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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org ...

Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here: http://www.churchofchristduluthga.org
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Sept 21-27

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Sep 21-27-08 Psalm 67 130 137 Sep 21-27-08 Psalm 67 130 137 Presentation Transcript

  • This Week’s Reading
    • This week’s reading included several Psalms. I have chosen Psalms 67, 130 & 137 this morning. Today’s lesson is taken from several articles found in the
    • “ Word In Life TM
    • Study Bible .”
  • All the Earth Will Praise God
    • God promised Abraham that through him "all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
    • Genesis 12:3 NET I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name."
  • All the Earth Will Praise God
    • Genesis 22:18 NET Because you have obeyed me, all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another using the name of your descendants.' "
  • All the Earth Will Praise God
    • Psalm 67 celebrates that blessing. Like ripples in a pond, salvation starts from Israel and spreads to all the peoples of the earth. The result is international worship and worldwide blessing.
  • All the Earth Will Praise God
    • Psalms 67:1 NET May God show us his favor and bless us! May he smile on us! (Selah) 2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like; all nations will know how you deliver your people.
  • All the Earth Will Praise God
    • 3 Let the nations thank you, O God! Let all the nations thank you! 4 Let foreigners rejoice and celebrate! For you execute justice among the nations, and govern the people living on earth. (Selah)
  • All the Earth Will Praise God
    • 5 Let the nations thank you, O God! Let all the nations thank you! 6 The earth yields its crops. May God, our God, bless us! 7 May God bless us! Then all the ends of the earth will give him the honor he deserves.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • God's goodness to us is not solely for our own benefit and pleasure. He wants us to pass along the good gifts He brings our way.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • Psalm 67 supports this principle by bringing together the twin themes of thanksgiving and worldwide evangelism.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • The psalm begins with a prayer for blessing; Psalms 67:1 May God show us his favor and bless us! May he smile on us! in fact, the prayer itself is a form of a blessing.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • But the prayer is more than a petition. It explains the purpose of asking for God's blessing: that the Lord's ways might become internationally known.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • 2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like; all nations will know how you deliver your people. The psalmist recognized that the destiny of the nations was wrapped up in God's blessing of Israel.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • Ultimately they would praise and fear the Lord because of what He was doing for His people.
    • This psalm offers strong evidence that God wants salvation for all peoples, for the whole earth.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • 3 Let the nations thank you, O God! Let all the nations thank you! 4 Let foreigners rejoice and celebrate! For you execute justice among the nations, and govern the people living on earth. (Selah)
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • 5 Let the nations thank you, O God! Let all the nations thank you! 6 The earth yields its crops. May God, our God, bless us! 7 May God bless us! Then all the ends of the earth will give him the honor he deserves.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • His purposes have been fulfilled through Jesus Christ. The Messiah came as a branch out of Israel and offered Himself as a blessing to all the peoples of the world.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • What blessings has God brought your way? Whatever they are, He wants you to share His good gifts with the people around you.
  • Passing On The Blessing
    • He especially wants you to share the gift of the gospel, the message of salvation in Christ. Think of someone right now who might be open to receiving the blessing of eternal life, and then pass it along! (Word In Life Study Bible)
  • Pardon for Sin
    • Psalms 130:1 NET From the deep water I cry out to you, O LORD. 2 O Lord, listen to me! Pay attention to my plea for mercy!
  • Pardon for Sin
    • 3 If you, O LORD, were to keep track of sins, O Lord, who could stand before you? 4 But you are willing to forgive, so that you might be honored.
  • Pardon for Sin
    • 5 I rely on the LORD, I rely on him with my whole being; I wait for his assuring word. 6 I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning, yes, more than watchmen do for the morning.
  • Pardon for Sin
    • 7 O Israel, hope in the LORD, for the LORD exhibits loyal love, and is more than willing to deliver. 8 He will deliver Israel from all the consequences of their sins.
  • Pardon for Sin
    • This psalm is a cry for help from the depths of sin into which the psalmist has fallen. His only hope is the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy, which can break through the darkness like the dawn of a new day.
  • Out Of The Depths
    • How should we tell God we are sorry for something we have done (or not done), or that we need His help? Is there a right way or a wrong way to come before Him?
  • Out Of The Depths
    • Does God even want to hear about our weaknesses, failures, and sin?
    • The Psalms record a number of prayers offered "out of the depths" of human pain and moral misery.
  • Out Of The Depths
    • Psalms 130:1 From the deep water I cry out to you, O LORD. They not only demonstrate that God lends an ear to honest prayers of brokenness and failure, but they also provide a model for how we might express ourselves to Him.
  • Psalms Of Confession & Cries For Help
    • Psalm 6
    • A plea for help in the midst of illness.
    • Psalm 10
    • An expression of perplexity over the success of the wicked and a prayer for blessing.
  • Psalms Of Confession & Cries For Help
    • Psalm 35
    • A prayer for help when under attack or in conflict.
    • Psalm 51
    • A heartfelt confession of sin and plea for cleansing.
  • Psalms Of Confession & Cries For Help
    • Psalm 102
    • A prayer in the midst of depression.
    • Psalm 130
    • A cry to God out of deep guilt.
    • Psalm 143
    • A prayer about inadequacy and failure.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • God delights to hear His people call upon Him. He is not embarrassed by our troubles or failures. In fact, He invites us to make a sincere confession of sin.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • 1 John 1:5 NET Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • 6 If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • 7 But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • 8 If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • 9 But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.
