Psalms 11-15

Psalms 11-15

Psalm 12:3Vintage message from May 26, 2002.

I think one of the greatest strengths we can have as a Christian is humility. Saying, “I don’t know everything. I’m not the strongest person on the face of the earth. I can’t accomplish anything on my own.” Paul told us in Philippians, “I can do all things,” but he didn’t stop there. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” So often we, in our arrogance and in our pride, think that we can conquer the world. That we can overcome any problem that we have; any problem that we face. “With just enough cleverness and enough time, I can overcome!” Well, I hate to be the one to dash water on your great hopes for your strength for the future, but guess what? Without Christ,  you can accomplish nothing, and anything that you do accomplish is accomplished in arrogance and pride and God will destroy for you, because that’s what God does. He tears down our strongholds of pride and draws us into that place of humility with Him, where we see our need for Him, where He calls us to a place of dependence on Him. And then, it’s amazing. It’s almost as if He allows us to do those things on our own and take the credit for them, but we’re able to say, “You know what? I didn’t do that. Even though this was accomplished through this piece of flesh, guess what? It was He who did it through me.” And that’s the amazing thing about this relationship that we have with God…

The Lord, verse four, is in His holy temple. The Lord is on His heavenly throne. Just in those two understandings, so you realize you can have all of the victory  in the world? I don’t care what trial you’re facing, I don’t care what your struggles are, I don’t care what the wicked are doing or how they undermine your life. Guess what? If you just stop and think, “The Lord is in His temple. He is on His throne.” There’s nothing, nothing that the wicked can do to stop God. There is nothing that the wicked can do to take my life out of God’s hands and the charge that He has over me. He is on His throne. He has not relinquished His right to rule over what He’s created. So often, we believe that He has. So often, when we are facing trouble or struggles or trial, we sometimes find ourselves lonely and depressed, and we thing somehow God has given up that position of Holy God in His temple on His throne. Now, I’ve applied for the job on occasion, but guess what? He’s reminded me, it’s already filled and will never, ever be available! So guess what? I need to aspire to something different, and if I can’t aspire to be God, guess what? I can aspire, at least, to trust Him, because He’s the one in charge! And He’s not going to give me the right to rule and reign over what He’s created. He’s not given that right to anyone

Sometimes the most appropriate prayer you can pray is, “Help!” And God knows! God already knows the trouble we’re in, and so if you find yourself struggling and in need, just cry out to Him, and He will respond…

So often, we will hide out in the depression rather than coming to the conclusion that David came to. Verse 5 he says, “But I trust in Your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me.” …The point is that His love is unfailing and that He offers salvation that is worth rejoicing in, and He has been good to us…

“The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men.” He’s watching. He knows what’s going on. There is nothing that you’re going to do that you’re truly going to ever get away with because God’s going to see it, and He’s going to deal with it. He sees that we are wicked. He sees that there is nothing good in us. But do you know what He’s really looking for? He’s not looking for our goodness. He’s simply looking to see if we understand. Do we understand our own state? Do we understand our sin nature? Do we understand our need for Him? That’s what He’s looking for: to see if there are any who understand; any who seek God. It is because of my sin that I seek God. It is because I have come to that place of understanding that I blow it. There is no possible way I will ever stand before God in the halls of heaven unless I come to Him and seek Him. He’s the One that makes it right, not me, and this is what God is looking for.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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