Psalms 132-135

Psalms 132-135

The number one reason for problems in the world is because Jesus isn't there.Where does God dwell today? Where do we desire for God to dwell today? In our hearts. Exactly. But you know what? You look out at society and they don’t even have a clue about God; where He dwells; where He would like to dwell… When I encounter people that are having struggles in the world — I do a lot of counseling — and when I encounter those people, there first thing I have to ask is, “Where is God dwelling? Do you have Jesus in your heart?” The number one reason for problems in the world is because Jesus isn’t there. I mean, Christians are going to have problem because the enemy is going to attack us, but there is a joy that comes when we face problems that the world doesn’t have, because we at least know that we can go to that place of dwelling to meet with our God, to meet with our Creator…

And this is the understanding that we need to come to. It isn’t about this church… It’s not about where we come to gather together, though it is important that we have a place to come and gather together. It’s not about the building. It’s not about how gaudy it looks. It’s not about how big it is. It’s not about how high the steeples are or how loud the bell rings. But for many people, that’s what it becomes when they talk about the dwelling of God. But the dwelling of God starts with a desire here. To want to know God. To want to be with God. To want to be right with God…

We are the temple that God is building. You and I become the stones placed in that temple where He’s going to dwell for all eternity. Is that your desire? Is that what you long for? To be in that place of dwelling with God?…

People don’t understand when they reject God, when they turn away from what Jesus has done for them, the shame that they clothe themselves with. The only thing that God offers them to wear is shame because in the end they’ll realize how wrong they were, and they become God’s enemy…

There can only be unity when we are together in our understanding and our desire to love and serve the Lord. That brings life. Eternal life…

We need to be praising the Lord. We need to come to that place of dwelling where God is and praise the Lord. We need to share with one another in praising the Lord. We need to recognize the Maker of heaven and earth. Why are we here? How did we get here? Do we get all caught up in the controversy of evolution versus creation? No. God made us. I don’t have to argue about it. I don’t have to fight with anybody about it. I know He created me. I just need to praise Him for that. And if the rest of the world doesn’t like Him, let them do something about it. But I can move forward. I can live my life in contentment because I’m His servant…

What is it we’re supposed to do? Praise the Lord! There’s nothing else out there in life that deserves our attention. God deserves our attention. There is no idol that you can make that deserves anything that you have in your life… It’s the Lord that we look to. It’s the God Who created us that deserves our attention. It’s His Name that’s going to endure… You know what? You don’t have to believe Him. He wants you to trust Him. He wants you to put your faith in Him. But guess what? Just because you don’t, doesn’t mean that He’s not God. Doesn’t mean that He stops doing the things that He needs to do in this earth, and His power is displayed always around us. He’s giving us every opportunity to know Him… We praise Him. We need to praise Him because He deserves our praise, because He’s created us and He interacts with us, but He does what He pleases. He rules this world, He rules our lives, and one day all men will stand before Him. And the greatest example we can be to a world that is lost and dying is when they see us praising the Lord.

Pastor Dave Elkins