Greetings brothers and sisters in the Lord!
The Israelites had a faith similar to ourselves. They had a strong faith when things are going along smoothly, but weaker faith when trouble came their way. God does have some instruction about how to resolve that kind of thing.
In August I’ve preached on some ways that God has provided for us to alleviate or at best soften that human condition. It’s the carnal fleshly tendencies with its (not fully yielded to the spirit of God) attitudes that can get in our way.
It’s that fear factor that comes into play when we’ve lost a job, sadness and grief when a loved one passed, feeling weary and tired too often, or even just feel plain exhausted with the state of affairs in the world. What do you do when you don’t feel like praying or going to church?
In Psalm 107, many of the verses are like this. 1“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 6Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 8Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds.”
So there’s a cycle in the lives of believers. We recognize the situation we’re in (and it doesn’t feel good!), we cry out to God, have a talk with Jesus and tell him all about our
troubles, and then God delivers us, and we give thanks.
In the Psalm 50, we can see some conditions that are necessary for deliverance. Reading verses 14, 15, and 23: 14“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, 15and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” 23Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.”
The condition for deliverance is this—honoring God in worship through praise and thanksgiving and fulfilling our vows. Giving God a thanksgiving of praise no matter what’s going on.
Fact is, we don’t always feel like giving God praise and thanks or fulfilling our vows. Our faith can be like the Israelites. Up and down—just like a yo-yo. Maybe your life circumstances have placed you in a difficult position, maybe you lost a job or you’ve separated from your spouse.
Sometimes we don’t feel like worshipping God. We can be moody and our heart isn’t in worship that day, but fact is, our entire lives should be a thank offering to the Lord. And we do that by fulfilling our vows to the Lord; this is the way out of our trouble. This is the way to honor the Lord and glorify God; this is the way of deliverance that the Lord has provided for us.
The way to deliverance in a time of trouble is to worship and give a thanksgiving of praise despite your circumstances. To engage the heart, to bow our hearts and minds regardless of how we feel. To give financially, to be grateful for the salvation of God, to serve and praise Him despite
how we feel; it’s called the sacrifice of praise.
Reading Psalm 50:1, God “The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.” God calls us and all the earth. 4He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 5“Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
We, the people of God, praise our Savior and Lord in all times of trouble. Yes we are a peculiar people God says in 1 Peter 2:9. That means we’re valuable and precious in his sight, and we’re to demonstrate the goodness of him who has called us out of darkness and into his amazing glorious light so we might declare his wonderful deeds.
As Psalm 107: 2 proclaims, we’re to tell our stories! For we are a multitude of people who have a common descent because Christ lives in us, working on our behalf, guiding and providing for us as He calls and gathers us together!
It takes effort to express genuine and authentic worship. God wants to inspire the faithful in his direction so that our hearts might be engaged. It’s this faith that God has measured out to us that causes us throughout the week to become a living sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise.
We don’t always feel like praising and honoring God but we must! As the apostle Paul says, we are “living sacrifices” And Paul begs us, “…in view of God’s mercy, to offer [our] bodies, our whole beings, as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship” (Rom 12:1).
Grace and peace to all, Pastor DD