On Whom Do You Depend?

Posted on 10/22/2017 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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by Edward Mote

My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly lean on Jesus' name

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand

When darkness veils His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand

When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Clothed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne!

On Christ the solid Rock I stand
all other ground is sinking sand
all other ground is sinking sand

by Benjamin R. Faust

Jesus, Messiah, - our Jehovah Jireh You are
Healer, Redeemer, - Word of God inspirer You are
Alpha, Omega, - You're the story writer You're
Beginning, the ending, - blazing Lord of Fire

Yeshua Hamashia, the perfect promise keeper You are
Father, and Mother, to the orphan and the seeker
You're the Word of God come as a man
the solid rock on which I stand and
- You are the Everlasting God

Comforter to those who sorrow
Promiser of joy tomorrow
- Bringer of peace unshaken
- Keeper of the most forsaken

- You are the shining beacon
When the waves are dark and raging
Your Voice speaks in the storm
- Peace, be, still!

When all the world is sinking sand,
You are the solid rock on which I stand, You are
Hope for the hopeless, Help for the helpless, You are
Everlasting God

by Frances J. Crosby

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine
oh, what a foretaste of glory divine
Heir of salvation, purchase of God
born of His Spirit, washed in His blood

This is my story, this is my song
praising my Savior all the day long
This is my story, this is my song
praising my Savior all the day long

Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest
Watching and waiting, looking above
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love

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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.