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November 24, 2020 12:00 am
“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?” (Psalm 13:1).
Will fire, and she sure Bradley Junior welcoming you to another broadcast of the Baptist Bible. Our will be all will and in will and will will and in and in and in will and in and in and in will be continuing with our message from Psalm 13, entitled old Lord, how, pray that it will be a blessing to you with love to hear from you address your letter to the Baptist Bible.
Our Box 1737, Cincinnati, OH 45217 confuse one moment you're saying one thing and a little bit later you change your tune your sense of the mixed up, these are some of the dark, troubling, confusing thoughts to God's people may have baby talks about his enemies and David knew what was happening to me.
Saul was his perpetual enemy members of his own family became his enemy men that had fought with him in battle became his enemy.
They had a lot of enemies and say that that's not unusual. Isaiah had his enemies picked this message. The apostle Paul is 40 man map out where you bring to everywhere he went there with those who are seeking his life spent a lot of time as a prisoner while you may say thankfully I'm not in that state. I don't have a lot of identifiable enemies. I can't pick out very many of any and all that I know that are really standing in opposition to me you if you feel you don't know much about having opposition, let me remind you of this. There is one enemy we all have first Peter chapter 5 says that Satan is as a roaring lion, seeking whom he made about first Peter 58.
He is our enemy. Are we aware that we like to ignore it but we didn't forget about Satan is our adversary.
And what's he doing he's going about seeking whom he may devour.
Find someone who has not put all the whole armor of God. If you can find someone that's thinking incorrectly and entice them.
He wants to devour you want to devour you or your wife really believe that you know how important it is to put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and then David says how long sought to counsel in my soul seems to be trying to work out a solution to the problem that others nothing wrong with working out a solution. If it is a biblical one, but generally what happens and what it appears what's happening here with David when he says I take counsel a moment so say a word here about taking counsel in God's word. But at this point with all of these are false. All of these deep emotions. He says I take counsel in my soul, and even guilty that you take counsel, but what you do is sit down and think about it you think about where you are. You think about your problems and you come up with your own conclusion and sometimes it might be hard to give up I'm I'm struggling so long that are going I'm so tired of fighting the battle. I'm so tired of Satan hurting his fiery darts.
I'm so wary what's the use give up.
Maybe a lot of other wrong conclusions that are drawn. Let's remember these words. Proverbs chapter 3 verses five and six trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path in all your ways acknowledge him, trust in the Lord with all your heart, you don't want to be taking counsel in your own so trying to resolve things according to your confused state of mind and your disturbed emotions want to find your counsel in the Lord now having seen something of a solace complaint we seek is prayer. First of all, we noted the third verse that he is speaking to my God, consider and hear me oh Lord my God, how wonderful.
When you approach the Lord to know that you're not talking to God at a distance God who doesn't know your name or know your condition, you're talking to my God they could set on the 23rd Psalm the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
That's comforting in itself. The note is not just that the Lord is a shepherd in general. He's a shepherd. In particular, if your QC he is your shepherd and you can say the Lord is my shepherd the Lord is my God. And then as he speaks to his God. He says Lord, hear me hear me I need to be heard. I feel is been a long time since I've been able to pray in the sense that you have heard me and I I need your help. I need Lord, that you would hear me at this time. Think about the experience of Jonah. Jonah was attempting to run away from God and money warns that ship to go to Tarsus, rather than to go to Nineveh's thought was I want to be out of God's sight.
I really just want to go my own way and do my own thing.
I don't want to go where God is directed me so I just want to be separated from God. But I tell you the time the Lord rocked that ship with a great storm that he sent and it became evident that Jonah was that have to be thrown overboard for the ship to survive. Yet, a change of attitude.
Chapter 2 the book of Jonah verse one then Jonah prayed of the Lord gives God, there's the personal God once again Lord was his God. Jonah prayed on the Lord is God out of the fish's belly and said I cried by reason about afflicted under the Lord and he heard me out of the belly of hell cried. I and thou heard his my voice as I described his position in the belly of the great fish. I cried out of the belly of hell.
