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September 17, 2022 8:00 am
Welcome to through the songs we give ministry of the truthful teaching God's people. God's word over time will study all 150 Psalms with pastor Don Greene from truth community church in Cincinnati, Ohio were so glad you're with us. Let's open to the Psalms right now as we join our teacher in the truthful open our next text in our series on the Psalms of Psalm 89 and that is a lengthy Psalm of 52 verses altogether a little too much to try to cover in one message, particularly because of the truth that underlies that that grates on the closes out book 3 of the five books of the songs tonight. What I want to do is to lay some groundwork for our study next week because Psalm 89 is premised entirely on the nature of God's promises to David as we will see next week and what I want to do tonight is to help us see what God's promises to David were, so that when we come to Psalm 89. Next week will be in a position to have those fresh in our mind and see the significance of them now.
This past Sunday as we were talking about Philippians.
I tried to set some context to the book of Philippians in terms of the greater biblical narrative and we talked about the context of promise. The promises that God made to Abraham that were amplified to David and that provide the whole context really of redemptive history but God had a plan in mind Fred that he's been working out since before the beginning of time that's been playing out over thousands of years to bring blessing to people throughout all of the earth and to enter into salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone is to enter into the stream of those promises that God has planned and this gives us a perspective on the nature of God that is very fundamental and important for us as believers to grasp and to and to overcome the natural suspicion of the fallen man against its creator. You know, Adam and Eve were suspicious of God. Eve was quick to believe bad things about God suggested to her by the serpent motivated and animated by Satan himself that perhaps God really didn't have her best interest in mind that God maybe was hiding something from her that God knew that if she ate of the fruit of that tree that she would become like God, knowing good and evil and Satan suggest to her that you know maybe God isn't really designing your good here. After all, and even an unfallen state believes suspicions against God takes of the fruit and eats a 10. The rest is a calamitous history of the fall of the human race as Adam is held responsible for that in a representative capacity. Eve believed the lie about God, the God didn't really have her good in mind now what I want to say to you is that that for fallen men that suspicion against God is is the prevalent predominating way that these viewed you know the you know why was blighted. If God is all-powerful and good. Why does he allow why is there evil in the world and and they just readily drink again any suspicion of God that would justify their rebellion against him right. But, beloved, we don't leave all of that behind when we come to Christ, you know, there is still woven into our heart that on sanctified portion that I'm sanctified remnant by which many of you, if not all of you at one time or another view God with suspicion. Life doesn't go the way that you wanted to go.
You didn't get what you wanted.
Your relationships fell apart in a way that you didn't want your business didn't work out the way that you would thought and and were were tempted to question where is God in this why God and we do not naturally respond in a sense of trust. We don't naturally respond with an acceptance from the very beginning, without doubt, without hesitation, that the God intends are good in this, we might as well be honest and say that's what goes on in our hearts that we read Scripture and we apply ourselves and we exercise faith and we get over that and we get through that and restored to a place of trust. At least we should.
But there is Ben 10's there is a Ben 10's that is receptive to appeals the question the goodness of God. Now, as believers, we should never be like that that should not be at that that should not be the cornerstone I should not be our default position. It should be so embedded in your mind and heart of the goodness of God is. It is a been expressed for us at Calvary.
The goodness of God and extending grace to you for the forgiveness of your sins.
Peace with God reconciliation with a holy God. Though you are a sinner that he in grace and goodness and kindness and in patients sent Christ to be your savior sent Christ to be your Redeemer sent Christ that you might be brought into his family and enjoy an eternity of blessedness with him. Not to mention the overflow in this life beloved.
The first thought that should be in your mind when you come to think about God.
You think holy, holy, holy yes right alongside that right right next to that in the same breath in the same thought. You're thinking that holy God is really really good and he designs my blessing, he designs my good in everything that happens to me, and even in my difficult past even in the failures of my past and the things that went wrong or in the way the people around me for the way that things came crashing down in my life.
