Set up for set time
Synopsis of Sermon 02/21/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker
Text: Psalm 102:11-13 says 11My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. 12But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. 13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
It is amazing how God moves in our life. Many of us will testify that we are amazed at how we see the hand of God move through the affairs of our lives. If you never been privy to the providence of God or how God moves, you might go through life under the assumption that things just happen. You go through life believing that life is just about chance. The reality is nothing just happens. Everything that happens has a by Devine Purpose tied to it. The hand of God is always involved in the affairs of our lives. Much of what we experience, we attribute to demonic assault. We think the devil is attacking us when things go wrong and in some instances, this is true, but remember that Satan doesn’t have a direct path to us. Whatever the devil brings into our lives, God must allow it. This suggests that the reason we are still alive and the reason we are still here as survivors is, because God still has his hand on us through it. If we have nothing else to thank God for, we ought to thank God for protecting us and providing for us and giving us peace while we were going through whatever came into our life. It is amazing that a Psalms like this is a Psalms that we can all identify with. This is a Psalms where David pours out his heart before the Lord. This is a Psalms where the Psalmist literally declares before the Lord that he is overwhelmed by his circumstance and he has become disillusioned by his experience. As a result, he is at a point that he really needed a breakthrough from the Lord. He must have come to a place where he realized that God moves in his own time. God moves in seasons and shifts. Somebody reading right now needs to understand that their waiting is not in vain. Just like this, know that your waiting is not in vain. God is keenly aware of what you are going through. God is aligning circumstances. Everything that happens in your life, the good, the bad, the sweet, and the sour is all part of a divine setup in order for God’s set time to manifest in your life. The very thing that you are believing God for; know that God has preordained it for you. The circumstances that have transpired have all been divinely orchestrated to push you and usher you into that moment. Your circumstances have prepared you for that particular moment. God knew he could not give you what you wanted when you wanted it. He had to move in a certain time and in a certain place. This is called set time. Know that it is going to happen! What you have been believing God for is going to happen! The truth is you got to be willing to trust God until it comes to pass.
Here the Psalmist is lamenting and he pours himself out saying to God that he is overwhelmed. He shares with us the power to be able to focus through your frustrations.
I. Ability to focus through your frustrations.
a. Many of us have encountered so many distractions and our distractions can derail our destiny. How do you keep your eyes on the prize? How do you keep those things behind you and look forward to those things which are before? How do you lay aside the weight that easily besets you and look to Jesus who is the author and the finisher of your faith? It is all about focus. Every mistake and everything you have blown in life has been because of deadly distractions. It has because you have allowed the enemy to shift you away from what God has promised you and now are focusing more on your problems.
1. If look Psalms 102.1-5, gives us his situation. Psalm 102:1-5 says 1Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee. 2Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily. 3For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth. 4My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.5By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
2. He gives us his Location -Psalm 102:6 says 6I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. – He is out of place. Pelicans don’t hang out in the wilderness. He explains that he is not in the right location.
3. He explains his Isolation- Psalm 102:7 says 7I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top. – He explains that he is like a sparrow on top of a house. He is out there by himself singing his own songs and nobody knows what he is going through.
4. He experiences Hateration- Psalm 102:8 says 8Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me. – He has people that he don’t understand why they don’t like him, they just don’t like him.
5. It has consumed his Concentration – Psalm 102:9 says 9For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping. – He can’t do anything, because it has consumed his concentration.
6. He admits he has some Frustration -Psalm 102:10 says 10Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down. –Because of what God is doing, he has to admit that he is frustrated.
7. He acknowledges that he is at a place of Desperation – Psalm 102:11 says 11My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
8. He realizes that God will be his Salvation- Psalm 102:12 says 12But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. – But God… He is not going to take his problem to anyone else; he has decided to take his problem to God. Remember, you are coming out of this!
b. What is so amazing about this is, all of us go through these rough seasons. These are seasons where we feel like we have gotten weary.
1. Weary-People tell you ought not get tired, but even the best of us get tired. We get tired of dealing with stuff on the job and tired of dealing with people that don’t understand us. It is not that we don’t like our job or our children, but sometimes when we go home, we don’t want the dog to bark or the cat to meow. We just want to be left alone. We feel like we need personal time to get away. We feel like we need some rest.
2. If you don’t deal with your weariness you get “withered”. This implies that we are falling apart. It is really indicated in this next scripture, John 15:6 says 6If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. -The enemy wants you to get frustrated so you will disconnect from God and church so will be out there on your own. Before you know it, you will find yourself withering. Then you find yourself worrying.
3. Worry – Philippians 4:6 says 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. You have to come to a place where you remember what God has done in your life.
Psalm 102:12 says 12But thou, O LORD, shall endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations. – Just remember, God never changes. Just because your circumstances change, doesn’t mean God will change. You have to realize that God is the one constant that you have. People will come and go out of your life. The hymn writer says build your hope on things eternal and hold to God’s unchanging hand. You can count on the fact that God never changes.
Malachi 3:6 says 6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Hebrews 13:8 says 8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.-If he could do it then, he can do it now. If God healed you before, you know he can do it now. Why do you doubt God? Stay focused and know that devil is trying to make you think this will not happen. Isaiah 26:3 says 3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.-God will keep us in perfect peace.
