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My God is My Rock: Part 2

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September 30, 2021 8:00 am

My God is My Rock: Part 2

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September 30, 2021 8:00 am

In the second half of Psalm 18, David recounts with vivid imagery all the ways that God has rescued him, sustained him, and prospered him through troubled times. In David’s eyes, God’s ways are absolutely perfect. Welcome to The Bible Study Hour with Dr. James Boice.

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Praise be to my rock today on the Bible study hour with Dr. James Boyce will continue with the second half of our study of Psalm 18. As David continues to praise God for provision of deliverance and total victory. That's coming up next. In part two of my God is my rock and welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically in the second half of Psalm 18. David recounts with vivid imagery all the ways that God has rescued him sustained him and prospered him through troubled times in David's eyes, God's ways are absolutely perfect.

If you have your Bible turned out to Psalm 18 as we study verses 25 to 50 studying the second half of Psalm 18, I invite you to turn it on. It's one of the great Psalms of the shoulders are lots of this popular Psalm of some of the others, and it has many unusual unique features about some of them I began to point out a week ago, one of the special features of the Psalm is. It's the first long Saul and the Psalter are other Psalms are also longer going to come to a number of them all of them. I'm sure if we have time to continue the series. We know that Psalm 119 as long as famous for big loss. The longest chapter in the entire word of God, and there are other long chapters to Psalm 18 is the first long Saul and that's why were taking it in two parts is also Psalm of Thanksgiving, which is at the same time also a kingship song may recall that I spoke of various types of Psalms/scholars like to divide things into types on types of Thanksgiving. Psalm it usually follows on a lament second type of Psalm is a kingship song.

Sometimes those are messianic and here you have a combination of the two frequently the case of these various types overlap and this is an example of that Psalm is also unique in that the introductory section that little title that occurs before verse one is so unusually long. That's the second longest introductory titles in the Psalter the only one that exceeds that in length is the title of Psalm 60 and that introduces something else is also significant because when you follow the lead of the title, explaining that this is something David saying to the Lord.

When the Lord had delivered them from all his enemies, and you go back to the Old Testament to see where that is true at it carefully you'll find us all there. This entire song.

Psalm 18 occurs in first Samuel the 22nd chapter and the title one title actually occurs there at the very beginning of chapter 2 which of course is why so long. Here it was simply taken. I suppose from the earlier work and then put into this one.

The structure is interesting.

I didn't say much about that last time, except to mention that the Psalm is in six parts.

We look at the first three are we going to look at the second three me remind you about those parts are, and then point out an interesting feature of the arrangement of the Psalm, and that basis, the first three verses for the first part and I would call that part praise to God on a very imaginative title. That's what those verses are about as many of the Psalms are here. David is praising God and beginning with verse four and continuing as far as verse 19 have a section which describes David's deliverance from his enemies. This is the unfolding of the thing that we found in the title. When God delivered them from all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.

Following that verses 20 through 24.

There's a reflection on that deliverance. David asking the question, why is it the God delivered me and answers that select section is why God delivered David Lennon verses 25 to 26 you have another section which is an important principle growing out of what he just said in the previous verses asked the question why did God delivered me answered it and now he broadens that her universalize is that in those verses. Verses 30 through 45. You have a restatement of his deliverance on the words. This is the story of David's deliverance described earlier in verses four through 19 retold. Finally, at the very end of the Psalm verses 46 through 55. David praising God once again and I title this praise right rock out the interesting feature of that is that each of the parts in the second half of the Psalm.

Repeat what you find in the parts of the first half of the Saul only in inverse order I mean by that that the fourth part repeats what you find in part three for Mark repeats what you find in part two in the last part of the Psalm part six. Repeat what you find in part one. That is the beginning what you have is this you have, David, beginning with praise to God. You have them unfolding.

Why is praising God you have in developing the principal out of that universalizing the principal retelling what God did for him and then ending as he began with praise to God. That's why the theme of God is his rock which occurs at the very beginning in verse two the Lord is my rock, my God is my rock reappears at the end we find David saying the Lord lives. Praise be my rock doesn't mean of course that what he says in the second half is mere repetition obviously is done in different words being done in different words introduces different ideas when you see it that way, you begin to see how this flows and why we end up where we do not set apart for his part and I call an important principle related to part three in order to understand that we have to back up a little bit. I have to remind you of what parts reset it asked the question why did God deliver me and he answered and rather bold language as it seems DOS, the Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands. He is rewarded me in case you don't get what is claiming he spells it out. I have kept the ways of the Lord. I have not done evil by turning from my God. All his laws are before me. I have not turned away from his alleged this presented question if this is written toward the end of his life, as we believe it is because of its placing of her sandal. 22. It came after sin with Bathsheba asked the question, how could he claim that late on in his life may be at the beginning he could say. Generally speaking, I've lived up your life. Here the end say that sort of thing will he answer I think is what we find in the section which we come now, because when he broadens that her universalize is that what he saying is this is a general principle. This is the way God operates in the view it said to David, well, what about that situation with Bathsheba, he would've said that illustrates the point because a lot of difficulties came into my life as a result, generally speaking, he would say I have tried to follow God and God has blessed me as God does for those who seek his face.

