Praying With Scripture
We've arrived at Psalm 27, an examination of fear in the life of God's people. First, the psalmist asks what there is to fear, when God is our salvation and stronghold. Enemies, whether individuals or armies, are nothing compared to God; they cannot compromise any safety that's founded in him. In fact, their chance of endangering anyone whose safety is in God is so low that the psalmist moves on quickly to consider the stability of his relationship with God.
After looking with love to the city and the temple of God, the psalmist's consideration brings him to the only thing worth fearing when God is your safety: the possibility that God will remove his favor and protection. The psalmist ponders this possibility and, in fear of it, begs God to remain his sure defense. Then, in this context of rightly-ordered fear, he remembers God's faithfulness: though parents might abandon us, God will never abandon us. For this reason, concludes the psalm in triumph over fear, even when his circumstances seem dire. Because of who God is, he can believe in his future deliverance, and set himself to wait in peace. The psalmist's danger moves through remembering God and becomes patient faith.
Are you confident enough in God's salvation, that you can lay aside all fears but the fear of God? What prevents you from being confident in God's salvation?
Does God have the power to remove whatever you fear? Does he love you tenderly?
How could you train yourself to respond to danger with patience?
Read the whole Psalm at the bottom of this update
Requests and Praises
Public Trainings - Praise God for a successful Christian Adulthood 101 event on Saturday! Pray for Discussion for Transformation on September 23, that God would fill it with youth leaders who are eager to serve him in their ministry.
New Partners - Pray that God would move new churches and schools to buy Wheatstone Trainings for their faculty and staff, so that the Christian adulthood movement can take root in brand new communities.
Marketing - Pray that God would give us wisdom and good success as we work to get the word out about our newly-complete suite of essential youth ministry Trainings.
Academy Alumni - Pray for our alumni, especially new alumni, who experienced Wheatstone for the first time this summer.
Fall Registrations - Pray that God would move church and school groups to commit to attending The Academy 2018, Living Among Shadows.
Staff and Office
Peter and Lisa - Pray for both Peter and Lisa, who are both overstretched, juggling more than they should. Pray that we would stay hopeful and courageous, and pray that we would have wisdom to correctly prioritize our projects.
Interns and Volunteers - We have three regular volunteers or interns this semester. Pray that God would bless their work and our fellowship with them, and pray that God would bring more volunteers and interns onto the team.
Website Updates - There are still a few small parts of the website that need to be completed and launched. Pray for Peter and Lisa as they scramble to finish!
Monthly Givers Rally - Over the course of the next month, we'll be asking our community members to become new Monthly Givers, the most important part of our donor community. Pray that God would move many alumni, parents, partners, and staff to begin supporting Wheatstone regularly, so that all of Wheatstone's fixed operating expenses can be covered by recurring monthly gifts!
New Benefactors - Wheatstone seeks new large gifts from individuals and granting organizations, so that we can grow. Without them, we won't be able to really take this message across the country. Pray for visibility, favor, and good success!
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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?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
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.
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.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!