Psalms 30-31

Psalms 30-31

Psalm 30:8Vintage message from July 21, 2002. (Audio clears up after the first 30 seconds.)

Do you realize that even today, we who find ourselves in the depths, who are despairing, who are hurting, who are struggling, can, in fact, exalt the Lord and praise the Lord. We don’t have to let the suffering and hurting keep us down. We don’t have to let it keep us away from God. In fact, the answer is not in hiding, hoping it will go away, but the answer is stepping out. Even though there is distraction, even though there’s men standing around you whispering, even though there’s business happening up in front of you, do you realize you can fall on your face before God and bring your struggle to Him, and praise Him, and rejoice in Him, and call out [for] help?…

The greatest tragedy there can be in anyone’s life is to have walked with the Lord, and then to feel the Lord have to turn away from you because you have rejected Him in how you’ve sinned, in how you’ve lived, and the things that you’ve been thinking and the direction you’ve been going. From time to time, God may have to look away, not because He hates us, but because He’s not willing to see us filthy with sin…

When you feel God at a distance from your life, are you dismayed? Does it make you uncomfortable to think that you may not be walking right with God? I know a lot of Christians who live their lives in such a way that they could care less. [They] have no clue whether God is close or far away. They love to name the Name of Jesus when it’s convenient; when it makes them look good, but what’s truly in your heart? This has nothing to do with anybody else out there. It has nothing to do with what other people see. Are you dismayed when you’re not right with God?…

This is where God draws us to. This is that place where we find ourselves truly right with the Lord. When we’re calling to Him for mercy. You know what? There’s nothing I can do to make myself right with God. There is nothing you can do to make yourself right with God. The only way to be right with God is to cry out for mercy! “God, I deserve what I get, but I don’t want what I deserve! Forgive me, Lord! Have mercy on me! I don’t want to face the destruction that I know is coming to me…” This is where we should be, crying out to the Lord, seeking Him for His mercy, and letting Him know that we understand that we deserve what we get, we just don’t want what we deserve…

Do we think about eternity? Do we think about our dwelling within eternity? Are we going to be there thanking God forever?…

Where is your hope? Is your hope in the things of this world? Is your hope in a job? Is your hope in a home? Is your hope in a car? Is your hope in circumstances that you think are going to get you ahead? I don’t care how wealthy you may be, I don’t care how many good things you have in your life, if you are putting your hope in those things, your hope is in the wrong place. If your hope is not in God, understand something: all those things can be taken away…

We do, from time to time, find ourselves in distress. We do, from time to time, find our hearts struggling because of circumstances. We find our lives in turmoil because we’ve been wrong with God, or those around us have been wrong with God, but you know what? It doesn’t matter. We can call out to God! He is the One that brings mercy to us. He is the One that gives us the answers. The answers are not found in the circumstance. The answers are not found in the things, because as soon as we find security in things, those things fade and break and corrode and are destroyed…

Why do we want God to bless us? Why do we want relationship with Him? Is it because we think we’re something? Is it because we think we deserve it? If that’s where we’re at, I can tell you, you’re wrong with God. No matter how much good we do, no matter how righteous we think we are, if we are doing it because we think we are something, if we are trying to build a name for ourself, we are heading in the wrong direction…

God, You’re the One Who’s great, and for Your namesake, because of Who You are and what You’ve done in this world, because You have created me, because You are the One with the power. I have nothing, but simply, God, because of Your great mercy, because of Your love, because of Your creativeness, because of Who You are, help me. Be part of my life. I don’t deserve it, but guess what? When You are part of my life, others see it, and Your name is honored. Is that what people see in you? When they look at you, do they see the Lord Jesus Christ? When they look at you, do they see faithfulness of God because of your life? When they look at you, do they see God’s mercy in how He’s dwelt in you and dealt with you? Is this what we’re looking for? When I wake up in the morning, am I praying, “God bless me because I am such a good person,” or am I praying, “God, let Your name be known. Regardless of my circumstance let Your name be known, and by the way, if You can be merciful, I would sure appreciate it because I need it today.” That’s how we pray. That’s the God to Whom we’re praying. A great God of mercy and love Who cares and wants to interact with us. But guess what? It’s not because of our greatness. It’s not because of our goodness. It is simply because He is a great and loving God, and He proved it to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, and it is by that name, and that name alone that men are saved.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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