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December 4, 2021 7:00 am
Welcome to through the songs a weekend ministry of the truth. Pulpit overtime will study all 150 Psalms with pastor Don Greene from Cruz Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio were glad you're with us is over the Psalms that as we join our teacher in the truthful let me do something by way of reminder by way of kind of resetting the whole context of the of the Psalms and help us to prepare for study of Psalm 53 here this evening. Go back to the very beginning of the songs I want to remind you of something that we said in the we repeat, but you can't say it often enough. The first two songs Psalm one and Psalm two are stand like pillars at the entrance way into the Psalter. They introduce the entire book of Psalms in a way that is sometimes overlooked as we study or read individual Psalms. We forget sometimes that the the book of the Psalms is is bound together in many different ways that we won't rehearse tonight, but that they the first two Psalms are setting a a theme in a context for the rest of the songs by which you understand them, and Psalm one you open up and you see the. The distinction drawn between the righteous and the wicked man look at verse one of Psalm one.
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law he meditates day and night verse for the wicked are not so but they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. Why is that the case, the Lord knows the way of the righteous for six but the way of the wicked will perish. And we've said many many times that that in it's an oversimplification, but it is a guiding principle through so many of the Psalms that much of the rest of the entire book of Psalms is an exposition that concluding verse of Psalm one the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
And in as you go through the Psalms in different situations.
David and the smallness or keep coming back to this basic principle. The Lord knows my way, the Lord knows the wicked.
I trust in him and I know that sooner or later he will deal with the wicked who oppose me and that is just and and it's like an axis around so many of the Psalms turn in Psalm two. You have a a a song that is pointing to a coming Messiah. Look at verse 12 of Psalm two actually. Verse 11 worship the Lord with reverence and rejoice with trembling due homage to the son that he not become angry, and you perish in the way for his wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in him. And so the Psalms right from the very beginning.
Call us to recognize that the Lord is sovereign over righteousness and wickedness that those who turn to the sun and repentance and faith to trust him and look to him for salvation will find the Lord's blessing and protection upon their lives. Those who reject the son will find that the Lord's wrath is kindled against them that their prosperity is temporary and that their final concluding doom is certain in the entire songs. The entire book of Psalms the entire Psalter is reinforcing these basic principles again and again and again. And so if we would rightly understand the Psalms as it were was Psalm one on our left. Psalm two on the on your right and you walk through the Psalms and that is the gate that is the entryway into the Psalms to help you understand everything else that follows. And as you do that again and again you are brought to the to the point in the Psalms.
As the psalmist works through different issues. It comes back to a fundamental issue that in the end, the psalmist is praising God, giving honor to God, thanking him for his fidelity to his promises and his faithfulness to his people and the fact that he truly does what Psalm one says he will do. He knows the way of the righteous. He will bless them.
In the end, and he will deal with the wicked in his way and in his time so that if you turn to the final book for the final songs in the songs.
If you go to Psalm 146.
For example, as we pointed this out were just resetting the Psalms for you here this evening. The final the concluding five songs are like a a magnificent climax to a firework show were just there are just multiple bursting lorries of of pyrotechnics going on and and captivating you with their color and their splendor in the booming sounds of glory, the Psalms, and in that way. Psalm 146 verse one. Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, I will praise the Lord while I live I will sing praises to my God while I have being Psalm 147 starts out praise the Lord for it is good to sing praises to our God. Verse 20. In Psalm 147 with the phrase, praise the Lord. Psalm 148 opens praise the Lord. Praise the Lord from the heavens praise him in the Heights and on and on it goes.
Psalm 149. Praise the Lord.
Sing to the Lord a new song in his praise in the congregations of the godly ones and then Psalm 150 is just that the great climax to the whole scene that the Psalms are designed to drive us to praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise him in his mighty expanse. Praise him for his mighty deeds. Praise him according to his excellent greatness. And finally, in verse six. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord says, and so the Psalms tell us how God governs his moral universe guarantees force the outcome for those who turn to him in repentance and faith and as a result of that, what is the response of the people of God. What do you do in response to everything that is revealed to us in the 150 songs that make up the book of songs you respond to him with your adoration with your praise with your gratitude with your Thanksgiving by ascribing greatness to his name greatness for his attributes and you describe praise to him for the greatness of the splendor of the way that he has dealt with you in undeserving center and what better time for us to have these things brought back to our mind that in the season where we remember and celebrate the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, that in a way that was that was still in the distant mists of time.
