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ARE YOU AFRAID ?

 

TRUE CHRISTIANS ARE GIVEN SECURITY FROM FEARS.

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Psalms 27:1  « A Psalm of David. » The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

 

FEAR IS A CONSCIOUS CHOICE.

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

GOD GIVES YOU OPPORTUNITY TO EITHER BE AFRAID, OR TO TRUST HIM.

Judges 7:3-7 “Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.  So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.”

TRUE BELIEVERS CAN CHOOSE TO FEAR.

JOB FEARED CONSTANTLY, AND OBVIOUSLY, HIS DAILY LIFE WAS NOT ONE OF PEACE. FEAR CAN SET YOU UP FOR LOTS OF MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS.

Job 3:25 For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

SOMETIMES WE REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE AFRAID, SO GOD GIVES US INSTANCES WHERE WE SHOULD CHECK AND SEE IF WE ARE TRULY AFRAID.

–A GENERAL CONDITION WHICH COVERS EVERYTHING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO US,. SICKNESS, DEATH, FINANCIAL NEEDS, LACK OF NECESSITIES, ETC.

Psalms 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

–WHEN PEOPLE COME AGAINST YOU, WHETHER BY WORDS, OR PHYSICAL ATTACK.

Psalms 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

–BY DREAMS AND NOT ACTUAL EVENTS, OR BY VERY REAL THINGS, LIKE WEAPONS AGAINST US.

Psalms 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

–FEAR OVER BAD NEWS. FROM A DOCTOR, A BANKER, AN EMPLOYER, AND ANYTHING CARRIED IN THE NEWS MEDIA.

Psalms 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

–AN HONEST FEAR, OR AWE OF THE LORD.

Psalms 119:120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

WE ARE TOLD THAT OTHERS HAD TO DEAL WITH SITUATIONS OF FEAR, AND THEY OVERCAME THEM THROUGH FAITH IN THE LORD.

–Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
–Proverbs 3:25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
–Psalms 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

GOD’S COMFORT IS WITHOUT LIMITATIONS OF TIME.

Deuteronomy 31:7-8 And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.  And the LORD, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

AFRAID THAT GOD WON’T DO RIGHT. MANY HAVE IN MIND THAT GOD WILL NOT HONOR HIS WORD.

Matthew 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

BEING AFRAID MAKES US ACT FOOLISHLY SOMETIMES.

PETER DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID HE WOULD SAY THE WRONG THING. HE DID, ANYWAY.

Mark 9:5-7 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

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PSALM 63

This entry is part 60 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 63


~~ Personally Knowing God ~~


 

1. THE CONCEPT OF PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE. MY GOD.”
A. KNOWLEDGE ABOUT GOD IS NOT ENOUGH.
—JACOB. GEN 28:21.
—NEBUCHANEZZAR. DANIEL 4:25,32, 4:34-37.
—THOSE WHO KNEW ABOUT MESSIAH. ACTS 19:3-6.
—PHARISEES. JOHN 8:19.
B. IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY. “SEEKING EARLY”
—OT—DEUT. 4:29.
—NT—HEB. 11:6.
—PRIORITY OF THE GODLY. ISAIAH 26:9.

2. THE TEST OF PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE.
A. WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. 1 JOHN 2:3-4.
B. THE DESIRE TO KNOW HIM BETTER. PHIL. 3:10.
C. PROOF IS SEEN BY ACTS OF FAITH. 2 COR. 13:5.
D. LOVING THE BRETHREN. I JOHN 4:20.
E. FOLLOWING JESUS. JOHN 12:20.

3. KNOWING HIM IS THE THIRST OF THE SOUL.
A. SHOULD COME BEFORE OTHER DESIRES.
MATT. 6:33, MARK 12:30-33.
B. SHOULD BE THE STRONGEST DRIVE. PSALM 73:25,
COMPARATIVE PHRASE. ALSO LUKE 14:26.
C. SHOULD BE EXPECTED AND CULTIVATED. PS. 119:2.
D. THE DESIRE OF SOUL AND FLESH.
PHIL. 3:10-11, JOHN 4:14-15.

