“I’D RATHER”A TASTE OF THE BOOK OF PSALMS Metro Manila Christian Church Makati Sector Singles Ministry 22 August 2012
Introduction 1The Book of Psalms is AWESOME!Question: What kind of book is the Book of Psalms?1.A book of praise – to assist us in our praise to God;2.A book of prayer – to learn how to approach God andrespond to God;3.A book of evidences – to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ;4.A book of living – to act as “training guide” for righteous andholy living; and,5.A book of songs – record and exemplify music dedicated toGod.
Introduction 2Question: What is your type of music?•Like music, the Book of Psalms are anexpression of one’s emotions and feelings thatone wouldn’t normally express when meretalking.•Songs have the same function.
Introduction 3From Luther Vandross’ song “I’d Rather”:“Id rather have bad times with you, than good times withsomeone elseId rather be beside you in a storm, than safe and warm bymyselfId rather have hard times together, than to have it easy apartId rather have the one who holds my heart”Short Exercise:Please read Psalm 73.
Introduction 4Questions:1.What are the similarities of the song withPsalm 73?2.I’d Rather has a “turning point”. What is theturning point of Psalm 73?
Introduction 5I’d Rather’s Turning Point:“So Im here cause I found this one thing is trueThat Im nothing without youI know better nowAnd Ive had a change of heart”Psalm 73’s Turning Point:“When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till Ientered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.”Psalm 73:16-17Question: In the midst of our Christian life today, what is the relevanceof “the sanctuary of God” or the Temple of God?
The Relevance of the Temple of God• Just like the Book of Psalms, it is a way to “fellowship” with God. It is a way to be with God.• God did everything to show that He wants to be with us!• God wants to show each and everyone of us that He to fellowship with us!Question: Do you want to fellowship with God?
A Progression Of Fellowship 1PURPOSEFUL CREATION“From one man he made every nation of men,that they should inhabit the whole earth; and hedetermined the times set for them and theexact places where they should live. God did thisso that men would seek him and perhaps reachout for him and find him, though he is not farfrom each one of us.” Acts 17:26-27
A Progression Of Fellowship 2THE PILLAR OF CLOUD“After leaving Succoth, they camped at Etham onthe edge of the desert. By day the LORD wentahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them ontheir way and by night in a pillar of fire to give themlight, so that they could travel by day or night.Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar offire by night left its place in front of the people.”Exodus 13:21-22
A Progression Of Fellowship 3THE ARK OF THE COVENANT“Have them make a chest of acacia wood – twoand a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide,and a cubit and half high…. There, above thecover between the two cherubim that over theark of the Testimony, I will meet with you andgive you all my commands for the Israelites.Exodus 25:10-22
A Progression Of Fellowship 4THE TABERNACLE“Then Moses set up the courtyard around thetabernacle and altar and put up the curtain atthe entrance to the courtyard. And so Mosesfinished the work. Then the cloud covered theTent of Meeting, and the glory of the LORD filledthe tabernacle.” Exodus 40:33-34
A Progression Of Fellowship 5THE TEMPLE“The waves of death swirled about me; thetorrents of destruction overwhelmed me. Thecords of the grave coiled around me; the snaresof death confronted me. In my distress, I calledto the LORD; I called out to my God. From histemple he heard my voice; my cry came to hisears.” 2 Samuel 22:5-7
A Progression Of Fellowship 6THE INCARNATION (God Among Us)“The Word became flesh and made his dwellingamong us. We have seen his glory, the glory of theOne and Only, who came from the Father, full ofgrace and truth.” John 1:14“They were all filled with awe and praised God. ‘Agreat prophet has appeared among us,’ they said.‘God has come to help his people.’” Luke 7:16
A Progression Of Fellowship 7THE INDWELLING (God In Us)“And I will ask the Father, and he will give youanother Counselor to be with you forever – theSpirit of truth.” John 14:16-17a“Do you not know that your body is a temple of theHoly Spirit, who is in you, whom you have receivedfrom God? You are not your own.” 1 Corinthians6:19
Conclusion1. From the OT to NT, there is a “continuation” of God wanting to be with His people!2. God’s passion is to be with people!3. He wants to be with You!4. God built us to fellowship with Him!5. God is saying, “I’D RATHER BE WITH YOU!’
Life Application StuffGroup Discussion Questions:1.What keeps you from fellowship with God?2.What can I do to help me fellowship withGod?