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Major Announcement this Sunday and an Invitation to Hillsdale’s Virtual Services

You are invited to join Hillsdale’s Virtual Services this Sunday and come prepared for a major announcement!

This Sunday Morning: Youth Pastor Justin Jarrett is continuing his Teen Bible study in the Book of James at 9:45 AM and a message titled, Phony Faith: When your walk doesn’t match your talk. (James 2:14-26)

I look forward to preaching the first of a brief series of “Coronavirus” messages from Psalm 23, focusing this Sunday only on verse 1 where we read, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” You seldom hear a message from Psalm 23 outside of funerals and I am excited to preach a series from that beloved Psalm that will focus on David’s observations for the living.

In advance of Sunday, ponder these questions:

  1. What did David mean when he penned, “The Lord is My Shepherd?”
  2. Did you know there are two-types of Shepherds in the Bible?
  3. What is the job of a shepherd? What are two implements or tools we associate with the shepherd?
  4. Did you know there are two-types of sheep in the Bible…those who know the voice of the shepherd and those who do not.
  5. Why does the Bible compare people to sheep?
  6. What is the nature of sheep that they need a shepherd?

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

The Joy of Brotherly Love (Psalm 133)

Scripture Reading – Psalm 133

I am unsure why today’s scripture reading assignment consists of only one brief Psalm; however, it is poetic, beautiful, and inspiring.

Psalm 133 is ascribed to David as “A Song of Degrees” (the same inscription found in Psalms 120-134). Scholars suggest the “degrees” referred to the ascension of pilgrims coming up to Jerusalem for one of the Hebrew festivals. The same scholars surmise the psalms were sung by believers making their pilgrimage to the Tabernacle in David’s time, and later to the Temple after its construction during Solomon’s reign.

I am of a different opinion. Understanding the psalms were songs of worship led by the priests and Levites in the Temple, I believe the psalms inscribed as “A Song of Degrees” were sung by the priests as they ascended the steps of the Temple Mount to offer sacrifices and entered the Temple to worship the LORD.

Without any more adorning on my part, consider the beauty of this psalm as a celebration of the joy of brotherly love and unity among God’s people.

Psalm 133:1 – Behold, how good [precious; pleasing] and how pleasant [sweet; charming; delightful] it is for brethren [of kindred spirit] to dwell together [alike; altogether] in unity [togetherness]!

We are by nature beings who long for fellowship, and when that fellowship is sweetened with the joy of unity and mutual love for the LORD, there is nothing sweeter.

What is the nature of this love that bonds and unites the hearts of believers?

Psalm 133:22  It is like the precious [pleasing] ointment [oil; i.e. olive oil often perfumed] upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments [the robes worn by the high priest];

Brotherly love is an abundant love, an overflowing love like the anointing oil that ran from Aaron’s head, down his beard, and over his garments. Like the sweet scent the high priest carried on his beard and robes, so is the lingering sweet fragrance of brotherly love and fellowship.

Psalm 133:33  As the dew of Hermon [a mountain north of Israel], and as the dew that descended [come down] upon the mountains of Zion [upon which the city of Jerusalem was built]: for there the LORD commanded[put in order; charged] the blessing, even life [living] for evermore [everlasting].

Like the perpetual dew that shrouded Mt. Hermon (its moisture was carried down by the winds to the arid mountains of Zion), brotherly love and unity is the blessing the LORD sends down upon His people. Brotherly love is an enduring, constant, self-sacrificing love.

The mark of a sincere believer is expressed in not only his love for God, but also his love for the brethren: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another”(John 13:35).

What sorrow when brotherly love and unity is lost.

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

Three Secrets to Success (2 Samuel 5; 1 Chronicles 11-12; Psalm 122)

Daily reading assignment – 2 Samuel 5; 1 Chronicles 11-12; Psalm 122

Remembering we are following a chronological schedule for reading the scriptures, you will notice today’s reading assignment is for two parallel passages: 2 Samuel 5 and 1 Chronicles 11-12, and Psalm 122.

The date for Psalm 122 is uncertain; however, it is a song of David that was sung as priests (and possibly pilgrims) ascended Mt. Moriah where the Temple was located.

