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Salvation from Zion (Study on Psalm 14)-Part 2

Key Scripture:

Psalms 14:7 (KJV)  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!
when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people,
Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

SUMMARY

Salvation from Zion should be our prayer in the perilous times we live in. It is easy to follow the norms of the world and live a life void of any accountability. However, the Bible tells us that kind of lifestyle is a foolish one. None of us ought to be fools and this sermon helps us learn from Psalms 14, the principles we should live by to witness the salvation of God in and through our lives in this dark world.

SERMON POINTS

How can Salvation come our way?

The Psalmist begins the psalm by saying that,

Psalms 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

That is what he sees around him and that is definitely what we can observe when we look at our world and the abominations that fills it. This makes us really wonder if we have any hope of being saved.

There were days when anyone could share the gospel; but these have become difficult days with many churches being closed, Bibles burnt and pastors targeted.

If we want the Lord our God to move and bring about our salvation, there are 7 principles that we can learn from King David’s Psalm which makes him plead with the Lord for the salvation and restoration of His people.

When we live by these, we can be rest assured that our prayer for salvation can move the hand of God to come and do things for us.

Principles that help us see the Salvation of God

  1. Being people of faith.

Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)   But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The opposite of a foolish person, according to the Word of God is a man of faith. This is because the Bible says that those who come to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Our lives must reflect the fear of God

King Solomon says that it is our duty to fear God.

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.(Ecclesiastes 12:13,14)

St. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:10 that we are accountable to Him for everything done in our body.

Therefore, it is essential for us to make choices in life that will reveal the faith we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Out of reverence for the Lord and His Word , we live and work for Him.

In the book of James, we read that God has called us to be rich in faith.

James 2:5 (KJV)   Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

God has chosen us to be rich in faith and thereby become heirs of the kingdom. Salvation came in search of us who were poor and who had no righteousness to boast about.

Our faith in God is very powerful, that is also why the enemy tries to give us a faith attack every day by throwing fiery darts of doubt and sin into our lives.( Ephesians 6:16)

The Lord Jesus tells Simon Peter in Luke 22:31,32, that the devil wanted to sift him but the Lord assures Peter that He has prayed that his faith will not falter. The Lord intercedes for us even today so that our faith in Him will not falter when we go through trials. (John 17; Hebrews 7:25)

There are many in the Bible who lived such faith lifestyles and the Lord honoured their faith. Noah was building an ark when the world was busy in its evil ways. ( Hebrews 11:7)

Abraham at age 100, went up the mountain to sacrifice his only son, having the faith that God would be able to raise him up again. (Hebrews 11:17-19)

The Bible records how the Lord God came into the furnace as the 4th Man to rescue Daniel’s 3 friends who were cast into a furnace for refusing to bow down to the golden image. (Daniel 3:25)

That is what happens when the people of God stand for God, He will most definitely come through for us and save. When the fool says there is no God, let our lifestyle of faith prove His existence and my we see the reward coming by.

 

  1. Doing good.

 Psalms 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

 Ephesians 2:10 (KJV)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

King David says the whole world has become corrupt because there is no one that does good. When the Lord Jesus comes to our life, we become people who are saved to do good works. In the NT we see many references where the Lord wants us to be people rich in good works. Let us learn to do good things and have sincere love and genuine care for those around us.

Titus 2:8,14 (KJV)   Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.

Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

 We who are created in the Lord Jesus Christ should be examples of good works. As we strive to serve in this manner, our cities ,communities and churches would experience a new revival.

  1. Having a heart of understanding to seek God.

 Psalms 14:2 (KJV)  The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

 Isaiah 1:3 (KJV)  The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

We cannot seek God without having a heart of understanding. When the eyes of our heart is opened, we seek God.  In the busy lifestyle we forget to seek God and that shows a heart that does not understand. The Ox knoweth its owner but we forget our creator.

Ephesians 4:18 (KJV)  Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

The gospel opens our heart to seek Him. Our hearts are illuminated by the word to understand and seek Him.

Ephesians 1:18,19 (KJV)   The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power.

St Paul prays that the eyes of our understanding be enlightened so that we may understand the hope of his calling and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints and the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe. When we have an understanding heart we are not devoid of any heavenly resources.

  1. Intercession

 Psalms 14:4 (KJV)  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord.

People of the world try to eat up God’s people as they eat bread.  They do not call upon the Lord . God seeks for people who would call upon Him and stand in the gap. He looks for intercessors, who long for a revival and fresh touch from heaven.

Ezekiel 22:30 (KJV)   So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.

The Lord reveals to Ezekiel, the cry of His heart, where He searches only for one man, just one to stand between Him and the land and plead for His mercy. This principle indicates our prayer life. We have a responsibility as children of God to pray and call on the name of the Lord, if we want to see His blessings over our church and nation.

  1. Understanding the presence of God.

 Psalms 14:5 (KJV)  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

When salvation comes from God , the enemy would be in fear. They would see for themselves the powerful presence of God being released in their lives. They see with their eyes the presence of God in the generation of the righteous.

 ‘God is in the generation of the righteous.’ That’s a beautiful statement and a very real truth as well. The Lord promised us His presence. Is Psalm 46 we see a great tumultuous atmosphere. The earth and hills are shaken. The oceans are roaring. Yet there is a river that makes glad the city of God. The river is in our hearts now as the Holy Spirit is an ever flowing river in our life. God is in midst of our lives and we will not be shaken though things around  us are falling.

Psalms 46:5 (KJV)   God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

It is only His constant presence with us that makes all the difference. His anointing, like a river when it flows within us and through us, we can overcome all the attacks that the devil may bring against us.

  1. Finding protection and safety in the Lord.

 Psalms 14:6 (KJV)  Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge.

 The Bible says blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3) . No matter who we are ,the Lord looks for those poor in spirit because He is their refuge. King David, who had everything one could ever have says,

Psalms 34:6 (KJV)   This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

When we are having a heart that doesn’t long for anything from His presence, we become devoid of every spiritual blessing. We should keep recognising our spiritual need for Him and when we do that He protects and safe guards us.

  1. Restoration from captivity.

 Psalms 14:7 (KJV)  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

 The final and the most important principle we learn from Psalm 14- Restoration from captivity. The Lord promises to change our captivity, to restore all that the enemy has stolen from us and destroyed. He is ready to turn all our mourning into rejoicing.

Zechariah 9:12 (KJV)   Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even today do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

Joel 2:25 (KJV)  “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

The Lord through these promises is able to give us the victory over everything that hindered our progress and render double for all that was lost in Jesus’ name.

 

CONCLUSION.

It is so easy to follow a foolish lifestyle; to live a life without the fear of God. However the consequences of such living are horrendous. The desperate prayer for salvation in Psalms 14 started with the very same mistake. It is up to us to live a life of faith; a life that will move the Hand of God to bring about salvation to our wayward world. Let us be the ones who would stand for God in a generation that tries to deny His existence. May we have these seven principles working constantly in our lives and may we witness His salvation.

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