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TV Broadcast #1140

My Light and My Salvation

August 10, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1140 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: So David was looking at real life battles and situations, and recognizing, Lord, I am continually in a place where I don’t know what to do, and I don’t have the strength to meet this challenge. But I’m dealing with people who do not understand this, and they are looking to other sources of wisdom, to other sources of help. And so you see why he was able to follow what he said by saying, “Whom shall I fear?” (NIV).

( congregational amens ).

Man, those guys are in trouble. Yeah, they may have a million-man army, and they’ve got all these gods, and they have gone everywhere conquering this, and conquering that, but they are in deep trouble, because I’m trusting in the One who made the heavens and the earth! I’m not gonna run out there and try to figure this out. I’m looking to Him to tell me what to do!

It kind of worked pretty good for Jehoshaphat, didn’t it? He had an army that was about a million-strong. But he took the position here, oh God, we don’t know what to do. Tell us what to do. Fight the battle. And He said, the battle is not yours, it’s Mine. You send the singers out and I’ll take care of business, and He did.

Oh, that was David’s God. Is that your God, this morning? This is where it comes down to. We can study these historical lessons, and say, wow, wasn’t that great? But I’ll tell you, what needs to be great is, we need to be living every day, getting up in the morning, this conviction needs to be our way of looking at life, every single day. “The Lord is my light.” I don’t know what to do. He’s my light! There are things wrong with me, there are things that I have to deal with in my circumstances. Lord, You are my salvation! I’m trusting in You this day!

Then he says something else. “The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Now you get this sense, later on, about the sense of shelter, but what’s a stronghold? When you think militarily, what’s a stronghold? It’s a very defensible place. It’s a place where you can feel secure. Maybe you’re in a place where there are rocks around you, and nobody can get at you. You’re in a position where you’re higher than the enemy, and you can fire down at him, and he can’t easily get to you. And you go out to battle but then you can retreat to your stronghold. Folks, do we need a place of safety in this world?

( congregational response ).

This world is absolutely full of uncertainty. Boy, you think people are uncertain now and it’s driving them crazy? You have no idea of what’s coming. Can you imagine the day when the Lord appears and every eye sees Him? They’re gonna be screaming. There are gonna be people screaming for the rocks and the mountains to fall on them. Oh my, that’s gonna be a…all of a sudden they realize everything they believed, everything they’ve trusted in was a lie…that they had said ‘no’ to the very Author of life.

Folks, we live in a world that, in the wisdom and the providence of God, the system, itself, is ruled by demons. There’s no nice way to put it. That’s what it is. We live in enemy territory. Folks, you and I need a shelter. You and I need a place where we can be safe.

Now, you know we have our own ideas of what safety is. We think of safety in physical terms. Nothing’s ever gonna bother me, hurt me, and He can sure do that. But, I’ll tell you what, God…safety is defined by God’s purposes, isn’t it? Safety is defined by, what is it that God is absolutely trying to accomplish, and can the devil stop that? And of course, the answer is, he can’t.

I don’t know, I keep going back to the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy and what they went through in World War II. And their reward for basically trying to save lives of Jews that the Nazis were determined to destroy was to be placed in a horrible concentration camp that was devoted to women. And, it wasn’t very long in the experience there, where I think it was Betsy who turned to her sister and said, “We are in hell.”

It was just that awful. The brutality…life meant nothing. When Corrie finally got out she was so…she had been so traumatized by the experienced there that the first time she sat down at a dinner table, she didn’t even know how to use a knife and fork and spoon. You think about something that can so take…just do that to you. But does that mean that God abandoned them?

( congregational response ).

No, it didn’t. God had some amazing purposes that He accomplished in that hell that they found themselves in. Betsy seemed to have a particular faith that just was unshakeable. Corrie was the one who struggled, but Betsy was just a rock. She got weaker and weaker, but her spirit was strong. They would gather ladies at night in that flea ridden barracks and have services and meetings, and lift up the Lord and encourage people who would never have ever listened to the Gospel before. And something about her just poured forth the very life of God and she was, in spite of the circumstances, she was surrounded by God’s presence and God’s strength and God’s help.