From the perspective. The psalmist now we see on the other in just exactly how far God will go to protect and bless his people. He will go so far as to descend down from heaven, as it were, take on human flesh and go to the cross of Calvary in order to pay for the sins of his people.
Why so that he can bless us, so that he can keep us so that he can so that he can manifest in total riches of grace and kindness upon us unworthy sinners that we are those who were dead in trespasses and sins under the wrath of God under the bondage of Satan, with no hope in this world with no desire for Christ not seeking God not understanding is Romans three says that's what God is like us and how fitting for us to be brought back to the booming thunders of praise found in the Psalms, as were remembering the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for you as a Christian. The Lord had you in mind by name from the beginning of eternity from before time began, and as he went to the cross he went there to bear your sins in particular to have you by name on his heart that he would think of you in the midst of his suffering and say yes father I offer my life.
My righteous life. I offer my spilled blood as the perfect sacrifice that would redeem you by name. What can we do except to go back to the words of Psalm 150, and praise the Lord, and with all of our breath. Everything that has breath praise the Lord. And so the Psalm set the stage for us and now and in the light of New Testament revelation in light of the coming of Christ.
In light of your own salvation.
The Christ purchased for you. Now, as it were. We stand on the we stand on the foundation of Scripture we stand on the Psalms and we have even more reason to burst forth in praise, as we find our God in presented to us in Scripture with all of that background in mind, let's go now to Psalm 53 and let it make its contribution to the sense of praise that we have in the Psalms in the 50s and 60s. You'll often find the psalmist dealing with the problem of wickedness that is being perpetrated against him dealing with enemies that are attacking him and so David and the other psalmist are wrestling through these issues and coming back to these fundamental points and in Psalm 53 see something that is what's underlying and undergirding this is David's confidence that God will be faithful to the things that he has revealed and that it will be faithful to know the way of the righteous and that he will be faithful to deal with the wicked who opposes people and oppose God himself, and so on Psalm 53.
David is coming back to that theme. Let's look at it now without lengthy introduction that we've gone through. Let's go back to Psalm 53 and with the context of the Psalms, keeping us fresh in our thinking will see what Psalm 53 has to say force here this evening. It opens inscription for the choir director. According to Mayhall off it's an inscription that that they really don't know exactly what it meant in the original time. Commentators think that it may refer to the instruments or the. The tune that was used for musical accompaniment by those who would've sung the Solomon old Old Testament times to call it a mass school of David is to is to related to something that is skillfully written something that is good for meditation. So the idea here is that there is a musical bad as it were, to the to the thought of this song that inspires you and brings you into meditation about the problem of evil about the problem of the opposition that wicked men bring to the people of God and what you're going to find as you go through this song as we go through this together is that Psalm 53 for all of its brevity and its familiarity is giving us basic truth and help shape our understanding about the entirety of life. I never weary of this aspect of the songs that with great spirit inspired brevity and yet depth you are finding things that shape the entire way that you think about all of life things that things that you can actually build your life on things that you can rest your soul lawn and give praise to God for things that things that settle the hard issues of life in a way that bring peace to your soul. We all need this. Don't wait. We all face in opposition.
In our individual lives. We all see the proliferation of wickedness in the world and culture around us and it seems overwhelming at times it seems as though the waves of wickedness are going to crash down on us and we're going to be thrown into the beach, as it were crushed under the weight of it and and drowning under the weight of it all. Where do you find the comfort for your soul. Where do you find that that gives you peace and gives you stability and gives you a courage that rises to the occasion and says it is II live above this.
I live above this realm and this wicked realm in which I live, the opposition which I face is not powerful enough to crush my heart and to drive me into despair. I have you say to yourself I have a hope that transcends all of it. I know the living God. I know the truth. I know what he does with all of this and I can't watch this. I can bear with. I can persevere through the temporary setbacks that wickedness brings because I know the ultimate outcome.
The ultimate outcome is guaranteed by who God is and what he is revealed, the way of the wicked will perish. And he knows the way of the righteous, and you go back to that again and again and again in some ways, beloved in some ways the all of the things that that way you down in the multiplicity of challenges that that seemed to overwhelm you that the guiding principle through all of that is found in the simplicity of Psalm one verse six if you belong to Christ. And if you are seeking to follow Christ you can know and you can rest in the fact that the Lord knows your ways and that's enough. That's all you need. Christ is sufficient for you.
