Tonight’s Sermon

Will You Listen

One student describing his jail activities and the 15 years (an exaggeration) he is looking at for fighting. Another describing her main fear; because she gets into fits of rage, she is afraid she may kill somebody someday. The sympathetic ear was describing her nephew who was put away for 50 years for a murder he didn’t commit.

I couldn’t help myself. I told them that the problem was they were acting like Christians. It took a little bit of time to digest. One said she got it; I was using reverse psychology. The sympathetic ear said we ought not make judgments. The young brawler said he couldn’t help himself.

We would talk later that day after the old and wise sympathetic ear was gone. The girls anger: step mom hates her and doesn’t even pretend to want her around. Dad’s a wimp. The boy’s problem: he and his step mom got into it and his dad beat him up. Now he is alienated from his dad.

The problem is sin and the answer will always be a simple “Christ”.

Text: Ps 32:8-11 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

I Jesus wants to teach you:

“instruct and teach”

Instruct:

Getting understanding that leads to success

Receiving a wisdom that can be seen by others

To gain insight into life

Teach:

To point out, hands on

The Hebrew root points us to the idea of flowing water, it goes over, under or around all obstacles. The idea is that God teaches us to overcome and not be dammed in by life, but to live a life that is flowing with life.

There is a sense that this teaching of wisdom is reserved for those in the covenant.

Guide you with My eye

To give advise

To help you make a plan

God is personally walking with you so that you can know what to do by the look in His eye.

Walking in the Spirit

 “the way you should go”

It is a wonderful to know where you are and where you are going.

There is a confidence that is being communicated that cries out the reality of a personal relationship with Christ that impacts the daily living of our lives.

II. Free to choose

Matt 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

These young people are laboring their way through life carrying the burdens of their and their families’ sins. They all knew exactly what I was saying and they all had heard it before.

Another push from God who loves them to gather them unto Himself.

Our text describes us with the stubbornness of the mule and the horse. Yes, the law can constrain us. Yes, the law can make us do right. But, God is looking for a person to willingly receive personal training to live life to the fullest.

III. The results are in

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

“Sorrows”: physical and mental pain, life is marred or spoiled, the modern thought is “life stinks”

“Wicked”: guilty, guilty of sin, morally unfit, spoiled

I am preaching to a group of believers. Certainly, we have experienced sorrows; physical and mental pain. Yes, but it is different. Looking back over my life I can say that my moments of mental pain centered around people I cared for not doing what is right in the eyes of God. My physical pains are acknowledged with the promise of healing and eternal life.

Our text puts it better: “he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him”.

Having a righteous and upright heart allows me to be “glad in the Lord and rejoice” going through life with a “shout for joy”.

Conclusion

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Yes, its true!

 

 

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About hansston

Pastor a church in Sparta.
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