Saturday 8/31/13 Sabbath Day- Pastor Bryan sermon Sharing in the Psalms Psalm 84:1-12
Verse 10: One day in your courts is better than a thousand days
Verse 11: No good thing will He withhold.
Sometimes people reach the top of achievement and they are still empty. They deny it for a time. Just as Lance Armstrong was at the top of bike racing but was lacking. He was using enhancement drugs to win races. At the top but lacking! It happens all the time to common folk not just to celebrities like Michael Jackson and Miley Cyrus. At the top but lacking!
When you get to the top, there is noting there. Achievement fails to satisfy all the desires of the heart. They fail to fully satisfy the desire of our inner being. Many great goals, accomplishments can only satisfy some but not all of the desires of the heart. What is an Oscar winner going to do at home alone on a Friday night? Talk to the Oscar? The trophy?
God is an US=Father, Son, Holy Spirit. God is all about having relationships with us and our having relationships with other humans beings. God created us to live in community.
This desire is expressed in Psalm 84. >>>>
vs. 1-2 The desire for Godís place, His house and for God himself. Crying out for God, not caring what other people think. The Creator designed us for worship and relationship. God made us this way. The desire to know and be known. The desire to love and be loved. Church should be a place where you can come and let your hair down, be open and real.
vs. 4-6 Blessed are those who dwell in your house and will still be praising you. Life is made of heartaches, pains and junk that only God knows we are going thru. God will bless the man who has his strength in God. Blessed is this man who is passing thru bad experiences. He gets refreshed and strengthened in the Lord. Our strength is in the Living God. Step by step we move forward in the strength of the Living God. The Valley of Baca is the Valley of tears. The valley of tears and weeping that we must go thru deepens our desire to know the living God. There is value in our pain and in our trials or difficulties. It gives us a chance for empathy and understanding of what others with the same problem are going through or have already gone through. The valley of weeping serves to strengthen us when at first we thought it would destroy us. We choose to rely on God anyway!
vs. 10 A day in Godís court is better than a thousand. One day in Godís presence, with Godís people is better than a thousand days. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God-with no status, with no honor-than be in the tents of wickedness. Knowing God and worshipping Him is better than any other option. Period! The fool has said in in his heart that there is no God. This is a Lie! A Lie from Satan!
Five Reasons to Serve God
1) God is Sun=the source of light and heat
2) God is Shield = He is a protector of his believers, his children.
3) God will give Grace = mercy, favor with God
4) God will give Glory = He will be with us and in us.
5) God will not withhold any good thing from those that walk uprightly. God will give us good things because He has made a huge investment in us thru the crucifixion of his son Jesus Christ.
It is better to be a doorkeeper in the house of God that to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Blessed is the man that trusts in thee!