4. THE DESIRE TO SEE HIS POWER AND GLORY. V. 2.
A. ACKNOWLEDGED IN PRAYER.
I CHRON. 29:11, MATT. 6:13
B. THE POWER. EPH. 1:19. NOT APPRECIATED BY THE
LOST. 2 THES. 1:9.
C. THE GLORY. MOSES’ DESIRE. EX. 33:18; MARK 10:37.
D. SEEING WHAT GOD REVEALS OF HIMSELF.
—IS IT EVER COMPLETE ? NO. EX. 33:18. EX. 20:22.
—DOES IT VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON ? YES.
UNBELIEVERS: JOHN 6:46, ROMANS 1:18-19, 3 JN 1:11.
BELIEVERS: GEN. 32:30, JOHN 14:9, JOHN 1:18.

5. THE RECOGNITION OF GOD’S CHARACTERISTICS. V. 3.
A. HIS LOVINGKINDNESS. PSALM 40:10—PROCLAIM IT !
B. CAN BE BLESSED. (BARAK) “TO BRING GOOD UPON.”
—1 PETER 1:3, PS. 66:20—WHAT DO YOU DO FOR GOD
WHEN PRAYER IS ANSWERED ?
C. HE DELEGATES AUTHORITY. (“IN THY NAME”)
—TO EXERCISE HIS POWER. MARK 16:17,
ACTS 3:6, ACTS 3:16, ACTS 16:18.
—TO PREACH THE GOSPEL. LUKE 24:47.
—TO RECEIVE PEOPLE. LUKE 9:48
—TO PRAY. JOHN 14:13, LUKE 16:23.

6. THE RESULTS OF KNOWINGGOD PERSONALLY. V. 4.
A. THERE IS THE DESIRE TO PLEASE HIM. 2 TIM. 2:4.
B. THERE WILL BE TRUE WORSHIP OF HIM.
—IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH. JOHN 4:24
—BY GIFTS. MATT. 2:2,11.
—SUBMISSION OF ALL OF SELF. REV. 4:10, REV. 19:10.
C. WE WILL BE SATISFIED IN HIM. PS. 17:15.
D. THERE WILL BE PUBLIC WITNESSING OF HIS GOODNESS.
PS. 35:18, PS. 40:9-10, MATT. 5:15.

7. WHAT FOLLOWS IN A PERSONAL WALK WITH GOD. V. 6-11.
A. WHAT DAVID DID. MOUTH. JOYFUL LIPS=SMILE
—HE WILL REJOICE IN THE THOUGHTS ABOUT GOD.
>WHEN ON HIS BED. PS. 20:5, HAB. 34:18.
SOMETIMES THOUGHTS ARE NOT PLEASANT. PS. 6:6.
>IN THE NIGHT WATCHES. PS. 119:148.
—HE WILL REJOICE IN THE SHADOW OF GOD. V.7.
WINGS ? —MAL. 4:2, PSALM 91:4.
—HE WILL FOLLOW GOD CLOSELY.
B. WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ENEMIES. V. 9-10

PSALM 62

This entry is part 59 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 62


~~ WAITING FOR THE LORD ~~


 

1. THE PRIORITY: ON THE PERSON OF GOD. V. 1.
A. NOT THE THINGS. Psalm 27:8, Psalm 56:9, 1 John 5:20.
B. NOT THE BLESSINGS. John 6:26, Matt. 6:33.

2. THE PRIORITY: OF WAITING. V. 1.
        [Several Hebrew words translated as “waiting.”
This Hebrew word for ‘waiting’=“silent repose, silence, expecting”]
   A. SOMETIMES ALL OUR ACTIVITIES ARE USELESS.
—WE NEED TO BE STILL. Psalm 4:4, Psalm 46:10.
—SOMETIMES WE NEED TO BE SILENT, LISTENING.
Hab. 2:20, Is. 41:1, James 1:19.
—GOD’S PEOPLE HAVE TO BE REMINDED OF THIS: Rev. 2:1,
Rev. 2:17, Rev. 2:29, Rev. 3:6, Rev. 3:13, Rev. 3:22, Rev. 3:20.
B. THIS WAITING IS ‘HUMBLE WAITING.’ [note: “repose”]
—NEEDED BY ALL BELIEVERS AS A DECISION. Col. 3:12.
—SAME AS ‘TO BOW DOWN AND WAIT.’ Ps. 95:6.
*purpose of kneeling at altar.

