I changed my message today, in church. I had been going through a short series of messages on Psalm 1 and 2, “The One and The Many”, in which God showed me that these two Psalms are placed together and begin the Psalms for a reason. Psalm 1 emphasizes the individual, “Blessed is the man…”.
As Individuals we must go to God, know God and live before Him, and one day as individuals we will answer to God. The Psalm speaks of the individuals separation from the world, in his thoughts and inner life, due to his being “Planted by rivers of water…” i.e. being born again of the Spirit. The Psalm assumes that the prevailing opinions of the world, are “the counsel of the ungodly” but this individual has been separated from all of that, by the Word of God.
This morning I was going to adress Psalm 2, which by contrast, steps back and takes in the whole world, “Why do the Heathen Rage?”. “Why do the people imagine a vain thing?”, this Psalm speaks of the masses, and their confusion, due to being so badly mislead by their “Experts”, they hold to a “Vain Imagination”, which will bring upon them the wrath of God.
But I never got that far this morning, because while we were worshipping, a group of young men, whom we in the church had been evangelizing through a basketball team we formed , named “The Defenders” came in among us.
I realized as we sing the familiar songs, hymns and Spiritual songs as we always do, in the church, that perhaps these young people had no idea why we should do so.
Our service was powerful and dynamic this morning, there was a prophecy, which was very edifying, and the Spirit of God was very evident.
Fully intending to do my exposition on Psalm 2, I felt the leading to give a mini-sermon n why we sing praises to God. I explained the theological truth that God doesn’t need our praises, HE knows who He is and has myriads of Angels to praise Him.
We need to Praise God, however. Why? Because our primal human problem, which lies at the root of all of our problems, is that we have tried to be God ourselves, making our own rules, deciding for ourselves what reality is, what our morality should be, and how our life should be lived.
I explained to the young people that what a Christian conversion is, is the repudiation of our own godhood, “I don’t want to be a “god” anymore” I want to accept God’s forgiveness, and humble myself to God and become a man under God, a worshipper.
But the spiritual plague of wanting to be “God” is so strong, that we constantly need to worship and adore the one above us, He who is Holy, we need to hear ourselves praising Him, and adoring his attributes, and re-asserting our own humble creature-hood. This is the meaning of the lifting of Holy Hands, and exalting him, we need Him we look up to heaven, from whence cometh our help.
But one thing leads to another, and before I knew it I was discussing the sure judgment coming upon all “pretender gods”. A terrible time of testing and then judgment is coming upon the world, and I saw (perhaps by the Spirit) how unready and mislead and distracted these young men were for it.
The urgency of this late hour seized upon my soul, and all I could do was try to reach them with the blessed gospel of the one who has “loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood”.
Compassion came heavily upon me for these young people, of a different generation and outlook than my own. How can we reach them? How unique they are in history!
When I was young, I knew about God and Jesus and that God was above me. I was born and raised in a world that still gave outward respect to God and Christianity, I knew what it was to pray and ask for God’s help.We now have completely godless generations in America! This is the hellish world the leftist cultural revolution has left us.
I didn’t have technology that constantly distracted me, I wasn’t awash with the rebellion and disrespect that inculcates the young through entertainment, “education” and the general media.
What is going to come of these youth?
So I just gave way to the Spirit and tried only to tell these precious ones, the eternal gospel of the substitution of Jesus for our sins.
I know I will get back to the second Psalm, it is the WORD OF GOD after all and full of prophetic application for our day. And when I do,(God willing) God will use it and perhaps even save souls through it, but this morning I caught a glimpse of the very severe urgency we must have for the salvation of souls.
Dear friends, give the gospel, everywhere you can, for the time is short!