This Month's Messenger

Hello Fairview Heights!

Summertime is a wonderful time to enjoy God’s good creation. Just the increase in daylight hours and the warm is enough to draw us outdoors to simple pleasure of the summer season, yet summer brings attention to God’s creation in more ways than these. Seeing the sunset on the horizon on an evening at the beach it a true privilege of being human. Watching all of God’s creatures in nature go about their business according to the way He has uniquely created each of them: the fireflies at night, the sand crabs scurrying in and out of their homes on the beach, or dragonflies doing dragonfly things. I even enjoy sharing the yard work with the skink who lives in our bushes and comes out to sun himself, or just to see what is going on. If you have a garden you have found joy in reaping the bounty of your harvest, and sharing your harvest with friends and family so that they can find joy in reaping the bounty of your harvest! We thank God for the grace of rain and sun that has caused the garden to be a boon. Summer is a wonderful time because as we enjoy God’s good creation, we are given the gift to enjoy the God of creation! Psalm 19 is a great Psalm about God revealing Himself to us through His creation in verses 1-7. Take a look:


 1  The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.   2  Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.   3  There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard.   4  Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their     utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun,   5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.   6  Its rising is from one end of the heavens, And its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.   


Creation tells about God without using words. The wonderful majesty of creation is just a representation of the majestic God of creation. There is more to God than just the natural world, just as there is more to us than just our material being - after all we are created in His image. So, God has revealed Himself to us in a deeper and more intimate way, He has actually spoken to us. It really is amazing that the God of all the  universe has literally spoken to me, and not me alone but me and the rest of humanity. Not only has He spoken, but He has spoken with a purpose: to restore my soul. See this in Psalm 19.7-14:


7  The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.   8  The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.   9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether.   10  They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.   11  Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.   12  Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.   13  Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.   14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.


God desires to redeem and restore your soul to bring wisdom and enlightenment to your mind, to bring joy to your heart, to bring endurance to your body, and to bring strength to your decision making to bring   reward that is more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey (earthbound and created things). The    purpose of God speaking is to bring to light the Redeemer, the Re-creator - who we know as Jesus Christ, the One Sent from God to bring forgiveness of sin and the gift of everlasting life. God enjoys His creation as well, maybe even more than we do. His desire is to enjoy His creation forever, and so He provides for His creation to be set free from the curse of death that comes from sin and destroys the goodness in creation. When we are set free from sin’s curse on creation, we may live out the beauty of creation for which we have been created.

Pastor Paul