God knows where, not sinless. None of us are, but he does promise blessing for sinful human beings like us and of the last try to serve him and do his will on the principle is spelled out very nicely in this section, something that we should reflect on at some length to the faithful.

You show yourself faithful blameless you show yourself blameless to the pure you show yourself pure as a way of saying that God deals with management deal with him.

You're honest with God. God is straightforward with you. If you are correct in your dealings with God. God deals with you in the same way the difficulty.

However, is when you begin to take the negative side of out and make a direct parallel use is one thing to say you're honest with God gonna be honest with you, you are pure your dealings with God. God will be pure in your dealings with you when you talk about the negatives when you talk about sin.

If you're simple, what can you say God will be sinful with you. I can say that God isn't sinful. God doesn't do any evil so stable handle.

The second that he was to make both sides of what he does is pick a fairly ambiguous word if they're in the latter half of verse 26 to the crooked you show yourself through not actually the same work really says to the crooked you show yourself real artist twisted you want taken literally.

The verse says the twisted you show yourself twisted. That is some very good Internet Say God is twisted in his dealings with us so that translators do the best thing they can. They throw in a different workplace later that crooked you show yourself through what they really mean is that you're not right with God and you are devious with him, God will outwit you because you allow you to get away with it. That's what the text is saying Pharaoh's way of trying to handle the other side of the coin is true, this doesn't handle every case you can possibly imagine that when I was talking about in terms of section 3 I was pointing out that it doesn't handle the case of Job. Job was called in the book of Job, a righteous man. Even God himself made the judgment on the patriarch Joe said to Satan that you considered my servant Job, a righteous man is unlike in all the earth. Apparently, at least at that time in history. Job was the most upright man who ever lived, and yet he endured all kinds of misfortune we find honestly read the book study of the Godhead's purposes and that they were wise purposes. And although Job didn't understand what they were like many times in our lives. We don't understand what's going on when bad things happen. Job trusted God and in the end God running around right rewarded him and so on.

But the little portions of that book you have a situation that strictly speaking doesn't conform what you find here again I mentioned the case of the man was born blind disciple saw a man born blind and they said to Jesus, making that one-on-one association that we want to do man's obviously suffering for sin was at this man himself as he would have to sin before he was born didn't seem to be the best of all possible explanations was his parents place that is he being judged for something his parents did other things like that there are consequences for children about the parents do.

But Jesus said, in this case. At least that's not the explanation man born blind, simply for the glory of God.

In other words, God allowed him to be born blind so that at this point in his life. He was now well in the Middle Ages. Jesus Christ will come along and heal them.

And so bring glory to God who has the power to bring light out of darkness, and the man came to spiritual light got busted in a rich way to say there's a situation which your website is not strictly conform to the principal and cover every contingency, because God's ways are beyond our comprehension and he does many things in our lives that we never fully understand what this is saying is that as a general principle. This is true you going God's light.

You'll find that it goes with you and blesses you and keeps you from trouble and when you go your own way. When you choose sin rather than righteousness. While you suffer the consequences for it. David says that he chose righteousness and therefore the Lord kept his lamp burning and turned his darkness, and the like many many Christian people have that testimony in section 5, verse 30 and following David begins to retell the story of his deliverance. Only now he tells it from his own perspective rather than from the perspective of God.

You think back to what we said about that second section, beginning with verse four earlier on in the Psalm you recall their David spoke of the deliverance and very exalted term sees borrowing language from the accounts of the great interventions of God on behalf of his people in previous history on time at which God had done that with Mount Sinai where God had come down upon the mountain with earthquakes and funders, and lightnings, and smoke was so terrifying. It says in the book of Hebrews all the people trembled and even Moses that I exceedingly clear and quick. He borrows that kind of language third language associated with the conquest when the waters of the Jordan River were divided so the people could cross. And when God intervened miraculously during the battles that were conducted under the governorship of Joshua and on one occasion God literally rained hail from heaven to destroy the Jews enemies.

David picks up on my language here and so is the right you have, what seems first glance simply to be like so poetic fancy high language, but he is really borrowing from a tradition in the same God is intervened in my life in the same way, not necessarily by the thunder and the lightnings in the smoke and the hail and the dividing of the water, but it's the same God's hand was seen in the victories which I achieved as his king over his and our enemies.

All that is described from God's perspective.

But you see, send this section to do the same thing all over again.

