Sermon 15 June – O you of little faith!
Readings: Psalm 55:1-8; Luke 8:22-25
Have you ever wanted to fly?
I don’t mean on an aeroplane. I mean if you could just grow wings and go wherever you want.
In Psalm 55 David is having troubles with a whole lot of things and people. Crazy scary emotions. His heart is in anguish – probably racing – he is experiencing fear and trembling and horror – and he prays this prayer which has been sung for many years around the world since written in 1844 by Felix Mendelssohn the German composer:
Psa 55:6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest—
Psa 55:7 I would flee far away and stay in the desert; Selah
Psa 55:8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.
Here it is to listen to:
Of course you wouldn’t really want to be a dove – there are horrible cats out there and birds of prey that can nab you.
But there are times when we feel like escaping the storms of life. The troubles out there and our fears and concerns in our hearts.
It does feel like we are in a storm tossed boat.
The bible reading from Luke today is about a scene like that.
A number of Jesus’ followers were fishermen and they did travel by boat at times – Jesus was quite busy around Lake Galilee. Which actually is quite big – 166 square kilometres. Not as big as Taupo though – which is 616 square kilometres.
I’s not surprising Jesus is asleep in the boat. He would have been ministering to many people and large crowds tended to follow him.
His followers are really stressed by this storm. It’s described here as a squall – by Mark as a furious squall, and by Matthew as a furious storm. Maybe Matthew the tax collector didn’t have sea legs and it felt much worse.
So they wake Jesus up – don’t you care we are going to drown?
Sounds like our prayer lives. Save us! Don’t you care? It’s all a bit much in the storms of our lives.
Amazingly he speaks peace – and the storm is stilled.
And of course he tells them off – you of little faith! (Matthew). Do you still have no faith? (Mark). Where is your faith? (Luke).
If you are in a storm today in your life.
If your boat is been overwhelmed by the waves and you feel you may sink.
And it feels like He is not hearing your cries for help – that he is sleeping – be of good cheer and have faith! Trust him!
Listen to Psalm 121 – which is one of the Psalms they would pray as they went up to Jerusalem to worship. Let it speak to you.
Psa 121:1 A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from?
Psa 121:2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psa 121:3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
Psa 121:4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
Psa 121:5 The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
Psa 121:6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
Psa 121:7 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
Psa 121:8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
He is not asleep. He’s right here with us.
Receive His peace today.