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July 10, 2020 9:00 am
Why did you choose me as your servant or something you need me to do know I chose you, that you may know and believe me and understand I am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior. We are not chosen because God needed something for us to do were chosen because of something that God wants us to understand and wants us to testify to the job becomes routine in the rush of printing the clock getting the kids to soccer getting dinner on the table. We find ourselves hungry for more. For bigger purpose deeper meaning in our lives today on Senate life pastor JD Greer describes the only thing still that desire the conclusion of our series club question everything titled this message from Psalm 57 does my life have a purpose knowing that God has a purpose for you, would transform you see everything in your life transform how you see the resources and the blessings of God is given you transform how you interpret your pain and your difficulty and convenience.
So the question is how can you discover the purpose that God has for you got a Bible open it. Super. Psalm 57. I will give you three things from the song, but I think you can learn about your purpose from how David talks about his number one number one God has a purpose for you, but it's not about you got is a purpose for you is not about you.
You can see that in the refrain today because back to again and again. The only request that he makes. Would you be exalted in and through the situation. The ultimate purpose of your life is not about you. David says that the reason that God continues to work in his life is for the glory of his name. Psalm 23 which we quote a lot of funerals is a little phrase that most people never really looked at Psalm 23, three. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. What is the ultimate purpose that God has for us now bringing him glory.
That's why he created you. If why he saved you. So Paul would tell us that in everything we do. Even something mundane like eating and drinking. We should do all of it, to the glory of God will feel urgent and JI Packer said in a little book that has to have the worst name of any book I've ever read hot tub religion says this. It's a good thing. Nonetheless, he said if it is right for man to have the glory of God as his goal to be wrong for God to have the same goal. If man can have no higher purpose than God's glory. How can God if it is wrong for man to seek a lesser end in this minute will be wrong for God to the reason it cannot be right for man to live for himself as if he were God is because he is not God. However, however, is not wrong for God to seek his own glory because he is God and he wanted a creation that was centered in love. So he gave us the brush and said you put in the center. This creates a pencil. We took the brush and we painted in not God. We painted in ourselves. We, so I will be the center to be the boss to be the point I'm to be in charge. That's what we now call sin. That's what you look at a picture is got multiple people in it. The first thing that you do is you look for yourself in that picture.
And if you look God then it's an awesome picture right and everybody else looks terrible but you look good. It's awesome everybody else. It's great you look bad. It's a terrible picture and it kind of a metaphor for how you think about life, life good for utilize good like a good for everybody else were not human life is not good in God's not fair.
Even in our religion, even our religion how we approach God were self-centered to summarize some of your prayer lives didn't didn't didn't didn't didn't God help me God hurt her. God smite her. Would you please help everyone to behave the way that I need them to behave.
My life is also a God you listening to this on the center on the point you make it work for me and got Doug do that we get angry well is talk about how God pursued his glory. After we rejected him.
What you do what you do in your prize creation hijacks the rest of your creation and makes it about damage that you do we know what governments in Jesus's day.
Had a really simple answer that question, you crush the rebels. What did Jesus do when we had flaunted his glory, they come down to crush us set up an arc of triumph in heaven and have angels sing songs about how quickly he destroyed us what it quality so you Philippians 260.
Jesus was in the form of God, didn't count equality with God a thing to be held onto know he made himself nothing, taking the form of a sir he did what. What he didn't play the God part.
He lived as a servant, and he humbled himself by becoming a be the point of death, even death on a cross. Instead of crushing the traders he offered himself out to be Christ by threadbare sin for their treachery as they taunted him most of us would have a hard enough time dying for a friend, but now here he is dying for his enemies the traders as they spit in his face and they mocked him. In other words, God says you paid in the outer picture you shove me to the side rebelled against me and so here's what I'm to do so. You could almost hear Paul yelling is not worthy to receive glory from you. He's twice worthy of your glory is why, for the record want to sort creator and secondly as your Savior. Listen, you will never understand your purpose until you get that that is not about you with the sickness it's in your life. But it's not about you. What that missed opportunity. That's not about you. What if that difficult relationship is not about you. What this chapter of singleness is not about you.
