Every sermon and research paper needs a thesis statement. What is today’s going to be? In addition to Psalm 118, the topic can be found in Acts 4:12. “Jesus is the only One who can save people. His name is the only power in the world that has been given to save people. We must be saved through him.” A restoring faith can be accomplished by being focused on God and taking our salvation pledge seriously. Psalm 118 teaches us that we need to focus on getting centered on God. I am talking about having peace, strength, and confidence in your life, no matter what’s going on around you.
Being a centered person isn’t determined by how many or few problems that you have. It’s determined by your relationship with God. If you are right where God wants you to be, then you have a great opportunity to experience this centeredness. There is peace in the midst of turmoil, hope in the midst of uncertainty, confidence in the midst of setback. This kind of security is available to God’s people. It is what Jesus was talking about when He said, “Peace I leave you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. “Let me encourage you to talk to God about your situation. Connect with God. Develop a powerful relationship that is deep, intimate, and fills you with power and peace. That’s what God wants from you.
Psalm 118 is one of gratitude. It is apparent in the very first verse. “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever! “In later verses you read, 21 “I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation.” Verses 28 and 29 say, “You are my God, and I will give thanks to you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” God, through Jesus, gives us salvation. We must be grateful to Him.
Good works, church membership, and regular attendance at worship services are important. What is most important is your belief in Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can take away the barrier between you and God because he paid the ultimate price and died for the unjust. Jesus restored our souls. If we believe in him, we give him control of our lives. We have the assurance of scripture as we have shared today. God has a plan for us for the future where he will unite all things in Christ. This includes things in Heaven as well as on earth.
We are told in Ephesians 1:10, “His goal was to carry out his plan, when the right time came, that all things in heaven and on earth would be joined together as Christ as the head.” Our hope, our confidence, our assurance for the future is not in ourselves but in Jesus Christ!