Gifts from the Father's Hand (Psalm 27:1-14)Simon Schrock, August 18, 2013
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Brother Simon was last with us at a prayer meeting where Arlen shared a devotional on a church that prayed for its
leaders. Later Ken requested prayer for the bishop and his wife. Little did we realize how much we would pray for
them in the next weeks.
1) Expectations of people are subject to disappointment
2) God wants to and is able to meet all of our needs
I Kings 9:26-28, 22:41-49, II Chron. 20
King Jehoshophat made peace with King Ahab and made plans to take a voyage to look for gold. God took action to
protect King Jehoshophat from this relationship by allowing his ships to be broken. This must have been a
disappointment to him. Sometimes life can be confusing when we see some people experiencing success but there
may be things that we don’t know about in their lives.
We need to look at God’s long range purposes. How do we respond when our expectations of other people are
unmet? Could it be that our expectations are based on selfishness or that scriptural principles are neglected?
Our expectations should be founded in God. We should value others as being created in the image of God. When we
can do this we will still value them when they disappoint us. We should also respect our authorities on the basis that
their authority is given to them by God.
It is so easy for us to look for joy in things, relationships, affirmation, or personal accomplishments but we will not be
satisfied in these things. Only God can give us real joy and lasting satisfaction. When we have nothing left but Jesus
we find Him to be enough and we will be satisfied.
We could ask the question, ‘Why are we given so much when we really don’t need it and when it won’t satisfy?’ Can
we view these gifts as blessings from the Father’s hand? They are not given to us to hold on to but to enjoy. God can
take them away any time he chooses.
Job lost everything he had including his wife’s support. Esther gave up security to become the queen. Many of us
have experienced loss through death, fire or accidents. In all this we can find security in the knowledge that God’s
hand is over us through it all. We may never know why God allows our ‘ship to be broken’ but we can know that God
is looking out for our good.3
How can we avoid failed expectations or avoid breaking our own ship? We need to look at our true motivation.
1The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 4One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. 5For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. 7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. 9Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. 11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (KJV)