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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2009/07/05 "LONELY WITHOUT GOD"

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LONELY WITHOUT GOD
SERMON STARTER
          In this life we are born alone, and we die alone. The Ecclesiastes writer said, “As he (man) came (naked) from his mother's womb, naked shall he return. . .”  How many times have you been alone?
Here are a few of my own times of naked aloneness:
1) Standing over the grave of my 34 year old father, killed suddenly in a small plane crash. I was 14 and the oldest of 5 children. I looked up into the sky and saw a flight of geese and felt totally alone.
2) Driving U-Haul’s largest cab-over truck in late August, 1976 in California high desert outside of Amboy on the old route 66.
It was 112 degrees in the evening shade. You could fry eggs on the cook of the truck. I was leaving my friends and family behind, traveling to a new life on NE Ohio. I felt very lonely and alone.
3) I met an older former parishioner from my first church I pastored in Hartford, Ohio. His kids were adults. His wife has passed away the year before. He regularly went to one of three stores in our region that had electric carts. He would get a cart and drive aimlessly through the store. He was lonely and scared as he faced an unknown future. As I looked into his eyes and saw his profound isolation, I felt alone.
          Michael Jackson died last week. He was fifty years old. Michael was a profoundly lonely man. He was a complex, talented man raised in a extremely dysfunctional family. He and several siblings were probably incested by his father. His talent granted him untold riches, but he regressed into substance abuse, regressed narcissism. He ended his life with gender and sexual confusion, disoriented by worldly power and accolade and deceived by the pure emptiness of empty materialism. He died disillusioned and lonely.
          In this morning’s text King David knew a lot about alienation and loneliness. He was. . .
1) Secretly anointed by God to be Israel’s next King thru the Prophet Samuel,
2) Chosen by Saul for his musical talent and abilities to comfort him in his mental affliction,
3) Favored by God and given victory against the enemies of Israel,
4) Languishes in the hot desert wilderness sands, pursued by Saul more than a decade,
5) Eventually through great struggle, David, became Israel’s King,
6) Suffers from a divided latter reign through an unsuccessful coupe by his son, Absalom,
7) Finally, dies a tired, lonely old man.

Pastor Phil   <><<
7/5/09
Don Hobbs sent this one in reply:
Old Southern Gospel Quartet Song:
I'll Never Be Lonely Again
.
Verse 1
Lonely days and lonely nights,
Filled with despair,
Caused me to long for
Someone to care;
Then I heard Christ say to me;
“This promise I’ve made:
Lo! I am with you
Now and forever,
Be not afraid.”

Chorus
I’ll never be lonely again,
Never again,
For I have opened
My heart’s door to Him.
So I’ll brush away the tears
And forget my
Foolish fears
I’ll never be lonely again,
Never again.

Verse 2
If you’re longing for a friend,
Loving and true,
Turn to the Savior
He waits for you;
He will do the same for you
As He did for me;
He’ll never leave you,
Never forsake you,
Trust Him and see.

Chorus
I’ll never be lonely again,
Never again,
For I have opened
My heart’s door to Him.
So I’ll brush away the tears
And forget my
Foolish fears
I’ll never be lonely again,
Never again.

I’ll never be lonely again,
Never again,
For I have opened
My heart’s door to Him.
So I’ll brush away the tears
And forget my
Foolish fears
I’ll never be lonely again,
Never again.
I’ll never be lonely again,
Never again.

 

Ten Thoughts on Loneliness

America is facing a silent epidemic. Loneliness permeates our society. As technology advances and our life styles become busier, the most basic of needs are going unmet. 
America is facing a silent epidemic. Loneliness permeates our society. As technology advances and our life styles become busier, the most basic of needs are going unmet. We have become accustomed to a lesser appetite when it comes to connectedness and it is creating a deficit of the soul. The following are 10 thoughts on loneliness:

  1. 70% of Americans describe their lives as having many acquaintances but few close friends.
  2. Mother Teresa: "The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for..."
  3. E-mail is substituting the sound of the human voice and face to face contact.
  4. Life is like an elevator: we're surrounded by people but no connection.
  5. According to one survey, 90% of the male population lacks a true friend.
  6. The benefit of touch can be the difference between sickness and health; life and death.
  7. Basic felt needs include: love, shared experience, trust and disclosure.
  8. The average American watches 4 hours of TV a day, far beyond the time invested in family communication or outside community activity.
  9. Prioritizing career advancement, we have opted to be mobile -- leaving behind the family and friends who nurtured us.
  10. Researchers found that from 1985-2004 the number of people with whom Americans feel they can discuss important matters dropped by nearly a third.

