Sermon notes from 10/17/21
1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
There is a saying: If you’re going to worry, don’t pray, and if you’re` going to pray don’t worry.
Unfortunately, it sounds good but not scripturally sound. #Respectfully many of us have adopted mindsets from cliches that have molded the way we live.
-God is always placing us in situations that will stretch us. There are situations in our life, that God will allow to grow us…..to mature us.
—>In those situations, if we are HONEST: we get worried.
And we are not alone…The Scriptures are filled with examples of worried people that God used in a major way. (Here are a few)
- Called by God to lead Israel and Moses responded with worries! He said:
- They (Israel) are going to think I’m lying, and won’t take me seriously (Exodus 4:1)
- I have a speech problem. (Exodus 4:10)
- Lord, please send somebody else. (Exodus 4:13)
- In 1 Kings 18 Elijah shamed some false prophets on Mt. Carmel, by calling down fire from heaven
- Jezebel found out in Chapter 19 and sent word to kill him, he RAN FOR HIS LIFE. (1 Kings 19:3)
- He even asked the LORD to take his life! (1 Kings 19:4)
- Christ was worried when he got to the Garden of Gethsemane because he knew Calvary was the destination.
- He asked God TWICE to let this cup pass!! (Matthew 26: 39,42)
- Sweat as blood poured down his face…He was worried!
-Being worried doesn’t mean that you don’t trust God, it means you are human.
—->When we are walking by FAITH and not by sight, sometimes what WE DO SEE….scares us….
AND NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THAT– It’s what you do when you’re worried that counts! David is our teaching example today (Sunday)
1 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son. (this gives us our time frame)
Absalom is trying to take the Kingdom from David and King David is on the run.
1 Jehovah, how are mine adversaries increased! Many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there are that say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
- -Absalom has turned the Kingdom against David, (2 Samuel 15:13)
- Absalom had looks, and he had pretty hair (2 Samuel 14:25)
- He stood at the gate at Hebron and was charming the people out of liking David.
——>DAVID acknowledged the problem, and expressed it to God. THEN he reminds himself of the faithfulness of God!
3 But thou, O Jehovah, art a shield (protection) about me; My glory (my splendor/shine) and the lifter up of my head.
4 I cry unto Jehovah with my voice, And he answereth me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for Jehovah sustaineth me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people That have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O Jehovah; save me, O my God: For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongeth unto Jehovah: Thy blessing be upon thy people. Selah.
-The key to not letting worry lead you into fear, is REMEMBERING:
1.)Remembering who God is….
2.What God has ALREADY DONE!!
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