WITHOUT A DOUBT
Sunday, April 9, 2017
- If we are honest, we struggle with doubt in our relationship with God.
- Does God invite that kind of honesty?
- Being honest TO God allows you to have a closer relationship WITH God.
- Doubt: When what I feel obstructs what I know.
- Sometimes we doubt God’s existence – or His character – or our ability to know Him (Paul in Romans 7)
- Is it possible to know God when I sometimes ponder whether He is even real? If God is good and if He cares, then why doesn’t He do something about this?
- “Where is my faith? Even deep down, right in, there is nothing but emptiness and darkness. My God – how painful is this unknown pain. It pains without ceasing. I have no faith. I dare not utter the words and thoughts that crowd in my heart and make me suffer untold agony. So many unanswered questions live within me – I am afraid to uncover them.” – Mother Theresa, Come Be My Light
- Doubt can feel like a barrier to a relationship with God.
TEXT: Psalm 13 (419)
“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (vs. 1)
- Will you forget me forever? How long is this going to last?
“How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?” (vs. 2)
- David’s doubts are swirling around him and he wants to know when God is going to step in and dispel the doubt he’s feeling
“Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,” (vs. 3)
- David moves from “You” (impersonal) to “my God” (personal)
- “Look at me!”
- Give me light or I will die – David felt like he was in a life or death place in his life. And then he turns it on God
“and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ and my foes will rejoice when I fall.” (vs. 4)
- This isn’t just about me, it’s about You. It’s going to look bad. People will say You can’t be trusted
And then, in the middle of all this, David finds some clarity. We don’t know if David got answers to his questions, but his perspective changes. He changes his tone. A pivot happens.
- David goes from, “God, what have you done for me lately?” to, “What have you done for me ever?” It’s a very different answer.
“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” (vs. 5)
- Trust in your LOVE / hesed / 250x in OT, over half in Psalms / not just a fleeting, any kind of love / covenantal and loyal
- I trust that You have hesed for me – and my heart rejoices in Your salvation
- David was hoping for salvation, we can have assurance of salvation
- David was looking forward to what God was going to do, we can look back on what God has already done
- Our salvation is found in one person – Jesus (the manifestation of God’s unfailing love)
“I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.” (vs. 6)
- David begins with doubt and ends with praise
- David: I breathe in Your unfailing love and salvation, I’m going to breathe out Your praise
- So what are our options for dealing with our doubts?
- You can wait to be honest to God until you have all your questions answered
- You can be honest to God about your unanswered questions, even your doubts
- Let your doubts be a bridge to a relationship with God
- Being honest to about your doubts reveals to God what is true about you. On the flip side, being honest in praise reminds you what is true about God
- Praise does not remove our doubt, but it can move our doubt
- Praise throws shade on doubt