What trouble taught me?
Synopsis of Sermon 06/20/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
Some of the most amazing lessons of your life won’t be in times of ease. Instead they will be in times of stress and strain. Trouble is often didactic. There are lessons in every experience God allows us to go through. Even though we are saved, we are not exempt of trouble. Job 14:1 says 1Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way. He says, “Difficulties arise to be surmounted”. In other words, the purpose in which trouble comes is so that it can be defeated. You and I have within us the ability to overcome whatever tries to overcome us. Despite the trouble, we learn the lessons that come along with it. Like David, when trouble has pushed us to our breaking point in our lives, we evaluate our relationship with God, and we begin to thank God for what he has allowed us to go through. You are better because of the trouble you went through! You’re stronger and you’re wiser because of it! Your praise is even where it needs to be because of it! Trouble came to make us better. Philippians 3:10 says 10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; – Paul discovered revelation is birth out of trouble. Revelation is expensive. If you want God to take you to another spiritual dimension, you have to demonstrate your ability to deal with trouble. In every level of your life, you will deal with trouble. This season is designed to bless you. In other words, we may have trouble, but it doesn’t have us. Rather than complain and be depressed, know there is a blessing tucked away in the midst of the trouble.
David says in Psalm 27:5 says 5For 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. David discovers that God has a plan of rescue in our crisis.
I. Plan of rescue in a crisis
Psalm 27:5 says 5For 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.
- God is never working it out as you go through it. He has already worked it out before you even get in it.
- David says this is the secret place of God. Like a parent is to their child, God is responsive to our cry. We have learned not to waste time going to people that are not equipped to help us. We have learned to go right to God, because God is our help. When you know where you help comes from, this becomes your first priority. You will go after God no matter how difficult things may be.
- Why would we do this?
- Because God is Reputable – His reputation precedes him. We can get many testimonies that will confirm how good God is. We don’t have to even go to the bible to get views on God’s reputation. You can ask your neighbor and they will testify to how good God is.
- He is Reliable-Every time we call on God, he shows up. Like our Grandparents used to say, he might not come when we want him, but he is always on time.
- He Rescues-David says that God will hide us when our trouble is most acute. In earlier biblical times, during the time of war, the safest placed to run was into the temple. Once they got into the house of God, there were soldiers that would come around and protect them and keep them secret. It was customary to hide warriors for the Lord back in biblical days. The soldiers would not let harm come to you in the temple.
- He Covers-God always gives us a covering. He protects us from stuff we aren’t even aware of. Grandma used to say he keeps us from dangers seen and unseen. We thank God for protecting us from the things we didn’t see coming our way.
- God gives me Comfort – While I am in there, God reminds me of his promise. Troubles will eclipses what God has told you. So God has to constantly keep reminding us what he told us. Like in John 14:1 it says 1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me., Jeremiah 29:11 says 11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end., Chronicles 20:15 says 15And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.- We thank God for his word
- His word Changes– God’s word changes my situation. David says in reflecting on his past, he was not as solid as he should have been. Like David, many of us were wishhy washy and only came to God when we wanted to. We didn’t have the stability. David says no matter what comes, based on what he’s been through, he is more stable now than ever before. Just like David, some of the stuff we experienced would have gotten us if we had not gone through all that we have been through before. Our trouble gave us stability.
- What does it mean for God to hide you? It means we are placed in God’s protective custody, because he knows our testimony is valuable. Like protective custody in the real world, God changes our identity and changes where we are. He relocates us. Thank God that he has got us covered.
II. Proper response in a negative context
Psalm 27:6a says 6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy;
- David says now his head will be lifted up. It is about spiritual resolve. You will always have haters when:
- You have Anointing– You will have haters when you are anointed and appointed. People will hate on your anointment and your appointment, because your appointment follows your anointing. People will hate on you for what God has called you to do. While you are in it, know that God may not move the hater, but he will give you opportunity to be a testimony in the midst of all of them. This is why the Psalmist says in Psalm 23:5 says 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. – If God gives you an opportunity to speak well of his name, that is a blessing in itself. What good does it do for you to speak about him in the midst of people that already know how good God is? When we speak well of him in the place where your context is negative, then we have chosen not to let our context change who we are. Understand why God keeps you there.
- It is about our now. Now is where Leah was when she decided she would give her son back to God. She named her child Judah which meant praise. Like Leah, we have to choose to be at our now. When you say now, you are saying you are tired of allowing yourself to be taken advantage of. You are tired of allowing the devil to manipulate your feelings and emotions. Keep your head up, because when you do so, you have chosen to protest. You are protesting being a permanent victim.
- You have to develop a Godly Attitude – We have been through too much to walk around with our head down. We have chosen not to let this break us down!
- We have learned to make Adjustments – Though our context changed, we will not. We have to learn how to adjust. We will be content in every context we find ourselves in. We choose to be full in an empty situation. Lay me off, and I will still survive! Some people you can’t tell what they go through, because they have learned how to adjust.
- We acknowledge – When you hold your head down, you let he world know the enemy has control over you. When you hold you head up, you show that God is good to you and you know God has it under control. You have to get to a place where you respond properly in a negative situation. David says my head be lifted up with mine enemies around me.
III. Praise regardless of your circumstances
Psalm 27:6b says … I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
- Sing the blues if you want to, but why make all the sacrifice of getting ready and driving to church and then just sitting there once you arrive. If you are here, you might as well praise him! We choose to sing the goodness of the Lord. We give a sacrificial praise. Sacrifice means that even through the circumstances say we shouldn’t be joyful, we have decided to move past that.
- We must praise like it is explained in James 1:2 where it says 2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; – This kind of praise says we will praise God no matter what is going on around us. We are not praising God just for us, it is for you too! This praise needs to be heard. Ex-Recently when the Lakers were down in the playoff games, the entire coliseum started screaming and standing on their feet. People were texting Boston fans saying, “Brother Kobe is down.” This was Kobe’s Town. The fans started putting those signs up and the noise came. Then the noise started motivating the team and then all kind of crazy stuff happened. The Lakers went on to be victorious, because of the noise that was activated.
- We didn’t go through what we go through just for us, it is others can know what to do when they go through. When we are making noise, it is so someone else can know that God is able. When Paul and Silas were in jail, they praised loudly so the people in jail could hear them. How will others know how good God is unless you open your mouth? We must be willing to sacrifice. We must praise God even when we don’t feel like it! There are people going through stuff right now that we can’t even imagine, but they are determined to give God the praise regardless of the circumstances. A sacrifice of praise is praising God when you don’t feel like it! It is praising him when you come in tired and weary, frustrated, and aggravated! It is praising him when the conditions are not conducive of praise! In spite of the circumstances and conditions going on around you, understand that you are a living testimony of the goodness of God. It has nothing to do with how good your day has been. Even though you don’t understand what in the world is going on around you, you recognize you have to praise God anyhow! You realize that you can’t feel sorry for yourself! You open your mouth and bless the name of the Lord even if you are in a room with people who don’t like you! We will give that sacrifice praise. Even though our bills are past due, the budget has not been met, and we don’t know how we will make it! It is our sacrifice of praise! It doesn’t mean all is well! No matter what, we will stand with tears running down our face! When David wrote this, he wasn’t in church; he was running for his life! It is the sacrifice of praise from a real soldier! We are determined no matter what; we are going to push this praise out! We are going to let the devil know that he should have killed us when he had the chance! He messed around and let us get to the temple and we are going to praise his name! This is what trouble taught us!