Pastor Timothy Dortch

Subject: “God Has You On His Mind”

Primary Scripture Reference: Psalm 115:12-18

Sermon Notes/Nuggets

  • This psalm is a community psalm of praise that focuses on the glory of the Lord in the salvation of His people.
  • People have a tendency to divert the glory to themselves that rightfully belongs to God.
  • The psalmist redirects the glory.
  • The ultimate prayer for us is that God will get the glory in answering our prayers. We want HIM to shine.
  • Psalm 42:3
  • If you are a child of God (living a righteous life), and you are feeling the heat of this life, you should find comfort in knowing that you are in the process of being refined.
  • Don’t cause the enemy to let you question where God is.
    • He is where He has always been… still on the throne.
    • He is with you and in you. He’s sovereign!
  • Ephesians 1:11
  • Job 23:13
  • The idol has all these faculties and characteristics, but they are dead.
    • The idol is powerless so you are powerless.
    • You become like the god (whether it be an idol) or the God (the creator and sustainer of the universe) that you serve.
  • Verse 9-11 (Litany)
    • A litany is a series of petitions for use in church services or processions, usually recited by the clergy and responded to in a recurring formula by the people.
    • These particular verses focus on the fact that God can be trusted.
    • God controls the universe.
    • Trust in the one that is helping and protecting you.
  • All of us have had times when we have felt isolated, abandoned, etc. by God (left to stand alone).
    • Be encouraged that you are on His mind.
    • If you are on His mind, then His help is not far behind. Help is coming.
  • God does not play favorites when He is handing out blessings.
  • Fearful = reverential awe and respect for God.
  • Verse 12-15 (Litany)
    • Focuses on God’s blessings.

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