Summary: This sermon is about the wonderful promise of the Lord . It reveals the various circumstances in which this promise is applicable namely 1. CONNECTION 2. COURAGE 3. CONFIRMATION 4. COMPLETION 5. COVENANT 6. COMMANDMENTS 7. CONTRITION
THE LORD WILL NOT LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU - 7 FOUNDATIONS FOR OUR FAITH AND CONFIDENCE
THE LORD WILL NOT LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU
The Lord will not leave us or forsake us .He will be with us as He was with our fathers .He will stay with us and cause our hearts to turn towards Him and be connected with him. His presence with us develops an intimacy and a closeness with Him . As a result our hearts are drawn towards Him and we develop a lifestyle that is pleasing to Him.
"Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.
May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us.
May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors.
And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need,
so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other.
And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time."
Psalm 22:4-5 ,24
In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
The Lord will not leave us nor forsake us. This gives us the courage and confidence to face any forces that may rise against us . He will be with us in times of danger and opposition and cause us to triumph over our enemies. David had this courage and confidence when he faced Goliath. Because the Lord is with us we need not fear about what man may do unto us.
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?"
Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David.
He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.
He said to David, "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?" And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
"Come here," he said, "and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals! "
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands."
The Lord will not leave us nor forsake us . He will confirm and fulfill the promise He has given to us . Just as He was with the people of Israel until they entered the promised land He would be with us until we inherit the promises He has given to us . His promises do not fail and will be confirmed by Him. He will not leave us nor forsake us until we enjoy the fulfillment of His promises.