July 6, 2008am   America Rejoice    Psalm 13

by Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptist Church

As we have just celebrated our national independence it would be good to examine our condition.  Are we going under?  Have we been forsaken? 
What do we have to complain about?  What is the news?  Weather out of control.  War in Iraq.  No candidate to vote for.  The price of gas is 4.14 per gallon.  Everything cost more.  We have a penny reduction in the food tax.  Health care is unaffordable.  Tornados, floods, forest fires, drought, cold, heat, and various other natural disasters have become common in our news today.  Death’s, disasters, and diseases have plagued us.  But wait.  Is that all there is?

 Psalm 13 1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? 3 Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; 4 my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. 5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.

What do we have to complain about?

  1. How long?   Has the Lord forgotten us?  Has He hid his face from us?


  1. How long?  Has God turned his back on us? 
  1. How long?  Have we wrestled with our thoughts about our condition or situation?  Our thoughts often betray us and cause us to doubt when things don’t go our way. 


  1. How long?  Have our enemies overtaken us?  Have we lost a war?  Have we been invaded by our enemies? 
  1. All that is left to do is pray?  What kind of prayers do you give to God?  Does it sound like this? 


God, Will you look at me?  God, will you help me to see?  God will you help me to live?  God, don’t let me enemies win because if they do then You will loose.

What do we have to rejoice about? 

  1. God is still there.  We can rejoice because we have put my trust in Him.  Let God be your God and trust in Him.  His love never fails. 


  1. Salvation is still ours.  Rejoice because your names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.  Don’t forget to take his communion. 
  1. God has been good to us.  He is still there and He still cares.  He gives us our salvation and He is our only reason for hope.   Do you have Him? 



The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ps 13:1-6.