be restored in '24: Power
Our Lent sermon series with Chris Hodges, The Daniel Dilemma will begin next week, February 18. Be sure to sign up for a small group. We come to the end of our sermon series Be Restored in ’24. This is actually the second ending to this series. It seemed like something was missing, so we think this is the actual ending. The thing that seemed to be missing is an important reality and it is the subject of the final sermon, Power. We live in a world where people are rated and celebrated based on power. Social, economic, political, and personal are all forms of power. This is Superbowl weekend and two teams will contend for the number one team in the NFL. It will be watched by billions of people. A certain number of people will not care about the Chiefs or the 49ers, they will be more focused on Taylor Swift! A different sort of power! What about the power of restoration? This power could be the power of healing or wholeness. It could be the power to redeem and forgive. God is in the restoration business but more importantly, God has the power to transform us. Perhaps one clearest expression of this power is found in Psalm 27. These words are beautiful and filled with courage in the midst of enemies, war, conflict, and haters. Despite all of these problems, there is a confidence that runs through this Psalm that is captivating to our hearts and imaginations. King David doesn’t simply tell us to “shake it off” when it comes to the problems we confront. He was truly inspired by the Holy Spirit to share with us a vision of God’s power to give us courage and strength in the heat of the battle! This is the power we need as we confront our fear, despair, and the seemingly insignificance of our lives. There is a lot of tension in this Psalm because the enemy is a constant threat but God’s power is always greater! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, King David shares with all believers some simple steps that will help us live into God’s power. The tension of the enemy and the conflict will always be present but it will not overwhelm God’s child! Our prayer is that you will be lifted above the enemy you are confronting through the gracious power of our Savior and Shepherd, Jesus Christ as you read Psalm 27.
Psalm 27:1 Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. 7 Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (NIV)