120930 Psalm 31

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: Psalm 31 (verses taken from CW)

Sermon Theme: Surely It Is God Who Saves Me!

 "You are a real life saver!" Maybe you said this to someone who helped you out after your computer at home crashed and you thought you had lost everything. With just a few clicks of a mouse, within a matter of minutes, they found what you thought was lost forever. There are people who have jobs that require them to be real "life-savers". For example, maybe we think of a lifeguard, who will jump into a pool to save someone who is drowning. Maybe we think of a firefighter, who will run into a burning building to rescue a child who is trapped by the flames. Today, you and I give all thanks and praise to our Savior-God, who is your lifesaver and mine. It is Jesus Christ who pulled us out when we were drowning in the deep waters of our sins. It is Jesus Christ who rescued you and me from the eternal flames of hell. Because of the forgiveness of sins that Jesus Christ won for you, you are able to say today, "Surely it is God who saves me!"

If you haven't already done so, I would invite you to open your hymnals to page 77. There you will find several verses from Psalm 31 printed for you. These are not all the verses from Psalm 31, but these are the verses from God's Word that we will look at together today. First, King David was led by God the Holy Spirit to write: "In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; deliver me in your righteousness." Notice that David knows who his true lifesaver is. It is not himself. It is not his personal bodyguards or even his entire army of soldiers. If he were with us here today, David would say, "Surely it is God who saves me!" David's Savior is the one and only true God. David's Savior is the LORD, who back in the Garden of Eden promised mankind a Savior. It is the LORD God who repeated that promise throughout the 1,000s of years of the Old Testament. It is the LORD who fulfilled that promise in Jesus Christ.

In the verses before us, the God who saves you and me is described in this way: "Be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me." This brings to mind what Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew chapter 7 we read these words of our Savior, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Who is your rock? Who is your strong fortress? Who has you and me in his hands? "Surely, it is God who saves me!" Or, as we read from Psalm 31, "Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth."

Because of your sins and my sins, you and I know from God's Law that the only thing we deserve from the holy and just God is eternal death and punishment. As a perfect God who tells us that he hates sin, the LORD has every right to hate you and me. But what does God's Word from Psalm 31 tell us about our God's attitude toward you and me? "My times are in your hands; save me in your unfailing love." God's attitude toward you and me is not hatred. Rather, it is "unfailing love." It is this unfailing, unconditional love, which sent Jesus to redeem you and me – that is, to pay in full the price demanded for your sins and mine. The unfailing love of our Savior-God freely saves you and me. This unfailing love places you and me in the almighty and all-loving hands of our Savior-God. Because of the LORD's unfailing love, you and I are able to say, "Surely, it is God who saves me!"

Because of our LORD's unfailing love, you and I are also able to say with all confidence along with King David, "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you." The unfailing love of the LORD is like a huge grain bin or silo, which is filled to the top with his goodness; and that goodness will never run out. This brings to mind the words of Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Finally, because the LORD is our Savior-God who won our forgiveness, because the LORD is our rock solid foundation, because he showers us with his goodness day after day, we can go to him with our prayers, confident that he hears and answers each one of those prayers. As we read from God's Word, "You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help."

"Surely, it is God who saves me!" What great comfort is found in this section of God's Word! For our Wisconsin Synod and for our congregation, as we face the challenges of ministry in our world today, we know that our rock-solid foundation is the Lord of the Church. For us as individuals, when facing troubles or difficulties in our personal lives, what great comfort and peace are ours, knowing that each one of us can say, "Surely it is God who saves me!" The same Savior who came to offer up his life as the payment price for your sins and mine, is the same Savior who rose in victory over the grave. Jesus is the almighty Savior, who ascended to his place of power and authority. Jesus is the ever-loving Savior who makes you and me the promise that he is ever watching over us, listening to and answering each one of our prayers. Because of Jesus our Savior we are able to sing in the words of the refrain to Psalm 31 found in our hymnals, "Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior." Let us join to sing Psalm 31 on page 77.

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