Summary: We that are saved by the grace of God are forevermore safe and secure, nothing nor any person can change or alter that fact, there is no other place that is as safe as being IN Christ Jesus.
6-23-12 ~ PSALM 4: 1-8 ~ ALL THAT ARE IN THE LORD JESUS ARE SAFE
Despite all the many problems that David found himself in, he found comfort in the safety of the Lord, the same is true, or should be true for we that are saved as well.
In David's confidence that he has been set apart to God, assures him that the Lord will hear when he calls unto him. A godly person, saved and set apart by God, has the same certainty in any generation, there was gladness in David's heart, the type of gladness that a farmer "in our text" might have at harvest time, and according to verse 8 this Psalm was probably an evening prayer.
David says in;
Verse 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. -- God's children have nothing to fear when we are in a right relationship with our Heavenly Father.
> Listen as I read today's text found in PS. 4: 1-8
1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity,* (empty and worthless things) and seek after leasing? *(falsehood and Untruth) Selah. ** (pause & consider what was just said)
3But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe,*(with Godly fear and reverence) and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. ** (pause & consider what was just said)
5Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
6There be many that say, "Who will shew us any good?" LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance *(Thy face) upon us.
7Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. -- More than a farmer when he has a good crop.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
David was sure that nothing could ever destroy the relationship that he enjoyed with God.
In this Psalm David has confidence that his relationship and his safety with God had nothing to do with who he was or what he did. He knew that his eternal protection and safety was completely from God.
He declared, verse 8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Today, let us be reassured that we who have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior no matter what might come our way in life we are safe in Him.
Isaiah 26: 3-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in THEE. 4Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: --
* I am safe because God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ and He alone has SAVED me.
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
The one and only condition for receiving eternal salvation is faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died a substitutionary death on the cross for our sins.
John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. --- A lost sinner will not be condemned at some future time; he or she is presently condemned.
Acts 16: 30-31 Sirs what must I do to be saved? 31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. -- If they'll believe as well.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Listen, there is nothing no one can do that merits salvation; there is nothing any one can do that will keep them saved, nothing may be added too, or considered as a part of faith as a condition for receiving eternal salvation.
Have you ever considered that if there were works that we could do that had a bearing on our salvation, if that was the case, then when we arrived in heaven we could pop our spiritual suspenders and boast of how we helped God save us, as If Christ death for our sins was not quit sufficient?