Bountifully Blessed, Pt. 3 – Psalm 84

HCBC Psalm 84 11/11/18
If you have been with us the last two Sundays in Genesis 9, you know we’ve been focusing on God’s great blessings to Noah.
God wonderfully blessed Noah and his sons and through them blessed the rest of the world.
He gave them the ability to bear children, freedom from the terror of animals, as well as meat and all foods to enjoy for His glory.
On top of that, God made a great covenant with Noah and all those that would come after him.
He promised to never destroy the world again by floodwaters.
As guarantee of that, God, with the light of the sun on rain drops painted the brilliant rainbow in the sky. And to this day, every rainbow serves as a stunning reminder of God’s great blessing, how His mercy triumphs over judgment.
If you grabbed a pen and paper and listed all the ways God has blessed you, it could go on and on.
So often we get used to the many expressions of God’s blessing in our lives: family and friends,
home and health, work and recreation, plenty of food and warm clothes to wear.
And there’s the blessing of living in a free land, the beauty of God’s creation, and of course the joy of fellowship in God’s family.
James 1:17 tells us “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
Yet there’s a subtle danger. With all the many ways God has poured out His blessings on our lives sometimes we forget the greatest blessing of all: God.
You see, we often enjoy the gifts from God without enjoying the gift of God in Himself.
Child of God, your heavenly Father wants to impress upon your heart the most exhilarating joy imaginable.
It is to experience more fully His soul-satiating presence every moment of every day!
So I want to include as part 3 and capstone of our “Bountifully Blessed” series the highest and greatest and best of all blessings. That’s God Himself!
And that is what Psalm 84 is all about! It pictures how God wants to bless us with a more intimate friendship with Himself. And it points us to the path we must take to savor Him as the blessing that goes beyond all others.
Spurgeon, awed at the beauty of Psalm 84 called it “the pearl of the psalms.” For it describes God as the most bountiful blessing of all in which we must bask.
It’s a text that God desires to use to deliver us from shallow and spiritually stagnate living.
May God now through this chapter speak to your heart. Psalm 84 “How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3 The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. 4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. 5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion! 6 Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. 7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.
9 Behold our shield, O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed. 10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, how blessed is the man who trusts in You!”
The preface to this psalm tells us these words were written for Israel’s choir director.
And it seems to have been designed musically to be accompanied by the gittith. That was a hand-held harp, a precursor to the stringed instrument we use in worship- the guitar!
We are also told this was a psalm “of the sons of Korah.”
We know descendants from that family called the Korahites served as doorkeepers and custodians in the Jerusalem temple.
They were contemporaries of King David who ministered by singing and playing instrumental music in praise to God.
By way of background, the author of Psalm 84, one of the sons of Korah, evidently finds himself unable to get to the Jerusalem.
It could have been due to a foreign army threatening Jerusalem that kept him from worshipping God in the temple.
This chapter gives us three great aspects of God’s blessing that build our trust in Him:
1. God satisfies us with His presence 1-4
2. God strengthens us with His power 5-8
3. God sustains us with His provision 9-12
2. God satisfies us with His presence 1-4
As the psalmist takes up his pen to write, his mind pictures the place where God dwells.
He calls it the “dwelling place” (mishkan). That is appears about 100x in the O.T. and signifies the temple. Notice how he describes that holy place.
He says, “How lovely.” He’s literally calling it “dearly beloved.” That’s because it’s so special to him.
What made the temple so wonderful to this believer?
It was because it represents the personal presence of the One he calls “the LORD of hosts.”
That’s such a key phrase in our psalm that it’s used here in v. 1 and again in v. 8 and 12.
We’ve seen in our study of Genesis, the word “LORD” in all caps (YHWH) is not just another name for God. It’s the personal name of the promise-keeping God.
And “LORD of hosts” speaks of God reigning and God ruling. And that is specifically shown in His dominion over His heavenly armies, angels.
Remember, what Christ, while hanging on the cross, said about angels? He could have called more than 12 legions of angels to rescue Him.
Clearly God has tens of thousands of angels submissive to Him in their service. He is LORD over every one of them.
Now would you look at how the psalmist passionately pursues God’s presence?
There in the second verse he exclaims,
“My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD.”
This is the language of a heart that burns for God.
When he says he “longs” (kasaph) to be in the divine courts, he’s showing a driving intensity. It’s the craving a starved person has for food.
Maybe there’s been a day when you have been so busy that you missed a meal or two. Or maybe you spent a day in prayer and fasting.
Well, the way God made our bodies, the longer we go without food the hungrier we become. You begin to crave something to eat, it dominates your thinking.