Some of you remember, you’ve seen the movie and how it was depicted when she absolutely came down to the end of her life right there in the camp, and she died. And the nurse that was there when she died, came out and got hold of Corrie and said, you won’t believe it. Come and look. I don’t think she was supposed to do anything like that…brought her into where she was laying there. There she was, her body wasted away, and instead of that broken, sick face, there was a face of beauty, of peace, of joy, of rest. It was just something that nobody could deny. Anybody could see that, and say, how can such a thing be? She looks so beautiful. She looks like such peace—she’s at such peace.

I’ll tell you, she was in the hiding place. She was in a stronghold. The devil tried everything in his power to destroy her and he could not do it. He absolutely lost, and I’ll tell you the testimony of what she had changed…made an eternal difference in a whole lot of lives.

But the Lord had a different plan for Corrie, didn’t He? He managed to confuse some of those efficient German record keepers and they mistakenly released her. All of a sudden, okay, your term is up. Your punishment is over. Here are your papers, they showed her the door, and she walked out, and almost…what do I do now? That was when she went to the house, this person’s house, and they invited her to dinner, and she didn’t even know how to act. It was so different from what she’d seen.

But God brought her out. That lady became known as the “Tramp for the Lord.” That was her own way of describing herself. She went to the ends of the earth, encouraging believers to know that there’s a hiding place in God. That, even if you’re in hell itself, and she’s talking about the circumstances of life, even there, no matter how deep things get, God is deeper still.

See, that’s not just theory. She didn’t learn that in Bible School. She learned that in life. God proved what David was talking about here. It doesn’t matter the circumstances. God is faithful! He is absolutely everything that we stand in need of. And I’ll tell you, we have a hiding place. How many times has the Lord used that imagery in the Scriptures? “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (KJV). My God, that’s where I want to be.

( congregational amens ).

This is a world that’s going out, spinning out of control. But this is a hiding place that can be right out in plain sight, where nothing the devil engineers can touch the people of God. That doesn’t mean that people right here may not lose their lives for Jesus. But it does mean that God is gonna be right there, and give strength and give grace.

Oh my, there’s a part of me that says, bring it on, not the suffering part, but…I’m ready to go on. I’m tired of this world, tired of fighting this, and fighting that. But you know, it’ll be exactly when the Lord wants it. I just want Him to be Lord. I want Him to get the glory. I want His purpose to be fulfilled.

Is that what your life is about? Is your life about serving Him and trusting Him? Is this conviction formed in your heart? God wants to form it! We have our ways of fighting that, don’t we?

( congregational response ).

Lord, I don’t like how You’re doing things. I’m complaining about this. I’m complaining about that. God, I want to have that heart that says, Lord, help me just to trust You in every circumstance.

You think about some of the places in the Scripture where we see that imagery. I’m trying to think of some of them. One of them was in Isaiah 27, 28, somewhere along in there, where the Lord says, to His people, enter into your chambers, hide yourselves, “…until the indignation be overpast.” He’s talking about the coming of judgment on the world.

But He’s talking about, there’s a place—I’ve got a place for you. Even those who have to be here in the midst of it, God has got a place. In your job, in your place in school, God can be with you, and surround you, and watch over you, and you can have…I was gonna say, you can have the sense, but I don’t want to convey the idea that we have a ‘feeling.’ But we can have a conviction that has been birthed in here by God that is so real that it holds us in the circumstances of life. That, even though we are having to pray, oh God, don’t let this thing overwhelm me! Oh God, don’t turn me over to the hand of the enemy! We can say, God is my salvation.

( thumping ).

I don’t know what to do, but He’s my light, and I am depending on Him. If there’s something I’m supposed to do, I believe He’s gonna show me. And if He doesn’t show me, then I’m gonna wait. Boy, the devil loves to tell you, ‘there’s something you’re supposed to do, and He’s so mad at you that He won’t tell you what it is.’

( laughter ).

‘He’s just waiting for you to figure it out.’ Lord, have mercy! Ridiculous! We serve a God who is faithful to His children! What a price was paid on the cross for you and for me! Do you think for one second that He’s going to withhold something that you and I need in this world? Praise God, He loves His children! He paid an awful price so that you and I could be His children. Will He withhold anything that we stand in need of? No. The answer is no.

