I’ll make it
Synopsis of Sermon 9/5/10
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
It is important that we wrap this concept around our spirit. The way you react when you are in the midst of chaotic circumstances speaks to your level of spiritual insight, determination, and maturity. When life pulls you in many different directions (and know that it will) you will discover the importance of having an anchor. There are people reading this that will testify that they are pulled in so many different directions, they don’t know if they are coming and going, but the truth is, they thank God that they have a anchor in God. We would have drifted away or lost our mind, but we are keenly aware of who is keeping us. If you keep on living you will find that there will be circumstances that will stretch you and your faith and you will find yourself contemplating things you ordinarily wouldn’t. You have to realize that even when life is beginning to cave in on you and things around you look uncertain, you will have to move to a place where you realize that your relationship is deeper than lip service. It is substantive and it is real! We give God glory for an authentic relationship. We recognize that though circumstances may change, God is immutable meaning that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The Psalmist reminds us that when life gets rough, we have the assurance that God will see us through. Our knowledge from God comes through our experiences with him. Those experiences give us a frame of reference to reflect upon. Through this we gain strength. Through these experiences, we have come to know a lot about God. Tucked away in this revelation is the thesis from which this sermon was built! The idea behind going through those experiences that we have gone through, what we find tucked away is a memory. Those that have gone through know that a memory is the most powerful thing a child of God can have. If you are able to remember what you have gone through before, then you know that if he was able to bring you through before, he can certainly do it know. You are filled with challenges laced with all kinds of uncertainties, but this message is to tell you that you will make it. You might feel like you are in a situation all by yourself, but know that you will make it. There is a reason we know this. The person that in the room beside you right now can tell they didn’t know they would make it, but they somehow did! You can make it!
There are some revelations in this Psalms that we are studying today. The first is, God responds to our cry.
I. Responds to our cry.
Psalm 20:1 1The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; -David recognizes the power of prayer. God answers us in the time of trouble. If you have the faith of prayer, God has the power to answer. Your relationship says that no matter what your situation is, God will hear you. God hears us in the day of trouble.
- One of the tricks of the enemy is to say the silence of God is the denial of God. God’s silence indicates that God is listening to us. God hears you. When you don’t know how you going to pay the bill, God hears you! Witnesses out of the bible will tell you. Ex – Hannah said she was barren, but she believed God to open her womb. She went to the temple of God and though they thought she was drunk, God heard her prayer. Daniel says he was on the lion’s menu. He began to pray and God turned their bellies into his pillow. Jonah will say, he was in the belly of the whale, but God heard him. David says he came back from Ziglag and found his camp had been destroyed. He fell on his knees and God heard his cry.
- God gives you some assistance. Psalm 20:2-4 says 2Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; 3Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah. 4Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. – David discovers that he needs God’s help, but he recognizes how his help comes.
- How does this help come?
- Through Strength – We need God’s strength. What you need to know is, only God can give this. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Ever woke up and just thought you couldn’t make to work anymore? You just felt you couldn’t take it another day and then the next thing you know; you were ironing your clothes. That was God’s strength.
- Through Seeds. – Going through a storm, it really isn’t the time to hold back your seed. You have to put seed into the ground. When you put seed in the ground, you know you have a harvest or blessing coming your way. When you have seed in the ground, when you pray, you can kind of remind God that this would be a good time for that blessing to be harvested into your life.
- Through respecting his Sovereignty – This means that we are comfortable with our situation and whatever happens, we are alright with it. If we get the job or not, we have decided that we are going to maintain our consistency with God. If God tells us no, we won’t stick our lip out. If he says no, we know he has a “yes” for us up the road. Can you give God glory for all of it; for everything that happens in our life?
II. Get a revelation of covenant
- God honors covenant and it is important to know that you are in him. When you do, you know what you have in him. Psalm 20:5 says 5We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions. – This scripture says we who know who he is, will praise him for his salvation. Because of what we know about salvation, based on our history him, we know he will never allow us into something that he doesn’t have the power to get us out of.
- While in it (the storm), we will set up banners of victory. Before we come out, we are going to walk and talk like we are going to come out. Ex – We know that God knew Israel was coming out of Egypt, long before he brought them out. We know that God knew the Hebrew boys were coming out before they did. Because of this, we will do like Paul and Silas when they prayed at midnight and God freed them. We give God glory while we are still in it. We don’t wait until we come out. Don’t feel sorry for us because we are in our situation, because we know we are coming out of it!
- Isn’t it too cocky to act like you coming out, before God tells us we are going to come out? No, because this applies to people that know who they are in Christ. Let’s see this closer. Psalm 20:6 says 6Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. – God’s got his hand on us! God saves his anointed! Some will testify they don’t know how they got out of it! All they know is that they are one of God’s anointed! David said he was anointed king and every since, he kept getting out of stuff. This is why we don’t worry how God puts his hand on us, as long as his hand is on us.
III. Rejoice in confidence
We have confidence, because we have learned where to put our trust. David says there is a distinction between those who know God and those who don’t. How is this? When trouble comes, it is about where you put your trust. Psalm 20:7 says 7Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. -You have to understand. David is giving an insight to his history. Remember we said one of the greatest things that a child of God could have is remembrance. You can’t have spiritual amnesia.
One of the most prolific stories in the bible was Israel’s release from Egypt. Ex- Egypt was one of the most advanced nations there was. They had chariots and horses. When God delivered Israel from Egypt, the Israelites came out on foot. When Pharaoh changed his mind about letting them go (Remember God made Pharaoh change his mind to show Israel he was a deliver), Pharaoh grabbed his resources like his chariot and his horses. In other words, he could get there faster than they could walk. Even though Israelites had the jump start, they could see that Pharaoh and his resources were coming in hot pursuit.
What do you do when the world looks like its resources will get you there quicker than God’s? God opened the sea and the Israelites walked across. When last foot of Israel got out of the parted sea and the first Egypt chariot wheel got in, God let the sea close on the Egyptians. To answer the question, go ahead and trust in chariots if you want (representative of the world’s resources and systems), but know you need to put your trust in God! Somebody reading is trusting their degree and their worldly hookup, but there will come a day, where you money can’t buy you out and your degree can’t think you out. We must trust in the name of the Lord.
Names are significant. There is something about a name in a world system. People put confidence names, because they think it brings on value and experience. When a name reaches a certain level, it goes for being a noun to verb. Ex- You will say Kobe done a Jordon.There are purses that you can buy and then there are Gucci. There are sneakers and then there are Niki. There is power in a name according to the world. The world attaches value to names. Know that there is a name is above every name. It don’t matter what we got on, because we got “The Name”. We have “His Name”! “His Name” brings value to everything around us. We know a name above every name. That name is Jesus. Whatever you go through, don’t forget to factor in the power of his name. Ex – It was David that stood before the giants. He told Goliath to come with his weapons of war, because he came in the name of the Lord. Our deliverance and our breakthrough is in “His Name”. Can you give him glory for his name?
There is some word you receive and you have to let it marinate to understand it. We may ask what God’s name did for us. Verse 8 tells us that we are risen. Psalm 20:8 says 8They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. – People want to know. They know that we went through what they went though. We experienced what they experienced. They want to know how in the world we bounced back. How did you get up from what you went through? Well the answer is it was because of “that name”. We didn’t lose our mind, but we are still standing. He kept us after all we went through. We should have been talking to ourselves and walking the street because of the stuff we went through, but thank God, we are still here.