Even in those things God was designing good for me even though I don't. Didn't see it at the time and maybe I still don't understand there should you should be so rooted in the goodness of God that you understand that everything that comes into your life is coming by his providence and is designed for your good, because God designs blessing for his people. That is his nature. He is a good God, a kind God, a gracious God, a merciful God, we should never think about him or his actions in our lives apart from those great perfections of his holy character. Now let's review a little bit then with those things in mind. Genesis chapter 12 we looked at it on Sunday will go back there.
Hopefully I won't go on the long tangent again that I went on on Sunday. Believe it or not those things troubled me during the week when I do that Genesis chapter 12 verse one the Lord said to Abram, go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father's house to the land which I will show you and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great and so you shall be a blessing. It could be rendered an imperative. Go be a blessing and I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed here, God is is bestowing blessing and promises upon Abraham, the man who would become known as Abraham, promising him land, promising him a nation that would come from his loins, promising him blessing, giving him favor that Abraham is a pagan did not deserve and look at the orientation of God in this in verse two.
I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great, you will be a blessing I will bless those who bless you in you all the families of the earth will be bless all the families of the earth worldwide stage or worldwide audience for the display of God's goodness to be manifested. Now listen that tells us that God is good that God is gracious that his disposition is one of goodness and favor and kindness and even against rebels. Those who defy his name.
Those who deny his name even against the dictates of their own conscience. Scripture would tell us. God is good, even to those who who raise their fist against him, the sun and wind and rain descends upon them in equal measure with those who know him.
They enjoy the benefits of his common grace, decade after decade after decade. They enjoy the goodness of God.
Many of them here of the grace of God offered to them in Jesus Christ. The God is graciously disposed toward then would receive them and welcome them, if only they would come to Christ they they they hear they hear of heavenly things. In addition to seeing God displayed in nature around them when they come under the sound of the gospel they hear of great gracious heavenly things, of which their ears are not worthy and they rejected but their rejection is not something that casts a negative light on God it simply a manifestation of the wickedness of their own heart. God is shining the sun. The literal sun on their lives day by day from the skies and when they hear of Christ when they have a Bible in their hands. He's he's he's shining the eternal son of God SON on them, but they simply won't have it. But that's not a manifestation of evil and God forbid from that there is no evil in God the goodness is all around them and they simply refuse to receive it. But it's not a reflection on God. God's goodness is seen that his intention from 4000 years ago and Abraham was to bless the families of the earth.
Those who didn't deserve it. Those who were not even recipients of the promises in the physical lineage of of Abraham. Well so there we go.
We start with that and now skipping over many Bible books and skipping over a thousand years.
Let's pass to the time of of David and consider Davidson's that's really art are subject for this evening.
The Davidic covenant is the clever title that I've assigned to tonight's message really think that's clever. No, I don't think that's clever at all. It's just descriptive. The Davidic covenant in second Samuel we find a book in the Bible that tells us historically about David's reign as the king of Israel. Saul, the first king of Israel is now dead and David is ascending to the throne after God had anointed him by the hand of Samuel and and chosen him. David is now ascending to the throne. The God had appointed him to earlier in the book of first Samuel and just by way of very brief summary and overview in the first five chapters of second Samuel, David is ascending to the throne he doesn't consolidate his reign over all of the territory overnight. It doesn't happen all at once. He's anointed king first in Judah, and then it expands to the northern realm as well and what's happened here. You'll remember is that God has exalted a young man, at least by my measure of what Jan is looking back. God has exalted a young man who used to be a shepherd boy keeping sheep for his father. So much so that his father overlooked. Whether he could even possibly be the one that Samuel was looking for. God had exalted that lowly shepherd boy to be king over his people.
This is momentous.
This is wonderful to contemplate and by chapter 6 David is now raining in Jerusalem and the ark of God, which represents his presence arrives in Jerusalem second Samuel chapter 6, we can turn there now for the text.
