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Balm Psalms: Week 1


Audio Transcript: Good morning. My name is Jan. I'm one of the pastors here at Mosaic. If you're new, if you're visiting, welcome. We're so glad you are here. We'd love to connect with you. If you'd like to connect with us, we'll do that through the connection card that you hopefully received, or you can fill it out online. With that said, would you... Happy September, by the way. We're entering the most glorious season in Boston, September and October. It's all downhill from there, so enjoy. Would you pray with me over the preaching of God's Word? Holy God, we thank you that you are a great God. You are a glorious God. You are an all-powerful God. You care for us. I pray, Lord, that you bless these series in the Psalms. I pray, Lord, that you deepen our devotion for you as you expand our vision of you. Not only are you glorious, but you are beautiful. You are so creative. You are the greatest artist, and you're the greatest poet. I pray that your Psalms, your poetry, becomes our poetry, that these words become our words, that these prayers become our prayers. I pray that you teach us to love you not just with our minds. It's too easy to just stay there. I pray that you ignite our emotion for you, our affection for you, our imagination for you. Redeem our emotions, redeem our affections, our desires, and our imagination. Please do that through your Holy Word. Jesus, remind us that you are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, and you call us to bring every single square inch of our lives under your dominion. You entrusted us to us so that we submit ourselves to you and as we do, we experience blessing. I pray everyone that hears these words find true blessing in life, finds the best life that there is, which is the blessed life from you. We pray that you bless our time in these Holy Scriptures. We pray this in Jesus name, amen. So we're starting a new sermon series called Balm Psalms. Balm, as you know, is... It's a soothing ointment. It's to soothe physical ailments, but in terms of the Psalms, we're talking about a Balm for our souls. And we are also... Right, it's a play on words, bomb, balm. It's theological bombs that God drops into our hearts, into our minds, into our lives to show us that our vision of God is too small. And that's one of the reasons why we don't experience God and the power of God as we should, His presence as we should. The series, hopefully, will be... I want to give you a taste. I want to give you the words. I want to give you a framework for studying the Psalms, for you to dive into them on a daily basis, to bathe your soul in this balm, in these bomb balms that absolutely obliterate these false categories that we have of God. My one goal, my one desire as we go through these series is to help you deepen your devotion to God, not just study theology dryly, but to love God, love His Words, love His work. Now the Psalms are... They're hymns. They're songs of praise. They're prayers, both individual and corporate. They show that praying is important. Singing is important. Experiencing God is important. Creativity is important. Beauty is important. God created all of these. The word for the psalter in the Hebrews, Psalms... It just means praises. It's the largest book in the Old Testament with 2,527 verses. It's quoted more often than any other book in the New Testament. It's quoted more than any other book from the Old Testament over 560 times, it was that important. There's hymns, there's laments, there's thanksgiving. By the way, some of the things I'm sharing with you... I just learned recently. I took a class on preaching through the Psalms at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia just this summer and just so much goodness. I can't wait to share it with you. One of the things that my professor said is that God invented poetry. God designed poetry. And in the book of Psalms, He shows us how to use poetry as the greatest communicator, he communicates with poetry to communicate to the whole person. Prose... It speaks to the mind. Poetry speaks to the heart, the soul, to our emotions, to our imagination. He invented it to communicate to the whole person. Over 27% of Holy Scripture is poetry, almost a third. God invented it to communicate to us, to stimulate our affections for Him. They're dense. They're intense, emotional, little balms of emotion. It's better to express acute desires of lament, of praise, et cetera. It's given to the community to memorize. That's why these little tricks, these little lines of communicate, these techniques like simile are used, comparison of like or as. Metaphors are used. Metaphors are image based on similarity within difference. God is a sun, S-U-N. God is a rock. God is a lion. Christ is the lamb. God is a shepherd metaphors. There's also anthropomorphism, which are used to... We ascribe, in the poetry, human likeness, human attributes to God because we don't have other ways of understanding Him, so God moves with His fingers. He has hands. There's thick darkness under His feet. The psalmist says, "Lord, I pray that you keep me as the apple of your eye." Does God have an eye? No, but you know He's communicating. There's zoomorphism where we ascribe animal form or attributes to God. God, hide me in the shadow of your wing. I love that. You can see that image. Hide me in the shadow of your wing. There's laments. There's hymns. There's thanksgiving. There's psalms of ascent where the Israelites would sing on the way up to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival. There's songs of trust. This is how you trust God in times of chaos there's royal psalms to remind us that God is King. He deserves our submission and our affection. There's Psalms about Zion, about the city of God, salvation history. There's Torah Psalms, one of which we're going to cover today. Torah