II. Acknowledge a father who is faithful.
Psalm 102:13 says 13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. -God can be the truest when he can’t be traced.
1. We serve a God that refuses to leave us in a rut. You must remember that he knows his children’s voice. Just like natural parent would never let their child be in a crisis without responding, there is no way that God can hear your cry and not respond. You don’t have to have all of these cute formal prayers when you are in trouble. Most of us try to impress God with our prayers. We try to go through this cute formal language like “…heavenly father though art great …” or “ … Father, I come on broken knees …” When you ever needed something and needed God right away, you might just cry out, “Father!”
2. God’s faithfulness is not hinged on our faithfulness. If God’s faithfulness was hinged on our faithfulness, we would always be in a rut. At best we are trifling. We don’t pray like we should, we don’t come to church like we should, and we don’t give like we should God is not going to let our unfaithfulness define who is he is. God is going to be faithful until we learn to be faithful back. You know you have not been faithful, but you ought to thank God he is still there! We ought to be thankful he keeping us.
3. There is an amazing deposit of greatness that God has placed in you. God is so faithful; he won’t let you mess up what he has put in you. You foolishness may retard the progress, but remember what Paul wrote; in Philippians 1:6 says 6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: – Him that has performed a good work in us will perform until the day of Jesus Christ. People are quick to write you off, but they don’t what is on inside. They don’t know that one day you will wake up saying when I was a child, I thought as a child, but when I grew up, I put away as childish things, because there is something great inside of us.
III. Anticipate favor in your future.
a. Favor is better than money. Favor can get you stuff that ain’t even on sell. Favor can get you a job that you didn’t even qualify for. Favor is like going in the store with 20 dollars praying that you have enough and then the register rings up $19.99.
b. The Psalmist says he is bottomed out. He basically is saying that he has nowhere to go but up. He says he believes according to verse 13 that the set time has come. Psalm 102:13 says 13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.-Don’t minimize the pronoun “her” in this scripture. To refer to Zion in the feminine suggests that the church (the bride of Christ) is always pregnant with something that has a Divine time before it is birth. The Psalmist is saying in this scripture that God is going to have mercy on Zion, because the set time has come.
a. The set time has come. Whatever God has done, he has done so in time. This is about understanding God in time. God’s not in time, we are in time. God did not begin with time, he began time. God existed before time began. God is in eternity. When loved ones pass away, they go back in time and return back to God eternity. In eternity, there is now M-F and there is no aging there. Since God is in eternity, anything that God has done was triggered by him from there to manifest here.
b. God made man at a certain time. 6 days is number of man. There is a certain time. When the fullness of time had come, sent his son. Jesus could have come at anytime through throughout history, but there was a set time. God could have come through exile or through the time that Isaiah was prophesying, yet God waited for the right time to send his son Jesus. He did that from eternity. When Jesus was crucified, he got up on the third day and appeared to his disciples. When Jesus left, the angels to the disciples that he would return same way. This means Jesus is coming back at a set time. We don’t know the set times, because they are never given to us. Consequently, you never knew when you were born. Somebody told you that you were born on that day and that’s all you had to go on. We really don’t have any proof other than what somebody told us. No man knows the day or hour that Jesus will return. He will not tell us. All we know that he will return in a moment in the twinkling of an eye. He knew we couldn’t handle knowing when the set time was. If we knew, we would live the way we wanted to live and thirty minutes before he would return, we would be at the altar trying to repent saying “Lord take me with you” !/
c. The set time is controlled by God. This means we must live in the mean time. The awareness of a set time instantly moves us to the meantime. This means we are in time, but we are in the meantime. Meantime suggests expectation, unlike in time. As a result the Set time is orchestrated by God. God says he has things set things in motion in heaven that is going to manifest at his ordained time. Imagine what someone is thinking as they wonder when it is going to happen for them. Listen at what Job said in Job 14.Job 14:1 says 1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble.-All these days in time is going to have trouble. – All these days in time are going to have trouble.
Job 14:13 says 13O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! – Job says if God could just hide him or cover him. Job says if he could be kept a secret until his wrath passed, but please appoint him a set time.
Job 14:14 says 14If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.-Try to find until on your watch . You won’t find it, because until means until means meantime. Once a thing is set, you have to stay until it manifests. Ex-Bishop explains working out at the Y. They have this machine that you lay in and it has a timer that you have to set. He explains he sets it for two minutes. You put your legs in it and it stretches you. It pulls your leg out and your leg can’t come out until the set time (the time you set it for) is up. While your leg is up, you are in a stretch and strain, but you can’t move until that time is up. What keeps you going even though you are hurting is knowing that this is blessing you. When we set this thing, you have to stay in certain place. It may hurt and not feel good, but when you come out, you be able to go to another level, reach higher heights and do what you couldn’t do before. Whatever God promised you, you are about to move into your set time. What you do in your meantime while waiting on your set time is you learn how to praise God for what he is doing for someone else. If he is doing it for somebody else, it is right around the corner from happening for you.