Summary: Believe it to Receive it!
It’s In The Bag
Subject: Believe it to receive it!
The town preacher was walking through town one day. Mulling over in her head what to preach on Sunday morning. Wondering what word from on high would the Lord give her. She pondered upon the sickness that was running rampant in the congregation. She thought about the children who were dealing with various obstacles at school and at home. She thought about the mothers and fathers trying to raise their children in a world that seemed to be bent on hurting and abusing children. She thought about those who just could not stay sober long enough to come to church. She thought about the drug dealers on the corner across the street from the church. And her heart became heavy. As she walked in contemplation he spotted a young boy - 5 or 6 years of age. This little boy was sitting on the curb by the roadside. His clothes were tattered, his face was smudged with dirt. His shirt was missing a few buttons and his pants were to short. His feet were bare and he was in dire need of a haircut. He sat on the corner, clutching a small brown paper bag. The preacher watched in amazement as the boy gazed at the bag and giggle. She watched the small child for about 15 minutes. Finally the preacher walked over to the child and knelt beside him. When the child saw the preacher, a grin wrapped around his head and he lifted his bag toward her and asked, "Do you want candy?" The preacher smiled a looked at the small hand of the child and the small crumpled bag and he asked, where is the candy. "It’s in the bag!" The young preacher asked the boy.. "How do you know it is in the bag......" And the little boy grinned larger and said "Because My Daddy Said So!"
There was a phrase that was out a few years ago. Every time someone wanted to reassure you that everything was taken care of they would say, "it’s in the bag" or in other words it was done! Well I am here to tell you this morning that your Daddy wants you to know that it is taken care of, it is done. It is in the Bag!
When we look at this particular Psalm written by the chief psalm writer David we find him exalting and praising God and completely leaning upon him. He opens with the phrase "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want!" First of all he makes it personal! In order for us to be able to depend on God - we must have a personal relationship with him. That means more than on Sunday folks! Constant prayer, fasting, praising, reading His word, meditation, worship and repeat! We have to do like the song writer - Have a little talk with Him. Get to know Him. Commune with Him. Fellowship with Him. This way the Psalm can actually be the Lord is MY shepherd and not the one that my mom told me about or my dad told me about or my grandma used to sing about or the preacher preaches about. A personal one on one sho nuff no about Him relationship allows the Saints of God in times of trouble to look to God because He is an up close and personal! Giving us the reassurance that our blessing is on the way or It’s in the Bag!