Sermon 23rd Jan 2011

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Sermon 23rd Jan 2011

  1. 1. Psalm 126 Remembrance Restoration Rejoicing
  2. 2. Psalm 126 <ul><li>Remembrance (vs 1-3) </li></ul><ul><li>Petition for Restoration (v4) </li></ul><ul><li>Promise of Rejoicing (vs 5-6) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Remembrance (v 1-3) <ul><li>Important Principle – live a life of gratitude to God </li></ul><ul><li>The Exodus was greatest act of deliverance in Old Testament (Exod 15, Deut 32, Ps 81, Jer 31, Acts 17, Heb 8) </li></ul><ul><li>Return from Babylon was another mighty act of deliverance </li></ul>
  4. 4. Remembrance (v 1-3) <ul><li>Firstly, it encourages a right attitude and perspective </li></ul><ul><li>God’s actions bring glory to His Name </li></ul><ul><li>Israel’s return resulted in pagan nations acknowledging the Lord God Almighty </li></ul><ul><li>God can use our testimonies to bring glory to His Name </li></ul>
  5. 5. Restoration (v 4) <ul><li>Secondly, it encourages us and gives us faith to ask God to help us again </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) </li></ul><ul><li>God helped us in the past and He can do so again today </li></ul>
  6. 6. Restoration (v 4) Date God’s Miraculous Intervention 1500-1400 BC Israel’s Exodus from Egypt (Exod 3…) 538 BC Return from Babylonian Exile . (Jer 25:11, 29:10-11) Soon to be fulfilled Israel’s salvation & destiny as a light to the nations (Isa 49:6, Rom 11:25) 14 May 1948 Israel’s re-establishment in ONE day, after 2,000 years of dispersion and the Nazi Holocaust (Isa 66:8)
  7. 7. Restoration (v 4) <ul><li>If God could miraculously act and deliver us in the past, He can do so again today </li></ul><ul><li>The psalmist could petition God to restore Israel’s fortunes </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Negev <ul><li>A desert region in Southern Israel </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Negev <ul><li>In rainy season, flash floods can suddenly occur </li></ul><ul><li>Desert wasteland is transformed into land of rivers, streams and waterfalls </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Negev <ul><li>In rainy season, flash floods can suddenly occur </li></ul><ul><li>Desert wasteland is transformed into land of rivers, streams and waterfalls </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rejoicing (v 5-6) <ul><li>Agricultural metaphor reminds us life may be hard BUT rejoicing will come </li></ul><ul><li>Sowing is laborious and backbreaking </li></ul>
  12. 12. Rejoicing (v 5-6) <ul><li>Harvest is a time of joy and celebration </li></ul>
  13. 13. Rejoicing (v 5-6) <ul><li>In difficult times, keep trusting in God and keep on sowing </li></ul><ul><li>God will answer and we will rejoice </li></ul>
  14. 14. Psalm 126 Remembrance Petition for Restoration Promise of Rejoicing Total Focus 1 2 6 3 No of Verses 50% % 17% 33% 100%
  15. 15. Psalm 126 <ul><li>Remember God’s goodness and thank Him </li></ul><ul><li>Ask God to use you and your testimony to bring Him great glory </li></ul><ul><li>Petition God for help </li></ul><ul><li>Wait patiently for God’s answer, keep serving and don’t give up </li></ul>
  16. 16. Psalm 126 Remembrance Restoration Rejoicing

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