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Summary: A PSALM OF RENEWAL AND REVIVAL

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A PSALM OF RENEWAL AND REVIVAL

On the Sunday evening before special services dedicated to

renewal and revival, it is good to turn to one of the Prayers of David

and let him help us express and focus our need and our desire.

Psalm 40

This Psalm speaks both of "waiting" and of "seeking."

It is good and right to actively seek God, and most of the time

way we well may know how to go about seeking Him. But even when we

are seeking God, we need to admit that in reality God is the active

party in any genuine renewal. Before we sought God, He was seeking

us! Before we were thinking of Him, He was thinking of us! Our

renewal always begins when we decide to listen, to be quiet, to wait

for God, Who is already speaking.

David tells us that he waited patiently for the LORD; and God

turned and heard him. This Psalm is full of certainty and praise!

Incidentally David tells us what every believer needs to receive:

I. THE NEED FOR A FIRM PLACE TO STAND . . .

(2)"He ... gave me a firm place to stand." "He set my feet upon a

rock..."

There are some things that we know that do not need to be proved. But

in the profusion of learning, and the explosion of knowledge in our

day, many people have lost their spiritual certainty. And then they

cannot regain it by listening to the same people that introduced them

to God, because they are listening to human explanations, or

obscurantism, or anything except listening to God!

Still, however it is lost, it is a tragic thing to lose

spiritual certainty! It is a tragedy when all you have is a slippery

slope or a miry pit of destruction when you need solid rock on which

to stand! I’M TALKING ABOUT SPIRITUAL CERTAINTY! KNOW-SO SALVATION!

IS IT STILL POSSIBLE IN 1990?

I don’t know quite how to say this: I alluded to it in the

sermon this morning, in that Rev. Tom Nees says he never has to prove

God’s existence or the reality of sin in the ghetto. We would say in

our arrogance that the reason is because they are not as educated or

sophisticated as we are. ’If they knew all that we know, etc. ’

I’m glad for the study of epistemology, that study of how we

know. It is humbling to realize that even in the common ideas of life,

we hardly ever all see things the same, and probably none of us is

ever "right" about the details of the facts.

What this means is when I talk to you about GOD, and explain Him,

I can never be sure that (1) I am right, or (2) that you hear what I

say the way I meant it; or (3) that if you do what I say it will make

any difference in your life.

But there is all the difference in the world when God talks to

you through me, or by any means that He has at His disposal-- and you

are listening-- and when God gets through to you. When God speaks,

and you hear-- you can take it to the bank!

People who have been "talked into" cheap grace, and who never

"wait patiently for God" may wonder about the "knowing" aspect of

salvation. Call it a witness. or call it assurance, we need to know

God, and know that we know God. It is possible today! But we have to

get this firm place to stand on God’s terms!


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