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March 22, 2020 12:00 am
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3)
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We use the first part of the message entitled the first church we would use the second half of that message later time. But today I want to bring you the first part of the sermon I preached. Cincinnati primitive Baptist Church last Sunday morning. It is entitled help in trouble.
Concerned about the coronavirus is on everyone's mind. I think it important to remember that our help in this trouble is in any trouble is in the Lord.
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We look forward to hearing from you. I ask that you pray not only that the Lord will bless our leaders bless this country in this difficult time. But bless this effort to get out the message of God's sovereign grace. You can help us with the support of the program was certain it will be thankful for. This is a time of trouble around the world. The coronavirus is infected thousands, and many have done present trump is declared a state of emergency for the United States. The present is also called for national day of prayer, stating we are a country that throughout our history has look to God for protection and strength in times like the live recognize this day and had to special prayer in our service. We need help. Our country needs help. Our leaders need help the nations of their need help from a subject is help in trouble read from Psalm 46, beginning with verse one. God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, the waters their roar and be trouble, though the mountains shake with the swelling there safe. This passage is talking about big trouble. The coronavirus is a problem. It's a trouble were concerned about, but it doesn't compare with what's described in this passage.
If the mountains should be carried into the sea. If the earth is trembling and shaking. Remember a few years ago was a minor earthquake on the Sunday evening when we were having service. Interestingly enough people on one side of the building felt that the people of the other side did not and the ones it didn't feel it were curious about the people on the other side of. Suddenly to have some bit of anxiety. Talking to people who have been in more severe earthquakes. You can just imagine what uncertainty is felt when the earth itself attempts to shake beneath.
This is talking about mighty change, the earth being removed, the mountains being carried in the midst of the sea, the waters roaring read everything about the salami figures back that took the life of so many people in another country. But all this is a reminder. God is our refuge, a very present help in trouble. So let's think about the scope of trouble.
First of all, considering the source of in the garden of Eden. There was no, there was peace there was no sickness, no disease, no virus, no death. It was a beautiful paradise, but after seeing after Adam willfully transgress the commandment of God that you're not perfect. This forbidden fruit. The consequences came said that the woman would bring forth children with pain said the man as he works in close that the ground would be cursed and would bring forth forms and thistles. This is the beginning of trouble they were driven from the garden to face suffering, disease storms, floods, and death all of it came as a result of sin, and so the Scriptures make it perfectly clear that we need not be surprised when we encounter treatments of whatever sort they might be the book of Job, chapter 14 verse one says man that is born of a woman is a few days and full of trouble full of trouble read certain places in life.
What you say I can certainly relate to that text is not just a ordinary troubles in the face from time to time, but right now she got the piling up all kinds of troubles of the word trouble speaks of being in a tight place of being in a corner and unable to get out other kinds of troubles in Old Testament times, many of them sent as judgment from God because of sin in Noah's day there was a worldwide flood destroyed all the inhabited earth save the eight souls were in those when Moses appeared before Pharaoh and all not have said let my people go. Pharaoh said who is the Lord that I should obey him one by one, God sent the 10 plagues on that country. I was follows lives disease in the River turned to blood darkness haunted with the final of the death of the firstborn plan was devastated and ultimately Pharaoh's army was drowned in the depths of the sea and Pharaoh came to recognize. Yes, God is on the throne. So the first is asking the question who is the Lord that I should obey him. He found that in all those who take that view will one day discover who God is, God rained hailstones down on the Amorites when they were fighting against Joshua children, multitudes, he sent a plague on the Philistines when they captured the ark of the covenant decided it was best to get rid of this art because it was causing them nothing but trouble epidemics and pandemics can indeed be judgment from God would not be surprising if God would send worldwide judgment.
Considering that here in our country that thousands of babies are put to death while still in the mother's womb. That society has come to reject God's she should think plan for what marriage to be that there are many with that attitude, represented by Pharaoh who is the Lord that I should obey his judgment came. We couldn't be surprised, but the same time we have to be careful not to pass judgment ourselves person I say about this country is certainly suffering because of this Internet sin or this individual is having a tough time and God must be dealing with may not necessarily the case. Job was an upright man, yet he met with terrible terrible troubles and his friends and came to advise him were mistaken. They had the idea that if Job would just confess something dark sin that things could be better but it was within the sovereign purpose of God to bring these afflictions into the life to. He was teaching Job, something he was teaching something all of us because his experience recorded in the pages of Scripture is of great constructive value to us today when there was some speaking to Jesus about the fact that the tower sound fell upon 18 so, and there were those who were offering sacrifices to God that they were slain and their blood was mingled with the sacrifice that these people were imagining that they must be more wicked than anybody else in what was Jesus response is is activity, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. So it is to be acknowledged that God does sometimes have done it in the past will do it yet. Sin judgment because of sin, but stopped short of passing your own personal judgment to decide exactly what God is doing and why an individual or a particular country might be suffering all kinds of plaintiffs have brought trouble down to the years, not only in Old Testament times, but in 1665. There was a great plank that hit the city of London, England. Many were dying. They were fleeing the city for fear that they would die, but the Puritan preachers remained in the city and visit the sick and buried today was a very difficult time. Indeed, but God blessed his servants to be an example in those dark days.
Spurgeon had not been in London very long he came there as a young preacher and shortly after he arrived in the year 1854. The color claim broke out on a daily basis. He was visiting the sick and preaching funerals.
The city reached the point that he was physically and emotionally exhausted, wondering how I could possibly go on, but he found the promise in God's word that gave encouragement.