But now he does it from his own perspective, what it actually meant to him. What he does areas speak of the special ways in which God help them and he speaks the notice of the various parts of his body he says is God who arms me with strength in other words, he made my arms strong, my feet well God made my feet like the feet of the deer.

How about my hands. He made my hands ready for battle my arms that can bend a bowl of bronze and even his ankles.

He says God broadened the path beneath me, so my ankles locked her nurse.

The language of a warrior who knows what it is to be strengthened in battle so he can prevail over an enemy. He says God came to me and supplied my every need. Now in what follows, he talks about the extent of the victory he says here is a God gave him total victory. He didn't merely push back his enemies for a little bit. He was so victorious that they were driven back destroyed. They were so cast down the couldn't rise long. At least during David's reign, that is really what happened. David was so successful. God bless again that he established her reign of peace and Israel was literally delivered from the pressure of their enemies send the result of that was that under Solomon's reign was a period of great prosperity Kings were not warriors.

Most of us, and it doesn't matter. These things a David describes differences that make that our feet are like the feet of a deer are our hands made ready for battle arms made strong dispose of your football player, that might help when differences that make that you have total victory over your enemies are not called that kind of position were not the fight that kind of warfare. Usually when David talks this way when he saying is whatever my need. God is the answer to my need and God provides it and it's at that level that you and I need to provide for ourselves what is it that you and I need most of us in our work need wisdom Bible speaks of that says in James if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives liberally all of the bright is not and shall be given him. Only let him ask in faith, nothing wavering is either way versus double minded and let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. There is a great encouragement to pray believing that God will provide wisdom with wisdom's what we need peace trouble just inside you restless, unable to settle down to you sense that you lack peace with God and peace with others.

Jesus Christ said I'd come to peace, my peace I give to you not like the world gives you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid that's Jesus speaking we need faith.

We need self-control. We need long-suffering Bible speaks of those things is the fruit of the Spirit. For the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, and so on. The whole list. Is there anything you want.

Anything you need your see is provided by God. What David is saying as it is found that to be true and that's why he's praising God. He praises God as his rock is sufficient lot one in whose shadow he is able to prosper hands so the song reaches out to us and speaks to us to tell us to draw near to this God is one interesting combination of versus fear that you shouldn't miss between verse 30 and verse 32 verse 30 says is for God, his way is perfect. Who can doubt that God's way has to be perfect because he is God. But notice verse 32 and he makes my way perfect. You go in the way of the perfect dog you find that your ways may perfect as well. And that's David's testimony. Finally, in verses 46 to the end, we come to the last section. One interesting feature of the second half of the Psalm is that there are messianic allusions that is points beyond, David himself to the Messiah, even to Jesus and we find that here reason I say that is because's first 49 is quoted by the apostle Paul in reference to Jesus Christ, specifically in the book of Romans is one of four verses of the uses glare to show that Christ came, in order to bring the gospel to the Gentiles because the Psalm.

First of all, I tell you, Christ is become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God's truth to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles also may glorify God for his mercy because it's written. Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles. I will sing hymns of praise your name that's a quotation from the salt and also from percent of 22 which it contains the song in full in any history more references to make the same point again it says rejoice, O Gentiles with his people is a quotation from Deuteronomy 32 and again praise the Lord, all you Gentiles and sing praises to him, all you people that Psalm 117 verse one and then finally a text from Isaiah chapter 11 verse 10 the root of Jesse will spring up one who will arise to rule over the nations Gentiles will place their hope in him, so Paul takes this verse from the 18th Psalm." It along with three other verses to show that Jesus came not only to be the Savior of the Jews were the Gentiles to look back to that song when you say is not really right recording that properly, because as we read it verse 49 it was seen that what David is praising God for his giving him victory over the Gentile nations praise you among the nations. God has made me David so victorious that I'm going to praise you wherever I go.

I was in praises to your name while you might think that if you only look at verse 49 going to verse 50 you'll see that the way in which Paul takes it is justified because what David has in mind. As he says that is a God was giving him victory spun only for himself but also for those who should come after him. His descendents the greatest of those descendents is Jesus the Messiah. David and promise of the Messiah would, he certainly had that in mind. One commentator says God allowed David to be victorious so the victories of his great descendent Jesus Christ might follow. When you have that in mind, you go back over the Psalm. It is possible to see it in terms of the ministry of Jesus Christ. I put it that way thing is possible to see it in terms of the ministry of Jesus Christ and not saying it prophesies the coming of Jesus Christ because those are two different things. I think it's overextending the Psalm to say here we have in the Old Testament prophecy of the suffering and deliverance and victory in final rule of Jesus Christ. Yet, nevertheless, it is possible to look at it in those terms outnumber commentators of done this. I'm always uneasy with this kind of approach.

I recognize that there is some validity in it as long as you keep it under control. HA Ironside was one who did this are no see gable line is another and the great St. Augustine.

