God is Our Defender

Psalm 46:1

Central Theme:  God will defend us when we are doing his work.

Introduction–Show two towels that look alike.  One is dirty. One is clean.  They look the same.  Often we don’t understand why some people do not seem to have things go right for them.  Maybe there is dirt or sin that we cannot see.  Some people seem to prosper.  Maybe God is protecting them because their hearts are pure.  Have a member read Psalm 46:1.  

I.     Tell the story of David and Goliath from I Samuel 17:1-54.

A. Why did God protect him?

B. Why did he have such courage?

C. Why was he able to kill the giant when mighty warriors would not even try?

II.     God saw a man who was willing do mighty things for God, so he helped him.

A. There was a family I know who had three children.  They youngest child got to do a lot more things because her parents knew that they could trust her.

B. David was a man God could trust.

C. Saul had let pride get in the way when he had victories.

1.  David always gave God the credit.

III.     We all want God‘s protection, not everyone wants to live like David so that God can bless us.

1.  Do you want courage?  Defend and bless God.

2.  Do you want to do mighty things?  Step out in faith and do God‘s will.

A. Dare to be different when you are riding the bus.

B. Don‘t cave into the pressures of your friends or the professionals who work with you.

Conclusions:  We can‘t always see the dirt in our lives but we can ask God to wash us clean so that we can be used.