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We are in our third week of our CONSTRUCTION ZONE series. We started with God’s Blueprint, how God desires to build a holy community that is to bring salvation to people who are lost and live without purpose or meaning. We then moved from a blueprint to a foundation that our lives are built upon. That foundation is Jesus Christ, the One we stand firm upon.
Today we continue our construction theme with talking about FRAMING. Once the foundation is laid, it is time for the walls to go up, for the house to begin to take shape and form. That form will give strength and stability, giving the house the beginnings of its intended purpose. And here enters the great unifying theme of our series: it is God’s blueprint, God’s foundation, and God’s frame.
The walls that make up the structure of our lives, that frame and stabilize our lives, are God’s. It is His strength, His might, His shelter that He is building up. We’re learning throughout all this that WE aren’t building anything. Rather, God is building you and I up according to His purpose. We know that God’s desire is to bring salvation to the world, that He is doing that through Jesus Christ, and so we are the holy community that He is constructing, framing us up to be His mighty power of forgiveness and hope.
In our text this morning, we hear a most identifiable attitude in David’s prayer. It’s a relatable account of what our faith lives are like. Yes, God is the one who builds the house, bringing structure and strength, but we struggle, still, in our lack of faith and in our faltering. David is honest about his emotions. He says,…
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.””
+ PSALM 27:1-8
The house of holiness that God is building with His people is quite a labor of love. Sin has created a storm that seeks to wreak havoc on the plans and construction of God. In the midst of our faithfulness, sin will bring rain, snow, flood, and wind to deter us from trusting in God. We have but to cast our cares on Him, as Scripture says, “He cares for you. (1 Peter 5.7)
David’s prayer is proof of his struggle, of how life is difficult and filled with everything from ills to enemies. But listen to how he reminds himself of his faith through his admissions of where his faith should be. David claims God’s truths to himself in order to jolt his spirit back to right believing. He knows these things to be true and so he creates space for these things to prove themselves. God’s truths frame up the house of David’s faith.
It is important for us to remind ourselves of God’s truths, to study our Psalm for today and hear once again that God truly is mighty. It is important for us to be honest, too, like David and ask questions to reorient our trust. Is our trust in God? Is He my strength or am I trying to frame this house of faith that only God can properly build? I would ask that you bow your head and close your eyes, shutting out the storm of sin, and listening deeper to the Holy Spirit. I will read our text again, and then I will ask some reflection questions from the text. Give yourself to this moment. Let it shape you.
Is the Lord my light, my salvation, or am I trusting in something else?
Is the Lord my stronghold or am I trusting my fear?
Am I confident in my faith?
Am I dwelling in the house of the Lord, or a dwelling I’ve constructed in my own sinfulness?
Am I gazing upon the beauty of the Lord, asking of Him in His temple, His church?
Have I let the Lord hide me in the shelter of His love, the tent of His holiness?
Have I let the Lord set me high upon a rock, above the enemies of my faith and growth?
Am I bringing gifts, shouts, and songs of joy to God? Am I seeking the face of God, living my life in a way that desires to behold His goodness and grace?
Let these questions encourage your heart to let God frame your house of faith that He is building to lift both you and those around up in salvation. Let the Scriptures usher you into God’s blueprint and foundation. Let the Lord frame you.