Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Axel Schoeber
Scripture: Psalm 39
As we journey through life, it can feel short, shaky and shallow. It can also bring rich blessing and depth, and impart much goodness.
Pilgrimage is not about earning God’s favour
- It can help us seek the Lord more fully.
- Whether we travel or not, we are all pilgrims through this life.
Psalm 39 may have been written when Absalom tried to overthrow his father, King David. (See 2 Samuel 15-19.)
- It teaches us 3 things: life is short.
- How quickly our sense of security can collapse.
- David tried to deal with his indignation by ignoring it. This strategy failed.
- Venting our rage often backfires.
- We need to process our anger.
- Prayer allows us to gain perspective on negative circumstances.
- “I do not have time to be angry.”
- We can be patient, for we too have contributed to the world’s heartaches. (1 John 1:8,10.)
- Genesis 47:7-9: life is short.
Life is shaky
- Life’s familiar moorings can disappear. Then what?
- Jacob was gloomy about the challenges he had faced. Yet, overall, his life turned out well.
- Most of us will experience a similar pattern: challenges amid many blessings.
- A generally positive confidence in God’s provision sustains our journey.
Life can be shallow
- Whether pursuing wealth or fun, we will find they are not ultimately satisfying.
- Walking with the Lord brings life depth—and prepares us for the richness of eternity.
- We need to come to Christ in faith.
- This depth helps us navigate life’s sorrows.
- We seek goodness in our relationships with God and with others.
- As we journey through life, the Lord can make us terrific pilgrims.