Pastor Casey revisits a scripture from a few weeks back, Psalm 84:6a “As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a spring;” He goes back to verse 1 and begins to walk through this psalm for us today. In the first verse he points out that we are the house of God. What is on the inside of us makes us lovely, being filled with the glory of God. As he moves on to verse 2, he takes some time to develop the thought process of how our soul (mind, will and emotions) yearns to be near God. More amazing, is the idea of how can our flesh cry out for God, when Galatians tells us that flesh is at enmity with God?
We see in Galatians 5:16-18, that if we are led by the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh and we are not under the law. Pastor Casey points out that we are under the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus not the law of sin and death as noted in Romans 8. Our flesh desiring God begins with an act of will-then a choice to walk toward God-our flesh follows. So yes, (v.2) my soul and my flesh, can cry out for God. We do have a choice based on our will to serve God, or not.
Pastor continues moving through verses three through six, elaborating on the young, the altars, dwelling, praising, strength, pilgrimage and finally wells. He encourages us to live as near the altar as we can get; bring forth the young/next generation to follow God; dwell in God; know that God is our strength; set our hearts to be near; and build the wells that bring refreshing. When we find ourselves in the Valley of Baca, we can sit and weep, or dig a well.
Pastor Casey starts us out with a question, “Are you hungry; what are you hungry for?” Then he shares a great promise in Jesus’s own teachings; Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled.” Shall is a very strong word saying you will receive. Then in John 7:37-38 “on the last day, that great day of the feast, (Tabernacles) Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
An interesting bit of history on the feast of Tabernacles shows us that this is the only Jewish feast at which all were welcome to the celebration, gentiles and Jews alike. Tabernacles was celebrating a time of meeting with God. At the end, a time of pouring out water on the altar to symbolize the glory of God covering the earth. So here are people celebrating, eating, drinking, visiting, living in booths/tents and participating in the symbolic act of pouring out water on the altar. Jesus will soon be pouring out his life in order to cover the earth with the glory of God.
Listen in as Pastor Casey shares his heart on going after God with a hunger and thirst to be filled.
Scripturereference: Matthew 5:6 ; John 7:37-38; II Samuel 23:14-45.
Presented by Pastor Bob Johnson of New City Church, Great Falls, MT (01:07)
Tonight, after many months functioning as the interim pastor, Pastor Casey Kluver is being formally commissioned as the Pastor of Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship in Colstrip, Montana. The Church elders, Tary Hanson, Bruce Brown and Tom Reimers were all present. Senior Pastor Bob Johnson of New City Church in Great Falls and his wife Cindy, were invited to share with us this special evening. Joining Bob are his son-in-law, Nate Swanson, Executive Pastor of New City Church, and his wife Rachel; Kalen Brown, Senior Pastor, City Church, Billings; and Josh Yakos, Lead Pastor, Revive Church of Missoula, Montana.
Bob has pastored for 38 years and works with pastoral leaders throughout the northwest. He shares an encouraging message based on King David. He points out 4 characteristics of a godly man, found in David’s life. His first point comes from Psalm 36:6 and 103:11. David was secure in God’s love. Being secure in God’s love enables us to surrender, trust and obey. No matter what comes our way in life, we can stand fast knowing God’s love for us and those he has called us to. Bob continues to build on the qualities found in David’s life and apply them to us today.
Listen in and be blessed as each pastor prays and speaks blessings and encouragements over Pastor Casey and Aubri’s life, as well as the church in Colstrip.
Scripture references: Ps. 36:6, 103:11, Acts 13:22