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PSALM 46:1-5 A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD Psalm 46 is To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A song upon Alamoth, that’s a musical term we’re told. We’re not sure of the writer, it could have been Hezekiah, it could have been Isaiah or it could have another priest. We pretty well have the idea of why the Psalm was written. You remember over in II Kings 18 and 19 when Sennacherib the king of Assyria was coming down sweeping through Israel and taking all the out posts of Judah and they came to Jerusalem and encamped around Jerusalem and his general Rabshakeh was teasing and taunting and making fun of the God of the children of Israel and the Lord God sent an angel down one night, you can read that in II Kings 19:8 and in verse 35 he says that he sent an angel down one night and a hundred and eighty five thousand people was killed the next day and the king Sennacherib turned and goes back into Assyria and Rabshakeh later on in II Kings 19:37 and 38, two of his sons rise and kill him while he’s worshiping his god. So at the time of this writing is when Israel has been under siege and Hezekiah has spread the request out to the Lord and Isaiah the prophet has told him not to worry about it that God is going to fight for them. And you can imagine one night they go to sleep and there’s almost a quarter of a million people outside of Jerusalem camped round about to besiege the city and they’re planning on taking it. They’ve taken every city they’ve come against; nobody has been able to stand against them. And they go to bed one night, here’s this great big array out there of all these bluish and purplish tents and the banners flying and the noise is going on out there and then at night it gets real quiet, everybody goes to bed and goes to sleep and the next morning they raise and all the racket of a quarter of a million people out there getting things ready. One morning they wake up and it’s still silent, it’s still quiet. The angel of the Lord has moved among them and has killed a hundred and eighty five thousand troops of the Assyrian Army. And Sennacherib then takes what’s left and retreats back into Assyria. And here we have the prayer of praise that the children of Israel are singing to God. It’s become to be called the Battle Hymn of Zion and it’s the setting that the great hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God that was the reformation song of Martin Luther’s day. It’s still today a Psalm that practically every preacher will turn to whenever he goes to somebody’s home or the hospital bed, and great tragedy and hurt and heartache is in their life. It’s just a Psalm that shows us right out how great and mighty our God is. Let’s look at it just a moment. Verse 1 through 3 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” The Psalmist broke this down in three basic groups and each one of them ends with Selah. I like what Dr. Phillips says about Selah. He says ‘the Psalmist makes a statement and then he says ‘how about that.’’ And I like that; I just think it’s neat. But he says, “God is our refuge and strength.” I want you first of all to look at this mighty fortress that God has and see how personal it is. He says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” God is our refuge, God is our strength, and we can see that today. But do you know what’s happening; we’re turning away from God. We’re turning away from this help in trouble. Somebody wanted to know what it was that’s made America great. It’s not our military, it’s not our bombs, it’s not our school of higher learning, but it’s our faith and trust in the Lord. And we’re turning away from that. We are leaving the fortress. We’re letting down the walls of the mighty fortress. We’re saying ‘we no longer need this fortress now. We now have our own intellectual understanding, we now have our own authority, we now have our own power, and we can do without God in America.’ We’ve put him out of our schools, we’ve taken him out of our homes, and many and many cases we’ve put him out of our churches. We’ve got preachers today that do not believe in the virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ. We’ve got preachers today that think it’s all right to ordain homosexuals and don’t want to preach against homosexuality. We’ve got preachers today that don’t want to stand on the word of God. Churches that do not want to take the word of God as the holy infallible inerrant word of a mighty God. We see this thing being eroded; the church is not raising an outcry about what’s going on in our society. The prime time television shows on our television stations are all turning out to lead people into the idea that homosexuality as an alternative life style, and that there’s nothing wrong with divorce and remarriage and nothing wrong with sexuality outside of marriage. Where’s the outcry of the church, the church doesn’t want to say anything because you’ve got some church people that own some of the cable systems and the preacher wouldn’t want to offend them. You’ve got some preachers that’s has folk that own some of the mom and pop grocery