On Whom Do You Depend?

Posted on 02/14/2010 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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I love to be in Your presence
With Your people singing praises
I love to stand and rejoice
Lift my hands and raise my voice
You set my feet to dancing
You fill my heart with song
You give me reason to rejoice


We bring the sacrifice of praise
     into the house of the Lord
We bring the sacrifice of praise
     into the house of the Lord
And we offer up to you
     the sacrifices of thanksgiving
And we offer up to you
     the sacrifices of joy


Father, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

Spirit, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

Jesus, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

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Today's message is a couple of years old, but it's a topic we will need to make sure we get right until Jesus returns, and we are changed in the twinkling of an eye.

We're going to be brief today, but the topic we're discussing doesn't need much expounding. And after this short message is over, perhaps we can spend the rest of the time searching our hearts and asking God to change us.

And the title of today's message is, "On Whom Do You Depend." Today, let's read from Psalm 146, starting with verse three...

 3 Do not put your trust in princes,
       in mortal men, who cannot save.

 4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
       on that very day their plans come to nothing.

 5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
       whose hope is in the LORD his God,

 6 the Maker of heaven and earth,
       the sea, and everything in them 
       the LORD, who remains faithful forever.

 7 He upholds the cause of the oppressed
       and gives food to the hungry.
       The LORD sets prisoners free,

 8 the LORD gives sight to the blind,
       the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
       the LORD loves the righteous.

 9 The LORD watches over the foreigner
       and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
       but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

 10 The LORD reigns forever,
       your God, O Zion, for all generations.
       Praise the LORD.

Doesn't this put things in perspective? First the writer points out that even great rulers and people we think are our source of help, they all die. And when they die, they turn into earth, and they no longer plan great things.

But the one who puts his hope in God, he is blessed. Why?

Because He is the one who created the heavens and the earth, and he created the seas and everything in them, by simply commanding them to come into existence.

And he remains faithful forever!

God upholds the cause of those who are oppressed. He is the one who gives food to the hungry. And only he can set those held captive by the chains of this world totally free.

God heals the blinded eyes and blinded hearts. He gives joy and hope to those who are weighed down by sorrows, and when we humble ourselves before him, he lifts us up in the splendor of righteousness.

God watches over those who in a strange and unfamiliar place, he provides for and sustains those who are without a father or a husband, and those who are the victims of a broken home, he is their father and their strong tower, secure and solid, for he will never leave them nor forsake them, but will be with them until the very end.

And the ways of the wicked? They just become frustrated by God, by his presence, and by his power which they refuse to even acknowledge.

But the Lord reigns forever; the God of Zion reigns for all generations.

In Job chapter 31, starting with verse 24, Job says this:

 24 "If I have put my trust in gold
       or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'

 25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,
       the fortune my hands had gained,

 26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance
       or the moon moving in splendor,

 27 so that my heart was secretly enticed
       and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,

 28 then these also would be sins to be judged,
       for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

Isn't it so easy to think that if we have money, we'll be okay, but if we don't have money in the bank, we have no security? And yet, when we buy into this lie of the world, we are taking the trust that should be in God, and placing it in things that he has made that will all pass away, and in men who will wither and fade like the grass -- who are here today, and tomorrow they simply fade away.

Only God is solid and sure. Only he will be around when everything and everyone else comes and goes. Only he has been here when "here" did not even exist, and only he is completely good, does not change, and can be completely trusted in all things at all times.

Why would we take our dependence off of him and place our trust in things which had a beginning and will have an end; things that are just here for a moment in time; things that did not create us, do not know us intimately, and cannot move heaven and earth on our behalf?

As Romans 8:32 says, "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?"

We can rest our cares, our worries, our doubts, our fears; we can cast all our cares upon him, for he cares for us.

So I ask you this question today: On whom do you depend?

Do you depend on your job? Do you depend on your own ability to earn a living or take care of your household? Do you depend on a system or society? Do you depend on the things that have been manufactured by man?

Imagine with me for a moment how our lives would change if, for example, we suddenly were without electricity. What would happen?

Many of us would be without heat. We would be without telephones, so we couldn't call anyone for help. We would be without radios or televisions, so we couldn't turn them on to find out what's going on, and there wouldn't be any TV or radio stations that could broadcast that information.

We wouldn't have the Internet, so all our contacts and activities through the net would be gone.

Most of us wouldn't have lights. The food in our refridgerators would begin to rot. Many of us would no longer have a job, and it would be nearly impossible to get fuel to put in our cars to get to a job in the first place.

Life as we know it would come to an end. Suicide rates would probably skyrocket. Crime would be at an all-time high. The foundation of society would be shaken, and for a time, everything would come to a grinding halt.

And yet through all the confusion and madness, through all the uncertainty and fear, through all the helplessness and despair, God remains unchanged. He is still holy, righteous and just. He is still King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is still the God who watches over us, who cares for us, who offers reconciliation to him through his only begotten Son, Jesus, by the blood he shed on the cross for you and for me.

Although everything will change on earth, God will still be on the throne, unshaken, unmoved, and full of grace, mercy, and compassion for us, forgiving all our sins if we'll only confess them to him and turn away from them to follow Jesus.

On whom do you depend?

If you're anything like me, you've trusted in many other things, and you could probably catch yourself trusting in things besides God even today, maybe without even realizing it.

If you've been putting trust in other people and things, the call of God to you today is to realize all these other things are temporary, and to put your trust in the One who will never falter or fail.

Anyone here today who's on the ministry team can come to the front, as we enter into a time of prayer and ministry.

We've all trusted in our own selves, and I dare say every one of us still trusts in ourselves to some extent. Peter trusted in himself to die with Jesus rather than deny him. And just a few hours later, he denied three times he even knew who Jesus was.

Scripture tells us the heart of man is deceitful and wicked. If we rely upon our own selves to guide us and take care of our needs, we will lead ourselves away from the only one whose heart has no deceit or even a shadow of turning, and we will fall.

Our only firm foundation we can trust without reservation in and through everything life can throw our way, is Jesus and him alone.

If you've never trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, today is the day to stop relying in people and things that will only let you down. Jesus said, "I will never leave you or forsake you; I will be with you until the very end of time."

If you want to trust Jesus to save you, forgive you, and lead you in the path you should go, come to the front now and let one of these ministers lead you to Jesus. Don't wait another moment, come to this altar right now, and let Jesus set you free.

If you're saved, but you realize today that some of your trust has been in people, or in money, or in things, or in technology, but you want all your trust to be in God, then come join these others at the front now, and let's openly commit oursleves to trusting in God more, and in ourselves, others, and other things less.

Lord God, forgive us for trusting in ourselves, for trusting in other people, and for trusting in other things. We realize that all these things are temporary and will pass away, but only you are solid and sure and will last forever.

Honor our desire to trust completely on you, and lean fully upon you. Change our hearts by your Holy Spirit, as we take this time to wait upon you, seeking your presence in our lives, and submitting ourselves to your hand.

In a few minutes, we'll meet next door for fellowship, and as your time of ministry here finishes you can all make your way to the room to your left.

This altar is open, and if you want to spend some time in prayer, seeking God, and examining your heart, you're all invited to get out of your seat and come gather at the front.

And as we continue for awhile in the presence of the Lord, let's close with this verse of Scripture from Romans chapter nine and verse thirty-three which says, "As it is written: 'See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and  a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.'"