Trinity PCA Montgomery – May 10, 2020

good morning and welcome to the worship service of Trinity Presbyterian Church

in Montgomery Alabama however you have found yourself with us this morning

welcome we’re glad that you’re here and believe that you are in the right place if you’d like to have a worship folder to follow along you can find that on the front page of our website as well as on Instagram where we can be found at Hull and felder I encourage you as you worship with us to take opportunity to engage with the service with the singing and with the praying in the reading of Scripture and we begin with God calling us to worship it’s a responsive reading from Psalm 63 oh god you are my god earnestly I seek you my soul thirsts for you my flesh faints for you as in a day as in a dry and weary land where there is no water so I have looked upon you in the sanctuary beholding your glory and power because your steadfast love is better than life my lips will praise you so I will bless you as long as I live in your name I will lift up my hands my soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips when I remember you upon my bed and meditate on you in the watches of the night for you have been my help and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy my soul clings to you your right hand upholds me our first hymn is one of the beloved hymns of the Trinity family as we voted on them last year our God our help in ages past please rise we will confess our faith in God together using the historic Apostles Creed we do this answering two questions Christian what do you believe and for what are you willing to die I believe in God the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Ghost born of the Virgin Mary suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified dead and buried he descended into hell the third day he rose again from the dead he ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead I believe in the Holy Ghost the Holy Catholic Church the communion of saints the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting amen let us pray Almighty God Father Son and Holy Spirit indeed we bless and honor you the one true beauty and awesome God we thank you

that you have made us your own through the work of Jesus Christ and so when we read in the book of the prophet Isaiah this joyful sentiment our hearts arise and say amen give thanks to the Lord call upon his name make known his deeds among the peoples proclaim that his name is exalted and we do as your people exalt your name Father Son and Holy Spirit who have made us your own we ask that you would bless our worship today that you might form the very life of Christ in us as we worship we ask all this in the name of the one who taught us to pray together saying boldly our Father which art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever amen you may be seated and in our order of service we come to a responsive reading of Psalm 90 which is about the brevity of life and our vaporous existence on this earth Lord you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world from everlasting to everlasting you are God you turn people back to dust saying return to dust o sons of men for a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by or like a watch in the night yet you sweep men away in the sleep of death they are like the new grass of the morning though in the morning it springs up new by evening it is dry and withered we’re consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation you have set our iniquities before you our secret sins in the light of your presence all our days pass away under your wrath we finish our years with a moan the length of our days is 70 years or 80 if we have the strength yet their span is but trouble and sorrow for they quickly pass and we fly away who knows the power of your anger for your wrath is as great as the fear that is do you teach us to number our days aright that we may gain a heart of wisdom relent o Lord how long will it be have compassion on your servants satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days make us for as many days as you have afflicted us for as many years as we have seen your trouble may your deeds be shown to your servants your splendor to their children may the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us establish the work of our hands for us yes establish the work of our hands as we continue in our liturgy on the next panel page for a latest in the pastoral prayer I’m going to pray for two individuals from whom I’ve gotten permission to pray for them

by name because we do have two in our congregation who are hospitalized today with the coronavirus one is Denise Webber and the other is John Stallings and so again I was thankful they allowed me to mention their name so that we can pray for them this morning and of course for our mothers as well on this Mother’s Day so let’s bow our heads and our hearts together in prayer our Father our God we are reminded from your word when Paul wrote to Timothy and said I’m reminded of your sincere faith a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now I am sure dwells in you as well we thank you today our Father for mothers and for grandmothers who sacrifice so much in order to love and to nurture who have sacrificed time and they sacrifice sleep they will sacrifice their own health if they have to perhaps even their own ambitions to perhaps just a list of things to do that day that are interrupted being a mom for mothers who have prayed and taught and instructed and set examples for us who have loved their husbands our fathers for better for worse in sickness and in sorrow for richer for poorer till death us do part and so father for these priceless gifts that you have given us these hands that rock the cradle to shape and mold and sanctifies and nurture us we just want to pause and give thanks for them today and as a congregation Lord we thank you for your word that’s living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword we thank you for its authority and that it is holy as you are holy it’s your love letter to us and it we find great comfort and instruction we thank you for worship we thank you for preaching and prayer the reading of the word and singing the sacraments we pray these are the means of grace that unifies in this place and so we pray that you would continue a great work in our myths of unity and love and giving our church of vision and giving us a vision for unreached people groups and for our own City for medical missions for children and we pray that there would be a continued longing in our hearts to be back together this being the ninth Lord’s Day that we’ve been apart it hurts father we pray with the psalmist I remember the days when I would lead the procession we can’t wait to be back together we pray that you would make us an evangelistic church and we would reach out that you give us words that you give us courage and boldness you give us so much love for Jesus that we can’t help but talk about him and that our witness would be too in our worship and our service father we do pray for our sick and we pray for these two with covet 9 with Denis Weber affectionately known as mama D and we pray for her daughters in our church Camilla and sissy and this heart God we know we’re not telling you anything we don’t you don’t already know but to not be able to be with their mother and the same for John Stallings and how joy his wife would love to be there that is signed and can’t be so we pray for these families Lord and that you help them through this again father many in our church who are sick who have various illnesses known and unknown some with still battling the flu or bronchitis and those kinds of things infections and heart issues even cancer migraines and other things and we pray for your healing hand we pray for comfort of our distraught those are very anxious who know depression who have concerns about money matters and then father our grieving that you would continue to do a work in them knowing

