Peace, Part 2 (Psalm 4) by Pastor Don
One time when I had a hard time sleeping Pastor Don suggested reading Psalm 4 over and over. First of all, if you are filling your mind with the Word of God it crowds out worries, but it also is a wonderful psalm for resting in the Lord.
Pastor Don talked to us about Peace, and the Joy of the Lord being our strength, and His peace helps us have that Joy of the Lord. You can see Part 1 at this link.
Psalm 4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.
This is a wonderful statement of faith.
Psalm 4:2-3 How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood? Selah But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the LORD will hear when I call to Him.
If we are godly, we are set apart for God, and He will hear us.
Psalm 4:4 Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah
Stop lying on your bed being angry, plotting and planning the future. Be still. Pastor Don talked about the children’s book, “The No Good Very Bad Horrible Day.” He told us so often we rehearse and plan for tomorrow. What will you do to the person that hurt you? If you are angry at your wife do you spend time thinking about how you will get back at her (or your husband) the next day? I’m not speaking to her/him tomorrow! She/he can get her/his own coffee! I’m not warming up her/his car!!! All you end up doing is angrily lying in bed, and it does not promote peace or rest.
When it says to meditate, it is not talking about yoga meditation or any other of the new age practices. We have to be careful about those kinds of meditations. For awhile there were yoga practices where people were given specific words to chant over and over. Further research revealed they were demonic spirit’s names. And the people were invoking what would not help them in their lives.
The kind of meditation mentioned in the Bible is to quietly mutter the Word of God. To think about the Scripture, to praise God, and speak His Word. When we do that we will wake up at peace.
We want to keep the peace of God, to live it and have it. The devil will do anything to try and steal that peace. When we are losing our peace through worry, fear, or any other thing, we need to go back and read the Scriptures and meditate on them.
Psalm 4:5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
When we are on our bed, and our mind is going crazy, we need to put our trust in the Lord. (Heather’s note, remember Abraham was counted righteous, not for what he did, but because he BELIEVED GOD). So, when we trust and believe in God, we are counted as giving a sacrifice of righteousness.
Psalm 4:6 There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” LORD, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.
When we have a situation in our lives, we need a God idea, and to have the countenance of the Lord to come on our situation. If we rehearse our situation with our words – if having financial difficulties, rehearsing our lack with our words; terminal illness, rehearsing our possible death with our words; marital problems, rehearsing the marriage problems with our words.
At one point in his past, Pastor Don thought he was going to die in 5-8 hours, according to words spoken to him by a doctor. Pastor Don was making plans for his family after he died. Cynthia would not hear of this and told him to start speaking words of life. He did, even though he was feeling he was close to death, and he recovered.
If you finances are sick, speak life over them. Say, “There is a lot of money in this account. Money comes to me.” God is no man’s debtor.
We need to be at peace because the Body of Christ needs to be at peace. If you have to go to court and defend yourself for what you didn’t do, be happy. Be at peace.
(Heather’s note: Pastor Don often asks us the question, will this matter 100 years from now? Sort of puts things into perspective. This does not mean we don’t need to do the actions that are necessary. We can’t speak to our finances and go out and max out our credit cards, or stay at home and speak a job into our lives without going out and looking for a job. But in the midst of the situation, if we are doing what God wants us to do, we can speak words of peace and belief, knowing that God has it.)
Psalm 4:7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.
Pastor Don told us making other people stupid in our minds doesn’t make us any smarter. No matter how much you put down another person, you are not smarter. That is a false concept, for what really happens when you put another person down is that you go down lower.
God puts gladness in our hearts, and His gladness is the best for us. There are many lies society and the devil have sold us into believing produce gladness, but they are lies, and the end result does not lead to peace. We know many rich, miserable people. We’ve bought into consumerism and feel we will be happy if we go shopping and buy stuff, but all we are doing is digging a bigger debt hole, and that does not make us happy. Some things we have bought under the influence of a demonic spirit, and thought that those things would make us feel better.
Pastor Don bought a brand new car once, and he loved it because it could go 0 to 60 in 10 seconds. His rationale was Cynthia would look good in the car, and it was so fast. But what happened is, once he had a car that could go 0 to 60 in 10 seconds, he had to keep going that fast, or else he felt the car was not doing what it was capable of doing. The end result was he kept getting tickets for speeding and almost lost his license. He ended up selling the car and buying a different car better suited for what he needed.
Some people think, if you have a TV plasma screen, you can enjoy the game better, but that will give you monthly payments that you cannot pay.
False consumerism can steal our peace.
We don’t need to make our life pursuit to pride, to consumerism, to things, for that is going to steal your peace.
We can have all the truth we can get, and we can still lose our peace, if we pursue the wrong things.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” They are blessed (happy) not because they spoke words out, but because peace resides in them.
