Psalms 130 /

Family,

If all went well today, D—— and M—— are now on their way to Hawai’i. We will be meeting for mid-week training tonight at H——’s apartment, from 6:30–8pm. It is Crossroads’ cross-training!

With the Lord is forgiveness. But at what cost? Himself. “He Himself will redeem Israel” (Ps. 130:8). The greatest gift of all, Jesus, was given to pay for the greatest debt of all, my sin. And now the bargain of redemption: if you want to be redeemed from your debt and the power of sin, you must be bought and owned by God. “You are not your own; you were bought at a price” (1 Cor. 6:19–20). When have you bargained with the Lord? What is He asking of you today?

Pray to the Lord to send out laborers for His harvest, and obeyers of the Great Commission. Pray for the New York City mission team which is forming and preparing now (interested?). Pray also to be sensitive to opportunities to minister to friends, family, and neighbors during this “holy week.” We would welcome any of them to our church community this Sunday!

See you soon,
C.

Psalms 130
A song of ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;

2 O Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?

4 But with you there is forgiveness;
therefore you are feared.

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

6 My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.

8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

Psalms 129 /

Family,

The road of “ascents” is one of discipleship. It is an uphill road, but one that we are given special strength to walk. Even Jesus “learned obedience” uphill (Heb. 5:8), as He ascended not only to Jerusalem, but to Calvary and then to Heaven. That is the way: conversion, the cross, then glory. Keep your way according to Jesus’ path; you will persevere. Today, use all the resources Jesus used: the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, prayer, and the community of believers. Be rid of all that hinders. And when you wander or slip, remember… oh, remember! that Jesus has already succeeded and ascended in your place. By grace, through faith, your way is secured. Read Psalms 129 and persevere.

Be sure you have a special time with the Lord today, in personal prayer, in the Scriptures, and in worship. Then you are walking!

The Lord is righteous and has cut us free,
C.

Psalms 129
A song of ascents.

1 They have greatly oppressed me from my youth—
let Israel say—

2 they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
but they have not gained the victory over me.

3 Plowmen have plowed my back
and made their furrows long.

4 But the LORD is righteous;
he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.

5 May all who hate Zion
be turned back in shame.

6 May they be like grass on the roof,
which withers before it can grow;

7 with it the reaper cannot fill his hands,
nor the one who gathers fill his arms.

8 May those who pass by not say,
“The blessing of the LORD be upon you;
we bless you in the name of the LORD.”

Psalms 128 /

Family,

What a great time of worship we had last night! Continue to lift everything to Him who is able to help. We will continue our messages this week, ascending to the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection next Sunday. If all goes smoothly (and we pray!), D—— and M—— will be leaving Wednesday for Hawaii. “The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest’” (Ex. 33:14).

Be inspired by Psalms 128 to walk with the Lord and to settle yourself on His blessing: “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” God is blessing: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ;” and “…in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 1:3; 2:7). You know God is blessing us now, but for many of us this week is still a difficult one. Brothers and sisters… pray for each other.

May the Lord bless you today… really.

Praying for you,
C.

Psalms 128
A song of ascents.

1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways.

2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your sons will be like olive shoots
around your table.

4 Thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.

5 May the LORD bless you from Zion
all the days of your life;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,

6 and may you live to see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel.

Psalms 127 /

Family,

“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Today is traditionally called Palm Sunday on the Christian calendar; on it we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem the week before His death and resurrection. A great crowd of pilgrims, who had “ascended” to Jerusalem for the Passover, welcomed Jesus as the promised Messiah. The hour had come for the Son of Man to be glorified (John 12:23).

Pray for your family (“house”) as you read through Psalms 127 today. Pray also for your community (“city”). Each of us has been working hard during the week, and trusting the Lord while we work. With God’s blessing on our work, it is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:58), and we can rest without fear today. Pray also that God would bless His house with the birth of new children — the salvation of souls.

Hosanna in the Highest!
C.

Psalms 127
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.

2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.

3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one’s youth.

5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Psalms 126 /

Family,

Please send any prayer requests (or praises!) and questions you may have. We will continue these messages through next week.

Pray today for: The Nepali outreach. D—— has invited all the Louisville Nepali’s to an Easter meeting, to continue sharing the gospel with them. Praise God that this can happen! Pray to God for wonderful things to be done, that people would see the need to respond to Jesus, and for a harvest to be brought in. The meeting is at 3:30pm, in Crismon Hall (basement of the library) at the Seminary. Also, pray for the international meeting tonight, SNT, at the BSU. May God use this emotional time (it is M——’s last meeting) to capture people’s hearts for Him.