That is a matter of fact St. Augustine's commentary on the forms is almost exclusively in terms of what he perceived to be saying about Jesus Christ. So much so that when I read and I hardly find Augustine's material to be useful. Think back to find that I'm not including St. Augustine as we done exact positions in my judgment. So far in terms of its allusions that I find it unacceptable.

Nevertheless, when you look at the Psalm. This way you do find that it can be handled along these lines, we suggest how are no see gable line does it because he's worked it out, perhaps in the most acceptable way. He says verses one through six talk about Jesus Christ. Death Valley knows that these words Sir David said that they can be ours. Also as we reflect the same experience. David has what he feels that there especially Jesus words because as David says in those verses God has delivered them from Sheol or from death and God certainly did that with Jesus Christ literally. He finds it verses 7 to 18 speak of Jesus resurrection sees the description of God's special manifestations of himself in verses 7 to 18 of the resurrection and uneven for revelation of the final judgment verses 19 through 27. According to gable line have to do with exultation of Christ in these verses David is protesting his innocence how blameless he is gable line says you can't say that about any mere man. It has to have its real fulfillment in Jesus is the only blameless man who ever lived.

Verses 28 through 42. You have a foretaste of Christ's victory, the nations are described as being subject to Jesus out again gable. I was no fool recognize that this is a description of David's victories, but he says that it does have its fulfillment in Jesus Christ's funder whose feet all the nations will be put. Finally, verses 43 through 50 you have a description of his kingdom is final rule which gable line unfolds now as I say I think perhaps it's reading a bit too much into it and yet it is possible if we know of the suffering and resurrection and victory in return of Jesus Christ to see language that at least describes that here in the song I want to end on another note, however, and this note gets us back to the theme of the song theme we saw in verse one, which we also find coming in here again at the end, the idea of God being the psalmist walk that's a great theme we've already seen some of the things it means a rock in the desert would be an object which gave shade and protection, and in the shadow of which showed dark could flourish or otherwise would simply be scorched out by the sun rock is also place to which a fugitive could run to be safe you get hung up on the rocks or it could be a firm foundation under his feet. We examined that a little bit in the last study use of it however was picked up by the great hymn writer, Augustine's top lady and that him that we all know, one of the best-known hymns of the English language walk of ages, cleft for me, has an interesting story behind its own disputed whether it ever happened, but I think it's true, and it goes like this top lady was minister and hymn writer in England about the time of the American Revolution about that time all these events were transpiring. Here he was carrying on a preaching ministry there. One occasion he was out of the country. Storm came by and he took shelter in Iraq was there near his parents that walk is there people pointed out today while he was hidden in the cleft of the rock from the fury of the storm, he began to reflect on the situation spiritually and the words of the him again form in his mind didn't want to forget them wanted something upon which he could write to me looked down at his feet. Somebody had been there before and a drop of playing card so I picked up the playing card and he wrote down words of this hymn, I'm told that card still exist somewhere in England you know the words rock of ages, cleft for me.

Let me hide myself in the on the best-known hymns of the English language describes how this rock of ages. The one who is praised the Psalm one in whom David found discomfort that solid rock, in which he was saying that foundation upon which he would build that rock nevertheless came Dawson the person of Jesus Christ allowed himself to be crucified. We might be saved on was never more rock than the crucifixion of those know that trust him look this all men see their grade portrayal of all the Jesus Christ did would be right in the study of the Psalm like that without asking whether Jesus Christ is indeed your rock. We have all sorts of claims that are day by organizations and movements to be a rock upon which an individual can build one life insurance company even uses it as their theme rock and that all is rocks are going to pass away one day heaven and earth itself will pass away will be no more, but the rock of ages will endure. If you're hidden in him, then your salvation is secure is the existence of God himself because it's on that basis that you are entitled to live.

So I asked her you and him you are now is the time to rejoice. If you're not, now is the time to believe the Bible says and I was the day of salvation.

And so it is pray. Father, we do thank you that you rock at great foundation.

The unshakable rock of ages nevertheless allowed yourself to be shaken for our sakes, crucified, killed at great rocks split in order by faith we might hi within a confined protection as the storm your judgment as well as the storms of life pass by her father to all who are here know you give them great joy that they belong to such a God allow them to cry out his David Don's the Lord lives. Praise be to my rock. Most don't know, you be the time in which they turn from all insecure foundation and inadequate fortresses, and so hide themselves in Christ we pray in his blessed thank you for listening to this message from the Bible study our listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance is a coalition of pastors, scholars and churchmen who hold to the historic creeds and confessions of the reformed faith and who proclaimed biblical doctrine in order to foster a reformed awakening in today's church. To learn more about the alliance visit alliance and while you're there, visit our online store reformed resources. You can find messages and books from Dr. Boyce and other outstanding teachers and theologians or vascular free reformed resources catalog by calling 1-800-488-1888.

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