The fact that he loves you and gave himself for your soul. The fact that he is an sovereign control of your life and is directing your staff so that you will certainly arrive safely into his heavenly kingdom with him means that you have all the contacts you need to go through life with a sense of stability, joy and quiet peace and confidence and to the extent that you are lacking that in your life, to the extent that that is not what animates your heart, then you have an opportunity for spiritual growth to say these are the things that I need to draw closer to this is what I need to seek sink my heart into you see you see, even if you got the solution all of your financial problems all of your physical difficulties. If every little relational problem that you had was suddenly instantly solved and everything was right.
Today what happens you can take up tomorrow. Something new hits see it could never be spiritual life and the stability of spiritual life could never be about the circumstances that you're facing and just massaging those to your liking. There has to be something else there has to be something else, upon which we stand. The gives us courage, joy and confidence.
There has to be something else that marks our life is distinct something else that triumphs over the trials. Something else that gives you courage through the sorrow. Something else that comforts you not there to the circumstances are to your liking, but that the Lord knows the way of the righteous beloved, do you know Christ today, and it's well with your soul. Everything's going to be fine. Everything comes out well for you in the end that's what God does for his people, and I know I get I get it on the same way in your heart. There something that echoes but you don't know about this or what about that or I've been waiting so long for such and such beloved. Don't let your heart use that adversative word but went as soon as your heart starts to say that you tell it to stop because we are too weird to trust God and to know God in a way that says the Lord knows the way of the righteous.
That's enough an entire section of Scripture is built on that principal and you rest in it. And so every one of you here tonight the know Christ you should rehearse in your mind as were going through this and saying, the Lord knows the way of the righteous. That's enough, and let it rest there manifest your trust in God, honor God and glorify your Christ with the sentences Lord that is enough for me.
I rest in that and no human circumstance, no human opposition. No human conflict is going to knock me away from that which is the security and foundation of my soul. Let's look at it in three basic points here this evening and consider. First, as David considers the depravity of man, the depravity of man, the, the opposition of of wickedness is rooted deeply in the heart of men and David assesses those who oppose God and oppose his people and deals with them in a way that gives us strength for our own lives here today is Psalm 53 opens David in a sense is is is groaning under the provocation of the wicked he he he see he's dealing with the wickedness in a and AA close up personal battle and now he is bringing perspective to it to strengthen his own heart and through the spirit of God giving us that which would give us perspective in our own lives here a thousand, 2000 3000 years later, Psalm 53 verse one the fool has said in his heart there is no God.
They are corrupt and have committed abominable injustice. There is no one who does good. The word fool here refers to someone who is made a moral decision to live a wicked life it somebody was turned his back on God and his embraced his love of sin is the defining and operative principle by which he would live. He lives as if there was no God is not so much a what we think about is atheist today is those who are theoretically atheists. That's not so much what's at at at issue and what's at stake here. This is a man who says I'm going to live as if there is no God, and he just port pushes it out of the perspective without defending the philosophical position of atheism. He just says I'm going to ignore the reign of God. I'm going to ignore his rule over men and I am going to live the way that I want. I'm going to follow after my own heart that's always a dangerous place to go, don't listen to anybody who tells you to just listen to your heart. Why would you do that when your heart is full of wickedness and desperately evil needs to be needs to be sanctified by the spirit of God know know when men push God out of their out of their thinking and out of their priorities. Evil takes its place and this person is a fool because he knows that there really is a God.
And yet he is choosing to act in and behave as if there were not in the tab. All the while, while his conscience is testifying against him saying stop, don't do this. This is wrong.
Pay heed to the knowledge of God that is within you and he says no and sticks his fingers in his ears and stamps his feet so that he doesn't have to pay attention look over Romans chapter 1 we go there often.
