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Known and Feared (Through the Psalms) Psalms 76

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June 11, 2022 8:00 am

Known and Feared (Through the Psalms) Psalms 76

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June 11, 2022 8:00 am

Welcome to Through the Psalms, a weekend ministry of The Truth Pulpit. Over time, we will study all 150 psalms with Pastor Don Green from Truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. We're glad you're with us. Let's open to the Psalms now as we join our teacher in The Truth the icon below to listen.

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Welcome to through the songs we give ministry of the truthful teaching God's people. God's word over time will study all 150 Psalms with pastor Don Greene from truth community church in Cincinnati, Ohio were so glad you're with us. Let's open to the Psalms right now as we join our teacher in the truthful open will as we open God's word again and turn to Psalm 76. I'm reminded of a very foundational text in Scripture Proverbs 17 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of the wisdom in the sense that it is the foundation upon which everything else is built. We must recognize that God has revealed himself that he is a holy God and that he is a God to be feared as a result of that he is a God whom we are to hold in reverence to sanctify his name as holy and to regard him as high and lifted up now friends. I just want to tell you something now that we have said many times in different ways from one perspective or another. A man cannot think rightly until he starts with that perspective all proper right-thinking starts with Scripture and the God who has revealed himself there a man whose thinking does not incorporate that as the cornerstone of his life is the cornerstone of his thinking is a man who is not thinking rightly at all the holiness of God. The nature of God, the existence of God is not an extraneous aspect of our existence, something to be taken or left behind something to consult on a Sunday morning arena religious ritual, rather it is to be that the cornerstone of existence, the, the, that the fear of God, the revelation of God is the reason that all of us exist and so we need to have that firmly in mind if it were going to have any hope of thinking rightly and if were going to have any hope of living will, rightly, we must be thinking rightly and so this permeates all of life in defines existence for us.

One of the things that has we turn to the Psalms and turn to Psalm 76 which I read just a little bit ago, one of the things that I am continually impressed about with the Psalms is is that they're not in the Scriptures so much to give us a daily in our devotions we find comfort in our sorrows and the Psalms to be sure, but it is a truncated view of the purpose of the Psalms to see them only in that perspective we go to the Psalms when were discouraged and we hope for the Psalms to give us something. Something that will encourage us for the day is far more profound than that. What we find in the Psalms is revelation from God that sets the foundation for the way that we think in the in the most in the most fundamental far-reaching profound basics of human thought in existence.

That's what we find in the songs and that's certainly true of Psalm 76 which I read earlier, we saw last time. The likely background of Psalm 76 when we studied. Isaiah 36 and 37 we saw that the nation of Assyria had time and was threatening Jerusalem.

The representative of the Assyrian king was making blasphemous claims against God and boasting in their strength and their past conquests in an effort to demoralize the Jewish people so that they would surrender and be allow themselves to be taken into exile. The righteous king Hezekiah turned to God and that desperate hour turn to the prophet Isaiah and Isaiah declared to him that God would take the Assyrian army and turn them away and that seemed to be an absolute impossibility under the circumstances. But as we saw what God did is that he he slew 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in a single night and saved Jerusalem by his mighty hand, we saw that God was mighty to save and he displayed that in history in time against the greatest army of the world that existed at that time so we looked at that last week. Psalm 76 takes that event and interprets the meaning of it for us. It tells us the lessons that we are to draw from such a magnificent display of God's power as God is a warrior for his people. And if you wanted to write a title down for this Psalm were going to call it tonight known and feared known and feared God is known by the way that he is made himself known in his acts of history and his acts of history show that God is to be feared, who has power to slay 185,000 of the greatest soldiers in a single night who has the power to deliver on his promises without fail. That's who God is and in looking at that event, we see that God has made himself known as he is revealed himself in history as is revealed himself in the skies, as he's revealed himself in the Scriptures.

He has made himself known.

Let no man think otherwise in what God has revealed about himself shows that he is a God to be feared if a God has that kind of power to destroy a human army without breaking a sweat, so to speak, then that is a God to whom reverence is due to her whom worship is due, to whom fear is due in Psalm 76 helps us to see that were going to break it down along those two headings. God is known and God is to be feared in a kind of breaks down that way in six verse segments of of the Psalms.

Let's look at point number one God is is no.

We see this in the first three verses as the psalmist opens up this celebration of the greatness of God. Verse one. God is known in Judah.