Second Samuel chapter 6 David responds with great joy to the arrival of the ark that represents the presence of God in verse 12, you see this now was told King David, saying, the Lord has blessed the house of Obed Edom and all the belongs to him on account of the ark of God. David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed Edom into the city of David with gladness and so it was that when the bearers of the ark of the Lord had gone six paces.
He sacrificed an ox in the fatling and David was dancing before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen e-filed so David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord was shouting in the sound of the trumpet. This is a great and glorious day that's taking place. David is is ascended to king and now the ark of God representing the presence of the God who elevated David to be king over his people is now being united with David in that geographic location is a time of great joy and what I want you to see Justin and Justin passing is the profound joy that David had at the presence of God.
Looking at there again in verse 15 shouting in the sound of trumpet sacrifices having taken place.
David was beside himself with joy. Now he realized that he was uniquely on the receiving end of blessing from God the beloved. What I want you to see is in the context of what we've been saying here already this evening is a David recognize the presence of God was good. The presence of God was a symbol of his was his blessing and the reveled in hee hee love the presence of God and being under his blessing, and to be in to be in that presence was the greatest thing that he had and was a promoter of joy in his heart. How much more we have the indwelling Holy Spirit much more we know the fullness of Christ. David's greater son, how much more we saw that that God not simply received Old Testament sacrifices that God the son actually gave himself and offered himself as the sacrifice so that his people could be reconciled to him, the son of God sacrificed on our behalf manifesting before us the goodness of God fully accomplishing reconciliation with this God from whom we had been alienated and now we are in his presence and his presence dwells within us by the Holy Spirit, beloved, I want you to see that no matter what else is happening in your life tonight. There is grounds for joy and shouts of triumph from your heart. If not from your actual lips and motions to realize that God has blessed you with his presence and reconciled you and justified you and sanctified you with the full intention that one day he will glorify you.
It's not ever go back to the doubt and suspicion of Eden in our hearts. Let's settle this in our mind once for all. This God is good and worthy of our praise and not not a not a stingy praise that is cluttered with thoughts of earthly difficulty, but rather is consumed with the great glory of this God and how is so greatly blessed us in Christ only one that is anchored in your heart is the cornerstone of your thinking and worldview can you possibly begin to live the Christian life in the Proper Way, God has been good to you, Christian brother, God has been good to you Christian sister no matter what else is happened.
If you are in Christ. You are greatly greatly blessed and therefore we praise him in no manner of fiscal or physical affliction or life disappointment diminishes that in any way because that same God is the God who said all work it all together for good to in Christ Jesus. And so were humbled by our tendency to doubt but that is swallowed up in the greater grace and glory of the recognition that this God has received us and accepted us in Christ despite our sin, despite our doubt despite our failures. This God receives us in Christ. This God receives sinners just like you in Christ and blesses them and anoints them and and secures them for all of eternity.
He's I don't even have to make the argument. I just need to declare the truth well. David's rejoicing at the presence of God, and he settles in to his reign, and out of a loving response to the God who is been so good to him.
He wants to do something special for God. He wants the ark. He wants the symbol of God's presence to have a lofty permanent dwelling that it did not presently have in second Samuel chapter 7 verse one look at it with me.
It says now it came about when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest on every side from all his enemies that the king said to Nathan the prophet see now I dwell in the house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains and Nathan said to the king go do all that is in your mind for the Lord is with you and so David says I want to I want to build a temple that is worthy of this God who is given me such blessing. He has lofty lofty thoughts, lofty plans, lofty aspirations in his heart and he wants.
He wants there to be a a greater manifestation a greater house for the ark of God that corresponds to the lofty dwelling place that he himself has on earth, but it turns out that God had other plans.
The what David wanted was not the right time in God's plan in verse four.
Look at it with me in the same night. The word of the Lord came to Nathan saying go and say to my servant David thus says the Lord, are you the one who should build me a house to dwell in pride not dwelt in the house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt. This is now 400 years later. Even to this day, but I've been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, why have you not built me a house of cedar God saying David, I didn't. I didn't ask for this. I didn't command this and any saying he sang the people were not negligent in not building a permanent house for the representation of my presence.
