During this Covid pandemic, many people, even Christians, wish things would go back to normal, when life was easier. God’s long-range plan is much greater than to make life easy. Our need for salvation is much deeper than finding a cure for one disease. God’s salvation plan involves the formation of a new reality – a realigned reality, which is born anew through the power of his resurrection.
In our study of Psalm 50, we will discover that the God who Reigns is a loving and compassionate God. He is in control, but he is not controlling. His Kingdom and his reign are not extended by force, by manipulation, or by intimidation of any kind – it grows in the hearts and minds of those who truly love him and are willing, in gratitude, to give him all that they are and all that they have.
Psalm 79 and 80 are psalms of desperation for God’s intervention and strength. I have discovered how often I overreact and panic, praying these types of psalms and verses when I encounter difficult circumstances, and that I tend to beg God for deliverance from my situation, when in actual fact He is giving me opportunities for growth in strength and maturity.
This message is one that addresses one part of identity. Throughout the Psalms of Asaph – it appears as though each Psalm looks clearly at an attribute of God. Sometimes more than one – but this message focuses on that He is trustworthy.
Not only do we look back to see what God has done – but we also look ahead to see that God cares about the generations that are following.
God is so faithful in fact – that we are reminded over and over again – that God doesn’t ever change, that his love is without condition, that his mercy is great!
In uncertain times so many questions come to mind.God where are you?How long? Did you forget us?And part of His answer to us is – do you remember who I am and all that I have done? I have not forgotten you!
What relevance do the Psalms of Asaph have for us today? They are an incredible source of comfort in these days of struggling to make sense of our circumstances and reality. In this first sermon of the new series, we walk through the history of the priestly line of Asaph and examine the ways in which spiritual realignment changes our human perspective to a divine perspective.