Today’s devotional commentary will focus on the coronation of David by the Twelve Tribes of Israel (2 Samuel 5:1-6; 2 Chronicles 11:1-3) and the great warriors who were numbered among his “mighty men” (1 Chronicles 11:6-47).

Following the death of King Saul, David had been crowned king by the tribe of Judah in Hebron (2 Samuel 2:4). Civil war lasting seven and one-half years had followed Saul’s death when men chose Ishbosheth, the son of King Saul, in opposition to the LORD’S will (some in Israel knowing Samuel had anointed David to be that nation’s next king).

Following the death of Ishbosheth (2 Samuel 4:12), the elders of the Twelve Tribes of Israel assembled at Hebron and anointed David to be king (2 Samuel 5:1-3). David was thirty years old when he was crowned king in Judah (5:4) and thirty-seven or thirty-eight years old when he was anointed king of all Israel (5:5). Altogether, David would reign as king for forty years.

David’s first task was to inspire his army to take the strong hold of mount Zion, held up to that time by the Jebusites (5:6-8). Zion, where David would found the city of Jerusalem, was the highest peak in the mountain range that bordered between the tribal lands of Judah and Benjamin. It was a natural stronghold with three valleys on either side of the mount and only the northside was vulnerable to siege.

Because of its natural strengths, the Jebusites boasted blind and lame men could hold the fortress against a siege (5:6). David challenged his army with a promise to make as his captain the man who would secure Zion for his capital (1 Chronicles 11:6).  Joab aspired to the challenge and became the chief captain of David’s armies (11:6).

David proved to be a brilliant tactician in war and inspired a host of men who became mighty (11:10-47) and loyal servants (12:1-40).  

Soon after being crowned king, David faced his first challenge as the Philistines stirred their armies to battle, eager to take advantage of Israel’s transition in leadership (2 Samuel 5:17). Two battles with the Philistines are recorded in 2 Samuel 5:18-25.

What was the secret to King David’s greatness? Was it his skills as a warrior? Was it his keen strategy as a leader? No! The secret to David’s success is found in where he looked for wisdom, insight, and direction.

2 Samuel 5:19-25 – Three Keys to David’s Success

  1. “David enquired of the LORD” (5:19), and when God said go to war, he went to war.
  2. “David and his men burned” (5:21) the idols of the Philistines and in so doing obeyed God’s Law (Deuteronomy 7:5, 25).
  3. “David enquired of the LORD” (5:23), and when God commanded, “Thou shalt not go up” (as he had before), he obeyed and waited on the LORD to tell him not only the WAY, but also the WHEN (5:24-25).

Those same keys for success must be followed by every believer who desires the LORD’S blessings on his life and family.

When you face the challenge of what to do, follow David’s path: 1) Pray; 2) Be faithful and obey the LORD; 3) Wait until the LORD has revealed not only the WAY, but also the WHEN to move forward.

The secret to David’s greatness was not his skill in battle or the mighty men who surrounded him; it was that “the LORD of hosts was with him” (1 Chronicles 11:9).

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

A Profundity on Life and the Inevitability of Death (1 Chronicles 7-10)

Daily reading assignment – 1 Chronicles 7-10

As mentioned in the earlier devotional, the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles is largely dedicated to the genealogical record of the sons of Jacob (i.e. Israel) and the Twelve Tribes of their lineage.

1 Chronicles 7

1 Chronicles 7 documents the tribal lineages of Issachar (7:1-5), Benjamin (7:6-11), Naphtali (7:13), the half-tribe of Manasseh that settled west of the Jordan River in Canaan (7:14-19), Ephraim (7:20-23), and Asher (7:30-40).

1 Chronicles 8

The lineage of Benjamin, of whom was born Saul, Israel’s first king, is recorded in 1 Chronicles 8.

1 Chronicles 9

1 Chronicles 9 concludes the genealogical record of all Israel from the Babylonian captivity. The ancestral record of the tribes was stored in the Temple in Jerusalem and returned to Judah after the captivity where they were maintained until the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD.  The Hebrew records were lost in the destruction of the Temple.

The genealogical record of the Levites and their occupation in the ministry of the Temple are recorded (9:2-34).  1 Chronicles 9 concludes with a record of the lineage of Saul, Israel’s first king and his sons (9:35-44).

