Psalms 16-17

Psalms 16-17

Psalm 16:6Vintage message from June 2, 2002. (The first one minute of the recording is distorted.)

How often do we think about giving up what’s special to us before our God, because we trust God and He’s blessed us tremendously? How often have we said, “Lord, even though I want that vehicle” or “even though I want that home” or “even though I want that job, I’m giving it back to You. I want it to be Your house, Your job, Your vehicle. I want this life that You’ve given me to be Yours,” and pour it out before the Lord…

Do you see what God has given you as being delightful? Do you look at your life as being one that God has laid out the boundaries of and has made secure?…

Therein is the key to success. Do you want to be successful in your life in everything you do? Do you want to have a pleasant inheritance? Do you want the home you live in to be blessed and to flourish? This is the key. Praise the Lord. Take His counsel. At night, when you go to bed, seek God for His instruction. And always, always, set the Lord before you. Let the Lord be the One you desire and seek after. In hard times, in good times, when the weather’s bad or the weather’s good, put the Lord before you. Seek Him, and He will be at your right hand, and guess what? Just like David, if you have that relationship with the Lord, then you will not be shaken, because guess what? Life will throw things at you to try to shake you. There are hard times waiting for you, but if you have that relationship with the Lord, you will not be shaken…

How many of us can say that: “Lord, I am right before You. You can search me. You can look at what’s in my heart.” I sometimes am embarrassed about what I find in my own heart, and there are times I say, “God, don’t look in my heart! Don’t go there! Okay, now, look on the outside. I’m doing pretty good right now. Look at these good works that I’ve done, but don’t look inside,” because sometimes, inside, I try to hide the wickedness so that no one can see it. But you know what? You can’t hide from God. His eyes are continually looking, peering into the heart of men seeing who is righteous. And the He reminds me, it’s not by our deeds, it’s not by our good works that make us righteous, but by our seeking Him, and especially with the knowledge that we have from the testimony of David about the Holy One Who did not see decay, that through Jesus’s blood, even if we struggle in our heart, His blood has made us clean. Even if we struggle in life and stumble and fall, His blood has made us clean. It is in seeking the relationship with the Lord God the way He’s asked us to seek Him that we become righteous…

If you seek the Lord, if you praise the Lord, then, even when you find yourself surrounded by enemies, you’re not the one that will have to fight your way out…

Is your hope, is your future, are your plans for life set around eternity? Are the things that you hope to accomplish in your life set with eternity in mind? Is it in your heart to know that one day this flesh is going to end, and what likeness will you see when your eyes are opened again? Are you going to see the likeness of God? Are you going to be standing in His presence? Are you going to be satisfied? The only way to truly be satisfied in eternity is to have received the gift that He gave us now. While we have breath in our lungs, while w have life in this flesh, we can choose. We can choose our eternity, choose where we want to go. We can choose to be satisfied simply by receiving Jesus in, by trusting what Jesus did, by pouring His blood out as our drink offering, knowing that He did it freely for us. And by receiving Him  and being cleansed by His blood, it becomes our offering before God. Then God looks at the blood that cleansed us, not the sin that corrupted us. And let me tell you, we’re going to struggle with sin. We’re going to struggle with decay. We’re going to struggle every day that we live in this world and are surrounded by men of this world. We’re going to struggle, but by that blood that was shed for us we can see the righteousness of God. In the end, if we are seeking in eternity, one days our eyes will be opened and we can be satisfied in seeing His likeness.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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