It simply wasn't time and in a stunning redirection of what the intentions of David's heart were God goes on to explain in the rest of second Samuel chapter 7 something that's I mean II run out of adjectives use word staggering. Far too often this is this is staggering. This this silences the human heart to realize what's happening here, and what I am about to describe, and take you through in the text. God here is telling David. David you will not build a house for me instead I will build a house for you. That's crazy, gracious.
This is stunning and it leads us to one of the great foundational texts of Scripture. Remember, David was going to build a physical structure for God. That's what he wanted to do and God said no, you're not the man to do it rather instead David, I am going to build an eternal house for you. I'm going to build from your loins a line of kings that will culminate in the great King in your name and you will be the foundation and your line will be the line through which I extend my blessing to all the world. David's line would become the extension. The amplification in one sense the next stage of the blessing that God promised through Abraham to bless all of the nations, and now it's going to come through David beloved David, this man who was who just a few years earlier was shepherding sheep is now paying in God is about to the to bestow on him. Some of the greatest promises that have ever been spoken to any man.
First of all, as we go through this text. First of all what comes next is the God reviews the past with David and he's telling Nathan the prophet what to go say to David in verse eight he says now therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone and cut off all your enemies from before you. He says David remember the past. Here I delivered you from Saul and all the times of Saul tried to kill you. I protected you.
You're here safe. Now remember, further back how I called you out of the pasture to be king over my people beloved speaking to you here tonight. Beloved with that term.
Beloved God's people. God's nation. The uncanny, the unspeakably great privilege given to David to be the one who would be the leader of God's people, who, in a sense, would be the mediator in that time between God and his people to have the great privilege of being there.
King. This is what was given to a shepherd boy by the hand of a gracious God and God is just simply setting the context for the greater promises that he's going to do in the future for David.
Look at the middle of verse nine. There, he says, and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth.
I will also appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again nor will the wicked afflict them anymore as formally even from the day that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and I will give you rest from all your enemies, the Lord also declares to you that the Lord will make a house for you now. God here is talking about promises it will be fulfilled in David's lifetime. His kingdom is going to flourish. Still more, but he goes further and he speaks these words and establishes a covenant with David and it's us covenant that is very, very broad.
Verse 12. Look at it with me. He says when your days are complete and you lied down with your fathers.
In other words, after you die I will raise up your descendents after you. Who will come forth from you and I will establish his kingdom. God is telling David. David, you are going to have an heir and all establish a kingdom for him as well and your son. He verse 13. Look at it with me alluding to Solomon. He says he shall build a house for my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. So David, David, this is going to happen in your lifetime but your son will be great.
Also, he will build the temple that was in your heart to build for me and in and in your son.
I am going to establish a line that will be established forever. Verse 14 he says I will be a father to him and he will be assigned to me. When he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men, but my loving kindness shall not depart from him as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you know it's us pause and take a breath here. There's a lot going on here. The temple and the throne were promises that God would fulfill beyond David's lifetime. After that Solomon would reign for a season. His sons would come up after him. God recognizes and acknowledges that the sons would sin and he would disciplined them. But even in that. So great was God's promise and faithfulness to David that even when his descendents sinned against God, God would not take away the throne from them forever. The throne would not be removed out of faithfulness to God's promises to David.
In other words, God is giving David a house and a throne and a kingdom that is going to endure into the indefinite future. The Davidic covenant. Beloved is this it is God's unconditional promise to David and his descendents that they would receive an eternal house and eternal throne and an eternal kingdom, the Davidic covenant is God's unconditional promise to David and his descendents that they would receive an eternal house and eternal throne and an eternal kingdom.
This house this throne. This kingdom is going to endure forever.
That's how great the grace of God was to David.
