“HOW CAN I KNOW HIM BETTER?”

Please read Philippians 3:1-10.

We must be grounded in the Word of God to keep us from every cult and wind of doctrine. Saul, a once bitter enemy of Jesus Christ did what he thought was the will of God. Then he was struck by Jesus on the road to Damascus Acts 8:1-4, 9:1-18.

Paul finds himself asking, “is this the Son of God…the Messiah, or do we look for another.”

Paul was able to point to a spot where he was changed from nature to grace and made a child of God. Can you and I point to the spot where we were saved? I believe Paul is saying, “oh that I might know Him better.”

How can we know Him better?

I. KNOW THE WORD OF GOD BETTER!

Learn to preach the gospel and learn the Word of God. We need the Word of God, not a good feeling, though the Word will make us feel good. Think of it, God laid all my sin on Jesus and that ought to make me feel good. The moment you and I believe on Jesus, we are headed for heaven.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOLY IS THE LORD” CONCLUSION!

Read Psalm 46 again.
 
We said that, “God is Right in His Righteousness” and “Just in His Justice,” now:
 
III. HE IS TERRIFIC IN HIS TRUTHFULNESS.
 
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
 
John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
 
IV. HE IS FIXED IN HIS FAITHFULNESS.
 
A. His faithfulness is everlasting Psalm 119:90.
B.     “         established in Heaven Psalm 89:2.
C.     “         enduring (never fails) Psalm 89:33.
D.     “         endless Psalm 36:6.
E.     “         external, all around us. Lamentations 3:23.
F.     “         exceptional Psalm 89:8 “O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto  
                   thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?”
 
His faithfulness is greater than:
 
1. Abraham Galatians 3:9.
2. Joseph Genesis 39:22-23.
3. Moses Numbers 12:7.
4. John the Baptist Luke 3:7-19.
5. Paul Acts 17:16-17.
 
Holy is the Lord!

“HOLY IS THE LORD!”

Read Psalm 46.

We are here taught,

  1. To take comfort in God when things look threatening verses 1-5.
  2. To point out the great things he has produced for his church against its enemy’s verses 6-9.
  3. To reassure us that God will glorify Himself verses 10-11.

It is said of Martin Luther that, when he heard any discouraging news, he would say, “Come let us sing the forty- sixth psalm.”

There is not much for us to depend upon in this life BUT GOD…because:

I. HE IS RIGHT IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Genesis 18:25 “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

Jesus prayed in John 17:25, “O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee, but I have known Thee…and these have known that Thou hast sent me.”

In Genesis 18:25, “Abraham pleading with the righteous Father.”

II. HE IS JUST IN HIS JUSTICE.

2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”=

Revelation 20:13 “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

“THE JUSTICE OF GOD is that essential attribute which makes his nature and his ways perfect Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 89:14. The justice of God could not leave the world without laws, and cannot fail to vindicate them by executing their penalties; and as all mankind perpetually break them, every human soul is under condemnation, and must perish, unless spared through the accepted ransom, the blood of Christ.” American Tract Society Dictionary.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOLY IS THE LORD!”

Psalm 46
 
If you look at the world and the things in the world you will soon realize that there is not much to live for outside of the Lord.
 
This Psalm was probably written during the siege of Jerusalem under Sennacherib because it fits no other period in history.
Notice three things God is to us in verse one:
 
1. He is our REFUGE.
2. He is our STRENGTH.
3. He is our PRESENCE in time of trouble.
 
Notice also in vs. 2-3, we need not fear:
 
1. Though the earth be removed.
2. Though the mountains be carried in the midst of the sea.
3. Though the waters roar.
4. Though the mountains shake.
 
I like what Dake’s Bible says about the prophecy in verse 4, “This will probably flow from the Temple southward and ½ will flow into the Dead Sea through Jerusalem. The water in the Dead Sea will be healed and the fish will come from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea.”
 
Psalm. 46 encourages us to hope and trust in God, and his power, providence and presence with His church in the worst of times, and directs us to give him the glory of what he has done for us and what he will do. It was probably written upon David’s victories over the neighbouring nations (2 Samuel 8), and the rest which God gave him from all his enemies around about him.
 
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“HOLD ON” CONCLUSION!

Read Psalm 30:1-12 again.

When weeping comes, it is only to endure for the evening; but singing will surely come in the morning.

This description of God’s slowness to anger, and readiness to forgive, is given by David who was “a man after God’s own heart” and looked as Him as his Judge and Father.

