Psalm 145:1- 6 AMP
I will exalt You, my God, O King, and [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You and lovingly praise You; Yes, [with awe-inspired reverence] I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is [so vast and profound as to be] unsearchable [incomprehensible to man]. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty and remarkable acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. People will speak of the power of Your awesome acts, and [with gratitude and submissive wonder] I will tell of Your greatness.
In view of the daily proclamations throughout the world of impending disasters; food shortages, threatening weather conditions, a cashless society, an insensitive government to basic human needs, mental anguish resulting in suicides and murders, the love of many waxing cold, and the list goes on, and on and on; many are saying there is absolutely NO hope for an enjoyable life – what’s the use? Well, we believe that in the midst of all the despair that is trying to choke the life out, there is hope – because there is a reigning God, and He is still in control. He has done great things and the testimonies are plenteous and His word is sure. The above scripture references telling of His great power from one generation to another one. Yes, we read the scriptures and it propels our faith. However, frequently the question is asked, “Is He doing the same kind of things today that we read about in the scriptures?”
Let us encourage you that He is not just a God you can read about. We want you to know that you can receive of Him. There are no favorite children with Father God, He loves us all. As recipients of His love, please allow us to share another one of His mighty acts done in our lives:
It was back in the early 80's and the job market was doing some challenging things. As the head of the household, I was out of work and the family began to feel the pressure of it all. The rent was behind by a couple of months, car payment three months behind, furniture bill behind, food was very scarce, and every possible mental torment associated with having no money. The only hope we had was in the word of God, and we were struggling to keep our peace in the midst of the storm. We also were too embarrassed to tell others our plight because we knew how we would be looked upon. We were among the ones, especially when everything was going well, telling of the goodness of our God. Now, it seemed the provider had withdrawn His hand, doors appeared shut and the ship was sinking. Every creditor we were associated with called on the same day saying, “Monday, we want the car and the furniture." The lights, water, and the telephone were due to be turned off as well. If that wasn’t enough, at the forefront was the question, “Where would we being laying our heads with three children?” We kept praying and praising God while making the decision that if He doesn’t do it, then whatever happens, just happens. He had shown Himself strong in other areas of our lives through miraculous healings, therefore, provision was not impossible, and it’s a part of the promises.
On that Sunday morning, we went to church as usual, praying and praising the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, the God of our fathers. And, we kept holding fast to Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your (our) need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” We came home from church, the telephone rang and the caller asked for Jerry Swinney. He introduced himself and said, "You were recommended highly as a man that can do some work for me." He explained what he wanted and asked "Do you feel comfortable with doing the work?" The caller was given the assurance that his work would be done according to his expectations. They agreed that Monday morning the work would begin. Of course, this is our answer to prayer, but it may be too late because the work would be starting on Monday, the repossessions and cutoffs were due to start Monday too. All of a sudden the caller said, “I am going to give you a check for $10,000.00 to use the money as you need to get started.” After sitting at the table and figuring what the supplies would cost to begin the job, there was enough money to bring every bill up to date and put some in reserve. At 9:00 am, the check was cashed, we paid bills and started the new job.
In taking a few words from the popular song by Travis Greene: Standing here, looking back on where we come from, because of You and nothing we’ve done to deserve the love and mercy You’ve shown…
We went through a heated wilderness experience and we learned how to keep silent from complaints and trust the word. When we realized that we had to totally depend on God and there was nowhere else to go (we had exhausted all resources), He made a river in the desert. We serve God from a place of humility and gratitude – He has done so much for us. We want to tell our generation of His acts. We want them to know that He is more than just on the pages of the book, He is alive and yet doing great things. Regardless of the daily negative echoes, we must find a safe haven in the word of God.
We never returned to that particular state again, however, we have had to endure other challenges and He always, Makes a Way!