Psalms, Psalms 1, Psalm 19, Psalm 119. Torah doesn't just mean God's law. It means God's teaching. It means God's wisdom. He teaches us what His mind is like, how He thinks so that we think His thoughts after Him. There's five books of the Psalms. The Psalms is just one book, but there's five within Psalms 1 through 41... That's one book. Then 42 through 72, then 73 through 89, 90-106, then 107-150. Each book concludes with a doxology to praise Him, praise God. And the fifth book ends with a doxology of doxologies, five psalms just telling us to praise God, thank Him for who He is, and worship Him for who He is. God, thank you. God, thank you for being so amazing. Today we're going to cover Psalms 1 and 2 and I call this the two pillars into the temple that is the Psalms. They're meant to be read together, understood together. I'll just show you a few reasons why this is true. The first line of Psalm 1 begins with blessed or happy. This is the way to happiness. This is the way to true joy, a serenity of heart. The first line of the second Psalm ends also with blessed. This is the way to happiness. This is the way to blessing. Psalm 1:6, we see, it says, "For the Lord knows the ways or the path of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish." And Psalms 2:12, "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry. You perish in the way for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him." Psalm 1 talks about meditating on that which will lead to life and Psalm 2 talks about meditating on that which will lead to death. Psalm 1:2, "But His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he mediates day and night." That same word is used in Psalm 2:1, "Why do the nations rage? And the peoples plot in vain." Plot, in Hebrew, same word as meditate. Some mediate to find out. What is God like? How can I be in tune with His will? And others meditate on how to rebel against God. So with that introduction, would you look with me, please, at Psalm 1 and Psalm 2. Psalm 1:1, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. But His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish." "Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens laughs. The Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, "As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill." I will tell of the decree. The Lord said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." Now therefore, O kings, be wise. Be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him." This is the reading of God's holy, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word. May He write these eternal truths upon our hearts. Two points to frame up our time together, only two, because that's all we need. We'll talk about the blessings of the law, and we'll talk about the blessings of the king. First, the blessings of the law. One things I just want to point out. As you study, I took six semesters of Hebrew in seminary, not enough. Just even a little study of the original language, you begin to see the wordplay. You begin to see God's genius in this book, in all of Holy Scripture. I'll just point one things out. This is just God flexing. The first word of Psalm 1 begins with aleph, which is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. And then the last word in the Psalm begins with tav, which is the last letter in the alphabet. This is what He's saying. He's saying, "This Psalm shows you the A through Z of how to live a godly, blessed life." God is about to expose to us, reveal to us a secret of the blessed life, of the happy life. Psalm 1, "Blessed is the man or blessed is the person who walks, not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." Psalm 1 is a Torah psalm like 19 and 119, to teach us not just the law and a lot of us this is what we don't understand. When we think about God's law, we think of about God restricting us from keep from something fun, from something, something that will lead to life. No God's law isn't offense to keep us from joy and happiness. God's law is a guardrail to keep us from dying to keep us from perishing. So His law is actually good. Its His wisdom. And we know that God, when you understand, there are some laws that are just stupid in the United States, I can give you a lot of examples but my time is limited. There are some laws that are just arbitrary, like who invented this law? This is dumb. And because I don't know that the government loves me. The government never written me a letter that say, "Jan I really love you. I love you so much. I'm going to forgive you. All of your taxes. I'm going to forgive you all of your debts, someone has paid your debts for you." You know what? If that happened I'd be yeah, teach laws are good. These people have my best in mind. But when you read God's law, it's coming from a loving God who has the absolute but your best in mind. He wants you to flourish. It's like a father writing letters, writing guidelines to his children. I want you to prosper. This is the way to the best life. And the best life is the blessed life. And He begins by saying there's two, two wisdoms. There's a wisdom from God and there's counsel for God. And there's wisdom that's evil. So the man who's blessed is a person who does not take the advice of wicked people. Instead takes that advice and compares it to the advice of God. And I grew up in a Christian home. My dad taught me early on. He said, "Look, there's going to be people in your life especially when I went to college, there are people in your life who have PhDs, who have multiple PhDs who have accomplished a lot academically." He says but when you look at their life, morally they're fools, their lives have been lived in folly. And you can look at the consequences of that folly. You can be a genius in terms of the world and still be a fool from the perspective of God. So blessed is the person who does not take the counsel of the