store type things and Stop and Go’s that has the lottery tickets and the preacher wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings and we just got a bunch of false prophets today and a bunch of preachers that’ll not stand and proclaim the word of God, eroding, tearing down the wall of the fortress of a mighty God. The personality of God is there, God is our refuge, God is our strength. Folks if we don’t turn back to the Lord God Almighty, if we don’t see him as being the power behind this refuge, if we don’t see him being the power behind the United States of America, we’ve lost our nation. We’ve lost our country. Look at verse 3, “Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof” he says that we need to understand that therefore will I not fear. Why are we so fearful today? Because look at the flooding, look at the waters that we’ve had, the tornadoes, the hurricanes, the things that’s come through and fear is there. Why, because we’re turning away from God. Here the Psalmist says, “Though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, Though the waters thereof roar.” I’m not going to be troubled, I’m not going to worry about things like that because the Lord is my refuge, the Lord is my strength. And we have turned away from the refuge of the Lord. We no longer have that loving support and thought that God is going to be with us. We’ve got people that don’t even say ‘wonder why God is angry with us, wonder why God is doing these kind of things to us.’ My friend the Bible says ‘a nation that forgets God will be turned into hell.’ We need to understand that the mighty fortress that we have is our faith and trust in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is not the government, it is not our bombs, it is not our money, and it is not all of those things that God has blessed us with here in America. It is our faith and our trust in the Lord God Almighty and his presence. And his presence is waning fast. You are seeing more and more eastern religions come in, more and more demon possessions going on around the country. More and more people searching and looking for truth and under- standing but they’re not finding it. Why, because we no longer have the mighty fortress, we no longer have the church standing up. The thing that really shocked me, whenever the president of the United States committed this adulterous act right in the white house and lied under oath and all of that kind of stuff went on and there was no outcry. People said ‘oh well it’s just the republicans that’s trying to pen something on him; it’s all partial politics. No, no, no, listen, whenever somebody does something and you’ve got the proof of it there and there’s no outcry going on. The men of God are standing and saying nothing because ‘well preacher we’ve got some folks that’s democrats, we might hurt their feelings.’ Folks I don’t care whether their feelings get hurt or not, I wish they didn’t. But listen, the word of God is still the word of God; it still says what it says. And if you go along with that kind of garbage you are eroding this mighty fortress that we have, you’re taking away the strength of America. America’s strength again I say is in our faith and trust in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Then we find the river that flows through there, verse 4 “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.” The river that’s flowing, what is that river? Revelation 22:1 says ‘there’s a pure river of water of life proceeding from the throne of God and from the Lamb.’ I want you to know that that river is the refreshing dip for the soul; it’s what washes and cleanses the soul of man. It’s what takes away the sin that man has. Whenever man comes to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and says I recognize that I’m a sinner, I want Jesus to come into my heart and into my life. I want you to notice how impressive that river flow is. How it changes a person’s life. How it makes an individual realize that God is the one that they need to serve and the one that they’re looking for. You can take people, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people talk, Gideon’s talk about the Bibles they put in the hotel rooms and the motel rooms and people go into a room to take their own life and see a Bible laying there and pick the Bible up and start to read the word of God and give their heart and life to Jesus Christ and turn then and become a preacher because they’ve been saved. God turns that thing around. There’s the mighty refreshing flow. A preacher tells a story, it was in a church and a lady was sitting there in the church and just snarling at him every time he would say something she would twist and turn and make ugly faces and he said he told the pastor about that woman. He said, ‘you better watch her, she’s going to cause you problems.’ The pastor said ‘no, I think you’ve got her all wrong.’ He said ‘I’ve been at this business for thirty years and I haven’t got her wrong.’ He said ‘she told me this evening that her husband told her last night that if she came to church he was going to beat the day lights out of her when she got home.’ She said when she went home he took welding rods and beat her with welding rods and left open wheals and said her dress is clinging to those things, whenever she moves it would pull, like pulling a scab off of a wound. She said she wanted me to pray for her because he told her if she went to church tonight, he was going to kill her when she got home.’ The next day she wasn’t in church, three days later the preacher and the evangelist went to the house and knocked on the door. She came to the door with her face beaten so bad that her eyes were swollen shut and she said ‘preacher God answered your prayers that he didn’t kill me.’ She said ‘I’m coming to church tonight, I can see a little bit of this one eye, I can see enough to walk to church.’ Preacher said he left and came back the next year and there was that lady sitting in the pew and a man sitting beside her. And said I looked down at her and I said ‘Is this?’ And he said that man jumped to his feet and said ‘Yes, I’m the one. I’m the one that beat the daylights out of her. I’m the one that done all those things and she kept coming down here. And I said there’s something down there that I need. There’s something down there that I don’t understand. She’s got something down there that I don’t know what is. And I followed her down here one day to see what in the world was going on. When I followed her down here the Lord Jesus touched my heart, I’ve been saved and I’ve going out and telling others what Jesus Christ has done.’ There’s the refreshing touch of that river that’s flowing through. How we need that in America today. The mighty fortress that America was is decaying and crumbling because of the politicians that are destroying our land. And because of the sinfulness that is taking this land and going away. It’s going away faster and faster because the men of God are not standing up and crying out about this mighty river that flows and wants to change the heart and lives of everyone, crying out against sin, letting men know that sin is still sin, Jesus is still God, salvation is still available to who ever will. My friend, that river must flow, that river is ever present. The important thing that you need to realize is that all the foes of God, everybody that’s against God can be saved today. That’s right, that fellow, that girl, that man, that woman, that boy or girl driving down the road right now, hatred in your heart, anger in your heart, sitting there at home, your home about ready to break, finance trouble on every hand, on every side. I want you to know that you are loved with an everlasting love. God the father has died upon the cross for you sent his Son to spend his life and spread his blood that that mighty fortress could be built up around you and that precious river could flow through your life. God can help you with those times of trials and troubles. The last two weeks of my life has been a hell here on earth. I want you to know satan has thrown everything you can imagine at us, little eleven-week-old grandson down with cancer. But God’s still on the throne, God’s still touching lives, God’s still changing hearts. We’ve seen people saved because of this. God is still the mighty fortress that he’s always been. He wants to be that mighty fortress in your life today. I don’t care who you are, don’t care what kind of troubles you have, don’t care what kind of problems you have; God is waiting to help you with those problems. He wants to change your life today. All you have to do is say ‘Lord Jesus, I’m a sinner, I’m sorry that I’ve sinned. I recognize my sin, Lord, and I’m sorry for those sins. I now repent, I turn away from them;’ that means you turn your back upon your sins, you say I’m not going to do them any more, God with your help I’ll quit, and I want to serve Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ will come into your heart and into your life and you’ll become a brand new creature in Jesus Christ. The things you used to live, you’ll now hate. The things you used to hate you’ll now love when you turn your heart and live over to Jesus. Listen to me a minute, friend. God will not take one piece of furniture out of your house, the house of your heart. Not one thing will he take out of your life that he won’t replace with something better. Your sitting there thinking if I get saved I’ll have to stop this and quit this. Listen Christianity is not stop stop, don’t don’t, quit quit. Christianity is not what on earth have you stopped doing, it’s what on earth have you started doing for heavens sake. When God takes something out of your heart, when he removes a sin, you surrender to him, he removes it, God will replace it with something much more joyous, much more present in your life, much more better (I don’t know, that’s not good English but it gets the point across) much better for your family, your friends and your loved ones. Psalm 46 E.T.P. Val I Philips. Page 363 To the Chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song unto Alamoth. PRICELESS POSSESSIONS there are in it- 1.God is our refuge and strength, a very present help I. An infallible refuge v-1 (Deut. 33:27) in trouble. II. An immovable confidence V-3-4 (Matt. 7:25 2.Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be III. An infinite supply V-4 (Ps 36:8 Isa 32:2) removed, and though the mountains be carried into IV. An unfailing comfort vv 5-7 (Ex 33:14-15 the midst of the sea; V. An assuring prospect vv8-9 (Isa 2:4) 3.Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, VI. A peaceful attitude V-10 (Isa 30:7-15) though the mountains shake with the swelling VII. A triumphant result V-10 thereof. Selah. Handfull on purpose Val 8 page 14 4. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles THE CITY OF GOD of the Most High. I. God our refuge in the midst of chaos (1-3 5.God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: II. God our help in the midst of the city (4-7) God shall help her, and that right early. III. God our hope in the midst of the nations (8-11) 6. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he Occ. Perhaps such a deliverance as is recorded in II uttered his voice, the earth melted. Kings 19:8-19,35, in connection with Sennacherib’s 7.The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is sudden abandonment of the siege of Jerusalem. Some our refuge. Selah. have suggested the events of II Chronicles 20:1-30 8.Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. IN TIMES OF TROUBLE V-1 9.He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; I. Our refuge he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; II. Our strength he burneth the chariot in the fire. III. Our help 10.Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. CITY OF GOD V-4 11.The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is The Church may be called “The City of God” today our refuge. Selah. because Rab-sah-keh: Sennecherib’s general I. He dwells in it v-5 II. He founded it and built if (Matt. 16:18) A Mighty Fortress III. It derives all privileges and immunities from him I. God as helper 1-3 IV. He is the chief ruler or governor there. Isa 9:6-8; II. God in the midst 4-7 Matt 28 10-20 III. God the exalted one 8-11 V. It is his property Matt 16:18 VI. He draws the rent of it A Mighty Fortress is our God I. The refuge 1-3 I AM GOD V-10 A. How personal it is 1-a I. In that he is God, he is an absolutely and infinitely B. How powerful it is 1-b perfect being C. How permanent it is 2-3 II. As he is God he is so great, that he is infinitely II. The River 4-7 above all comprehension A. How impassive is its flow 4 III. As he is God, all things are his own B. How impotent is its foe 5-7 IV. In that he is God, he is worthy to be sovereign Note: over all things 1. The marvelous river 4 V. In that he is God, he will be sovereign and will act 2. The mysterious resident 5-7 as such III. The ruler 8-11 VI. In that he is God, he is able to avenge himself on A. The call to behold 8-9 those who oppress his sovereignty B. The call to believe 10-11 1. In God’s person 10a ZION’S BATTLE SONG Basis of Luther’s famous 2. In God’s plan 10b hymn “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” Song of the 3. In God’s presence 11 reformation WORD STUDY PSALM 46 V-1 God is our refuge and strength: The idea here is, that the people of God, in time of danger may find him to be what such a place of refuge would be. V-2 Though the earth be removed: The idea is, that they would not be afraid, though the convulsions than occurring in the world should be continued, and should be extended so far as to destroy the very earth itself. and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea: The idea is, that in any convulsion - any change- any threatened danger – they would place confidence in God, who ruled over all, and who could not change. V-3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled: The idea is, that they would not be afraid though everything should be in commotion, and be as unsettled as the restless waves of the ocean. V-4 There is a river: The idea here is simply that Jerusalem would be calm and serene admist all the external agitations in the world – calm as a gently flowing stream. V-5 God shall help her: That is, in her danger, he will interpose to save her. and that right early: The poetic idea here seems to refer to the day as having turned away from us at night, and then as turning about toward us in the morning, after having gone as it were, to the greatest distance from us. V-6 The kingdoms were moved: That is those who were invaded, as well as those that made the invasion. He uttered his voice: God spoke he gave command; he expressed his will. (Cmp. Gen. 1:3; Heb. 3:6) V-8 What desolation he hath made in the earth: The word desolations might refer to any ruin or overthrow, which he had brought upon the land of Israel, or on the nations abroad – the destruction of city, towns, or armies, as proof of his power, and of his ability to save those who put their trust in him. V-9 He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder: That is, he makes them useless, as a bow that is broken is of no value, or a spear that is cut into parts. He burneth the chariot in the fire: The idea here is, that God had wholly overthrown the foe, and had prevented all danger of his returning again for purpose of conquest. V-11 The Lord of hosts is with us: The truth thus conveyed was adopted to the people of God in all lands and at all times, as showing that God has power to defend his people against the most formidable enemies, and that all their interests are safe in his hands. PSALM 46:5-11 A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD We looked at Psalm 46; we started off ‘A mighty fortress is our God.’ We talked about how this was the Psalm that inspired the great Martin Luther reformation hymn, ‘A Mighty Fortress is our God.’ It’s a Psalm you get the picture of Hezekiah and all the armies around Israel, around Jerusalem. He calls out unto the Lord. We looked the last time I was here at the refuge, verses 1 through 3. This Psalm is broke up in three sections and at the end of each one is ‘Selah, how about that idea.’ So we looked at the refuge of God, verses 1 through 3 and we started off on the river, verses 4 through 7. So let’s look at the river real quickly. We talked about how impressive its flow is in verse 4, it says “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.” The river that we’re looking at here is the city of God, of course you go to Revelation 22:1, it says he saw the river of water of life proceeding out of the throne of God and from the Lamb. The river is representing the peace that comes to a person whenever they come to the Lord and know the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The river is just a great picture of the Lord and Savior and what he has done in the hearts and lives of those that are against him and the foes that are fighting him. The marvelous river that’s talked about in verse 4 somebody said the church of God today could be classified as the city of God because the Lord dwells in the church. He talks about in verse 5 “God is in the midst of her.” And the church the Lord Jesus is in the midst of her. He’s the founder of the church. He said to Simon Peter ‘Upon this rock I will build my church’ so Jesus is the founder. The church gets all of its doctrinal power and all of its encouragement from the Lord. The Lord Jesus is the chief ruler and governor of the church as it said in Isaiah 9:6-8. It is the property of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and he’s the one that’s drawing the rent on the property of the church. He’s the one that’s saving the souls and bring them into the presence of the kingdom of God Almighty. The mysteries of the church are the Lord Jesus Christ and the mystic power that is set up but has been revealed unto all mankind now. How God was going to reconcile himself back to man. But what we really want to look at today is the ruler of the mighty fortress. Look at verse 8, the ruler of the mighty fortress, “Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolation he hath made in the earth.” The first thing we see is the call to behold. Come behold, that means come and look at the work of the Lord. Look at what God has done in the land today. Look at the advance- ments that have been made in the church and the work of the Lord. Behold what God has done. You can look at how he brought desolation. I was reading this morning in my devotion time out of Lamentations, Jeremiah said how the city of Jerusalem, the city of God had been desolate and destroyed and rivers of water was running down his cheek. If we look at the church as being the city of God today look at how it’s desolate and destroyed. We’ve got people in the church today, preachers, people that call themselves men of God that does not believe in the virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ. They do not believe in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. They don’t believe the power of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They believe man can get saved other ways than through Jesus Christ. We’ve got people that believe that salvation is in the baptism, the washing away of the sin, it’s not in the blood, and they call themselves people of God. We’ve got people today that believe that the church today is going to go through the great tribulation, that God hasn’t delivered his church out of the great tribulation, they won’t believe the word of God. We’ve got all kinds of folks in the church of God and the Bible teaches very plainly and very clearly that the Lord God Almighty is in complete charge of things that’s going on around us. No accident has come, God says to us ‘behold, come and look at, take a gander at, cast your eyes, feast yours eyes upon what God hath done. Look at the mighty works of God. Look at how the Lord Jesus Christ is able to minister to the hearts and lives of individuals. Oh my friend don’t you ever think for one moment that the desolation that he has brought upon the earth means that God is not in control. No it means just the opposite, it means that God is going to bring judgment upon his people, he’s brought it upon Israel. And don’t you think for one moment that he’s not going to bring judgment upon his church. God’s going to bring judgment upon the church of the living God in the same way he brought it upon Israel. Whenever the church leaves the first love, they turn away from the first love; he gives us counsel over in the book of Revelation to