1 Chronicles 10

We have noted in an earlier devotional the reign and death of Saul, Israel’s first king (1 Samuel 31:1-10). 1 Chronicles 10 gives us another perspective of Israel’s defeat at the hands of the Philistines, along with the humiliation that followed the deaths of Saul and his sons on the battlefield (10:1-10).

On a personal note: I have explored my family tree in recent years. I have sifted through courthouse records; combed through dusty, yellowed newspaper clippings; explored cemeteries (some ancestors were found buried in a family graveyard that had been absorbed into a farmer’s field); and searched Ancestry.com.

After years of study and research, I propose a universal certainty… DEATH!

On that topic, I invite you to consider several profundities: 1) Everyone who eats chocolate, will die. 2) Anyone who refuses to eat broccoli or cauliflower, will eventually die. 3) Everyone who exercises, will inevitably die. You might think, “Those are not philosophical profundities. They are silly parallels!”

You are right! The absurdity is that many live as though they believe they will be the one exception! I assure you, you will not. As it was with my ancestors, so will it be for you and me: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Physical death is inevitable; however, the matter of God’s judgment rests with your decision to either trust or reject Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16).

Spiritual death is eternal separation from God, and Hell (Revelation 20:12-15) is the destiny of all sinners apart from a Savior who will take their place and bear the punishment for their sins (Isaiah 59:2).  Friend, God has provided us a substitute, a Savior-Redeemer. He is Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:8 – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

Don’t Worry; God is in Control! (Psalm 81, 88, 92-93)

Daily reading assignment – Psalm 81, 88, 92-93

Today’s scripture reading consists of four chapters in the book of Psalms. I will briefly outline and highlight each, but give greater commentary to the fourth, Psalm 93.

Psalm 81 – Psalm of the Feast of Trumpets

Psalm 81, like Psalm 73, is authored by Asaph a Temple musician. Like all the psalms, this was a psalm you would have heard in the Temple, performed by musicians dedicated to leading the congregation in worship. Psalm 73 coincides with a feast known as the Feast of Trumpets (Numbers 29:1).

Reminding us how important orchestras and congregation singing were to Israel, the psalm calls the people to “Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob”(Psalm 81:1). (The “joyful noise” indicates a melody and harmony).

The following verses acknowledge percussion instruments (timbrel), string instruments (harp, psaltery), and woodwind and brass instruments (most likely silver trumpets, of which one hundred twenty are mentioned in (2 Chronicles 5:12).  Imagine how the LORD loved the glorious sound voiced by hundreds of singers accompanied by a great orchestra of skilled musicians!

The balance of Psalm 81 is a reflection on the LORD’s covenant with Israel (81:5-10), the failure of the people to obey the Law and Commandments (81:11-12), and a reminder of the LORD’S longing to bless His people if they keep covenant with Him (81:13-16).

Psalm 88 – A Psalm of Lamentation

Psalm 92 – A Psalm of Praise for the Sabbath Day

Psalms 93 – A Psalm of Praise for God’s Sovereignty

Scholars believe Psalm 93 was written after the Babylonian captivity. In a matter of 70 years, Israel had witnessed the implosion of Babylon, arguably the first great world empire.  Nebuchadnezzar had conquered the known world in his day and among the many nations led away to serve him was Israel.  Unlike other ancient nations that were resettled and assimilated by the Chaldeans, the Jewish people maintained their identity as a chosen people, distinguished by God’s Law.

Israel’s return to their land and the rebuilding of the Temple and city of Jerusalem gave cause for the author of Psalm 93 to state three truths regarding God and His immutable character.

The first truth states, God is Sovereign and His Rule is Forever (93:1-2).

A study of world history yields the reality that even the greatest nations rise and fall.  With the passing of time, every nation that has ever taken its place on the world stage inevitably evidences corruption and the decay of character and morality. Nations rise and nations fall.  Kings rule and presidents preside, but the reign of the LORD is everlasting.

The second declaration proclaims, God is Greater than My Circumstances (93:3-4).

At first glance, we see mighty, destructive floodwaters that describe circumstances that are powerful, sweeping, and devastating (93:3).  We have witnessed the devastating power of floodwaters sweeping away everything in their path…homes, possessions, even lives are lost to the power of surging waters. The floodwaters are emblematic of the rise of nations and their rage against God’s Truth. His voice is mightier than the greatest nations of the earth.

