Psalms 52-53

Psalms 52-53

Psalm 52:8Vintage message from October 6, 2002.

I believe this is the message [King] David would give to each one of us today. If David were here talking to us…he would say, “Make God your stronghold…”

I have to ask a question… How many of us have made our stronghold our own ability and strength?  How many of us look to our own wealth? How many of us look to our own position? How many of us look to our own ability to make what we have in life happen? Understand something: that when you seek position in this life, when you seek money in this life, when you seek a name for yourself in this life, and you do it outside of making God your stronghold… [then] you are a person seeking for yourself, and guess what? When men seek for themselves, when they do not put their faith and trust in God Who created them, God will uproot them.  He may let them flourish on this planet for a while. He puts those people here to test the faith and the strength of character of those who truly do trust Him…

God has given each and every one of us in this room a testimony. From the day you said, “Lord Jesus, come into my life”…God started writing a book for you, a testimony that you can share with others. He writes it in your heart. He does things for you, and so often we are blind to the things that God is doing in our lives every single day… And we need to be rejoicing, and we need to be praising, and we need to be looking at those things that God has done. And you know what? The more we look at the things God has done, we’re not paying attention to those things that God has not done, or that we expected Him to do, or that we commanded Him to do, or that we believed He should have done. We take our eyes off of those things that aren’t happening, those things that would direct us in paths that maybe God does not want us to go on, and I find a lot of people who make decisions based on the fact that God hasn’t done something for them yet. They get it in their mind, “This has to happen for me. God owes this to me. I will have this in my life,” and I hear people make these statements. “I deserve this, and God’s not giving it to me, so I’ll go get it some other way. If God is not going to do it for me, then I’ll just go make it happen some other way. God must not know what He’s doing.” If we look there, guess what? We’re going to miss the things that God has done.  And everything that God has done in our lives, everything that God has done for us, is deserving of our praise…

The only way to flourish is not try to hide the things you do. We’re all going to sin. We’re all going to blow it. We’ve already done it. There’s no sense in trying to be good to overcome the bad. Just confess the bad and be done with it, and plant your tree firmly so that it will flourish, and then…the praises begin to come. We stop seeking for ourself and we start seeking for what God desires for us…

I believe one of the ways that we succeed in life as believers, is to look at the truth of who we are… Do you realize that God is watching you? Right now. God is seeing the things that you do. God is seeing the things that I do. He is paying attention. God has not lost sight of who we are or what we’ve done. He knows the wickedness that we’ve committed, just as He knows the good things that we’ve done…

God loves it when we pursue Him. God loves it when we do good because He is dwelling in our heart, and the good is the natural response to a loving, holy God living inside of us. But so often, we do the good things that we do so that others will recognize, so that people will look at us and say, “Oh, isn’t that person good?” You know, a truly good person doesn’t care who sees… And everything we do should be about Him, for Him, because of Him, not for us or because of us. When we look at only what’s going to make us comfortable, we exclude God. God isn’t in it for our comfort. God is in it to love us.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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