BTS PASTORAL LETTER 21 March 2021
Text: Psalm 22
19 But You, O LORD, do not be far from Me; O My Strength, hasten to help Me!
20 Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog.
21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth And from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me.
OBSERVATION AND INTERPRETATION
1. This was another strong Appeal to the LORD
2. Prayers include an element of Appeal
3. Things prayed for:
a) God’s Presence
b) His help sought
c) Deliverance was prayed for too
d) The wicked were compared to:
i) The wild dogs
ii) The lion
iii) The ox
e) The danger they posed:
i) They can cause great hurt
ii) They can cause death
4. Urgency expressed
a) The enemy was described as carrying a sword.
b) There was the danger of armed conflict
5. Addressing God
a) As the LORD
b) As “My Strength”
i) As the Source of strength
ii) As the Giver of strength
APPLICATION TO LIFE AND MINISTRY
1. The problem of Enemies
a) They exist because of sin
b) Sin appears as wickedness in the heart
c) The heart can be very prone to evil deeds
2. Praying faithfully
a) As a natural thing to do
b) As an act of faith and trust
c) As wisdom teaches us
This ought to be prayed for and found!
One cannot serve the Lord effectively without strength.
Pastor Charles Tan