With that picture in mind, the psalmist writes, The LORD on high is mightier” (93:4).   He is mightier than the thundering waters of a waterfall or the pounding waves of the sea.  He is mightier than the circumstances that seem ready to overwhelm you.  He is mightier than the sorrows and disappointments that have brought you low.

Our closing principle is, God is Faithful – His Word, Testimonies and Promises are Sure (93:5).

Israel’s return to her land following the Babylonian captivity fulfilled God’s promise He would not forget or forsake His people.  Surely there were times in Babylon when all seemed lost; the temple had been destroyed, the walls and city of Jerusalem had become nothing more than a pile of rubble, and the people had been removed from their land.  However, not a promise of the LORD had failed and the Jews were restored to their land.

Take heart, God is Sovereign; He is greater and mightier than your circumstances, faithful to His promises, and His reign is forever!

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

Your Invitation to Hillsdale’s Virtual Services… Traditional Worship with the Great Hymns of our Faith

You are invited to join Hillsdale Baptist Church for our Virtual Worship Services this Sunday morning at 9:45 AM and 10:30 AM.

I encourage you to have your Bibles ready and if possible, print out today’s sermon notes for your family. Trust No One; Question Everything – Psalm 10 – April 26, 2020 AM student blank 

Traditional Worship: While the majority of American churches have followed the contemporary trend of the world’s music, Hillsdale has remained a church dedicated to worshipping the God of the Scriptures who has revealed Himself as Holy and Almighty. Believing God would have us worship Him in a manner that reflects His majestic character, our music and worship is devoted to Him.

Our congregational hymns this morning are “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Praise to the LORD, the Almighty.” You are encouraged to either print out today’s hymns or click on the attachment to follow with us as the pastoral staff leads in worship. song_sheets_for_4_26_2020

This morning the staff will be singing, “Everlasting God,” a beautiful arrangement by Mac Lynch, and Music Pastor Steve Armstrong will be singing a majestic song titled, “The LORD is My Light” before the message of the hour.

The message for this Sunday is taken from Psalm 10 and titled, “Trust No One; Question Everything; The LORD is KING Forever!”  We will consider two portraits from Psalm 10: The Portrait of the Wicked and The Appeal of the Righteous to the LORD. 

With the heart of a shepherd,

Pastor Travis D. Smith

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Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

What Is Your Spiritual Lineage? (1 Chronicles 1-2)

Daily reading assignment – 1 Chronicles 1-2

As stated in its name, 1 & 2 Chronicles in the Scriptures is a “chronicle,” a historical record of events in the history of Israel as a nation and her kings.  There are many events recorded in 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, and 2 Kings that are not recorded in the Chronicles.  There are also events recorded in the Chronicles that are omitted in the other historical books.

As far as the Chronicles and their author, it is believed by many that Ezra is the human author, and they were written sometime after the Babylonian captivity. For novices of a “Read Thru the Bible” plan, you may find the ancestral record of names in the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles to be uninteresting and dull. However, the genealogies were invaluable to the Hebrews in establishing the priesthood, the distribution of ancestral lands, and later the the lineages of Israel’s kings.

1 Chronicles 1

The first chapter of 1 Chronicles establishes the lineage of Adam to Noah, as well as the lineage of his sons after the Genesis Flood (1:1-54).  The famous and the infamous are named here, and for students of Bible history and human history, the genealogical record is rich!

The individual genealogies of Noah’s sons are recorded: the sons of Japheth (1:5-7), sons of Ham (1:8-16), and the sons of Shem (1:17-54).  The patriarchs of ancient Middle Eastern kingdoms are chronicled, including Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael who were descendants of Shem’s lineage (1:27-28).

1 Chronicles 2

1 Chronicles 2 accounts for the lineages of Jacob’s twelve sons, the patriarchs of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (2:1-2).  Of particular interest is the genealogical record of Judah, the father of the royal tribe, and his five sons (2:3-5).  From the tribe of Judah will be born David, Israel’s future king (2:15); Solomon; and ultimately the Lord Jesus Christ (note that Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Joseph were both of the tribe of Judah).

