Our God is an Awesome God – 4/7/20

Brian and Esther Nolton

Psalm 16:1-2 – “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from You.”

 

David opens this Psalm with a prayer by uncovering three truths about God: 

1. He is our refuge (v1). In the chaos and uncertainty of life, where can we turn? The things of this world are variable and fleeting, but luckily, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the sovereign creator of the universe and holds every detail in His hands. It is God to whom we run and cast our cares upon. When we are in trouble, He provides us shelter and protection from the storms that surround us.

 
2. He is a personal God (v2). This immutable, omnipotent master of the universe is your God. David uses “LORD”, God’s personal name (Yahweh), and the personal pronoun “my”. Your God values you and watches over every detail of your life (Matthew 10:30). He knows you by name and there is nothing too great or too small for our God. He loves you and cares for you like a father to a child. When you cast your cares upon Him, you can be sure He hears you and is working things out.  

 

3. He is the provider of all that is good (v2). Though we tend to lean on our own understanding and on earthly treasures (i.e., possessions, people, experiences, etc.) for comfort, those things are ultimately not the source of our eternal happiness and peace. God does not provide as the world provides. Jesus says in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” It is in this fullness of joy that He gives us peace that the world cannot provide. 

 

James 1:17 (NIV) sums this up perfectly, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” 

Prayer Points

 

  1. Pray that our community seeks God for refuge from the chaos that surrounds us. As things appear to be in disarray and uncertain, pray that we turn to the unchanging God who is our stronghold (Psalm 18:2).  
  2. Thank God that He is watching over every detail of your life and directing your steps as your Heavenly Father. Cast your burdens on Him, so that He may lighten your load (Matthew 11:30). Pray for an unshakable faith in God’s omnipotence. 
  3. Thank God for His provisions for this church. He has given us so much in such a short amount of time and it is easy to lose sight of where these good gifts came from and the reason why we have them. Despite the increasing limitations to earthly pleasures, pray that we will never lose sight of His goodness and the sufficiency of His provisions. While we do not know when we will be able to use the gift of a church building to serve His kingdom, let us remember that the church is not a building. Pray that God will continue to move through His church and keep us from growing weary in the labor of glorifying the name of Jesus (Galatians 6:9-10; Matthew 9:37).