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TEXT: Psalm 51:13-17

SUBJECT: Kids' Sermon #53: Thanks Lord

Children, listen carefully, please.

For the last two or three months, Mr. McCullough has been preaching on Sunday afternoons. I liked his sermons very much and I liked having some time off from my study and preaching, but there was one thing I didn't like. I didn't like missing the monthly Kids' Sermon. I'm not flattering you when I say it is always my favorite service. I like kids very much and I love preaching the Word of God to kids.

You don't have to be grown up to hear the Word of God, to believe the Word, and to be saved. I'm not sure who the youngest kid here is, but I can tell him-and every other kid-that if you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ, you will be saved-as saved as your mom and dad are; as saved as I am. As saved Jesus Christ is! There was an old Puritan preacher who said,

"The believer in Christ could no more go to hell than Jesus Christ could go to hell!"

Do you believe the Lord Jesus Christ could fall down from heaven and end up in the Lake of Fire? I don't believe that! The Bible says He will always be in heaven. And so will you-if you trust Him with all your heart. And I don't care if your 75 years old-or three years old. "God is no respecter of persons". He welcomes everyone who believes in Him-including children.

It's been quite a while since I preached a Kids' Sermon. Does any boy or girl here remember what our subject is? What the kids' sermons have been about lately?

The subject is Psalm 51. Now, let me ask you a few questions about this part of the Bible:

The Lord's mercy is made up of many, many parts-more than the hairs on your head! So far, in Psalm 51, we have looked at four kinds of mercy David wanted from the Lord. They are:

RECEIVING

It's one thing to ask God for things, but it's quite another to get them. Did David receive the things he wanted from the Lord? Did you ever ask your parents for a birthday present and not get it? It's kind of disappointing, isn't it? But, more than once when I was a kid, I asked for one thing and got it-and a lot of other things too! This makes for a very, very happy birthday!

David got everything he wanted from the Lord-and a whole lot more! You see, the Lord is far more willing to give than we are to ask. The Bible says He is able to do.

"Exceedingly, abundantly above

all we ask or think".

It also says,

"Eye has not seen, ear has not heard,

neither has it entered into the hearts

of man what God has prepared for

those who love Him".

Yes, the sinful king got all the mercy God had to give. And that's a lot! If I told you I would give all the money I've got, that would be nice, but it wouldn't be that great because I don't have much money. But what if I had all the money in the world? Or, better than that, what if I had everything? You'd get a lot then, wouldn't you. And that's the point, God's mercy has no limit; it is bottomless! There's a fancy word for God: infinite. That means there is no end to Him. Or to His mercy.

"As high as the heavens are from the

earth, so are His mercies to those

who fear Him".

"His mercy endures forever".

GIVING BACK

Let me tell you about a kid. He was always nagging his parents for a pony. He wasn't a great kid and he sure didn't deserve a gift like that. But his parents loved him very dearly and were generous people. They scrimped and saved all year and on his birthday they presented him with a young, strong, and beautiful pony.

The boy really liked the pony. But he forgot all about who gave it to him. He paid his mom and dad back by not thanking them, by not sharing the pony with his brothers and sisters, and by being a selfish, loud-mouthed brat for the rest of his life.

Do you think he did the right thing? Do you think his parents gave him the pony to make him mean, selfish, and rotten?

I don't think they did.

In the same way, the Lord does not give us His great mercy so we can be ungrateful or selfish or disobedient. Like other good fathers, He wants us to appreciate what He has done for us-and to show it.

Do we pay the Lord back? Of course we don't! No more than the parents wanted their boy to pay them back for the horse. But receiving His mercy means we owe Him something in return. Not everyone knows this; and not everyone does it.

But David sure did! Look what he says he's going to do. Because the Lord has saved him, he plans to:

These are the ways David showed His appreciation for the Lord's great mercy. And what he did 3,000 years ago, you should do right now. For-if you're a Christian-you've received the same mercy that David did-only more of it.

But if you're a complainer, a person who isn't satisfied with anything, maybe it's because you haven't known the mercy of God. Oh, you've heard your parents talk about it; you've listened to sermons on it; maybe you've read it in the Bible or some other book, but you really don't know what it is.

You can know. By believing in Christ. Then, and only then, you'll be able to praise and serve God the way you ought to. So, all I can tell you is what's in another Psalm,

"Taste and see that the Lord is good".

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