Some reading this devotional commentary might wonder, “What is so important about a list of names?”

If you were Hebrew, your proof of lineage was essential if you hoped to have a legitimate claim to an inheritance of land, possessions, titles, and privileges!  A genealogical record proving one’s bloodline was indispensable in Israel.  Tribal and family lands were passed from generation to generation based on the genealogical record of one’s ancestry.

For most, lineage is important when it comes to the subject of inheritance, nevertheless, it is temporal at best. Your inheritance of lands, possessions, and monies will eventually pass to others.

“What about your spiritual inheritance?”

We are all the sons and daughters of Adam, the first man, and sinners by nature.  We were born under the curse of sin which is death.

Paul writes in his letter to believers in Corinth, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22).  If you have confessed you are a sinner and trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior Redeemer, you are a child of God “by faith in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-29).

You may be a pauper by physical lineage, but your spiritual lineage in Christ makes you an heir of His righteousness and eternal life!

Remember, without proof of lineage, one’s claim of inheritance is in vain!

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

Passing the Torch: Lessons in Leadership Succession (2 Samuel 1-4)

Daily reading assignment: 2 Samuel 1-4

As we open our Bibles to 2 Samuel, we find David and Israel entering a new era.  King Saul and his son Jonathan have been slain in battle against the Philistines (1 Samuel 31).

An Amalekite soldier fabricated a claim that he had slain Saul in an act of mercy to spare him the indignity of falling into the hands of the Philistines (2 Samuel 1:1-10).  The truth was, Saul had fallen upon his own sword (1 Samuel 31:4).

Rather than rejoicing in the death of Saul, David mourned his death and ordered the man who claimed to have slain him put to death (1:11-16). Three times David lamented the deaths of King Saul and his sons (1:19, 25, 27).

The closing verses of 2 Samuel 1 express in poetic tones the grievous loss of Jonathan, David’s confidant and friend (1:25-27). 

Some have tried to paint David’s lament for the death of his friend as a twisted validation of sodomy…it is not!  Not only is sodomy condemned in God’s Law (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17; Romans 1:26-27); it would never be rendered in a song for the people to sing.  David’s love for Jonathan was one of mutual trust; such a friend is rare indeed!

2 Samuel 2

David has waited more than a decade to be king.  With Saul dead, David turned to the LORD for wisdom, asking, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?”  (2:1).  With the LORD’s blessing, David went up to Hebron and was crowned king by the men of the tribe of Judah (2:2-4).

David immediately faced opposition from Abner, Saul’s nephew who moved to make Ishbosheth, a surviving son of Saul, king (2:9-10).  Abner’s opposition to David, coupled with Ishbosheth’s weak character, plunged the nation into a civil war (2:10-11) that would last over 7 years.

2 Samuel 3 – Three Principles for Leadership Succession

In spite of opposition, God blessed David and he “waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker” (3:1). Three principles are evident in David’s patience in the midst of conflict.

The first: Time is always on the side of the righteous.  The prophet Isaiah assured God’s people:

Isaiah 54:17 – “No weapon that is formed [fashioned; made] against thee shall prosper [succeed]; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn [show to be in the wrong]. This [triumph of righteousness] is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness [vindication; victory; success] is of me, saith the LORD.”

The second: Truth will triumph!  Men like Abner and Ishbosheth play the fool and are doomed when they oppose the will of the LORD.

The third: The lust for power, position, and influence is self-destructive in politics, business, and ministry. 

It seems to me that three manner of men rise to power and position in our world: the weak who, like Ishbosheth have connections; the strong who, like Abner are driven by greed and manipulate others to promote themselves; the third, God’s anointed who, like David are called, equipped, and dependent on God for promotion.

I have found churches, Bible colleges, and other religious institutions tend to fall prey to the same fallacies for a succession of leadership.

Some believe bloodlines (family) and relationships (friendships, peers, colleagues) will somehow assure success.

Churches, pulpit committees, and boards of institutions look for flashy, well-spoken, charismatic leaders and learn too late they chose the proverbial “flash in the pan” and failed to choose God’s anointed.