His name is great in Israel, his tabernacle is in Salem's dwelling Place also is in Zion. There he broke the flaming arrows the shield and the sword and the weapons of war. So these first three verses are celebrating Jerusalem, the city of God celebrating Jerusalem as the place where God dwells and has manifested his power that is the that is the perspective of the Old Testament in the Old Testament God had manifested his presence in the temple that Solomon built and he had manifested his power to the citizens of that city.

As we saw on Sunday as we were talking about the book of Jonah. Judah was the name for the southern kingdom after the kingdom was divided after Solomon's reign, and Israel was the name of the northern kingdom. And so here in this context, taking those two names together.

Judah and Israel. It's a comprehensive term to describe all of the people of God. This poetic parallelism, Judah and Israel is making a statement that incorporates all the people of God descended from Abraham. God is known in Judah. His name is great in Israel. In other words, among the inhabitants of this area.

They know God is they know who the true God is and he has made himself known to them, God was the covenant God, who had revealed himself to them over the course of their history. He made himself known to Abraham. He made himself known to Moses.

He made himself known as they entered the promised land and drove out nations before them. He made himself known to David. He made himself known to Solomon and now here in the reign of Hezekiah. He had manifested his great power once again and so this is the, the nature of this Psalm.

This is the focus of the Psalm as it opens is simply making a declaration that the true God of the universe is known in this area and to his people that he is made himself known.

Look at verse two.

God had designated a place for the manifestation of his presence verse two, his tabernacle is in Salem Salem being an old word for the city of Jerusalem. You can see that in Genesis 14 verse 18's dwelling Place also is in Zion, the psalmist here is just multiplying place names to show the place where God is made himself known Judah and Israel Salem an old name for the city Zion, the hill on which the city of Jerusalem was built and is often used as a poetic name for the city so there's this celebration of this area as the Psalm opens, but not a celebration of the area for its own sake, but because this area. This place is sanctified, it is set apart as glorious because it is where God is chosen to make himself known here in this place and the terms that are used here for his dwelling place very interesting. Fascinating in light of the historical background of the song. It's a term that is used to describe the den of a lion. The layer of a lion. In other words, what is a DN to a lion except the place which the lion considers to be his home, the place where he belongs his turf. If you will. If we can extend and carry out the analogy just a little bit longer. What does a lion do with his dead. The lion, the king, the king of animals.

What does he do with his then he defends it, he defends it from intruders.

He defends it from attack. He uses his great power in order to defend his home. The lioness defending her cubs.

It the place that she has chosen for her home.

That's the picture that is a picture of God here in the Old Testament and God.

Looking at Jerusalem and saying that is my home. I will defend it.

And so when the Assyrian army came and laid siege to it and God had chosen to defend that at that time in history that is exactly what he did. It was just outside the walls of Jerusalem where he defeated the Syrian army.

Look at verse three. Having spoken of Jerusalem. Having spoken of Zion. It says in verse three. There, in other words, looking back to this geographic region that he had been describing in the first two verses. There he broke the flaming arrows the shield and the sword and the weapons of war. These weapons of war verse three are emblematic they are. They are a symbol of the power of that great army. And so when it says that God broke the arrows broke the shield broke the sword broke the weapons of war. What it's saying is, is that God broke their power there for all of the mind of Assyria and for all of their boast about how they were going to lay waste to Jerusalem just like they had other nations and cities along the way for all of that God came and broke it so that they were no longer a threat to the city and so God had had proven himself to be a lion on behalf of his people. He had proven himself to be a warrior and in so doing he had once again made his greatness known to those who were there to those who were observing and you see the word selloff there at the end of verse three kinda set apart in the margin. Perhaps in your Bible. It's a word that calls for meditation to step back to stop to slow down your reading and to engage your thinking and to contemplate what that means there is a true God who is to be feared and his true place where he manifests his presence is found there. And there alone, again, speaking in Old Testament terms from the Old Testament perspective in which this was written, and so great is his name. So great is his power that he is able to defend that city without a human hand raising itself to assist him. He can do it on his own and so having opened up in these three verses the saliva calls you to look back at that and remember the might and the faithfulness that he had displayed.

That's an Old Testament perspective on the might and power of God now will get to this more at the end of the message this evening as well, but let's think about this from a New Testament perspective. Let's think about this from a Christian perspective and remind ourselves of who our God is now in light of subsequent read Revelation, to remind ourselves of where our God, the same God. The Old Testament God.

The New Testament God one and the same.

Where has God displayed his power displayed his might, displayed his faithfulness to his people.

Now what do we look back to we were singing about it.

Were we look back to the cross of Christ.

