Psalms 92

Psalms 92

Psalm 92:5Vintage message from February 9, 2003.

It is good to be filled with the Spirit of God and have this understanding and this feeling that God is so overwhelming in your life that you have no other choice but to praise Him and to make music to Him and to enjoy that time that you can have with Him… We should be experiencing this place in the Lord that we are filled, giddy, “drunk,” with the Spirit, that we are singing and filled with thankfulness and praise for God…

So what is it that the Psalmist is responding to? He’s encountered relationship with God. God has done things in his life. God has blessed him in such a way that he is now responding to these deeds that God has done. And the greatest deed that God has done for man is to give us His Holy Spirit; is to come first in the Person of Jesus Christ and offer us salvation. But then, once Jesus went to prepare the place for us where we’re going to dwell with Him for all eternity, He left us with His Spirit so that we could interact on a daily basis; be filled on a daily basis. Not just show up to church and have our tank filled… We should be filling up every day, looking at the things that God has done for us, looking at the deeds that God has accomplished in and through us and for us…

We’re not to find our joy and our fullness in the things of the world but we’re to find our filling in the things of the Spirit, and that brings us to this place of joy, this place of gladness, this place that causes a response in our heart that we interact with one another…

It doesn’t matter what you have in the world — it’s never enough. You’re never going to have enough outside of God. But it’s amazing: even if you have almost nothing inside of God, you have everything! Some of the most content people I know are those who have almost nothing but love the Lord…

Do you see where it is where those that are righteous are going to flourish? We don’t flourish in the things of the world. We don’t flourish by living in the prosperity that the world tells us we must have, but we flourish in that place before God, when we are planted in the love of the Lord, when we are walking right with Who God is and getting to know His heart; then we flourish like the palm tree and we grow like the cedar because we’re planted in the house of the Lord, we’re planted in that place where God’s Word is given. Where God dwells. Where His Spirit touches our hearts. It has nothing to do with things. It has nothing to do with what we can have outside of love relationship with God. When you are dwelling in that house of God, you’re flourishing, and you’re flourishing with God forever…

Sometimes we want to accuse God. Sometimes bad things happen to us. Sometimes life is hard for us. And what is it we want to do? Accuse and blame God. The Psalmist has come to this conclusion: there is no wickedness in God, and the only way that you’re going to understand that there is no wickedness in God is to dwell in His presence, to be in His house, to sing and praise and worship God, because praising God brings you into that place of love relationship. It opens your heart. It humbles you before God when you admit that He is and we are not. So often our problem is we want to be on the throne. We want to be the ones making the decisions. We want to tell God what to do. And you know what? There are many who don’t mind having a relationship with God as long as He doesn’t mind submitting to their will… And I see these people and they’re clueless that they are the ones that are God’s servants and that sometimes God requires for our lives to be hard. Sometimes, in what God is doing in this world over all, means that I might be uncomfortable…

God does not do things out of wickedness. Everything that God does, He does because He loves. He loves men who He created. He loves you, He loves me, but He also loves my neighbor, and you know what? For my neighbor to see that love, it may mean inconveniencing me.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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