2009-05-03 Ken - Golf and 23rd Psalm

 

Sunday May 3, 2009 - Rick opened with Matthew 6:11 Give us today the food we need, telling the boys that our Heavenly Father wants us to come daily asking for our needs.  When His glory is at the heart of your request you will receive what you ask for but when your motive is self interest your needs will not be met.  It is the act of knowing just what our Father has done for us that takes our heart and mind off of self and in a righteous direction.  Then you will receive “the food you need”! 

He led the boys in opening prayer.

Lyndee encouraged the boys to participate in the worship part of the service telling them that “music is the gateway to the soul” and asked each of them to join in praising the Lord in song.  She opened with “Do Lord” and “Majesty”.  Lyndee spoke for a moment about how God cared for the Israelites for 40 years providing all their needs.  She told the boys that God is always faithful and then led them in “Great is thy Faithfulness”.

Lyndee recognized Joe who has completed the Pegasus program and heading for home.  Joe spoke to the boys telling them to obey those who are entrusted with their care.  Lyndee read Psalm 37:3-9:

 

Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
 6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

7 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
   Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.

8 Stop being angry! Turn from your rage!
   Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.
 9 For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

 Ken came forward to pray for Joe.

Ben continued the music part of the worship service blessing his audience with words of personal testimony and musical vocals that reflected that testimony telling the boys to “Pick up their heart and carry it to Him, there is no scar or pain that He will not understand”.  He warned the boys that there will be a time in their lives when there will be a shaking.  A removal of the sin, the shaking of past mistakes and the instilling of faith in Him!  Sometimes God has to crush us like a grape to get the goodness out of us.  It is not in vain!  God can use a man that has been shaken, that has been crushed and broken.  He will use you for His glory if you put your broken lives in His hands.

Our speaker for the morning was Ken who took the 23rd Psalm and the game of golf and somehow put them together.  He placed on the stage a golf ball and throughout the next 30 minutes threatened to hit it interrupting his warnings with a joke or a teaching on different parts of the 23rd Psalm.  He talked about the five things you need to remember to play golf … alignment … grip …. The back swing … the follow through and hitting the ball, relating them to the opening of the 23rd Psalm.  “The Lord is My Shepherd.”

He asked the boys to use a raising of the index finger on the right hand (one way, one Lord) to greet fellow Christians and then showed the relationship between the ring finger and “the Lord is MY shepherd.” Speaking about the lack of separation between “The Lord is My Shepherd” and what follows: “I Shall Not Want.”  It is when the Lord truly becomes your Shepherd you will experience a life without want.

He talked of the need for all of us to experience green pastures and still water.  “Be still and know that I am God!”  The fact that the “Shadow of Death” is a real valley and when David wrote this psalm he was relating to this place where robbers and beasts waited to attack the sheep in his care relating that many of us will have to pass through a like valley.

It is only when God restores our soul we can truly walk in the paths of righteousness and when we take that walk we truly honor His name.

Ken ended his message by actually hitting the golf ball which exploded on contact.

The service was closed with “The Lord’s Prayer.”