that you are making them even better better Christians we might say more in love with Jesus better able to comfort others after having been through their their pain so father continue your work until we can truly say in our hearts one thing I’ve asked to the Lord that may I seek after that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in his temple we make our prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus himself amen I will continue to sing continue to worship with the song notice there’s not as standing him but as you’re able if you’d like to at home or where you may be listening to stand as we sing this is my father’s world and you may be seated we welcome you again to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery Alabama and we do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ he is the head of the church and he is the husband of his bride who is the church and he’s the head of the body which is the church and this morning I really have no specific announcements except that you would be looking for correspondence from our leadership early in the week concerning our future plans as a church and when we’ll be able to meet and how we will do that as well the communication should be quite detailed and just encourage you through various means that we’ll be sending that out that you would pay close attention to that not only with the church but also personally in your own efforts to be here when we are back together let us turn our attention to the reading and the preaching of God’s Word there are two passages they are written for you provided in the bulletin on page 5 if you’re using your Bibles Psalm 39 and then in the New Testament James 4 13 and 16 and Hebrews 12 1 2 3 before I read just to make a couple of comments you’ll notice quickly in the reading of psalm 39 that it reads very much like the book of Job it helps when you read and study this Psalm that there is a background to it say that’s part of the context but

literally a background like like you would some of you have been bought involved in these zoom meetings and you have a background a lot of times it’s just what’s behind you maybe where you are but you can put a picture behind you if you want to and they provide some there’s an outer space one and there’s one on a beach and there’s one of the San Francisco Bay Bridge but that’s what this there’s a background to this Psalm and so as you’re listening and looking know that the background is the Disciplinary hand of God and you’re gonna hear in the psalmist certain frustration you’re gonna hear some despair there will be confusion and he’s gonna ask some questions he’ll even protest but he never forsakes his loyalty that’s what I hope you’ll hear he never forsakes his his trust admittedly when I sat down to actually write a study for the sermons of Monday morning resources and such right mostly all day on Tuesdays and so Tuesday was very near the 100 day mark for this pandemic in the United States in fact the headline the day that I sat down to write the sermon was top New York City ER doctor commit suicide shaken by coronavirus onslaught not only so four or five days earlier we lost Sam walks and we’re preparing for that funeral and I sat down with Betsy on Monday night you know haven’t done the study part of things and I said let me read this Psalm Dean let me see what you think and we actually read it and discussed it and talked about some of this despair and frustration and she’s not usually like this in the sense of you that that for sure but she did it was encouragement I felt like it was from the Lord and she said I think that’s that is definitely the next song that that’s where I think you need to go for example tomorrow morning when I was to study on Tuesday so I was encouraged by that and I hope you will be today I’m going to use that this introduction and opening remarks as a catalyst for us it’s like a springboard for us to see this 30,000 foot view of the psalm and then we’re going to nose dive into the very theme of the psalm which is the brevity of life so hope that makes sense it’s not quite the exposition we normally do we’ll go through the song will make explanation there’ll be some application the theme is the brevity of life when you get to the very root of David the root in his heart he knows he’s a sinner and it breaks his heart and he is sorry and he also knows that he is a sinner saved by grace and that’s what gives in this biblical world view and he’s able to see God he sees God is a good God and he sees him as a loving father he also sees him as a caring disciplinarian but all the shapes who David is and why he expresses himself the way that he does so as you’re able and if you would like again in your homes or where you may be to stand for the reading of God’s Word Psalm 39 to the choirmaster to jettison a psalm of David I said I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue I will guard my mouth with a muzzle so long as the wicked are in my presence I was mute and silent I held my peace to no avail and my distress grew worse my heart became hot within me as I mused the fire burned then I spoke with my tongue Oh Lord made me know my end and what is the measure of my days let me know how fleeting I am behold you have made my days a few hand breaths and my lifetime is as nothing before you surely all mankind stands as a mere breath there’s a notation that says Selah I’ll talk about that later but it’s for all practical purposes Paul’s be quiet meditate on what has just been said he’s just said surely mankind stands as a mere breath surely a man goes about as a shadow surely for nothing they are in turmoil man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather and our Lord for what do I wait my hope is in you deliver me from all my transgressions do not make me the scorn of the fool

