Psalm 66

Psalm 66

For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs;

 Psalm 66:10-11 (ESV)

Dear HLPC family,

I realize that COVID-19 has affected us in variety of ways.  For some, it has been a great burden of loneliness and depression.  For others, it has meant great economic stress.  Some may have had to face worries about their health as to catch the virus could mean a very serious, potentially fatal illness.  The virus has forced separation and has kept all of us away from relationships and fellowship.  It’s been a burden of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear. 

Psalm 66 speaks of suffering trial that the Lord has ordained.  It is described as a time of testing, even a crushing burden. The Psalmist makes the analogy to how silver is tried.  In other words, how silver is purified as heat is applied and the impurities, the dross, comes to surface.  That is one purpose of God’s testing- purification.  He can use our trials to make us more like His Son, the Lord Jesus.  It could be a “severe mercy” to borrow a C.S. Lewis expression.  We don’t know or understand all of God’s purposes in trials, but this is certainly one of them.

Today you’ll be receiving more information about the outdoor worship service we hope, Lord willing, to have this Sunday at 10AM, weather permitting.  Just to warn you, you will be getting lots of reminders in the days ahead.  It may be information overload.  As I’ve heard it said, “People are down on what they’re not up on.” 

Please join us tonight at 7PM on Facebook Live for our MidWeek Bible Study on “Psalms for the Stressed.”  We’ll be looking together at Psalm 40.

May God give you grace to see how He is at work in you this Wednesday! 

Your Pastor,

Paul

Paul Bankson
pbankson@gmail.com

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).