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Sun, Jul 08, 2018

Blessed or Broken

If you could only have one book of the Bible to read which book would you pick? In most surveys its the book of Psalms that is chosen more than any other book. It's been well said that “Life isn’t best measured by the number of breaths we take but rather by the moments that take our breath away.” I think most of us would agree that much of life is routine but that within our daily routines lie opportunities for life changing moments. Most us have had life changing experiences… A moment in time that forever changed us and has played a role in shaping us, the way we think, the way we feel and who we are today. One of the things we love about the Psalms is that they are full of life changing accounts people had with God.
Duration:1 hr 7 mins 29 secs

Series: The Psalms of Summer

Text: Psalm 2, others

Title: Blessed or Broken?




If you could only have one book of the Bible to read which book would you pick? In most surveys its the book of Psalms that is chosen more than any other book.

 

Its been well said that “Life isn’t best measured by the number of breaths we take but rather by the moments that take our breath away.”

 

I think most of us would agree that much of life is routine but that within our daily routines lie opportunities for life changing moments.

 

Most us have had life changing experiences… A moment in time that forever changed us and has played a role in shaping us, the way we think, the way we feel and who we are today. One of the things we love about the Psalms is that they are full of life changing accounts people had with God.

 

The book of Psalms help us to expand our view of God. As we study the Psalms our view of God changes, it grows. The Psalms help to expand our mind to understand the holiness of God. The bottom line is the Psalms help us to know God.

 

Knowing God… “The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want…” when we get the right view of God nothing else matters, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.” Psalm 73:25 (NKJV)

 

It was C.S. Lewis who wrote “The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.”

 

The Psalms help us develop a high view of God.

 

Because, in every circumstance in life there is a reason to worship God and to praise Him. We read 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings and we read about the experiences David encountered as he was anointed king over Israel. We read about the tests and challenges the sin and failure and yet its in the Psalms where we learn what was David feeling, what was going on

 

• Songs of Relationship (Psalms 1–41)

• Songs of Redemption (Psalms 42–72)

• Songs of Refuge (Psalms 73–89)

• Songs of Rebellion’s Cost (Psalms 90–106)

• Songs of Revival (Psalms 107–150)

 

This morning I wanted to begin by looking at Psalm 2, not just because it comes after Psalm 1 but that it also is one of the 17 Messianic Psalms, Messianic Psalms that predicted Jesus birth, life, death, burial, resurrection, second coming, universal reign, and glories of His kingdom. The Messianic Psalms are, Psalm 2, 8, 16, 22, 23, 24, 40, 41, 45, 68, 69, 72, 89, 102, 110, 116, and 118.

 

Psalm 2:1-12 (NKJV)

1  Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?

2  The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

3  "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us."

4  He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision.

5  Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure:

6  "Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion."

7  "I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.

8  Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

9  You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.' "

10  Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth.

11  Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling.

12  Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

 

Kiss the Son: Psalm 2 ends with an invitation to submission and to relationship with the Lord and His Anointed. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him: Those who defy God are broken, but those who depend on Him are blessed. The Psalmist leaves the choice with everyone: Broken or Blessed?

 

Psalm 1 revealed for us “Two Roads” we can choose in life, our personal walk with God. One road leads us to God while the other load leads us anywhere but too God. Psalm 2 shows us what happens to those who choose the wrong road. Its a Messianic Psalm that speaks of the Coming King. Like many Psalms, the theme of Psalm 2 is emphasized in the final verse. We can defy God and perish, or surrender to Him and be blessed.

 

Where Psalm 1 is personal in its application, Psalm 2 is applicable to the nations. Psalm 1 is about the law, Psalm 2 is prophetic in nature, as it tells us of the future.

 

Psalm 1 is not quoted at all in the New Testament, where as Psalm 2 is quoted or alluded to some 18 times, more than any other Psalm.

 

We here in America the church is in decline and yet around the world the church is growing at a rapid rate. The single largest people group coming to Jesus are Muslims.

 

If there is one message God wants to make clear to us this morning it is that God is in control. Psalm 2 shows us God laughs at the plotting of the nations because they know He is coming.

 

Psalm 2:1-3 (NKJV)

1  Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?

2  The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

3  "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us."

 

1 John 2:23, “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

There are basically two groups of people, those who believe in Jesus and those who don’t. It’s not only an individual choice but in the end times it will also be nations rising up against God.

 

Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?: The Psalmist seems genuinely baffled by their response. The nations don’t have any reason to rage against God, and certainly no benefit in raging against Him. Their opposition against God is nothing but a vain thing.

 

The rulers take counsel together: Since the time of Babel in the book of Genesis, men continue to join themselves together against God. They have this sense that if two or more men united against God they somehow have a better chance than if only one man set himself against God.

 

Against the LORD and against His Anointed: They oppose both the LORD and His Anointed. Anointed speaks of the Christ, the Anointed One. Since Jesus is the perfect representation of the Father (John 10:30, 14:9) if you oppose God the Father, you oppose Jesus, His Only Son. And If you oppose Jesus, you oppose God the Father.

 

"Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.”: Those who oppose the LORD and His Anointed think of God is seeking to bring them into bondage which is spiritual blindness. Sin is always blind. God came to set the captives free from the bondage we got ourselves into.

 

This stems from a lack of knowledge as to who God is.

 

Verse 4: He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The LORD shall hold them in derision.

 

God finds it hilarious that any person or nation would raise their fist and challenge Him. “All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him” (Daniel. 4: 35). What nation can stand against the Almighty who made them? The Lord laughs at the thought.

