"Sermonette" from the Psalter
Pastor Fry preached an amazing “sermonette” tonight – about 25 minutes. Wednesday night we have our prayer meeting, but before we pray, Pastor Fry preaches a short sermon from the Psalter.
Tonight was from Psalm 115. He began by listing off a few recent tragedies: the eastern hurricane that killed 100,000 people, the earthquake that killed 30,000 in Pakistan, Hurricane Katrina killed 3,000 and cost millions and millions in damage, and then just today, the 12 minors who died from a cave in. After considering some of these devastating events, many people ask the question: “Where was the Christian God in all this?” In fact, verse 2 of Psalm 115 quotes the nations asking God’s people this very question: “2 Why should the nations say, "Where, now, is their God?"” The answer to this question is found in verse 3: “3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” The first phrase of verse 3 describes God as ruling over all creation. He is the King of the universe, and is active in everything that happens. The next part of the phrase adds to the fact that God is the ultimate cause of all things – the good and the bad.
This means that there are no meaningless acts. No evil event in this world is without purpose. God is behind it all. This should bring us comfort in that we know that everything that happens around us and to us is part of the perfect plan of God. Were God not in complete control we might easily fall into despair. But surely, God lives, and He is reigning over all things.