Introduction: A preacher called a meeting of his church to warn of the great danger of apathy which seemed to be gripping the congregation. No one showed up? The danger had become reality. This sermon addresses a danger the Psalmist failed to avoid. He was ensnared by the sin of presumption which brought great pain to his life.
"A word to the wise is sufficient." The threat of presumption is present in every generation, but with careful study and constant commitment to God, it can be avoided.
Transition Statement: Avoid the danger of presumption by recognizing that ...
I. Prosperity encourages presumption - v. 6
Explanation: Danger of "status quo" - "I shall never be moved" - v. 6b. He was so strong, so secure, all was so well, and it would always be that way! "I have arrived."
Application: To ignore change as part of life's growth is folly.
Illustration: Spokes of a wheel stay the same when the wheel ceases to function as a wheel.
Application: Do you want to be a wheel hanging on a wall, or a wheel making things go? Do you want to be functioning as your purpose to function, or do you want to fail to function as your purpose? The Christian who does not experience change when they cease to function as a Christian, ceases to grow.
Explanation: Danger of self-sufficiency - v. 7a. God made the mountain, but the Psalmist called it "my mountain. "It's as if he could maintain it himself. He no longer needed to praise God.
Illustration: The movie "Shenandoah" was a story of a Virginian family that wanted to avoid being a participant in the Civil War. They wanted to stay in the middle. In one scene, the man's wife had died and been buried on the homestead graveyard. He had gathered all of his sons, daughters, and daughters-in-law around him at the dinner table and prayed, "Lord, we have cleared this ground with our own hands, and Lord, we plowed these fields with our own hands, and Lord, we planted ...
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