Friends, that’s the kind of passionate hunger you must have for God- intense, totally consuming. The writer sure did and knew that only God can satisfy the hunger of His heart.
He not only longed to be in God’s presence. He tells us he yearned for that.
In fact, with that expression “yearned” (kalah) he pictures himself fainting away. He’s consumed with a desperate desire to enjoy God’s nearness.
So this man possesses a relentless desire to enjoy God’s presence. And friends, so must we.
We too must cherish God as our supreme delight.
The writer then adds, “My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God!”
Men and women, children, here’s a believer who fully delights in God!
Every part of him, his soul, his heart and his body are enthralled with God. Nothing is left out.
He’s saying, “God, with every fiber of my being I long for intimate communion with You!”
Now, you need to know, he’s not just softly whispering praises to God.
He’s shouting them out! In fact, the word he uses for “sing” (ramag) was used to describe loud shouts of soldiers charging into battle.
There is passion and complete abandonment.
Elation and ecstatic rejoicing!
Now you must realize what’s going on here is not an external but internal call to personal worship. That’s what drives this child of God.
It’s not the blast of the trumpet or peal of a church bell reminding one to come.
It’s the inner heart call to worship, the hunger of the soul that compels him to the living God.
It’s the same passionate pursuit these same sons of Korah express in Psalm 42:1-2.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?”
Deer in dry areas can’t rest until they find water to satisfy their thirst. And then when they finally get to water, they just drink it in to the full.
David was possessed by such a consuming thirst for God. He cries out to God in Psalm 63:1, “My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Christian, that relentless desire must pulsate in your parched soul— “God, I don’t want more things, more leisure, more money. I just want to be fully satisfied in you my living God!”
For nothing less than a soul-satisfying God can fill the deepest longings of your heart.
Augustine rightly wrote, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
Friends, God put intense longings in your heart that can only be met in Himself.
Most people in this world have never had that craving for God filled because they have never turned away from sin and trusted Christ to save their soul.
Whether you realize it or not, that may be your situation.
Others of you have known that deep hungering after God as a younger Christian, and yet you have drifted from Him as your first love.
Then there are some of you who are compelled by that passionate pursuit of God and love deep and daily fellowship with Him.
Now here’s what key. For each and every one of us, there is so much more for us to experience in heart-to-heart communion with God.
There must be a clear realization of how little we enjoy intimacy with God.
Like the husband and wife who have been married 3- months and think they know everything about their spouse and have the closest relationship possible.
O that’s just the beginning of a joyous, heart-to-heart relationship as the best of earthly friends.
How much more, Christian, there is so much more for you to discover and delight in with your glorious God who dwells in you!
That’s why the psalmist shows holy envy in the third verse. He paints a beautiful metaphor saying, “the bird also has found a house and the swallow a nest for herself, where she
may lay her young, even Your altars, O LORD of hosts.”
Now that bird doesn’t represent priests who live in the temple rooms. Remember, when the plain sense of Scripture makes sense, seek no other sense!
The writer has in mind little sparrows and swallows seen in Israel.
What they share in common is this: they love to find a safe and secluded place to build their nests.
It’s best to see the psalmist as recalling an actual time when some sparrows built a nest at the base of the temple altars.
Rather than being chased out of the temple, they were allowed to nest there.
So, he’s recalling in his mind’s eye how those birds made their home in the very presence of God. And watch now- he’s got a justified jealousy of these winged creatures because they are dwelling in God’s temple, and he’s not.
Now there’s a great lesson for us from these little birds. There’s a desire in that bitty bird’s brain to find a place to rest and a place to raise her chicks.
This past Friday, as I looked at our window, I spotted a beautiful red-bellied woodpecker with the spotted black and white feathers.
I pointed it out to Sonya saying, “I hope it chooses our little bird house for its nest.” We’ll see.
The bird in our psalm flew about, looked around and found the greatest place of refuge- under the altar in the temple.
How about you? Does a fervor to experience God’s nearness describe your soul’s longing?
Or are you content to flit around at a distance from God?
Friends, we should have a far greater longing to make ourselves at home with nearness to God than do those sparrows.
God knows that we can each grow so much in our affections for God. Yes, we each can live far more closely to God.
But how? Do we just wait until we wake up one morning and feel this way? How can we grow in our heart desire for God?
First by thinking of God personally.
Notice, that’s what the writer is doing at the end of verse 3 when he exclaims, “My King and my God.”
He’s doesn’t just see God as a great king over Israel or the world.
He says, of God, “My King.” In other words, “God, You have captivated my life with Your rulership. You reign over my life!”
And he purposefully calls God “my God.”
If you are saved by Christ’s blood, then you belong to God. And you need to view God the way the psalmist does- very personally!
He is the King of your life who has your very best in mind. And He is your God who offers you the best in Himself.
And that flows right to the second motivator for seeking closer intimacy with God: the blessing of God!
Verse 4, “How blessed are those who dwell in Your house, they are every praising You.”
There is an immediate reward for all who intimately commune with God. They are especially blessed by God.
This is not the usual word for “bless” barak which speaks of honor. It’s esher from which the tribe of Asher got its name. It means happy.
When the psalmist says, “how blessed” he is describing one who is highly favored and profoundly happy.
It’s what happens to those who are immersed in intimacy with God- they overflow with joy.
Now think about this. A common characteristic given by God to all mankind is this: we would much rather be happy than unhappy.
God is not some cosmic killjoy. His goal isn’t to rain on your parade and wreck your life.
Beloved, God wants you to experience real and lasting happiness. And He is the One who makes your soul infinitely happy when you bask in Him.
Yet, when you seek happiness by running from God and living in sin what do you get?
Short-lived pleasure from sin followed by pain and regret.
But if you pursue the personal presence of God in your life you get lasting joy. That’s why we are told in verse 4 that those who dwell in God’s house are “every praising Him!”
They can’t get over the fact that they can savor the living God and enjoy ever growing closeness to Him! It’s the song we love,
How can I keep from singing Your praise How can I ever say enough How amazing is Your love How can I keep from shouting Your name I know I am loved by the King And it makes my heart want to sing.
Yes, when we our souls are mindful of God’s presence in us, we can’t help but singing praise to His name!
Following such a powerful thought we read Selah- it’s a moment to pause with the psalmist and reflect on God satisfying us with His presence.
O what a privilege, God invites you to draw near to Him each day in personal communion. To enjoy His friendship and fellowship. And from that flows lasting happiness!
Psalm 65:4 echoes that great reward with these words: “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.”
Let me illustrate this for you. When the children or Israel entered the Promised Land, God apportioned to each of the 12 tribes land as their inheritance.
Yet, Moses in Deut. 18:2 tells us something shocking about the Levites: “They shall have no inheritance among their countrymen.” None at all? Why not? Why didn’t they get any land?
Moses explained, “the LORD is their inheritance, as He promised them”
Others got the land, the Levites got the Lord. They had the privilege of fellowship and serving Him in the tabernacle!
O may you and I learn to be thoroughly satisfied with God’s presence.
That brings us to the second lesson
2. God strengthens us with His power 5-8
Have you ever had the idea that real godly Christians have no weaknesses?
They just laugh at trials, smile at pain, and never get discouraged?
Well, that’s bogus. Church, in and of ourselves, we don’t have the power to live the Christian life.
So, don’t miss this. Spiritual Christians are those who recognize their weaknesses and overcome them in God’s strength.
I love what verse 5 tells us of this: “How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, in whose heart are the highways to Zion!”
Listen, the blessed person isn’t one who thinks of himself or herself as being strong.
Rather, the one blessed by God is the believer who knows his weaknesses and lets God overcome those with His strength.
I love how the psalmist expresses that in Psalm 73. He shows his vulnerability saying, “26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Such confidence in God’s strength caused him to exclaim (in verse 25),
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
That’s the life lesson God taught the Apostle Paul with his thorn in the flesh: “My grace is sufficient for you; for power is perfected in what? Not in strength but weakness.”
And that’s how Paul could exclaim, “Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in Me.” And the clincher, “For when I am weak, then I am strong.” II Cor. 12:9-10
This shows us something counterintuitive to a blessed life. Instead of praying for ourselves and for each other to be strong, we should pray God would keep us weak and show His strength in our weakness. For that showcases God’s power in us.
Now back in our psalm, in verses 5 -7 we are to see in our mind’s eye a company of Jewish pilgrims heading toward Zion which signifies the temple in Jerusalem.
That was the designated place where God met His people as they brought their praises and sacrifices to Him.
Yet along the way, they would pass through a difficult area- the “Valley of Baca.”
“Baca” can be translated as a place of weeping or balsam trees. It was an arid place of parched land that made every step difficult for weary travelers.
Yet as they pressed on to worship God in Jerusalem, something changed- He turned their sorrows into blessing.
-He transformed difficult terrain into springs and sent unexpected early rain!
That’s the amazing promise God gave to His people through the prophet Isaiah.
Isaiah 41:17 “The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.
Now there is no fountain of perpetual youth.
Yet there is a fountain of perpetual strength for God’s people who seek Him!
Now that is the supernatural empowerment which gives us more than enough to get by.
For we read in verse 7, “They go from strength to strength, every one of them appears before God in Zion.”
This is fantastic. As you seek God, God heaps upon your life spiritual strength.
– In the face of obstacles and trials, headaches and heartaches, you walk with God.
– when finances are tight, your health is uncertain, even when the world thinks you’re crazy, you trust in God to uphold You with HIs arm of strength.
And God will be for you that ever-present help in time of trouble as you rely on Him.
Now the ultimate realization of those words, “Every one of them appears before God in Zion:” that anticipates the great day when you and I, Christians, will personally appear before our Lord and Savior in the heavenly Jerusalem.
For then we will forever enjoy the fullness of fellowship with Christ.
Until that glorious day, we must draw upon God’s strengthening for every step. But how?
First, verse 8 shows us we must lift our eyes beyond our circumstances to seek the Lord.
For He, the mighty Lord of hosts, strengthens us with His power as we draw near to Him.
Second, intercessory prayer is the way we lay hold of that strength.
God loves to hear us pray with the psalmist, “Hear my prayer. Give ear of God of Jacob.”
As you wake up and face a day with daunting deadlines and decisions. Maybe you wish you could go back to sleep and make it all go away.
Ask God to strengthen your soul in Him… and He will.
That’s what is means to wait on the Lord. It’s saying God, “You gave me these burdens, so I will run to You for strength. So here I am asking You to show yourself strong in this situation.”
God loves to hear that kind of prayer. He loves to sustain you day after day with strength for your journey that will bring you all the way to heaven!
With such wonderful assurance we see the word Selah once again. Church, let your soul respond with praise to God that He is your all sufficient source of strength.
Your part is to rely on Him in faith and appropriate that supernatural strength.
God often brings us as His children opportunities to show our love for Him. It can be in the form of serving the church body, helping another Christian need, giving of your resources, or making the gospel known.
Instead of having as your first thought, “O, I can’t do that. It would take too much time or be too difficult.” Ask the Lord to help you rely on
His strength to do what you could not do on your own.
That’s the heart of what Paul told the Philippian church: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13
Yes, in your weakness turn to God for strength!
– God satisfies us with His presence 1-4
– God strengthens us with His power 5-8 and
3. God sustains us with His provision 9-12
Is it less spiritual to pray for physical needs and concerns? No, not as long as they are for God’s glory and your joy in Him.
Verse 9 is a prayer for God to care for the king of Israel.
For both the shield and the anointed refer to their king. The psalmist prays, (verse 9), “Behold our shield, O God, and look upon the face of Your anointed.”
O.T. saints knew the welfare of their nation depended on the welfare of their king. And so they asked God to care for him.
Church, don’t forget, God calls you to prayerfully support governmental authorities above you.
I Timothy 2:1–4 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
God sovereignly accomplishes His plan through kings, prime ministers, presidents and governors.
And whether or not you get whom you vote for or your political party is in office, God is honored by your prayers (not your complaints) for government rulers. And that includes at the federal, state and local levels. For God sovereignly chooses and uses all these for His saving purposes.
Daniel the prophet, exiled in far away Babylon lived absolutely convinced of God’s ruling over all: He declared of God, “He removes kings and establishes kings.” Daniel 2:21
Moreover, our greatest confidence regarding who rules over us is this: Christ is our ultimate Ruler and King. For He is the Anointed Messiah of God.
And Jesus is the One before whom you, I, and all mankind will bow our knees. And He is the One whom we will confess as Lord to the glory of God the Father! Phil. 2:10-11
The writer in the 10th verse becomes overwhelmed in considering the blessing of living near to God.
And he gives us one of the greatest declarations of dependence upon God. V. 10:
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Here we see the incomparable advantage of what God gives versus what the world offers.
“Standing at the threshold”- that was the place for beggars and doorkeepers. They were the lowest rung on the social ladder, the nobodies.
And he’s saying, far better to be a nobody at the threshold of God’s temple than be a guest where sin makes its home.
Spurgeon remarks, “The lowest station in connection with the Lord’s house is better than the highest position among the godless…. God’s worst is better than the devil’s best.”
Take to heart the resolve of the psalmist (10b) “I would rather stand at the threshold of the house off of God, than dwell in the tent of wickedness.”
You see, he refuses to hang out with sinners. For he knows they will rob his joy and destroy his affections for God.
Instead he gladly chooses to forfeit all the passing pleasures of sin and be a slave to God.
Let me tell you. That decision was no tough gamble. There was no risk. He’s not holding his breath wondering how it will work out.
Because he knows all he will get in choosing God. For starters in verse 11: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield.”
God being compared to a sun shows His power. And as a shield we see His protection.
As a sun, he illumines our way. David puts it so succinctly in Psalm 36:9, “…in Your light we see light.”
And that great illumination came to earth as the light of the world. Our Lord announces in John 8:12, ““I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
And as our great shield, God guards us from all that would threaten our souls. He is the One to whom you must turn again and again when discouragement, depression, and despair threaten.
To Abraham God said, “Do not fear…I am a shield to you.” Gen. 15:1
When David fled from the murderous threats of Absalom his son, he turned to God and prayed,
“O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. 2 Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah. 3 But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” Psalm 3:1-3
God is not only a sun and shield. Verse 11 continues, “The LORD gives grace and glory.”
What’s grace? Grace is everything wonderful God gives us the undeserving.
For all of salvation in the past, and all of sanctification in the present, and all of God’s glorification of you when He outfits you for heaven… it’s only by His grace.
O bless God that He gives grace and doesn’t want nor accept your worthless works.
I pray that not a soul here would ever trust in something good you have done to open heaven’s gate for you. It won’t!
Romans 11:6 puts it so clearly, “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”
God gives grace, and He gives glory. But how do we receive that glory?
We receive His glory in reflecting His shining perfections. For even broken pieces of glass reflect the radiance of the sun.
The greatest glory we can ever receive is through Jesus Christ.
For John, his closest earthly friend testified, John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
And then John tells us more of that glory in Christ’s high priestly prayer. John 17:22 “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one.”
The greatest glory man can ever get from God is His Son. It’s Christ in you, your very life and hope of glory!
Lest someone somewhere think there still might be more to gain in the tents of wickedness, look at verse 11 again. The amazing promise at the end: “No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
The marriageable young man or lady responds, “well then why hasn’t God given me the person of my dreams yet?”
Or the frustrated husband answers, “why hasn’t God given me a better paying job?”
Or the weary mother asks, “why can’t I catch up on all the daily duties and pressures and have a moment to relax?
Or the upset child says, “then why hasn’t God given me more toys and clothes like I want?”
And each of you this morning can ask, why has God withheld this or that from me?”
There are two possibilities:
1. God promises to give you only good things. So, if you haven’t gotten it yet, it may be God knows it will not be a good thing for you now.
2. Notice the verse gives a condition. “No good thing will he withhold from whom?” From those who walk uprightly. That speaks of integrity.
Here’s the point- God only obligates Himself to give good things to those who obey Him.
It’s the same principle of Romans 8:28,
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
You love God and pursue pleasure in Him above all else, and He will bless your life beyond measure.
That’s the beautiful summation with which the writer draws the chapter together in verse 12.
“O LORD of hosts how blessed is the man who trusts in You.”
This is the fourth time our writer uses a form of the word “blessed” (also in verse 4,5, and 6).
And this is what he wants to leave with us:
The Lord of hosts whom he magnifies in verse 1 is the Lord of hosts who blesses here in verse 12. He blesses the person who does one thing: trusts in Him!
What will it look like to really trust God?
It means you will fully rely upon, and depend on God in your every decision, every desire, every disappointment.
It’s a life of joyful confidence in God’s goodness that He will never pull the rug out from under you or disappoint you. It’s resting in Your life being in His loving hands.
A pastor was on a long flight when his plane entered a storm. The “Fasten Your seat belts” sign came on.
A little while later a voice came over the speakers: “We will not be serving beverages at this time as we are expecting…turbulence. Please be sure your seat belt is fastened.”
Passengers throughout the plane grew apprehensive and quiet.
The plane then hit the storm- cracks of thunder could be heard over the roar of the engines. Lightening lit up the dark skies. The plane began to be tossed back and forth like a cork on the ocean. The plane would be pushed up by powerful currents of air, and then it would free fall as if it were about to crash.
The pastor observed, “”As I looked around the plane, I could see that nearly all the passengers
were upset and alarmed. Some were praying. The future seemed ominous and many were wondering if they would make it through the storm.”
Then something caught his eye. “I suddenly saw a little girl. Apparently, the storm meant nothing to her. She had tucked her feet beneath her as she sat on her seat; she was reading a book and everything within her small world was calm and orderly.
When the plane was being [tossed] by the terrible storm…when all the adults were scared half to death, that marvelous child was completely composed and unafraid.”
When the plane finally reached its destination and the passengers quickly disembark, the man just had to find out why the little girl had not been afraid.
He asked her, and she simply replied, “Sir, my Dad is the pilot, and he is taking me home.”
Christian, Your Father is at the controls and is taking you home.
He has blessed You with the best in Himself. And He calls you to rest in Him.
Gracious heavenly Father…