What if it's about giving God glory you see many of you are at a place where you want to get God back into your life. Some of you need to have what we call around here a Copernican revolution of the soul never seventh grade science class. Copernicus was the guy that figured out that the earth was not in the middle of the universe. Up until that point I looked up the sky and soul movement but will clearly work the middle. Everything rotates around us and Copernicus said not so actually the son is in the middle of our soul system.
We rotate around it. You need that's called a Copernican revolution in astronomy, you need to have a Copernican revolution of the soul.
We realize that Jesus did not come to VB a very important planet in the orbit of your life. He came because he was the center and you're out of orbit.
That's why your life is falling apart and you'll come back to him by getting into orbit, but by putting at the center. God has a purpose for you to.
He has a purpose for you, but it's not about you.
Number two God has a purpose for you and is mostly about what he's doing in you got is a purpose for you and is mostly about what he's doing in you, she God is more interested in your character than he is your comfort.
You know I get along as you live here in earth, as 100 years to live in eternity.
100 trillion years and that's it to be the first day so what's going on down here is a warm up at what's going on up there.
This whole life is a warm outback for eternity. That's why he's mourned your character to that last forever. Not your comfort… For a moment. That's what he's more interested in your holiness, because that last forever that he is your temporary happiness. Notice how many times in verse one David talks about his soul finding refuge in God to your my refuge in the senator we got take refuge with a little, riddle here, because where is David's refuge was hiding in the cave that looks like is refuge for Davis a note.
This cave is not my refuge, David's army is not his refuge souls armies 10 times bigger than his army. David skill. The slingshot is not his refuge. He is pretty good at slingshot. Certainly not down a giant or two and I got 10,000 soldiers in front of him.
That's not a good refuge.
It was not in David's innocence. Usually he's crying out to God for mercy as I got up imperfect. You owe this to me. He's crying out for mercy, which means that he understands that he is messed up his refuge was in God's steadfast love and grace that is the cave he went into that is the rock of ages. He anchors himself to. That's where he lives down to sleep in God's steadfast love and mercy.
David perceives that God's purpose in all of this is to teach David to make his presence and his mercy is refuge. Listen, that is God's purpose for you to see God's purpose for you is not so much.
Something that you do for him as it is the way you learn to depend on him because we have a God who has no needs. He did not create us because he needed our money or he needed something that we could do for him. He created us to understand something about him and what we become in him is more important than what we will ever do for him. I love how Isaiah says that Isaiah 4310 you are my witnesses, declares the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen.
Why did you choose a Scott why did you choose me as your servant is or something you needed me to do no, I chose you, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. I am the Lord, and beside me there is no savior. We are not chosen because God needed something for us to do were chosen because of something that God wants us to understand and wants us to testify to. And that is that God is the only reliable Savior that he is the only refuge. So what God does is sometimes the attacks are places of refuge so that he can teach us that they are not permanent and they will not last. Like David, he will drive you from your country, even though you're innocent, and he will put you in the wilderness, so you'll learn to find your home, your security and your identity in him, he will drive you from the things you feel like you deserve and that you really want.
Not because he hates you will do that because he wants to teach you that he is a better home a better source of identity. A better security than marriage and a good job than a life of prosperity. Like David, he will put you in a cave with fiery be circling outside just to teach you to depend on him, but you slingshot anger work on this one that you not to be able to crawl out in this one. But God has mercy and that God can do it and that's where your refuge is all refuge is usually in life will fail every single one each of you have a refuge probably got half a dozen. Every one of them will fail you maybe your refuge is your own abilities when life knocks you down you like, you know what I did not down. I get back up again it until it makes me stronger every time I get back up see something should happen at some point in life. Life is a lot you down and you not be able get back up and do a dive night and I refuse to fail you maybe your refuge is what you got. The bank within the stock market crashes or you die and nothing you have ensures anything eternity maybe your refuge maybe where you go. Refuge is where you go in your heart is scared. Maybe refuge is just a way that you learn to cope you run your best either complain and it does make you feel so much better.
Maybe it's in some escape like you food or alcohol, pornography, what you find the missing sale eventually.