This is how great his promises were to him now look at verse 16. When you see God spelling this out in detail. He says in verse 16. Your house and your kingdom shall endure before me forever. Your throne shall be established forever in accordance with all these words in all this vision so Nathan spoke to David now. The word covenant is not used in second Samuel seven. It is used in second Samuel 23 verse five. Here's what I want you to see is this is these great promises that God made to his servant David were guaranteed they were promises that God would keep. And that means something, beloved, it means that an earthly reign of David's son is the appointed outcome of human history.
Human history has as its goal the fulfillment of this promise that God made to David well I don't think there's any way for us to put ourselves in David's place and what that must've been like to to receive that promise. David understood it as we'll see in a moment. It is stunning.
It is magnificent. It is overwhelming to think that a man like David who by nature so to speak was a shepherd boy would be on the receiving end of promises like this that his name and his descendent would endure in that kind of way throughout all of human history. Well that's pause for a moment there leave David leave David standings were in his sandals on the brink of his prayer. That is about free. You know, God chose David and gave him a blessing like that that is what's a good word lets you staggering it staggering the beloved. Honestly, those of you who are in Christ tonight should have a same sense of the awe and the majesty of the privilege that God has given to you simply to be adopted into his family to be chosen by God before the foundation of the world to have all of your sins forgiven to be united with Christ to be an heir with him a co-heir with Christ to be on the receiving end of divine love and divine favor which can never be revoked to be on the receiving end of a perfect salvation, of which we only have a small sampling taste in this life and magnificence to be fulfilled that eye has not seen, nor ear is heard the wonder of the things that God has for us in Christ Jesus. The will be revealed for us in days to come.
The glory that will that will dwarfing by comparison will cause us to forget the blessings of this life for the sake of the greater blessings it is to come. And that is yours in Christ, beloved, if you understand that at all. Your staggered by its awe-inspiring. It's humbling to realize that we who were shepherd boys metaphorically speaking, wandering about in the fields of the world with no purpose to our lives in darkness that we loved and that we chosen as we rejected Christ to realize that when we were like that. Less than a shepherd boy, a sinner, dad, and condemned in guilt and under the righteous wrath of God for us to be in a position now to be under his blessing now to be forgiven now to be received in love we bow low, don't we were humbled to be on the receiving end of such magnificent grace such magnificent promises that can never be broken. And I want to tell you, not because of any eloquence of mind because of the. The shear the sheer magnitude. The.
The El Capitan con of of grandeur, of which we speak here tonight if you can hear things like this and say how soon will this be over beloved IAI fear for your soul why I can't imagine how anyone could truly be a Christian and be indifferent and cold toward the things of which were speaking here tonight. You may say with your mouth, your Christian but look at your heart and ask whether it's responding in praise to these great things of which we speak tonight because the redeemed heart will find an echo that wakes it up and resonates with that and says yes, amen David. In response to these great promises of God responds in a prayer of great worship and we can and we know from what he says here that he understood that God was speaking of things that went beyond his lifetime.
We can understand the proper the proper way of looking at God's promises earlier in the chapter by the way David responds to them immediately in prayer in verse 18 he says, then David, the king went 10 and sat before the Lord, and he said, who am I the Lord God and what is my house that you have brought me this far and yet this was insignificant in your eyes.
Oh Lord God. He says God who was I that you make me king like I am now whom I that you would do that for an insignificant one like me and you've given me this kind of blessing. Why would you do that, what is there in me that you would do this for me and my household, and then he goes on in verse 19 and he says. And yet this was insignificant in your eyes the Lord God. In other words, what you have done for me. To this point is insignificant compared to the things you have promised for me in the future. Look at the rest of verse 19 he says, for you have spoken. Also of the house of your servant concerning the distant future, and this is the custom of man, oh Lord God what David is saying here is God. I understand that the ramifications of what you just promised to me the ramifications go far beyond my immediate signs. This is an unfolding of the future course of human history. This affects the distant future. From where I stand and he staggered by the David thought that word know he didn't somebody get me a thesaurus as my tongue has reached the limits of its ability to extol the majesty of God in these things human language fails us yet again. There are no words. The apostle Paul could speak the apostolic ministry given to him. Speaking of the of the privileges and responsibilities of ministry says who's adequate for these things when you truly come to grips with and understand the truth in the revelation of God. It overwhelms you to a point of of of of of of lacking articulation for what needs to be said. David here could not articulate the greatness of what had just been revealed to him and so what does he do in the following verses. He does this he thanks God for his mercy to the nation of Israel, and he extols the sovereignty of God, and he extols it in great humility.