3. THE REASON WE MUST WAIT: OUR SALVATION. V. 1.
A. SAYS THAT WE NEEDED TO BE SAVED. ROM. 3:23.
B. IT CAN ONLY COME FROM THE PERSON FOR WHOM WE WAIT.
PS. 4:8, JOHN 6:68, ACTS 4:12.

4. THE BENEFITS OF WAITING ON GOD. V. 2.
A. HE IS THE ONLY ROCK. 1 COR. 10:4—IT IS JESUS.
FOR STABILITY. MATT. 7:25,
FOR SECURITY. PS. 27:5,
FOR VISIBILITY. PS. 40:2, MATT. 5:14.
B. HE IS THE ONLY SALVATION.
C. HE IS MY POWERFUL DEFENSE. ZECH. 12:8.
THE OTHERS—WILL FAIL YOU.
DECEPTION AND WICKEDNESS. IS. 47:10.
YOUR OWN WORKS. JER. 48:7.
YOUR MATERIAL WEALTH. PS. 52:7.
HE WORKS FOR US ONLY WHEN WE ARE RIGHT WITH HIM.
MICAH 3:11, MUST BE ROOTED IN THE WORD. LUKE 8:13.

5. DAVID’S VIEW OF HIS ENEMIES. V. 3-4.
*HE WONDERS HOW LONG THEY WILL CONTINUE THIS.
RELUCTANT TO DO RIGHT. JOSHUA 18:3.
HOW LONG BALANCING BETWEEN TWO BELIEFS. I KINGS 18:21
A. HE CITES THEIR IMAGINATION. GEN. 6:5, DEUT. 31:21, JER. 9:14.
B. HE COMPARES THEM TO:
—A BOWING WALL (WHICH OBVIOUSLY STANDS FOR A TIME,
AND WAS NOT ALWAYS SUCH).
—A TOTTERING FENCE (WHICH COULD HAVE A POOR
FOUNDATION, OR POOR CONSTRUCTION).

6. REVIEW THE FACTS: ESSENTIAL IN TIMES OF TROUBLE. V. 5-12
*MEDITATION  INVOLVES REVIEW. PSALM 1:2.
A. REPETITION IS NEEDED TO GROW. ISAIAH 28:9-10.
—TO EXCEED KNOWLEDGE OF TEACHERS. PSALM 119:99.
B. REPETITION IS NEEDED FOR FOCUS. JOSHUA 1:8, EX. 17:14.
C. REPETITION IS NEEDED FOR FAITH. PSALM 143:5.
—ADVANTAGE OVER THE ENEMIES. PSALM 119:23, JUDGES 5:11.
—PROVIDES A TRACK-RECORD FOR INDIVIDUALS. 2 COR. 8:22.
D. PROVIDES A CLEAR BASIS TO SHARE WITH OTHERS. V. 8,
I TIM. 4:15.
E. OUGHT TO BE A CONTINUAL ACTIVITY. PSALM 119:97.
F. NOT WHAT WE SHOULD DO IN PRAYER, THOUGH., MATT. 6:7.

7. REWARD IS BASED UPON WHAT IS DONE, NOT DREAMED. V. 12
—JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. 2 COR. 5:10.
—WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT. REV. 20:12. NOTE: ISAIAH 64:6.

PSALM 50

This entry is part 47 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 50

~~ How Great Is The Power of God’s Spoken Word ? ~~


 

1. HE BROUGHT ABOUT THE WHOLE OF CREATION.   V. 1
A. HE BROUGHT THE EARTH INTO BEING. HEBREWS 11:3,
2 PETER 3:5, GENESIS 1:3,6,9,11. GENESIS 1:28.
B. HE BROUGHT THE SUN INTO BEING.
C. HE CREATED THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY OPERATE.
GENESIS 1:14. COLOSSIANS 1:16-17…THEIR
OPERATION DEPENDS TOTALLY UPON HIM.
D. HIS WORD DOES NOT LOSE ITS POWER OVER TIME.
—JESUS—THE WORD OF GOD. GENESIS 15:1,4. JOHN 1:1.
—MOSES TO GIVE HIS WORD. NUMBERS 20:8.
—CENTURION UNDERSTOOD THE POWER OF HIS WORD.
MATTHEW 8:8.
—PHILIP GIVEN THE WORD, AND THE MIRACULOUS
HAPPENED. ACTS 8:26-39.
—WE ARE MADE NEW BY THE WORD. 1 PETER 1:23.
—WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AUTHORITY TO USE HIS WORD.
LUKE 17:6.
>EVEN DANGEROUS FOODS CHANGED BY THE WORD.
1 TIM. 4:4-5.