In other words, his state being away from the Lord was not a pleasant one. It turned into an experience of great misery. For thou hast cast me into the neat in the midst of the seas, and the floods compassed me about and all liabilities about waves Passover me. Then I said, I am cast out of my sight yet. I will look again toward thy holy temple. I feel that I'm cast out of his sight. The Lord is not looking favorably upon me, but I got nothing else to do. I'm down for the count is nobody else can help me yet will I look again toward thy holy temple verse seven when my soul fainted within me. I remember the Lord and my prayer came in under the skin to buy holy temple. His first thought was God surely will not hear a runaway preacher I'm on the wrong direction about the wrong thing. And God has sent this terrible storm because of my revenge and the disobedience. God will not hear me but I got only one option. There's only one thing I can do and that's called on the Lord and he and his prayer went all the way from the belly of the great fish into the ports of heaven in the throne room of glory and not hurting Angeles prayer and directed that fish are spewing out on dry land and he comes out shopping. Salvation is of the Lord. I want to know that we pray to such a God. The next thing he prays for, he says lighten mine eyes or get my eyes open so I can see things clearly. I realize in these days of darkness. In these days of spiritual coldness of these days when I have complained how long how long Lord will file forget me. Will it be forever. How long wilt thou hide my face from me. I got to the place and I don't see things clearly. Lord, lighten my eyes when Elijah was going to that terrible time depression just as soon been dead feeling like there was any used along a similar laugh.
Everybody else is about the need to mail the Lord's, and I've got 7000 yet and have about the knee. Elijah needed to be enlightened. He needed to have his eyes open. He needed to see some things he wasn't aware of and in our days of discouragement and depression we can get a distorted view on the dark side. Some people are specialist at that they can see something potentially dark in any situation if it if it's good today. Well you can't really enjoy because you know it can't last.
It was good today is surely going to be bad tomorrow and so they're constantly thinking about potential trouble and danger, and digging up things to worry about that. Here is Elijah so confused he can't decide whether he wants to live or die so confusing.
He thinks he's the only servant God has left the thoughts that you need to recognize about 7000 about the need that we think of the experience of Elisha and his servant but army had camped around they had concluded that Elisha was the problem he was revealing the secrets of the invading army.
They said we got a removing the servant looks out the window and everywhere I look cc of horses and chariots. And he says alas, my master, how shall we do, what's Elisha. Do we pray Lord open his eyes open his eyes so he can see his eyes were open, he saw chariots of fire. He saw angels encamp around. They were being guarded and protected what their protection and have angels and chariots of fire that God had sent. Yes, David is praying. Lighten mine eyes less. I sleep the sleep of death. I am able to go on, I'm going to ultimately come to the end about ways everyone please I'm but a step from like minds. Jeremiah needed that you find in the third chapter the book of Lamentations. After saying shout. I cried out anything about my prayer goes on to say, my hope is perished from the Lord maybe never said that you might've been close very close to saying what's the use the same like everything's wrong with me.
Nothing is right. Nothing is going right. Jeremiah the prophet of God actually made the statement. My hope is perished from the Lord.
What you need you need to have his eyes lightened his eyes open that he could see and he did. He was blessed of God quickly thereafter to say it's of the Lord's mercy that were not consumed their new every morning great is thy faithfulness when he got his eyes open so he could look back and see that it is been about God's mercy can come this far. It was only because the mercy of God that he had not been consumed says great is thy faithfulness, so it was with the disciples when they were on the ship and was a great storm and the look out across the waters and there was a figure moving on the water coming toward them and they cried out with our they needed to have their eyes opened and when their eyes were opened. They solve that it was Jesus, not some dreadful figure that they had to fear, not some creature coming to harm them, but the Savior that they love the one who can say, peace be still in the way and would cease to blow in the ship would rest peacefully on the pregnancy and then there were those disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus.
Their hearts were heavy stranger comes to walk with them and ask the question why are you so sorrowful. Firstly, did not know who it was. Their eyes needed to be enlightened and when their eyes were opened. They saw that it was the resurrected Savior and then they talked about what it was like when he first joined them walking along the road. They would walk hearts burn within us. There was something special about his presence. We couldn't see who it was. We didn't recognize him at first, but it was still wonderful to hear his voice and be in his presence and at times may we conclude that we are traveling a dark road all ourselves and yet the Lord walking with us but we haven't recognized we been looking inside, like David was taking counsel in our own soul. We been overwhelmed with our dark doleful thoughts for the very reason that we been sustained.
