Psalms 21-22

Psalms 21-22

Psalm 21:7Vintage message from June 23, 2002.

So often, we forget to be grateful for the things that God has done for us… And you now what? It’s not wrong for us to pray to God and say, “God, I have need. Fulfill my need.” It’s not wrong to do that, but understand what prayer is for. Prayer is not a time to go to the almighty Santa Claus in the sky to get everything you want, but it is a time to communicate and be in fellowship and relationship with the God Who created you, understanding that He knows you better than you know you…

How many of us face turmoil in our lives? How many of us face struggle in our life? How many of us wake up on mornings and say, “God, why do I have to get out of bed today?” We all have those moments, but do you realize the God Who created you has an abundance of love and that love is unfailing, and He offers it to you…

How many of us walk in the presence of the Lord?  Walk in relationship, day by day, understanding that when we get up, and we say, “Good morning, Lord,” that we are truly in the presence of God? It’s not just this spiritual mumbo-jumbo. Even though we don’t see Him the way we see each other, He is there through the power of His Spirit, interacting with us, touching us, guiding us, being our strength, leading us into a day that has challenges for us to face, decisions to be made, people to be encountered, battles to be won. And when we come to the end of that day, are we thankful? Do we tell God, “My joy is great because of the victories You’ve given me. Thank you, Lord, because You’ve brought me through this day.” I don’t care what your job is, sitting behind a computer ordering things for the government or pushing a lawn mower or driving a truck, delivering things for somebody else. Each day, the tasks that have been laid before us become victories at the end of the day when we have trusted God to see us through it…

Jesus was [placed] in the womb Mary for the specific purpose of being born to serve God, to bring the division between God and man to an end. We no longer have to be separated from God. We no longer have to walk outside of fellowship with God because Jesus, from the moment He was placed in Mary’s womb, was placed there with a very specific purpose. You were that purpose. Isn’t that amazing?  Doesn’t that send chills up and down your spine to think that the day that God placed the Person of Jesus Christ into the womb of Mary, He was thinking of you! He was thinking of me! He was thinking of the great fellowship and love that He could have by sacrificing this One that He had been in fellowship for all eternity. Father, Son, and Spirit, never, ever, as far as we know, separated from each other. Never divided. Always in agreement. Always in love. We did not get created for the purpose of fulfilling some need in God’s life to have love, because God was full in love, fulfilled completely in love. They did not need us to fulfill them in any way. They were fulfilled in and of themselves. Perfect in all that they were. Father, Son, and Spirit…

There’s a difference between honoring and praising. Are you praising God today for the great salvation that He has brought you? Are you praising God today for the knowledge that He laid out in advance? Are you praising Him because He knew that He would love you and save you?

Pastor Dave Elkins

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