Christian Fellowship Church Of Largo
We are living letters read by one and all
They see if we will stand or if we take a fall
Our life may be very long or quite brief
How shall we live? Bringing strife or relief?
Every small baby will somehow change our life
For a soul is born with both purpose and strife
Life may be but a short note and quickly gone
With hopes all dashed, but our thoughts linger on
Perhaps we are a long letter, full of many pages
That brings laughter and tears down through the ages
Our lives really do matter, important to our God
He has plans for us to fulfill as we walk though this sod
If we consider the work on Mt. Calvary’s Hill
We let our life’s work and words give others a thrill
As we bring God’s love and peace and joy
And others know of our dear King of glory!
Let us take great care of the life letter we write
Keeping our garments clean and pure and white!
Thank God He has a blotter to erase our sin
And keeps us holy so we can enter in!
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”2 Cor. 3:2-3 NIV
“MY SONG IN THE NIGHT”
“I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.” Psalm 77:6 KJV
Sometimes life gets confusing, scary, disappointing, and frustrating! That can make hearing from God or getting good nightly sleep and rest a problem! We need proper sleep and rest for good health as well as it helps to clear one’s mind! But we all go through what I call a restless night at times, when our brain becomes crowded with unwanted thoughts that cause such a disturbance they interfere with our ability to quiet those thoughts and actually sleep!
What can you do? Early one morning I read through Psalm 77 and began to reflect on the words. It seems Asaph was really upset as he cried out to the LORD! In the day time Asaph sought the LORD, but did not get relief! At night his heartache was so intense, his soul refused to be comforted! He remembered to talk with God, but he focused on his complaints to the point of being overwhelmed by all that had happened! Have you ever been so upset you were not even able to speak or think straight? I have and it is not a pleasant place to be! You need relief! (Ps.77:1-4)
Asaph’s complaining tone begins to change as he recalls God’s past mercies and help! As long as we dwell on our disastrous conditions and fuss about them, we hinder our own ability to get a good rest and sleep! He started to consider his own past history with God! (Verses 7-9. He asked himself six questions! Do we too, need to ask God about a few things? The Bible does tell us to examine ourselves! In verse nine there is a little word, selah. That is a musical term meaning to “pause and reflect” and is found over 70 times in the Book of Psalms. I considered the great wisdom in that one little word! Sometimes just one small reminder is all we need as an important nudge from the Holy Spirit to get back on track with the LORD!
His circumstances (infirmity) had not changed, but he meditated on the years of God’s favor he had enjoyed as a servant of the LORD! (v.10) Its’ important we understand our emotions are a God-given gift that enables us to enjoy good things in life, and yet have compassion on ourselves and others when trials or bad things happen to us or our loved ones! What made the difference in Asaph’s outlook? As he reflected on his own history with the LORD and God’s people, he had an attitude change! Where do we look when we go through the bad times?!!!
A Song in the Night can bring us a spiritual message from our LORD that encourages our spirit as we meditate on the words in that song! Time and time again, not only at night, but in the day when troublesome thoughts haunt you, The Holy Spirit will prompt us to listen to a song, perhaps one that is playing over and over in our head! What is it telling us? Songs from my childhood church days would suddenly flood my mind during my wayward days! They reminded me of a happier time in my life, my own history of the friends and fellowships my family enjoyed when I was still a young child! Those songs actually put a longing in my heart and soul for the peace and joy I had once experienced on a daily basis!
“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows, for He gives His beloved sleep.” (Ps. 127:2 KJV) One night I was so upset I was sure I would never sleep again! In my anger, I remembered Eph.4:26-27! “Be ye angry and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Neither give place to the devil.” “NO! NO! O LORD! Why remind me of this verse?
I actually did not want to let go of my anger, but I was afraid to go to sleep until I dealt with it! What a dilemma! I decided the only thing to do was just read the Bible until break of day! As I opened my Bible to Psalm 127 and read the first two verses, it hit me in the face! If I held to my anger I was doing just what the devil wanted me to do! I memorized that verse in a very short time and received forgiveness for my angers and went to bed! Before I could quote it to myself three times, I fell asleep!
Do not be deceived! This all happened after I became Born Again! Don’t let anyone tell you we should never go though these times as a Christian! Reading the Bible will reveal many saints of God suffered greatly in many ways! Psalms 32:7 “Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.”
In recalling my own personal history with the LORD, I remembered a time when my mind had tormented me with depressive thoughts and I became distraught. I also had much physical pain. Who, what or how could I be helped? In the church Service the next night a message came forth, “Your deliverance shall be in song!” At home my head felt as if had crushing bands around it! I tried to pray for myself, but all I could do was listen to a familiar tune, but could not recall the words!
At the next church service the song leader lead in this song with the same tune that had covered my mind! These are some of the words of that song! “In the name of Jesus, I have the victory!” That very night those severe head pains stopped and never returned like that again! That little song became my song of deliverance!
Is the LORD trying to get your attention with some special song in your mind or heart? If so, please listen to the words for your message from Him! He loves us too much to allow Satan to torment us! Let Him give you a New Song of victory to celebrate your life!
“No matter where I am, your teachings fill me with songs. Even in the night I think about You, LORD, and obey Your Law!” Psalm 119:54-55 CEV
This is a true testimony how God used a song and His Word to bring me victory and blessed sleep! “Yet the LORD will command his loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. Psalm 42:8
Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko