Author Neal Pollard is currently
the preaching minister
at the Bear Valley congregation
in Denver, Colorado.
This Memorial Day poem is from Preacherpollard's Blog.
They fought a fight of sacrifice
On land, by air, and sea
Privation, starvation, an awful price
To guard our liberty
Some were cut down in prime of life
Others came home with scars
They faced great fears and perilous strife
For country, for stars and bars
We owe a debt of gratitude
We never could repay
May we have a humble attitude
This aptly named Memorial Day
And looking backward to a different nation
One more ancient, but still existent
We are humbled by their proclamation
Of their allegiance most persistent
They gave their lives in spiritual war
Fighting the wily adversary
Faithful unto death, this sanctified score
Wore their armor, though the battle was scary
We walk behind these noble groups
One in nation, the other in doctrine
Our lives should be changed by these gallant troops
We should be better because of this squadron
Each reminds us that freedom is not cheap
Each shows us the greatness of service
If fidelity is sown, then great honor we reap
Cowardice would do them both disservice
May we step forward, the church of our Lord
While these freedoms remain to us all
And share Christ boldly, with vigor restored
And answer our Chief Commander’s call!
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Author Jake King is currently the preaching minister
at church in Seneca, Missouri.
The recent floodwaters that have hit our area led me to think of a passage in the book of Psalms. Before I share this passage with you, you should know that different translations of the Bible use slightly different wording in this passage.
The passage is Psalm 29:10. In the King James Version, this passage reads, “The Lord sitteth upon the flood; Yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.” In the New King James Version, the passage says, “The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, And the Lord sits as King forever.”
You’ll notice that they changed the first “sitteth” (which would be present tense) to the word “sat” (which would be past tense). Looking at other translations, we find that some are like the King James, and use a present tense word. For example, the NIV and ESV both say, “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood,” and the CEB essentially says the same: “The Lord sits enthroned over the floodwaters…”
Other translations are like the New King James and use a past tense word. The NASB, for example, says, “The Lord sat as King at the flood…” The Living Bible, likewise, speaks in the past tense, saying, “At the Flood the Lord showed his control of all creation.”
If the past tense is correct, the verse may be talking about the flood of Noah’s time. The word used for “flood” in the verse may be helpful to note as well. Derek Kidner wrote, “The word for flood is significant, for it is found elsewhere only in Genesis 6-11, and only of Noah’s flood.”
But whether the verse is talking about Noah’s flood or floodwaters in general (including the ones recently in our area), the point remains the same that God is King. God is in control. And with Him, everything will be okay. As it says in the next verse, "The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace" (Psalm 29:11 NASB).
Consider some other verses in the book of Psalms. First, there is that verse in the 23rd psalm that says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4 ESV).
Also, notice the first verses in the 46th psalm: “God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes, or the mountains fall into the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2 NCV). Later in that psalm, it says, “Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10 NIV).
No matter what may be happening around us—whether we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, whether earth is shaking or the mountains are falling into the sea, or whether the floodwaters are rising around us—we can be calm because we know that, with God, everything will be okay.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that nothing bad will happen to us. Bad things will happen to us—including death. But even then, with God, everything will be all right. As Paul said, “to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21 NKJV).
So we don’t have to be afraid. No matter what’s going on, God is King, and with Him, you’ll be okay.
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