2. BY HIS OWN WORD HE WILL BRING FORTH HIS PEOPLE.
A. PICTURE OF THE RESURRECTION OF HIS PEOPLE (RAPTURE)
CALLING ABOVE & BELOW. V. 3. 1 THES. 4:16, PS. 47:5.
B. COMMAND TO (?) TO GATHER HIS PEOPLE. V.5.
—GOD CAN USE INSTRUMENTS TO ACCOMPLISH HIS WORK.

3. HE REALLY DOESN’T NEED US, ONLY HIS WORD.   7-13.
A. ANIMAL SACRIFICES ARE ALREADY HIS. V. 8-9. HEB. 10:5-8.
B. OTHER SACRIFICES ARE FROM HIS OWN SUPPLY.
WHAT TYPE OF SACRIFICE DOES HE WANT, THEN ?
OUR OWN BODIES BY OUR OWN CHOICE. ROMANS 12:1-2,
PHILIPPIANS 2:17.
TO LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR BEING. MARK 12:33.
DOING GOOD AND COMMUNICATING. HEBREWS 13:16.
COMMUNICATING WITH THE LOST—GOD’S MESSAGE.
COMMUNICATING WITH THE SAVED—ADMONISHING—
ROM. 15:14, EDIFYING 1 THES. 5:11, EXHORTING HEB. 13:3.
A WIDE VARIETY OF SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES. 1 PETER 2:5.
FERVENT, SACRIFICIAL PRAYER. PHILIPPIANS 2:25-30.
C. BY HIS WORD HE WILL DELIVER US FROM TROUBLES.
PS. 34:17. DEUT. 31:17—THE REASON FOR TROUBLES.
—WE ARE STILL REQUIRED TO OFFER SACRIFICES. EZEK. 43:17.
—WE ARE STILL REQUIRED TO BELIEVE HIM AT HIS WORD.
PS. 130:5, REQUIRES ACTION—ACTS 2:41.

4. BY HIS WORD HE PROMISES JUDGMENT UPON THE WICKED.
A. THEY KNOW HIS WAYS. ROMANS 1:20. HOLINESS ?
B. THEY DON’T LIKE TO BE TOLD WHAT HIS WORD MEANS. V. 17.
ROMANS 1:28. 2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4.
C. THEY JOIN WITH OTHER EVIL-DOERS. ROMANS 1:32.
—GUILTY BY ASSOCIATION. V. 18. EPHESIANS 5:11.
—GUILTY BY THEIR WORDS. V. 19.
—GUILTY THROUGH THE EVIL USE OF THEIR WORDS. V.20.
D. GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY WAITED. ACTS 14:16.

5. BY HIS WORD HE OFFERS FORGIVENESS AND NEW LIFE.   V.23.

 

PSALM 49

This entry is part 46 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 49

~~ Some Things Everyone Needs To Know ! ~~


 

1. THERE IS A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE FROM GOD.
A. NOT JUST FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE. IS. 49:6, HEB. 5:9.
—TO THE JEW FIRST, HOWEVER. ROMANS 1:16.
—ONE MESSAGE FOR ALL PEOPLE. EPH. 4:3-6, ROM. 4:1-4.
B. FOR THE ENTIRE WORLD. JEREMIAH 1:5, MATT. 24:14,
MARK 16:15, events prophesied: ACTS 11:28.
—FOR ALL EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC CLASSES. IS. 56:7.

2. PEOPLE CAN HAVE IT AND STILL BE HUMBLE ABOUT IT.
A. IT ISN’T BRAGGING TO STATE THE FACT. V. 3.
—IT IS PUBLISHED THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH. ROM.10:10.
—IT IS SEEN BY EVIDENCE OF OUR MEDITATIONS
(THOUGHTS). JOSHUA 1:8, I TIMOTHY 4:15.
—IT HAS A PURPOSE OF PLEASING GOD, NOT MEN.
PS. 19:14.

