“I WILL GO IN THE STRENGTH OF THE LORD!”

Psalm 71: 1-24

To understand this Psalm, we must understand the psalmist.  Truly the character of David is revealed in this.  He was a godly man.  He set his affection, dependence on Him. It was a rule of his life.  Yes, he had some darkness in his life, but his sin was as much a sin to him as ours is to us.

So we have to judge him by the rules we apply to other men, as well as to ourselves.  And so what do we find? He is first seen as a shepherd boy on the rocky hills of Bethlehem.  God was a living reality; “He set the Lord always before him.”

In his thoughts, about his work, solitude and yes, even in his sin, He never forsook his Lord. He said, “my sin is ever before me . . . against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.”  

We can look at David as a good example of the godly man, good king, and yet with the warning that the best of men have a corrupt and sinful nature, and can fall at any time, if they forget God.

Look at the two thoughts that compose this sentence.

  1. “I will go.” It is active, frequent, happy and progressive.
  2. But balancing it in all modesty and holy caution, turning rashness into courage, impulse into trust. “I will go in the strength of the Lord God.”

He is not trusting in his own strength, but in God’s.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“I WILL GLORY IN THE CROSS” CONCLUSION!

Read Galatians 6:11-18 again.

Paul gloried in the wisdom of the cross.

II. PAUL GLORIED IN THE WORDS OF THE CROSS.

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

A. He thought of others.
B. Even in His Death He saved a sinner.
He said to the thief on the cross, “Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” Still living for others, not for Himself.
C. Still thinking of others, “Woman, behold thy Son, behold thy mother.” He asked John to look after His mother. Still living for others.
D. “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
E. “I thirst.”
F. “It is finished.”
G. “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”

Paul gloried in the wisdom of the cross, the words of the cross, and:

III. PAUL GLORIED IN THE WORK OF THE CROSS.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.”

What is the work of the cross? I am justified! Just as though I have never sinned. Shout Hallelujah! He died on the cross; He took my sins and buried them in the deepest sea, the big as well as the little ones.

Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”

Forgive means to bear my burden. Paul gloried in the cross. How about you?

The evidence is in verse 17.

“I WILL GLORY IN THE CROSS!” PART 2.

Galatians 6:11-18.

Paul said, God forbid that I should glory, except in one thing, in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I. HE GLORIED IN THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS.

God created man and woman – Adam and Eve. They were given the command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17. His wife was deceived but he was not.

He loved her so much that he too ate of it knowing the consequences; but he loved her and fell with her. Someone once called it Adam’s suicide.

Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

Adam broke his fellowship with God when he sinned, and God misses his fellowship and wants him back. God cannot dethrone Himself; so He had to demand another form of penalty.

He could have taken Adam back because of His love for him, but that would have made Him sacrifice justice on the altar of love. So God had His own Son come into the world to die for man’s sin.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“I WILL GLORY IN THE CROSS!”

Galatians 6:11-17
 
Every one of us has something in which to glory. If we get to know people long enough we eventually find out what they glory in. In case of a grand mother and father it will not be long before they start showing off the pictures of their grandchildren. The same is true with young married couples with their newborn babies.
 
For a musician it may be a new instrument or his voice; for an artist his newest art work. For a young man it may be a new car, with not one speck of dust on it. To another it may be a garden, not one weed or bug stays. He is very proud of his fruit trees, flowers; etc. and says people come from all over the neighborhood to see it.
 
It may be a gun collection. He keeps them polished to show off at the local gun show. He glories in his gun collection. To a housewife it may be her home or her children. While to the husband it may be that he glories in his job or accomplishments. What am I saying? Everybody glories in something.
 
Paul said, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is not that he had lack in which to glory. He could have gloried in his education, in his degrees, how he studied at the feet of Gamaliel – one of the world’s best teachers in that day. He could have gloried in his preaching that even the demons in hell knew his name Acts 19. He wrote half the New Testament, or 14 out of 27 books (and I believe the book of Hebrews).
 
Imagine if I had even written one book, the entire world would know about it. Can’t you just see the advertising? “The Pastor who wrote a book in the Bible.”
He could have gloried in his travels. Look at all his missionary journeys. He could have shown slides forever.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“I WILL DO BETTER UNTO YOU THAN AT YOUR BEGINNINGS!” CONCLUSION!

Read Ezekiel 36:8-11

Can we enjoy something better than in the beginning? Absolutely!

Remember how excited you were when first saved, joined the church, led your first convert to Christ? Restoration of character always brings return to prosperity in the Christian’s life.

Proverbs 4:18,“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

FOUR SIMPLE LESSONS ON HOW TO ENJOY BETTER BLESSINGS IN THE FUTURE.

A. RETURN TO THE SIMPLE FAITH IN CHRIST.

After all, that is what this chapter is all about. It points to the blessings of Christ’s Kingdom.

B. REPENT OF THE LITTLE SINS THAT BROKE YOUR FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.

C. RETURN TO SERVING HIM WITH A FERVENT HEART.

 D. REMEMBER IT ALL STARTED WITH FREE SALVATION.

1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

“I WILL DO BETTER UNTO YOU THAN AT YOUR BEGINNINGS!” PART 2.

Ezekiel 36:8-11.

Here we will see that God gives them several promises concerning their future.

I. THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO THEIR POSSESSION VERSE 8.

The mountains of Israel are now desolate but God will cause men to walk upon them again. Not as travelers but as in habitants, not as tenants, but as freeholders.

II. THEIR LAND WILL BE PLENTIFUL AND FRUITFUL VERSE 9.

It will have been at rest for 70 years and is ready to be worked.

III. THE THIRD PROMISE IS CONCERNING THEIR FUTURE VERSES 10-11.

They will not only be comfortable in all the supplies but also in the land.

Their sin had unsettled them, but now God’s favor shall resettle them verses 16-24. I will do this for mine Holy name’s sake verse 22.

God said, “I will do better unto you than at your beginnings.”

There is more joy for the sheep that is brought back than there would have been if it had never gone astray. When the prodigal son repented he became settled in his father’s house once again.

God sometimes comforts his people in proportion to the time that He has afflicted them. God blessed Job more at the end than the beginning, and gave him double of all he had.

How can we relate these promises to our own lives? Well, how about salvation? That is certainly good! What was there so good in the beginning?

2 Chronicles 17:3, “And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;”

Revelation 2:5, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

A good lesson for us is to return to the FIRST THINGS that we used to do.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORR0W!

“I WILL DO BETTER UNTO YOU THAN AT YOUR BEGINNINGS!”

Ezekiel 36:8-11

 This account takes place just before the 70-year captivity to Babylon. God has been warning his people of the coming judgment.

Here in Chapter 36 the land of Israel is comforted, both by destruction of the heathen in verses 1-7 and by the blessing of God promised to it in verses 8-15.

God looks at the deplorable condition with compassion. They have become both prey and derision to the heathen that are round about them, and God tells them that He is for them and will turn to them with a promise of future restoration in verse 9.

One day they will dwell in the land and there will be prosperity. There will be physical as well as spiritual blessings, and they shall say in verses 35-38, “This land that was desolate is become like the Garden of Eden;”“And they shall know that I am The Lord.”

They don’t know that today, neither does the US or the rest of the world, but one day they will know it and then every knee shall bow.

Israel’s past sins must be judged and forgiven before she can be restored to the land.

Tomorrow we will see that gives them several promises concerning the future.