I’m mute I do not open my mouth for it is you who have done it remove your stroke from me I’m spent by the hostility of your hand when you discipline a man with rebuked force in you consume like a moth what is dear to him surely all mankind is a mere breath Selah hear my prayer Lord and give ear to my cry hold not your peace at my tears for I am a sojourner with you a guest like all my father’s look away from me that I may smile again before I depart and AM no more and then in the New Testament in the book of James chapter 4 verses 13 to 16 come now you who say today or tomorrow we will go into such-and-such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit yea you do not know what tomorrow will bring what is your life for you or mist that appears for a little while a little time and then vanishes instead you ought to say if the Lord wills we will live and do this or that as it is you boast in your arrogance all such boasting is evil and in back heat to Hebrews chapter 12 on the first three verses therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us looking to Jesus the founder and perfecter of our faith who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself so that you may not grow weary or faint-hearted so often reminded that all men are like grass and all their glories like the flowers of the field and that the grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of our God stands forever so you may be seated and we’re going to so I mentioned a moment ago about nose dive and we’re going to start if the outline is provided in the bulletin Rome number one is the context that the psalmist is actually sheltered in place and we pick up on that because in Psalm 38 which really you can’t separate psalms 38 and 39 38 is known as a quiet song David is very ill very sick to the point of death and that is probably why in Psalm 39 that he is contemplating the brevity of life but there’s a lot of turmoil within him because he wants to speak he would like very much to say something and he’s having a hard time holding his tongue I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced that I do it daily and that is you want to say something but you know you need to hold your tongue and it’s very difficult something’s bothering him he’s upset okay so verse 1 I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue I’ll guard my mouth with a muzzle and he says this for this reason so long as the wicked or in my presence David really like to say something venture a guess that what he really wants to do is he wants to he wants to pray he would like to say something to God he’d like to have communication with God because he knows that he has sinned and he feels certain that he’s under the weight of God’s hand just like we looked at when we looked at psalm 32 and he’s confused by this he’s frustrated by it but he’s trying very hard not to say something because there are unbelievers in his mist and they wouldn’t understand there’s something to learn from that because it’s often there many times that we will want to say something but we refrained saying it because those around us would not understand that’s okay it shows wisdom lots of times we as believers we understand one another we know where the other is coming from we share Christ we have the Holy Spirit and we we just we get it it’s biblical but those around us wouldn’t understand and sometimes it would do harm because they’re misunderstanding would lead them to curse God or to further dishonor him okay or criticize him

