Psalms 26-27

Psalms 26-27

Psalm 27:1Vintage message from July 7, 2002.

Now how can you be a sinner on one hand and blameless on the other? Well, everyone of us in this room, if we know the Lord, should know the answer to that. I sit here before you today, a blameless man, but guess what? I have a past, and I won’t bore you with all the gory details, but I have a past, and it’s a sordid past, and it’s a horrible past, but I sit here before you today blameless because God is the One Who has dealt with me. His blood, through Jesus Christ, has washed me. ..

Do you realize there’s a lot of things that we can do in our life that are done in hypocrisy? It’s done just to make us look good. You know, anyone of us in this room can go out and do good deeds, and people around us may see those good deeds and say, “Oh, what a good person!” But you know what? My good deeds have nothing to do with my holiness. I sit here before. you today holy and righteous before God and not because I did good deeds last week; not because I’m a great person…

And I believe that’s important… that when we stand before God, God is going to judge us, and it is Jesus’s blood that vindicates us. God will judge us for what we’ve done, either having received Jesus or not. He’ll judge us if we are walking outside of Him… We will also stand before God to be judged, not for the good things or bad things that we’ve done, but simply to see if we have the blood of Jesus on us.  But even now in our lives we should be crying out to God, “God, search my heart! Judge me! Tell me if You find something bad, so that we can deal with it. Show me, Lord, those areas in my life where I’m right with you so that I don’t go off the path and be wrong before you. Judge me. Help me to see the good and the bad,” and then we depend on Jesus for vindication…

The fact is, I’m not going to stand before you in the judgement day, and it is not your spirit that strengthens me through my day. We gather together in fellowship to build one another up, to care for one another, and we’re taught by Jesus Christ to love one another and to encourage and to be a strength for one another, but it is all by His Spirit, by His love, by His strength, because He is God and we are not. So often, though, we live our lives because of what other people think of us. We worry about what our neighbors think, we worry about what our friends think, we worry about what those at church think. So many people will dress up in their finery because what are people going to think if I’m dress like a slob? Well, you know what? They’ll think you’re a slob, but do they know your heart? You know, I could just as well be sitting here with my hole-y blue jeans on and teaching the same message, reading from the same Bible. This that you see on the outside is not what God looks at. Now, He may deal with what’s on the outside…but that happens because He deals with what’s on the inside. He’s the One that judges. He’s the One that tests. He’s the One that tries. He’s the One that gives His Spirit to move into us to bring the change that really matters. He’s the One that we should be worried about…

We don’t need to fear what’s coming in life. We don’t need to fear what God may have planned for us. We need only to look to the One Who is our protection…

Do you realize that there is a correlation in your attitude toward life and the time that you spend with the Lord? If you’re not spending much time with the Lord, guess what? Your attitude in life is going to stink and life is going to be lousy and you’re going to notice every little hard thing that comes your way, but if you’re spending time with the Lord, if you are dwelling in His house, an army could be outside and guess what? Who cares about the army outside, because it is the Lord that is our stronghold. It is the Lord that is our strength. It is the Lord that is our protection. Why fear what’s outside of this house if we’re inside?…

Are you convinced that God loves you today? Are you convinced that when you leave this place that there’s goodness waiting outside those doors for you? I don’t know what lives you live. I don’t know what you go home to. Piles of dishes. Dirty clothes. Kids that are rebellious. I don’t know what you’re going home to, but guess what? You can be confident of this: if you have Jesus Christ in your heart today, if you are walking in this love relationship that David walked in before his God, if you know the Lord in your heart the way David knew the Lord in his heart, guess what? You can be confident, when you leave this place, that there is still goodness. You can see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living…

Do you know where most of our struggles and our problems come from in this life? Do you know why we screw up so much? Do you know why we have the struggles that we have? Because so often we don’t wait for the Lord. We make the decision ourself. We move ahead ourself. We see something that we want and we take it, but regardless of how much we’ve blown it in our life, regardless of the struggles that we have, it’s never too late to get your heart and mind and flesh right with the Lord. He’ll deal with you because He loves you.  He wants this kind of relationship with all of us. But the operative word here is “wait.”

Pastor Dave Elkins

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