Dedication To Prayer Psalm 30:8

Text:  “I cried to Thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord (Jehovah) I made my supplication.”
                                                                                                                    Psalm 30:8.

Good morning, prayerful Christian!  Unless you and I are ‘prayerful Christians’, we proclaim ourselves to be the most outrageous hypocrites that ever lived!  How come?  Because if we are not in constant ‘fellowship’ with the Lord God Whom we profess to worship and love - then we are not true Christians at all! 

We show, outwardly, that we love someone, by the amount of time we seek to be near them and walk with them; and seek to commune with them.  IF, therefore, we genuinely love the Lord God, we will desire constant fellowship with Him; seek a close walk with Him; and continually speak to Him in prayer - listening for His reply in His Word.  We will be ‘prayerful Christians’ indeed.

“God is faithful, by Whom ye were called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (1 Corinthians 1:9)

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”  (1 John 1:3-4)

“If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth (cleanses and continues to cleanse) us from all sin.”  (1 John 1:6-7)

Dictionary Definition: Fellowship - (noun) the state of being a fellow or partner; friendship; communion; an association…  (The Chambers Dictionary, page 592)

Verse 8. “I cried to Thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord (Jehovah) I made my supplication.”

Dictionary Definition: Supplication - (noun) the act of supplication; an earnest or humble petition; earnest prayer or entreaty; a petition for some special blessing. (The Chambers Dictionary, page 1662)

Verse 8. Paraphrase: In an attitude of humble earnestness and reverence I cried my heart out onto Thee, oh Lord God, Jehovah; unto Thee alone, in the Name of Thy dear Son, Christ Jesus, I made my sincere petition.  Please answer me during our sweet fellowship, as I worship Thee and place my petition before Thy Holy throne of grace.  In the Name of Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, and according to Thine own perfect will, I humbly make my request.  Amen.

Prayerful Christians become powerful Christians.  No prayer?  No Divine power!

Verse 8.  “I cried to Thee O Lord.  Prayer is the unfailing resource of God’s people.  If they are driven to their wits’ end, they may still go to the mercy-seat.  When an earthquake makes our mountain tremble, the throne of grace still stands firm, and we may come to it.  Let us never forget to pray, and let us never doubt the success of prayer.  The hand which wounds can heal; let us turn to Him Who smites us, and He will be entreated of us.

“Prayer is a better solace than Cain’s building a city or Saul’s seeking for music.  Mirth and carnal amusements are a sorry prescription for a mind distracted and despairing; prayer will succeed where all else fails.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 146)

“One of the mightiest men of prayer of the last generation was George Mueller of Bristol, England, who in the last sixty years of his life (he lived to be ninety-two or ninety-three) obtained the English equivalent of $7,200,000.00 by prayer. But George Mueller never prayed for a thing just because he wanted it, or even just because he felt it was greatly needed for God's work. When it was laid upon George Mueller's heart to pray for anything, he would search the Scriptures to find if there was some promise that covered the case. Sometimes he would search the scriptures for days before he presented his petition to God. And then when he found the promise, with his open Bible before him, and his finger upon that promise, he would plead that promise, and so he received what he asked. He always prayed with an open Bible before him.
(R. A. Torrey on George Mueller; "The Power of Prayer," 1924 (P. 81)

Note: R. A. Torrey (1856-1928) was selected by Dwight L. Moody be in charge of his Chicago Bible Institute (now known as The Moody Bible Institute). When Dwight Moody died during an evangelistic campaign, R. A. Torrey was chosen to be his replacement, and thereafter had a ministry of Evangelism.

John Knox and Prayer: It is said that Mary, Queen of Scots trembled when John Knox went to his knees in prayer. One time she even exclaimed that she feared Knox's prayers "more than an any army in Europe."  Why was she so shaken? It was because Knox believed that God worked through prayer. This was no simple assent to a truth. Knox acted on his belief. He would boldly come before the throne of grace like no other, throwing his petitions at the Father's feet.” (Larry Christenson, The Christian Family)

Thought: Prayerful Christians are powerful Christians - for their power is given from God Almighty, and at all times in order to fulfil His Sovereign will and purpose.