Let’s get along. What’s wrong that we don’t get along? We don’t have to agree, but let’s have peace.
Whether you are happily employed, unemployed, or no matter which “ployed” you are, we need to have peace. Peace is not dependent on circumstances.
Right now, if we are in need, it is a chance for someone to bless us, and get a blessing. It is a chance for us to bless someone else and be blessed. It is not about what you have.
Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
When we are faced with a circumstance, a bad doctor’s report, do we look at it with our eyes, or do we look at it from God’s point of view? People place great stock on historical records, but Jesus doesn’t care about historical records. God is seeking relationship with us. We will get peace but there are steps to take to get it. We need to pray and we need to seek peace. An inner peace. When we know Jesus, we can have peace irrespective of the circumstances. If we are in the midst of war, we can have peace. In the midst of despair, we can have peace.
Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and He brings peace to us. We can remain at peace in our hearts while He fights the battle for us. Jesus’ name is Salem (Peace), Melchizedek was the King of Salem, the King of Peace.
It does not matter who wins the presidential elections, we can have peace. It does not matter who promises us a chicken in every pot. Jesus owns the pot and the chicken. He is our provider, our checkbook, and it is up to us whether or not we Believe Him.
Be happy where you are in your circumstances. If you can’t afford curtains, put tissue paper up on the windows and create a happy home. Be happy, knowing we have One who can help us make sense of our circumstances.
Pastor Don told us there is a direct link between sickness and stress. He pointed out that the last year in the United States people were really happy was 1956. If you look at what was happening then you would realize that it did not require two incomes to support a family, Houses did not cost an arm and a leg, people could support their homes with 28% of their income. The mom stayed home with the kids. TV’s were not in every home, so there were no ads to tell you that you are too short, too tall, so crazy that you need drugs. You didn’t have to take something to fix our problems, and then create 10 more problems and side effects.
We have to realize that God’s got it, and we are well, and tomorrow is a New Day.
In 1956 the 10 commandments were posted in the schools and houses. People were not isolated. They belonged to clubs, church organizations and groups. They sat with their family and played games, board games, cards. and Pastor Don said that they played Bid Wiz.
We need people. The most miserable members of the church are those who do not participate in Church. Some want to stand alone and stay by themselves. We have a whole generation of kids that don’t know how to talk to each other, they IM and send emails, but don’t develop the art of conversation.
They need to join and participate, and gain the sense that somebody else cares about me. It also helps people to begin to realize they are not the center of the universe. Seek to help someone else, comfort someone who is crying, visit the sick, seek circumstances to reach out and help people. Know that you have peace.
There is a different paradigm shift in today’s culture. There is competition, pitting me against the other. People are afraid of words, there is sarcasm and fear. Fearful people are not at peace.
The only peace and security we have is in the Lord. If we don’t have Jesus, we are missing something. People of peace have peace. We need peace, and we do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit. We need to create an atmosphere of peace. Talk to our kids before we yell.
1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”;
God gives infinitely more than we can imagine. When we try to reach others to share Christ, intelligent debates are ok, but warring with words is not always the best course. It isn’t about one-upmanship. It is about sharing the love of Christ.
When we teach or hear a word we need to discern if the Spirit and the Word agree.
Solomon said Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
We need to fear God (awe and worship) and do right and things will be OK. We need to believe by faith. Not limiting our thinking just within the context of our circumstantial information, but also with spiritual information.
In sharing with others, we need to give them the basis of our information, so we plant the seed that the Spirit of God can water. When we resort to intense debate it is quite possible a spirit of religion can take over, and that blocks the revelations that the Spirit of God can give to a person.
The Spirit and the Word must agree. We get the Word of agreement from the Bible. Intellectuals without a true spiritual commitment will receive in error. That is why the Spirit and the Word must agree.
Satan wants to plant lies. He does not give bold-faced lies, but plants a little lie to fool the people. It can be garbage, but it looks good. For example, if you have a car that looks sharp, but the engine is bad, plant it in a used car lot with scruffy cars. People may buy the car on the basis of the looks, even though the scruffy cars may have better engines.
In order for us to detect counterfeits, we need to examine the real thing so we know the real thing so well the counterfeit stands out. There are many churches that are not teaching the truth and there are false teachers and prophets out there, many sounding very Christian in their message. But those that are teaching a false Christ, or teaching in error have to be discerned. From satan’s point of view, the more people that can be led astray the better. And satan will do it subtly.
So many are offering a new and improved message from God. People get confused by the spiritual bling bling that many are offering. We need to be fruit testers. We cannot trust all the fruit that is out there. Sometimes an apple looks beautiful on the outside, but when you bite into it it is not ripe and is very tart. Don’t get diverted by how beautiful a church or a pastor looks, we have to seek the truth of the message. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
We then read Psalm 32:1-5 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
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