Intro to Psalms and Psalms 1

Intro to Psalms and Psalms 1

Psalm 1:3Vintage message from April 28, 2002.

This is the amazing thing about most of the Psalms: they speak of God’s deliverance, God’s faithfulness, God’s power, God’s ability to help us to overcome those times when we are theologically or politically or spiritually incorrect or unmotivated. The Holy Spirit shows us God’s faithfulness and that’s what you’re going to find as we go through the Psalms. In almost every case, you’re going to find men who came to the conclusion, even though their life was hard, even though they had turmoil and struggle, that God was faithful in how He dealt with them…

God loves those whom He created. God cares deeply for men and wants to draw men into that love relationship with Himself…

And this is why we study God’s Word. To understand Who this God is that draws us into this love relationship; how He brings us to this place of understanding…

Have you ever felt surrounded by the harmful effects of life? Like it was just going to close in on you and destroy you? I know I have many times. But yet, you know, just like King David, I find that even when life is closing in on me, God is there. He doesn’t stop it, necessarily, from closing in, but He stops the panic in my heart. He stops the fear that the enemy would try to use to overwhelm me, and puts me on my feet in a place of faith and trust. Even if they slay me, God is still there. God is still in control…

I don’t care how insignificant you think you are. You have a God Who created you for the purpose of knowing and loving Him, and that there by itself, if nothing else in your life ever happened of importance, just the knowledge that you were created to have a relationship with God the Father makes you of the utmost importance. God created you for that purpose…

This is the life we need to seek: a life that finds us in God’s Word, understanding God through His Word, understanding how God would have us to live and why He would have us to live that way. He knows that we are men of the flesh and He knows that we are going to struggle sometimes with doing the things that He’s asked us to do. That’s the great thing about God. He tells us that, and He gives us a way of making it right in our lives…

If we are meditating in God’s Word, spending time to get to know Him, to understand His law, to understand how He would have us to live — if we are spending time there, then we have the Holy Spirit given to us, to water us, to keep us living and growing…

If you want a relationship that’s growing, delight in the law of the Lord. Confess your sin when you have sin. Be honest with the people who are around you. Give good counsel. Seek to be with people who want to love the Lord. And even if they’re blowing it, we help one another. Delight in the Law of the Lord. This is what the Psalmist is bringing us to. Give up gossip, mocking, slandering others, using your tongue to do evil. The tongue can be a great tool used in God’s kingdom, or it can be a very, very devastating weapon used against other people. Our tongue is given to us for communication. What are you communicating with others?

Pastor Dave Elkins

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