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When We Have Doubts     Oct. 25, 2009      Psa. 73:1-5, 12-20, 25-28


Introduction

       Doubts come from a lack of faith. The Bible tells us faith comes by hearing. So if we want to erase doubts we must hear and apply the word of God by trusting what it says to every area of possible doubt.

 

1.   When We have Doubts;   Our. . Perspective May Be Out Of Focused. 73:1-5

A.   Thinking . . Enviously May Cause Our Perspective To Be Out Of Focus. 73:1-3

       1 Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the boastful, When I saw the prosperity of the

       wicked.

 

B.   Thinking . . Erroneously May Cause Our Perspective To Be Out Of Focus. 73:4-5

       4 For there are no pangs in their death, But their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men,

       Nor are they plagued like other men.


       Do we ever become envious of others? As a young man at a large airport I would regularly see men who looked like mafia bosses. Their arrogant attitudes and obvious flare of wealth caused me to think they were blessed beyond what they deserved. Then I would think about these kind of Psalms and I would walk with the step of a blessed man, blessed beyond those with the world’s wealth. My thought process changed from one thinking enviously, or erroneously to one thinking with a spiritual perspective. Spiritual thinking definitely

makes a difference. If you read verses six through eleven you will understand this better.


 

2.   When We have Doubts; Our . . Perception May Be Out Of Focus. 73:12-20

       A.   Our Perception May Be Focused To Much On The . . Material. 73:12-16

              12 Behold, these are the ungodly, Who are always at ease; They increase in riches. 13 Surely I have

              cleansed my heart in vain, And washed my hands in innocence. 14 For all day long I have been

              plagued, And chastened every morning. 15 If I had said, "I will speak thus,"Behold, I would have been

               untrue to the generation of Your children. 16 When I thought how to understand this, It was too

               painful for me —

 

       B.   Our Perception May Not Be Focused Enough On . . Mortality. 73:17-20

17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. 18 Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. 19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awakes, So, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.


       Sometimes too much of our perception Of The facts focuses through dollar signs. All of us need money and sometimes an improved lifestyle can be afforded with money but many a heartache also has been hidden in what seemed to be an improved lifestyle. Today while in The Baptist Bookstore in St. Louis I noted a book authored by Country and Western Singer Alan Jackson’s wife, Denise Jackson, titled; It’s All About Him.” On the back cover it tells briefly of the kind of problems this couple experienced and our lesson addresses. Doubts many times come as an individual’s perception looks at the material as the basis of their focus on life’s qualities. Did you ever hear about the wealthy person who died and another person asked, “how much did he leave,” The

answer came, “he left it all.” Most of us would like to leave our children and grandchildren wealth that could make their life’s easier but our greatest legacy might very well be tied to qualities in the spiritual realm. My mother left my two sisters and I a small amount of money. But in my opinion the greatest legacy my mother left was the concept of faithfulness to the Lord and His church. My mother’s rewards in heaven far out weigh any material blessings.

3.   When We have Doubts; Our . . Pleasure In The Lord May Be Out Of Focus. 73:25-28

A. The Pleasurable Thoughts Of . . Heaven and Home. 73 25-26

25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. 26 My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

B. The Pleasurable Thoughts Of . . Harboring Trust In The Lord. 73 27-28

27 For indeed, those who are far from You shall perish; You have destroyed all those who desert You for harlotry. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, That I may declare all Your works. NKJV

 

We may become weak and frail but in Christ we know we have a heavenly home. We know eternal life is

the promise of an individual’s faith in Christ. What a pleasure overflows for the believer who knows the peace that passes understanding. No wonder the text says, “ there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.”

When our hearts become a place to harbor trust in the Lord we can declare all His works and they become a great reminder to us When We Have Doubts, Amen? Amen!