Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 27th, 2017
Summon your power, God; show us your strength, our God, as you have done before.
Psalm 68:28 (NIV)
Summon Your Power
We do not want only memories of the Lord’s power. We earnestly desire to see His divine activity in our day. Once again, let us use this statement from this psalm as we pray. Let us watch for the response from heaven. Then His heart’s desire (and ours) will be fulfilled. How does this verse change the way you will pray today?
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Robert Barry Dickey was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia in 1811 and participated in all three of the confederation conferences. After studying law at the Windsor Academy, he was appointed to the Nova Scotia bar in 1834 and to the New Brunswick bar the following year. Besides his law practice, Dickey served as a judge and register of probate, director of the Novia Scotia Electric Telegraph Company and consular general to the United States. In the years leading up to Confederation, Dickey served in the Nova Scotia legislature and upon the birth of the new Dominion was appointed to the Senate, where he served until his death in 1903.
The pages of the Bible are filled with the stories and testimonies of God’s power. He wins battles, protects His people, provides for their spiritual and physical needs, delivers, heals, renews and redeems. The Bible begins with God speaking the world into being and ends with His power seen in Glory and in the new creation that will take place at the end of this present age. And while we expect the Bible to speak of God’s power, we who have trusted Jesus Christ ought to be able to testify to having seen His power unleashed in our own lives. King David certainly experienced God’s power in equipping, forgiving, restoring and giving the victory spiritually and militarily. So he writes in Psalm 68:28: “Summon your power, God; show us your strength, our God, as you have done before.” Because David had seen God at work in the past, he knew that he could trust the Lord to show His power again. Followers of Jesus learn to trust Him more as we look back to see all that He has done in our lives in the past. Challenges and trials will continue to come our way in this life. We know that because we have experienced them in the past. But so have we experienced God’s intervention and deliverance. If you are in the midst of some difficulty right now, reflect on God’s power over such times in the past. And trust Him to once again show you His strength.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’