Summary: In spite of David’s circumstances, David found comfort in the safety of the Lord. David realized that nothing could ever destroy the relationship that he enjoyed with God. In Psalm 4 David acknowledged his safety was totally the work of God.
SAFE AM I
INTRODUCTION: David’s life was filled with pressure, pain, and persecution. In spite of the circumstances in which David found himself, David found comfort in the safety of the Lord. David realized that nothing could ever destroy the relationship that he enjoyed with God. In Psalm 4 David acknowledged that his relationship and security was not based on who he was or what he did. His eternal safe keeping was completely from God. He declared, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) This morning I want to assure those of you who have trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior that no matter what transpires in your life you are safe in Him. A chorus that we used to sing was “Safe Am I”. "Safe am I, safe am I, in the hollow of His hand. Sheltered o’er, sheltered o’er, with His love forevermore. No ill can harm me, no foe alarm me, for He keeps both day and night. Safe am I, safe am I, in the hollow of His hand." Truly today I am eternally safe.
I. I am safe because God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ for He alone has SAVED me.
A. John 6:47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
B. The sole condition for receiving eternal salvation from hell is faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who died a substitutionary death on the cross for man’s sin and rose from the dead (John 3:16-18; John 6:47; Acts 16:31). No act of obedience, preceding or following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, such as a commitment to obey, sorrow for sin, turning from one’s sin, baptism, or submission to the Lordship of Christ, may be added to, or considered as a part of, faith as a condition for receiving eternal salvation (Rom. 4:5; Gal. 2:26; Titus 3:5). This saving transaction between God and the sinner is simply the giving and receiving of a free gift (Eph. 2:8,9; John 4:10; Rev. 22:17). – (Grace Evangelical Society Affirmation of Belief (brochure), Grace Evangelical Society, Irving, TX)
C. John 10:28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
D. Two skydivers jump from a plane at 15,000 feet. Both are wearing parachutes. One of them folds his arms, ignores the ripcord, and says to himself: "I’m perfectly safe because of my parachute." He is still saying these words as he hits the ground. The other skydiver knows he will be safe only if he actually does something. He pulls the ripcord and lands safely. That is where all of us are today. Either we pull the cord and head for safety or we ignore the manufacturer’s instructions. Many people are falling rapidly with a closed mind. They gain speed as they seek peace and safety in the things that promise life with gusto while ignoring the "Manufacturer’s" instructions. Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). We may not agree with the manufacturer of the parachute. We may not like the color, the style, or the texture but it still is a fact, the ripcord is the only choice to avoid destruction. I can insist that is just too narrow and I don’t believe it will work. Then I can be "dead" wrong.