Summer In The Psalms :
What God Does
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. 4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols. 5 O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. 6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[a]—you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. 7 Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: 8 I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.” 9 I have told all your people about your justice. I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know. 10 I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness. 11 Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me. 12 For troubles surround me—too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. 13 Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
14 May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. 15 Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” 16 But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The Lord is great!” 17 As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.
In the end, we must realize that God is the one with the perfect plan for – everything!
Robert Tallent, pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Concord, NC tell this story in one of his sermons: “close don’t count”
WE NEED FIXING
There was a barber in a small local town who had been the only
barber in town for years. Everyone went to this barber to get their hair cut. Then, one day a big hair salon franchise came to town and opened up shop. They advertised, "All Haircuts for $3.00"
Slowly, the barber's business began to dwindle. He just couldn't compete. In a last ditch effort to save his business, he hired a business consultant. The consultant spent a day pouring over the barber's books asking many questions. At the end of the day the barber asked the consultant, "So what do you think ? Should I close up shop?" The consultant said, "Not yet. I'll be back tomorrow."
The next day, the consultant showed up with a huge banner that he hung in front of the barber shop that said, "We Fix $3.00 Haircuts!"
That's what the world has done, sold out for a cheap price. We try to fix ourselves, and we are fixable, but it takes God.
David had the material and military means to conquer any problem, want or need. The problem was, none of them could fix sin and its affects. Only God can do that. And David finally figured that out. Thus, Psalm 40!