Psalms 34-35

Psalms 34-35

Psalm 34:4Vintage message from August 4, 2002.

If you’re ever in doubt within your circumstances, understand something, God is in control of those circumstances because He created you, He created this world, and He can control anything that you will trust Him with…

I noticed that there is a problem within Christendom, in general. You know what? When things are going good for us,  we have no problem saying, “Praise God!” When we get something that’s new and exciting, “Praise God!” But you let rough things start happening in our life,  you let challenge come to our heart, and you know what? Christians oftentimes become the whiniest cry babies I know. Whatever happened to praise God? You know what? We don’t like to hurt. We don’t like to be inconvenienced. We don’t like to struggle. Nobody does. But you know what? We have been given a key to understanding. It’s called God’s Word. All we need [to] do is pick it up, and we can find the knowledge that it takes to be able to stand firm…

It’s not always easy to praise the Lord. It’s not always easy when you are in the midst of struggle, when you are in the midst of trial, when you are in the midst of doubt, to bring yourself to that place of saying, “You know what? The truth of the matter is, God knows what’s going on. God knows what He’s doing. Even if I do not know what God is doing, God knows what He’s doing.” It’s a difficult thing to say, but it’s still the truth, and even if you struggle with saying it, sometimes just telling yourself and everybody else around you the truth makes the difference. You know, for some people it’s just words, but I don’t care if it’s just words, it’s still the truth…

Does the Lord know what’s going on? Yes. He sees you. If you are pursuing righteousness, if you are pursuing relationship with Him, guess what? He is watching you. His eyes are actively looking into your heart, seeing what you’re thinking, seeing what you’re feeling. His ear is attentive. He knows when you’re crying out to Him. He knows when you’re struggling, because He hears. Even if He doesn’t act immediately the way you want Him to, guess what? He is seeing and He is hearing, and He has a plan to bless your life…

You’re going to face enemies in this life. You’re going to face struggles in this life. You’re going to face hardships in this life. They’re not dealt with through anger, through vengeance. They’re not dealt with through your hard efforts. They’re dealt with because you trust in the Lord, because you sought Him, because you’ve cried to Him, and you’ve waited on Him for His answer.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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