Turning to the Lord. He had the strength to continue and so it was a dark time and yet one in which God used his faithful servant to be able to minister to those around him in 1918, the churches of Washington DC had to content, discontinue services during the outbreak of the Spanish flu so the fact that these epidemics pandemics plaintiffs troubles come upon us. It's not something new.
It's not something to be started about as though this is never occur that we think about this current crisis was a crisis with much uncertainty there is uncertainty about how the virus is transmitted. I think it's appropriate that we tried to heed the warnings that are given and conduct ourselves in a conservative way. I will admit that having to give up.
Handshaking is tough with Fargo, found that here this morning's have waived it. Some of you instead of shaking. I handshaking is a long-term Baptist tradition so that that's hard to avoid. Lately we want to be safe and express our ratings in some other form. We want to do everything we can to comply with any regulation expressed by the government that is realistic and doesn't violate their religious liberties so there is much uncertainty. Uncertainty about how long the sling will last. That's one thing that always causes a degree of anxiety summarizing the women you over. Nobody knows somebody comes on the TV and says well I believe there will be at least 100,000 cases in the state of Ohio.
Nobody can tell how many cases are going to be how long is the last and so as people tried to pose as experts say often and to the concerns and anxiety that already exist. In fact, many in the media reflect their personal prejudices as they give report of what's happening and do so to really generate anxiety crisis with far-reaching effects schools being close some businesses being close companies that normally have their people traveling say there's no more travel, airlines cutting back dramatically on the number of flights that they are operating people.
In some cases are being asked to work from home jobs. Therefore, being affected major sporting events being canceled. It's possible there could be some permanent changes as a result of what's occurring now. We decided to stop necessary for providing be in the office everyday might be decided at some of the travel was thought to be so important and really necessary.
Like the some changes far as how schools are conducted, all that is uncertainty which we can only say yes this is a unique time, a time of special trouble with the stock market going down and fitters because a lot of anxiety with many may bring about long-term changes is Fars investments are concerned how businesses done the marketplace, but considering the scope of the trouble. Let's think about the source of help, however, recognizes that it's not in man to bring about total solution work for men to do with thankful for those who are working to find a cure and understand that there are at least two laboratories at feel that there close to having some medication that would help and we pray that they will be successful but ultimately our help is not in man. Jeremiah chapter 17 verse five thus saith the Lord cursed be the man that trusted in man and make of the flesh his arm, and whose heart departed from the Lord. Get the idea that because men are wives incapable that we rest upon them were already worn here in Scripture that that's not the case for trusting man, rather than trusting God. Trouble the old hymn phrases like this plan will not stand for Jesus stand in his strength alone. The arm of flesh will fail you.
He dare not trust your Proverbs chapter 3 verses 3 to 6 trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on the vine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path acknowledge him come before the Lord, admitting our lack of wisdom, lack of strength lack of ability to conquer whatever the problem that we are dealing with. Whether it be this dreadful virus, or whether the personal individual problems and troubles that you may be dealing with at the present time trouble of this magnitude brings us face-to-face with the fact that we we are weak and frail creatures that boasting is certainly out of order that man boasting in his own wisdom in his own strength in his own accomplishments is empty thing. This shows how everything the world can be affected all kinds of public gatherings and events, and travel everything all the sudden change goes a little virus that you can even see where frail creatures life is fragile but help is in God personally emphasize the point that he is able to handle the match what we find in this Psalm, verse one says God is our refuge and just as the Psalm starts with God and ends with God. Verse 11 says the Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge and that's reassuring the God of Jacob is our refuge. The Lord of hosts is with us a refuge refuge is a shelter place of protection when it seems everything is falling apart, sometimes it doesn't take a pandemic like we're facing at the moment they like your world personally is falling apart. You could have trials, troubles, sicknesses, difficulties in your own life or just one thing after another seemed to go wrong. It's a it's just a regular feel like it's all falling apart, but were talking about a refuge, a hiding place, a place of protection place. When you go when you feel like everything is falling apart. Psalm 63 verse 11. God has spoken once plaintiffs have heard this, let our along with on to God talking about the fact that God is able to help. He's able to help because belongs to God.
He is the sovereign ruler of heaven and earth.
There is no storm that can range. There is no, they can fall out of the sky. There is no virus that can go on a rampage that God's control to know that God moves in range is RC Sproul often said, if there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose totally free of God's sovereignty than we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled." Not a single molecule running free. God is in control. Not only is God able to help because of his power because of the sovereign majesty because he is working all things after the counsel of his own will, is willing to help if willing to be described in this Psalm as being a present help help ticket sector distance you can't reach them. Sometimes approximate said to you have ever needed help, only in you, and they were available or they couldn't help you anyway but God is a very present Psalm 68 verse 33. To him that riders upon the heavens of heaven's which were of old, low keyed of sin out his voice and that a mighty voice. You get the sense that is more since my divorce.
Think about it was about his voice that he created the heaven and earth is a B light and there was light. He created man from the dust of their reason into his nostrils the breath of life he became a living soul.
So he rides upon the heaven of heavens he send out his voice and that a mighty voice prescribed me strength onto God's excellency is over Israel and his strength is in the clouds.
Oh God, thou art terrible out of the holy place, the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people blessed me in my divorce. He has all power. Nothing too hard for the Lord.
He was working his will and accomplishing is purposely looking at first people is exalting his name giveth strength and power to his people to come before him, admitting our weakness. We need help. We need your strength.
We need his power.
We need his grace and in him in trouble. This is indeed a time of trouble. Something far beyond anything we've experienced before. But God is still on the throne. He's the sovereign ruler of heaven and earth.
He is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble. If you would like to get this complete message on CD requested when writing this send until next week.
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