But it's it's never too often enough to to recognize what it is, is that the principle that is at work in fallen man Romans chapter 1 Romans chapter 1 says in verse 18, that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Notice the word ungodliness living as if there was no God denying it with their mouth and living in an unrighteous and sinful way. But how do they do that how can they do that it's only because they're suppressing the truth in unrighteousness they are holding it down. They are pressing it to silence but it's not because in their heart of hearts they really think there is no God. They know better. Verse 19 that which is known about God is evident within them. For God made it evident to them. So there heart is waging war against the knowledge of God that God himself is planted within the and it is a cool only a fool that would ignore that and suppress it is got a testimony within his own heart and he lives contrary to it and so that's why he is a fool. He is openly defiant to the testimony of God within his own heart. He rejects watch this. He rejects the very thing that could have led him to wisdom. What's the spiritual result of that moral choice that he makes atheism is never about a lack of information is never sincere. It is always a moral choice for evil, for wickedness, a conscious, deliberate choice of life to deny the testimony of God in creation above and in the heart within to ignore the testimony of Scripture to ignore the testimony of of the conversions of Christians throughout the ages and the and the testimony of the true Church of Christ. There's no excuse which is what Paul goes on to say in Romans chapter 1, they are without excuse.
Psalm 53 is operating from that that premise. What's the result of it.
Verse two God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there is anyone who understands who seeks after God.
What this verse is saying is that God looks down as as though he is ready and he is prepared for judgment and he examines the entire human race. In light of the statement the David is just made that there is no one who does good.
It is as if he searching for any exception in the human race. Are there any exceptions the answer, sadly, is no verse three.
Every one of them has turned aside, together they have become corrupt.
There is no one who does good. There is not even one, there is no fear of God, no desire for God.
No submission to God know what happens when you turn away from the light. You get darkness in what happens when you turn away from righteousness, yet said you know what happens when you turn away from Christ. Get Satan good and evil demonic world is your dwelling place is around and it corrupts you and you become part of it.
The consequences are great. So Psalm 53 gives a sweeping indictment that every one of them have turned aside and there's no one who does good, I could've said this earlier.
Psalm 53 is at is largely a repetition of Psalm 14 that we studied in the past and the. The themes of these two Psalms are picked up by Paul in Romans chapter 3 go back to Romans chapter go back to Romans to chapter 3 if you would Romans chapter 3, Paul picks up these themes from the Old Testament and indicts the entire human race with guilt that there are no exceptions in that it doesn't matter if a man is born a Jew or Gentile. The same conviction the same verdict is rendered against us all. Verse nine of Romans chapter 3, Paul says, what then are we better than they not at all.
We have already charge the both Jews and Greeks are all under sin as it is written, there is none righteous, not even one, there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have become useless.
There is none who does good. There is not even one beloved, you know, this is this is hard, scriptural truth incident.
In some ways this is not the stuff that you say and teach when you're trying to attract the attention of the popularity and the applause of men we we understand that that that this is convicting that this convicts not only us in this room and reminds us of our prior lies before Christ saved us.
We realize were talking about a universal indictment of the entire human race.
We realize that Scripture tells us that man is not basically good man is evil at his core is corrupt, that there is no one who does good and that there is no one who seeks for God. He say what about all of the other religions besides true Christianity isn't that a least an indication that men are are trying somehow to find God know how all of that is is is just a further religious manifestation of their wickedness that they are pursuing idolatry rather than truth. This is this is hopeless. Apart from Christ. There is no human solution to this Satan. Scripture tells us in second Corinthians chapter 4 that Satan has blinded the eyes of the unbelieving laissez see the gospel, the light of the gospel in the face of Christ, and men are are are bound in sin that they love look over at the gospel of John chapter 3 John chapter 3 and were driving home a really important fundamental point that men are in darkness through a deliberate moral choice and a moral love that they have. They prefer evil to good. They prefer self to the Savior.
They prefer the rule of Satan over the rule of Christ, and with all of the with the with the Jews at the trial of crisis that we will not have this man reign over us. We have no king but Caesar look at verse 19 Jesus said this is the judgment that the light has come into the world. John 319. The light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light and does not come to the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. Why is it that men refuse the gospel. Why is it that they mock you. When you share Christ with them.
Why is it that they want nothing to do with that which would forgive their sins and give them eternal life because I don't want that. They love the evil instead some of you can probably remember back in your time before you were Christian where you were hardened like that and you did not want the gospel either because you realize that it would have consequences for your life.
That is the testimony of Scripture and so as we teach the Bible better stated as the Bible speaks to the human race as it speaks to mankind. It contradicts the prevailing spirit of our age that says men are basically good.
Yes men love to flatter themselves and to flatter each other with that, but Scripture will have none of it.