3. THE MESSAGE IS ALL ABOUT REDEMPTION.
A. IT HAS IT’S HIDDEN TRUTHS WHICH ARE FOR THE MATURE.
MYSTERIES. HEBREWS 5:14, MATT. 13:35 AND LUKE 8:10.
UNDERSTANDING MYSTERIES. JOHN 14:26, MATT. 13:11.
B. IT HAS IT’S OBVIOUS TRUTHS, WHICH ALL CAN SEE.
JOHN 8:12, JOHN 12:46, PSALM 40:10 (NOT CONCEALED).
C. IT IS MORE VALUABLE THAT WORLDLY RICHES. V. 6-7
WHAT ELSE CAN DO ALL THIS ? 2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17.

4. MAN’S MESSAGE MISSES THE MARK.    V. 6-14.
A. IT GIVES PREFERENCE TO MATERIAL WEALTH. V. 6.
—IT CANNOT BUY REDEMPTION FOR OTHERS. V. 7.
LUKE 18:24. PROBLEM/LAODICEA: REV. 3:17.
—IT CANNOT BUY REDEMPTION FOR THEMSELVES. V. 8.
1 PET. 1:18-19. NO PART OF IT: ACTS 8:20.
—IT CANNOT PRODUCE EVERLASTING LIFE. V.9. MARK 8:36-37.
—SUCH WEALTH IS LEFT BEHIND. V. 10. LUKE 12:20.
B. EVEN MAN’S HONOR PERISHES. V. 12.
—THOSE FOLLOWING AFTER APPROVE THEIR SAYINGS.
“I DID IT MY WAY.” 1 COR. 1:20. THEY ARE ALL DEAD.

5. THE BELIEVER CAN HAVE JOYFUL FAITH.
A. CERTAIN OF VICTORY OVER DEATH. V. 15.
IS. 25:8, 1 COR. 15:55,57.
B. VICTORY OVER ENVY. V.16-19.
—WHY ENVY SINNERS ? PROV. 23:17, PS. 37:1.
—WE ARE COMMANDED NOT TO ENVY OPPRESSORS.
PROV. 3:31, PROV. 24:1. PROV. 24:19.
C. HE IS GIVEN SUPERIOR UNDERSTANDING. V. 20.
—BY DEPARTING FROM EVIL. JOB 28:28,
—GROWS BY MEDITATING ON GOD’S COVENANTS. PS. 119:99
—COMES BY A SPECIAL GIFT FROM GOD. PSALM 2:6.
—COMES BY KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY. PROV. 9:10.

6. THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES TO REJECTING THE MESSAGE.
A. LOSS OF ALL HE WORKED FOR. V. 17. LUKE 12:20, MARK 8:36.
B. LOSS OF ALL RESPECT. THOSE WHO THINK THAT
LEAVING ONLY MONEY BEHIN DWILL ENDEAR THEM
TO RELATIVES NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN
THEY HAVE NOT LEFT THE WAY OF SALVATION,
THEIR PROGENY WILL HATE THEM.
ISAIAH 14:16.
C. NEVER SEE (EXPERIENCE) LIGHT. V. 19. JER. 4:23, PS. 73:19.

PSALM 48

This entry is part 45 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 48

~~ How Great Is Your God ??? ~~


 

1. HIS GREATNESS IS ACKNOWLEDGED IN MANY WAYS.
A. RESULTING IN THE NEED TO PRAISE HIM.
HIS GREATNESS IS UNSEARCHABLE.
PS. 145:3, PROV. 26:10, DEUT. 10:17.
HE IS TO BE FEARED ABOVE ALL GODS.
I CHRON. 16:25, REV. 19:17.
B. HIS PRAISE SHALL BE ESPECIALLY IN HIS SPECIAL CITY.
1 KINGS 11:36, 2 KINGS 21:4, 7.
IT WILL BE SANCTIFIED IN THE FUTURE. ZECH. 14:16-21.
C. HIS PRAISE WILL BE IN THE MOUNTAIN OF HIS HOLINESS.
(THE DEVIL ENVIED HIS POSITION). ISAIAH 14:13.
A REMINDER OF THIS SHOULD PRODUCE PRAISE. PS. 30:4.
HIS WORDS ARE UTTERED IN HOLINESS. PS. 108:7.

