Sunday, August 31, 2008

8月31日 Waiting for God

Been reading in the Psalm of late. Psalm 73 was a great help to me and I guess some of you would agree it helped you as well.

Today, I’d like to explore some more in detail from another Psalm. This time, it is Psalm 130. Let’s read it together. This was ‘called out’ as people came toward the Holy City of David, Jerusalem. It is called a Song of Ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to You, O LORD
2 O Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If You, O LORD, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with You there is forgiveness;
therefore You are feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in His word I put my hope
6 My soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with Him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

1 ああ神様。 私は失意のどん底から、あなたの助けを叫び求めます。 2「お願いですから、私の訴えを聞いて、助けてください。」
3,4もし、神様がいつまでも私たちの罪を心に留められるのでしたら、とうてい、この祈りも聞いてはいただけないでしょう。 しかし、恐れ多いことですが、神様は赦してくださるお方です。 5だからこそ、お助けを信じつつ、期待をこめて待っているのです。 6見張りの者が夜明けを待つよりも切実に、神様を待ち望んでいます。
7 イスラエルよ、神様を信じて希望を持ちなさい。 神様は恵み深く親切で、両腕いっぱいの祝福をかかえておいでになるからです。8神様は、罪の奴隷となったイスラエルを買い戻してくださいます。

We have been talking about Prayer and our working through the problems we might be facing with the answers or non answers we find in this arena.

Who is the one who can provide such help? Let’s look over this psalm and see how we can grow in a deeper knowledge with Him and in doing that, will drive our hearts to the One who made us.

Cry- sometimes we call things unfair or say "poor me!"

# Psalm 17:1 Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips.
詩篇17:1 主よ、聞いてください、正しい訴えを。耳に留めてください、私の叫びを。耳に入れてください、欺きのくちびるからでない私の祈りを
# Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.
詩篇18:6 私は苦しみの中に主を呼び求め、助けを求めてわが神に叫んだ。主はその宮で私の声を聞かれ、御前に助けを求めた私の叫びは、御耳に届いた。
# Psalm 22:2 O my God, I cry out by day, but You do not answer, by night, and am not silent.
詩篇22:2 わが神。昼、私は呼びます。しかし、あなたはお答えになりません。夜も、私は黙っていられません。
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
詩篇32:17 彼らが叫ぶと主は聞いてくださる。
Psalm 86:6 Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.
# Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.
# Psalm 119:147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in Your Word.
詩篇119:147 私は夜明け前に起きて叫び求めます。

In the New Testament:
Luke 7:12-14 (NIV) As He approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, "Don't cry."
Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!"

The lady was NOT calling out to the Lord: Did not even know He was there. She was in deep pain. Once this male was buried, all her life would change. She'd have nothing. Jesus saw the need and spoke His peace into it. "Don't cry!" Very hard to do when the floor has fallen in and there is no light AT ALL.

Tell me, are you carrying anything dead on your back...something that has died and you have not dealt with it? Maybe something you have not even asked Jesus' help with? You need to know that He sees your pain and hears the cry of your heart. Cry to Him. To cry is not to admit to failure, but to admit you need help. Jesus will answer and lift your burden after you give it to Him. (This does not mean you will never have no...the problems will be there but so will the Power of Christ IN you. He has promised to be there. You need to be open to His leading.)

# Luke 18:7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

God is not like a man! A very big difference. He is able to deliver you!

Fear-of future, things that I can’t control or need to control--(out of my control!)

Wait-for answers, things to finish so you can move on to the next thing to wait for, for the unexpected, second coming

Place-as in setting things in order, giving up your right to certain things in order to move on.

I.E. Matt 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” As Peter Scazzero puts it: “Lord, help me to find safety in You as I embrace my vulnerability, humanity and limits. Provide grace for me to not pretend or lie or deny the pain of life, thus avoiding both reality and You. May I pay attention this day to the loss and grief around me, and be willing to wait for You in what often appears to be a “confusing in-between.” I place my hope in You, O Lord, and in Your unfailing love.”

He goes on to write from Matt 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Peter prays: “Lord, grant me grace today to wait on You. You know my tendency to get angry, frustrated, and impatient with others, myself, and my circumstances. Almighty God, help me to drop my defenses this day and be approachable, kind, merciful, non-defensive and appropriately assertive. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my Hope.” Ps 130:5

Waiting for God is like catching each rain drop in a typhoon. Who can do that and with what?

Forgive _ His Main thing. His act on the Cross did it all. Jesus dies to being Mankind--all of us--to Himself. He paid the huge price to reconcile the world to Him. There was a gap.

No man could bridge it. No way was man able to! He was not made for that task. God provided a way: His Perfect Son. He took our place/our punishment when He was nailed to the Cross.

That might produce guilt but what God is looking for is a willingness to ALLOW Him into your life--to BE your life, so that He can live in you and give you real life in His Name

Redeem _ again, this is the Main thing of the Gospel. His blood for our sin. He ‘turned in’ His Blood as a payment worthy of the cost and penalty.

Hear _ THAT is what we wait for. That is what we long for. That He would hear us. Blessing is ours, He already had. He hears our heart cry when our world falls in. In our despair and in our pain, He hears. For I will put my trust in the One who can be trusted! In God, I trust.

Next week, we will celebrate the Lord's Table. Come ready to remember what He has done. It is not a sad time. Be ready to express your JOY!

Also, next week, service will start at 10:30!

May His Grace fill you as you seek to please Him.