Psalms 36-37

Psalms 36-37

Vintage message from August 11, 2002. (Recorded message is cut off at the end.)

There is only one way to deal with wickedness. There is only one way to truly get rid of the sinfulness of your life. You’re not going to change the course of your life by doing enough good things. It’s not like you have a scale or a balance and, “Okay, so I have a handful of bad things over here, so if I put a handful of good things over here it’s going to balance out, and so God will accept me.” It doesn’t work that way. One sin is like lead. It sinks the weight. And there’s not enough goodness in you to pick that weight back up. And there are a lot of people in this world that are living that lifestyle that would hurt us and that would draw us into sin and that would cause us to be unfaithful to God, just so we could join them. And you know what? It is not their fault. It is our own fault because we do it within our own imagination, thinking somehow we can get ahead. Do you want to deal with it? Stop dwelling on what’s out there and start dwelling on Who’s up there…

Do you realize that’s what heals all of our ills? It’s His love. Dwelling on His love. Thinking about His love. Knowing that He loves us. He cares for us, and His love reaches to the heaven…

There is no one, no one more faithful that God, and He has been faithful to us to bring us to a place where we can truly walk in love relationship with Him… He offered us His Son in death in order to take away the issue of sin. He’s offered us His Spirit in order to draw us close so that we can hear Him and be ministered to by Him. There is no one more faithful that He is, and His faithfulness reaches to the skies…

We, so often, will dwell on what other men have done to us. We will dwell on their wickedness and how it has affected us. [King] David is choosing to dwell on the love that God has for him and the protection that God can give to him and the fact that God can deal with the evil doers. They are well within His control. We don’t have to worry about them. And sometimes those “them” are even those that may seem to be the closest to us. We don’t have to worry about them. We do not have to rail on the evil doer and wish bad things for them, because the fact is, they will lie fallen, thrown down — not by our hand, but by the hand of God. God will humble them. But guess what? If we want to do the things that they do, if we want to live the lifestyles that they live, if we want to pursue life the way that they would pursue life, and we are perceived as the wicked, God can humble us as well, and He’s not afraid to. In fact, He delights in humbling those that He loves in order to bring us into that closer love relationship with Him…

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I hear people read this verse, people who are simply and only living for their own flesh. You know, there are a lot of men in the flesh who are not believers who claim the promises of God. I see it all the time. They will claim the promises of God because, you know what? They think somehow, by naming the name of Jesus and claiming something for themselves that this magically makes God have to bless them. And I’ve heard teachers teach this. I don’t believe that God is motivated in any way by our commanding Him to give us anything, but in fact, I believe that if we are right with God, He doesn’t give us the things that we desire, necessarily, but He will give us the desire. He will place in our heart a desire for the things that are right. He will give to us a hunger for what is right. He will give us the desires of our heart, not the things that we desire, but He will put there the things that we should desire so that we are right with Him, that we are desiring the right things…

Walking right with the Lord does not mean that you can have all of the things that you think you want. It doesn’t mean that you’re going to have a lot of money or a successful business or a nice home. It doesn’t mean any of those things, because God has a lot of very poor people in this world that He loves just as equally, that He has blessed just as equally…

If righteousness is what you desire, then you’ll humble yourself. You’ll not worry about what the outside looks like as much as you worry about what the inside looks like. And I’m not telling you not to worry about the outside. I’m just saying, let the inside concern you more. If your heart is right with the Lord, He will give you wisdom on how to deal with the outside, and don’t worry about what people do around you. Don’t worry about their condemnations. Don’t worry about their judgements. Don’t worry about their stupidity. Don’t worry about their attacks against you. They will be there to attack you. You will have trials in your life, and sometimes, from time to time, you will stumble, but if you’re truly trusting in the Lord, He’s not going to let you fall. He is going to ¬†continue to lift you up and place you on your feet because He loves you. God’s desire is to have love relationship with you and I. The reason God created you and I was to be with Him, to be in love with Him as He is in love with us.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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