Beloved, he is not puffed up, this is just by way of preface. He's not puffed up in what he's about to say the promises of God.
Do not make him a proud and arrogant man. Quite to the contrary, and thus it always is in true salvation. True salvation does not make a man boastful. Rather, it simply makes a man boast in the cross of Christ as the apostle Paul said in Galatians 614 God forbid that I should boast, except in the cross of my Lord Jesus. True salvation the doctrines of election the doctrines of the Reformation do not produce proud, arrogant men when they are truly known in the human heart. They humble a man just like God's promises did to David here.
Verse 21 to read these five verses and then I'm going to point out something very important to you. Verse 20. Again, what more can David say to you, for you know your servant told Lord God for the sake of your word and according to your own heart. You have done all this greatness to let your servant know. For this reason, you are great.
Oh Lord God, for there is none like you and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears and what one nation on the earth is like your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for himself as a people and to make a name for himself and to do a great thing for you at all.
Some things for your land before your people whom you have redeemed for yourself from Egypt from nations and their gods, for you have established for yourself your people Israel is your own people forever and you oh Lord, have become their God. Now, therefore, oh Lord God.
The word that you have spoken concerning your servant in his house confirm it forever and do as you have spoken that your name may be magnified forever by saying the Lord of hosts is God over Israel and may the house of your servant David be established before you, for you, oh Lord of hosts, the God of Israel have made a revelation to your servant saying I will build you a house. Therefore, your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you.
Now, Lord God, your God and your words are truth and you've promises good thing to your servant. Now, therefore, may please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you. For you, oh Lord God have spoken and with your blessing.
May the house of your servant.
Be blessed forever.
He praises God in response to this great covenant that God has made with him and his descendents to follow after him.
He worships him. He acknowledges the supremacy of God in his mercy upon his people Israel. And what I want you to see is this beloved. This is the king praying this is the recipient of these promises who is praying one who is given great privilege by God who is praying in his self reference throughout this prayer 10 times in the text is on your servant, your will is my will I bow before you on your servant.
I'm here is an instrument of your will and my only prayer is that you would fulfill the promises that you have made here to me today your servant, you know, the note preached a series next month dealing with St. some things in the modern spirit of our age but beloved.
This mindset this mindset that that somehow God exist for our purposes that God exists in order to make us happy and to do our will is utterly contrary to the true spirit of true salvation. What Scripture describes what the men of God before us modeled. David says I'm your servant, I'm your slave.
I belong to you, thy will be done mine. This is the mark of the one who understands the salvation and the promises of God. And so what God has done here with David has established promises of blessing upon him and his descendents going into the indefinite future. That's going to be very important as we consider Psalm 89 next week.
Let me just say it again here in second Samuel chapter 7 in the parallel passage in first Chronicles 17 God has made promises of blessing upon the throne of David that are to extend the indefinite future. Keep that thought in mind for hundred and 68 hours and will come back to it later on.
As you read on in the unfolding of God's word and second Samuel and then into first Kings. You find that his son Solomon fulfilled some of the promises that God made here Solomon did build a temple. According to the plans that David himself had made the beloved. When you look at the fullness of biblical revelation. You realize these promises to David were pointing to an ultimate fulfillment.
The transcended any mere human descendent of his a mere human descendent of his the ultimate fulfillment of these promises that God made to David are found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. Look at the book of Isaiah chapter 9 the text that we often look to have Christmas time.
