Psalms 2-4

Psalms 2-4

Psalm 4:8Vintage message from May 5, 2002.

All of us sitting in this room today have done things to sin against God, none of us in this room are perfect, none of us in this room deserve heaven, none of us in this room deserve to have God’s interaction with us. We just don’t deserve it. [King] David, was one of those men, when you look at his life, was an imperfect man. He blew it in many ways… Why would God love a man like that? Why would God care? Why didn’t God just open up heaven and pour the flood waters on David’s head right then and just be away with him, be done with him? …We’re going to see God’s love as we go through these Psalms…and this great love relationship that God desires to have with mankind…

When you hear these terms of “fear and trembling before the Lord,” I don’t believe that God wants us to be afraid of Him. He doesn’t. He desires love relationship with us, but what He does require is that we stand before Him righteously. We, in our sin nature, can not stand before God, and that should cause some concern to each and every one of us in this room because we all struggle with the sin nature. But yet God, in His love, resolved (in order that we might be in love relationship with Him) that sin nature by sacrificing His own Son so that we can rejoice, even though with trembling. When you think about what Jesus did on the cross for you, when you think about the great sacrifice that was made for you, that your sin no longer has to be the issue that holds you away from God, it should bring to your heart, into your mind, a respect for God that I would call fear. You know what? There are a lot of things I would like to do, a lot of experiences I would like to have in this life, but I don’t pursue them. And the reason I don’t pursue them is because I feel the eyes of God looking at me…

So often in our lives we find ourselves facing trouble, we find ourselves facing hardship, and we want to blame the world out there, we want to blame him or we want to blame her  or we want to blame this circumstance or that circumstance for our hard times. Well, you know what? Hard times are going to come, and it doesn’t matter who you want to blame for it. Who are you trusting to get you out of it? This is where [King] David’s heart was. His son had risen up against him, but yet he turns to the Lord, and he gives it over to the Lord… The question is, how many of us fear for our position in life? We fear that someone might take away from us that that we’ve obtained. If God hasn’t given it to you, guess what? You don’t need it. If someone else can steal it away from you, let them have it. It’s not worth fighting for. God can always give you back. If He wants you to have it, He can give you back what was taken… David understood that God was his strength…

I don’t care what the world wants to do. You don’t have to fear. When you leave this place today, you don’t have to fear what’s going to happen on the freeway out there. You’re not going to have to fear when you get into your home… It’s not your battle. If God has established you, then God will protect you. If God hasn’t established you, He’s simply removing from you those things that are the distraction that keep you from Him. And He, then, when you are in His will, becomes that shield around you…

Do you realize when you pray, God does answer you? I hear people say all the time, “Well, I never hear God speak to me.” Well let me tell you, it’s not that God’s not speaking to you. God speaks through His Holy Spirit to each and every person on the face of this earth. That is what He was sent for: to draw those that are lost into that love relationship or to comfort and counsel those that are in that relationship. But one way or another, the Holy Spirit speaks to each and every one of us. He is serious about drawing us into that relationship with the Father. He speaks. Just because we don’t hear it doesn’t mean He doesn’t do His job. He is there. He is seeking to draw us to that place of love…

Do you see yourselves as men and women who love the Lord? I don’t care what you’re doing as far as dishonoring God — are you trying to deal with that? Do you look to God as your strength? Do you see yourself as a person who cares about the things God cares about? And when you blow it, do you say, “I blew it,” instead of trying to justify your own sin nature and say, “It’s okay for me to do this, because I don’t want to be known as a sinner!” So we change God’s Word so that it suits us. [King] David didn’t do that. David knew that he was a man who had sin in his life, but he also knew that he was godly because God had set him aside. God had touched his life. God had reached out to him first, just as God first loved us. It’s “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” It doesn’t come from us. It comes from God, and His desire to have that relationship with us…

How often do you take account, take stock, of who you are and what God has done for you? …Do you know what you’ll hear when you allow yourself to be silent rather than continually opening your mouth to dump on God? You’ll hear God say, “I love you.” He created you specifically for the purpose of having love relationship with you. It’s our sin that has drawn us out of that love relationship, not that God has rejected us, but that we rejected God, and if we would just take the time to listen, we will hear God say, “I love you.”

Pastor Dave Elkins