Many live in fear and that fear turns toward anger and frustration. Only love can cast our the fear that causes a soul chatter, a noise that clouds our hearts and minds. We can allow the Word to shape our hearts. (Psalm 62:1-5)

Speaker(s): Pastor Thomas Schaller
Sermon 12000
7:00 PM on 12/2/2020

P. Schaller –

That was a Geiger counter! Praise the Lord! It’s great to be together. Awesome. Today is our day of prayer and
fasting for Greater Grace worldwide and for people. Just also being quiet before God and trusting and
worshiping him. We see the world and we look at the world and we see problems on many
levels and potential problems and yet we are making progress and advancing in our faith. We
may not be advancing this way or this way or this way, but we are advancing in Christ. He is the
Head and we are increasing in Him. I don’t know if you have felt that or discerned that, but
that’s how I feel about the time. When there is something bad going on, God has something
good going on. That’s amazing. When the world is moving in a direction and there’s more
insecurity and fear and troubled hearts, he raises us. He has a message. He sends messengers.
He has us praying. He calls us to care.

We have compassion. That’s what we are going to speak about tonight. Compassion being blocked. People losing compassion and why. Why do they not have compassion and how does that work? That will be tonight. We have three parts. The first part is now with prayer. We pray for five minutes or so. Have some prayer. Then there will be a
second and third part. We have a new thing tonight, a Zoom rap session. I will be doing the rap
tonight in classroom 2 with people on Zoom. Some of our Body members that are not here but
can join in a rap session and make comment and interact with us. We sent that email out today.
People that are home watching are able to join in on the rap at 8:30 tonight. Another thing is
Christmas. Do you want to say “Merry Christmas” to your neighbor for a moment? Do a warm
up! Merry Christmas, pastor. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Big Dave. Okay, how many of
you buy Christmas presents generally? Or do you only receive them?

I’m thinking how to do that, how to buy and for who. I have a recommendation. Years ago, I had this idea of having a
coloring book with stories of missionaries for kids, so we published – maybe you’ve seen them.
This is amazing these stories and then Karen Jensen did the artwork for the coloring. Grandkids.
And then they read the story about Banka, Tony Morley, Mariush in Poland. Sweden is in here.
Ukraine. Natalie, the guest speaker at the women’s seminar this year who lives in California.
Her story from her childhood. Dan Dunbar wrote the stories. We asked the missionaries if they
could tell about their home country, about their dog or their gerbil or whatever; their mom and
dad and sisters and brothers. This is great for kids. It plants a seed in your grandchild that you
could be a missionary cause Greater Grace missionaries did this by God’s grace. God did this
and the missionaries are nothing, but he used them! That’s a gift.

That’s in the bookstore. Fell free buying Christmas gifts and utilizing our café for that. Make little groups and have a few minutes of prayer. Pray by yourself or with the person next to you and have a few minutes of
prayer. Wait on God and God give you a good prayer tonight. 1 Timothy 1 for our first text.
Beautiful. What a great family, the Braganza family and the great congregation family of Psalm 40.
The new birth, the miracle of the new birth, the capacity for spiritual maturity and growth. This
is our blessing that in “troubleless” times, we would have a focus. I want you to do a
preliminary view of our message by looking at 1 Timothy 1:5. Thank you for coming out tonight. It’s
awesome midweek. You go to the gas station and get a tankful and that’s here. To come into
the house, I‘m amazed. I’m blessed. I’m honored. I’m so happy and thankful. I believe more
than ever in what it is that we do and what it is we are saying, what we are believing. We are

advancing in maturity. That’s our blessing. This is where we are at in the world and the world
needs to hear from us. Each and everyone of us have something. Vs.5. The end result where
everything is going, the ultimate conclusion, the end of the commandment, the end game is
charity. But that word is AGAPE. End game is AGAPE out of a pure heart. Let’s make a little
diagram here of a scale of some kind. We put at the top “love” or “AGAPE” and at the bottom
we will put the word “fear.” What is the opposite of love? Fear. Why do we say that? Love casts
out fear. Fear. Hatred is an emotion but down here there’s emotions that we can put here.
We’ll explain this in a minute. The end game is not fear. The end game is love. Where is the
love? It’s in a pure heart. Vs. 5. Are we happy to read the Bible and learn the Bible? Let’s read it
out loud together.