come back to our first love. The church that has lost its first love has lost its desire to win the lost to Jesus Christ. We’ve got churches today that would rather be politically correct than to be spiritually correct. We’ve got all kinds of folks today that’s looking and longing for the glory of God to appear but the church is not allowing the Lord to work. It says in Revelation 3 to the church of Laodicea, he’s outside the church, the Lord is not in the church, He’s not in power in the church, so we need to be praying that the Lord will. He’s called us to come and behold, to look upon all the works of the desolation. We don’t have to have that desolation; we don’t have to see that. We can turn and get back to where we ought to be. Verse 9 he says, “He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth.” God is the only one that can do that. God can stop the wars that’s going on, the bitter wars that’s going on between nations; he can stop the war that’s going on between families. He can stop the war that’s going on in your heart and in your life right now, that rage of trying to find who you are. The young people seems to be fighting battles and wars today, raging out in battle against parents, for who’s right and who has the authority. My friend you might win the battle of authority over your parents by running away or something but you’ll loose the war, I guarantee you. But God’s able to put an end to those wars; he’s able to bring peace to the heart and lives of the individual through salvation in Jesus Christ. He’s able to bring peace through the family, to the family, in the family and all the way through the families that’s warring against other things that really don’t amount to a hill of beans. Other than the fact that one person didn’t get their way, another person got something that somebody else thought they should have had. He’s able to end wars through countries. We have different religions and battling going but the Lord Jesus is able to end those wars, he’s able to bring them to an end and to a stop. But the thing is you’ve got to be willing to let him do that. You’ve got to be willing to let the Lord Jesus Christ come into your heart and your life. You’ve got to be willing to allow him to put a stop to these bitter wars that’s going on. There has to be a desire in your heart to do that. The Bible says, “He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder.” In other words he’ll take those things that you are battling with, the battle instruments and he’ll put an end to them if you’ll allow him to do that. He’ll take the anger and the hurt and the heartache out and he’ll replace it with peace, with joy, with understanding. But you’ve got to be willing; you’ve got to really want the Lord Jesus Christ to move in your heart and in your life. Every single person that’s willing to let the Lord Jesus move in their heart, Jesus is willing to do that. He says, “He burneth the chariot in the fire.” He’ll not only put a stop to all of the wars and everything that’s going on but he will bring joy and peace by getting rid of all of those battles and all of those things that has left carnage through your life. The Lord Jesus is able to destroy that. He’ll break the bow, he’ll cut up the spear and he’ll burn the chariot in fire. He’ll put a stop to all those hurts and those heartaches. That’s what the Lord Jesus wants to do in your life. That’s what he did in my life. That’s what he wants to do in the heart and live of every single solitary person. He wants you to realize that the mighty fortress that you need is to come to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the fortress. He is the rock of salvation. He is the mighty arm of God. He is the one that is able to divide the bone from the marrow. He is the one that’s able to give forth the words that’s able to change the heart and lives of individuals. He is the one that’s able to take that hurt and that heartache, that bitterness out and replace it with joy, with peace, with understanding. He’s the one that’s able to stop that divorce and put families back together. He is one that’s able to bring moms and dads, sons and daughters back to where they ought to be as a family loving one another, enjoying each other. It’s the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he is the answer. He is the power, he is the authority, he is the one that can put the stop to the wars and that’s what he wants to do. We are called to behold, to look at what he’s done. Look at the testimonies of the lives that the Lord Jesus has brought forth. Look at those lives that was destroyed and ruined and the Lord Jesus has come and put those lives back together. Look at the lives around you. You don’t need some Hollywood person coming in and giving some kind of testimony of what the Lord has done in their live. Look at the families around you. Look at the people in your own life that you know that the Lord Jesus Christ has made a difference in their life. How many people do you know that you’ve seen the Lord Jesus touch their heart and touch their life? And their life was changed and now they’re in the service of the Lord doing what God would have them do. You say ‘yeah but preacher there are still some that said the Lord changed their lives and they’re right back out in sin.’ Yeah I understand that but you remember the Bible says that the Lord is a mighty fortress and those that really come to him, they don’t have a false peace, they don’t have a cheap peace, they don’t have a peace that’s not able to withstand in times of trouble and heartache. The ones that really stand for the Lord, he’s going to be with them, he’s going to pull them through those hard times. You say ‘preacher, how do you come about that?’ Look at verse 10; here we have the call to believe. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.’ He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” I’m the person that you need. Just to be still when trials and tribulations and heartaches come, what do you do? You get alone with God. ‘Just be still and know that I am God.’ It doesn’t matter what happened. It doesn’t matter man might thing, what man might say. God said ‘just be still, know that it’s me.’ ‘Because I’m going to be exalted, it doesn’t matter what man says or what man does.’ It doesn’t matter what the president or the king or the ruler does. God said ‘I will be exalted.’ It might be lions ten and Christians nothing right now but folks if you read the last book you find that we win. God says ‘I will be exalted, I will be exalted among the heathen, those that do not know my name, those that will not call my name, I will be exalted.’ It doesn’t matter whether you like it, it doesn’t matter whether you don’t God said ‘I will be exalted.’ In other worlds I’m going to be lifted up. Those that are now in charge of the media, those that are in charge of Hollywood, those that are in charge of government is going to recognize him. They are going to see him as the King of kings and Lord of lords. They are going to see him lifted up and exalted. He said, “I will be exalted in the earth.” Not only in so-called Christian America but in all the world. Every place in the earth is going to see Jesus. The Muslims, the Hindus, the Buddhist, the Confucius, the Jews, all of them are going to see Jesus high and lifted up. Jesus will not take second place to anybody, not now not ever. Jesus Christ is able to put a stop to the wars and things that’s going on all over the world, in every home and in every heart. He says, “I will be exalted.” So we’re called to behold and look upon and believe upon the person of God. In verse 10 he says, “I will be exalted in the earth.” We’re called to look upon the peace or the plan of God. The peace that he’s going to bring through the plan of being exalted. God’s plan is being worked out right now. Everything is going according to schedule and God is going to bring peace whenever the plan of God is fulfilled. Peace will come into your heart. Peace will come into your home. Peace will come into your community. Whenever we start getting God back in our schools and back in our classrooms. We don’t need more gun laws; we need more of God and less of the things of this world. Let’s start getting the righteousness and the purity and the holiness of God back in our homes, back in our personal lives and we’ll see these wars stopping and we’ll behold and see Jesus Christ exalted in all the earth. Then verse 11 says, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” God has promised in Hebrews 13:5 he says, “I will never thee nor forsake thee.” He is the God of everlasting life. He is the God that promises to stick closer than a brother. He is the one that says ‘whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ It is Jesus that said ‘whoever calls upon me, I will in no wise cast out.’ It is Jesus that said ‘you come unto me and I will give you the gift of God which is eternal life.’ Jesus is the author, the finisher of our faith. He is the mighty fortress that we all need to look to. He is the rock of ages. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the root of the tribe of Judah. He is the bright and morning star. He is the lily of the valley. He is the salvation of the soul of man. It is Jesus Christ and he says the God of Jacob, he is Jesus Christ. He is with us. He will stop that war in your home. He will stop that war in your soul. He will stop that war in your life if you’ll come to him. You say ‘preacher, how can I come to him?’ Very simple, my friend, all you have to do is admit you’re a sinner, tell Jesus Christ you’re sorry, and invite Jesus Christ into your life. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, he will in no wise cast out. Jesus Christ wants to save your soul. He wants to forgive you of your sin. He wants to cleanse you. He wants to wash you, make you all that you can be for the glory of God. If you would simply pray that prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, I’m a sinner, I’m sorry that I’ve sinned. Come into my heart and save me.’ Jesus Christ will come and will give you the gift of God, which is eternal life. He wants to save you more than you want to be saved. I pray in the name of Jesus that you’ll let him do that today. Will you allow him to do that?
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