Psalms 124-128

Psalms 124-128

God never said we would not face hardship in our life. He just asked us to trust Him through those hard times.The Lord is on our side. We need to understand what the Lord does for us, how the Lord blesses us, the involvement that He has in our life, and then we need to say it. If the Lord was not on my side, I can imagine what my life would be! We, who are sitting here this morning, are blessed abundantly, and we need to let people know that. Let the church say, “If the Lord had not been on my side.” God has blessed us with His Son. God has blessed us with salvation. God has, in fact, removed completely the trap that death had laid for us. It’s no longer just broken. It’s removed completely. You and I today, if we have asked Jesus Christ to come into our lives, we no longer have that trap to walk into. The teeth of death have been removed. The trap of death is gone. We have escaped, just as the psalmist said. Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth…

Is your trust in the Lord? Once again, we face hardships in our life. God never said we would not face hardship in our life. He just asked us to trust Him through those hard times. He doesn’t tell us we’re going to have a particular amount of friends. He doesn’t tell us we’re going to have a particular job. He doesn’t tell us how long we’ll have a particular job when we have it. He doesn’t promise us that we’re going to have life that is filled with ease and peace of mind. But He does tell us that we can have a life filled with peace because His Holy Spirit is in us, even when we have the hard times facing us…

Understand something. You and I may have to wake up tomorrow morning and face the wicked. We may have to dwell in the land where wicked men rule. But our faith is not found in a system of wicked men. Our faith is found in the Lord Who’s created all things, and those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which can not be shaken. I have to admit, sometimes I forget that, and hard times come my way and unfair things happen in my life, and I get shaken. I feel like I’m going to fall apart. But the fact is, if my trust were to remain, if I would take the time to stop looking at the circumstance and look at the Lord and what the Lord is doing, I’d have no complaints. I would not be shaken. I could walk through the hard times knowing that they’re supposed to be there, and then pray for peace. Peace upon Israel. Peace upon the church. Peace for my brothers and sisters. But peace that comes because Jesus is the King. Because Jesus has established Himself in my heart and on His throne…

When was the last time you stopped and looked at your life and realized that God has done great things for you? He didn’t keep you from the hard times… And I find, oftentimes in our life, when we face hardships, when we face hard times, when life seems unfair, it is because God is trying to get our attention, to look at Him. And then the hard time is easier to face. Then when we make it through, we have laughter in our mouth, “Wow! I made it! Isn’t this great? I made it through! God has blessed me!” The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy…

God can do amazing things. Just because you may find yourself in a situation today that may be rough, may be lacking, doesn’t mean that God is unaware or unable to meet that need… It’s about the heart. God is dealing with heart attitude, heart issues. So often we find ourselves in struggle because our hearts are hard. We’re not crying before the Lord. We’re not weeping over our sin. We’re not giving to God the things caused us to be led into captivity in the first place. There’s many forms of captivity. It doesn’t come just at the hand of people, but it comes at the hand of substances that we abuse our bodies with, money that we thing that we have to have, homes and cars and selfishness that tells us we have to have, and we’re taken captive by it, and we’re held captive by it. And oftentimes we’re not released from that captivity until we soften our hearts and say, “Lord, I can’t do this on my own. I need You to do it for me.” And it takes coming to that point of tears. Sowing in tears. And attitude that says, “Lord, I’m planting these tears because I have nothing else to plant. I’ve come to the end of myself. The only thing I have to put in the ground is the tears that come from my eyes, the broken heart that I have.” And that kind of brokenheartedness reaps songs of joy because God is not going to abandon you…

We have to understand God’s involvement. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord who walk in His ways.” Sometimes I walk in His ways. Sometimes, you know what? I think it’s going to be easier to do it my way. Sometimes I think it’s going to be easier if God would just leave me alone and let me get the job done. “If God would just leave me alone, I could accomplish a lot!” But it doesn’t work that way. The blessing comes in my fearing the Lord and walking in His way. Understanding what it is He wants for me. And I find myself so often struggling through life, stumbling along, falling flat on my face, and then I want to accuse God. I want to blame God for all of my problems. Well, let me tell you something. It may be His fault! He may be doing it because He wants to get my attention, and that’s where I need to stop and say, “Thank You, Lord, for inconveniencing my life. Thank You for tripping me up. Thank you for showing me I was on the wrong path.” Instead of [angry voice], “God, You did this to me! This is your fault!” You know, He’s standing back just smiling, “Yes, that one was My fault. I did that. See that scrape on his nose? I did that.” I guarantee you, God loves us so much He stands back and He just brags about the scratched nose we have because He tripped us up to get our attention — that’s my version of it. God loves us. God loves us so much He wants is to understand that He is the only strength that we can have, and when we try to step out on our own strength, we’re going to stumble and we’re going to fall. He wants to bless us, but the blessing comes in the fear of the Lord and walking in His ways.

Pastor Dave Elkins