This will not be a long message but a good one, short, powerful, punchy. Vs.
5. Faith unfeigned or a faith without hypocrisy. It says three things there: a pure heart,
conscience. What kind? A good conscience. What is the third word? Faith. Is it a phony faith? Is
it just the word faith. Oh, I believe. No it’s faith with substance, without hypocrisy. I believe in
my heart. It’s in my heart. I’ m a believer in my heart. I have a good conscience about it. I have
love in a pure heart. This is the end game for a believer. This is where we live. This is why Jesus
came to take a sinful man at the bottom part of this is where a lot of people live. There are
words for those emotions. I wrote down a bunch of them here. Did I bring the wrong book? Oh,
no. The right pulpit but the wrong book! Okay, so. We can do it. I got it. Here are some
emotions down here that are produced from our fallen nature and we have as we go in this
direction towards fear.

Now, people, if you leave them to themselves, they have a problem
with their conscience. The conscience right here in the middle. What do they usually have in
their conscience? They have a message you are right, or you are wrong. But many people carry
in their lives this undefined guilt. Right under the conscience you can put the word “guilt” and
above it the word “good.” You have a good conscience. That’s a gift. That’s amazing. I’m free.
I’m free. I have the joy. Up here you have these amazing words “joy” and “peace.” But they are
not Christmas words. They are Christmas words. Joy to the world. Peace to men, goodwill
towards men. Yes, but our celebration is all the time. It’s like what has happened to us because
God gave us a good conscience. If I have a conscience that troubles me, I fear. I protect myself
and I have these kind of emotions. Regret, revenge. I have hatred. I have fear. I protect my
interests. I’m defensive, and I find that this fear blocks my compassion.

Compassion. Now there’s a number of stories in the Bible that are very touching about how hard-hearted a
believer can become. A good example is David when he committed adultery. He committed
adultery. Time passes. The woman is pregnant. Is David guilty? Yes. Is he walking with God at
the moment? No, he swings from the top part of this diagram where there is a good conscience
and there is love out of a pure heart and faith without hypocrisy and it goes now to a negative,
emotional state and mentality. Emotions and mentality go together. What am I thinking? How
am I going to get out of my problem? I have guilt that is driving me to have a scheme to take
Bathsheba’s husband and kill him. Where is David’s compassion? It’s blocked. How is it
blocked? By fear. I have sinned. Somebody may find out. How is the compassion blocked?

By self-interest. I’m interested in myself more than I’m interested in other people. I‘m interested
in my life. I got to protect my life. I fear the guilt. I have the insecurity and so this is why – I want to bring us to Psalm 62 and say something about this. This takes time to digest and follow
it with me. I can repeat it with another story. Two prostitutes give birth to two babies. Each had
a baby. One rolled on the baby at night. She wakes up. Her baby is dead. What is her emotion
and mind Look at the middle. Her conscience. I rolled on my baby. My baby is dead. I love my
baby. My baby is gone. What should I do about it? So she is thinking. Where is her compassion?
Actually, it’s maybe not a time for compassion. It’s a time for regret, processing the sorrow,
admitting her failure or negligence or taking the blame or admitting as to what happened. I
rolled on my baby and my baby is dead. That’s very painful.

I need help. I need to process this painful situation. But this is what she does. Exactly what Psalm 62 is telling us to do is what she did not do. This is amazing. We’ll read it in a minute. Let’s finish the story. Because it’s here in
this territory where all of us have our problems of processing our lives. This is where we live.
Somebody is afraid of dying. We’re all afraid of dying. What does that mean in my mind? Do I
have to live in the fear? Do I have to be hoping I will never die? I hope I can avoid it. Am I living
in a lie or denial or am I going to push it off and never admit it and not talk about it? Don’t talk
about that subject! I was with somebody over the year and I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t
want to talk about death. I don’t want to hear any stories about it. I don’t want to talk about it.
That’s one way of handling it. The psalmist is saying I have God. And he’s saying in Psalms 62 God is
enough. Wow! If you and I can say that, if God is enough for us. It takes faith. What God has
promised us he will take us in this direction. Where does my fear go?

Love casts out fear. What about my regret, my guilt, my emptiness, my loneliness – all of those things. We are told that God is enough. One thing that I have desired that I will go after. But we have a lot of chatter in
our soul. I’m going to read from one line from Timothy Keller on the psalms that he writes on
Psalm 62. He says, “the battle to shape our hearts with the truths our minds know is never
over. “ The battle to shape our hearts with the truths – like death. “O death, where is your
sting? O grave, where is your victory?” Well, it’s a great Bible verse and I have that with a
mountain peak on a picture and the Bible verse and it’s in the bathroom and there it is. It’s a
great verse to quote, but I don’t want to die. But it’s a battle for me to have my heart and mind
embrace that and find God speak to my heart so I don’t fear death.