Isaiah chapter 9 you'll read this passage with a fresh sense of appreciation. Isaiah chapter 9 verse six says a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us in the government will rest on his shoulders and his name will be called wonderful Counselor, mighty God, eternal father, Prince of peace. Speaking of a child who is God himself, and what would the nature of this child's career be what would be his purpose on earth. What would he do what would be accomplished in him. Verse seven there will be no end to the increase of his government or of peace on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this Isaiah in his day prophesying a few centuries after the time of David says there is an advance coming on the Davidic covenant.
There will be a child who will arise in the line of David, who is God himself, and on him, he will sit on the throne of David. He will reign over his kingdom. He will establish it. He will uphold justice and righteousness.
These promises made to David called out for more than simple human fulfillment. They require no less than the son of God in the line of David to be fulfilled. The New Testament opens by calling attention to these promises that God made to David look at the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of Matthew chapter 1 verse one. From the very beginning, is returning there.
Matthew chapter 1 verse one that the New Testament opens you open the New Testament and it is is presupposing that you understand that awfully lot about the Old Testament and the promises that God made to his people centuries before this gospel was written. Matthew chapter 1 verse one we kinda see it all summarized here, the things of which we have been privileged to speak tonight Matthew chapter 1 verse one the record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham. In one verse the Abraham a covenant and the Davidic covenant brought together and fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ and then Matthew chapter Matthew goes throughout his gospel vindicating that claim, culminating in the crucifixion and resurrection showing forth the means by which this covenant would be established forever. Luke chapter 1 Luke chapter 1 in verse 31 Luke chapter 1 verse 31. The angel speaks to Mary tells her that she's been favored by God in verse 31.
The angel says to her, behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called the son of the most high, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever in his kingdom will have no and the angel prophetically tells Mary what's going to happen with the sun that would be born, conceived in her virgin womb and tells her that this son that you will bear is going to be for the fulfillment of the promises that God made to David a thousand years ago, upon which biblical that the biblical narrative rest. Mary, this is the privilege given to you favored one, you're going to bear the son who will be the fulfillment of all of those promises that God made the David and so beloved, when we contemplate these things we we get a sense of the transcendent nature of the way that God works out his eternal plan and it is done in a way that transcends our individual lives are ups and downs, our joys and sorrows our successes and adversities. All of this. All of this sweeps over us, transcends us, transcends our lifetimes transcends and dwarfs us, and yet somehow also includes us by the great hand of God in his mercy that is given to us in Christ. Beloved, think about it from today, going back to Abraham is about 4000 years, 4000 years ago God made his promises to Abraham a thousand years. After that he made a thousand years.
Beloved a thousand years.
After that he makes his promises to David from David to Christ is another thousand years talking in round terms for thousand years ago. Abraham 3000 years ago, David 2000 years ago Christ go forward 2000 years ago.
And here we are living as Christians sharing in some of the intended overflow that God had in those promises that he made to the patriarchs that were fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Christ is the climactic figure in the Davidic dynasty and we know him. Not only do we know him. He gave his life for us.
He he he called us to himself. He names us as his own. This Christ, who is the fulfillment of everything promised to David is ours. We are his and he is ours and so great is this Christ and so magnificent is the plan of God. The David's ultimate son.
Psalm 110 verse one and places quoted multiple times in the New Testament. David's ultimate son would prove to be his own will hurt Christ will fulfill these promises to completion when he reigns in a future millennium on earth, and his his rain during the millennium will be the fulfillment of these promises that God made to Nate David to have a son with a worldwide drain beloved. What I want you to see for tonight even transcends just preparing for Psalm 89 and then the end we come back to a theme that we've been talking about multiple times and in recent weeks and months. We can't say it enough because repetition is the key to learning.
We are all dull and slow to learn, and were not quick to grasp the significance of the things that God's word says to us, but beloved were divorced in a recognition of this great and simple truth, plain and simple truth. God has a plan for human history that he is working out or not.
