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Post-Election Special - Psalm 146

I have facilitated small group studies of many different cultural makeups, and in many different political environments. Some of the most memorable were in 1998 during the Clinton impeachment, when sympathies in my workplace study ran about 50-50 for and against. Political issues can be an ugly place to go, but there is a way to hold a productive and uplifting small group discussion, as long as the leader comes prepared to keep the group focused on the big picture (gird up thy loins, thou small group leader!). For this week, I recommend Psalm 146:

Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul.
I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the LORD, who remains faithful forever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free,
the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous.
The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.


Regardless whether your group members are elated or depressed over this year's election results, the theme of this study is that we must resist the temptation to either idolotry or despair. Instead, we trust and rejoice in our God who reigns.

6 comments:

  1. This came at a perfect time. Psalm 146 is definitely the perfect scripture in this case.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=77539

    The contents of the above link is not the only group who is calling this man the Messiah. San Francisco's Metro magazine did exactly the same thing with a similar picture on the cover of it's October issue (you can see it online). The Word says for lack of knowledge the people perish. We cannot afford to ignore what is going on around us. Is God still sovereign?. Yes. Could He change this situation in a blink of an eye? Of course, He can. However, His Word tells us that we must play a part in getting our land healed. Ask yourself, am I praying according to the scriptures? Am I truly praying...not my will but Thy will be done? God knows our hearts and it is from our hearts that action will be taken. Lots of love.
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  2. Well said; couldn't agree more. I've had to remind many believer friends and family over the past two days that the LORD is sovereign, and this is part of His masterful plan.

    To quote the esteemed theologians known as the OC Supertones:
    "And can we sing with one voice, if we all love the same God? Can we agree to disagree?
    And so we cry with one voice to the only God in all the universe who holds us in His hands."

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  3. Amen! No matter what happens and has happened....God is still in control and never lost it. It is not like He was surprised at the outcome.

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  4. This is a wonderful post. Nothing has changed. God always been in control, still in control and always will be in Control. The only change is to change our hearts for goodness of the Lord. Blessings

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  5. in total agreement. now a bit of comedy ....Home > Christian Jokes
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    Forest Gump and St. Peter
    When Forest Gump died, he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. St. Peter said, "Welcome, Forest. We've heard a lot about you." He continued, "Unfortunately, it's getting pretty crowded up here and we find that we now have to give people an entrance examination before we let them in."


    "Okay," said Forest. "I hope it's not too hard. I've already been through a test. My momma used to say, 'Life is like a final exam. It's hard.' "

    "Yes, Forest, I know. But this test is only three questions. Here they are."

    1) Which two days of the week begin with the letter 'T'?"

    2) How many seconds are in a year?

    3) What is God's first name?

    "Well, sir," said Forest, "The first one is easy. Which two days of the week begin with the letter 'T'? Today and Tomorrow."

    St. Peter looked surprised and said, "Well, that wasn't the answer I was looking for, but you have a point. I give you credit for that answer."

    "The next question," said Forest, "How many seconds are in a year? Twelve."

    "Twelve?" said St. Peter, surprised and confused.

    "Yes, sir. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd …"

    St. Peter interrupted him. "I see what you mean. I'll have to give you credit for that one, too."

    "And the last question," said Forest, "What is God's first name? It's Andy."

    "Andy?" said St. Peter, in shock. "How did you come up with 'Andy'?"

    "I learned it in church. We used to sing about it." Forest broke into song, "Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am His own."

    St. Peter opened the gate to heaven and said, "Run, Forest, Run!"

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  6. you said it.in God we trust.in these last days God as set His days? all leading up to the new world order,keep getting the word out. Romans5:6-11.

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