Worship and salvation are the soul… Psalter covers every facet of life so as we worship through this divine hymnody, we find all that we need.
Worship and salvation are the soul of the church. Sacraments and discipline are its body. If worship and soteriology are the soul of the church, then the Psalms must be its heart. Luther called the Psalms the Bible within the Bible. The Psalter covers every facet of life so as we worship through this divine hymnody, we find all that we need. is a psalm of confidence. It is confidence not in ourselves but in our God. So if confidence in God is what you need, assurance and a stronger faith, then this Psalm is perfect for you. Learn it and lean on it often. This morning we want to learn Christian confidence.
is a psalm of confidence.
This morning we are going to learn how to have Christian confidence.
This morning we are going to learn how to have Christian confidence.
It begins with prayer .
Stress Protection : Its a short prayer, but don’t let that fool you— it’s a powerful prayer (short and sweet)
There’s the power of prayer… God knows… We are entirely under his care. We should have confidence in prayer, not in the words, short and sweet is fine; our confidence is in whom we pray our Almighty God and Faithful Father .
Simple Statement: Yawheh & Adonijah
Yawheh & Adonijah.
: “I say to Yahweh, ‘You are my Adonijah.’” Yahweh is God’s covenantal name. It’s the name of promise and fulfillment, “That I will be your God, to protect and provide for you and your children.” Adonijah is the title of authority and power as ruler of heaven and earth that is power over all things whether visible or invisible. Heidelberg Q26 asks, “What do you believe when you say, ‘I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth?’”
I trust him so much that I do not doubt…
I trust him so much that I do not doubt that he will provide whatever I need for body and soul and he will turn to my good whatever adversity he sends me in this sad world. He is able to do this because he is almighty God. He desires to this because he is a faithful Father.
This was David’s faith too .
Visible and Invisible Good (body and soul)
God is our complete Savior because he is a perfect refuge.
Now the question for us, Christian confidence is this: Do you believe this? Do you believe that “there is no good apart from you?” This means we are not good.
Affirm: “Without God I am no good?”
Really believing: you are nothing and need everything from God.
This is so important for Christian confidence, really believing that you are nothing and need everything from God. Do you believe that there is nothing good without God?
Do you believe that there is nothing good without God?
Lack assurance? (Does not love)
You think “there must be good in me” or else. But God alone is good. Alone is the key to learning Christian confidence.
Merit and Cooperation
We cannot earn God’s goodness because there is “no good apart from you.”
Free & Debtor
“I am the chief of sinners.”
“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.”
Remember this the next time you sin.
When that guilty… grace is not earned.
Its not about you. God’s love is what you find… His goodness is there… victorious… tempted to think… Its not about you. Its all about God for “I have no good apart from you.”
Here’s Christian Confidence (Not about you)
Worship is not about you either .
David’s delight was God’s people. Christians love the church. Why?
Because David could find nothing in himself to give to God, but to answer to his will found in the first Four Commands “to offer God acceptable worship with reverence and awe.”
God preserves us for worship. Christian confidence is found in worship and not in the “I” of worship. It is found in the God whom… not about you.
“I really worshiped today”
We most delight in worship, which means we must hate idolatry .
This idolatry is not the kind we expect.
Those today who let the world influence their worship multiply the same griefs. Notice here that David would not even “take their names on his lips.” … not because it’s sin… No, the stress here is the protection of worship. We must keep it holy. David would not even entertain… sola scriptura. David didn’t mess around with worship because our God is a consuming fire. Sorrows are still multiplied upon those who run after the world in their worship.
Here’s a rule
Idolatry is putting…
Idolatry puts you and your feelings, ideas, and commandments before God.
When you fail, don’t feel it in worship, forget it, and others fail too, then you lose confidence. Because your confidence was not in God.
Brainwashed: feelings matter; that prosperity is key; that its all about you. No, there is no good apart from you.
Christian confidence is found in worship that is acceptable to God.
The movements so far have been liturgical… prayer, profession… repented… now expresses his confidence in God alone . This is a declaration of pardon. Its assurance that God loves and cares for us Psalm16:6a. God was good to David. God blessed David with many benefits and good gifts . The blessings of the Lord are good, but the best thing came first. David’s ultimate confidence was found in the Lord himself .
When all is lost, at the end of life we will have only this— The Lord.
Liz’s Father (shrugged it all off)
For Christ is our portion and our cup, his body…
Here is where our confidence ultimately rests in God. Our confidence is not in prayer. Its not in faith. Its the God we worship. Our confidence is God . The Psalm begins with grace and David ends his day, at night under that same grace. The Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path to God . The key to Christian living is trust in the Lord. This is the Christian life: daily prayer, daily catechism to raise your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, long hard work week that begins with weekly worship then you die. Throughout these movements there will be prosperity and we thank the Lord in our daily prayers. There will be a lot of adversity and here we patiently trust the Lord. This is the Christian life and our confidence is this, “there is no good apart from you.” The good life is the peace of mind that God is in control . True security rests not in the flesh, “Mo money mo problems.” Burden yourself with the world and you will multiply cares and fears. Its the way of the world: Will I have enough retirement? Will I have enough toys? Have I seen enough of the world? I need more money, more titles, more and more and its never enough. Work hard, trust the Lord, and forget about it, “I have no good apart from you.”
Here is where our confidence ultimately rests in God. Our confidence is not in prayer. Its not in faith. Its the God we worship. Our confidence is God . The Psalm begins with grace and David ends his day, at night under that same grace. The Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path to God .
Trust in the Lord. This is the Christian life: daily prayer…
“there is no good apart from you.”
The good life is the peace of mind that God is in control . True security rests not in the flesh, “Mo...” Burden yourself with the world and you will multiply cares and fears. Its the way of the world: Retirement? Toys? World? Titles? More and more and its never enough.
Work hard, trust the Lord, and forget about it, “I have no good apart from you.”
. David knew he would die. He knew he would see corruption that his body would decompose for “dust you are, and unto dust you shall return.” This is gospel.
God did not abandon Jesus Christ. Why? The answer is our confidence. The gospel is… Christ took refuge always in his Father in heaven… delight in the saints… (). He avoided false worship… Jesus had a vital relationship with his Father and could do nothing of his own accord (). The Father was his portion, the source of all his blessings, and the one who gave him counsel. Because his whole life was focused on doing the will of the Father, he was not shaken. Even in the Garden of Gethsemane… Christ fulfilled every command of God but this, “to dust you shall return.” He did not return to dust. Disobey?
Christ is our only good before the Father. In Christ, we have free access to the Father.
Our death is now a door to heaven.
In Christ we have confidence in life and in death. Death will eventually come to us all. Yet the sting… no longer a terminal threat, but a place of confidence that we will pass on from this sinful age to be with God forever. So our Confidence is . Christian confidence is found when you realize that you are not your own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death to your faithful Savior Jesus Christ and that there is no good apart from him.