In Psalm 34, our good God gave us four steps to cope with a crisis.
Step 1. Decide to praise God throughout the crisis. (v.1-3)
Step 2. Learn about God early in the crisis. (v.4-7)
Step 3. Teach others in the middle of the crisis. (v.8-9)
Step 4. Hide from the crisis in The LORD, follow His way, and wait it out. (v.10-22)
What do most people typically do in a crisis?
When tempted to call on others to see how great our suffering is, how can we learn to instead show them how great our God is? 1 Samuel chapters 17 and 21
If we give up hope, what, specifically, have we forgotten? Exodus 34:6-7
When trouble breaks our hearts, do we experience a closeness of God, or do we demand removal of the crisis? 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Greetings and welcome! This is our service for 7-23-23. Today we continue in our summer Psalms series in Psalm 4 and instruction on what to do when the world seems to turn upside down. Thanks for joining us!
We must come to the knowledge of God in our born-again experience to where we know Jesus, that is have a relationship with Him. To not be ashamed of the gospel, to realize by faith to come to the place where all your trust has been placed in Jesus to the point where you are sure of salvation in Him alone to save you and make you know that you are one of His.
Read : Psalm 3; Psalm 4
Text : Psalm 4:8
WHEN WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, WE CAN LIE DOWN AND SLEEP IN THE MIDST OF TURMOIL.
We can lie down and sleep despite turmoil around us.
We can lie down and sleep despite turmoil within us.
a. God knows His own perfect plans.
b. God knows the blessings He has planned for you, whether you do or not.
c. Your awareness of His blessings has no impact on the reality of what God is going to do. Just because you can't see it yet doesn't mean his planned blessings won't come to pass.
d. It doesn't really matter if you know the plans he has for you. . . the important thing is that He knows the plans He has for you
When we disobey God, there can be no peace, no inner rest, distress, anxiety, and stress which is results of being wicked. Wnenever our ways please the Lord,He causes even our enemy to be at peace with us. It's critical that our thoughts are Godward, petitioning, and supplicating Him in evety situation.
Another struggle real to all us is the war raging within our own souls. The pain and restlessness within our souls can be so real and devastating that we lose the will to live! But in this study, we examine how God desires to give us peace for this restlessness within.
The trial of Jesus revealed the political tensions between the Jews and the Romans who occupied Judah. Although the Jews desired to put Jesus to death, they were prevented by the Romans from doing so. This was in the sovereign plan of God to sacrifice His Son on a tree—a cross. Pilate, being a fair judge, could find no valid charge against Jesus to condemn Him. The political play in this event strongly argues for God's sovereignty in the whole affair. Pilate gave into the Jews for political expediency. This should be comfort for God's people in these days of political turbulence. Jesus reigns from the tree!
Stick to the work God gives you because His plan is perfect.
-God will bring His work to a glorious end.
-God's resources are not limited.
-God's work increasingly displays God's glory
-God's work brings His people peace.
This is a monumental chapter, however to read it as a literary masterpiece is to fail to understand the meaning of the chapter.
Isaiah was not concerned to produce majestic language and glorious expression but was inspired to give a life changing message of God's truth.
This is a message from God. We need to be clear about who gave the message.
The condition of those to whom the message is delivered
To such rebels the message sent is to comfort them.
Whether it's interpersonal turmoil, internal turmoil, or international turmoil, you are, no doubt, facing some type of uproar. We are all in that boat. Times change, but turmoil does not; so the steps given to rest during times of turmoil in the Bible are just as appropriate for us today. They are God-breathed and profitable for us for every step. In Psalm 4, the Lord gives us practical instruction on the steps to take to find inner peace even when the outward circumstances continue to unravel.