Summary: A sermon examining the fact that even in the midst of the troubles of this life, peace can be found in Jesus Christ.
Possessing Peace In A World Of Trouble
In an article from Our Daily Bread, May 7, 1992. During the Thirty Years' War in the 17th century, German pastor Paul Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee from their home. One night as they stayed in a small village inn, homeless and afraid, his wife broke down and cried openly in despair. To comfort her, Gerhardt reminded her of Scripture promises about God's provision and keeping. Then, going out to the garden to be alone, he too broke down and wept. He felt he had come to his darkest hour. Soon afterward, Gerhardt felt the burden lifted and sensed anew the Lord's presence. Taking his pen, he wrote this hymn:
"Give to the winds thy fears; hope, and be undismayed"
"God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears; God shall lift up thy head"
"Through waves and clouds and storms He gently clears the way"
"Wait thou His time, so shall the night soon end in joyous day."
Have you ever been where Gerhardt and his wife were at that point in their lives? Everything seems so good and then your life seemingly falls apart. The mountain top experiences of life are great. We can feel Gods presence so real when we are on top of the mountain. Let’s be honest, when we reach the valleys in life we may question if God is even there with us.
I want to look through these verses today and consider the thought “Possessing Peace In A World Of Trouble”
Notice the subscription “The Sons of Korah” – This was a musical family in Israel. Korah was a priest who led a rebellion against Aaron and Moses. As a result Korah faced God’s wrath. The psalmist is in exile from the Temple. As stated in verse 4, He had worshipped there many times and desired to once again return to the Holy place. He is not just suffering from a craving to go to the Temple. He is in great anguish over the fact that he is separated from the Lord’s house. “My tears have been my meat day and night”
Have you ever been to this point? To a place where there is discouragement and anguish every where you turn. Have you been to a place where you think you have reached rock bottom and then the bottom falls out? We live in a world that is full of trouble. Things are bad and seem to only be getting worse. But I would like to share some good news today; even in the midst of the greatest storm of your life you can possess the ultimate peace. Jesus said - John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
As we look at these verses I would like to pose a few questions, the first is this:
I. ARE YOU LOOKING FOR HELP? v3-4 - I am certain that some of you are in the midst of a time of despair. The next few verses illustrate a time of despair in the life of the psalmist.
A. YOU MAY ENDURE A TIME OF MISERY - v3a My tears have been my meat day and night,
The psalmist was in pure agony. There seemed to be no relief in sight. He didn’t just have spurts of trouble his was a constant pain. You may be facing a time of misery in you own life.
1) Your family may be in turmoil.
2) Your children may have rebelled against you and against God.
3) Your marriage may be falling apart and on the brink of divorce.
4) Your financial situation may be in dire straits, you may not know how you are ever going to make ends meet.
5) You may be unemployed and willing to work, yet you can not find employment. Discouragement may have set in to the point where you don’t even feel like trying anymore.
6) Health problems may have come in your life. You have received some bad news from the doctor and you aren’t sure if you can face the pain that is coming.
These are just a few of the troubles that you may be facing, You may be in a valley and it seems that no one could possibly comprehend the agony in your life. You may be at a place that you are ready to throw your hands up and quit. Usually when there is a time of misery, there is also a time of uncertainty that comes with it.
B. YOU MAY FACE A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY - v3b while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?