Psalms 49-50

Psalms 49-50

Psalm 50:1Vintage message from September 22, 2002.

You know what? It [life] is not about what you can accumulate here. It is about coming to know the God Who created you and walking in right relationship with Him. Understanding the love that He has for you…

It’s not always comfortable knowing God, it’s not always easy following God, and sometimes it means sacrificing to be right with God…

It’s not about knowing that you have a million dollars in a bank account, or ten dollars in a bank account. It’s about whether or not you know where your salvation comes from. It’s about whether or not you know the Creator of this universe and the part He wants to play in your life… If you know the One Who created you and His Son Who died for you, you have all of the blessing of the universe. It’s been given to you, because you get to walk from this life, from this world, from the decadence of this world, into eternity with a God Who loves you and created you to be with Him for eternity. That’s the blessing. The blessings of life are far more than the things that God gives us…

You will have tribulation. Trials will be part of your life. Embrace those trials. Embrace those struggles. Don’t run from them, don’t despise them, because it is those trials and those struggles that make you strong, that draw you into that place before the God Who created you and loves you. But if you begin to embrace wealth, if you think wealth is going to answer the question, solve the problem, you’re only looking for more problems…

Do you know what it is that God is looking for?… “I want you to know Me and offer an offering of thanks that you can know Me.” Basically, God isn’t begging for us to fall on our face and make a bunch of noise before Him, and you know, God just wants us to walk in love relationship with Him and be thankful to Him for the salvation that He is to us. Be thankful that He created us to walk in love relationship with Him. So many people miss the point. They’ll show up at church thinking that somehow now I can feel good about myself. It’s not about you feeling good about yourself. It is about you walking in right relationship with God, and if you have sin in your life, if you have areas that are wrong in your life, you shouldn’t feel good about yourself. You should be looking to God to say, “How can I deal with this? I don’t feel good but God, thank You for loving me and now I need Your help.” He says it, call out to me in your time of trouble. He wants us to call to Him. He wants us to be right with Him. He doesn’t mind us coming to Him when we’re struggling.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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