Summary: Psalm 36 shows us that a trustworthy God can satisfy our every need, if we will simply trust Him in everything.
Introduction: Read Psalm 36
I heard of a car bumper sticker that says, "Honk, if anything falls off." Does anybody feel that your life is like that sometimes?
I. God Is Trustworthy (verses 5-7a)
Look at verses 5-7a. Notice how the Psalmist compares the character of God to nature. He wants there to be no doubt left in our mind, God is trustworthy. He is trustworthy because in a way that no human being, no government or program, no amount of financial resources and assets, and no amount of personal achievement can, God is able to provide for our deepest needs.
"Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens..." God’s mercy means that He is dependable. The great and mighty of this world will let us down, but we can trust God. We know the song, "Great is Thy Faithfulness". "Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God, my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not; Thy compassions, they fail not. As Thou has been Thou forever wilt be."
"Your righteousness is like the great mountains..." God’s righteousness means that we can depend upon His holiness and His uncompromised integrity in all He does. Because of His righteousness, we know that God really has our best in mind.
"Your judgments are a great deep..." God is not passive. He is the Lord of action and His judgments reflect that we can trust Him to handle matters in His time and His way.
"How prescious is your lovingkindness, O God!" We can give God control of our life and trust Him to lead us right. Psalm 33:5 says, "He loves righteousness and justice: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord."
II. Man Trusts (verses 1-4, 7b)
Because God is trustworthy, our fitting response is to trust Him. "Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings." in Psalm 36:7b is just one of 50 occurences of the word "trust" in the book of Psalms. Without a doubt, trust is one of the greatest themes in the book of Psalms and the Bible.
What does it mean to trust the Lord? That’s where the title of the message comes in: "Trust Is More Than Skin Deep." It is not enough to say, "I trust the Lord" at the surface level. A case in point. Look at our money. From the penny to the $500 dollar bill it says, "In God We Trust." Yet, the love of money has kept thousands from trusting in God.
Look at this aluminum can of V8 juice (object in pulpit). My family thinks I’m wierd, because I drink V8 juice by itself out of a can, but I can always defend myself, because if thousands of other people didn’t do it, they wouldn’t sell it in small cans. If I rubbed this on my skin (or on my clothes), it wouldn’t do anything for me except to make an ugly mess. To receive its nutritional benefits I have to drink the V8 juice and get it inside me. The same is true with trust. Trust in the Lord has to come from something deep inside our soul. All that we are must be surrendered to the experience of trust for our faith to be vibrant. That’s why so many Christians live mediocre lives. They don’t really trust God. They’ve become use to going through the motions, and at the surface level they appear to fit in, but they don’t have real trust in their heart for the things of God. Are you on fire for God today? You can’t have a fire without it getting on the inside.
Trust is more than skin deep means we have to demonstrate that trust by surrendering everything to God each day. If we give God control of our life, it means that there are things we will experience that we will not understand, but praise the Lord, we can have confidence that God knows what’s going on.
Oswald Chambers wrote, "Trustfulness is based on confidence in God, whose ways I do not understand. If I did, there would be no need for trust." [Source: E-Prayer January 13, 1998]
Former NBC news anchor, John Chancellor, who died of cancer in July, 1996, commented in an interview before his death, "As I read somewhere, ’You want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans.’" [Source: Detroit News, July 13, 1996 ]
Some of us here today are going through difficult times. All of us will go through difficult times at some point. Be assured that whatever is happening to your plans, God loves you. He wants you to give him the opportunity to help you.