Psalms 116-118

Psalms 116-118

You can't always trust men, but you can always trust God and, once you trust God, then you can love men whether you trust them or not.When we do something good for somebody and actually do it with right motives, it’s not because we’re good. It’s because God Who is in us is good, and God chooses to use us to be part of men’s lives… All of us have a testimony, if we would just take time to look at it. If we would take time to look at our past and look at what God has done in us, we would realize that the Lord has been good to us, and our soul can find rest… Find out and share with each other what God is doing and what God has done in my life, because God has been good, and that’s where the soul finds rest. That’s where you and I can find that place of peace, is when we are walking right in the Lord, when we’ve come to that place of understanding that the Lord cares, that we can call out to Him, He’s there doing miracles in our lives. And we remind ourselves, “Be at rest once more, because this is my testimony. This is what God has done. He’s delivered me. He’s been my strength. He’s been good to me.” And I think we need to say that to ourselves. And I think we need to say that to other people. That we, when we are sharing with each other, have to remind each other that God has been good. The bad that’s happening around us is the result of a fallen world, not of a loving God. A loving God stayed His hand and, rather than destroying all there is, He chose to work with the fallen state of man and show them love. We do our best to destroy that love and to keep love from happening in other men’s lives, but God overcomes and He’s good to us…

You can’t always trust men, but you can always trust God and, once you trust God, then you can love men whether you can trust them or not. And then you fulfill your vows and you show the salvation that God has given to you. You make the sacrifice to the Lord, not with animals, not with symbols, but you make the sacrifice to the Lord with your life. We’re told that we need to be a living sacrifice, giving ourselves back to God…

God has been faithful to you and I. And you know what? There are times that we’ll have people who will come to us and have all kinds of trouble and all kinds of struggles. The best thing you can do for them is say, “God is faithful. Don’t look at the trouble. Look at Him.” Praise God. Extol His name. Look at what He’s doing. Don’t look at what the world is doing to you. We get so wrapped up and lost in our little world that we fail to see the faithfulness of God in our life. God is faithful. I don’t care what your circumstances are. God is faithful. There’s nothing that’s going to change that. There’s no disaster in your life that’s going to change that. God is faithful, and His love is great, and His love is great toward us. Can’t say it any plainer. God loves you, and God is faithful to you. I don’t care what you’re experiencing. The experience does not dictate how God feels towards you. God loves you, and God is faithful to you. You just have to remind yourself of that, and tell everybody else that, and make sure that the people around you know how you feel about God by praising the Lord. That’s our responsibility. To praise the Lord…

“His love endures forever.” That’s a long time, isn’t it? And we need to say it. We need to say it, and we need to say it often. The more we bring our heart to that place of understanding Who God is and His love for us, it’s amazing how trivial, then, the problems seem when they finally come. It’s amazing how a major disaster can be looked at as, wow, and inconvenience to overcome. “God, You’re faithful. Your love endures. This is nothing.” We have to remind ourself, and we have to remind others…

The circumstances are not what dictates Your love to me, or my love to You. The circumstances are just circumstances that You’re in control of, if I will let you. We can be glad. We can rejoice…

His love endures forever. There’s nothing you’re going to do to stop His love. There’s nothing I’m going to do to stop His love… I don’t care what the circumstances are, I don’t care how miserable life may feel, it does not affect the love of God for you or I. It endures… It’s made to last, and it’s going to last forever, and you can count on it, and you can trust it. So, be glad. Rejoice. Take your eyes off of you, put them on the Lord, and you’ll be amazed the difference, because then you can truly give thanks to the Lord for He is good. He does love, and that love endures.

Pastor Dave Elkins

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