Our Contentment is in God
- Date: October 15, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
- From God Is Good
I want to talk a little bit about: how do we see God? How do you see Him? Do you see Him the same in your trials as you do in the mountaintop? God hasn't changed. He has the ability to change all circumstances, amen? Why shouldn't we worship Him? He is bigger than the circumstances. The dealing with God in our lives today has nothing to do with the momentary ease of life, the comfort, the blessings that God has bestowed upon us: the bigger house, the bigger bank account, the job that brings with it a better aspect of self-esteem. Everything that Father is doing in your life has eternal value. God doesn't waste your time or His. He's timeless so He can't waste His but think about that for just a moment. Get this glimpse of who God is and His great mercies that endure forever.
Turn over to Psalms 23 for just a moment. We're all very familiar and we can all quote this passage. But when a song becomes this familiar, or a word or passage becomes this familiar, sometimes we miss the real strength of what's being stated to us. The Lord is revealing His heart to us and that He is our shepherd. Not long ago, we took a little bit of time-and I hadn't realized it had been that long since I'd taught on this-but we referred to the seven redemptive names of God in this twenty-third Psalm. As He begins to reveal Himself as our shepherd, as our provider, thou shalt not want. He said, "I am your shepherd and you'll never lack. I will always ultimately lead you to what you need." "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1). He speaks of Himself redemptively as Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider. If we really believe that God is our provider, then how can we have the attitude that we want?
I'm going to talk about the goodness of God and how once we've seen the goodness of God it will bring us to true contentment. We've talked about the fact, in this time that we live here in America, how many of us are so covetousness and don't even know it? Most of us in this room believe that we are content. Many of us are deceived into believing that and in our hearts we believe we're content, but I want to share something with you: we don't know our own hearts but God's Word will reveal it to us. The Spirit of God is able to come in through His Word and divide asunder between the thoughts and the intentions of this wicked thing that still lives in us.
We see the Spirit of God by David speaking to us here in the twenty-third Psalm. He said, "I am your provider. You will not ever want; you will not lack." Jesus taught us very clearly in Matthew, He said, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these things will be added unto you." There will be no want. Therefore, every one of us sits in here absolutely content. Is everybody here content? Contentment means, and you might want to get this in your notes, contentment means: to be fully satisfied. Remember when you are just getting done with Thanksgiving dinner? You're satisfied. Now your mind is looking forward to dessert-the mind is willing but the stomach is full-but somehow we're able to very shortly, as the football game is going on, to wolf a little more down, to be fully satisfied. The word contentment also means: to have total awareness that all that you possess suffices. Can you say that all you have is sufficient? "This suffices." To be content is to say, "It's enough."