Those who plant in tears, harvest in joy (Ps. 126). The Lord does great things for us: past, present, and future; let it be known among the nations, Lord.

Filled with joy,
C.

Psalms 126
A song of ascents.

1 When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion,
we were like men who dreamed.

2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”

3 The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like streams in the Negev.

5 Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy.

6 He who goes out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.

Psalms 125 /

Family,

We were able to spend time with D—— and M—— for one more night last night. Keep praying for them, as the movers come today, as people begin looking at their house, and as D—— travels today to Vermont. He’ll return early next week and the two of them will leave shortly after for Hawaii. I don’t think we know how to express how much we’ll miss them.

Pray also today for: two outreach Bible studies for internationals. I will be a part of one meeting at the Speed School (U of L) and Sammy will be part of one at the Medical Campus. They both meet at noon and reach a good number of people. This has been a great place to build relationships and share the Bible. May God be exalted in all our hearts.

Trust in the Lord; He holds your heart, and His desire is to keep it upright. Thank you, Father.

Amen,
C.

Psalms 125
A song of ascents.

1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people
both now and forevermore.

3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain
over the land allotted to the righteous,
for then the righteous might use
their hands to do evil.

4 Do good, O LORD, to those who are good,
to those who are upright in heart.

5 But those who turn to crooked ways
the LORD will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel.

Psalms 124 /

Family,

Hope to see some of you tonight at the pot-luck dinner. If you have any questions or plans to attend, contact C——.

Pray today for: S——, D—— and family. S—— may be finishing school soon and their future plans are uncertain. They may be leaving here, and we pray they will be useful instruments in the Redeemer’s hands, wherever He takes them. We are behind them all the way.

Brothers and Sisters, God is on our side (Ps. 124)! The Maker of heaven and earth! “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:31–32). He has broken every snare — of sin, of evil, of death; let nothing hold you back today from praising Him and gratefully serving Him with all that He has given you.

Amen,
C.

Psalms 124
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 If the LORD had not been on our side—
let Israel say—

2 if the LORD had not been on our side
when men attacked us,

3 when their anger flared against us,
they would have swallowed us alive;

4 the flood would have engulfed us,
the torrent would have swept over us,

5 the raging waters
would have swept us away.

6 Praise be to the LORD,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.

7 We have escaped like a bird
out of the fowler’s snare;
the snare has been broken,
and we have escaped.

8 Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalms 123 /

Family,

There is a good-bye pot-luck dinner for D—— and M—— this Thursday, April 6th, at 7pm. C—— is hosting the dinner, with the International BSU staff, and Crossroads is invited. Please RSVP to her if you can come, and notify her what you can bring (so that way we don’t have all salads or desserts). You can also bring your favorite D—— and M—— story (or, your most embarrassing D—— story 🙂 ).

Pray today for: M—— and also M——, as she passes the “torch” to him for the International BSU. M—— is doing the best she can to transfer important relationships and administrative details to him today and this week. This ministry is also a vital part of our church’s ministry.

Keep serving the Lord while waiting for His mercy and help; He is Sovereign. Meditate on Psalms 123.

C.

Psalms 123
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to you,
to you whose throne is in heaven.

2 As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy.

3 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us,
for we have endured much contempt.

4 We have endured much ridicule from the proud,
much contempt from the arrogant.

Psalms 122 /

Family,

How are you walking this week? The Lord watches over us, keeping us, and keeping our feet firm. Walk with Him to the New Jerusalem.

Pray for: J——, who is leading an important IESL study today. Her students will be hearing about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus between now and Easter; may they hear it and see the need to respond in faith!

As you read Psalms 122 today, pray also for the peace of God’s people, His house.

Seeking the good of the church with you,
C.

Psalms 122
A song of ascents. Of David.

1 I rejoiced with those who said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD.”

2 Our feet are standing
in your gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is built like a city
that is closely compacted together.

4 That is where the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD,
to praise the name of the LORD
according to the statute given to Israel.

5 There the thrones for judgment stand,
the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.

7 May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”

8 For the sake of my brothers and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”

9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your prosperity.

Psalms 121 /

Family,

Continue to walk with the Lord this week, through His Word. Below is Psalms 121 for you to take the next step Godward; meditate on these truths from the Lord, your Guardian.

Pray for: D——, who is meeting at Ft. Knox today to finalize some details for their move.

Thanks for your encouraging responses. Send any questions or prayer needs at any time.

Guarded by God,
C.

Psalms 121
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.