6. Dedication To Eternal Security Psalm 30:6-7

Text:  “And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.  Lord, by Thy favour Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong; Thou didst hide Thy face, and I was troubled.”
                                                                                                                 Psalm 30:6-7.

Good morning, fully dependant Christian!  Through many trials and testing times, perhaps, the Lord has taught you and I the invaluable lesson of continual dependence on Him and His grace alone.  Just as, in the words of the hymn, ‘…the arm of flesh will fail us, we dare not trust our own…’; we dependant Christians have learned not to trust in material riches, or human resources; or personal skills and abilities; nor the power or authority of our own human will or reason.  We trust completely in the Christ Who suffered and died for us at the Cross, and thus, ‘…our mountain stands strong…’  Hallelujah!  Lord, we are trusting and depending on Thee.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not (depend not) unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”  (Proverbs 3:5-7)

There is no one in as much deadly danger as the Christian who has become just that little bit too comfortable in life; that little bit too wealthy in this world’s currency; too unchallenged by difficulties in day to day living.  When the Christian begins to depend too much on material things, or personal abilities - he/she is in a dangerous place indeed!  Christian, beware!  Stay close to your Lord in prayer!  Trust Him alone.

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he/she fall.”                        (1 Corinthians 10:12)

“Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.”  (Proverbs 15:16)

King David at war was fully dependent upon the Lord his God.  King David, too comfortable and at ease upon his bed in Jerusalem, took his eyes off the Lord, and fell into the gross sins of adultery and murder.  (2 Samuel 11:1-17)

You and I are no different in our old nature to what David was in his - we have the potential to commit every vile sin imaginable, but for God’s good restraining grace.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”  (Jeremiah 17:9)

“…For there is no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  (Romans 3:22-23)

Verse 6.  “And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.  When all his foes were quiet, and his rebellious son dead and buried, then was the time of peril.  Many a vessel founders in a calm.  No temptation is so bad as tranquillity.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 146)

“We are never in greater danger than in the sunshine of prosperity.  To be always indulged of God and never to taste of trouble is rather a token of God’s neglect rather than of His tender love.”  (William Struther 1633)

Verse 6.  “…I shall never be moved.  Ah, David, you said more than was wise to say, or even to think, for God has founded the world upon the floods, to show us what a poor, mutable, movable, inconstant world it is.  Unhappy he who builds upon it!  He builds himself a dungeon for his hopes.”  (C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)

Riches, material possessions, natural talents and abilities are NOT evil or wrong of themselves, if possessed, viewed and used according to and under the revealed will of God.  The Lord is our Primary Source for all things.  When we get that vital concept correct, all else is assured to us, and peace of mind to enjoy our gain also!  Put God first, and ‘…all these things shall be added unto you…’ according as He sees fit.

“But seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  (Matthew 6:33)

Verse 7.  “Lord, by Thy favour (grace) Thou hast made my mountain to stand strong.  His state he compares to a mountain, a molehill would have been nearer - we are never think too little of ourselves.  He boasted that his mountain stood strong, and yet he had before in Psalm 29, spoken of Sirion and Lebanon as moving like young unicorns.  Was David’s state more firm than Lebanon?  Ah, vain conceit, too common to us all!”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 146)

Social stability is founded upon God’s Provident hand and generosity.  Eternal stability is founded solely on Christ Jesus, and upon His finished Sacrifice of full Atonement for our sin.  ‘All other ground is sinking sand.’

Verse 7.  “Thou didst hide Thy face, and I was troubled.  There was no need to come to blows, a hidden face was enough.  This proves, first, that David was a genuine saint, for no hiding of God’s face on earth would trouble a sinner; and, secondly, that the joy of the saint is dependent upon the Presence of his Lord.”  (C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)

Thought:  Fully depending upon Jehovah God - we are Eternally safe and secure.

5. Dedication to His Grace Psalm 30:5

Text:  “For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour (His grace) is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
                                                                                                                    Psalm 30:5.