That’s where our compassion comes from. Because as you go in this direction in your decisions and meditation,
the chatter, – this is the sentence I want to read. He says, “when we are in trouble, our soul
chatters to us. We have to have this, or we won’t make it. This must happen or all is lost. The
assumption is that God alone will not be enough. Some other circumstance or condition or
possession is necessary to be happy and secure.” You see, when the woman rolled on her baby
and her world is crumbling and she has the chatter in her soul, do something. Do something. So
she looks over to the other woman and that baby and switches the babies at night. What a
lousy solution that doesn’t work on many levels. The true mother knows the baby. I have a
baby that is not my own that doesn’t satisfy me. It ends up in the courtroom in front of the king
and he makes a decision to slice the baby in half and give half to this woman and half to the
other. The woman that was at the lower end of this diagram who is living in fear and regret
without compassion says slice the baby.

I’ll take half. Her lack of compassion was blocked by the fear and guilt that she had in her heart. This is happening in our society. The more that people live in fear, the less compassion will be in their hearts. The more that believers never really find out what the end game is, will struggle in the middle here with soul chatter and they
will say God is not enough. I need to do this. I need to do that. I need to go shopping. I need to
spend money. I need to make a phone call. I need to go on social media or Facebook and get
this thing straightened out. Does it ever really get straightened out? When you are at that
lower end of emotional and mental state of mind, you have this carnality that is operating in
your soul and it’s good for you and I to learn who God is. Isn’t that amazing? Where is this verse
blocked compassion? It’s 1 John. 3. I’ll read it for you. Vs. 17. The world’s good. We have money.
We have food. We have the world’s good. We have a house, a car. If we have these things and
vs. 17. Why isn’t there compassion? My heart is cold. Why?

Because when my soul is chattering inside, do this. David if you figure out how to kill Uriah, your problem will go away. And the woman that rolled on the baby, if you just switch the babies it will get better. It will be alright or
whatever the reasoning was but there was a lack of heart in both stories. What we want to say
tonight you and I, all of us, we have a battle in the middle where we have to process our life. Is
the church really the problem, or is it me? Is my wife really the problem. I mean, really? Or my
kids or my money? Is it maybe more that I need Psalm 62. Let’s go there and read it. We’ll finish
this up here. This is so much fun. You guys I’ll tell ya. The way you listen it draws the Word right
out of us. It’s amazing. The way we are hungry. We are on a mission. These are the best days,
I’m telling ya. We are on a mission. We’re cookin. We are moving. There is something good
going on.

There is something from the Spirit of God, but I have to warn you because every one
of us I hope you can follow me in what I’m saying about that chatter that happens when I’m in
trouble. Everyone of us and it might even be daily. I’m in some kind of trouble in my heart but
that’s alright. It takes some effort what we are calling “process.” We got all we need. Let’s read
Psalm 62:1. David, you should have waited on God after you committed your sin, confessed and
repented in Psalm 51 and Psalm 52 and waited on God. Uriah, one of your best friends would
be alive and he’d be helping you out. You’d be a man of God once again. You have to wait on
God. The woman that rolled on her baby in the night, wait on God. Process it. It’s hard. It’s
painful. You messed up. You’re guilty. Wait on God. God, not people. God. Wait on God. This is
good. Vs. 1-2. I’ll be moved but not greatly.

Remember that good illustration. Remember back when they had those metal antennas on the cars, on the Ford. Down here on the fender where it’s attached didn’t move but the antennae would swing like this. The antenna, the metal rod would swig. I move but not greatly. Down at the bottom, I’m not moved at all. That comes in
this psalm, too. Vs. 6 says I shall not be moved. Am I emotional? Yes, that’s God’s will. I’m
emotional. Is that a bad thing? No, that’s how God made us. Emotions are beautiful. Emotions
are important. We are to have tears and a lot of laughter. We’re emotional people. We need
our emotions operating that we don’t get constipated. Stuffed up emotionally. The top of this
diagram is love, joy, peace and a good conscience and love out of a pure heart. When my
conscience bothers me, and I’m troubled in circumstances and I go in fear and I leave God. Vs.
3. David thinking of his enemies. Vs. 4. He’s talking about wicked people who are around him.
Maybe wicked people that are in an administration.

Wicked people that are at work. Wicked people maybe that are relatives or wicked people you stumble into them in the course of life. They bless with their mouth but not in their heart. What do you do about it? Vs. 5. Only God.
We grew up in the ministry where we learned this. This is the way we were taught and I’m so
happy that we carry that with us. Do I need documentation as to who I am? I need God. God
can help me. Do I need money to live? Yes, okay but I need God. God will take care of me. God
promised the answer. There’s too much looking at other things instead of God. Well, what
about covid or anything else that is going to happen in the future, maybe worse? God. I need
God. Wait on God. I will not fear what man can do unto me or what a pestilence or death or
disease or whatever it is that might happen in our lives. I don’t know. It may be a disaster
tomorrow for me. If it is, I’m in the middle of this diagram and I am going to process life the way
the psalmist is saying.

