Summary: God forgives and can deliver us from chastisement if we will repent.
I praise God for His blessing us beyond measure. We as a church are very blessed and enjoy a peace and calm that many churches never experience. Last night was a wonderful experience where we were blessed by a great group of young people and young adults at our Valentine Banquet.
Tonight’s message is one I would liken to a wellness visit or check-up at the doctor’s office. There are times when we must receive a check-up even though we are not experiencing any symptoms because it is the very fact of our feeling well that may lull us into complacency while a serious illness may lurk just below the surface.
King David is just such an example of a person who began to trust in his own goodness and strength and success and began to live life as if he was in control. The deliverance of which David speaks in Psalm 30 is occasioned by God’s judgment of David being stayed after he had sinned by numbering the people and trusting in the arm of man. (1 Chronicles 21:1-17)
Few of us can bear unmingled prosperity. Sooner or later we are tempted to believe we are the cause of the victory or the provider of the peace, when in fact, God is the one who is in control.
This Psalm of praise is looking forward to the temple being built. God didn’t allow David to build the temple but David is still preparing for the building so Solomon would have something to work with. As we look at this Psalm we find the need for humility and trust in the midst of victory and prosperity.
I. Our God Specializes in Deliverance (1-3)
A. David feared most the judgment of man. (1)
1. Could the world find any fault in you?
a. Our speech? – negative, harsh, gossip… (Ill.) “But the tongue is as volatile as it is vital. It was Washington Irving who first said, ‘A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.’ It was James, the half brother of Jesus, who first warned: The tongue is a fire…a restless evil and full of deadly poison (James 3:6,8). Verbal cyanide. A lethal, relentless flaming missile which assaults with hellish power, blistering and destroying at will. And yet it doesn’t look anything like the brutal beast it is. Neatly hidden behind ivory palace gates, its movements are an intriguing study of coordination. It can curl itself either into a cheery whistle or manipulate a lazy, afternoon yawn. With no difficulty it can flick a husk of popcorn from between two jaw teeth or hold a thermometer just so. And it is tricky! It can help you enjoy the flavor of a stick of peppermint as it switches from side to side without once getting nipped. Moments later is can follow the directions of a trumpeter, allowing him to play ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ without a single miscue. But watch out! Let your thumb get smashed with a hammer or your toe get clobbered on a chair and that slippery creature in your mouth will suddenly play the flip side of its nature. (Charles Swindoll, Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life)
b. Our purity?
c. Our character?
B. God stayed His judgment because David repented. (2)