The very reason that we find a desire to come to the Lord once more in prior ask his help is that the Lord is traveling with us. Only we pray Lord like mine eyes that I may see and find the third part of the Psalm is the victory. The victory verse five says what I have trusted him by mercy, my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation trusted in the mercy of God and because of trusting in his mercy. I can rejoice. Is it not true with everyone of us matter what our struggles are being no matter how Satan has hurled his fiery darts, no matter how doubts have troubled us, must we not say that it's mercy that we stand in need of is not just mercy as a one-time experience when the Lord first date deals with us and calls us to himself. Do you not need mercy every day you leave never be a time that we can say Lord I made such progress on the longer need mercy know we needed we needed tonight when needed. In the morning. Hebrews chapter 4 verse 16 says let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. That's where we gain the victory victory doesn't come as we continue to wallow in our misery as we continue to condemn our self by looking back repeatedly to our past failures. It's only as we turn from them coming to confess our sins, asking for his forgiveness and realizing that we can come only to the throne of grace, and therefore what not to receive justice but to obtain mercy, and that mercy is ours through our Savior Jesus Christ find grace to help in the time of need is a transition here after talking about his deep trouble. After speaking of the things for which he prayed he says in verse five, but I have trusted in thy mercy, in spite of everything else that I have dealt with all that I've encountered.
I have trusted in thy mercies very similar to what we observed in Jones experience says I feel to be cast out of his sight yet yet once more when I look toward the holy Temple. Yes, I cut a real problem. Yes, the Lord is displeased with me, but yet I will look one more time, look toward thy holy temple Psalm 25 in verse six says.
Remember, old Lord by tender mercies and by loving kindnesses, for they have been ever of old by tender mercies five loving kindnesses. Sonos is gaining victory over the darkness, that which it passed, because he's trusting in the mercy of the Lord and secondly he says my heart shall rejoice in via salvation. Rejoice Jonah rejoice when it was delivered. He said salvation is of the Lord and we got rejoice to know that truth would not be horrible thing to consider that any part of the salvation of your soul was left to your own effort. But when you understand that salvation is of the Lord is bias free and sovereign grace of the same God that plaintiff is the same God that executed the same God that applied at the same.the consummated it's all of his free and sovereign grace.
We given the praise and the glory for and that gives us peace and joy as we travel here.
Yes, he says I will rejoice in thy salvation not only rejoice to believe that God has called us by his grace not only rejoice to believe that Jesus Christ died to put away our sin has purchased us, redeemed us not only rejoice to believe that heaven will be our home but rejoice in the deliverances income. Even now rejoice in the deliverances income from these dark seasons when there are moments we say all Lord how all that forget me. Yes there is not continuous night.
Weeping may endure for night but joy cometh in the morning, rejoice in the deliverances and then he says in the six verse I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. The Lord has dealt bountifully. Lord gives us assurance in spite of our weakness in spite of the doubts that we've had in spite of considering at times that God has not even looked upon us or remembered us that he is totally hidden himself and may have clean, gone forever. We find these words in Isaiah 49 verse 13 saying oh heavens and be joyful earth and break forth into singing the mountains for the Lord has comforted his people have mercy upon is afflicted saying his reasons are saying because of the mercies of God. Notice, but Zion said, the Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me in that what David said, the Lord hidden his face, Lord, for taking me this is a bad time. This is a dark day, but now verse 15 can a woman forget her sucking child that she should not have compassion on the son of a move. Yay they may forget, yet will I not forget the peers assurance David saying I feel like God is forgotten because it says here that even if a mother would forget her nursing child as preposterous as that seems to me after the mother doing it in our day. We see that happen from time to time but God that even if that happened will not forget the hold. I have grave in the upon the palms of my hands by walls are continually there's victory is ultimate victory.
There's victory for today Victor for tomorrow victory forever because the names of his people are graven from the palms of his hands.
How long how long the complaint is made.
Let's remember the next step of the Psalms, but wasn't prayer he turned to God. He spoke to his God, my God, he says to me like my eyes and when the deliverance comes, he gives thanks.
He praises God for his salvation and he sings he sings how this indicates it did not keep his joy to himself. He let others know about and we are to be ready when the Lord delivers us and blesses us to express our gratitude not only to heal but let others know the Lord is good and his mercy endures forever.
Today we brought to the concluding portion of the message entitled, old Lord, how long, if you would like to get the complete message on CD requested when writing this Baptist Bible power box 17, only 37, Cincinnati, OH 45217 two we could you next time.
This is Mr. Bradley Junior bidding goodbye and may God bless you and will and in all of and all