so David says in verse two I was mute and I was silent but that doesn’t last very long okay he can’t contain himself he says I held my peace to no avail yes again we’ve mentioned the poetry and the ability of David to write that’s some very sweet language right there I don’t know if you perhaps you might want to use that language if you’ve if you’ve said something out of turn you’re going to somebody and maybe a spouse maybe a child and you say you know you say something you shouldn’t have said you said it too quickly here’s a great line I held my peace no avail and that’s what Dave is feeling my distress grew worse is that not always the case and then he is angry in verse three this is a description of anger in his heart my heart became hot within me as I mused the fire burned then I spoke with my tongue the Psalms are very very real we’re seeing inside his heart and when we get to the very root of his heart as we said in the opening comments we find out that David realizes I’m a sinner breaks his heart he realizes further he is a sinner that has been saved by grace God acts justly God is very merciful but he accepts what God is doing he even says in verse 9 I am mute I do not open my mouth notice the end of verse 9 therefore it is you who have done who have done it that’s you know that is a great example of what unbelievers have a very hard time understanding but that what we as believers in our love for God and his love for us our trust in him he’s one who’s worthy to be trusted we get that we understand that he’s he’s doing something in our lives he’s correcting us he’s sanctifying us and then we say very very deep into the heart of David where there is the struggle inside of him trying to understand God he wants to have a biblical worldview of sin and man and God in his holiness and justice and mercy he wants to find forgiveness he’s gonna ask God in verse eight to deliver him from his transgressions as I mentioned earlier he finds this God good he finds his father loving he also knows he’s a disciplinarian in verse 10 remove your stroke from me I’m spent by the hostility of your hand when you discipline a man with rebukes for sin you consume like a moth what is dear to him surely all mankind is a mere breath I mentioned earlier it reads like joband you have some scriptures at the bottom of your outline one of them is job 7 and he says in verse 17 of Job 7 what is man that you’re that you make so much of him and that you set your heart on him and visit him every morning and test him every moment verse 19 of Job 7 how long will you not look away from me he does is that looking God turning his one intimate earnest face away from him in verse 21 of Job 7 why do you not pardon my transgression and take away my iniquity this is just again these are real prayers this is seeing inside the heart of these people who knew God David a man after God’s own heart I think certainly there are questions in life that we’re not meant to understand we don’t have all the answers we’re not gonna understand on this side you might say but they’re not questions that leave us without hope to see Roman number one is the explanation the psalmist is overextended yes already been made clear I will say I knew it’d be mother’s day and I used that word overextended I think a lot of mom certainly have that that sense of being overextended I mean we could use the word stressed or stretched now here in the context it’s it’s an illness he’s also convicted of his sin he’s on a sick bed but here’s also I think very everyday present day he’s sheltered in place and he’s frustrated by that agitated he’s tired of it he says I’m spent with this again these questions we’re not necessarily meant to understand but not questions that leave us without hope here’s what David says here’s the here’s the cure so

to speak two steps to take they’re not in an order of priority at least not yet but he says his first example is consider the brevity of life if you find yourself in my position if you identify with me as I’m writing to you in this Psalm in this song or poet but this this poetry that I’m writing a poem then the first thing I want you to do is consider the brevity of life consider how short it is consider that you’re a pilgrim and that you’re just passing through and then secondly consider the goodness of God consider his love and His mercy that he has saved you by grace we’ve got a dig deeper don’t we I mean we’ve we have to go inside our own hearts in which they were going to the depth of David’s heart well we have to be we have to have the courage and the trust in God actually a safe place to be we go with God into the very inner recesses of our souls and try to find out why would I be in Psalm 39 and it may be that everybody in the hearing of my voice is in some way in Psalm 39 and in God’s providence that’s why it’s being preached today so you gonna add why why am I in the summit and let’s just we’ll give three or four categories it might be sent let’s just be honest you might be identifying with the psalmist because in your life you’re dealing with some kind of sin and God is pressing his hand down because he wants to relieve you he wants to move you away want you to be repentant and it could be anything could be jealous it could be covetousness it may be a struggle you have in telling the truth being a liar someone who gossips someone who hates maybe it’s a struggle to love God with all your heart soul strength and mind or to love your neighbors yourself that’s the some of the laws some of the Ten Commandments you have to again it’s between you and the Lord you say well that’s God I know why I’m in Psalm thirty nine now it could be secondly it could be a relational issue you might be in Psalm thirty-nine because in some dear relationship or friendship that you have lacked mercy maybe you really struggle with forgiving someone for what they have done to you somehow they’ve offended you it could be from first Corinthians thirteen which describes love maybe it’s a lack of patience or a lack of kindness maybe you are boasting and arrogant and rude in whatever relationship you’re thinking about right now resentful and irritable and always insisting on your own rights those are relationship well there could be relationship destroyers but they definitely bring a brokenness to a relationship again that’s just references to Psalm I mean to first Corinthians 13 quite honestly you maybe in Psalm 39 has nothing to do with sin has nothing to do with relationships you are in Psalm 39 because you live in a broken world there is disease there is sorrow there is pain there aches there are struggles in your life there are immediate sense of worry in your life when you wake up in the middle of the night or your first thoughts in the morning it’s part of living in a broken world viruses disease I mention infections homebound it’s very frustrating which really leads to a fourth category and that is you may be in Psalm 39 simply because that’s life you ever had your mom and dad say that to you you know when you complain you got something to say about it didn’t realize it was gonna be so hard and someone a mentor maybe and they say to you hey that’s life and that might be where you are this morning the humdrum day-in day-out routine and you’re just tired of it it may be stressful you may be you may be doing things you don’t want to do and then again you may be refusing to do the things that you should be doing and that again is part of life at work maybe there’s deadlines maybe there’s evaluations that you dread home life I mean do I have to list meals and dishes and clothes to wash and babies to feed and change and put down and what about extracurriculars just in

