Lesson 7

Psalm 61

 

Assurance

 

Introduction

 

There are times when everyone needs assurance about their relationship with God.

 

David was no exception.

 

The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart.

 

What does it mean when you go after something?

 

What are some things you have gone after?

 

David wanted to go after God’s heart. He wanted his heart to be like God’s heart. He wanted to give His heart to God.

 

What does it mean when we give our heart to God? (We get saved- become a Christian)

 

However, even with all the great things David did and being a man after God’s heart, David still needed assurance sometimes. That’s why he wrote Psalm 61.

 

(Read Psalm 61)

 

There are two pictures in this psalm and one idea for us to think abou

 

     I.  A Shelter

 

(Read vs. 3)

 

The image of God as a shelter (or tower) is seen all through the Bible.

 

(Psalm 14:6; 46:1; 72:7-8; 71:7; 92:9; 94:22; 142:5; to name a few)

 

A shelter, tower, or fortress = security. It is where people went during times of war when they were afraid.

 

God is our shelter. He is where we go when we are afraid.

 

     II.  Mercy and Truth

 

“Mercy” and “Truth” combined means “loving loyalty”.

 

The pairing of these wards are similar to the pairing of “grace and truth”.

 

John 1:14- And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

Grace = the free and unearned favor of God.

 

There is nothing you can do to earn God’s love and protection. There is nothing you can do to lose God’s love and protection.

 

That is grace.

 

So we have an eternal shelter- or tower of protection or fortress.

 

The idea to remember is found in the word…

 

     III. Abide

 

(Read  vs 4)

 

Security and protection assumes abiding.

 

To abide means to remain.

 

Many Christians like to play “chicken”. 

 

They run out from under God’s shelter and stick their tongues out at the devil who is standing there with a flame-thrower.

 

It is hard to be protected by a fortress when you refuse to stay there.

 

When we refuse to stay close to God in an abiding relationship, it is hard to have assurance in the protection of that relationship.

 

God is still there. He will not allow you to get burned completely up.

 

But you will be fearful. You will be hurting. You will be unhappy.

 

Conclusion

 

The key to all of this is found in verse 8.

 

(Read verse 8)

 

Sing praise to God constantly and forever.

 

Perform your vows.

 

When you get married, you say vows. Marriages where the couple keeps their vows are more secure and happy than those who do not.

 

God is there for you and always will be.

 

Perhaps you need to stop playing “chicken” and get back under His shelter.

 

That is where true assurance lies.