David had learned enough about God to know that if I’m gonna have any help, that’s where it’s coming from, period! Praise God! So, with that strength he was able to say, it doesn’t matter what army comes, I’m confident because I’m looking to Him.

But, “…One thing I ask of the Lord.” (NIV). It’s interesting, though, that he says that, because in this prayer, I mean, in this very psalm, he’s actually praying, oh God, help me, God…but the underlying prayer is ‘one thing’—one thing. This is what I want from You, Lord. “This is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” (NIV).

Lord, I don’t want to come and go. I don’t want to show up a little bit and be spiritual, and then just live my life in the world, and then come and expect…Lord, I want to live with a sense of Your presence, in a sense of knowing You and walking with You in this world. It’s not like I need you on Sunday, and then on Monday, ‘we’ll see you next Sunday, Lord.’ Oh God.

Do you know how much you need Him? Has He made that real to your heart? Do you know how much you need Him every single day, every single moment? Do you buck when He tries to teach you those things? I want to have that heart that says, Lord, I want to dwell in your house, “…all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple…he will hide me,” David says.

Well, verse 5, “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in…” Where? “…In his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy.”

Now David certainly was thinking of the sacrificial system of offering sheep and lambs and all that. But I’ll tell you, there are sacrifices that we offer, too, aren’t there? And that’s kind of like laying down our lives one for another, being willing to die that He can live in us. There are sacrifices that you and I are called to offer.

And I’ll tell you, there’s a God who receives those sacrifices. You think about what it cost Paul to serve the Lord. What was necessary in order for life to come through Paul and to help other people? You think of him almost like a conduit of fresh water. What was necessary for life to come out of Paul and help somebody else? Who can tell me?

( congregational response ).

It was death, wasn’t it? He says, there’s a death that has to work in me, and when it does, life works in you. Now, what was Paul dying to? Paul was dying to Paul. If you and I are going to be the dwelling place of God, there’s going to be some dying to ourselves, so that God’s life and His ways can be expressed through us.

And I’ll tell you there’s going to be life that will flow one to another. We’re gonna see, not just personal interaction on a human level, we’re gonna see divine life flowing one to another. I believe we’re seeing it. I thank God for everything that we’re seeing. But this is the direction, this is where God is taking us. This is the explanation for what you’re going through right now. God is seeking to put you to death and bring you to a place of trust…and me. I want to learn that.

You know, David expresses that, doesn’t he? Verse 11. “Teach me your way, O Lord.” Well, if we’re gonna learn His way, there’s some other ways that are gonna have to go! Because every one of us has got a way, every one of us has got our ways. ‘That’s just how I am.’ Well, just how ‘you am’ is what the problem is.

( laughter).

And of course, that applies to me as well. But you know, we need to have a heart that says, Lord, I know my way is not the answer. I’ve learned it from my experiences, my personality, everything has come together to form a certain way of thinking and doing! But God, that’s not gonna get it. I need You! I need You to teach me! I want to have an attitude where I am teachable!

God doesn’t have to debate me about whether His way is better than mine. I already know His is better! I’m already committed to that. Lord, I want to know…the minute I know Your way, I’m willing to let go. I need You to teach me Your way.

Some of those lessons are going to have some pain connected with them because, we are stubborn by nature. We’re blind by nature. We don’t get it. We don’t understand why we think and why we act the way we do, but God knows where…knows how to put the oil where the squeak is. Anybody squeaky here this morning?

( laughter ).

Yeah, we need the Lord. But I’ll tell you, He is so faithful. But listen to David’s heart, “Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me….” Lead me. Do you need to be led, or do you think you’ve got it? We’ve used the Scripture so many times, I guess, in the prophecy of Isaiah 42 where He leads, “…the blind by ways they have not known.” Well, I’m blind, are you not? Can you see everything, do you see the path that we need to go? Do you see where the world is going? I mean, we see it in some general terms, but I mean specifically! I need Him to lead me. But He is a faithful Shepherd, isn’t He?

( congregational response ).

You know, David knew something about shepherds. It’s interesting that the Lord picked a shepherd and taught him all these things. But anyway, “Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.”

