Today’s Scripture:

1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise him, O ye servants of the Lord.2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God,3 Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.4For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

5 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.  Psalm 135:1-6

Introduction:

Greetings friends.  I am extremely sorry for the delay in messages, but I’ve been a little busier that usual.  For those of you who don’t follow along with us on Facebook…we have a new member to the Kizer household…an 8 month old puppy named Vinni.  I’m still learning to balance life, and you know I believe that’s the greatest challenge in ministry.

There’s so much to learn how to balance.  I work a secular job, I have a family (that now includes a new puppy), I am studying and working towards obtaining my Associates Degree, I’ve got church services at New Life Christian Center, I’ve Discipleship Track meetings every other week, extended family functions, writing these messages…and some where in there I’m needing to find my own devotional time apart from my messages and studies so that I can have my personal encounters with God…and somewhere in there I still try to keep up with the Chicago White Sox, Washington Redskins, and try to find some “me” time in there as well.

So…if I may solicit your prayers that God would be able to help me and teach me to maintain a good balance so that nothing is overlooked…but also that nothing gets too much time either.  Thus…the need to learn that thing called balance…making sure everything gets time without over or under doing it.

Anyways…please keep me before the Lord in prayer.  I would greatly appreciate it…and with all that said…let’s get into today’s message:  PSALM 135 AND THE PLEASURE OF GOD IN ALL HE DOES

Today’s Message:

The psalm begins by calling us to praise the Lord: Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord. Then, starting in verse 3 the psalmist gives us reasons for why we should feel praise rising in our hearts toward God. It says, for example (verse 3), “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.”

Do I have to tell you that it’s necessary to give God glory, honor and praise?  I hope that I wouldn’t have to tell you that, but it seems to me that one of the other epidemics that’s sweeping through congregations across the country is this apathetic worship of our God.

Now, I don’t know about you…but I can’t worship God that way.  I don’t dance, shout, and get down…but I still make sure to worship God is a way that He knows I mean business with Him.  There are times I do shout, I do dance, I do jump for joy, but that’s usually in my private time with Him.  But…I can’t be in church and have my hands in my pocket…but there are so many who can.

For people who worship God that way…I just have to wonder if they’ve been delivered of anything only He can deliver them of, or if they’ve even had that once in a lifetime experience with God that changed their lives for ever.  I know I have had that experience…and that’s why I’m like that blind man who says:  “You don’t know like I know what my Jesus has done for me.  So, I can’t help but worship like I worship, I can’t help but to praise like I praise, and I can’t help but to write and teach and preach like I do…because my God’s done such wondrous things for me.”

The list of reasons for praise goes on until it comes to verse 6, and this is the verse I want to focus on:

Whatever the Lord pleases he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.

Whatever the Lord pleases…He does.  Do you know that when God made you He was pleased?  I imagine that after every person He creates He does just like He did with Adam…and blesses every person and calls them good.  Just an opinion of mine.  I’ve no biblical evidence to support that, but I believe that God looks at every person He creates and just as He did with everything He created:  “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

Psalm 115:3 says the same thing:

Our God is in the heavens;
he does whatever he pleases.

There isn’t anyone that tells God what to do.  He doesn’t seek counsel for anything He does at all.  God does what He wants…when He wants…how He wants…and why He wants to do things.  He has His own reasoning, and He never once was concerned with what anyone else thinks about what He does…He just does…what He pleases.

ALWAYS FREE, NEVER CONSTRAINED
This verse teaches that whenever God acts, he acts in a way that pleases him. God is never constrained to do a thing that he despises. He is never backed into a corner where his only recourse is to do something he hates to do. He does whatever he pleases. And therefore, in some sense, he has pleasure in all that he does.

These texts and many others should lead us to bow before God and praise his sovereign freedom — that in some sense at least he always acts in freedom, according to his own “good pleasure,” following the dictates of his own delights.

God never becomes the victim of circumstance. He is never forced into a situation where he must do something in which he cannot rejoice. He is not mocked. He is not trapped or cornered or coerced.