wicked. We take counsel wicked all the time. It's we're inundated with it. We drive in the car with my girls we're driving to visit my parents yesterday. And they're like, let's turn on the radio. I don't want to turn on the radio because there's so much trash on the radio that just inundating us. And this is advice. This is how to live. This is the best life. And we're getting these messages. We're getting this narrative from every which person that you can live your best life apart from God. So blessed is the person that does not take the counsel of the wicked. So meaning if you're a Christian, you will look different than the crowd, especially in a place like Boston. Your decision should be patently different, fundamentally different, your pattern of life, your lifestyle, the way you speak, the way you think, the way you live when no one is looking. And you see the progression here in verse one, it's about walking in the counsel than standing in the way of sinners and then sitting in the seat of scoffers. There's growing comfort with evil. First of all, you listen to it it's a casual acquaintance, and then you're standing in it. And then finally you sit down into the ways of evil. And He's not saying that we can't interact with those who are not Christians or those who don't love The Lord. Jesus He spend time with sinners. He would eat with sinners and fellowship with sinners in a sense in order to save them, in order to influence them to come onto the path of the Lord in order to have their sins forgiven. And we are to do the same. And this is just a basic question. Do your non-Christian friends influence you more than you influence them? Do they influence your life more than you influence their life? And it all begins with finding the true blessedness of the true wisdom verse two, His delight is in the law of the Lord. You don't just read it. You delight in it. And on His law. He meditates day and night. You so delight in it. You're always thinking about God's law. You're only speaking about God. You bring in God into every conversation. You're bringing God into every single decision God's law. Psalm 19:7-8, "And the law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandments of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes." Psalm 119:97, "Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day." So scriptures are not just to be read and not just to be studied they're to be heated absorbed. They're just saturate our minds and they're to be delighted in, the scriptures teach us the wisdom of God teaches us who God is, who we are about our human predicament, about the possibilities we are to pray the Psalms, trust the Psalms delight and meditate in them. This guides our path and keeps us from the path of perishing. Psalm 1:3, "He's like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither, in all that he does, he prospers." He's saying that the blessed people, those who meditate in God's law day and night, they're rooted. There's a stability. There's a profound peace. There's a groundedness or plantedness and there's also prosperity. That you do prosper you're alive. One of the things I do want to point out here is in the Hebrew for planted, is like a tree that's planted. It's a divine passive that's the term. It's a divine passive participle. He's planted the question is by whom? By whom is the righteous person planted? Is planted by the great gardener himself and actually in Hebrew. The word for planted is transplanted. Transplanted and is communicating the God finds us a wild shoe in an arid arid land. He digs us up and he transfers us to a place of streams of water, a place where we will flourish. A place that's well-watered and he plants us in Himself. He plants us in his word and our souls are nourished like streams of water through God's word. This is what salvation is like. Salvation is God pouring His spirit into our lives, transplanting us from a life of sin, into a life that honors God wants to be with God. John 4:14, this is Jesus with the woman, the Samaritan woman at the well and he tells her, "Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." God communicates the sin what sin does is it promises us water. Instead it makes us even more thirsty. It promises us refreshing water instead it gives us saltwater that makes us even more thirsty. So you need more and more and more of the sin. And you're never, you're never satisfied. John 7: 37-39, and the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, "If anyone thirst, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." Now this, he said about the spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, and as yet, the spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Saying the water waters, the stream of water it's the Holy Spirit. Are you planted next to the Holy Spirit? Are you watered on a daily basis by the Holy Spirit? That's why He starts with the word of God, because the word of God was written by the Holy spirit. You experienced the Holy spirit. As you read meditate, delight in what He wrote. He's always with us. And He fills us with satisfaction with delight. I've always loved the phrase in whatever he does he'll prosper. And I've always prayed that over my life, Lord, I want to prosper in everything I do. And for some reason, the very first thing that always comes to mind is money. God, you said I'm going to prosper. I Want to prosper in all that I do. I want to prosper in everything. And I just want to point out here, there is a prosperity when you live according to God's wisdom, there's a material prosperity that comes when this tree produces fruit for whom does the tree produce fruit? For itself? No trees can't eat fruit. The tree produces fruit to refresh others. So He's talking about prosperity in service, prosperity in generosity, prosperity in giving, prosperity in blessing. And this is where the teaching of Jesus Christ comes in and connects with Psalm 1. Jesus Christ said, "It's more blessed to give than to receive." The true blessing isn't when you hoard, when you get more for yourself, because what's the point of fruit being produced and then falling and rotting on the ground there's no point there. He's saying this is prosperity when it comes to the Kingdom of God. Psalm 1:4, "And the wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away." Chaff and here he's using the imagery of ancient farming practices, where they would get grains, sheaves of grain and they would bring them into the barn. And they will lay them down on the threshing floor and crushed the grain with a threshing sledge and then take a winnowing fork and toss up the grain. And as they toss up the grain, the grain, the heavy grain, the seed falls down to the floor while everything else gets blown away by the wind. And that's what chaff is. That's the chaff. And he says, righteous are like a tree they're well, water. The chaff is dry and it gets blown around by the wind dried up, not bearing fruit. It's worthless, it's dead. Psalm 1:5, "Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. And He's saying the judgment is imminent. It's inevitable. And God, the King, He will judge every single one of us." Psalm 1:6, "For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish." And the word here for knows is intimately knows. He's watching over. He's guiding as a father, as a shepherd, embraces cares for watches over as the righteous walks in the way, walks in the path that God has for us. In the book of Acts, the Christians were called people of the way as we followed Jesus. There's two ways in life when we talked about this last week, but it's all over scripture. One leading to life, the other to death, Deuteronomy 30:19-20, "I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice holding fast to Him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob, and give. Joshua 1:8 talks about the same thing as one of my favorite verses actually my senior in my yearbook, senior yearbook in high school, this verse was under my picture. Don't try to find that picture. That was back when boy bands were cool, bleached hair frosted tip, don't look at it, but there's still a Bible verse to show that there's redemption, even in folly. Joshua 1:8 "This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on a day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success. And He starts there because... And I start there because many Christians today, they have this perverted theology of Christianity where Jesus died on the cross for my sins. He forgives me and my sins so I can live any way that I want false. False if you're a true Christian. If your sins have been truly forgiven you're a Child of God, and you want to honor God who is a King, he is your Father, but he's still a King. And when he tells us something to do, we are to do it. Yes, there's forgiveness when we repent. But true repentance is turning away from sin, not just being sad for the consequence of the sin, not just being sad, that there is judgment for that sin. And then going back to the folly, no. Who is the ultimately blessed man? Is Jesus in the Psalm? Yes, of course he is the word for man blessed is the man, it's emphatically masculine for a reason. It's a reference to a particular man, the son of God, who is the son of man. He's the mediator between God and man, the man, Jesus Christ. Who delighted in God's law like nobody else, who did this perfectly, who meditated on the law of God day and night, who embodies this Psalm? It's Jesus Christ. Did Jesus care about the law. Yeah. His very first sermon. The Sermon on the Mount Matthew 5:17-18 He says, "Do not think that I've come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass away from the Law until it is accomplished." Jesus Christ came and He loved the Law so much. He loved God's wisdom so much. He fulfilled it completely. He did not sin once. Every single one of the 10 commandments, he fulfilled, he didn't just not do what was said, do not do this. He also did everything that was prescribed to do so. So as you take the 10 commandments there's sins of commission do not murder, do not covet, et cetera, et cetera. And then there's sins of omission. The opposite. The flip side is this is what you are to do. Thou shall not have no other gods before me, therefore, worship God and worship him alone. Jesus fulfilled the law and He goes to a cross and bears the penalty as if he did not obey the law. How does that happen? How does God the Father allow God the son to be punished for transgressing the Law. It says cursed is anyone who hangs on a tree. Jesus, hanged on a tree, bearing our curse upon Himself. He did it in order to save us. So he's talking, don't be wicked. Don't walk in the way of wicked. That was every single one of us. And Jesus comes and He lives the life that we were supposed to live, but didn't, and He goes to the cross and He bears the penalty that we deserve to bear so that we wouldn't have to. So how can I become this blessed person? How can I make sure that I don't bear the curse of God trust in Jesus Christ, give your life to Jesus Christ, repent of sin, turn to him and you become a Child of God. And he puts you on the path on the way where you will be blessed and find blessing as you delight in the word of God. Matthew 7:!3-14, "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Have you found this life? Have you found this way? Jesus welcomes us to Himself to the way, the second point blessings of the King in this Psalm there's opposition, between the righteous and the wicked. Again, these two categories and the different chaining factor between the righteous and the wicked is submission to the King. And the main theme of Psalm 2 is the kingdom and dominion of God. And this is why Jesus taught us to pray that kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. It's