Sure Deliverance in Times of Despair

by Chad Porter, Pastor of Student Discipleship

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he inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure…

You have multiplied, O LORD my God,
your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with you!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told…

As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain
your mercy from me;
your steadfast love and your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
For evils have encompassed me
beyond number;
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me!
O LORD, make haste to help me!
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
 
— Psalm 40:1-2, 5, 11-13

 

Have you ever felt like this? I have. I wish I could say that the feeling of being in a “pit of destruction” or a “miry bog” was totally foreign to me—but I’d be lying. More often than I’d like to admit I’m stuck in the muck and despair of a given situation, circumstance, conflict, or struggle that weighs me down like a truckload of bricks. Do you know what I’m talking about?
 
How about you? Maybe you and your spouse are constantly arguing and you find yourself at your wits end. Maybe you’re walking through a tough season when your children are being particularly difficult, disobedient, or disrespectful. Maybe things in your life are changing and you have no idea what God wants from you or where He’s leading you.
 
Maybe you feel empty and without purpose, uncertain as to whether or not there’s more to this life. Well, whatever “pit” you’re in now or may stumble into in the future, Psalm 40 is a powerful and precious salve for the wounded and discouraged heart.
 
For example, in it we find companionship with our brother King David (certainly no stranger to situations of despair). He cries out to his God in distress and waits patiently for the Lord to deliver him from the pervasive darkness (v. 1). But have you ever wondered how long he waited? An hour? Day? Week? Month? Year? Longer? It doesn’t say.
 
His cries went up to a God who, for whatever reason and for however long, chose to delay His deliverance. It’s odd how comforting this is in some ways, isn’t it? To know that you and I are not the only ones who’ve experienced crying out to God with no immediate, palpable, circumstance-altering answer can, in many ways, makes us feel less alone; like we may not be the only ones who’ve ever felt as if God was silent in our suffering. God will surely deliver his people, but rarely at the speed we’d like.
 
Next, we also find in this meditation the encouragement to remember. “You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you!” (v. 5). The God who shows Himself to be living and active and almighty and faithful in His dealings with His people throughout the pages of Scripture is the very same God who works in our lives today.
 
The one who delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt through the parted waters of the Red Sea is the same one who says to us “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). He will finish the work He’s started in us (Philippians 1:6). He is always with us (Matthew 28:20). He never fails to hear the cries of his people (Psalm 34:17).
 
Lastly, Psalm 40 tells us, in no uncertain terms, that our God will deliver us. He will not hold back His mercy (v. 11). His steadfast love and faithfulness will sustain us in our waiting (v. 11). Though we be weak and poor and needy, our God will take thought of us and rescue His children (v. 13). There’s no question here as to whether or not our God will act on behalf of His people in the end.
 
His merciful hand, steadfast love, and unshakable faithfulness are sure and steadfast anchors for our souls in times of waiting. He is our refuge and deliverer and He will come through—in the wisdom of His providential timing.
So, when we’re in despair, let us all look together with one mind to our great God and Father—who hears the groanings of His children and surely does not take them lightly.
 
Though we be stuck waiting in the pit, let us not think our God has left us. He has acted before and He will act again. When we are faithless, He remains faithful. Though we are poor and needy, the Lord takes thought for us. He alone is our help and our deliverer; do not delay, O Lord our God!


Bonfire at the Beach (8/23)

Bon Voyage Beach Bonfire

As summer comes to a close and families are gearing up for a new school year, we couldn’t think of a better way to make sad news less sad than by soaking up the beach with friends and family of all ages for one last summer event.

bon fireWe’ll be gathering at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on Friday, August 23 for food, music, and fun (look for us near a fire pit!). Everyone is welcome, so please invite others. You don’t have to be a part of Faith Community Church to join us–in fact, we love meeting new people!

While the “official” time frame is 5:00pm – 9:00pm, we’ll be hanging out at the beach all day, so join us anytime.

We will provide s’mores and beverages in the evening, but please plan to bring your own meals. The Moonlight Beach Snack Bar is typically open until dusk. Wendy’s, Subway, and Little Caesars (Hot ‘N Ready pizzas) are other nearby spots to grab something on your way to Moonlight.

Bring your favorite beach activity equipment to enjoy with others (boogie boards, frisbees, footballs, etc.)

Contact Justin for more details.



Padres Faith & Family Day

Take advantage of this outreach event by inviting your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, and others.

After reserving your tickets below, join us at one of our Sunday Worship Services (10:15am) on or before July 14 to pay for and receive your tickets (cash or check written to “Faith Community Church”).

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Easter Celebration at The Flower Fields®

Newly green leaves. Sun-warmed days. Bright, colorful flowers everywhere you look. It’s time to celebrate Easter! There may be no better place to do so than with us at The Flower Fields® in Carlsbad. At Faith Community Church, we’re starting a new season of activities designed to welcome new comers of all ages and bring people into closer relationships with God and each other.

This Easter, join us for food, friendship, and faith as we celebrate together!

Print this page and bring it with you for entrance to The Flower Fields® on Sunday, March 31.

Starting at 9:00am, we will open our continental breakfast table–complete with delectable spring goodies and beverages.

At 9:30am, the kids are invited to grab their Easter baskets and join us at the children’s playground for a one-of-a-kind Easter Egg Hunt they won’t soon forget!

Our family Worship Service begins at 10:00am in the Paul Ecke Jr. Family Barn. The seating is indoors and the open view to the flower fields is a sight to behold!

During our Worship Service, enjoy special musical performances from both our Kids and Adult Choirs, as well as an encouraging message of hope from our Pastor, Dr. Douglas Baker.

Everyone is welcome to our Easter Celebration, so invite your friends, family, and neighbors.

Food, Easter eggs, and seating are limited, so please arrive on time or even a little early to ensure your whole family’s full participation. Click here for directions.

We hope to see you there!

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