Let me begin this sermon on God's restora... (This sermon was preached at our Carol Service on 1... “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His s... We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. So, during this difficult time, let’s do all we can to bless others, under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit. In the midst of your trouble, you sit down with a yellow pad of paper, imagine the worst result you could have from the trouble you’re experiencing, and write it in detail. Jeremy Taylor wrote, “The new [person in Christ] creature asks nothing of God, but to enjoy God.”, David also says he wants to seek God in his temple. Ruth Bell Graham vividly remembers September 2, 1933. You are the God of the extremes in my life.” Express your faith, and then extend your faith. 2. Oh, could you also put a praise report in too? After his release a visiting minister from the United States asked him, “I will probably never be put in prison like you, so how can your faith have any impact on mine?”, Wang replied, “When you go back home, how many books do you have to read this coming month? Verses 3 and 5-6, show us the stark reality of two threats we face in life; the threat from enemies (fowler’s snare and arrows) and the terror of disease epidemics (pestilence and plagues). “Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid; though a war breaks out against me, still I am confident.” (Psalm 27:3, HCSB). He was deeply aware that in coming before God, he needed mercy. Help me to persevere.” David commits to going God’s way. Now the earth was formless and empty. Church and ministry leadership resources to better equip, train and provide ideas for today's church and ministry leaders, like you. A skilled surgeon doesn’t work in the dark. Come to God with singleness of desire (4-6). They will not succeed in their efforts against him. Great, thanks! In the Bible, light is synonymous with the revelation of God. We can keep a little journal in which we write things God does. , hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. His strong faith in God inspired millions of Chinese Christians. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18) Evil men hated Jesus because they hated God. In times of crisis however, the children of God, as it has happened right through history, can find encouragement and comfort through the promises of God. Eight such blessings are assured for those who love the Lord (verse 14), acknowledge His name (verse 14), and call upon Him (verse 15). Jobs that were once considered stable are now questionable. Because you would be in a strong place of protection. Wait to see the goodness of the Lord (13-14). If you know anything at all about John Daly, you know he’s had a lot of ups downs – from winning the British Open to going through rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic. Finally, in desperation, she went to her sister Rosa, also enrolled in Pyongyang. While the passage this verse is found in may relate primarily to sorting out sin and relationship problems in the church, it also tells us that we can find God’s help and guidance, whenever we join together in agreement in prayer. In David’s case, his father and mother never forsook him. There is no known character and career in Scripture that would correspond to this psalm as well as those of David. Check out these helpful resources At least, you’d better hope he doesn’t! She was leaving all that was loved and familiar: her Chinese friends, the missionaries, her parents, her home, her memories. Search his character, and you will find only ever-increasing beauty, like the rising of the sun on a clear morning. David says this is true no matter how large the threat. A declaration of his faith 2. One thing I have asked of Yahweh, that I will seek after, Praying out loud is not necessary in private prayer, but it is often helpful. Why? When others fail:  Mother and father least likely, v. 13 is another declaration of confidence. And if maybe you have no assurance of eternal life right now, let me encourage you to open your heart to Jesus and invite Him as your Lord and Savior. We’re born into this world with a sinful nature. You turn your face to Him, and He will teach you. Therefore, realize that your enemies will stumble and fall. Scripture quotations are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. “If God be for us, who can be against us?”, (<450831>Romans 8:31). Don’t take it for granted! What If We Already Lived Together Before Marriage? Also, let’s pray for the thousands affected at present and for the thousands on the front-lines, battling the virus. We replay the worst images in our mind of the worst-case scenarios. What the voice of confidence sounds like – boldness in prayer: (Psalm 27:5-7, 14). And the Good News is you don’t have to wait until you die – eternal life begins now! He is my light and my salvation. If not, why not? Jesus also said, “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19). Worship magnifies God; it puts awareness of who God is into your heart so you begin to sense and appreciate the greatness of almighty God. Ruth Bell Graham vividly remembers September 2, 1933. It’s good to remind ourselves that “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). However, at this crucial time, I would like to suggest that we look at things from a different perspective. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. A declaration of his faith vv. 1-3 1. It all depends on where you let the trouble come into your life. PSALM 27 Claude Thomas Introduction: In the March 4, 1933 inaugural address of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he spoke this famous sentence: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence.”, “Teach me your way.” How often do we pray instead, “Give me my way!” David prays, “Lord, teach me your way.” This is the humility of confessing personal ignorance. In closing, I pray that the thoughts in this article will encourage you and give you new hope today. David’s one desire v. 4  this desire has three parts, 1)      I may dwell in the house of the Lord all my life, David’s greatest desire is to dwell in the house of the Lord, David longs to spend time in God’s presence, Couldn’t help but think of David’s desire to build temple. I hope so. that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, When we feel least like worshiping God, that’s when we need to worship Him most. Creation begins when the light comes on. When you pray in times of trouble, respond to God, rely on Him, resign to His will, and remain calm until His help arrives. David has now whittled his life down to one thing. This cycle will be part of the divine rhythm of heaven – beholding God’s beauty, knowing and loving, loving and knowing; Note David’s deep humility. Sermons II. We know David is in trouble, and fear is knocking on his door. When problems come to many people, the first thing they do is quit coming to church where they would have been confronted with the Word of God. After all, we’re created in the image of God. Now, if godly people take a stand against you, that’s a different matter. About Psalm 27. It has been a great encouragement to me. But if you were in an underground, concrete bomb shelter, then you would have nothing to worry about. Look at the beginning of verse 4. The voice of adversaries can create confusion. A declaration of his cry 4. I love the way this is expressed in cartoon strips – when a cartoon character gets a bright idea, the artist puts a light bulb in the little bubble coming out of his head. INTRODUCTION: Have you ever been in a situation where you were literally praying for your life? When we follow God’s ways, we are safe and secure and under God’s protection. So who or what is the strength of your life? “Yahweh is my light and my salvation. This is why David could call God his light and his salvation, the strength of his life, because he spent time gazing upon God’s beautiful character. Waves of homesickness pounded her like a churning surf. The beauty of music comes through the orderly arranging of musical tones. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. 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