Psalms 41-42

Psalms 41-42

Psalm 42:5Vintage message from August 25, 2002.

You can not invest enough in your worship of God, and I’m not just talking about money. I am talking about who you are. You can not invest enough in your walk, in your worship, before God…

If you are walking with the Lord in such a way that you are looking to the needs of those around you, building up the hearts and character of those that are struggling, when you face your foe, the Lord will delivery you. You may have to face him, but guess what? You’re not going to be given over to the desire that he has for you, because facing our foe is what God uses in our life to build character in us, to build strength in us, to show us that we can trust Him and walk right with Him…

I will tell you, sometimes, your closest friend can be your worst enemy. From time to time, your close friend may say or do things that will hurt you, and it is not our job to judge our close friend, but to hand them over to God… From time to time our close friends, even our closest friend, will do something that will hurt us. You know what? Our eyes are not to be on our close friends. Our eyes are to be on God, trusting Him…

We need to be in a place of praising and worshipping God. If you are not, then let me tell you, you are truly poor… If you are not worshipping God, if you are not living to be right with Him, you are poor and in need of someone to come along and help you, to reach out their hand and bring you to that place of knowing your need…

That’s where we need to be in life. In every situation, on every occasion, no matter how hard it is, we need to remind ourselves of God’s love. If nobody else will, guess what? You can do it… Remember the things that God has done for you in the past… And if I ever begin to believe that my circumstance today is going to somehow overtake the power God, all I need do is remind myself of where I’ve already been and the things that God has saved me from…

“Why are you downcast, oh my soul?” God’s going to get you through this. God is the One that I need to be looking to.  God is the One Who has delivered me in the past. Why am I so depressed? God is faithful to me… “Why are you downcast, oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God for I will yet praise Him.” It comes down to, what is your desire in life? What is it that you are hoping to accomplish in life? If your hope is to accomplish acquiring a million dollars, having a ‘cush’ retirement, if that is what you are looking forward to, guess what? I can see where depression would overcome you many times over…

But God, the bottomline is, I put my hope in You. You are what I hope for in the future. You are what I hope for in my life. Praising You is what I desire. That’s my “bank account.” That’s my retirement. That’s what I want to look forward to; is being able to crawl out of this bed and go before You and worship You; to spend that time in Your presence.

“Why are you downcast, oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” We’ll get depressed from time to time. We will find those moments in our life where we’re struggling. I’m not going to tell you that it’s not going to come. It would be foolish for any of us to think that we will not have moments of trouble. And guess what? You are not a “bad Christian” if you have these moments of struggle. In fact, as far as I see it, there is no such thing as a “good Christian” or a “bad Christian.” Those are labels that we, in our flesh, have tacked on. You are either a Christian or you’re not. If you are in love with the Lord Jesus Christ and He’s come into your life, guess what? You are a Christian, good, bad, or ugly, and He deals with it. His Spirit comes in and does the work. He’s what’s good. We’re not. And so, don’t ever allow yourself to get to that place where you start pounding on yourself, looking down on yourself, because guess what? You’re already a sinner. You’re as low as you can get! I hate to say it. You’ve only got good to look forward to… The only good there is up there for us is God through the power of His Spirit because He loves us. We need to put our hope in Him, and then when we have those moments of depression, when we have those moments of struggle, He helps us to overcome it. And just know, you can look forward to something in life. “For I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

Pastor Dave Elkins

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