Summary: What is it that the Psalmist wanted or desired of the Lord? 1- Hear my prayer 2- Guard my mouth 3- Keep my heart
INTRO.- ILL.- I got into a fight one day. It was high school. Gym class. We were playing hog ball. The coach blew the whistle and each team ran for the balls placed in the middle of the gym floor.
I got to one ball first. On the opposing team there stood a guy, one year older than me. I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. A rich kid. I didn’t like him and he apparently didn’t like me. So we started throwing punches at one another! I threw punches just as fast and as hard I could. I heard someone yell, “Get him, Shep!” I got him as best I could.
The coach blew the whistle, stopped our fist fight, and made us go sit out the game in the bleachers.
After school, that same guy along with his buddy cornered me in front of the school, next to the street. He said some choice words (which I don’t remember) and it looked like we were going to fight again and finish what was started in gym class, except that I was outnumbered and didn’t know what was going to happen.
I sent a prayer heavenward, “Lord, come quickly!” Not really. Not sure exactly what I was thinking at that time, but suddenly, someone else showed up quickly. It was my older brother, Larry, to the rescue. He said some choice words to my opponents and then said to me, “Get in the car!” In my heart of hearts, I was thinking, “YAY!” It wasn’t often I was glad to see my older brother but this time I was more than happy.
He came to my rescue. He rescued me from a situation that could have been bad. There are times in life when we all find ourselves between a rock and a hard place and need someone to rescue us.
ILL.- I remember at the funeral home one day when a lady wept loudly at seeing her deceased husband in a coffin after he had passed suddenly from a heart attack. She said, “will somebody please pray!?” I came her to rescue. I was there for the viewing because I was going to preach the funeral of this man whose brother was a member of our church. I quickly stepped up, and I believe put my arm around her and said, “Let’s pray.” Has anyone ever rescued you in your time of trouble?
Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
How thankful we should be for our gracious, comforting, loving God who comes to our rescue and sometimes, even when we’re not aware of His help. Bless His name! In our text, the Psalmist said, “Lord, come quickly.”
PROP.- What is it that he wanted or desired of the Lord?
1- Hear my prayer
2- Guard my mouth
3- Keep my heart
4- Fix my eyes
I. HEAR MY PRAYER
1 O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you. 2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
Psalm 4:1 “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”