21/07/2019: In the Lion’s Den: Be Still

CALL TO WORSHIP:                      PSALM 46

(A special song for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)

God Is Our Mighty Fortress

1 God is our mighty fortress, always ready to help in times of trouble.
And so, we won’t be afraid! Let the earth tremble and the mountains tumble into the deepest sea. Let the ocean roar and foam, and its raging waves shake the mountains. A river and its streams bring joy to the city, which is the sacred home of God Most High. God is in that city, and it won’t be shaken. He will help it at dawn.

Nations rage! Kingdoms fall! But at the voice of God the earth itself melts. The Lord All-Powerful is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress. Come! See the fearsome things the Lord has done on earth. God brings wars to an end all over the world. He breaks the arrows, shatters the spears, and burns the shields.
10 Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God! All nations on earth will honour me.”  11 The Lord All-Powerful is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress.

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

OT SCRIPTURE READING:                      Daniel 6:16-20 (CEV)

16 So Darius ordered Daniel to be brought out and thrown into a pit of lions. But he said to Daniel, “You have been faithful to your God, and I pray that he will rescue you.” 17 A stone was rolled over the pit, and it was sealed. Then Darius and his officials stamped the seal to show that no one should let Daniel out. 18 All night long the king could not sleep. He did not eat anything, and he would not let anyone come in to entertain him. 19 At daybreak the king got up and ran to the pit. 20 He was anxious and shouted, “Daniel, you were faithful and served your God. Was he able to save you from the lions?”

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

QUESTIONS:

      1. When we read the Bible there should be a creative tension between ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      1. Take note of the following: Lectio Divinia[i].

Lectio – we read the text

Meditatio – we meditate the text

Oratio – we pray the text

Contemplatio – we live the text

Divina the text connects us to God

 

      1. Let your imagination guide your reading of Daniel in the pit – what do you think Daniel saw, smelt, felt, thought about…? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      1. The presence of angels in the OT is always a sign of ______________________
      1. The major lesson that Daniel learnt was: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      1. What are your thoughts on Psalm 46:10: “Calm Down and learn that I am God”? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      1. What do you think about my statement “Fear and anxiety are twins”? Does fear play an integral part in your life? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
      1. Why is it vital to learn the lesson of “Calm down/Be still …God is with me”? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Luke 22:42-44 42 “Father, if you will, please don’t make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do what you want, and not what I want.” 43 Then an angel from heaven came to help him. 44 Jesus was in great pain and prayed so sincerely that his sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood.

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

      1. Does believing “Be Still and Know that I am God” mean the crisis moments in your life are taken away? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

      1. A verse to think about: 1 Corinthians 1:18 “Christ Is God’s Power and Wisdom 18 The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work.”

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

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Practical exercise for this week – for times of prayer and in times of stress and pressure. Breathe deeply and slowly; consciously slow your breathing down; and say to yourself “Be still… Calm down… I breathe God in… and I remember …. God is in charge!”

NOTES:

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God bless,

Rev. Tim

[i] “Eat this Book”: Eugen Peterson: 2006: Hodder and Stoughton: pg. 91

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