an invitation to a God-centered life, a God-centered world, dominion of God, the kingdom that was and is and is to come. So when we meditate on someone, when we meditate on God's Law, we hear the voice Of the King who gives that law and who enforces that law? The God is a God of law and order for prosperity sake and for His glory. So the keys to happiness in Psalm 1 and 2 is happy or blessed are those who meditate on the law of God, delight in the law of God. And then Psalm 2 is blessed and happy is everyone who takes refuge in the King, who takes refuge in God, in the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is in charge, God is in control of everything. Therefore we can rejoice. That's what Psalm 2 is about. And there's four acts in Psalm 2 and applies to King Dave, ultimately to the King of Kings, which is Jesus. So at first, the first act is verses one through three questions about chaos. The author is saying, "God, where are you?" When there's so much chaos and calamity in the world? God, where are you? This is Psalm 2:1, why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The Kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us burst their bonds apart and cast their cords from us." Who's this anointed capital A in the ESV. This is the Messiah. This is the one who is anointed to be the King of Kings. He's talking about the son of God, who was also the son of David. And He's saying the nations are gathering to get the Kings of the world are gathering to get the plot against God. God, we don't want to submit to you. We want to be kings of our own lives. We want to sit on our own thrones and He's so he's not just talking about political Kings. He's including those. Is talking about us. He's talking about every single human being who wants to be King of our lives. We want to decide what is law? What is good? What is evil what's allowed and what isn't. And the author of this rebellion is Satan himself. And Genesis 3:15 God says, "I'll put enmity between you Satan and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." He's talking about the offspring of the woman here is Jesus Christ, bruising the head of Satan. And He did that on the cross. And as he bruised and the image of Christ, putting his heel into the head of Satan, crushing, you said giving him a death blow. He didn't kill him. But on the cross he gave him a deathblow bruised... Satan bruised, the heel of Jesus and Jesus bruised Satan's head. But even that from the very beginning from the garden, there's still enmity between God and his people and Satan and his people. And God calmly sits on his throne. I love this image of our sick in verse four. He who sits in the heavens, laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. And he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury saying, "As for me, I've set my King on Zion, my holy hill." Does God laugh? God does laugh. God has a sense of humor. God invented laughter. And one of them there's lots of... you can prove that God has a sense of humor, by just looking at creation, just many, many examples where it's like, God's just messing with us. My favorite, perhaps this is new, but I've never heard anyone really talking about Luther mentioned this a little bit. God is sitting on his throne. He's sitting. He's not worried. And He's laughing at people who are sitting on their thrones. They're trying to be Kings and he's laughing at them because those same people who are Kings of this world, God created every single person in such a way. We're on a daily basis. You have to sit on a thrown. In order for cleansing to happen. So the most glorious Kings in all of creation, the most glorious presence, the most Napoleon and Alexander, the gray and everybody on a daily basis, they're humbled. There's a deep theology there. There's deep, deep theology. So next time you're on the throne actually as your body is being cleansed, repent. So your soul gets cleansed. You're welcome, is transformative. To God just creating a designing like humbling aspect God's laughing and God doesn't take pleasure in the death of the wicked. So He's not laughing like ha ha, I'm going to kill you. I can whack you in a second. He can. What scripture says, "He doesn't want the death of a wicked." So he puts a plan into place. How can I deal with the rebels? How can I redeem the rebels and bring them into my family? How can I do this? And still remain just, and we see that in this Psalm as well. God's anointed speaks and reveals God's plan for dealing with the rebellion. That's verse seven, I will tell you of the decree: The Lord said to me, this is Jesus speaking the Lord said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you." Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. What's God's way of dealing with the rebellion without killing the rebels. He sends a son and he says, "Today I have begotten you." And a lot of people have misunderstood this language of begotteness. They think, oh, the Father created the sun and there's lots of cults and lots of heresies that have come from that theology. No, that's not what He's talking about. The sun hasn't been has existed before all of eternity, the son, there was never a moment when Jesus Christ was not. Jesus is part of the Trinity Father, Son, the Holy Spirit. So what's the begotten language today. I have forgotten you. He's talking about a particular day today on this day, when the identity of Jesus Christ was manifested. When the father bore witness to Christ as being his son and full power. When was Jesus Christ manifested as truly the Son of God in the resurrection, when he comes back from the dead. That's what the begotten language is talking about. The begotten is the resurrection. Where do you get that? In Romans 1:1-4, Paul, a servant of Chris Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord. You are my son today. I've begun He's