Scripture rejects it and says no that is not the case. Scripture cuts like a surgeon scalpel to the heart of the matter and and and and and fillets it open and lets it be there for all to see, anti-God loving sin preferring lies over the truth that would save them.
So what's the result. What's the outcome of this the outcome of this is that man is in a position where he cannot please God. He cannot receive the things of the truth because his will is in utter bondage to the lies to the devil to his love for sin, he is in chains in a belowground dungeon that has concrete poured on top of them. He cannot get out by his own ability by his own efforts and he wouldn't if he could, but were face-to-face with here this evening beloved is the doctrine of total depravity, indicating that what that means is, is that unredeemed sinners have no spiritual merit before God and they are utterly unable to do any spiritual good to change their condition or to earn the favor of God.
They are utterly and hopelessly lost and that's what you were like before Christ saved you the sinful desires of a man's heart flow from a sinful condition that permeates his very being.
Every man has a corrupt disposition that turns them away from God and toward sin and evil and he cannot change that black power in his heart by his own ability. That's the depravity of man.
David lays it out for us here in Psalm 53 and so as David is is dealing with the consequences of that is as he is feeling the weight of opposition from wicked men. He looks at it any and with the aid of the spirit of God. He diagnoses what is the spiritual condition that is producing this opposition to him. He finds in Revelation that which explains his opposition that he is facing is a righteous man, one who is been redeemed, one is trying to live now for the God of the Bible. Now he finds there is a spiritual reality going on here you know. Beloved, maybe that would maybe that would help you to remember in the midst of the opposition that you face in the midst of those who mock you and reject you for the sake of your testimony to Christ. We always need to come back and let Scripture help us diagnose what's going on there even when it's the people closest to us relationally to realize that in the words of Ephesians chapter 6. Our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but there is there is a spiritual dimension to it. There's a spiritual realm that we are fighting against and that we are wrestling with and that is what makes life difficult for us.
It is a there there is a a wicked spiritual round that is opposed to the people of God, and it manifests itself in part through the opposition of those who reject Christ, and so no wonder no wonder as we try to walk as righteous people as followers of Christ through an evil environment like that.
No wonder it seems like were trying sometimes to push a rock uphill. It's because we haven't yet arrived at the perfection and the culmination of our of our salvation were not yet in that the final groundwork, God brings us into heaven, and all sin and opposition Assis were still in the battle right now.
David was in the battle when he wrote Psalm 53, so he diagnoses it to help him understand and to bring back open perseverance to his heart. Well David goes further.
Having did not diagnose the condition as the depravity of man.
He speaks to the ultimate outcome of that depravity that brings us to our second point here this evening. The death of man the death of man and David here again brings a diagnosis to bear upon the situation and he he lays out the foolishness of sinners and their sinful thinking their shortsighted blindness to what they're doing in verses four and five. Look what he says. He says have the workers of wickedness, no knowledge to eat up my people as though they read and have not called upon God.
There they were in great fear. Where no fear had been for God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you.
You put them to shame, because God had rejected them what to say here in verse four he he is.
He's amazed as it were. He's amazed at the ignorance of wicked people. He's amazed at their foolishness do the wicked thing that they can actually abuse the people of God, and there be no consequence to that they actually think that they can persecute his people that they can harm them and that God will never work to justify to defend wise up to the vindication of his people is that what they think is so they really are fools having no knowledge don't think consider what's happening as they as they swallow up the people of God like they're just eating another loaf of bread. Don't they realize the consequences of what they're doing in verse five David seems to be applying this general truth of the condition of man in the vindication of God and and perhaps supplies it with remembrance of a past military victory. Where were a foreign army had opposed the people of God had opposed Israel and God had brought a great victory to his people. Look at verse five with me again when God moves to act on behalf of his people. When God eventually brings judgment upon the wicked what happens contrary to in distinction from their prior arrogance their prior boasting their prior self-sufficiency when the judgment of God comes upon the wicked. There is a total reversal of attitude and change and perhaps some of you should think about that as you continue to reject Christ in your life. Maybe some of you over the live stream listening in.
There is a time where that arrogance will be punctured, there is a time where that puffed up balloon applied will be pop and what happens then verse five tells us there. They were in great fear. Where no fear had been suddenly the fear of God comes upon them when it is too late to do anything about it. I think about this often when I think about when when Christ returns and brings judgment on the world and all the arrogant boasting people suddenly have in front of them. The holy display of the unfolding fury of God against the wicked world. What's that going to be like for them.
