Summary: IN THIS SERMON, WE A THERE IS A STATEMENT OF CONFIDENCE, A STATEMENT OF CONTINUATION, AND A STATEMENT OF CONTENTMENT.
THE DAYS OF MY LIFE
David wrote this most famous of all of the Psalms. As you know, a Psalm is a song, and this song has topped the charts for over 2500 years. It is the best known Psalm, the best loved Psalm and the most quoted Psalm.
This whole psalm is a sermon that is evidently delivered by a very unusual preacher. It is a sermon delivered by a sheep.
There are some unusual preachers in the Bible. One time a rooster preached a sermon. He preached that sermon to Simon Peter. The Lord said, "You’ll deny me." Simon Peter said, "I won’t deny you." The Lord said, "Before the rooster crows three times you will
deny me." When the rooster crowed, that rooster preached a sermon to Simon Peter.
A donkey preached a sermon one time to a man named Baalam. The Lord opened the mouth of a donkey and that donkey preached a sermon to Baalam. To be honest with
you, I would rather hear a donkey than some liberal preachers I’ve heard preach along the way.
Here is a sermon that is preached by a sheep. I’m referring, of course, to David who had been the great shepherd king of the children of God. Now, he has placed himself in the role of a sheep.
David is a sheep. He belongs to the Lord. Now, he is coming to the conclusion of a year in the life of a happy sheep.
I-NOTICE THERE IS A STATEMENT OF CONFIDENCE:
He begins by saying, "Surely..." the word, surely, is a word of affirmation. It is an exclamation point. He is not saying-maybe. He is not saying-perhaps.
A-INVOLVED IN THIS SURETY IS A PAST LOOK:
As we look back over our all the days of our life, we can look at life as being something positive or as something negative. We can look back with regret or with rejoicing. It all depends on what we look at. There are those who see the glass half full and others who see it half empty.
Two men looked through bars
One saw mud
The other saw stars.
Two men were traveling together on an airplane. One was taking a nap and the other was busy working on a crossword puzzle. He nudged his napping friend and asked, "What is a word with three letters, with the letter O in the middle, meaning, man’s best friend?" His friend mumbled, "Dog." But "dog" didn’t fit. He worked at the puzzle a little longer and then said, "The last letter is D." Even with the two letters OD in a three letter word describing man’s best friend, they never did think of the first letter as being G.
Well David knew God for he had experienced Him in his past life. He had experienced the mercy and goodness of God in his life.
When I say Union Springs Baptist Church has good cooks, I know because I have experienced their cooking and by the way I evidence it too.
David too had experienced and evidenced God in His past life, and this gave him confidence to live out his life in the Lord. . (WE CAN SAY DO IT AGAIN LORD)
B-INVOLVED IN THIS SURETY IS A PROSPECTIVE LOOK:
David is pointing toward the future. He is saying no matter what the problem might be, there is a promise to overcome it.
I read the story of a preacher’s mother who had died. As he opened her Bible, he found three things in the margin of Psalms 23; (1) the secret of a happy life (2) the secret of a happy death (3) the secret of a happy eternity-THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD
II-NOTICE THERE IS A STATEMENT OF CONTINUATION
all the days of my life
All the days, not some, part of, or almost all, but all of my days.
A-THERE IS THE VARIETY OF THOSE DAYS:
The sheep went through some difficult days, and so will you and I. We can’t say what those day will bring.
(1)It Might Be Discouraging Days
Have you ever had those down days? The sheep did for sometimes it would cast, that is, it would roll over on it back and couldn’t get up until the Shepherd helped them back up
In this computer age, it’s easy to begin feeling like a number instead of a person. We are identified by our social security number rather than by our name Such impersonal methods may cause some people to feel a lack of significance. They may even conclude, "No one cares for me." But that’s not true. Jesus cares. In fact, He knows everyone by name.
We never need to feel disappointed like the young British student who thought the king had slighted her. When Edward VII, the King of England from 1901 to 1910, was visiting a city to lay the cornerstone for a new hospital, thousands of school children were present to greet him and to sing for him. Following the ceremony, the King walked past the excited youngsters. After he was gone, a teacher saw one of her students crying. She asked her, "Why are you crying? Did you not see the King?" "Yes," the young girl sobbed, "but the King did not see me." King Edward couldn’t have taken notice of each child in that throng. But we are never overlooked by Jesus, for He gives individual attention to every one of us.