Psalms 89

Psalms 89

Psalm 89:1Vintage message from January 26, 2003.

It’s amazing to me. God makes covenants with us. God goes out of His way to show us His love. God goes out of His way to strengthen and build us up, and then we fail to look at our lives, we fail to look at what God also said He would do (and God also told Israel when He establish them, that if they did not follow His covenant, that what would He do? He would allow them to be destroyed and taken into captivity). And it’s so easy for us to look at our life from today past, and look at what’s going on in our life, and look at those promises that we feel that God made to us, and then get to this place, when the promise doesn’t happen, that we start accusing God. And you know what? It is so hilarious to me, and I see this so often, that we will spend time accusing people of not fulfilling their promises. “You didn’t do what you were supposed to do!” But how often do we stop and say, “I did not do what I was supposed to do.” We’re quick to remind everybody else of their shortcomings and their failures. Very quick to tell them, “You didn’t do your part!” But we somehow conveniently always leave out our part. What our responsibility was. What was expected of us…

And this is the hard part. We look at God’s Word, and I look through the New Testament, and I see God’s faithfulness in His giving us His Son as a Savior. And the teaching I hear in the world today so often says that if you’re walking with Jesus, everything in your life is going to be good. Everything in your life is going to be right. But you know what? It’s not true. God never promised us that. In fact, we’re told that in this life you will have tribulation, but we can be of good cheer because He, Jesus, has overcome the world. But we are also told that we need to walk right with the Lord, that we need to keep our hearts right with the Lord, that we need to keep our focus on the Lord, and if our focus is on the Lord, if we keep Jesus in view, then when the bad things are happening around us, we know where our strength comes from. But so often we find ourselves in those times of tribulation and because we can’t see tomorrow, we cry out to God, “God, why have You abandoned me? Why have You allowed this hardship to come on me? You promised, God!” Well, what has God promised us really? He’s promised us salvation. And you know what? The only way I’m going to see salvation is if I die. Have you ever thought about that? The only way you’re going to live in eternity and experience the salvation of God is to die in this flesh that is temporal, and Jesus told us you must give up the flesh. We don’t like to dwell there.  We don’t like to hear that part of the truth…

You know, sometimes you get to the place where you may not understand what’s going on, you may not understand why there’s turmoil in your life, you may not understand why God as allowed you to  face the hardships, and like the Psalmist, you may find yourself in a place where you’re saying, “Lord, how long is this going to go on?” But just because you’re facing turmoil, does that mean that God’s faithfulness has failed? See, that’s how we equate it. That’s how we see it so often. We somehow think that we should be exempt from the hardships, that we should be exempt from the hand of God when He has to discipline a nation or a people…

God is awesome, God is powerful, and God knows His love for us, and He has established His throne, and He has established David’s line forever because He raised up Jesus…

What happens when you find yourself facing that scenario where it seems like the promise of God is not going to happen in your life? Has God become unfaithful? No. God is always faithful, and God is always awesome. So the answer isn’t that God is the problem. The answer is that God is doing something that I don’t understand. Next question is, is that okay? Is it okay for God to be God in your life? So often the answer is no. “God, I want my way and I want it now. I want the things I want, and I want it when I want it…” And that’s how we approach God so often. “God, give me what I want.” Not what I deserve, but give me what I want. It’s our attitudes. This is what God was dealing with, but just because we don’t see tomorrow doesn’t mean that God is not working for tomorrow. In fact, I guarantee you, that God is working for tomorrow because of His great love and His faithfulness for you.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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