Psalms 57-59

Psalms 57-59

Vintage message from October 20, 2002.

[King David was] a man who was truly in love with God, but even in his shortcomings, he truly understood that God loved him. He knew that God was watching. He knew that God was caring. He knew that God was faithful. And he knew, no matter what the disaster was, he could turn to God, and God would be faithful. Not faithful to not allow these things to happen. That’s not the faithfulness of God. You know what? God is dealing with the flesh of men. God is trying to humble the flesh of men. God is trying to destroy the pride and sin issues in man’s flesh, and sometimes it takes a disaster in our life for us to come to the end of ourself and know that we need Him…

It says, “I am in the midst of lions. I lie among ravenous beasts.” How many times have we felt that we were in that place? That life was ready to devour us. We had no idea where we could turn [or] how it was going to be resolved for us…

You notice that [David] doesn’t say, “And Lord, save me from this!” He’s not concerned that he might find himself in this turmoil. He’s saying, “God, I’m in this turmoil, but I know Your love, and Your love is for this world. You exalt Yourself, Lord, and if by my being in this distress will exalt You, God, exalt Yourself.” When was the last time we found ourselves saying, “God, put my life on the train track with the train coming if, in fact, putting me on that train track will glorify You.” We’re afraid to stand in front of the locomotive. We’re afraid of standing in the midst of the lions. We’re afraid of the hardships that come our way in life, and we run from them rather than saying, “God, how can I glorify You through this? How can You be exalted by using me in the midst of this?” That’s where we should be. Understanding that God not only loves me, but God loves you and God loves everybody outside the doors of this building. God loves the world. He loves men who He’s created, and He would love to get their attention…

You’re never a victim…when you stand in the face of turmoil, when you stand in the face of struggle, when you stand in the face of the enemy and say, “My God is great whether I live or die. My God is great…”

It’s not about me. It’s about Him, right? But so often, all we can see is our own flesh, our own minuscule struggles on the face of this planet. We think that we are all that it is about, but it is not about me. It is not about my struggle. It is about the God Who created me, and why has He allowed me to stand in the midst of this struggle. To sing and make music. To prove His love to a lost and dying world. To stand firm… I will find my refuge in God, and I will sing and make music regardless of what the struggle is. I will see God exalted. My heart is steadfast, oh God. I’m not moved. I’m standing here, firm in You…

My strength is found in God because God loves me.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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