Over days or months or years or decades or centuries God has this great plan that he decreed before the beginning of time, and he is working it out across the millennia beyond existing beyond time and yet working in it to do his will to accomplish those things that will bring him glory in the end, with the ultimate climax that there will be a universal worldwide recognition that Jesus Christ is Lord and every tongue will confess it and every knee will bow and confess that great truth. Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father and the fulfillment of everything that God promised to David will reach its great and visible climax in God's great sovereignty guarantees the fulfillment of that look, we can't even keep our cars on the road when the road as I see sometimes we can't add a day to the appointed term of our life. When the day of death comes we have no power over we are weak we are frail we were a vapor in the wind. God is under no such limitations. In contrast to our frail mortal existence, the God of the universe, the God of the Bible, the God of our salvation is so great and so transcendent and so self existent that and and so sovereign, so sovereign that he can establish a plan outside the bounds of time step into time and work it out to perfect execution of the detail is Ephesians 1 tells us working all things after the counsel of his own will.
There is an overarching sovereignty to the greatness of God to the plan of God. We are included in that as believers we are small parts of that we are blessed that God knows us by name and numbers the hairs of on our head were blessed for that.
But to understand that in biblical context is to realize the God's plan for transcends my life infinitely transcends my life. My existence what God is doing is far greater than me.
That gives us some perspective on life is great sovereignty means when Jesus said in Matthew 1618, I will build my church at tells us you know what Christ is going to build his church. He will do it because he can in all of the pollsters and doomsayers that say the church has to change or it's going to go out of existence. There just showing their own insanity in their own minds and their utter lack of understanding of how great God is in his sovereignty and Christ's ability to do exactly what he says people stop praising him. He will raise up rocks will cry out the glories of his name. The church will be billed but there is an individual application to us.
Beloved as we think about these things reversible come to probably like 18 months in Philippians 1 verse six. No glad somebody left at that understand, but it's that great God of whom we have spoken, the God of Abraham, the God of David, the God of Christ, the God of human history, of whom Paul spoke when he said I'm confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus are here today in weakness, and sorrow and disappointment. Beloved as feeling as though you're just barely clinging onto the outer edge of the road with Christ in your desire to persevere you feel like you're about to sink for the final time understand that the God of your salvation is the God of Abraham, the God of David, the God of Christ. This God of great sovereignty, and while it may look out of control to you.
It's not out of control to him the promises that he is made to you in Christ will most certainly be fulfilled if he has begun the work will perfect. If 4000 years haven't hindered his purpose to Abraham. What makes you think the four years of difficulty in your life are somehow going to hinder the ultimate fulfillment of the purpose of the established when he appointed you for salvation before the beginning of time and you could slice your hand and nothing would stop it. Not that I recommend that no no we serve. We serve a great God is worthy of your trust. We serve a great God in Christ is worthy of your love. If he started the work will perfect it will finish it and with those things in mind we give him glory.
And we join with David and praying in awe to him. God, why did you take note of me. Surely, for nothing in me, but only according to your own goodness your own wisdom your own purpose and that father I respond in grateful adoration. Let's pray father minds have swept from eternity past to eternity future.
Across the millennia of human time crossed ever so briefly, the great pages of Scripture. What can we say except what Scripture quotes of another saying my soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. You will God, the mighty one. You have done great things for us holy is your name. Your arm has done mighty deeds. You bring down rulers from their thrones. You exalt those who are humble God we worship and honor you. You have given help to Israel. As you spoke to their fathers, to Abraham and his descendents forever.
And now father you have given no less measure of grace to us to bless us and to keep us also for this one moment. Oh God, we cast aside every thought of our problems or challenges the things that weigh us down, we put it all aside and in purity of heart United in purpose.
Father, we simply tell you that we worship you. We wore you.
We trust you. We love you and we commit ourselves to you and with David we say we are your servant. We belong to you. Use us as you will simply give us understanding that we might know your testimonies and obey them.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Well, my friend. Thank you for joining us on through the Psalms you know if you're enjoying this podcast I think you would love to join our church on our lifestream on Sunday mornings at 9 AM Eastern or 7 PM Tuesday evening. Also, Eastern time.
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