Summary: We must believe that God is bringing us out of the old and transitioning us into the new.
INTRODUCTION: The theme for this month is “It’s a New Season!” We have moved from 2011 into 2012; I don’t know about you but I must stop and praise God for allowing me and assisting me to move into my new season. But for some of us to experience this new season, we need to be released from the troubles and traps that we got into in 2011. Because the reality is we can get ourselves trapped in situations that we are unable to get out of. Whether it is a financial situation, a tempting situation, or some other type of situation, we cannot save ourselves. This psalm offers direction from God as to how we can be freed from bondage, so we can enter and enjoy our New Season.
1. Admit That You Are in Bondage (v. 6). I removed his shoulder from the burden; his hands were delivered from the pots
a. God states He will take the load from our shoulder which means we are carrying something that we were not designed to carry.
b. God says He will free our hands from their heavy tasks. (self-imposed pain)
2. Get Some Help (v. 7). Thou called in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder. I tested thee at the waters of Meribah.
a. We must be willing to seek God’s help for our trouble.
b. If we call God will answer but we must be intently listening because there will be noise (place of thunder) that will keep us from hearing God.
c. We must understand that sometimes God will put us to the test to see how bad we want His help. (Jesus and Lazarus)
3. Follow God’s Advice (v. 8). Hear, O My people, and I will testify unto thee, O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto Me!
a. God has a word for your situation but are you listening?
b. Some of us have heard the word from God but we have not hearkened unto it.
4. Remove Other Gods (v. 9). There shall be no strange god among thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
5. Trust God to Meet Your Needs (v. 10). I am the LORD thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt. Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.
a. We can trust God because of what He has done in the past.
b. Open thy mouth wide should be our faith focus, we should believe that God is not just going to do it but He is going to do big.
CONCLUSION: God’s desire is for us to be free in Him so that we may be able to serve Him wholeheartedly. However, if we are in bondage, we will end up being subject to that which has us in bondage and will be unable to allow God to use us in the ways He desires. Declare to 2011 and all its traps and troubles “It’s a New Season and a New Day!”