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HELLO FRIENDS: 11.7.13 – Psalm 78

Hello Friends,

A few months ago I had the privilege of bringing an Invocation to the Oregon State Senate. In the dictionary we discover that the word “invocation” means “the action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority.” For me as a follower of Jesus, I was invoking the name and authority of God, through His Son Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Of course, I did all that with tact, brevity and a winsomeness that I think ought to be indicative of Christians.

Allow me to give you the transcript of what I said to those esteemed leaders and government servants.  I was blessed personally and my hope is that they were as well.

Good morning.  On behalf of nearly 70,000 Foursquare congregations around the world and the over 2500 people that recently gathered in West Salem for our Easter celebrations, I thank you for the great honor of bringing this invocation.

Today I want to briefly do two things: first, encourage you with some thoughts from an Old Testament passage of Scripture and, secondly, pray a blessing over you.

In Psalm 78 we read that: “The Lord chose his servant David…He took him from tending the sheep and made him the shepherd of his people, Israel.  David cared for them with integrity of heart and led them with skillfulness of hands.”

The Bible tells us that David was just a child when he was tending his father’s sheep. He would lead and protect them. Stories have been told about how he killed a lion and a bear that had attacked his sheep. Later David, in his teenage years took on a giant of a man named Goliath – if you remember that Sunday School story then you know it took only one stone and a sling-shot to take the big guy down.

This was all just preparation for David to move from the Sheep Pens to the Palace. His responsibility grew, but two things found in Psalm 78 were consistent.

Again it says:  “David cared for them with integrity of heart and led them with skillfulness of hands.”
Integrity of Heart:  this has to do with Character.

Skillfulness of Hands:  this has to do with Competency.

Heart AND Hands.

Integrity AND Skillfulness.

Character AND Competency.

We need both…from myself as a pastor, from you as a servants of the people of Oregon, and from each and every citizen of this great country.

Will you allow me to pray for you today?

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Lord, may you give these Senators integrity of heart and skillfulness of hands as they lead and govern, I pray.

Amen.

Join me today in praying this kind of invocation over our world, country, state, city, friends and family.

Blessings,

Pastor John

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