We look back to the cross were God in human flesh God in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ manifested his power in a particular unique once for all way. Dying for sin, destroying the power of Satan and redeeming his people for all eternity that they might be reconciled to himself and we we go back there. We look back there and we remember the fact that God has manifested his power on our behalf in a different location. He's done it at the cross and his power is displayed not simply in defeating a human army although he's done that throughout history as well.

We find in the crossword God.

God broke the supernatural of paint power of Satan over our souls. He broke the power of sin in our hearts. He broke the power of death when he rose from the tomb. Beloved, don't you see don't you get it. Don't do. Do you see how God again in time and space. History has made himself known we look at the cross and we see what God is like.

We look at the cross and we see the great and mighty God of the Old Testament, having humbled himself to take on human flesh to go to a cross in order to lay his righteous life down as a sacrifice to take away the curse that sin had put asunder. He's made himself known and so it is right and it is proper for us to say I know the true and living God I know worries made himself known.

He's made himself known in Scriptures.

He's made himself known in the skies, and he has made himself known in his sacrifice on the cross. The supreme manifestation of divine power and divine love and divine mercy all meeting in a central point. The crux of history right there. He's made himself known so we make no apology for the for the unqualified statement. Yes, we know the true God is made himself known at the cross and we love him for it and so we recognize something else. As we say those things, beloved for you young people. This is really helpful for you to kinda sift through the things that you've heard over the years from your parents from teachers and from different places. Our faith what we believe what we proclaim is not something that we have made. It is based on realities that are external to us.

It is not a subjective belief that we proclaim, but an objective one, one that is outside us, beloved, beloved, the Scriptures are true. The cross happened God has made himself known and that is true whether you or I had ever existed. It was true before we were born. It will be true after we die.

This doesn't depend on my subjective opinion. Our faith is in response to what God has revealed about himself and what God has done in time and space history. It's vital to understand that because it is not simply our opinion, this is not our opinion that we proclaim we proclaim realities that exist independent of us, and therefore our faith is well grounded in what we believe what we proclaim and what we defend those realities are the only reason to live those realities are the things upon which we base all of our lives. You can take away all the external circumstances all the relationships of life and these things are unchanged. These things are untouched by the change in our circumstances but give us the world. Give us all worldly prosperity give us every relationship that we ever wanted and take away the cross.

Take away the Bible take away the God who is made himself known in everything collapses. There is nothing to live for, then it's all a matter of eat drink and be merry because when you die, it's all over, and there is no purpose. Apart from these realities, of which we speak. There is no purpose apart from the reality that God has made himself known. This is the key to interpreting existence and is the key to the purpose of existence.

That's that vital and I'm grateful for every one of you care enough about those realities to be here on a Tuesday night and to build the men more deeply into our lives together.

Now with those thoughts from verse three ringing in our mind we move on in the text with the geographic setting established and celebrated. The song now describes the destruction of the Assyrian army in poetic terms and in verse four speaking to God. It says you are resplendent more majestic than the mountains of prey to be resplendent.

It means that that God is bathed in light.

He manifests his glory in unsearchable light, it expresses his glory and his glory now displayed not only in light but but displayed in this recent victory over the Assyrian army is glory displayed at the temple his glory displayed in his victory over this mighty army and that victory that conquest shows the surpassing greatness of God and and shows that God is to be known. What market God is to be known as one who is infinitely exceedingly great, because that is what he has shown himself to be like in his destruction of the Army. Look at verse five says the stouthearted were plundered. They sank into sleep and none of the warriors could use his hands at your rebuke. Oh God of Jacob. Both rider and horse were cast into a dead sleep. The psalmist here is picturing the enemy camps and God defeated them in their sleep. They never even so we can helpless were they before the majestic power of God that they never even woke up to mount a defense. They didn't even raise a hand to resist him. God defeated them so completely that they offered no resistance whatsoever. What God had done in that time was he had fulfilled his promise to Hezekiah that seem so improbable at the time. Go to Isaiah 36 or Isaiah 37 if you will. Isaiah 37. This is exactly what God had said he would do before it happened. Isaiah 37 verse 33. This of course is part of what we looked at last time last week on Tuesday.

Verse 33. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria. He will not come to the city or shoot an arrow there and he will not come before with a shield or throw up a siege ramp against it.