talking about the resurrection. When the manifestation of Jesus, as the Son of God happened, and this, we see prophesied in Psalm 2 written over a thousand years before Jesus Christ was born. The genius of God's plan, the genius of God's word, who's the author talking about, of course Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:1, the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of God, the son of Abraham. Revelation 17:14, they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings. And those with him are called and chosen and faithful. So the promise happened that Jesus would be born, the King would come and the King came humbly to serve, to give his life as a ransom for many, resurrected ascends to heaven, and then he's coming back. So this Psalm is a warning and it's also an invitation warning judgment is coming invitation, repent of your sins. Every knee will bow Philippians 2:9-11, therefore God is highly exalted him and bestowed on him a name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Everybody will bow and everybody will confess either you do it in humility in this life, or you'll do it in humiliation when Jesus returns. That's why He gives us this closing appeal in Psalm 2:9, you shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a Potter's vessel. Judgment is real. Jesus Christ is coming back. We live in 2020 with every single day. I'm like, Jesus coming back today. He's coming back, with every single new iteration of the 2020 craziness like Jesus coming back. He's got to come back. But it's true with every day brings us closer to the physical return of Jesus Christ in the second coming. Revelation 11:15, then the seventh angel blew his trumpet and there were loud voices in heaven saying the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ and He shall remain forever and ever. So Jesus is coming back. Why? To crush all opposition to reign and righteous and son David's throne. Revelation 19:15-16, from his mouth comes a sword, a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. And he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God almighty on his robe. And on his thigh, He has a name written King of kings and Lord of lords. When Jesus returns, he will return physical. And He will reign physically for a thousand years and Satan and all who, who followed Him will be thrown to lake of fire and tormented forever. That's a reality. That's a fact. And now the Psalmist ends with this appeal. Now, therefore, O Kings be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for the wrath his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. He goes, it's incredible back and forth, fear and trembling. He's coming as a King to vanquish all his enemies. So don't be his enemy. Take refuge in Him, submit to Him. Every single one of us we're in verse three, let us burst their bonds apart and cast away, their cords from us. Have you never had the thought how much life would be easier if there was no God, if there were no rules, if there were no commandments, can you, we've all been there. We've all wanted a reality apart from God, we all try to try to create these excuses and he's here. We've all done this. We've all fallen short of the glory of God, but he says, "Take refuge in him." Not from Him in Him, don't run from God. Run to God. There's no refuge from Him, but there's refuge in Him. So run to Jesus Christ, run to Christ today. King Jesus taught us the way of happiness the way of blessedness. And I'm going to read this, the introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. And that'll be our transition to Holy Communion. But this is Psalm 1 and 2 echoed in Jesus' first sermon, Matthew 5:2-11, and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. And blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, and for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you amen. At this moment, we're going to transition to Holy Communion. I've been waiting for this for five months. You've got these cool little cups, they got both bread and the cup. If you are a Christian, a repentant Christian, if you have repented of your sins, and if you are continuing to repent of your sins, your welcome to participate in Holy Communion. If you are not a Christian, or if you are in sin, now that you have not repented off, please refrain from this part of the service. Instead, spend this time repenting of sin and meditating upon God. If someone who wants to participate in communion has not received one of these. We can bring you some, just raise your hand if you haven't received one of these. So the way it works is you take the top off and there's a little piece of bread right there. This is actually my first time ever doing this. And then there's little thing that you take off for the cup there it is. Alright. The night that Jesus Christ was betrayed, he took the bread and after breaking it, he said, "This is my body broken for you, take it and do this in remembrance of me." (silence) He then took the cup. He said, "This cup is a cup of the new covenant of my blood just pour out for the sins of many take drink, and do this in remembrance of me." Heavenly Father you are a great God. Thank you so much for sending your son, Jesus Christ, your beloved son, your begotten son, to die on a cross for our sins, bearing the full brunt of your wrath for the curse that we deserve for our law breaking. For our rebellion, for our sin and our sins. Lord, we thank you that you provided a way for the rebels to become your children. We pray Holy Spirit continue to fill each one of us. We want to be like the blessed person, the blessed man, the blessed woman planted by the streams of living water, which is the Holy Spirit. Lord we thank you for the songs and we pray that in this next season, you do deepen our devotion for you. We pray this in Christ's name. Amen.


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