131027 Psalm 145

Last Updated on Monday, 28 October 2013 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: Psalm 145 (selected verses)

Sermon Theme: How Do I Show That The LORD is #1 in My Life?

 

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts.

The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

 

I want us to begin by looking at a few pictures. A football player may win the Super Bowl and hold up a finger indicating that he and his teammates are #1. A fan may wear a "foam finger" so that everyone is able to see that he thinks the Packers are #1. Someone may even buy a license plate proclaiming themselves to be the Packers #1 fan. There are many different ways for fans to show that they think their favorite sports team is #1. But...how do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? Today we want to use God's Word from the Psalm of the Day to help us answer that question.

How do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? The first answer to that question from Psalm 145 is this, "Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom." I will show that the LORD is #1 in my life as I gladly and willingly worship him. This means that I will not make excuses of why I can't be in worship on a regular basis. Rather, I look forward to the opportunities I have to meet together with my brothers and sisters in Christ at the Lord's house. As King David writes in Psalm 122, "I rejoiced with those who said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the LORD.'" I will gladly and willingly give the LORD my worship and praise, not just here in his house, but each day of his grace that he gives to me. This means that I worship the LORD at all times and in all places by giving thanks and praise to my Savior-God. As we are told in 1 Corinthians 10, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

How do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? Another answer to that question from Psalm 145 is this, "One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts." I will show that the LORD is #1 in my life by not keeping to myself what I know to be true from God's Word. The importance of the ministry of our Lutheran Elementary School, our Sunday Bible School and all our other ministry efforts for our young people come to mind when I hear these words of Psalm 145. When I come across someone who questions a teaching of the Bible or is trying to defend something that goes against Scripture, I will stand up for the truth of God's Word. I will also show that the LORD is #1 in my life as I share with others the Good News about Jesus Christ. I will make use of all the opportunities I have in a particular day to tell someone about my Savior. Just as the Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians chapter 2, "When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power."

How do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? A third answer to that question from Psalm 145 is this, "The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down." With my head bowed down in shame, I confess my many sins. I do so, confident that the one who "upholds me" and who "lifts me up" is the one who promised mankind a Savior from sin. I confess that I am not able to uphold myself or lift myself up in forgiveness that I have earned for myself. But, I have peace knowing that I enjoy the forgiveness of all of my sins through Jesus Christ, my Savior. Confident that Jesus has won my forgiveness, I am able to pray this prayer found in our hymnal: "O Lord, my God, I called to you for help, and you answered me. I thank you for the love you have shown me in Jesus Christ, my Savior. Through him you have rescued me from the guilt of my sin and given me the peace of forgiveness. Help me fight against temptation, correct whatever wrongs I can, and serve you and those around me with love and good works."

How do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? We have yet another answer to this question from the verses of Psalm 145. "The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." Often times these words are said at the time of a meal. But these are much more than just some nice words for us to say before we eat. I will show others that that the LORD is #1 in my life by trusting his promises to provide for me. At a time when so much is happening in the world today or in my personal life right now, I will not worry or complain. Rather, I will make it clear to others that I have put everything in the Lord's hands, trusting his promises, "that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" and that nothing "in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

How do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? There is one final answer to this question that we draw out from Psalm 145. From God's Word we read, "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them." I show that the LORD is #1 in my life as I pray boldly and confidently that my Savior-God hears and answers each one of my prayers. In James chapter 5 we are told that "the prayer of a righteous man [ a believer ] is powerful and effective." And in Psalm 34 the Holy Spirit gave these words to King David, which not only talk about having confidence in prayer, but serve as a good summary of everything we have talked about today, "I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing."

It is only by the work of God the Holy Spirit and the power of God's Word that you and I know the LORD as the one true God. How do I show that the LORD is #1 in my life? It is only by the work of God the Holy Spirit and the power of God's Word that you and I are able to say along with King David, the writer of Psalm 145, "Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen."

 

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