Psalms 32-33

Psalms 32-33

Psalm 32:1Vintage message from July 28, 2002.

Do you want to know what real blessing is? The real blessing of life is when you do not have to carry the burden of your own sin. This is the problem with the world. They get up each day. They go off to work. They earn money. They buy homes. They buy cars. They get into relationships, all hoping that somehow this will mask the pain that they’re feeling inside. We step into life, and we are already at a disadvantage from the day we’re born. We are at a disadvantage because we are burdened [and] encumbered with the weight of sin. And our whole lives, unless we were raised in a home where we’re taught what sin truly is and how to deal with it, most of the world grows up with that burden of sin only getting heavier each and every day and struggling each day to cope with the pain and the hurt that comes from it. And they have no understanding…

Each of us in this room need to deal with the burden of sin, and the only way to do it is in relationship with God, through the blessing of God, seeking that blessing of God forgiving and not holding our transgressions against us…

Do you want real relationship with God? Do you want to know what real relationship is with God? Acknowledgement. Acknowledging Him. What are we told in John Chapter 1?
“To all those who received Him, to those who believed in His name.” Acknowledgment. That’s all He wants. He wants us to acknowledge that He is the Lord God, the Savior and Protector of who we are and what we can become.  He desires to be in love relationship with us, and He went to the greatest lengths to make sure that that can happen. God, in making the ultimate sacrifice in giving Jesus — see, the issue was not can we clean up our own mess?… God knew from the very beginning that He was going to have to do it. [It] had nothing to do with what we could accomplish, but you know what? People walk out every day thinking, “Okay, I’m a sinner, so therefore I will go do something good. Something good, something bad. We’re  balanced here now. Okay, it levels out.” But you know what? The problem with is it’s so heavy, it’s like lead. Thunk! All the way to the bottom, and there’s no amount of good that you can do to bring it back up, because God set the standard, and the standard was perfection. That’s what He desires. That’s the good you have to do, and no amount of good that you can do once you’ve sinned even one time, one bad thought, eliminates the perfection that you might seek. But yet, people still, every day, go out and try to live to perform good works to impress God…

What is real blessing?  It’s being right with God, and when you’re right with God, guess what? You can’t help but to find yourself in this place of rejoicing, singing, making music in your heart, enjoying life because God is there in you, with you, guiding you, faithful. But you know what? So often our hope is not in the Lord. Our hope is in our own strength. Our hope is in our own devices. Our hope is in those things that we think we can accomplish to try to impress God once again. Maybe if I do enough good, God will notice. Well, guess what? God is already noticing! God has not missed what you’ve done, and if you still feel bad in all that you’ve done, it’s not because God hasn’t noticed. It’s because maybe you’re doing the wrong thing! Maybe you’re heading in the wrong direction! God wants us to be in relationship with Him and rejoicing in Him and walking right with Him…

Do you want to be truly successful? You want to be truly excited about waking up in the morning and leaving your house and being about the business that’s before you? You want to truly know that the direction you’re going is right? Then be right with God, first and foremost. Search your heart. You’ll find sin there, I guarantee it! But acknowledge it to God and don’t hide it, but just simply tell Him what He already knows and then head out the door, and let Him guide your steps. Let Him become your success. Rejoice in Him, even when you don’t know the direction that you’re going to go. Say it, “Lord, I don’t know where I”m going, but I’m going there with You, and I’m going to be content with what You bring me today.” And that’s where we find real success. That’s where we find blessing.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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