A year of firsts…

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I spent last week in London doing work experience at Blink Productions, who subsequently asked me to freelance for them. This makes my 24th year on earth a year of firsts: first lecturing job, first running job, first trip to Bethel…and tomorrow I’m making my preaching debut. This is what I’m sermonating about:

Psalm 90

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. 

You turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.”
 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.

You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
 In the morning it flourishes and grows up;
In the evening it is cut down and withers. 

For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.

You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
 The days of our lives are seventy years;
And if by reason of strength they are eighty years,
Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow;
For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
 If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is

as great as the fear that is your due. 
 So, teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Return, O Lord!
How long?
And have compassion on Your servants.

Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
 Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us,
The years in which we have seen evil.
 Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.

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