2. PRAISING THE GREAT GOD IS A BEAUTIFUL SITUATION.
A. IT SPEAKS OF GOD’S WISE CHOICE OF JERUSALEM. V. 2.
B. JERUSALEM, A JOY TO THE EARTH ? IF NOT SO, WHEN DO
ALL NATIONS WANT JERUSALEM ? PS. 87:3. (LUTHER’S
HYMN ?)
ZECH. 14:2.
—HE IS KNOWN AS THE REFUGE IN JERUSALEM. V.3.
MATTHEW 23:37.
—HE IS KNOWN AS THE PROTECTOR IN JERUSALEM. V. 4-6.
C. HIS FAITHFULNESS IS HEARD AND SEEN. V.8.
—HIS LOVING KINDNESS IS THOUGHT UPON. (definition: kindness
that is unique to God, and expresses his agape love. ONLY USED FOR GOD.
>FOR REVIVING. PS. 119:88.
>FOR HEARING THE PRAYERS OF SINNERS. PS 119:149.
>FOR GRACE TO DRAW PEOPLE TO HIMSELF. JER. 31:3.
—HIS PRAISE AND NAME EXTENDS TO ALL THE EARTH.
>FOR HIS NAME. PS. 8:1,9.
>THROUGH HIS JUDGMENTS. PS. 83:17-18.
>ALL EARTH SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN WORSHIP. PS. 96:1,9.

3. HIS GREATNESS REFLECTED THROUGH OUR ACTIONS. V.8-14
A. WE BECOME BETTER OBSERVERS.
MARK 14:38, 13:33, ACTS 20:31, COL. 4:2.
B. OUR THOUGHTS ARE MORE ON HIM. V.9. MAL. 3:16.
C. WE FIND OURSELVES REJOICING MORE. V. 10.
1 PET. 1:6, PHIL. 2:17.
D. WE ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO PRAISE. V. 11. ROM. 15:10-13.
E. WE ARE MORE SECURE, DELIBERATE, AND AT PEACE.
>OUR SECURITY IS ETERNAL.
HEB. 10:14, JOHN 6:51, JOHN 14:16.
>OUR DECISIONS ARE BASED ON HIS GUIDANCE.
PS. 25:9, 55:13, JOHN 16:13.
—HE CAN USE HIS PEOPLE AS HIS INSTRUMENT. ACTS 8:31.
>KNOWING HIM IS PEACE. HE IS OUR PEACE.
EPH. 2:14, ROM. 5:1.

PSALM 47

This entry is part 44 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 47

~~ Good Reasons For Worship ~~


 

1. THE DIRECTION OF WORSHIP.    V. 1.
A. IT IS ALWAYS GOD-CENTERED. COLOSSIANS 3:23.
—CANNOT BE A DIVIDED WORSHIP. MATT. 16:24.
—LUKE 19:37….PRAISING GOD ALONE.
B. IT USES WHAT GOD GAVE TO US. EXAMPLE: HANDS TO CLAP.
—EACH CREATURE DOES IT DIFFERENTLY.
—WATERS—PS. 99:8. TREES—PSALM 55:12, 96:12.
C. IT SHOULD INVOLVE ALL PEOPLE. V. 1. ROMANS 15:11.

2. SOME SPECIFIC REASONS FOR WORSHIP.   VERSES 2-4, 7-9
A. HE IS TO BE FEARED. V.2.
(“TERRIBLE”= HEB.=YAW’RAY=“TO BE REVERED, BE FEARED”).
—HIS HOLINESS-RIGHTEOUSNESS IS AWESOME. PSALM 66:5.
—HE PROVIDES VICTORY AT HIS OWN WILL. PSALM 68:35
—HIS NAME IS TO BE REVERED, HONORED. PSALM 99:3.
B. HE IS A GREAT KING. PS. 95:3,
—AS SUCH, HE DESERVES THE BEST. MAL. 1:14,
—AS SUCH, HE OWNS WHATEVER HE WANTS. MATT. 5:35.
C. HIS DOMAIN IS OVER ALL THE EARTH, NOT JUST ONE PART.
GENESIS 18:25. HE IS JUDGE OVER IT ALL.
EXODUS 9:14. THERE IS NONE LIKE HIM IN THE EARTH.
EXODUS 19:5. HE OWNS ALL THIS EARTH.
D. HE WILL CHOOSE OUR INHERITANCE. V. 4.
—TRUTH, MEEKNESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS. V. 4,7.
—THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A DOWN PAYMENT. EPHESIANS 1:14.
—IT IS LOCATED IN HEAVEN. 1 PETER 1:4.
—IT IS AN ETERNAL INHERITANCE. HEB. 9:15.
—IT WILL COME AS A REWARD. COL. 3:24, 2 COR. 5:10.
E. HE WILL BRING US BACK TO HEAVEN WITH HIM. V. 5.
1 COR. 15:52, REV. 4:1.
F. HE PRESENTLY REIGNS.
OVER HEATHEN. (THEY DON’T KNOW IT) V.8.
FROM HIS THRONE OF HIS HOLINESS. PSALM 97:12.
OVER THE FUTURE GATHERING, RESURRECTIONS. V.9.
SHIELDS OF THE EARTH. PROTECTION.
—FACTOR IN RAPTURE ? 1 THES. 4:17.

