Sunday Services: 10:30 AM
505 South Sixth St. Burbank, CA
FaithView, For Storm Riders:
“Let them know, that you, whose name is the Lord—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.”—Psalm 83:18
This Psalm is a prayer for the enemies of the Lord–and the Lord’s people–to be destroyed.
It’s a bit of rah-rah, then again a good chunk of Psalms is about rah-rah. It’s about lifting us up when we feel weak and vulnerable. When we are down and feeling alone, the encouragement from the Psalms can help carry us through the storm.
They’re poetic reminders of God’s faithfulness, his love, his strength and his eternal existence. They’re great. If fact they’re so great that sometimes as believers, we wish we could answer our troubles directly by speaking truth to them in a psalm-like fashion.
Verse 18 above is the conclusion of a prayer. It can be read as a request and/or viewed as something prophetic.
“Let them know, that you, whose name is the Lord—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.”–is an awesome line but it is also a great declaration of our faith.
This isn’t a case of us telling God what he’s going to do. This is more about the psalmist, Asaph—and us—declaring who our God is. Our enemies might attempt to discourage us, but our God is the Most High.
And there’s the takeaway, by declaring it we are saying we believe it.
That might come across as very elementary, but it’s true. If we are going to declare it, then we have to believe it. We should believe it. We better believe it otherwise what are we doing? Are we just repeating the lines we read? Are we just repeating the lines we heard someone else say?
Or, by the conviction and testimony of our hearts, are we truly believing that he is the Most High?
We or someone else might say, “Oh, of course, I believe God is the Most High over all the earth.” But do we live like it?“Oh, of course, I believe God is the Most High over all the earth.” But do we live like it?
See if God/Christ is truly the Most High then there should never be any doubt when it comes to submitting to him. There should never be any question about who has the final authority—confirmed by the Scriptures—in our lives. None.
I believe we can make a statement like verse 18 above and have it be as hollow as promises made by a politician before an election.
But I also believe that when we are surrendering and obeying Christ, consistently, every day then we are capable of making this statement— “Let them know, that you, whose name is the Lord—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.”–is a great declaration of our faith—with the power, spiritually, of a nuclear explosion.
When I believe my Jesus is the Most High—believe it in my soul—there is nothing I believe that is impossible. There is no other I will call on; there is no other I will put my trust in and there is no other I will ever kneel before…Because my God, our God, is the Most High over all the earth.
A VBS Unlike Any Other:
VBS Goes to Rome: The theme for Vacation Bible School this year is “Rome: Paul & The Underground Church”
The dates are June 26-30…Look at your calendar…share with your friends…Pray for Seana Zilbert, who is directing…Make plans to volunteer.
You can sign up your child and their friends here on our website. Look the button up top, click, and follow.
Note to Church: Expect much work to be taking place around the church throughout the month of June as we prepare for VBS.
Burbank Faith now has a Twitter account. You can follow us at; @BurbankFaithNaz
Check out Burbank Faith on YELP and be sure to write a review of our church.
July is Camps Month: Remember July is camps month…Junior High, High School & Kids will all have separate camps at Granite Ridge.
District Assembly is July 12-14
(It is one month later this year due to General Assembly (Indianapolis) being held June 21-30.)
SrHi Camp: July 16-21
Kids Camp: July 23-28
JrHi Camp: July 30-August 4
“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)…Old Testament overview. We’ll feed you and care for the kids. Mark your calendar. Big September is just like Big Wednesday times four…
Did You Know?
On this date…
… In 339, death of Eusebius, 74, Father of early church history. He attended the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325, and his “Historia Ecclesiastica” contains an abundance of detail on the first three centuries of the Early Church found nowhere else in ancient literature.
…In 1431, French heroine Joan of Arc, 19, a prisoner of the English, was burned at the stake for heresy. (She was later canonized in 1920 by Benedict XV.)
…In 1934, the two-day Barmen Synod ended in Germany. The resulting Barmen Declaration affirmed that the German Confessing Church recognized Jesus Christ to be the only authoritative voice of God, in clear contrast to all other (i.e., Nazi) powers representing divine revelation.
…In 1971, Audie Murphy WWII hero is killed in plane crash at 46.
May 29: Memorial Day
May 30 Women’s Bible Study—7:00 PM
June 3: Men’s Breakfast at Harry’s, 8:00 AM
June 4: Sunday Service, 10:30 AM…Sunday evening “Prayer Hour” from 6-to-7:00 PM
June 18: Father’s Day
June 26-30: VBS Week
July 12-14: District Assembly
“Big September” every Thursday in the month of September (7, 14, 21, 28)