Wounded But Wiser
November 19, 2023
Pastor Wes Morris
Psalm 27:1-5 (NIV) The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. ✓ My fear. Psalm 34:4 (ESV) I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. ✓ My foes. ✓ My family. Psalm 27:10 (NIV) Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. John 20:26-27 (NLT) Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” WOUNDED BUT WISER
I. I WILL FOCUS ON GOD’S FAITHFULNESS. Psalm 103:2-4 (NIV) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. Genesis 50:20 (NLT) You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. II. I WILL WORSHIP MY WAY THROUGH IT. Psalm 27:8 (GNT) When you said, “Come worship me,” I answered, “I will come, Lord.” Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! III. I WILL TRUST GOD’S TIMING. Psalm 27:14 (NIV) Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.