Revelation tells us that the greatest of kings, and the greatest of military commanders will tremble and shake in fear and try to hide under rocks in order to avoid the coming wrath of the Lamb of God. You see, there is an allusion taking place right now as people are arrogantly avoiding God and mocking him, and confidently going about thinking there's no consequence to all of their immorality and their idolatry living as if there was no God. Scripture says the time is coming when God will say enough and when God says enough and John judgment starts to rapidly unfold. There will be great fear where before there is been arrogance and cockiness in the hearts and lives in words of those who never knew him here in the context of Psalm 53. Perhaps David's recalling a time where a foreign army came against the forces of Israel thought they had an easy victory at hand went out to battle that, as they did so relying on human strength looking at perhaps a numerically weaker enemy. From their perspective. What did they do, they took no account of Israel's God and presume that victory would be theirs.
What was the result in verse five God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you. You speaking of God. You put them to shame, because God had rejected them what happened and you if you remember. Perhaps this is not the occasion. Behind Psalm 53. I don't believe because it came after the life of David, but if you remember in Isaiah 37 where some acronyms army was laying siege to Jerusalem and Assyria was bringing the full force of their might against the nation of Israel, and there was no military response that they could do. Scripture tells us that in one night, God struck down 185,000 members of the Assyrian army. They woke up with with victory assured an end, God acted and there are these massive incalculable casualties is an accurate returns home ultimately to be killed in the temple of his own God. What happened to those godless men that were boasting and expecting victory. They were routed.
They were killed and their bones were left on the ground instead of an easy victory that they expected. They instead met with a crushing defeat, beloved, do you understand that that is the outcome for everyone that rejects the Lord Jesus Christ. You understand what was true of nations in the history of Israel is going to be true of individuals and it is fearsome it is. It is holy to contemplate it as it is tragic. It is sad there is just a wealth of reactions that are woven together as we contemplate the awfulness of the judgment of God on wicked men who opposed him there fortunes, as it were, will be reversed in a moment of time in their prior godlessness. The prior arrogance their prior boasting has simply set the stage for them to have one colossal fall. Beloved, when God displays his power and his judgment and vindicates his holiness against wicked men.
They will go from great arrogance to great dread because God will reverse the entire situation. Wicked people will learn to write, they will learn to wait that there mocking refusal to submit to God has led to their own destruction they will be caught in a swirling vortex of destruction and judgment from which there will be no escape. It is a fearsome thing Scripture says in Hebrews. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
When that happens, beloved looking at it now from within the perspective of the people of God.
When God vindicates his holiness when Christ comes in judgment. When God establishes his reign here on earth you know what's going to happen. This is part of our whole.
This is part of the glory of salvation that belongs to us as his people.
When God finally rises and ask do you know what's going to happen. The opposition in the wicked persecution from wicked people is going to come to an in it will stop.
It will cease because God will speak and say enough and he will bring judgment upon them and establish peace for his people, and rather than enduring the insults and opposition of wicked men, we will finally be under the manifest gracious rule of our Christ and it will be glory all of that I I I say this so many times because I think it's just so very helpful. All of that is an outgrowth of the principle that we saw at the start. Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. It could be no other way when a holy God who is faithful to his people.
Rain sovereignly overall of the universe. There can be no other outcome. The wicked should fear the righteous should rejoice. And David ends on that note of hope for God's people. Point number three we seen the depravity of man we seen the death of man. The outcome of their wickedness is death. Point number three we see the deliverance of God's people, the deliverance of God's people, and we've been kind of alluding to this all through the Psalms will just touch on it briefly here, David is in the midst of the difficulties. Looking forward in crying out for the ultimate deliverance the ultimate intervention that he knows is sure to come in verse six he says, oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion.
When God restores his captive people let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad the people of God. Jacob and Israel synonymous names for the people of God in the Old Testament. David reminds his readers that there is a coming time of deliverance that God's Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ will in fact manifest himself. He will display himself.
He will come out of Jerusalem. And he will be known and when that moment comes the deliverance of the people of God will be complete and do you realize now as we stand in in the in the echo of the. The first coming of Christ and stand between that first coming in the second coming.
