Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Why are we here? We all knew Jo Leckband, and she is no longer with us, she rests in Christ, and so we come, that through the Word, God might comfort us. Our text, is her confirmation verse, and while is sounds like a simple sentiment there is a lot more there, than meets the eye, for this text talks about the hope which is ours in Jesus Christ, it tells us what it really means to live by faith.
Oftentimes at a death, you will hear people saying how they lived a good life, as though good deeds are our hope, the key that opens eternal life. But if forgiveness depends on how much good we have done, how can we ever be ready, or know that we have done enough. But I know that Jo had a confidence that eternal life was hers, and she was ready to go, whenever God would call her.
And her confidence what that Jesus blood had cleansed her of all sins, and that Jesus sacrifice had opened heaven. I could see this in a contentment that came upon her as she received the Lords Supper, a true and lasting peace.
But, while it is good to know all that faith in God can do the first question for us is, what is faith? We may speak of faith as having 3 parts
First, you have to know something (these are the facts)
Second, you must accept is as true
Finally, you must rely on what you know and accept
You might imagine a 3 legged stool, which is solid and secure but if any leg is missing nothing is able to stand as 3 legs are necessary.
So, our first task is to know God, who he is what he has done for if you do not know God it is impossible to trust God. So who is God? He is the maker of all things, and he is our maker, without him no life is possible. Who is God? He is our Savior, who purchased and won us from sin death and the devil with his holy precious blood. Who is God? He is the Spirit, who works through the word to create faith in our hearts, who has made us a new creation, who has enabled us to live ans the children of God. Who is God? There are 3 persons, but only 1 God and most of all he loves us.
While there are many who do not know God, that is relatively easy to solve, for it is not hard to tell someone about all that God has done. A bigger problem is that of those who know about God, many cannot accept what he says as true. And probably the biggest problem is that many people have a hard time believing that God loves them. How can God love them, when they cannot love themselves? How can God love them, when they can see all the mistakes they have made, and their sins its not hard to see that we are all far from perfect so, how can God love us anyway? I cannot explain how, but I can assure you that he really does love us all, and his love can change us.
But the hardest part, is that which is central to our text for real faith means that we rely on God, we trust in him, we hope in him, and we therefore leave our lives in Gods hands. If everyone around us was doing this it would not be hard to trust in God. But when we look around, it seems that many people have found shortcuts, or ways to do it themselves without God and often it looks like they are getting ahead of us. In fact, this is the central question of our Psalm, why should we trust in the Lord, when the wicked prosper?
Psalm 37:1-6Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers,
Why do we trust in the Lord? Because what the wicked get, never last, what is achieved by our work, does not endure However, if we trust in the Lord, all creation will see that the way we have chosen is right, because God will declare us righteous, God will give us the desires of our heart, and what God gives, is not just for a season but it is forever and for always.
Why do we trust the Lord? Finally it is because he has loved us, and because he has created the faith in our hearts, and because he has given us hope in Jesus Christ. Let us hold steadfast to this gift of God, which is ours in Christ, for in it we will find true comfort.