190623-embrace-and-not-resent-your-wilderness

Scripture: Psalm 63:1-11

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. 10 They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. 11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

 

Embracing your time in the wilderness will give you:

1. A Renewed Heart and Spirit (v.1)

God is your Focus in Life.

Therefore, you will

  • Seek Him earnestly
  • thirst for Him
  • long for Him

 

2. A Renewed Vision and Motivation (vv.2-5)

God is your powerful, glorious and loving Father.

Therefore, you will

  • praise Him
  • bless (adore) Him
  • lift up your hands in His name
  • be satisfied within (inwardly)
  • sing praises to Him

 

3. A Renewed Trust and Hope (vv.6-8)

God is your Helper.

Therefore, you will

  • remember Him
  • think of Him
  • sing to Him
  • cling to Him

God’s right hand will uphold you.

Therefore, you will remain strong and solid, steady and steadfast.

 

4. A Renewed Confidence and Assurance (vv.9-11)

God is your Avenger.

But,

  • You will rejoice in God
  • Your true friends will spread the joy (MSG)
  • Those who lied against you will be silenced (stopped, gagged for good)

 

Wilderness time and season will not last forever.

There is a time, a season and a purpose for everything!

 

Embracing and Not Resenting your Time in the Wilderness will give you:

  1. A Renewed Heart and Spirit (v.1)
    • God is your Focus in life
      • You will Seek Him
  2. A Renewed Vision and Motivation (vv.2-5)
    • God is your powerful, glorious and loving Father
      • You will Praise Him
  3. A Renewed Trust and Hope (vv.6-8)
    • God is your Helper
      • You will Trust Him
  4. A Renewed Confidence and Assurance (vv.9-11)
    • God is your Avenger
      • You will Rejoice in Him

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb. 13:8)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deut. 31:6)

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb. 4:14-16)

 

Challenge

  1. Trust God to be there for you
  2. Trust God to undertake for you and vindicate you
  3. Trust God for your breakthrough and miracle

 

8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you… 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. (Jas, 4:8, 10)

 

 

By: Rev. Glen Lim

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