July 1, 2012

My Soul will be Satisfied

The Psalms give voice to the believer's cries to God. Following David's sin, his sons subsequently rebelled, forcing David to flee to the wilderness where he writes Psalms 3 and 63. Under affliction, David's soul is thirsting for God Himself. The Psalms celebrate God's loyal, faithful, enduring love. We need to set aside time to remember God's steadfast love demonstrated to us in the cross. As we cling to God we gain confidence, so we can then offer confidence to those who come to us.

Scripture: Psalm 63

Sermon Notes:

  1. The Psalms give voice to the believer's cries to God.
  2. Psalm 51 is a plea for mercy after David committed adultery and murder.
  3. Following David's sin, his son Absalom subsequently rebelled, forcing David to flee to the wilderness where he writes Psalms 3 and 63.
  4. Under affliction, David's soul is thirsting for God Himself.
  5. The Psalms celebrate God's loyal, faithful, enduring love (Hebrew hesed; cf. Exodus 34:5-6, Psalm 136).
  6. God provided a feast for David before, in the valley of the shadow of death (cf. Psalm 23).
  7. Meditating on God, David finds the shadow of darkness to be the protective shadow of God's wings.
  8. We need to set aside time to remember God's steadfast love demonstrated to us in the cross.
  9. Early in the morning we're to look for God's mercies.
  10. David experienced Deuteronomy 13:4.
  11. When David is delivered from Absalom, David shows pardon to those who have wronged him (2 Sam. 19).
  12. As we cling to God we gain confidence, so we can then offer confidence to those who come to us (2 Cor. 1:3-4).
  13. The Lord offers gracious and abundant provision (Isaiah 55:1-3).

Application Questions:

  1. Do we mistake the darkness for God's absence?
  2. In the midst of hardship, can we sing with David: “My mouth will praise you with joyful lips. In the shadow of Thy wings I will sing for joy”?
  3. When God shows us undeserved mercy, are we then ready to show the same to others?
  4. How does clinging to God enable us to bless others? See 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
  5. How is the offer of God in Isaiah 55:1-2 the antidote to our culture’s desperate need?
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