PSALM 93

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Psalm 93

OUR DEPENDABLE GOD

(A COMPLETE LESSON)

 

       What are the traits of a dependable person?

       Why is being dependable an important characteristic?

       Why are undependable people or companies frustrating?

       How will knowledge of Godís dependability help you?

 

We are studying Psalm 93. We do not know who wrote the Psalm, or when it was written.

There is a good possibility, however, that it was at the end of the 70 year captivity of Israel.

To me, this Psalm shows how dependable God is!If God is dependable, as His children, we have nothing to fear!I see five things that I can count on because God is dependable.

I CAN COUNT ON GODíS SOVEREIGNTY Ė Vs. 1

The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty;

 

       The Lord reigns because He is king!What should that mean for us when we donít like whatís going on in the world?

       Why should the Lordís kingship give me a sense of security?

       Why should the Lordís kingship give me a sense of responsibility?

 

Romans 8:16-18 - The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. [18] For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

       Why should the Lordís kingship give you a sense of awe? Psalm 24:7-10, Isaiah 6:1-4††

I CAN COUNT ON GODíS STRENGTH Ė Vss. 1, 3-4

Öthe Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself:

The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.

 

       In what ways has God shown His strength?

       The floods referred to here are very likely the heathen nations that rear their ugly head against God.

       I personally think of the floods as my problems.What should Godís strength and interest in my problems motivate me do?

I CAN COUNT ON GODíS STABILITY Ė Vss. 1-2

Öthe world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.

 

Psalm 90:1-2 - Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. [2] Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

 

       How does Godís stability make us feel about various governments?

       How should Godís stability make us feel about world situations?

I CAN COUNT ON GODíS SCRIPTURE Ė Vs. 5a

Thy testimonies are very sure:

 

       What does this statement tell you about Godís Word?

       Name some of the great promises in Godís Word that are helpful in times of distress.

       Godís Word is very sure.What should be our response to it?

I CAN COUNT ON GODíS SANCTITY Ė Vs. 5b

Öholiness becometh thine house, O Lord, forever.

 

       What does this verse tell me about Heaven?

       Based on 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, what does this verse tell me about myself and my behavior?

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? [20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

 

How does Psalm 93 affect your thinking about God and your problems?

 

 

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Psalm 93

OUR GOD REIGNS

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HOW LOVELY ON THE MOUNTAINS

ARE THE FEET OF HIM

WHO BRINGS GOOD NEWS,

GOOD NEWS ANNOUNCING PEACE,

PROCLAIMING NEWS OF HAPPINESS.

OUR GOD REIGNS; OUR GOD REIGNS!

 

(2) HE HAD NO STATELY FORM;

HE HAD NO MAJESTY,

THAT WE SHOULD BE DRAWN TO HIM.

HE WAS DESPISED AND WE TOOK NO ACCOUNT OF HIM,

YET NOW HE REIGNS WITH THE MOST HIGH.

 

(3) OUT OF THE TOMB

HE CAME WITH GRACE AND MAJESTY;

HE IS ALIVE, HE IS ALIVE.

GOD LOVES US SO,

SEE HERE HIS HANDS,

HIS FEET, HIS SIDE.

YES, WE KNOW HE IS ALIVE.

 

CHORUS: OUR GOD REIGNS! (4 TIMES)

Text and Music: Leonard E. Smith, Jr.Copyright 1974, 1978 by Leonard E. Smith, Jr./New Jerusalem Music

 

Psalm 93 begins with the saying, ĎTHE LORD REIGNSĒ

What does that mean to you?

How can believing this truth change your life?

How is this truth relevant in the following situations:

When someone is ill?

When someone dies?

When children disappoint you?

When there are financial difficulties?

 

Tonightís psalm should be an encouragement, as it reminds of some of the significance of Godís reign.

 

THE CLOTHING OF GODíS REIGN Ė Vs. 1

        Majesty Ė Isaiah 6:1-8, Revelation 1:12-17

 

        Strength

How strong is God?

Why is His strength important?

Philippians 4:13

 

Ephesians 3:16-21 - That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; [17] That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, [18] May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; [19] And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. - [20] Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, [21] Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

 

Colossians 1:11 - Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

 

THE CONCRETENESS OF GODíS REIGN Ė Vs. 1

 

Who can move the earth?

Will He ever? When? Revelation 21:1

Until then, no matter what happens nothing is going to happen to the earth.

 

The only way anything can ever change is when God allows it.

What, besides the world, is unmovable?

His Word

His Promises

His Presence

His Power

His Plans

His permanent reign

 

THE CONTINUATION OF GODíS REIGN Ė Vs. 2

How long has God reigned?How long will He reign?

What are some of the problems God has reigned through?

 

THE COMFORT OF GODíS REIGN Ė Vss. 3-4

Think of the floods as your troubles.

How do troubles have voices?

What do large waves do to people?How are our troubles like those waves?

How is the Lord mightier than the noise our troubles make?

How is the Lord mightier than the waves that hit us?

 

Pastor Temple had a small son who often walked with him out through the fields and neighboring pasture behind the church parsonage. At first the little fellow would hold onto my little finger, but he found that when he stepped into a hoof-print or stumbled over something, his grip would fail and down he'd go in the dust or snow. Not giving it much thought, his mind on other matters, Pastor Temple would stop and the boy would get up, brush himself off, and grab my little finger again, gripping a little harder this time.

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"Needless to say, this occurred frequently until one day as he was brushing himself off, he looked at me and said, 'Daddy?' I replied, 'Yes, Son, what is it?' He said, I think if you would hold my hand, I wouldn't fall.'

 

†† Pastor Temple said, "You know, he still stumbled many times after that, but he never hit the ground. Now, as you walk with God, don't try to hold on to Him, let Him hold on to you. You may stumble but He'll never let you fall." Fred Musser, The Tabernacle --James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 244.

 

THE CHARACTER OF GODíS REIGN Ė Vs. 5

        He rules by His sure word

 

Psalm 119:89 - For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.

 

Numbers 23:19 - God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

 

Isaiah 46:11 - Öyea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

 

Mark 13:13 - And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

 

        He rules in holiness

 

Leviticus 20:26 - And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

 

 

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Psalm 93

GOD IN CONTROL

 

My wife, Dottie, is president of the Willing Workers Missions Circle, the equivalent of The Ladies Aid in many churches.One of their functions is to provide funeral dinners for families in the church when a loved one passes away.A while ago we had need of a funeral dinner.

I discovered this need when Dottie was not available and the dinner needed to be organized.I called her vice president, Fran.Fran took the list of those who usually help and went to work. Neither Dottie nor I are worried about how things would turn out because Fran had things under control. In a similar fashion, we Christians should not worry because God has everything under control.

 

CONFIDENCE - Vss. 1-2

The Lord reigns and is clothed with majesty.

He has strength.

The world can not be moved by anyone other than Him. He is in control.

He has been reigning and will reign for all eternity.

 

COMPARISON - Vss. 3-4

Our God is mightier than the waves of the flood or the sea.

Nothing can stop Him!

 

COMFORT - Vs. 5

God keeps his promises - "Thy testimonies are very sure..."

God will act in a holy (sinless) manner forever.

 

 

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Psalm 93

THE LORD REIGNS

 

THE MAJESTY OF THAT REIGN - Vs. 1

THE MIGHT OF THAT REIGN - Vss. 2-4

THE MEANING OF THAT REIGN - Vs. 5

Sure Testimonies

Holiness

 

 

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