Preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle in Los Angeles, CA, on the evening of January 6, 2002.
"YOUR DESPERATE CRY"
1. My text for this evening comes from a psalm that David wrote when he was a young man in conflict with king Saul. It seems to be recorded in its original form in Second Samuel chapter 22. But its final form, apparently edited a bit by David as a more mature man, is found as the 18th Psalm.
2. Please turn at this time to the 18th Psalm, where I will begin reading at verse 40. Thatís page 607 in your Scofield Reference Bible.
3. When you find the text, please stand for the reading of Godís Word. As I read I will point out some things common with a number of the Psalms. I refer to obvious Messianic allusions, statements that are true about David, the human author, but which are more true and prophetically significant when they are applied to the Lord Jesus Christ, Who would be born a thousand years after David died.
4. One of the reasons God chose to use the Psalms penned by David, to give us such profound insights into the ministry and the sacrifice the Lord Jesus Christ would make a thousand years later, is because of the great parallel that existed between David, Godís anointed prophet and king, and his enemies -- and the Lord Jesus Christ, Godís Son, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ, and His enemies.
5. Let me point out some of the amazing illustrations of how the relationship between David and his enemies prophetically pictures what would be true of Christ and His enemies a thousand years later, and what is still true of Christ and His enemies three thousand years later.
6. Look at verse 44, where the psalmist writes, "As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me." Sounds good, doesnít it? Seems to speak of conversion, doesnít it? But the word translated "submission" refers to feigned submission, submission that isnít real, submission thatís forced, submission that is not from the heart. In other words, this is a portrait of a false conversion!
7. Why do you think Dr. Hymers is so careful when dealing with sinners? Why do you think he is so insistent? My friends, itís because the Bible teaches of those with false conversions. He was falsely converted for years himself, and he wants to make sure, as a good pastor ought to make sure, that you are truly converted, that your submission to Jesus is genuine, that you really have with the heart believed unto righteousness.
8. Look at verse 47: "It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me." This verse describes the victories God gave to David over his enemies. But it far more perfectly describes the victory that God will give to His Son Jesus over His enemies.
9. Where David writes, "It is God that avengeth me," the apostle Paul writes these words in Romans 12.19: "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
10. And where David writes, "and subdueth the people under me," we read these words in another Psalm and in Hebrews 1.13: "Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." Thatís God speaking to His Son, Jesus.
11. So you see, this portion of the 18th Psalm that we have read is very definitely a Messianic passage. That is, it is an Old Testament passage from long, long ago which undeniably looks to the future, to the ministry and life of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is Israelís Messiah.
12. It immediately speaks of the conflict that David, as Godís anointed king, had with his enemies. But the passage ultimately speaks of the conflict that the Lord Jesus Christ, as Godís anointed Prophet, Priest and King, would have and continues to have with His enemies.
13. Now we turn our attention to you. You see, just as Davidís enemies are found in this Psalm, so too are Christís enemies found in this passage. And though you may not think of yourself as Christís enemy, so long as you are unsaved, so long as you remain lost, so long as your submission to Jesus is only feigned, so long as your submission to Jesus is only a convenient pretense, so long as your submission to Jesus is not a real and genuine conversion experience, you are still His enemy.
14. Though we initially read 11 verses, my text for tonightís sermon is a single verse, Psalm 18.41. Let us stand once more and read that single verse again, you reading silently while I read aloud: "They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not."
15. Jesus is sitting at the Fatherís right hand in heaven, as I speak to you tonight. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God, Who convicts sinners and prepares their hearts for conversion, you are being invited to Jesus. And if you actually come to Jesus you will at that moment experience the miracle of the new birth.
16. But while the Gospel ministry is going forth here there is another thing happening elsewhere. As men and women and children are dying without Christ, and as the Spirit of God draws back from sinners who commit the unpardonable sin and stubbornly refuse to come to Jesus, God is subduing Christís enemies, God is making Christís enemies His footstool.
17. While some few are being converted, mostly in places like China, Southeast Asia and in the Sudan, far greater numbers of sinners are being subjugated all over the world by God and made into Christís footstools, good for nothing better than the bottom of the Saviorís shoes.
18. Having resisted the Gospel during this lifetime, and having refused to bend the knee and bow the head and confess Jesus Christ to be Lord, but insisting on being stubborn and rebellious, you have not cried out to God for saving mercy. You have not pleaded with God for saving grace. You have not begged God for faith to believe in Jesus. But you will, my friend. O, you will. Of that you can be sure.
19. Our text for this evening shows us that you will. "They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not."
20. Three things to notice about you, for this verse speaks of you:
1A. First, YOU WILL CRY FOR SALVATION
2A. BECAUSE NO MAN WILL SAVE YOU
3A. NOT EVEN GOD WILL SAVE YOU
1. So you see, there will come a time in your existence when you will be dramatically transformed into quite the prayer warrior. You donít much pray now for your salvation. You donít cry out to God for mercy now.
2. But there is coming a time when you will pray without ceasing. O, how you will cry out to God. O, how you will plead. O, how you will beseech. O, how you will argue your case and present the reasons why you should be saved.
3. You will cry out to Jesus, but He will not save you, because Godís Word says, "there was none to save." And that certainly includes Jesus. You have no time for Jesus now, and canít imagine feeling any need for Him now. But O, how you will cry loud and long for Him . . . when itís too late.
4. And you will cry out to God, too. Tears and snot and saliva running down your face, you will cry like youíve never cried before. O, how sorry you will be then. O, how you will reason and explain to God. But it will be too late.
5. That, my friend, is the Bible truth about your desperate cry, the cry of your heart and soul after you have died and gone to Hell. I do want you to cry out to God for mercy and grace now, before itís too late. Because your desperate cry of Psalm 18.41 will be a cry that will go unanswered.