You know as well as I do that when you numb the pain and the numbness wears off. It just comes back even worse, God will attack systematically your places of refuge to reveal your inabilities because God lovingly wants his mercy to be your primary place of refuge, so God will put you flat on your back so that you will look the right direction because he wants your refuge to be him. Veronica and I last year my wife and I were on were doing this we produce this parenting study: ready to launch and in preparation for Sheena read a bunch of different parenting books I want to think that we found that these parenting books have in common is almost all of them give you essentially a formula.
If you do ABC and D and your kids will turn out awesome. Here's the problem with hat first problem is, God was a perfect parent could not agree on that. And he had two kids admit. I believe that rebelled and sorted 1/3 of the angels. So the idea that you can out parent, God is not sure if that's a realistic way to approach parenting God did a through Z, and to the consumer bell.
But the probably the bigger problem with that.
That we realize is that that way of thinking caused us to ignore the one thing we most needed.
As parents and that his hope in the mercy of God for our children to visit the end of the day. My hope is not in my techniques. Yes, I'm trying to learn what the Bible says about good techniques and parenting the end of the day, my refuge is not my abilities as a parent, my refuge is in God's mercy for each of my children and I said God is not what I can do with them because I don't know how to do things with them. I feel overwhelmed. But God your gracious and your merciful would you pour out your mercy and that is a well that never runs dry. God wants you to find him as your place of refuge God has a purpose for you see, and it's not about you and it's not about what you were going to do for him.
He has a purpose for you and it's about what he's doing in you because God is more interested in your character than your comfort and once you get that once you get that a lot of your life is going to begin to make more sense because you're gonna see that God kept you sometimes in certain places just to say make me your refuge.
Do not make that husband your refuge. Do not make that job your refuge. Do not make that bank account. Your refuge, your refuge, that's life. Number three God has a purpose for you and if you are surrendered to it.
He will surely fulfill it. All of this first. Two. David says God will fulfill his purpose for me that's not a request it's a statement fulfill in the Hebrew tongue is gum R, which means to bring to a full and complete and to to completely terminate David would make the same statement in Psalm 138. God will fulfill his purpose for me and then he adds this. I love this. He will not forsake the work of his hands. In other words, he will finish what he started. I'm always tell my kids would you please finish what you start. We got coloring books about a dozen of them around the house where every single page has one patch of color on it and I tell them I'm not buying you another stinking coloring book you finish at least 10 pictures in this coloring book. That is what you start. What David is saying if I am the work of God's hands and God will finish what he has started that what God has purposed in my life he's gonna bring to a completion God is a perfectionist.
You see, when it comes to his purposes, and God will not let anything come in the way of what he is doing so for David. That meant that God would save them from the wicked plans of others. That's why in verse three, verse six, he's like their wicked plans are to backfire. What they intend for evil to destroy me, God can turn around for my good fulfill his purpose for David. That also means that God would save him from his own stupid decisions.
That's why David calls out the mercy. No call for mercy unless you know you messed up. David knows he's made mistakes and he realizes that God is gonna take even his mistakes and leave them according to his purpose is one the most beautiful things about God's grace. I am 41 years old now I think about how God about how God is got me to this place in a look back over the last 25 or so years of being a Christian.
I don't see a string of his really wise decisions and calculated shrewd moves I see gaga who sort of bumbled along through life made a lot of completely random decisions of the not bad decisions in God we did all for the purposes that he has for me. We had a guy hobbies or previous service. His name was Dennis.
He's in our prison ministry, Dennis is about to be released from prison this coming year and he feels like God has called him to be. Get this, an international missionary we talk about a transition from prisoner international missionary. That's about as good as it gets.
Then I said so, here's the irony of the like in my life. He said a decade ago, I made a really stupid decision that landed me in prison and I deserve to be here if it was a really dumb decision. Worst decision I've ever made, is a benign years in our prison sentence on me and he names a guy from our church who comes into that prison with a ministry and that man introduces me to Jesus and Jesus totally transforms my life and gives me something even better than the life I had outside of prison and now gives me a purpose in my life to use me. He says the irony is the worst decision I ever made led to the discovery of the greatest thing I've ever found you see what God does this before on my wife Veronica says that a lot of where she is now you can trace it directly back to a really simple decision that she made not marry me. That's not the simple decision, she was she was a senior in high school.