your life that have about come to a screeching halt over the last 10 weeks someone said to me yesterday about getting back to they would they were giving me a story about getting back to the normal and how this person was so excited about getting back to the normal and this friend that was talking to me said I said to that person I’m not so sure I want to go back to that normal because that normal was so busy and I was so just and there was such little time with my family I think correct me if I’m wrong later but I think I’ve only mentioned this once or twice over these nine weeks but has not the shelter-in-place been good on the Sabbath to not have anywhere else to go to not be being pulled in all different directions not being able to shop not being able to even travel so much or be involved in rehearsals and practices and League games and I would I would hope that there would be some Christian parents and they’re not Christians that they don’t but I’m saying Christians they would step up and say we’re taking the Lord’s Day back you can have all the other days but you’re not going to touch the one in seven we I guarantee Montgomery Alabama has enough men and women in leadership with children’s activities and various things to say bring have courage to bring that up at one of those meetings where they make those decisions and say you know and you might even say in a positive way you know I learned during the state home orders that really our family would prefer not to do that on the Lord’s Day and we’re just going to use that as a family time so again for what it’s worth and I would encourage you but you will not regret sheltering in place one day and seven sheltering place on the Sabbath doesn’t necessarily mean you’re always at home you visit people and show mercy and there’s a lot you can do but I just encourage you along those lines so David is saying I need help and that’s if you’re in Psalm 39 today you may be in first person even if you’re just saying it quietly right now I need help I need somebody to talk to I need somebody to help me understand God and David saying okay number one get on your knees if you’re physically able seek God seek his face worship him go after him okay and his goodness the second thing is consider your life see yourself the way God sees you him like Psalm 90 teach me to number my days Psalm 139 he’d number our days before there was even one here in this Psalm again the brevity of life which leads to Roman numeral three the challenge is the seeking God and considering my life in verse three I spoke with my tongue and he says in verse four O Lord Yahweh Jehovah okay he’s seeking God with his heart make me know my end and what is the measure of my days let me know how fleeting I am that is wisdom brothers and sisters in Christ that is not negative it is not pessimistic it’s not defeatism that is that is true wisdom let me know how fleeting I am verse five behold you have made my days a few hand breaths my life is as nothing before you surely all mankind stands as a mere breath that’s what that’s what looking and contemplating the brevity of life does it brings out the vanity of life as we see the wise man in Ecclesiastes and that was his conclusion vanities all vanity in verse six surely a man goes about as a shadow so be a great way to see ourselves surely for nothing they are in turmoil man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather you see he say I mean that’s that’s the vanity of light because I’m merely a sojourner so if you really look up a definition a dictionary of sojourn it means a temporary stay that’s what you are you’re a visitor my dad used to say two nights that’s what you get when you visit me too maybe wasn’t just so strict you know and it wasn’t mean about it but that was the rule of thumb you know you two nights and then you’re wearing out your welcome so that God’s it’s like God’s saying you know you got two nights

