March 16, 2017
ARE YOU LISTENING, LORD?
Series: HOW THEN SHALL WE LIVE?
Sunday: “Are You Listening, Lord?”
Introduction: It is very easy to tell people that you will pray for them. It is much more difficult to actually pray with the confidence that your prayers matter. In Psalm 5, David prays with full assurance that God both hears and answers prayer
As God’s followers, we are His fingerprints in the world. We are called to leave His definite and distinct imprint on the lives of people we meet.
How then shall we live? We need to make it absolutely clear to a very skeptical world that God hears and answers our prayers.
David is completely confident in his relationship with God. David’s hope is grounded in the character of God. He is confident because he knows who God is.
I. God is HOLY. (Vs. 4-6)
A. God does not delight in SIN.
B. Evil cannot exist is God’s PRESENCE.
C. God will not tolerate the ARROGANT.
D. God hates those who do EVIL.
E. God destroys LIARS.
F. God abhors MURDERERS and DECEIVERS.
II. God is LOVING. (Vs. 7-8)
A. We reject God’s love by traveling the “path” of IRRELIGION.
B. We reject God’s love by traveling the “path” of RELIGION.
C. We embrace God’s love through HUMILITY and MERCY.
III.God is JUST. (Vs. 9-10)
A. The presentation of the EVIDENCE.
B. The “prosecutor’s” final ARGUMENT.
IV.God is KIND. (Vs. 11)
A. God offers His followers REFUGE.
B. God offers HIs followers PROTECTION.
Conclusion: If you are God’s child, you can pray with confidence to this God. You can trust His unchanging, unwavering, unshifting, unshakeable character. He hears and answers your prayers.