Friday, April 28, 2017
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
God’s love is expressed for us in many different ways. At times, we may not understand why something is happening, but we must always remember that God loves us, and everything He does is centered around that love; the desire for what is best for us. A perfect example of the faith we have to have in God’s unconditional love is David’s profession of trust in Psalm 57. This psalm was written when David was fleeing for his life from Saul and hiding in the caves. In this situation, David had every reason to doubt God’s love and question the reason for his suffering, but instead, David wrote a psalm praising God, speaking with certainty about the great steadfast nature of God’s love. This was a significant realization for me. I know that I have never had to face a struggle like the one David was confronted with when he wrote this psalm. Even with the minor problems I encounter day to day, it is often difficult for me to be as totally confident in God’s unfailing love. This praise of God is a way for everyone to remember that while we may face tribulations that seem daunting, and dilemmas that appear unsolvable, we have a God who always loves us and is always taking care of us, and He deserves our complete love in return.
McKenna Stahlberg, SCS Junior
Thursday, April 27, 2017
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Have you ever received something that you didn’t deserve? Has anyone ever taken the blame for something you did? Have you ever wondered what kind of love a person must possess in order to sacrifice themselves for someone who deserves to die? These questions run through my mind whenever I think about the crucifixion of Jesus. Christ was willing to sacrifice Himself for you and for me while we were still sinners! We deserved to perish for our transgressions and nothing we could have done would have changed our fate. Yet God’s love made it possible for us to receive His gift of salvation. I am thankful that I can put my faith in a God that loves me no matter what I’ve done. I can have assurance that He will always be there for me because He has already made brilliantly clear His deep and wondrous love. I am thankful that God’s love for me will never fade or grow dim because I know that His love will remain radiant forever and ever.
Seth Reeves, SCS Junior
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD, or declare all his praise?
When we read Psalm 106, the first word we see is the word “praise”. When I see the word “praise”, it automatically reminds me of King David, who wrote the majority of the Psalms. David really encourages me because no matter the circumstances he always found a way to give thanks to the LORD, even in the most difficult situations! David knew that God’s character was good, because He constantly showed his love to David and his people. David knew that even though the people were many times unfaithful to God, God always forgave them and shed his steadfast love on them! David not only saw God’s steadfast love shown to the people, but also to himself. He was hunted by Saul, and it took many years for him to become king. David is a wonderful example for me because his Psalms remind me that there are always reasons to praise our Savior. No matter how many trials we are going through, we can trust that God is good and his steadfast love will endure forever. David then goes on in verse 2 to say that we as humans will never be able to exhaustively utter all of God’s praises. In heaven we will get the privilege of attempting to sing all his praises for all eternity!
Grace Jacobson, SCS Junior
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
“Therefore since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Oftentimes, we, as Christians, become chained down by our sin. We see our feeble attempts at righteousness, and, despite having the Holy Spirit to guide us, we walk stooped over with our sins dragging behind us. We believe that we are “not enough” and “too much” at the same time, and that our depraved nature is all that will ever thrive in our chaos. But sin must never have the power to dampen the heart of a believer or restrict the zeal and thrill of our redemption. Living our lives in this hopeless manner is like reading a book but stopping just before the hero comes to the rescue. Our passion should come from the moment of our liberation. When we stumble into the presence of God, we bow, letting our chains and burdens fall to the feet of our Master, who comes to us and releases us so that we may stand tall. And it does not end there. He does not simply dispense us to “get our lives back together” or fix ourselves. He walks with us every day, even when we forget He is near. He longs to hear our voice asking for the right path and wisdom to follow in His ways. Our prison days are over. We have been released, and when we finally realize our freedom, God can begin our joyous restoration.
Amanda Sheppard, SCS Junior
Monday, April 24, 2017
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 136 begins with three verses that say essentially the same thing; Give thanks to God, for his steadfast love endures forever. But then the chapter goes on to describe the attributes and mighty works of God that demonstrate his steadfast love. These attributes and works include the many things that he has blessed his people with. I look at this passage and I am encouraged. Sometimes it is way too easy for me to focus on the negative aspects of life. For me I am always focused on the ever-growing to-do list of assignments, tests, extracurricular activities, and responsibilities at home. Oftentimes I get so wrapped up in the pressure and stress of it all that I forget to stop and thank God for having an everlasting steadfast love for me. These two verses are so simple, so basic, and yet so reassuring. In the chaos of everyday life, it is easy to forget what these verses remind us of: God’s steadfast love endures forever. This alone should be enough to bring us peace of mind. There is nothing we can do that will change God’s love for us; no failed assignment, no bad day at work, no short-tempered words exchanged carelessly between friends or family. We are all sinners but because of God’s grace and enduring love we can be at peace, knowing that the depth of his unending love for us will never change, and that is something beautiful and amazing that we can give thanks to him for, in every situation.
Lulu Neumann, SCS Junior
Forty Days of Prayer - Introduction
The 2017-2018 school year marks 36 years of God’s faithfulness to the mission of Stillwater Christian School. May God bless you and your family as you participate in this tenth annual Forty Days of Prayer emphasis for the work and ministry of SCS.
Beginning on Monday, April 24th and concluding on June 2nd, we will post daily readings that were submitted by our juniors and seniors from work completed in their Bible courses with Mr. Micah Tinkham. Each devotional writing focuses on "The Steadfast Love of the Lord". God tells us through the Scriptures very specific truths about Himself so that we can know what He is like, and be drawn to worship Him.
Try to find a time each day to gather with family to read the daily meditation then take a few minutes to pray for the school and God’s provision for our mission. I know you will be blessed as you focus on Him and His steadfast love.