Psalm 62:7-9; Psalm 20:7; Jeremiah 17:5-8
Devotional: John 14:1-6
written by Pastor Nathaniel Jordan – New Gardners Church Of God In Christ
taught on 6/21/22
7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
- Tonight’s Bible Study, as you guessed from the title is about trusting and believing in God. With all the confusion, sickness, hatred, violence, and evil around us, we must stay rooted in the word of God and His promises. We can’t place our faith, hope, well-being, or our lives in humankind because people will change on you while you’re looking at them. People will harm you just to satisfy their selfish and greedy ambitions.
- As saints of God, we have the assurance we will make it through the promises of God and our obedience to Him.
- Psalm 62:7-9
- The word salvation in the English dictionary is defined as preservation or deliverance from harm, or loss. In the Old Testament, salvation sometimes refers to deliverance from danger and deliverance of the weak from an oppressor. In the New Testament salvation is deliverance from the power of sin and its consequences. David declares that God is his salvation and glory, the rock of his strength and refuge.
- Question: When you hear of David’s description of God in this passage, what comes to mind?
- Psalm 20:7
- In the days of David and afterward, an army’s strength and effectiveness depended upon the chariot. A chariot was pulled by powerful horses and the army that possessed them was feared.
- Sometimes the issues in our lives may seem like we’re going up against a giant or an army of chariots and horses. The chariots of our day are not only tanks and heavy war machines, but it could symbolize the challenges we face today. Some of our challenges can seem overwhelming and there’s nothing we can do against them but look at what David said; “But we will remember the name of the Lord, our God”. When we’re overwhelmed and defeat seems near, we should remember the Lord our God who showed Himself strong for us in the past. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
- Question: What are some challenges you’ve faced or are facing that seem like an army of chariots coming after you?
- Jeremiah 17:5-8
- It is foolish to place our trust in anything over our trust in God. When we think of the word “curse” we associate it with something really bad. If we put our trust in a man, our own ability, and depart from the Lord’s commandments and adopt our own, we will be in a tough situation where we will experience natural and spiritual death.
- Depending on anything or anyone else puts us in a dead and dry situation.
- If we trust God and have made Him their hope we are like a tree planted by the water. Our roots will run will deep, the Living Water will keep us nourished and we will produce fruit in this barren world we live in.
- Question: Can you remember a time when you put your trust in someone or something that left you feeling empty and stranded?
- Our government is divided and can’t come to an agreement on issues as important as protecting the children. Too many government politicians are interested in personal wealth and status while forsaking the ones who voted for them, who they are sworn to serve. Governments all over the world are skillful at keeping the people divided with political affiliations, race relations, and now high prices. People have actually been assaulted physically and verbally because they didn’t agree with what others believed.
- But believers of Christ, our Lord, should never involve ourselves with anything that isn’t like God.
- We shouldn’t argue about what’s taking place today.
- We shouldn’t dislike someone because their opinion is different than ours.
- We shouldn’t worry about anything during this economical crisis we’re in.
- Don’t let your heart become troubled. Believe in God and His Son. There is a preparation going on. We can’t see it, but we have the promise that where Jesus is now, we will someday be there too.
- We should always trust God. We should always trust these and many other words of God.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
- Matthew 6:33 – 34 – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
- Revelation 21:1-5 – Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”