Title: Cry Out – Lord I am Slipping (Chema - Ishe ndotsvedza)
It is our duty as Christians to:
- Pray for our justice - Give warning to the wicked of their danger - Accepting God's discipline and asking for mercy when we have done wrong - Work with God for justice
First let me go back to a rhetoric question in verse 16 from the Psalmist
Have ever asked yourself a question like “Lord when will it happen” “Who and When, Why and How. The Psalmist is doing same here
There are people who behave like animals in their character. They do not behave like human being created in the image of God. Is the creature greater than the Creator.
He says “Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers?”
I have done that so often and lastly found my answer in the Lord
In Verse 17 The Psalmist answers it in a very questionable way
He says ‘Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. (KJV) Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave. (NLT)
There some problems that come because they just want to make you dead
He say unless the Lord had help me, I should have walking dead
Alive but walking dead
You can’t talk you just saying “Lord whatever”
Ecclesiastes 4v1 “Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless”
This oppression in Psalms 94 could have been worse than the one described in Ecclesiastes 4v1. Even worse than the one in days of Manasseh before the fall of Jerusalem
The Psalmist was experiencing devious plots of evil leaders
He knew that Judges were twisting the law to exploit the poor (v20-21)
He was slipping into a deep and dangerous situation
His heart was anxious within him
He cried out to God for help
The Lord helped him out
There are times when we cant just say anything or any word except to say Lord I am slipping
Let me tell you my brother and sister that a very powerful prayer
The Psalmist was anxious in his heart and the Lord:
- held his hand - Pulled him out - And gave him peace within himself
He was grateful for other believer who stood with him and prayed with him (v24)
His language changes in verse 22 from my God to our God in verse 24
He thrusted the Lord to bring back judgement that evil doers deserved
Psalms 73 the Psalms of Asaph, verse 2-3, He say as for me “But as for me, I almost lost my footing. My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone. For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.”
Psalm 73v18, “Truly, you put them on a slippery path and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.”
Psalms 73v27-28, “Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you.”
In evil days we give thanks we have the Lord as our refuge and fortress. Our hiding place
We hide in him not that we might escape responsibility of fighting the enemy
We should fight the enemy
We hide in him so that we will be equipped to go forth and fight the enemy
When we become two with him we are dangerous
“Ecclesiastes 4v 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Sometimes we feel exposed because we are walking alone, and we lose that warmth
We feel that coldness because we don’t have the Holy Spirit
We have got the Holy Spirit who can stand with us back to back
If the Holy Spirit is standing with back to back with us, that means Jesus is standing with us and God the Father is standing with us
This triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Now when Peter was drowning Matthew 14v22-33
Matthew 14v26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
When the disciples had been instructed to go on their journey. Jesus actually went into the mountain to pray.
The bible does not tell us what he was praying for or about. But we know he was worshipping and praying to the Father.
Someone is interceding for you today, it’s The Holy Spirit
And when the Holy spirit is there, Jesus is There, and also God the Father is there
Psalms 94v9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
Every evil thought can not be hidden from the Lord. It will be punished
I want you to open your mouth today
Romans 8v 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
There are some difficulties of life that help us to mature in life and grow character but some are evil and we should always draw the line in Jesus name.
The longer the wicked persist in their wickedness and deeds the deeper is the pit they are digging for themselves and the stronger the net that will trap them (Ps 9:15-16).
If you are missing the love of God I need you to pray until something happen in Jesus name
God can not reject His people who are bound to him in His covenant.
Pray to one who made ears, eyes and a mouth. He hears (Psalms 94v9).
The Psalmist believed in God's justice
When Jesus is talking after teaching the Lords prayers in Matt 6v5-14
Matt 7v 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
As long as you want something tell him, He knows good gifts and evil gifts for you
Walk by faith from today in Jesus name
Ps Leo T Mukumba (AFM in Canada - Hamilton Assy)