And listen to the conclusion of this. I know in the King James it uses…what does it say? “I had fainted, unless I had believed….” It’s one of those cases where there’s very little in the Hebrew and they’re kind of having to interpret. I think most translations you will see it come out like this. “I am still confident of this….” Either way, it’s the same thing. There is a confidence in a truth, not just a truth. There’s a confidence in a Person.

I’m gonna backtrack to, ‘the Lord is my light.’ Do you know what a lot of people think light is? They think it’s their denominational doctrinal statement. Yeah. Here’s my light. I’ve got it all down in black and white. I know what the doctrines of the faith are! That’s my light!

My God! We need the Person! We need the Author! You could be like the Pharisees! They searched the Scriptures, but missed the Author of Life! I’ll tell you, if we have the Author of Life, we’ll have light on His Truth and on the Scriptures. It’s not gonna be ‘either/or.’ But a lot of people…they’ve got it all down. Man, if you say something, they’re gonna get their thing out, and they’ll measure it by that. I want to measure it by the Spirit and by this.

( thumping on Bible ).

And I believe we have a Lord that can lead us. And I’ll tell you, “The path of the just…” as we’ve heard so many times over the years, “… is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (KJV). Does that not mean that there are things that you and I do not understand today, that we will understand?

( congregational response ).

I’m not talking about some truth outside of the Bible. I’m talking about God shining a light on this Book, and helping us to see things that we didn’t see before. I believe He’s gonna do that. He’s gonna do it as we need it. He’s not gonna give us a full-blown theology and let us coast into the end of the age. We’re gonna walk with Him. We’re gonna look to Him. We’re gonna expect that when we need to know something, He’s gonna tell us. In that very present-tense moment, that present-tense sense, He ‘is’ my light! He ‘is’ my salvation!

That’s the people that He’s gathering in this hour. I hope you’re one of them. But David’s confession at the end of all of this, “I am still confident of this.” (NIV). Still confident! That kind of tells you that in the face of this present need that I’m having to pray about, I’m still confident of this. “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

And the last verse is mighty good advice to all of us…not something we do easily by nature. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart…” And then he says it again, “…and wait for the Lord.”

( laughter ).

Do you get the idea that maybe there’s a real need there? I often wonder how in the world the people who were waiting for the coming of Christ, the first coming of Christ, just survived. Their religion was corrupt, and yet they still kind of had to go through the motions and practice it, but there was a remnant of people that were looking and expecting the promise of the coming Messiah.

They believed in it with all their hearts. They were looking, and yet, generation after generation after generation had to live and die with that hope. They had the light that it was coming, but they did not have any light other than just wait. God has a schedule. God has a time.

And yet, in spite of all that waiting that they had to do, there were people like Anna and Simeon, weren’t there? God was able to talk to them and reveal, He’s coming! You’re gonna see Him! And they were old people going into the temple, and there was Jesus, and the Lord told them, there’s My Son.

I’ll tell you, we have a Lord right now that’s got a schedule, and He’s right on time. And all the way, He’s gonna give us everything that we need. We need to have such a conviction, like David, that the Lord ‘is’ my light! He ‘is’ my salvation, and I am going to wait. If waiting is in order, I’m gonna wait. I’m gonna put all of my trust in Him, and my hope in Him, and I know that in the end, it’s gonna be exactly the way He wants it.

We serve an awesome God and a faithful God. And I just pray that God will work this all in me. I fight the same battles that you do. You know, God doesn’t put people up here because they are champions and solve every problem. He puts people up here that have needs, too. He does it deliberately, because that way I can have compassion on you. I know what you’re going through because I’m going through it, too.

But we have a God who is faithful. And all He’s looking for is that heart of trust that never has a plan B, always it’s Him. And we’re gonna stand and wait, because I tell you, it will look like, before it’s over, mark my words, it will look like the devil has won. That’s how black this world, I believe, is gonna get.

Now, the Lord is welcome to prove me wrong and come today and end it all. That would be awesome! But I just have this sense in my spirit. God is gonna let things get so black, and there may be so few Christians left when He comes, that it will look like he’s won. But God’s gonna have a people that will stand in that darkness and bring Him glory. And I’ll tell you, those are the ones that are gonna stand there and wait on that day. He is my light and my salvation. Is He yours this morning? Praise God!