Verse 6,“In my prosperity I said, I shall never bemoved.“

A real problem developed in David’s heart at this point: Peace and prosperity had taken his heart off the Lord, and led him to suppose that “his mountain” stood strong, and that adversity could never affect him.

He wanted to know the physical and political strength of his kingdom; and, forgetting to depend upon God, he commanded Joab count the people; for which God punished him in 2 Samuel 24:1-17.

Verse 7, “Thou didst hide thy face.”

Someone said of this, “Thou didst show thyself displeased with me for my pride and forgetfulness of thee: and then I found how vainly I had trusted in an arm of flesh.”

Verse 8, “Icried to thee, O LordMade supplication.”

I found no help except in Him against whom I had sinned.

Verse 9, “What profit is there in my blood.”

What David is saying: Let not the sword come against me. If spared and pardoned, I will declare thy truth; I will tell to all men what a merciful and gracious Lord I have found. “Hear, therefore, O Lord;” Psalm 30:10.

Verse 11.  “Thou hast turned … my mourning into dancing.”

Rather into singing. I have not prayed in vain. Though I deserved to be cut off from the land of the living, yet thou hast spared me, and the remnant of my people. Thou hast taken away my sackcloth, the emblem of my distress and misery, and girded me with gladness.

Verse 12, “To the end that my glory may sing.

The word glory is sometimes taken to signify the liver. Here it is supposed to mean the tongue; why not the heart?

My glory before had sung praise to myself; in it I had rested; on it I had presumed my success.

Two very important lessons for today:

  1. WEEPING WILL SURELY COME!

     But, it will only last for a moment.

    2. JOY IS CERTAIN TO FOLLOW!

As sure as there is day there is night: darkness – light; sunset – sunrise; weeping – joy.

God promises joy to the afflicted: Joy in salvation as well as suffering. So, HOLD ON!

“HOLD ON” PART 2.

Read Psalm 30:1-12.

Verse 1, “Thou hast lifted me up”

Literally he is thanking God for causing him to be depressed, and for his afflictions, because they have been the means of teaching him some important lessons of great profit and importance in his life.

Verse 2, “Thou hast healed me.”

You have removed the plague from me and my people and not allowed my enemy to rejoice over my affliction.

Verse 3, “Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave.”

We were about to be cut off; but you have spared us in your mercy, and given us a most glorious relief.

Verse 4, “Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, andGive thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.” In other words, “Be ye holy, saith the Lord, for I am holy.”

This is a wonderful truth: He who can give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness, is one who loves holiness, and hates sin; one who longs to be saved from it; and takes encouragement at thinking about God’s holiness.

But most who call themselves Christians dislike the doctrine of holiness; and the principal part of their studies, and those of their pastors, is to find out with how little Godly living they can expect to enter into the kingdom of God.

Verse 5, “For his anger endureth but a moment.”

In the Hebrew language “There is a moment in His anger. In the evening weeping may endure: but in the morning will be joy.”

When God afflicts His people, it is for our advantage, that we may be partakers of his holiness, and be not condemned with the world.

If he is angry with us, it is but for a moment; but when we have turn to Him, and seek His face, His favour is soon given.

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“HOLD ON!”

Psalm 30:1-12

Have you ever had a night when you thought morning was never going to come? Have you ever had a problem without hope of an end? Have you ever gone through so much weeping that you ran out of tears?

Hold On! “Joy cometh in the morning.’”

In verses 1-3, David gives thanks to God for deliverance from danger.
In verses 4-5, He calls upon all to give thanks and remember His holiness, because of his faithfulness to restore joy.
In verses 6-7, He communicates how he was affected before his trial and how soon an unexpected change took place.
In verses 8-10, He mentions how, and in what terms, he prayed for mercy.
In verses 11-12, He shows how God heard and delivered him and the effect it had on his mind.

Versec1, “I will extol thee O Lord.”
David was in great distress and overwhelmed by his enemies.
1. He extols (gives praise) God for having lifted him up, and having preserved him from the cruelty of his enemies verses 1-3.
2. He is brought into great prosperity, trusts in what he had received, and forgets to depend wholly on the Lord verses 4-6.
3. The Lord hides his face from him, and he is brought into great distress verse 7.
4. He feels his loss, and prays with supplication verses 8-10.
5. He is restored to the Divine favour, and filled with joy verse 11.
6. He purposes to glory in God alone, and to trust only in Him forever verse 12.