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Yet Will I Praise Him!

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Sermon shared by Mike Hays

January 2002
Summary: In the midst of heartache and suffering the Psalmist assures us that we can still praise God for His faithfulness and mercy.
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Yet Will I Praise Him!
Psalm 46
Grief is greatest when love abounds. Is it any wonder that so many hearts all across our city and far beyond have been shattered with the loss of our precious sister Jill? Is it any wonder that we ache when we think about the struggle that our brother Jason is still fighting? Is it any wonder that tears well up in our eyes when we think about the future loss that Abby will feel each time she yearns for her mother and realizes that she is gone? Is it any wonder that we feel like we have lost our best friend? Is it any wonder that you young people feel like you have lost someone who truly loved you, someone who did more than tell you about Jesus’ love – someone who showed you His awesome love.
Our loss is huge, our hearts are shattered, but our God will see us through. We have lost our friend, but we have not lost our hope. Jason and Abby’s world, and all of us that love them so much, have had their worlds shattered, but God is our Rock! Our frailty and mortality have been exposed, but God is our hiding place. Our hearts have been battered by this terrible storm, but God is our shelter.
I know that for some of you those words sound so trite, like so many Christian clichés, but those of you who know Jason and those who love Jill, you know that is what they believe – that is what they lived every moment of every day. It was just two weeks ago that Jason and Jill led our worship service for the first time since they had been with us in Oklahoma City. Think of the topics they could have shared with us. If you had one opportunity to speak about God in front of a couple of hundred folks, what would you talk about? What Scripture would you share? How about grace? No, no, how about salvation? Or maybe forgiveness? Those are huge, important subjects that we can never hear about too often, but Jason and Jill didn’t teach us about those topics. Out of all the topics that they could have chosen to have us focus on what did they choose? I know you remember – “When you can’t see God’s hand, you can trust His heart.” You can trust His heart my friend.
Jason and Jill’s prayer that Sunday was that we might have our eyes opened to the security we can possess by trusting in the Sovereignty of God. Their desire was that we would know that our God is absolutely in control of every detail of our lives, even the darkest moments, and that He works all things in our lives for His glory and our good. Even when we can’t logically come to the conclusion that what is happening is good; our faith in God’s Sovereign power gives us the firm hope that we can trust His heart.
If you will remember Jill sang the most beautiful song that morning. A song called, “I Can See.” Let me refresh your memory.
I Can See
All at once He walked beside me
Like He had been there all along
Not a stranger, but a Father
Who could sense when something’s wrong
He answered all of my questions
And He understood all of my fears
That somehow vanquished now that He was here

Can’t you see who walks with you
Can’t you hear who speaks your name
Can’t you feel something stirring in your heart
How His words rang strong and true
Like a once familiar strain
Could the paths we follow from now on be the same

I couldn’t bear for Him to leave me
So I begged Him to stay
Spend the evening, a few moments
Before He went His way
Then
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