KNOWING GOD

 

 

Psalm 97

KNOWING GODíS SOVEREIGNTY

Knowing God #2

(Note: This is a series basically on the attributes of God.)

 

One of the great attributes of God is that He is sovereign.

 

In our last message we started on a quest.The quest is to know God better.Jeremiah 9:23-24

If we are going to know God better we need to know His sovereignty. And by ďknowingĒ I donít mean to have an intellectual knowledge that God is sovereign, but to have a heart knowledge that God is sovereign so that knowledge of his sovereignty affects the way I live.

 

For a practical look at the sovereignty of God this morning I want us to look at Psalm 97.In this Psalm we discover:

 

THE REALITY OF GODíS SOVEREIGNTY

 

Psalm 97 begins with a great statement of fact.

Psalm 97:1 - The Lord reigneth;

When someone reigns they are ruling, they are in control, they are kings.†††††††

When we say, ďGod is sovereignĒ, we are saying, ďGod is ruler, God is King.Ē

 

Godís sovereignty is attested to in the Scriptures. Psalms 93:1, 96:10, 99:1, 95:3, Revelation 1:8, 11:15

 

When I think of the Lordís reign, I think of God the Son, the Lord Jesus.

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        Jesus reigns as creator. Colossians 1:16

 

        Jesus reigns as the one who holds all things together. Colossians 1:17

 

        Jesus reigns as victor over sin.

God in His reign over earth gave man freedom.

Man chose to rebel against God.

God in his love sent the sinless son of God to pay for our sins. Romans 5:6

 

        Jesus reigns as victor over death. Ė Revelation 1:18

 

As victor over death, Jesus wants to give you victory over death. John 3:16-18††

 

As victor over death, Jesus wants to give you victory in life right now. Romans 5:17†††

 

        Jesus reigns as heir of all things. Psalm 110:1

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Our God reigns! He is sovereign! He is King!

This is reality!

This should effect how you, if you are a Christian think about things.†††

It should effect how you, if you are a non-Christian, think about things.

 

THE RUDIMENTS OF GODíS SOVEREIGNTY

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What are some of the fundamental principles or rudiments of Godís sovereignty?†††

 

Vss. 2-6 Ė First of all, see here that God is awe-inspiring.

 

Clouds, darkness, lightnings, fire, melting hills, show Him to be awesome.God has shown himself to be awe-inspiring on many an occasion.Here are three more.

 

God showed himself awe-inspiring to the children of Israel at Sinai. Exodus 19:16-19

 

Isaiah saw God as awe-inspiring in Isaiah 6:1-4.

 

At the Transfiguration Jesus showed Himself to be awe-inspiring. Matthew 17:1-2

 

Not only is Godís Sovereignty awe-inspiring, it righteous and just. Psalm 97:2††

 

Get this in your mind: whatever God does is right and just.

You are not always right.†††

You are not always just.

But God is.

 

It is easy for us to wonder if what God is doing is right or just.But in Godís great scheme of things as the all-knowing, all-powerful God, what He does is always right and just! Isaiah 55:8-9††

 

Not only is Godís sovereignty awe-inspiring, righteous, and just, but Godís sovereignty is above all Gods. Psalm 97:7, 9

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As God, He tolerates no substitutes!

No other God is to be worshipped! Isaiah 42:8

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You may be thinking, ďWeíll Iím safe, I donít worship any idols.Ē

I remind you that an idol or a God is not always made with hands, but it is always made in the heart.

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Exodus 34:14 - For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

 

The rudiments of Godís sovereignty - Godís sovereignty is awe-inspiring, righteous, just, and above all Gods.

 

THE RESPONSES TO GODíS SOVEREIGNTY

 

I see three responses to Godís sovereignty in this Psalm.

 

        RESPOND IN LOVE

 

Vs. 10 Ė Ye that love the Lord

 

Have ever considered loving the Lord because He is sovereign?

Have you considered loving the Lord because He is awe-inspiring, because He is righteous, because He is just, because He is above all Gods?

 

Yes, we should love Him if He has saved us and we have everlasting life!

But we would not have everlasting life, if God in His sovereignty had not provided a way of forgiveness for our sins.

God in his sovereignty declared us Christians as righteous and just in His eyes through the death of His Son.

 

There has been many a good king or queen who has been loved for their rule over a nation.

We serve the King of the universe. Should we not love Him?

 

        RESPOND WITH HATRED

 

Psalm 97:10 - Ye that love the Lord, hate evil:

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It makes sense, doesnít it?If I love the Lord, I will hate what He hates.He hates evil.

 

Now, I have a word of warning for you.It is very easy for us to hate the evils of drugs, homo-sexuality, murder, and injustice in the world.But I feel that the evil we should hate is the evil that we allow in our own lives.

Do you a habit that displeases the Lord? Hate it and forsake it!

Do you have an attitude that displeases the Lord? Hate it and forsake it.

As a child of God who loves the Lord, I should hate evil in myself more than any other evil there is!

 

        RESPOND IN LOVE

        RESPOND WITH HATRED

        RESPOND WITH JOY AND THANKSGIVING

 

Psalm 97:1 - The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

 

Psalm 97:12 - Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

 

If we know in our hearts that God is sovereign.

If we have accepted Godís sovereignty as meaning that God is not only king of the universe, but King in my life.

 

If we know that nothing can happen today unless God knows about it in advance and that it is permitted by Him.

Then we should be joyful and thankful to our God who is KING!†††

 

THE REALITY OF GODíS SOVEREIGNTY

THE RUDIMENTS OF GODíS SOVEREIGNTY

THE RESPONSES TO GODíS SOVEREIGNTY

 

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