I will trust in God and him alone. Isn’t that what it says. Vs. 5. Not anger against people. Look at it. You know what I’m saying. When I go to fear, I easily start to yell at people when I live in fear. What’s happening? You ruined my life. Martha said to Jesus – she wasn’t angry but if you had been here, my brother would have not died. She’s trying to handle this. It’s amazing. We understand it. We don’t blame anybody. This is like a warning for us. A
way of life. When one of these pastors or me disappoint you, process it the right way. Look
unto God. Say God I need you. This guy failed me. That was a big disaster in our ministry
because they shifted from God to the ministry. They shifted from God, knowing God, walking
with God, processing life through God and then when people disappointed them, it was like
what’s going on? And the anger and the emotion and the regret and revenge. The anger that
came out of people. No, don’t you put your trust in me sisters and brothers. I’ll tell you that
right up front, straight up, you know that. You know that. If I fail and I don’t plan to but if I fail,
I’m a human being like we all are. If I fail, you better process that the right way. Because what is
the end game? Tell me again the three things.

Love out of a pure heart. What’s the end game? A good conscience. My pastor failed me, but I have compassion. I am praying for him, his restoration. I have compassion for the church that is hurt because of what happened in a very bad situation. How about a sister or brother failing me by money? Or somebody dies. How
horrible that would be. It happened. It happened with David. It happens in life. This is Psalm 62.
Let’s go to it again and keep going. It’s good. Isn’t it good. vs. 5. Wait upon God my expectation
is from who? My expectation is from Greater Grace? [He made a sound]. Go ahead. Do that.
Not. No, my expectation is not from the Bible speaks or Greater Grace or P. Scibelli or Schaller
or anybody else or Shibley or any other “SH” that starts the name that way! My expectation is
not, my expectation is from God. It’s from God. It’s from God. It’s from God. It’s from God. Isn’t
it? Now look at – it troubles me.

It hurts me. I’m troubled. I’m torn up but yet, right. We’re not denying it but it’s going to bring us to the right place. It’s to God. How many guys have we had on security here, and we have a great team of people today. We’ve had through the years but how many guys, it goes to a job. Maybe I work on security and it’s a job. No, it’s a ministry. Why am I here? How many pastors are here and maybe some pastors are looking for a privilege or
an opportunity or something and be very disappointed because there is not much there. There
is God. He is there. How many women get married with hopes they can have some money in
their pocket and every other day they can go to Walmart and buy some goodies. They can go to
TJ Max and buy some shirt or something. And some goodies, some special shoes, some dancing

shoes and they don’t have money to put food on the table. They are in the middle in our picture
here. Their conscience that there’s the wondering who do I blame, how do I figure this out,
what should I do about it and I decide by God’s grace that I want to grow. I’m going to have
disciplined desires. I can’t go to the store. I have to stay home. One of our people had to clean
houses to get gas to put in the car to drive their kids to school and did it without talking about
it. How many people struggle in their lives maybe paying bills and they would love to, but they
can’t. They have to discipline their desires. How could I do that? God can teach me. God can
teach me how to deny myself. God can teach me how to talk. God can teach me not to be
involved and not to meddle in other people’s affairs. God can teach me to be confidential. God
can teach me to be quiet.

They say that teenagers need to learn to be quiet and process life the right way and not be at that bottom end there. Teenagers that are emotional and yelling about how this isn’t right and that isn’t right. Why did this happen to me? My friends don’t have to do that and many other immature emotional expressions where they need to learn to be quiet and still and wait on God. Quiet your heart. Go to the last part. Vs. 6. That’s the “not be moved” and
vs. 2 is I will not be greatly moved. Vs. 7-8. You can talk to God. Let that chatter go to God and
quiet yourself and wait on him and grow up and be mature. We are in “troubleless” times. The
world needs mature people. We aren’t much but we’ve got a benefit because God is for us and
God can help us. Maybe I’ll give a word of comfort. Maybe I’ll lead someone to the church.
Maybe I’ll lead someone to the Lord. Maybe I’ll sit quietly and suffer in a certain way and they
look at you and say, how do you do that? You just say God is our comforter. God is our way. I
am the way and the truth and the life.

God is my teacher. I’m learning from God. Once God has spoken. Twice have I heard it. It says in the same psalm in vs. 10. Wow! Once he spoke. Twice I heard it. Maybe I heard it when I was in this time in my life and then I heard it another time when I was in this time. Maybe I heard it when I was down in this time in fear and trouble. But I
heard it, and that’s beautiful. That’s it.

Amen.

 

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