Summary: One of the greatest secrets we can learn in life is the secret of making a total commitment to God’s Word and learning to completely commit each problem in life to the Lord in faith.
Recipe for Blessings
The great value of the Book of Psalms is that in it we have godly men stating their experience, and giving us an account of things that have happened to them in their spiritual life and warfare. Throughout history, the Book of Psalms has, therefore, been a book of great value for God’s people. Again and again it provides us with the kind of comfort and teaching that we need and can find no where else. What we find from the beginning to the end of the Bible is the account of God’s dealing with His people. He is the same God in the Old Testament as in the New; and these Old testament saints were citizens of the kingdom of God even as we are today. We are citizens of a kingdom which already contains such people as Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
It is right, therefore, to regard the experiences of these people as being exactly the same as our own. The fact that they lived in the old dispensation makes no difference. We are no different today than folk who lived in the time of the old testament. If any of you are tempted to feel like that, I would invite you to read the Book of Psalms, and then to ask yourself whether you can honestly say from your experience some of the things of the Psalmists said. Can you say, "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up?" Can you say, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God?" Can you say "The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want?" Read the Psalms and the statements made in them, and I think you will agree that these men were children of God. The book of Psalms along with the book of Proverbs is considered to be a Recipe for life. Here in our text today we find one of the most grates recipes for life.
There are biblical principles other than those of faith and healing that we as Christians need to hear. We all know that Faith is the Substance of things Hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. -- We all know that. And we are familiar with healing. For the bible says that by his stripes we are healed.
Certainly, we need to know about faith and healing because the Bible says the just shall live by faith and healing belongs to us in Christ Jesus. But there is a whole lot more to living for God and serving him than getting our needs met. For God is not some slave of ours where he moves at our command. But we are his people and the sheep of his pasture and we are to do his will not him to do our will.
But, God does want to meet our needs. That is His will. Phil 4:19 says "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." But it is also God’s will that we practice the principles of faith. In our text today we find our Recipe for Victory.
One of the greatest secrets we can learn in life is the secret of making a total commitment to God’s Word and learning to completely commit each problem in life to the Lord in faith.
Actually, there can be no faith without commitment. The kind of faith that perseveres is the faith that stays committed to God’s holy written word.
To commit means to roll. In other words, if we commit something to the Lord, that means we completely roll it upon Him with the greatest confidence that it’s going to be taken care of.
If your car was broken and needed repairing and you took to the mechanic to have it fixed, you would be committing it to the mechanic’s care. If he said to you, "I can fix it; your car will be ready next week,: you would return the next week, expecting it to be fixed. You wouldn’t spend the entire week worrying about the details involved in repairing your car. And you wouldn’t call the repairman the next day and ask "Do you still have my car, Is if fixed yet? No, you would have confidence in the mechanic’s ability to fix your car.
How much more confidence should we have in the Lord, the One we call King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The God who owns the cattle of a thousand hills. The God who knows your needs even before you ask. The God who is more than enough to meet our every need. Yet many of us will pray about something and commit it to the Lord, and then question him about it day after day. But that’s not total commitment to God and His Word. In reality, that’s doubt and unbelief.