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WHY DO WE TAKE GOD’S PROTECTION FOR GRANTED?

21 Mar

“GOD’S PROTECTION OF HIS PEOPLE”

(Psalm 61)

Intro.

1.    Where do you turn in times of trouble? (To someone who cares, understands, helps).

a.    Brethren: One source of strength in times of trouble – Gal. 6:2; Phil. 2:4.

b.    God: Supreme strength of the saint – Heb. 13:6; 1 Pet. 5:7; 2 Tim. 4:16-17; 2 Cor. 12:7-9.

2.    2 Cor. 11:23-30 – We all must deal w/ troubles in this life — How we do so tests & reveals our faith in God!

3.    Psalms 61: Confidence in God’s protection (“Prayer of thanksgiving of an expelled king on his way back to the throne” – Absalom.)

4.    Psa. 61 – Why we can trust God’s protection.

 

I.    GOD’S PROTECTION OF HIS PEOPLE – v. 1-7.

A.    Prayer – v. 1-2.

1.    “Hear My Cry, O God” – v. 1.

a.     Shrill, piercing cry – Lament/petition (Lk. 22:44; 2 Cor. 12:8).

b.     “Attend” – Hear and answer it.

2.    God hears & answers his peoples’ cries – Jno. 9:31; Matt. 7:7-11; Lk. 18:1-8.

a.     v. 2 – Wherever we are.

b.     v. 2 – Whenever our heart faints.

c.     v. 2 – God is our refuge – 62:1-2, 6-8; 2 Cor. 12:9 (God’s grace sufficient!).

3.    Pray in times of trouble! – Heb. 4:16; 1 Jno. 5:14-15; 3:22 – With boldness! – (3:22 – Because we obey Him & do His will!)

B.    Refuge & Strength In Trouble – v. 3.

1.    He has been our refuge in the past:

a.     Against sin – Jno. 3:16; Eph. 2:1-5.

b.     Against temptations – Eph. 6:10-11.

c.     Against every enemy – Phil. 4:4-7.

2.    Trust Him in the present (fortress – v. 3).

C.    Divine Fellowship – v. 4.

1.    God’s tabernacle (Church – 1 Tim. 3:15).

2.    Eph. 2:6 – Heavenly places!

3.    1 Jno. 1:7 – Cleansing communion!

4.    v. 4 – Cf. birds protecting its young – Matt. 23:37.

D.    Spiritual Blessings – v. 5; Eph. 1:3.

1.    Heritage – Inheritance of those who fear God – Eph. 1:11; Acts 10:34-35; Eccl. 12:13.

2.    Our vow (conversion) & God’s blessings compel us to seek His care!

E.    God’s Mercy & Truth – v. 6-7; Psa. 40:11-13.

1.    Jas. 5:11 – God has pity toward our distresses.

2.    Psa. 119:25-32 – Truth strengthens us in sorrow & trials – When we obey it!

3.    God offers forgiveness, guidance, strength, comfort, etc. if we will trust His mercy & obey His word!

 

II.    RESPONDING TO THE PROTECTION WHICH GOD PROVIDES US – v. 8.

A.    Accept It!

1.    Trouble of sin: Obey gospel / Be restored to faithfulness.

2.    Trouble of doubt: Rom. 10:17.

3.    Trouble of temptation: 1 Cor. 10:13.

4.    Trouble of worry: Phil. 4:6-7.

5.    Go to God for the help only He can give!

B.    Praise God For His Protection – v. 8.

1.    Thank God for His deliverance – Phil. 4:4.

2.    Worship grows out of thanksgiving!

C.    Obey God Every Day – v. 8.

1.    Obeying God accesses His protection!

2.    Matt. 11:28-30 – Come to Christ for rest by putting on His yoke (Lk. 9:23).

        3.    Live by faith – 2 Cor. 5:7.

Conclusion

1.    God’s protection in times of trouble are available to all men.

a.    Become a Christian & be faithful to Christ!

b.    Christians live in God’s protective hand! (Jno. 10:27-29)

2.    Don’t take God’s protection for granted: Live in daily obedience & praise of our powerful God!

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