The concept of man needing meaningful relationship is as old as the scriptures. The book of Ecclesiastes is relevant in our modern society, marked by isolated ladder climbers, as it declares that we are strengthened and accomplish more when connected to others. We must reject shallow roots which produce surface commitments and invest in meaningful relationships lest true community becomes extinct in America.
Bill Shuler is pastor at Capital Life Church, Arlington, Virginia. Capitallife.org
http://www.foxnews.com:80/opinion/2009/08/02/shuler-thoughts-lonliness/

 

July 5, 2009,  Sheepfold Ministries
Pastor Phil Roland

LONELY WITHOUT GOD
Psalm 142:1-7
“The Irony of Man’s Loneliness is that he consciously or unconsciously chooses the conditions and circumstances of his own loneliness. David, like the rest of mankind, suffered his lonely moments.”                                                   Pastor Phil

“Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.” Psalm 142:4

I.  IRONY: DAVID IS LONELY IN GOD’S PRESENCE vs. 1,2
    “I cry out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my
     supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my
     trouble.”
          A. David seeks God, but doesn’t FEEL His Presence
                    1. Don’t feel close to God?
                    2. Guess who moved?
          B. Remember David didn’t seek God, God sought him – Acts 13:22
             "And when He had removed him, (Saul) He raised up for them David as
                 king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, 'I have found David the
                 son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.'”
          C. David cries out to God and seeks Him – Jeremiah 29:13
               “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD,
                   thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
                   Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to
                   you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all
                   your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD,”

II. DAVID KNOWS GOD / UNDERSTANDS HIS SOVREIGNTY–v.3a
  “When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path.”
          A. Omniscience – All Knowing
                    1. God knows in advance what you will do
                    2. You are still a free moral agent w/power of choice
          B. Omnipresence – All present
                    1. Jim Carrie’s Problem – “Bruce Almighty”
2. God is everywhere at once
          C. It doesn’t matter how YOU feel, God’s still there

III.  DAVID KNOWS GOD IS THERE / STRUGGLES W/ENEMIES
      “In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me. Look on my
        right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has
        failed me; No one cares for my soul.” vs. 3b-4
A. David, like all true believers, struggles with those who hate him
               1. Jesus taught us to pray for them – Matthew 5:43-45a
                  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and
                      hate your enemy.'  "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those
LONELY WITHOUT GOD, cont.

                      who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those
                      who spitefully use you and persecute you, "that you may be sons of
                      your Father in heaven;”
               2. Paul taught us the same – Romans 12:20,21
                 “Therefore "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him
                      a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do
                      not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
B. Despair is the lot of man without God
               1. Mankind is alienated, cut-off alone
               2. God has made us with a strong need for each other

IV.  DAVID ALWAYS CRIES OUT TO GOD – vs. 5-7
    "And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him,
        though He bears long with them? "I tell you that He will avenge them
        speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith
        on the earth?"  Luke 18:7,8
A. God ALWAYS hears the cries of His children
B. Can a mother deny the cries of her infant?
               1. God always hears our distress
               2. God will meet you in your loneliness  
          C. Cry out to Him in your distress
          D. He’ll meet you and comfort your heart

 

 

LONELY WITHOUT GOD, Text:
Psalm 142-1-7 NKJ
142:1  I cry out to the LORD with my voice; With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.
2  I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.
3  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.
4  Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me; Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.
5  I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, "You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.
6  Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low; Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.
7  Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name; The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me."