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It’s been a good day.

Following our morning service, which was excellent, I took my family to a new Italian restaurant in town.  One of their specialties is a made-from-scratch 8″ pizza that’s too much for one person to eat.  And it’s only $5.99!  I had the Bianca , which is a “white” pizza with olive oil, grated Romano cheese, artichoke hearts and ricotta cheese.  It was good, but not as good as my daughter’s Gamberi, which was topped with Basil pesto sauce, baby shrimp, sun-dried tomato and spinach with mozzarella cheese.

As enjoyable as it all was, it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as the food we’d had a short time earlier in our morning worship service. There is “food that perishes” and there is “food that endures to eternal life” (John 6:27).

Psalm 77 was the text for our pastor’s sermon, “Facing the Day of Trouble.”  If you’re interested, you’ll be able to listen to it at our church website in a couple of days.

His final point was that God’s people face trouble by focusing in particular on God’s powerful acts of redemption.  The path of deliverance for Israel led through the parted waters of the Red Sea.  When they faced trouble later, it was vitally important for them to remember what God had done for them in the past.

As spectacular as Israel’s deliverance was, it pales in comparison to God’s ultimate redemptive act, the unfathomable sacrifice of His Son at Calvary.  Following the structure of Psalm 77:16-20, our pastor imagined what the Psalmist might have written if he were living now:

“When the Accuser saw you, O God, when the Enemy saw you, he was afraid, indeed, he trembled to his depths. Your Son poured out his blood as your righteous wrath against sinners thundered against Him. When He whispered, ‘It is finished,’ the earth trembled and shook. Your path to life was through death, your victory through great suffering; yet your footprints were unseen. You lead your people through nail-scarred hands, His victory over sin and death is their great hope.”

We face our day of trouble with the confidence that our Savior will lead us to certain victory.

It’s been a good day.