3. REQUIREMENT FOR WORSHIP.
A. UNDERSTANDING THE PRAISE. V. 7. PRAISE WITH LOVE ?
–THEN MUST LOVE WITH UNDERSTANDING. MARK 12:33.
–COMES FROM GOD. I KINGS 3:9, I CHRON. 22:12, LUKE 24:45,
2 TIM. 2:7—BUT MUST RECEIVE IT.
–IT IS SOMETHING IN WHICH WE MUST GROW. 1 COR. 14:20.
—IT IS REQUIRED TO BLESS HIM AND US. I COR. 14:14-15.
B. UNDERSTANDING WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE
DOING: PLEASING HIM. REV. 4:11.

PSALM 46

This entry is part 43 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 46

~~ God is Our Refuge and Strength ! ~~


 

 

1. THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF A REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
A. HE IS OUR HIDING PLACE FROM TROUBLES.
—FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO DESERVE
THEIR TROUBLES, AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
NUMBERS 35:12, DEUTERONOMY 33:27, PS. 9:9, PS. 62:7-8.
—FOR THOSE WHO HUNGER FOR STABILITY. HEBREWS 6:18.
—FOR THOSE WHO HUNGER FOR STABILITY. HEBREWS 6:18.
PSALM 34:6, PSALM 34:17.
—AS TROUBLE DEVELOP IN THE LAST DAYS, THIS IS VITAL.
MARK 13:8.

B. HE IS OUR STRENGTH. PS. 31:4, 2 SAMUEL 22:33.
—OUR OWN STRENGTH IS NOT SUFFICIENT. PS. 22:15.
—THIS GIFT REQUIRES ACTION ON OUR PART. PS. 19:14.
—SOMETIMES EASY TO FORGET, ESP. WHEN WE DEPEND
ON SELF. PS. 144:1, 2 COR. 12:9.

C. HE IS ALWAYS PRESENT. OTHERS ARE NOT.
GENESIS 25:15, HEBREWS 13:5.

2. THE PRACTICAL RESPONSE TO GOD’S HELP.
A. WE WILL NOT FEAR. BUT, IS THIS REALISTIC ? V. 2-3.
ARE WE TRULY COMMITTED TO BEING IN GOD’S HANDS ?
PSALM 11:6-7, LIKE CHILDREN ? MARK 10:16.
OTHERS WERE SECURE IN GOD. PSALM 118:6, HEB. 13:6,
WE MUST NOT FEAR WHAT IS ON EARTH. I JOHN 4:17-18.

B. WE WILL REJOICE. V.4. PS. 33:21.

C. THE LOST WORLD WILL RECEIVE JUDGMENT. V. 5-6.
THEY WERE INDIGNANT AT GOD’S RULE. PS. 2:1,
PROPHECY OF THEIR JUDGMENT: 2 PETER 3:10-12.

D. FAITH IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD IS WITH US. V. 7

3. THE ANTICIPATED OUTCOME.
A. DESTRUCTION OF EVIL ON THE EARTH. V. 8.
REV. 20:2, 1 COR. 15:26.
B. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF PEACE. V.9. HOW CAN THIS BE ?
—THE LORD IS A MAN OF WAR. EXODUS 15:3.
—YET, HE BRINGS PEACE. 1 THES. 3:16, ISAIAH 9:6.
—CANNOT WIN PEACE UNLESS YOU DESTROY YOUR ENEMY.
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT. EPH. 6:17,
ACTIONS. 1 JOHN 3:8. (PERSONAL—PS. 56:2)
C. REIGN OF GOD THROUGHOUT THE EARTH. V. 10.
        LUKE 19:27, ROMANS 15:12.