on this earth it’s really not long at all it’s a temporary stay so why be so consumed by what is just vanity in verse 12 well the in verse 11 again surely all mankind is a mere breath and then verse 12 hear my prayer O Lord give ear to my cry hold not your peace at my tears he’s crying I’m a sojourner with you a guest like my father’s the more we see God I mean I mean really really seek after God the fuzzy things in our lives that do drive us crazy because we don’t understand it but the more we seek God the clearer things become especially the things that are eternal and the clearer things that are eternal come to my mind to my heart I begin to see the eternality of God and hence the frailty of my own life how short how brief again frail is probably a good word he remembers were dust remember and the more I seek God and I see his eternality and I see my own weakness and how mighty small I am in this game of things then I realize how brief this life is and then only then will I realize how meaningless it is apart from him because I was created for him to glorify and enjoy him forever to glorify to enjoy him during these mere hand breaths of life and then into eternity and the more the things of this eternity come into focus for me the more I’m going to want to live well and not only live well the more I’m gonna want to die well and then the less unless all this other stuff means to me such as beauty and aging looks money power influence affluence acquiring we read that in James chapter four and he says what is your life you’re a miss that appears a little time vanishes you ought to say if the Lord wills will do this or that he says when you don’t do that you’re boasting and arrogance it’s pretty strong Psalm 90 verse 12 so teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom in Psalm 139 again I’ve alluded these things my frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret intricately woven in the depths of the earth your eyes saw my unformed substance in your book were written every one of them the days that were formed for me when as yet there was none of them Psalm 78 verse 39 he remembered that they were but flesh a wind that passes and comes not again Hebrews 9:27 just as it is appointed for man to die once and after that comes judgment and in first chronicles 29 15 for we are strangers before you in sojourners as all our fathers were our days on the earth are like a shadow and there’s no abiding we’re no different than those have stretched back thousands of years in the length of our lives and what that means the brevity of life there’s that seed like I just wanted I mentioned that earlier if somebody ever says this is what Selah means then not that they’re lying but nobody really knows what it is it’s probably a musical notation and it but I would encourage we’ve sort of landed on pause meditate if you’re a journal or I would encourage you perhaps even in your journaling when you’re just sort of at the end of that thought which you you want to write more but you can’t maybe sometimes game write fast enough just write Selah and just put the pen down and then just think and meditate you can do Selah all the time not just in the Psalms if you’re in the generation maybe somewhere between the 50s and maybe between 50 and 70 let’s say your 60-ish you were a Christian in high school and you had music in your youth group you’re probably familiar with Randy stone he’ll Larry norm and these were guys Larry Norman in particular and he was he was big-time he played with Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead Jimi Hendrix Janis Joplin Jefferson Airplane but he was the one he was a Christian so he sort of ushered in the Jesus rock or the Jesus music during the Jesus

Movement and I can remember well early 80s I can remember being on the Ole Miss campus and having Larry Norman on my cassette deck playing in my car and in listening that song where he talks about this is not my home that that had a huge impact on me I looked up the the lyrics again to remind myself he said what a mess the world is in I wonder who began and he’s putting himself in a non-christian shoes there don’t ask me I’m only visiting this planet this world is not my home I’m just passing through how about you Larry Norman he was being interviewed by the wind Whittenburg door and he said that he wrote that song for burned-out Christians I would say he wrote that for Christians who find themselves in psalm thirty-nine and they’re spent they’re frustrated or agitated maybe maybe a way to say would be weighted down here’s a great Larry Norman quote my heart beats wildly for people who are crippled I once was and I remember many of you are like that I love that about this church my heart beats wildly for people who are crippled I once was and I remember Abraham great example of an alien passing through a pilgrim first Peter 2:11 beloved I urge you as sojourners and exiles to staying from the passions of the flesh which wage war in your soul in Hebrews 11:13 these all died in faith not having received the things promised but having seen them and greeted them from afar and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exile on the earth it was a really a sign of their faith that they realized they were just passing through and then lastly the encouragement is that the psalmist finds hope in God I would suggest to you that you will find hope and God beginning in the very first verse of this Psalm you will find that he as even though his heart is on fire he never loses that loyalty to God and that trust in God but again I would suggest to you the entire psalm is a turning toward God in verse 7 now Lord for what do I wait my hope is in you he knows only God can forgive him and verse 8 deliver me from my transgressions and verse 12 hold your peace said my tear hold not your peace of my tears and this this verse 13 look away from me that I may smile again that’s I mentioned a moment ago when I read that verse that the Psalms always invite us to show our emotions let me tell you a few those kind of things about the Psalms the Psalms and sometimes I’m getting from Keller and you’ll pick up on that because he he’s big on using that phrase don’t waste your sorrow in fact my son Claude Mac sent me an eight-minute video devotional this week of Tim Keller on that very theme from one of the Psalms don’t waste your sorrow the Psalms for example the Psalms will never tell you to stuff your feelings the Psalms will say to you do not deny your feelings don’t be overawed by your feelings but don’t be under awed by them either you ought to pray feelings feelings that are very very deep in that place that only you and God go and then you’re able to process those feelings at the throne of grace here’s another thing the Psalms invites you to show emotion in fact when you really read through them it would it appears that the Psalms are actually encouraging you to cry there’s an expectation that you’re going to show emotion a third thing is that the Psalms expects you to feel the pain around you sometimes we sanitize all that you know but heed the Psalms expects you to hate what is wrong to be brokenhearted over what you see in a fallen world because God is taking out the hardest stone he’s putting a heart of flesh well when God puts in the heart of flesh you’re gonna have brand new feelings feelings you’ve never had before and this broken world is gonna hurt a lot one last thing about the psalm just in general is that the backdrop is always the grace of God hear me say that the backdrop to every Psalm is the grace of

