sisters in Christ.
And for that in our world that overwhelms us,
we pray for help in this pandemic,
we pray against injustice, inequality and racism,
and we pray for our political leaders.
Let your goodness rule in our land.
Help us as faithful followers of Christ
to contribute positively to society and our communities.
Give us wisdom and boldness channelled through love.
In Jesus name we ask all these things,
and that you would send your Holy Spirit amongst us now
that we may enjoy you and know you more,
Help us to love you fully and worship your great name with all our being.
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honour and glory and power,
for ever and ever!’
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