  • Sincere Confession Of Sin
    • We have nothing to gain by denying or hiding our spiritual needs or by delaying to come before God. So what prayer do you need to pray to Him right now? (Word In Life Study Bible)
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • There is only one thing to do when we fail to love, serve, and obey God as we should: acknowledge our sin by crying out to the Lord in confession and repentance.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 2 O Lord, listen to me! Pay attention to my plea for mercy! Trying to hide our sin or hoping that it will just go away does no good.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • Instead, we should throw ourselves on God's mercy, knowing that there is forgiveness with Him.
    • 4 But you are willing to forgive, so that you might be honored.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • How does God treat sinners? According to three bedrock qualities:
    • Justice If unconfessed, sin will not go unpunished.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • Psalms 37:28 NET For the LORD promotes justice, and never abandons his faithful followers. They are permanently secure, but the children of evil men are wiped out.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • Mercy Sinners can receive forgiveness and restoration from a merciful God. Psalms 103:8-10 NET The LORD is compassionate and merciful; he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 9 He does not always accuse, and does not stay angry. 10 He does not deal with us as our sins deserve; he does not repay us as our misdeeds deserve.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • Grace Through Christ, believers are reconciled with God and the penalty for their sin is satisfied. Romans 3:21 NET But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed —
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 22 namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . 24 But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 25 God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate his righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 26 This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus' faithfulness.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • Ephesians 2:8 NET For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • In the midst of our sin, we can appeal to a loving Lord, knowing that He will administer justice, mercy, and grace without variation or bias.
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • Psalms 137:1 NET B y the rivers of Babylon we sit down and weep when we remember Zion. 2 On the poplars in her midst we hang our harps,
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 3 for there our captors ask us to compose songs; those who mock us demand that we be happy, saying: "Sing for us a song about Zion!" 4 How can we sing a song to the LORD in a foreign land?
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand be crippled! 6 May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy .
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 7 Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. They said, "Tear it down, tear it down, right to its very foundation!"
  • How God Treats Sinners
    • 8 O daughter Babylon, soon to be devastated! How blessed will be the one who repays you for what you dished out to us! 9 How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies and smashes them on a rock!
  • Bitter Prayers
    • For a book of worship, the Psalms contain some rather harsh expressions of hatred and vengeance. For example. Psalm 137 seems to delight in the image of Babylonian babies being dashed against rocks.
  • Bitter Prayers
    • Likewise, David prays down curses on his enemy, asking that no one would extend kindness to him, nor to his orphaned children after him.
  • Bitter Prayers
    • Psalms 109:12 NET May no one show him kindness! May no one have compassion on his fatherless children! Similar expressions can be found in Psalms 35 , 55 , 58 , 59 , 69 , 83 , and 140 .
  • Bitter Prayers
    • What are we to make of these prayers? What are they doing in a collection of songs for worship?
  • Bitter Prayers
    • Opinions differ on the answer to that question. But one point of view is that worship means expressing to God our honest feelings, no matter how "ugly" they may seem.
  • Bitter Prayers
    • God is not intimidated by our pain nor unaware of the poison that lurks in our innermost being. He invites us to bare all before Him.
  • Bitter Prayers
    • In fact, the Bible presents a number of accounts of people who brought their anger, disappointment, or pain to God.
  • Bitter Prayers
    • Their raw emotion is clearly expressed, providing encouragement to us to approach God when we are in personal agony. Some of these figures include:
  • Bitter Prayers
    • • Job, whose cries of pain and loss were welcomed, heard, and responded to by God.
    • • Solomon, whose "diary" of reflections on life, at times bordering on depression and despair, can be found in the Book of Ecclesiastes.
  • Bitter Prayers
    • • Habakkuk, whose despair over Israel's plight and complaint to God were heard.
    • • Jeremiah, whose lament over the destruction of Jerusalem, including vivid and ugly descriptions of agony and pain, is included in Scripture in the Book of Lamentations.
  • Bitter Prayers
    • • Paul, whose internal conflicts over sinful patterns speak eloquently for many of us.
    • True worship involves speaking the truth.
  • Bare All Before God
    • That includes the truth about how we feel, no matter how dark our emotions may be. God will hear us. However, He also expects us to hear Him, as each of those mentioned above did.
  • Bare All Before God
    • Do you bring your innermost hatreds, hostilities, fears, and frustrations to God? Where better to take them?
  • Bare All Before God
    • If buried, they will only fester, sooner or later to emerge and cause great harm to us and those in our path.
    • (Word In Life Study Bible)
  • A Review
    • Psalm 67 reminds us of two very important aspects of serving God.
    • Thanksgiving
    • &
    • Evangelism
    • How are we doing in these
    • Very Important Areas ?
  • A Review
    • Psalm 130 reminds us of God’s Greatness. He knows our every thought, motive & action. So when we are in our darkest hour He will hear us when we cry out, even from the depths of the darkness we find ourselves in.
  • A Review
    • Psalm 137 is closely related to Psalm 130 in as much as God wants to hear from us even our “ugliest” thoughts. He invites us to bare all before Him. He will administer justice, mercy, and grace without variation or bias.