Psalms 98-100

Psalms 98-100

The more you experience what God is doing, the more you want to shout and sing...And when you're bubbling inside, sometimes the loudest song you can sign is the smile across your face.It is a good thing that God is coming to judge this world and that He does not leave that judgement up to me. He’s coming to do it. He’s taking up that responsibility, but you know what? Too often I believe that is my responsibility. It’s my place to tell you what you’re doing wrong. It’s my place to tell you how you’re blowing it here. It’s my place to tell you how you’re blowing it there. And isn’t it amazing how, when we begin to judge others, we look at those negative things in their life, rather than going up to people and saying, “Wow! Look at that amazing thing that God has done in you; how God is working in you. I see the power of God’s Spirit dwelling in you!” We don’t like to do that, because you know what? It doesn’t make us feel superior. How can you feel good about yourself unless you’re putting somebody else down? That’s why God is the Judge, and I’m not the judge. He’s the One that’s superior over all of us. And you know what? I have no ability whatsoever to judge with equality, with equity. I have no ability to know what’s in your heart to judge fairly…

The more you experience what God is doing, the more you want to shout, the more excited you feel. It’s hard to contain. When God is bubbling over in you, it’s hard to contain what the Spirit wants to do, and it is okay to get excited. It is okay to just start singing and praising God as you’re walking down the street. It’s okay, even when you’re at work, to sing a new song to God in your heart and make music inside, even if you can’t do it out loud… And when you’re bubbling inside, sometimes the loudest song you can sing is the smile across your face…

One of the things that I think we sometimes forget in our very casual world today, in our busy lives today, is Who God really is. He is a holy God, but you know what? It is still true today that He is also a forgiving God, and He desires for us to come to Him. Even though He is holy, He knows that we are not, and…it was His hand, His mighty arm, that made salvation possible because He desired to have relationship with those of us that are unholy, but we have to acknowledge His holiness and then praise Him because He made that way for us. He reigns. He’s on the throne. And this is something, also, that I sometimes forget when I’m in the midst of disaster, when I’m in the midst of hardship [and] it looks like there is chaos all around me [but] the Lord is still reigning, and the Lord is still sitting on His throne… Just because my life is in turmoil doesn’t mean that God has stepped off the throne. And what I find most often is when there is turmoil in my life, it’s because the God on the throne is trying to get my attention, and I’ve been ignoring Him. And He will allow that turmoil to come to draw my attention back to Him, so that I have to then look back at the throne again to see if He’s still there. But if I never took my eyes off the throne, guess what? I would always know He’s there. But so often, again, we get caught up in our own selfish lives, looking at me, my situation, how am I going to do it, and when our eyes are pointed inward it’s easy to lose sight of the throne that God sits on, and it’s easy to become confused, and it’s easy to become distraught, and it’s easy, then, to allow the circumstances that surround us to overwhelm us. But I’ve observed, there are people who do very well at keeping their eyes on the throne. It’s not that they have less problems than I have. It’s that they are looking at the throne, and when those hardships come, they know that they’ve got a King that’s in control, Who’s reigning, Who’s ruling, Who’s judging, Who’s watching over the deeds of the nation. He knows what’s going on. He hasn’t lost sight of it. He’s still in control…

Another area I think we fall short in is the memory department. We oftentimes forget that it is God Who made us. We were created for a purpose. We were created for His purpose. We were put here for a reason. He made us. We belong to Him. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I don’t care what they’re doing out in the world. They still belong to Him, and yet God love is still poured out on us. He made us. We need to remember that. We need to put our lives back into His hands and trust that He knows who we are and what we’re doing…

Just because we’re hurting or suffering or struggling doesn’t mean that God does not love us. In fact, it is in those times that we struggle that we see God’s love come through the most. I find the times that I don’t really feel God’s love are those times when things are really going well, and I’m taking Him for granted. When I’m ignoring God because things are good in my life, and like I said, oftentimes God will then send hardship, allow it to happen in my life. He will allow my flesh to fester to get my attention. Says, “Oh, yoohoo, Dave, I’m still here!” He doesn’t want us ignoring Him. He wants us walking in love relationship with Him, and He went out of His way to make this love relationship happen. He suffered in order for this love relationship to happen. He sacrificed in order for this love relationship to happen. He has gone out of His way, and so often we ignore what He’s done.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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