Summary: It is apparent that we are living in troublesome, turbulent times! If we look “horizontally” for hope, we may not find it! If we look “vertically” specifically to Psalm 46, we can find a hope that only heaven can afford!
Topic: Sermon Series- Encouragement from the Psalms
Text: Psalm 46:1-5
Title: Psalm 46 – An Anchor for the Soul
Into: It is apparent that we are living in troublesome, turbulent times!
Civil and political unrest, a global pandemic, economic woes, are the leading stories in our evening news casts!
If we look “horizontally” for hope, we may not find it! If we look “vertically” we can find a hope that only heaven can afford! That is why, I want to encourage you with this message that I’ve entitled:
Psalm 46 – An Anchor for Our Souls!
And my proposition to you from this Psalm is….
As we mediate upon the REALITIES found in the 46th Psalm they will serve as an anchor for our souls. They will help us to discover the strength, security, serenity, and steadfastness of heart that we need to walk in, in these tumultuous and troublesome times!
I believe that we can find that strength as we focus upon the following five realities, first of which is:
Psalm 46:1a God is…
The basis upon which I can establish my sense of serenity strength and peace are upon first of all the reality of …
I. His Existence!
A) God is!
Hebrews 11:6a But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is…. -KJV
1. God is Who?
2. God is What?
3. The word used for God in this passage is:
B) God -????????? (’e·lo·hîm)
1. Elohim means the "Supreme, Almighty One!"
a) It is the name for God used at the creation account:
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God -????????? (’e·lo·hîm) created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God -????????? (’e·lo·hîm) said, Let there be light: and there was light. -KJV
b) When Paul tries to describe His Supremacy, His Power. His Might in Romans 1:20 he refers to this:
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. -NIV
c) Think about it.
i. The entire universe was simply spoken into existence by Elohim - God!
Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.-KJV
ii. THAT IS WHAT I CALL – POWER!
iii. SUPREME, SOVERIGN, MATCHLESS, INCREDIBLE, AMAZING POWER!
a. How can this reality be a comfort to us?
b. Reminder that Jeremiah gives us:
Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:-KJV
iv. There Is Nothing Too Hard for God!
a) There is no promise too hard for God to keep.
i. There are over thirty thousand promises in the Bible, and God will keep His Word.
b) There's no prayer too hard for God to answer.
ii. Jesus said in Matthew 21:22, "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." When you ask in prayer and believe, you'll receive.
c) There is no problem too hard for God to solve.
iii. God specializes in doing the seemingly impossible.
a. The angel Gabriel told Mary:
Luke 1: 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible -NKJV
Jeremiah 32:26 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?-NIV
But before I move into the next REALITY, LET ME DELVE A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE REALTY OR IDEA OF..
C) God’s Existence: HE IS!
1. When God called Moses, he asked:
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. -KJV
a) The Hebrew text in verse 14 literally says, “I be that I be.”
b) This name speaks to the fact that God is pure existence, or what some call pure actuality.
c) Pure actuality is that which IS with no possibility to not exist.