SBS Sermon Notes Note 02/09
1. Praise Yahweh
Several Psalms open with the call to praise Yahweh; not because He
needs our praise, or is in some way dependant upon the admiration and
approval of mere mortals, but because the very expression of praise develops
a believer's understanding and appreciation of God. Praise also
acts as a lesson to hearers, most of whom are unaware of the Almighty's love,
His willingness to help and His generous offer of eternal life. In other
words, we praise the Most High as a form of thankfulness and as a
testimony to others in need of salvation.
||"For it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and
praise is comely."
2. Yahweh's Works
The Most High is a worker, His Son is a worker, and every true believer ought
to be a worker too. The most important work Yahweh is engaged in is specified
in this Psalm. It is the work of salvation!
Note: Bear in mind that this psalm was written before the Babylonian
captivity; before Jerusalem had been levelled to the ground. It portrays
Yahweh's work on His spiritual capital. It represents His overall involvement with His subjects, their welfare and their future. The LORD doth (present tense) build Jerusalem. And part of that work is to: 'Heal the broken hearted and bind up the spiritually wounded.'
||The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. 3: He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
3. Yahweh's Knowledge / Power
Though simultaneously performing countless millions of physical and
spiritual operations throughout the mighty universe, the Almighty is nevertheless
keenly interested in the personal progress and welfare of every member of the
human race. His knowledge and power is measureless and breath-taking.
|| He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. |
5: Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
4. Yahweh's Other Activities
In other words, all the while He is building Zion (His church) and overseeing
the lives of countless millions of humans and angels, the Almighty is also
controlling the climate and catering for the individual needs of innumerable
creatures on this planet and throughout space. Here indeed is awesome power,
endless involvement and matchless love.
||Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
9: He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.
5. Yahweh's Characteristics
Though of infinite worth and virtually infinite goodness, the Most High is a
very humble Being. Because of His humility, we may be sure
that there are traits in His character, His ability and His worth which He
has not revealed to anyone. This is typical of all humble people. They do
not proclaim their own worth and achievements: if anything they play them
down. Yahweh's esteem for the trait of humility must, therefore, mean that
He is infinitely better than we can imagine. His abhorrence of pride makes
this fact obvious.
- His Love of Meekness
||The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
- His Priorities
In a world obsessed with physical power and speed (symbolised by the war
horse) and by beauty (symbolised by the legs of a man or woman) this verse
focuses on three human reactions the Almighty values:- meekness, faith and
repentance. Is this not an encouraging verse? Does it not open the Gate of
Hope to all of us? It surely does. Indeed it is the heart of this psalm,
the key verse for every forlorn sinner who may be tempted to think that all
is lost and that there is no hope for him or her.
||He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.
This is the gospel verse. It tells us that we may all - at any time -
approach the Most High. For, even though He has many engagements, He is still
available and eager to meet the sinner's need for forgiveness. "He
lifteth up the meek."
- His Joys
Yes, believe it or not, you and I can bring pleasure to the Almighty's heart.
We can gladden Him by our faith, our willingness to avail ourselves of His
mercy and by opening up our hearts to Him. All this is within the power of
the lowliest soul on earth. Oh what an amazing part we can occupy in the
heart of God!
||The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.
6. Yahweh's Blessing
The Most High is an extremely generous person. His love goes way beyond His
mercy - which itself is a beautiful trait - into the arena of blessing. We
use the word blessing because it means a 'bounteous bestowal of all things
that are good.' Note the extent of Yahweh's blessing on His people
(symbolised by Zion in Jerusalem).
||: Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
13: For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
In other words He has re-enforced the defences of His people - our minds and
our souls. He has given us confidence and strength against doubt and fear.
Countless believers can testify to the truth of this statement. Yes, the Most
High certainly blesses the offspring of the saved.
||He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
Mankind desperately wants Peace. But, alas! politicians and people alike don't seem to realise that peace is a spiritual product which God alone can produce in a person or nation. It begins in the individual's heart, spreads to
the family, overflows to the community and influences everyone with whom we
come in contact.
"He maketh peace in thy borders."
7. Yahweh's Law
Second only to the gift of Yeshua the Messiah, comes the gift of
This priceless possession is given to Jacob (Israel), the one who
wrestled with God and won His blessing. Every believer is included in this
verse, because everyone who wrestles with God, everyone who accepts Jesus Christ
by faith is an Israelite (Gal.3:7&29, Romans 2:29). This is a unique
privilege in the commonwealth of nations.
An understanding of Yahweh's law and the spiritual power necessary to keep
it, is - second to the gift of Jesus - the greatest gift Yahweh has given
mankind. If you have faith in the Saviour, this great gift can be yours, no matter which nation you come from.
|| He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. |
20: He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
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Elder: David B Loughran
Stewarton Bible School, Stewarton, Scotland
Placed on Internet Dec.1995 ... Updated with KJV references July 1999