God grace understands emotion grace understands feelings grace understands desperation weeping when you pour yourself out to God and grace is what gave David the security to say to God turn your face away from me so I can smile again that’s a man after God’s own heart that’s a man who knows God but that’s of God who understands the man okay here’s a God who invites your desperation there’s a difference in the people in the New Testament saying to Jesus go away from us leave our territory we don’t want you here you disrupt things get away and ultimately those people said crucify crucify him there’s a difference in that and when Peter realized who Jesus was and fell on his knees before him and said get away from me you know you’re divine I’m not your God there’s a difference in that this Keller talks about how tears are not normally controlled and manicured and packaged and managed let me just say you know your your confession of sin is not gonna necessarily it’s not going to look like a paragraph in a liturgy in a bulletin in bold type all neatly spelled out with good grammar and and and all theologically precisely even I mean God invites you to just bring the emotions bring them to the cross where you find this grace your emotions never shot God he knows when you pray and you think you’re never being heard he knows when you cry and you think you’re alone he knows when you are worshiping him and you don’t feel anything his son was a man of sorrows acquainted with grief he sweated drops of blood he says my soul is exceedingly sorrowful even unto death he said my God my God why hast thou forsaken me now he said that when God did turn his face away we said Alex oh he suffers God’s wrath God turns his face away from him we’re like Peter and we say turn your face away from me I’m not I’m not worthy and God says no I’m not going to turn my face away from you in fact I’m gonna face you I’m gonna look at you and I’m gonna come after you with my irresistible grace because I turned my back I turned my face away from my son I’ll never turn my face away from you I’ll never say I’m gonna get you even in my discipline I’m never gonna say I hate you I’m done with you I’m through with you ever because he did it with his son he turned him away so that now when his son says come to me all who are weary and heavy-laden I’ll give you rest the father’s saying my son means it and you’re able to do that but what he did for you and he’s not only saving you from your tears he’s putting you into this joy like that what we looked at before weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes in the morning this the joy is the forgiveness of sins the joy is in knowing that he separates your sins as far as the East is from the West that he remembers my sin no more he has cast them into the sea of forgetfulness and not only has he done that he’s taken me by the hand and he’s leading me to joy he leads me to eternal joy glorious joy on unexpressable joy inexpressible joy well let’s pray together before we sing and close out our worship our Father thank you for this psalm thank you for raising up a David a man after your own heart thank you for the Psalms and that they’re so real thank you for inviting us by grace to feel security in being able to share with you any and everything thank you for loving us thank you for forgiving us whatever our sins may be on anyone’s heart this morning that those sins through Christ and his blood have been taken away paid for forever thank you for such amazing love we pray in Jesus name Amen our closing hymn is how deep the Father’s love you’ll find it on page 9

in the bulletin and will stand together as we sing thus ending this morning reads more like a prayer watch now dear Lord with those who watch or weep this Lord’s Day and give your angels charge over this congregation when they sleep tend your sick sick ones Lord Christ rest your weary ones bless your dying ones soothe your suffering ones pity your afflicted ones shield your joyous ones and all for your love’s sake and may the god of Hope fill us with all joy and peace and believing that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit until the day breaks and all these shadows flee away amen