She grew up in Virginia and so out there.
You know it's like a sheet she fly to Virginia Tech and UVA and I know you and I don't know much about that because the schools are irrelevant to us, but there if you like you love one ate the other. No man can serve two masters.
You got you one and so her full family going to Virginia Tech so it was clear worst. Thank you. It was clear where she was supposed to go.
She got accepted in the both of them. So the night before she has to turn in her acceptance letter.
She gets in this what she describes as a ferocious argument with her dad who had gone the two Virginia Tech and she is so angry at her dad that the next morning just to spite him. She turns in her acceptance letter to UVA and didn't even tell him about it.
Just let it be a nice surprise when you get the first bill later that summer, just a slight. She said I was wrong in the argument, I was wrong and how reacted.
It was silly.
It was childish. It was stupid. It was simple but I went UVA and God use a series of licenses there to bring me to Jesus she said, and then when I was there UVA and he was bringing me to Jesus. He said he got me into the ministry relationships which ultimately led to see in our meeting and then I were married for kids in United we are our church. She said the worst decision I ever made led to the greatest thing in my life.
You know, admission is Jesus okay and I'm a distant second.
But the point is not a license for you to go out and make stupid decisions is just saying that when you are surrendered to God. He has a way of taking even on stuff that you do and weaving. According to his beautiful plan because not even you is gonna mess up the purposes that God has for you. You understand what I am saying you see the irony list of the eye clinic in the irony is it's only when you say I don't want to be the center of the universe, but God reorders the entire universe to fulfill his good purpose for you when you think you are the center of the universe. The methods don't work out for you when you make him the center of your universe.
You realize the entire cosmos to accomplish his purpose for you. We talked about this promise for the last few weeks, so let's look at it as we bring the series to a conclusion.
Romans 828 Paul says we know that for those who love whom God all things work together for good for those who love God, not themselves for the people to love themselves and put themselves in their purposes at the center. A nothing will work out for them, but you put God and his purposes in the center and all the sudden God works all things together for good.
He does it for those who are called according to his purpose. And what is that purpose is the purpose something that he need you to do for him. No, those whom he foreknew he predestined to be conformed to the image of his son, God's purpose was to make you like Jesus.
It wouldn't something needed.
You do for him is him and he wanted you become in him.
It's been about your character, not about your comfort and he predestined that it could happen those he predestined he call those equality just about those you just about those he glorified Paul's way of saying that is what he starts. He's gonna see it through. Want to put you on that train. Think you all the way to the station of glorification so you can be confident Paul says is 16 that he that began this good work in you is going to complain because he always finishes what he starts. When you surrender to God's purpose. The power of this promise becomes your refuge. You see them. Like David, you can lie down to sleep even in the midst of fiery beast. You can rise up with joyful song, even in the midst of heartache and out of that dark cave that cave of joblessness that take cave of pain that cave of singleness out of your discouragement and your depression. Working to hear songs of praise. Why because Jesus Christ has become your refuge and his mercies never come to an end.
They are new every morning he is the same yesterday, today, today and forever, and he will never leave you or forsake you. There is nothing on earth not hide her death the Prince about your power.
Anything that would separate you from his love to write about the what cave you're in your soul is resting in the rock of ages you your desires and your goals are happy but God in his proper place as the focus of it all, and appropriate ending to our teaching series called question everything, seeking to find biblical answers to life's difficult questions here listening to Senate life with pastor Jeannie Greer.
If you missed any part of the study in Psalms, you can hear every message. Again, free of charge when you go to Jeannie Greer.com… Have the option of downloading the sermon transcripts or browsing. Previous studies pastor Jeannie. We all have so many questions about life Bible severed as you may have missed some parts of the series. Can you sort of recap. FRS should blown away at how your songs that were written 3000 years ago help us answer questions today like like my life feels like it's boring and meaningless and didn't have any purpose, and sometimes these questions are to be big question sometimes. Sometimes we just need to be able to better know how to articulate what we know to be true. And that's with a series of bank is really really helpful for people with we created a new resource to go along with this.
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