Psalms 144-146

Psalms 144-146

In everything you do, is God the reason that you're there doing it? Is He your strength? Is He the reason that you have the ability to do it?How do you see God? Is God real to you? Is God Someone that, when you pray, you’re praying to Someone you know is listening? That Someone you know is standing there watching? Paying attention? Caring about what you’re seeking, what you’re asking about? Now, of course, when you pray He’s not going to always answer your prayer the way you want Him to, but no good father is going to give his child everything that child asks for. But a good Father stands there and pays attention…

When you begin to see God as being real in your life, then you’re going to live your life in such a way that your sons and your daughters are going to see it and be affected by it. One of the shames, I would say, that I see within the church: parents that do not live their love for the Lord, do not display faith in believing that God is there and real before their kids…

In everything you do, is God the reason that you’re there doing it? Is He your strength? Is He the reason that you have the ability to do it? And do your kids know that? That’s where our kids are going to grow strong…and then God’s blessing is poured out when we come to that place of understanding Who God is and how much He loves us, how much He cares for us…

Have you ever asked for blessing in your life? Do you want blessing in your life? …”Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.” Blessing comes in knowledge, and that knowledge is in the Lord Himself. That’s where you find blessing. You find blessing when you put your trust in God, when you’ve not put your trust in yourself, when you’ve not put your trust in your own strength, when you’ve not put your trust in your own ability, but you understand that God gives you all that He wants you to have.– little or a lot. If you look at what you have, and you understand that that has come to you from God’s hand, and you praise Him for it, and you acknowledge Him for it, you find yourself in a place of peace. You find yourself in a place of rest. You find yourself in a place where you don’t have to worry about warring with everybody around you. But God has to be the One Who does it. And you have to acknowledge and come to that place of letting Him be your Lord. Is He your Lord today? It’s not enough to just know He’s God…

Are we letting people know of the great things God has done in our lives? The great things God does for us? Are we letting people know that there is reason to rejoice?… We have a responsibility to praising God openly to this generation so that the next generation will know that there was at least some in this generation that understood… I have a responsibility to make sure that others know that I believe that there is a God that sits on the throne that will be our King. Do you believe that? If you believed that, you would be letting others know, and then it would be passed on from generation to generation…

“The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all that He has made.” Have you ever heard someone complain about how horrible God is to them? “God’s done this to me, and God’s done that to me! This is all God’s fault!” But the fact is, God isn’t the one that does the bad. You know, it is my experience that when you have “bad” in your life, it’s because you’ve ignored God. He’s there trying to do the good, and He is trying to show you compassion, but so often our sin gets in the way. Our sin stops us from receiving the goodness from God’s hand. Our sin blocks His compassion and keeps us from experiencing all that God desires for us. And then we go off in our sin and blame God for all the horrible things that happen in our life because of that sin.

Pastor Dave Elkins