Sermon 15-6-21

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Psalm 4:

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me [when I was] in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long will ye] love vanity, and seek after delusions? Selah. But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. [There be] many that say, Who will shew us [any] good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time [that] their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Commune with your own heart in the temple, no … upon your bed!

The bed is a Holy Place! Jacob cursed Reuben, not because the latter had had sex with one of his concubines, but because he defiled the bed, not the woman!

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

Stand in awe: we all know the feeling of awe, or do we? When we enter a magnificent building, when we are on top of a mountain, but this is, stand in awe of God! When by the mercy of God our daily problems and challenges seem to fade into nothing?

Sin not: don’t love vanity, Arab race horses or fast cars or anything else to make your neighbour jealous. Don’t love delusions! Don’t love this object of worship:

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Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still: So the instructions from God come through your own heart, if you stand in awe and commune with God.

Do you sometimes feel like strangling somebody, or just like bursting out smashing everything to pieces?

Trusting in God is just not doing that, but following His Commandments. So do you need to study the Bible up to the last little detail? No, When Jesus was asked which is the great commandment in the law, he answered (Matt. 37 to 40), ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’ And he added, ’On these two commandments hang all the law and all the prophets!’ In other words, you don’t have to study all the small print. These are the most important commandments and, if you observe them, God will lead you along the right path.

2. Cor. 3: 6: The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life!

I found it helpful, when I feel like exploding, to sit back and ask myself, what would Jesus have done?