Good morning, grace-saved Christian!  You and I were saved by God’s Sovereign grace, or we have never been saved at all!  God’s Word, on this matter of Eternal Salvation, is both certain and clear: we are saved from sin and Eternal death by the Lord’s great grace alone.  From beginning to end, Salvation is of the Lord!  Glory to His Name!

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Eternal Salvation is a miracle of God’s regenerative powers.  There is only ONE Creator, the Lord God Jehovah - and ‘His people’ are ‘…created in Christ Jesus…’, according to the Scriptures contained in His Word quoted above.

Let me hear no more of this ’Oh, I made a decision at church…Oh, I responded to an ’altar call’ rubbish!  ’Oh, I made a conscious decision based on my human responsibility.’  Oh yes?  Did you?  Well then the Holy Scriptures that clearly teach us that, ’The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.’ must be wrong!  If the Bible makes sense, please let us not try to make it nonsense!  (1 Corinthians 2:13-14)  God’s Word is absolute TRUTH. (John 17:17)

God’s favour, or to give this wonderful gift its proper name, God’s Sovereign grace, is what is necessarily shown to sinners such as ourselves, if ever we are to be saved from the state of Spiritual death our primary progenitor, Adam, brought upon us in Eden’s Garden. 

Adam’s great Fall from God’s grace, his first sin of disobedience to God his Creator, blighted the entire human race with the incurable plague of SIN. (I.e. falling short of God’s glory, the perfect state manifested by Christ Jesus Himself.)  Only Christ Himself can redeem us from such a lost state, and He does so by the shedding of His own sinless Blood for us, ‘His people’, at Calvary’s Cross.  This is the Gospel truth.

“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and thou (Joseph) shalt call His Name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His Name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  (Matthew 1:21-23)

God the Father ‘elected’ (chose) all those souls that He desired to save long before time began. He made His election choice in Eternity.  God the Son, sent by God the Father to make Himself a sinless Sacrifice for those whom the Father had given Him to save - in the time ordained - was incarnated as a babe in Mary’s womb, by the power of God the Holy Spirit, and went to the Cross, suffered, died, and rose again from the dead, to pay the penalty and justify ‘His people’ given Him by the Father.  This is the Gospel truth.  (1 Peter 1:2-5) (Luke 1:26-38) (John 6:37-40) (Leviticus 17:11) (1 Peter 1:18-25)

Without God’s Sovereign grace being given - no soul can receive Salvation!

Verse 5.  “For His anger endureth but a moment; in His favour (grace) is life.  Oh admire and wonder forever at the Sovereign, distinguishing grace of God.  Are you that are at ease better than many of His people that are now thrown into a fiery furnace?  Have you less dross than they?  Have they sinned, think you, at a higher rate than you have ever done?  He is angry with them for their Luke warmness, for their backsliding; and have your hearts always burned with love?  Have your feet always kept His way and not declined?  Have you never wandered?  Have you never turned aside to the right hand or to the left?  Surely you have; and therefore, what a mercy is it, that He is not angry with you as well as with them.”  (Timothy Rogers1660-1729)

Verse 5.  “…In His favour (grace) is life.  If a damned soul should be admitted to the fruition of all the pleasure of Eternal life without the favour of God, Heaven would be Hell to him.  It is not the dark and horrid house of woe that maketh a soul miserable in Hell, but God’s displeasure.

“If an elect soul should be cast thither and retain the favour (grace) of God, Hell would be an Heaven to him, and his joy could not all the devils of Hell take from him; his night would be turned into day.”  (Edward Marbury 1649)

Verse 5.  “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.  When the Sun of Righteousness comes, we wipe our eyes, and joy chases out intruding sorrow.  Who would not be joyful that knows Jesus?”  (C.H. Spurgeon 1834-1892)

“And so, when life with its struggles and toils and sins, bringing us perpetual conflict, ends at last in the fierce struggle of death, then God ‘…giveth His beloved sleep.’  They sleep in Jesus and awake to the joy of a morning which shall know no wane - the morning of joy.”  (Treasury of David, page 145)

Thought:  God’s grace alone turns natural human weeping into Supernatural joy and everlasting peace.  Trust Him - He will bring you through your trials and grief.  “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  Amen.