By the way that he came by the same he will return and he will not come to this city, declares the Lord, for I will defend the city to save it for my own sake and for my servant David say then in verse 36 then the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians and when men arose early in the morning, behold all of these were dead so's inaccurate king of Israel departed and returned home and lived at Nineveh now the spiritual significance of this is heightened is exposed is put on full display. When you remember how Assyria had been taunting Jerusalem during the siege and how defenseless the people were in response to it and then in a single night this great army lay dead in its own camp, its invincible power it's it's it's great invincible power measured on human terms its strength and my was nothing but defenseless weakness before the surpassing greatness of the power of God. You want to know how great God is.

The psalmist says.

Remember what he did in our recent past.

In slaying this great army and defending us from an enemy that we were too weak to respond to ourselves. God is no God is an and he is known by what he has done and what he has done is he is slain.

This army that no other human force, but no earthly power could resist. Therefore, we know God to be greater than any human power. We know him to be. We know him to be sovereign over every nation if he is sovereign over the greatest nation without breaking a sweat and it's obvious that he sovereign over all the other nations as well and you step back in in silence. You step back and wonder you step back and amazement that is who God is, that is a great power that is omnipotence made manifest in our very midst, and so here in Psalm 76. He's not praising God in a general way, not praising him. According to abstract theology. He is praising God for the power that God has shown in time and space on behalf of his people thought worth expanding just a moment there. This wasn't simply an arbitrary act of God to show who was boss.

God displayed his power in connection with his faithfulness to his people. When Christ went to the cross, he displayed his power over sin and death and Satan for sure, but understand beloved that he did that in faithfulness to his purposes to redeem his elect to redeem his people and his power is his power is manifested his love goes forth. His greatness is greatness, accident, time and space in order to manifest and secure the well-being of his people because that's who he is because he is a God of loyal love to his people. A God of steadfast goodness to his people. A God who can be trusted in every circumstance.

That's who God is. God is known and what we are to do with that here this evening is to first of all understand that believe it affirm it to be true affirm it to be true independent of anything else and then also to let that inform our faith inform our trust in form our confidence as we look to the future as those who have been redeemed by the sweet and precious blood of the Lord Jesus. We look at that we look at what's happened in the past we look at what's happening now, and we say I belong to that God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, these circumstances are not what they might otherwise seem to be. I am in the hands of as a mighty God who has made himself known.

I am the head in the hands of a merciful and faithful God who acts on behalf of his people to deliver them from their distress, and in that kind of faith in that context in that faith, responding to how God has made himself known we find our comfort, we find our confidence, we find our peace, we find our reason to continue forward, even if things continue to go against us because we are walking by faith in this God who has revealed himself who has made himself known and not by the circumstances that assault us and like flames look at our feet as though they threatened to burn us up. No, no, we look past that and we let our entire perspective on the world and on life be informed by the reality of who this God is in our confidence that he is made himself known by this sweet comforting work of the Holy Spirit, deep in our hearts to affirm.

I belong to him. I am his and he is mine now what should the reader take to heart from this great victory that has just been described in the first six verses of the song in verse seven we come to our second part of the song.

Second, heading for your notes. If you're taking notes.

God is to be feared. God is to be feared God's defeat of Assyria showed his sovereign power over nations and beloved were meant to were meant to think these things through were meant to to say this is what happened and let me meditate on the consequences of what that of what that means for for reality for the way that things really are. When the great and the you think this way when the greatest nation on the earth melted before God like wax before a hot fire, what shall become of other nations, lesser nations, much less what will become of individuals before this great and holy God. What will become of the one who boasts in his atheism. His so-called atheism as he testifies against his own conscience when he says such things.

What will become of the one who boasts against this God what will become of nations who boast and lift themselves up against this guy. What what what can the outcome possibly be, can it possibly turn out well for them to possibly come out well for you to have, to this moment still refused to bend the knee to Christ.

In light of who this God is. How can that possibly go well for you see the entire world has a lesson to learn from this they need to look on this display of God's power over the Syrian army and recognize that the strongest army on earth was nothing but weakness before the righteousness and power of Yahweh, and if the greatest could not resist him.

There's nothing that any of the rest of us could do either, and as a result of that in the presence of this God who is made himself known who has displayed his omnipotence with amazing vigor to defend his people. There's only one proper response to make we need to recognize we need to bow down. We need to affirm with the psalmist.

What we see expressed in verses seven through nine. You he now speaks directly to God using the second person manner of address. You even you are to be feared and who may stand in your presence. When once you are angry. They couldn't stand before you, God, I understand that I could not do so either.

And then as he goes on, that the nature of judgment and the nature of the fear that is called for, expands out beyond the people of Israel and encompasses the people of the entire earth of all time covering even the inhabitants of the world to this day. Verse eight speaking to God. Still, you cause judgment to be heard from heaven.