 

(My grandson Charlie punching me in the stomach, playing…) I was laughing so hard watching him…

 

God laughs because He sits in the heavens. He sits as the Great King on a glorious throne. It isn’t a temporal earthly throne He occupies; it is the eternal throne of heaven with authority over all creation. What does heaven have to fear from earth?

 

The LORD shall hold them in derision: Through the centuries many have opposed God and His Kingdom in Jesus Christ. Each one of these opponents shall be frustrated and crushed. Think about all the world leaders who have opposed Christianity. Where are they all today? Dead and gone, dust in the wind…

 

One famous example of an opponent of Christianity was the Roman Emperor Diocletian (a.d. 245-313). He was such a determined enemy of Christianity that he persecuted the church mercilessly, and bragged to the world that he had defeated Christianity. He went as far as to strike a medal with this inscription: “The name of Christianity being extinguished.” But here we are today, Diocletian is dead and gone, forgotten and Christianity is still growing strong.

 

Psalm 40 reminds us, Isaiah 40:22-24 (NKJV)

22  It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

23  He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless.

24  Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.

 

Verse 4: He shall speak to them in His wrath: God laughs in heaven, but He doesn’t remain inactive. He laughs but He doesn’t only laugh, He acts. Before He acts against defiant man, He first speaks to them which demonstrates His mercy and grace allowing men time to repent. For men to consider God.



Question? What is your image of God? How do you see God? Is He distant? Is He close? Is He involved in the daily affairs of life? Is He hands on or hands off?

 

What you think bout God is the most important thing about you.

 

We need the Psalms as they help us expand our thoughts of God.

 

The Psalms assist when we are praying… I don’t know how to pray properly.

 

Throughout my life as a Christian the Psalms have been a lifeline through the trials each of us must endure. For me, the Psalms help to jumpstart my spiritual batteries and help to create a hunger for God. As a confession, I don’t fly out of bed in the morning, one because I cant anymore without injuring myself but really my mind doesn’t just turn the dial to worship. I’m by nature selfish, I think of me before I think of God so having the Psalms to turn to helps me. I heard one pastor say “praying previously recorded prayers has a way of loosening up my own.” I have found that to be true. What I love about Psalms is they come to mind even when I don’t have a bible in front of me and they provide me comfort and direction when I am overwhelmed by life. The Psalms lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. The Psalms have a way of steadying my anxious thoughts as I mediate on them.

 

I need Gods help to know Him, to love Him.

 

Think about this for a second…

 

When the value of something increases so does our desire for it increases too.

 

David sets out in the Psalms to explain God to us…David knows the worth of God and He wants us to know it too. The more we know God, the more valuable He becomes to us.

 

The better you understand God, the more you will desire Him.

 

You will begin to say to yourself, “I’ve got to have it…”

 

You start carving out time just for God. You look for alone time just to be with Him.

 

You invest in God because you get it, He’s eternal.  

 

Matthew 13:45-46 (NKJV)

45  "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,

46  who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

 

God, open our eyes to see how valuable You are!

 

We need a revelation!

 

Psalm 8

 

Psalm 8:1-4 (NKJV)

1  O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

2  Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

3  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

4  What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?



Its all about relationship when it comes to God.  Thats how Psalm 2 ends. An open invitation to kiss the Son. One definition of worship means, “to turn and kiss”. God desires intimacy with us.

 

How excellent or majestic is Your name in all the earth…

 

How excellent or Marvelous is Your name… Your grandeur is greater than the stars of the heavens and yet You have ordained for children to praise Your name

 

 

1 Corinthians 1:27-28 (NKJV)

27  But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

28  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,

 

It’s an honor to work with our children… we can think more highly of ourselves than we should… as adults. God has ordained His praise to come from children…

 

Jesus said, Matthew 18:1-5 (NKJV)

1  At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

2  Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,

3  and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

4  Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5  Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

 

 

The word children, means “Infant, suckling”, “a child being breast fed”. (Sounds babies make… Quinn, she said daddy… Brett wrote, “I’ll take it”

 

Psalm 8:4 (NKJV)

4  What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?



Psalm 8:2:  “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”

 

Who is the the enemy, the avenger… its Satan

 

The praise of a children silences the devil…

 

Have you ever considered why does God wait until the end to destroy the devil?

 

What brings God more glory… a devil God defeated by God by force… or a people who choose to worship God and defeat the devil by loving God instead of giving into the temptations of the devil.

 

In Matthew 4 in the Temptation in the Wilderness Satan says to Jesus bow down and I’ll give you everything… Jesus answer is, “I will take My Dad instead…” I choose My relationship with My dad over all the riches you could ever offer Me.

 

Verse 1:  O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

Verse 3:  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

 

When was the last time you really sat and thought about the glory of God? Lets think about it this morning… God has set His glory above the heavens…

 

Think about the size of heave this morning… and to think God is bigger than heaven… light travels at the speed of 186,000 miles per second… We call that the speed of light…  a light year is 186,000 miles per second for an entire year… I have no idea how big that number is… But I do know this… Science tells us it would take 100,000 light years to get from one end of our galaxy to the other…

 

Traveling at 186,000 miles per second how long would it take to pass the earth? How fast would you pass the earth?

 

And the earth is in one galaxy. Scientist believe there are approximately 350 billion galaxies out there

 

And God tells us in His Word that He’s set His glory above the heavens. Are you fascinated by what God has created? God is bigger than al the galaxies He has created…

 

Psalm 19:1-3 (NKJV)

1  The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.

2  Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.

3  There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.



Whats more significant than getting to know God?

 

The greatest thing about you is that God knows your name…

 

Psalm 8:4 (NKJV)

4  What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?



The greatest opportunity we have each day is to talk with the Creator of the Universe and tell Him how wonderful He is.

 

Knowing You Jesus…

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