Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

DON’T FAINT STAY FAITHFUL

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27:1-14 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

THE BLESSED HOPE Titus [2:13] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
            IN THE HERE AFTER
            IN THE HERE
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 Hope is a powerful thing.  
G. K. Chesterton said, “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.”  
Emily Dickinson, in one of her poem said, “Hope is a thing with feathers, / That perches in the soul.”  
O. S. Marden said, “There is no medicine like hope . . .
Pliny the Elder wrote, “Hope is the dream of a waking man.” 
 Martin Luther said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”[1]

      Here is how the dictionary describes hope. “to have a wish to get or do something or for something to happen or be true, especially something that seems possible or likely.[2]  Hope, from the world’s viewpoint is just what that definition describes.  The world sees hope as a wish or a desire.  Hope, for the world, is a longing for something that may or may not take place.

            The Bible teaches us a vastly different definition of hope.  Listen to the words of Jeremiah, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is,” Jer. 17:7.  Hear also Paul, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity,” 1 Cor. [13:13].  The world says that hope is merely a fond wish or desire.  But, the words used for hope in the Bible tell a different story.  They teach us that hope is “A deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises!

Psalm 84:5-6 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. 6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible  Psalm 84:6  Who passing through the valley of Baca – This is one of the most difficult verses in the Book of Psalms, and has been, of course, very variously interpreted. The Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate, Luther, and Professor Alexander, render it a valley of tears. The word “Baca” (בכא baka’ ) means properly weeping, lamentation; and then it is given to a certain tree – not probably a mulberry tree, but some species of balsam – from its weeping; that is, because it seemed to distil tears, or drops of balsam resembling tears in size and appearance. It is translated mulberry trees in 2Sa [5:23]-24; 1Ch [14:14]-15;
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  1. OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD PROVIDES HOPE1-3 

A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

         THE PERSON OF THE LORD  1
            THE POWER OF THE LORD
            THE PREEMENIENCE OF THE LORD
            THE PERFORMANCE OF THE LORD 3
                        HIS WINNING RECORD    HIS WINNING PERCENTAGE

 

  1. OUR COMMITMENT TO THE LORD PROVIDES HOPE   4     

4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

         LINGERING NEAR THE LORD Psalm 84:1-4 ¶ How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!            2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out        for the living God. 3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where            she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. 4 Blessed are they     that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

         LOVING THE LORD

         LEANING ON THE LORD   “behold the beauty of the LORD”

 

III.   OUR COMFORT IN THE LORD PROVIDES HOPE  5-6

   

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

In the secret of his tabernacle – In the most retired and private part of His dwelling. He would not merely admit him to His premises; not only to the vestibule of His house; not only to the open court, or to the parts of His house frequented by the rest of His family; but he would admit him to the private apartments – the place to which He Himself withdrew to be alone, and where no stranger, and not even one of the family, would venture to intrude. Nothing could more certainly denote friendship; nothing could more certainly make protection sure, than thus to be taken into the private apartment where the master of a family was accustomed himself to withdraw, that he might be alone; and nothing, therefore, can more beautifully describe the protection which God will give to His friends than the idea of thus admitting them to the secret apartments of His own dwelling-place.

  1. God Has A Sheltered Place For Us– 5  in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion
  2. God Has A Secret Place For Us –  5 in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me
  3. God Has A Secure Place For Us– 5-6a He shall set me up upon a rock
  4. God Has A Special Place For Us–  6b And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine     enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy;

Hebrews [13:15] By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

¶ Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. 9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

  Tempted and tried we’re oft made to wonder

  Why it should be thus, all the day long

  While there are others, living about us

  Never molested though in the wrong.

  Farther along we’ll know all about it

  Farther along we’ll understand why

  Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine

  We’ll understand it all by and by.