Psalms 136-138

Psalms 136-138

Don't forget the great blessing that God has given you. Don't allow yourself even to get in to that place where God has to take it away from you to remind you of what you were given.His love endures forever. Do you believe that? Do you trust that? I trust it. well, until something happens that gives me a bad attitude. I trust it until something happens in my life that I don’t like. I believe it until, of course, our bank account is low and the gas tank is low, you know. Oh, and the car breaks down. I believe it until those times. But that’s the whole point of this. We have to remember the good things that God has also done. Yes, Israel spent time as slaves in Egypt, but God didn’t abandon them to that, but He led them out. He freed them from that oppression, and He protected them from kings that would destroy them, and He gave them a land, and He gave them a home. Just as He’s given us a land, and He’s given us a home. He’s given us life, and He’s given us all the wonders of the universe to encounter, because He loves us. Yeah, we’ll have some hard times. We’ll have some things in our life that will challenge us, some even to our very soul, but it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us. If you take time to look at all that God has done around you, you’ll see God’s blessing, you’ll see God’s love, you’ll understand that this is an enduring love that has been going on from eternity past all the way into eternity present and future. His love endures forever…

Don’t forget the great blessing that God has given you. Don’t allow yourself even to get in to that place where God has to take it away from you to remind you of what you were given… “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” And so often, that’s our problem. We take for granted the blessings that are poured out on us. We thumb our nose at God’s blessing to us, and we never even realize it as blessing until one day it’s missing. Until one day it’s taken away from us. I mean, we take for granted our car until it breaks down and it costs more than we have to fix it. The car’s a blessing, but how often do we take it for granted?… If you abuse the blessing, it can be taken away… Don’t allow yourself to get into a place of losing what you have because you’ve abused it and you’ve taken it for granted. Look at what you have. Look at your children around you, look at your home, look at the freedom that we have, and then look up to heaven and say, “God, thank You. Thank You for what You’ve given to me. Thank You for the great freedom that You’ve given to me; the blessing that You’ve poured out on me. Your love endures forever…”

Are you the works of God’s hands? Are you the one who has been blessed tremendously by the Lord? Do you realize that God still looks down on those of us that He’s created? He’s looking for the lowly of heart. He’s looking for the humble of heart. But He still sees the proud. He knows they’re there. God is not put off because men reject Him, but men do not realize the harm they’re doing to themselves when they reject God…

Do you understand that hard times will happen to you? And if you name the Name of Jesus in your heart, if you claim the Name of Jesus openly, that there will be hard times waiting for you? Because you have an enemy that hates God… I encounter daily challenges to my heart and my flesh, but God’s love and God’s character interacts with my life, and He reminds me that He has overcome my flesh, and He wants to rule in my heart…

The bottom line is we have every reason to praise God. We have only reason to praise God. And if you’re not praising God, if you’re not walking with the Lord, if you’re not giving your attention to the Lord, it’s not God’s fault. It is because you are dwelling in your own flesh, and God is stepping back and allowing you to make the bed that you want to sleep in, and He’ll let you. He doesn’t stop loving you. He doesn’t stop watching you. He doesn’t stop trying to interact with you, but He’ll let you live that life.

Pastor Dave Elkins