Summary: Standing steady in the midst of an unchanging world.
Theme: Standing steady in the midst of an unchanging world.
Need Analysis: Each commercial and advertisement thrown at the individual today suggests they lack something and must change something to get it.
o For Christians: To gain the greatest assurance from trusting in the Lord.
o For Non-Christians: To know that a world of uncertainty is not all there is to life..
Introduction: We’ve all heard the familiar term, “Don’t just stand there – do something.” It always means to stop doing nothing and change – to do something. Today we meet a playful twist on the same words, having an entirely opposite meaning. “Don’t just do something – Stand there!” It means more than it suggests. Standing. Not wavering. Holding firm.
o Transition: Today there is such a thrust to constantly be doing something. We find minds filled with things we could and should be doing at the very moment we fill another task. Everything changes. Politicians change, one day to the next. The economy changes. The “near future” even changes. We must come to an abrupt stop and listen.
I. Waiting upon God (1-2)
o Exegesis: David probably wrote this psalm while running from his son Absalom. It was a very low point in his life. The Psalmist encourages himself by reflecting on who the Lord is. His entire soul receives consolation from the conviction that the Lord is sufficient. He can give “rest” to all who are looking for quietness of heart. He is a safe point in a storm. He will fight for us.
o Application: Does life ever seem unstable? Do you find yourself wishing you had more knowledge and ability to fight the storms of life? The Psalmist did two things:
1) He “waited upon God.” Sometimes it is good to sit down,
calm yourself, and wait to see what God has to say. Satan wants you busy.
2) He trusted in Him. When the storms of life beat heavily, he waited for God to defend him. There is peace in knowing that God will take care of your situations.
o Illustration: Rock of Gibraltar. In the commercials you see the merciless waves shooting as high as they can to beat down on the cliff, driving pointedly and forcefully into the side. It still stands firm and has been for many years. It rises seamlessly in the middle of the ocean, a haven of rest.
o Transition: Giving trust to God gives the ability to stand firm in the face of opposition and a busy lifestyle. Placing hope in man though will only lead to disappointment.
II. Trusting not in man (6-8)
o Exegesis: In contrast to great confidence in the Lord, the psalmist has little faith in the kingdom of man. Man in opposition to the Lord is destructive, selfish, and deceitful. Yet in all, he asks “How long?” It’s as if the godly ask the ungodly to give up the evil.
o Application: How many times do we find ourselves put out by man? Are we to not trust anyone then? No. We know that man will ultimately always let us down. We call to those who do not trust the Lord to give up evil ways of “doing” many things, and to come to God.
o Transition: The Psalmist does not wait long here. It is only a pause before he returns again to his show of trust in the Lord.