I love how this is written.  I really couldn’t say it any better, and therefore I’m going to let this speak for itself.  What an awesome and mighty God we serve.  I do believe one thing…that there is an apathetic and lack of awe of God that’s rampant within the Body of Christ today.  The Bible says that a good healthy fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  There are a lot of people in the Body of Christ who are lacking in wisdom…not because they fail to ask for it, but because they fail to use the wisdom they have…and choose for whatever reason to have very little awe, respect or wonder when it comes to the God that created them…He is still Sovereign, and too many people in the church forget that today.

A FRAGRANT OFFERING
Even at the one point in history where he did what in one sense was the hardest thing for God to do, “not spare his own Son” (Romans 8:32), God was free and doing what pleased him. Paul says that the self-sacrifice of Jesus in death was “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2). The greatest sin and the greatest death and the hardest act of God was pleasing to the Father.

And on his way to Calvary Jesus himself had legions at his disposal. “No one takes my life from me; I lay it down of my own accord” — of his own good pleasure, for the joy that is set before him. At the one point in the history of the universe where Jesus looked trapped, he was totally in charge doing precisely what he pleased — dying to justify the ungodly like you and me.

“No one takes my life from me; I lay it down of my own accord” — of his own good pleasure, for the joy that is set before him.  The Cross was endured by His good pleasure…are you kidding me?  How anyone can know that and still have the lack of reverence and awe for the King of kings and Lord of lords is beyond my comprehension.  I mean…seriously!?!  How can you not after knowing what Jesus endured before the Cross, on His way to the Cross, and then on the Cross…read that He did it for His good pleasure…and not have any reverence or awe for Him?

Oh…that our eyes may see God in a different light today.  May we repent of our lack luster way of seeking and relating to Him.  Let us ask Him to forgive us for our apathetic attitude, and lack of awe and reverence for Him.  Father, forgive us for taking You so for granted…and not giving You the rightful glory, honor, and reverence that You are due.  In Jesus’ name…Amen

So let us stand in awe and wonder. And let us tremble that not only our praises of God’s sovereignty but also our salvation through the death of Christ for us, hang on this: “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever he pleases

And with that I’ll close this message.  Let us stand in awe and wonder.  For our God is in heaven…and He does what ever He wants…and what ever He pleases…Amen!?!

Conclusion:

Friend, every once in a while the conclusion of the message needs to be an altar call of sorts.  I just sense that maybe there might be a few of you reading this that don’t have a relationship with God at all…and you’re wanting to know this Jesus that gave His life for you so that you and God could have a relationship.  I want you to know that the Bible says that:  “If you believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth that God was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world to Himself, and that what Jesus did on the Cross was for you…and you would like to give your heart and life to Jesus that if you are a whosoever…and you call upon the name of the Lord to be saved…then you will be just that…saved.

It’s not complicated.  All ya need to do is pray this simple little prayer out loud with all your heart and believing that when you say “Amen” you’ll be a new creation.

“Heavenly Father, I come to You in the name of Jesus.  I admit that I am a whosoever, and I have not called upon the name of Jesus to be my Lord and Savior…but I want to do that now.  I believe what Jesus did on the Cross was for my sin…and Your Word says that as a whosoever if I will call upon the name of the Lord to be saved…I am.  Therefore, I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  I ask You Jesus to come into my heart and I thank You for making me a new creation.  I thank You for what You did upon the Cross for me, and I am stating by faith today that I have called upon the name of the Lord…and I am saved.  In Jesus’ name…Amen.

Friend…if you just prayed that simple prayer…you’re now a citizen of Heaven, and Jesus Christ is now your Lord and Savior.  I would encourage you to seek out a good, strong Bible preaching and teaching church to get plugged into…and that you get a Bible of your own and start studying.  If you’re new and never studied the Bible for yourself…I have a resource available to you that I use in my own personal devotional time.

If you’ll email me at christlikeministriesarkansas@yahoo.comwith your name, and address I will make sure to get a copy of the Our Daily Bread Devotional Magazine to you right away.

Well…glory to God…we’ve completed another message…and we will finish up this series over the next couple of days.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)

Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer
Christlike Ministries NWA