God Isn’t Tired: Thoughts on Psalm 121

If you were a “fly on the wall” in heaven, you would never hear God ask for a break. God’s workplace has no break room. OHSA’s standards of safety and work regulations do not extend to God’s home. Further, God owns no bed. He doesn’t pay attention to the TV ads about the “Sleep Number” bed. Nor does He wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

God never sweats. Though He upholds the universe at all times (Hebrews 1:3) and continually watches over sparrows (Matthew 10:29), He never perspires and His energy level never fails nor falters. You will never find Him grabbing a cup of coffee to caffeinate Himself. God doesn’t need anything to keep going. He doesn’t drink energy drinks like Red Bull or Rock Star. Why? Because God is a continual, never-ending source of energy. The Bible tells us that He has life in Himself (John 5:26). Everyone and everything receive their energy from Him.

I remind you of God’s work ethic because of what God does for His children. Listen to how the Bible describes God’s work on behalf of His followers:

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore” (Psalm 121:1-8).

obama-mccain.jpeg-1280x960During the 2008 United States presidential election debates between President Obama and Senator McCain, there was a great deal of talk about relying on foreign oil. That is, America has too long relied on power sources from foreign entities that do not like us. There was a major push to seek new energy sources and rely on natural resources inside the United States. But God is telling us to rely on foreign sources to supply us energy. Our power source is outside of us and it doesn’t come from “eating our Wheaties” in the morning. Christians serve by relying on a foreign power source, by relying on a wealthy energy philanthropist … God. When we rely on Him, there is no burnout. When we take energy from His wallet, there is infinite power. More importantly, when we lean on Him, we are humble and He receives the glory. The Bible continually reminds us how God loves to give His strength and energy to His followers (2 Chronicles 16:9; Mark 10:45). Indeed, He asks that we cast our every care upon Him (1 Peter 5:7).

Sleep is daily reminder from God that we are not God. Once a day, God sends us to bed and while we sleep, God handles the world quite nicely. Sleep reminds us that we are not in control. God is. God is the Great Worker. Not you.

Sermon Vault: Is My Depression God’s Anger?

An Excerpt from the Sermon Vault on Psalm 6:

Not all depression is a result of God’s anger. There is no one-to-one correlation between your depression and God’s anger as when you step on the gas and your car faster. You see this for example in such things as postpartum depression in young mothers who do nothing else other than give birth to a healthy child and come home. Or, when your entire body is shutting down six months after the death of your sister in car wreck. Neither of these is caused by your sin.

Yet, there is a connection between the fall of man, the entire world’s disorder, divine judgment, and your feelings of depression. What’s the link? How can I put these things together in mind with consistency?

If I were sitting with you across a table, I would grab a napkin in order to explain the Bible’s overarching story. I would begin by saying something to this effect, “We live in a messy world; a world where Adam’s sin, the first man, has ruined everything until this day. It’s not Murphy’s Law. Instead it is God’s curse (Romans 8:20-21). We operate under the sinful conditions that we are both directly and indirectly responsible for. And inside this sinful world is our emotions. Our feelings for joy and our desire to rid ourselves of the pain and misery of this world is indicator of things to come. Believers today look forward to a day when we see, by faith, God ridding all of the earth of His judgment. Where He one day defeats Satan and brings healing as part of every Christ followers salvation. Our real hope for enduring and lasting happiness is the mercy and loving-kindness of God. Until then, our feelings are captured in a world where sin momentarily reigns.

My notes on how to find emotional health from a sermon Psalm 6 are here.