Sunday, November 22, 2015

Bless The Lord, O My Soul - Thanking God For A Hedged Life

Temple Baptist Church - 11-22-2015
Psalm 103:1-4


A.  We have been preaching on these verses for several weeks now.  What a blessing it is to sit back and take a look at the whole picture of our lives and know that we are blessed!  David had his share of problems, setbacks, disappointments, and failures but know that God had blessed his life from beginning to end.  Too often, we find the bad times the focus of our attention instead of the big picture.  Life is hard and short!

B.  David tells his soul, the seat of his affections, to bless the Lord.  In Bible College, we often said, “Bless the Lord anyhow!”  It may not be good English but it is good theology and advice.  God is good.

C.  David blessed the Lord for all of His benefits which included, up to this point, his great forgiveness of sins along with his good health.

D.  This morning, I want to look at verse 4: “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”  There are two things that I want you to notice in verse 4:

1.  The Lord Redeemed David’s Life from the destruction of sin.

2.  The Lord Replaced David’s Life with something far better.

E.  Here we find the wonderful results of God’s salvation.  I want to use a New Testament story to show what David is talking about.  In Mark 5:1-20, we find the story of the maniac of the Gadarenes.  The story of how the Lord saved a wretched, devil possessed social outcast.  What a beautiful picture of what our Lord did for us when we were saved. 

A.  A Pitiful Condition – The man in our story was in a terrible shape.

1.  His Place Of Residence – “tombs”  He dwelt in the land of the dead.

2.  His Spiritual Condition – “with an unclean spirit”

3.  His Social Standing – “no man could bind him, no, not with chains”  He was an outcast; a social misfit.

4.  His Fierce Countenance – “neither could any man tame him” 

5.  His Restlessness – “always, night and day…crying”

6.  His Self-destruction – “cutting himself”

7.  His Desire For Change – “when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him”

B.  A Providential Confrontation

            1.  Jesus Came To Where He Was – The Tombs

2.  Jesus Came To Him In Spite Of What He Was – Helpless, Hopeless, Hapless

3.  Jesus Availed Himself To Him As He Was – He Changed Him After Salvation

4.  Jesus Came Just For Him And Then Left Without Doing Anything Else – vs. 18

C.  A Personal Conversion

            1.  He Saw Jesus – He Knew Who He Was

            2.  He Came To Jesus – Ran, He Greatly Desired Him

            3. He Worshipped Jesus – He Knew What Was To Be Required Of Him

D.  A Prolific Change – vs. 7-18

1.  The Change Was Immediate – 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2.  The Change Was Drastic - 1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

3.  The Change Was Evident To Others - Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven
                        a.  He Caused The Unclean Spirit To Depart

                        b.  He Caused Him To Sit At The Master’s Feet

                        c.  He Caused Him To Put On His Clothes

                        d.  He Caused Him To Be In His Right Mind

                        e.  He Caused Him To Have A Desire To Follow

E.  A Purposed Commission – vs. 19-20 

            1.  He Was Told To Go To Those He Knew

            2.  He Was Told To Tell Of His Conversion

            3.  He Was Obedient To The Command

Conclusion:  The Lord saved him, changed him, and then filled his life with a new purpose!  The Lord never empties us with filling us.  I do not know where I would be had I not come the Christ but I do know that my life has never been the same thanks of Calvary.

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