Sermon:
TROUBLE DONíT LAST ALWAYS
LAMENTATIONS 3:18-23

Intended for Reading on the Lordís Day February 21, 2010

Delivered By Rev. Kelvin L. Parks

At Shiloh Baptist Church of Waukegan. Waukegan, Illinois

ē I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
ē My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
ē O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
ē I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
ē They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
ē This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
ē The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
ē O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
(Psalms 34:1-8)

Good Morning ... and too, God be the Glory!

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. I would like to thank Pastor Francis for this opportunity to stand behind this desk in proxy for him to preach Godís Word (thank you kind sir) ... and there is a Word from the LORD...

So let us turn our hearts and our Bibles to Lamentations 3:18-23

(v.18) And I said, my strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:
(v.19) Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
(v.20) my soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
(v.21) this I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
(v.22) it is of the LORDíS mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
(v.23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Turn to your neighbor and say ... Neighbor IíM SO GLAD ... TROUBLE DONíT LAST ALWAYS

You may be seated...

IíM SO GLAD ... TROUBLE DONíT LAST ALWAYS

The book of Lamentations is filled with tears and sorrow. One preacher referred to it as a paean of pain, a poem of pity, a proverb of pathos, a hymn of heartbreak, a psalm of sadness, a symphony of sorrow, a story of sifting, a tale of tears, a dirge of desolation, a tragedy of travail, an account of agony, and a book of ďboo-hoos.Ē

In fact, some call it the ... wailing wall of the Bible. No Memphis blues singer has ever sung a sadder song ... than what is contained in the Book of Lamentations.

These five chapters are a series of dirges or funeral hymns in which the writer describes and laments over the desolation of Judah and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. In other words, Lamentations is this writerís response to Judahís chastening by the hand of GOD.

Now ... I do not know anyone who ever enjoyed getting a whipping. Whether it was a whipping from your parents are a spiritual chastening by GOD. In fact, scripture tells us in

Proverbs 3:11-12: ďMy son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father