Do you realize how thoroughly blessed you are to be in Christ and to be on the receiving end of promises like this that now you know in a way that David did not. Now we can look back and we see that that the deliverance from God did come and he came in a manger in Bethlehem, he came and lived a righteous perfect life in order to redeem his people.
He came in he delivered us. He delivered his people at the cross of Calvary that he laid down his life. The bore in his body your sins on the cross in order that you might be reconciled to God.
Do you realize that his deliverance was complete that it was accepted by God so that he was resurrected from the dead as verification that the sacrifice had been accepted in the throne room of God. Now he's ascended to heaven where in his session. We have a brother at the right hand of God in the throne room of heaven who names us as his own, who represents us before a holy God and and we can look up and realize that truly the cost of salvation has been paid in full, that it is finished that we are rightly reconciled to God. Why because the deliverers, and you realize it doesn't stop there.
That this delivers going to come a second time out of heaven to receive his people to judge this world and the when Christ comes again, it will still be well with your soul. When he unfurls his fury against the wicked world he will not forget you in the process. Beloved, beloved, beloved, beloved, do you realize the magnitude of the grace that God has shown you in Christ. Do you realize the, the, the, the incalculable value that it is to be on the receiving end of his grace. Do you realize that the salvation that we have in Christ is why we sing Joy to the world.
That's why we saying it is well with my soul. Do you realize that having been saved out of like depravity, of which we've discussed here tonight that you look at that and you find yourself securing Christ.
And no wonder you saying, amazing grace, how sweet the sound. If you tasted of those things beloved in verse six, makes perfect sense, doesn't it let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad God is with us. God has been gracious to us. God defends us and in the midst, and you take these you take the superlative surpassing themes of sovereign grace sovereign kindness to his people and you take, you take the future glory. You just have to do this beloved, you have to be so assured and convinced by the testimony of God in his own promises in Scripture that he will certainly deliver you in the end that that which is accomplished that which is started in your life, you will certainly perfect until the day of Christ Jesus.
And so, you realize that the the unfolding glory that awaits you in the culmination of your salvation is just ahead just a little bit longer and in the midst of your trials and in the midst of your struggles as it were you reached forward you reach into the future and you grasp hold of a piece of that truth. Something that the recognition that this is certain to come so certain that you could speak about it as a past tense event because it is a certain is things that have already happened to come to you. You reach into glory, as it were, and you bring it back and you let that glory, shape and flavor. The way that you think about everything in life, the trials, the opposition sorrows. The weakness and say this shapes the way that I think of everything and you take that concluding verse and quietly bow before your Christ and say, oh God, I will rejoice. Oh God, I will be glad let's pray together. Father, we thank you for our salvation in Christ, we thank you for a Savior who loves us and gave himself up for us who will come again for his people, so that where he is that we would be also Lord Jesus, you gonna prepare a place for us and at times that play seems far away in the midst of our send our own's sin, disobedience, even as Christians are prayerless knows our hearts grow cold get discouraged by the trials that come about us by people who just relentlessly seem to opposes all of that glory all of those promises seem a little bit distant kind of forget Lord, we thank you that in a passage like what we seen tonight in the fullness of the Psalms, in the fullness of New Testament revelation that you have given us that which allows us to overcome. Indeed, our Lord, we look to you and realize that you have overcome the world, and that in you father in Christ, we too will overcome, and therefore in this world we can have peace because you will prevail over the wicked in the end father for those that are still in the bondage of wickedness still in love with their sin still opposing you owe God have mercy on their hearts and open their hearts like you did with Lydia that they might believe the things that are being spoken for. Father, we have spoken of things from your world which are certain eternal truth which are not to be contradicted or dismissed. Father, as we proclaim the glories of Christ and his his crucifixion and his resurrection with spoken of the things which would provide salvation to those who are still foolishly in their sin. Oh God by work of your spirit open their hearts to believe. Oh God by work of your spirit draw them to Christ that they might escape the terrifying judgment that is to come, have mercy on sinners in this room. Sinners who hear this through other media father, have mercy on others in this wicked world still need to come to Christ you will glorify your name and judgment of God. Yes, the God wouldn't you be pleased to glorify your name and salvation as well to glorify by manifestation of your grace to those who are still in sin. Thank you for the sweet people that are gathered in this room of God. I pray that your word would bring comfort and joy and strength to their heart is the closest time.
The name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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