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

“The LORD, A Shelter in the Time of Storms” (Psalms 121, 123-125, 128-130)

Scripture Reading Assignment – Psalms 121, 123-125, 128-130

The focus of today’s devotional commentary will be exclusively Psalm 121. Some refer to Psalm 121as the “Pilgrim’s Psalm”, believing it was sung by saints of God on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship during the Feasts, and offer sacrifices to the LORD.

The journey to Jerusalem could be dangerous. When it rained in Jerusalem, deep ravines could suddenly be filled with rushing streams as the waters flowed to the Dead Sea. There was also the danger that thieves and robbers would be hiding in the mountain passages waiting for an opportunity to rob pilgrims going on their way to Jerusalem. The story of the pilgrim who fell among robbers in the parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind (Luke 10:30-37)

I suggest four major points for Psalm 121.

Pledge: The psalmist vowed, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help [aid]” (121:1).  I am not certain the dangers the psalmist faced; however, I know where he looked for help… “the hills” (121:1).  He did not look to himself, live by his wits, or to others hoping they might come and save him.  His confidence was in the LORD.

Promise: The psalmist was confident the LORD would come to his aid (121:2).

 

Psalm 121:2 – “My help [aid] cometh from the LORD [Yahweh; Jehovah; Eternal, Self-Existent God], which made [created; fashioned] heaven [sky; sun, stars, moon] and earth [land].”

The author was confident the Creator of heaven and earth was both Sovereign and Sustainer of His creation. He had faith the LORD would come to his aid in a time of trouble.

Protection (121:3-7). Like a citadel who stands guard, the psalmist twice affirms the Lord is the keeper, guard and watchman of His people. Unlike man whose physical being demands rest and sleep, the LORD never slumbers or sleeps (121:3-4). 

Psalm 121:3-4 – “He [the LORD] will not suffer thy foot [walk] to be moved [waver; shake]: he that keepeth [guard; watch; preserve] thee will not slumber [sleep]. 4 Behold, He [the LORD] that keepeth [guard; watch; preserve] Israel [posterity of Jacob] shall neither slumber [sleep; i.e. be drowsy] nor sleep [slack; i.e. grow old].”

A sentinel may fall asleep at his post. A mother might fall asleep from exhaustion by her sick child. The LORD, however, never sleep or slumbers.  Like a shepherd keeps his sheep from danger, the LORD keeps watch over His people (Israel) (121:5).  He is the “shade,” a retreat, a place of refreshing where one’s strength is revived (121:5).

The LORD is the guardian of His people and protects them “from all evil” (121:7). That does not mean “bad things” do not happen to God’s people; however, it does mean God is able to turn “bad things” into good (Romans 8:28) for those who love Him, are called according to His purpose and place their trust in Him.  David writes the same when he assures us:

Psalm 91:9-10 – “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”

Perpetual Shepherd – The LORD is a “for evermore” watchman (121:8).

Psalm 121:8 – “The LORD shall preserve [guard; watch] thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore [perpetually].”

Like a shepherd keeps watch over his sheep, the psalmist assures His people, “the LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in” (121:8a).

He keeps us when we rise in the morning until we lay our head on the pillow in the evening.  The LORD keeps us when we are young and strong and when we grow old and frail.  The LORD is with us in health and in sickness! When we travel afar and when our steps lead home, the LORD is with us.  He is with us in our down sittings and our uprisings. The saints of the LORD are forever secure in Him.

 Psalm 23:6 – “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith

This is Your Invitation to Join Hillsdale for this Sunday’s “Virtual Worship Services”

You are invited to Hillsdale’s Virtual Worship Services this Sunday.
Youth Pastor Justin Jarrett teaches the Teen Bible Study at 9:45 AM, continuing his study of the Book of James. This week’s study is titled, “Playing Favorites: When Style Matters More Than Souls,” from James 2:1-13.
The Pastoral Staff Quintet opens the 10:30 AM service with a great number for trying times: “Walking Through the Flames.” Jenna and Kelly Armstrong, daughters of Steve and Sharon Armstrong, will be singing before the morning message.
The title of this week’s message is, “No Time for Worry or Fear” and is taken from Psalm 27. I trust you will have your Bible in hand and this week’s sermon notes.
With the heart of a shepherd,
Pastor Travis D. Smith