The earth feared and was still when God arose to judgment, to save all the humble of the earth. Now, you could understand these two verses as being a continuation of the description of the destruction of Assyria. I would be legitimate when it was the immediately prior context.

But I think that when you look at the full context of this statement it's it's describing something much greater. It is expanding the realm of judgment beyond that event in time in Israel's history to encompass even the coming judgment that is still future to us here today. God here is no longer pictured as a lion in the layer of Jerusalem look at it here in verse eight. This is talking about a judgment that comes from heaven. This is no longer a judgment that is talking about talking about the people of Israel this is referring look at verse nine to save all the humble of the earth.

This is talking about a comprehensive judgment that is in mind, and the idea, I believe, in line with other commentators is that here the author is using what is called a prophetic perfect. It's a prophetic device.

A prophetic use of the past tense and what he's doing is this he is talking about a judgment that is in the future, but the judgment is so certain, so absolutely inevitable that it can be spoken about as if it were a past tense event something in the future so certain to happen that you can describe it in past tense terms in order to show its inevitability in what is to take place and you see that as the future tenses are used in verse 10, for the wrath of man shall praise you with a remnant of wrath you will gird yourself. So here's what I want you to see beloved as were talking about this the realm of this judgment has expanded beyond the defeat of the Assyrian army. This is a judgment from heaven. This is over all the humble of the earth. The earth fears verse eight look at the earth feared and was still this is much greater than any single event.

This is looking forward to a final judgment. A final prophetic yet to come event so certain that it is a call upon all of the earth to humble themselves before this great God see it's not just the humble of Israel that God saves verse nine with me. He saves all the humble of the earth.

He hasn't done that yet in time. This is looking forward to something still future, and here's what were to draw from it we were to draw a certainty and a confidence and a strength to our faith. From these things to look back and say God judge a a nation with great power and finality. Back then here as I live in the midst of the wicked world I take comfort. I take heart knowing that God is going to exercise a future judgment over those nations. He is already he is already shown that he will not forever tolerate the blasphemies of nations against himself. The nations today are blaspheming people are wicked people reject and mock Christ and mock his word. There has to be an endpoint to this. That's the lesson for us today, and that certain deliverance provides a comfort to his people, and it warns his enemies in this way.

In the simplest, clearest, plainest ways of incomprehensible import judgment is coming. God judges his enemies people of the earth, you should prepare accordingly.

You should not neglect this morning that comes to you from God's word. God is known and God is to be feared. You should submit to him and serve him rather than rebel against him.

Still further, you are in the face of irrepressible my unconquerable power is before you is declared to you at power that demolishes his enemies. The only wise thing that you could do in response to this God who is made himself known is to fear him to submit to him and to serve him.

So there's a great message to be taken from this conquest of Assyria a message that says that says there is there is meaning in the event of an end in itself, and the disadvantage itself has implications for what God will do in the future Scripture as you know, says that men and nations rebel against God. What God did to Assyria was a preview of coming attractions. A preview of what he will one day do against all of his foes. So what's the response verse 11 there is a call to repentance.

There is a call to faith. Here in verse 11. Make vowels to the Lord your God and fulfill them. Let all who are around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared.

All people who are under his authority should render their obedience, their allegiance, their worship to him in the Psalm ends on a word of warning says there will be consequences for those who refuse at this very moment. I'm really glad to be reconciled to God through faith in Christ. Verse 12 he will cut off the spirit of princes he is feared by the kings of the earth, beloved God will defeat all men of power who reject him will defeat all men of power who resist him in the end they will fear him in the end they will fear him, even as they go down to defeat, and remembering that this is a this is a a look to a future judgment still to come.

We can look to the New Testament where we find this in time victory of Christ described in detail. Look at Revelation chapter 6 Revelation chapter 6 in Revelation chapter 6 verse 12 says, and I'm gonna read through verse 17.

I looked when he broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair and the whole moon became like blood in the stars of the sky fell to the earth as a fig tree casts its unripe figs.

When shaken by a great wind.

The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places then here we go. Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong, and every slave and free man, hid himself, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, fall on us and hide us from the presence of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb for the great day of their wrath has come in who is able to stand.

Go back to Psalm 76. In that moment in that time of judgment still yet to come. We will see God manifesting his power to do exactly what is described prophetically in Psalm 76 verse 12 he will cut off the spirit of princes he is feared by the kings of the earth look we gladly sing the hymn.

What a friend we have in Jesus. For those of us that have been saved from the wrath of God through the sacrifice of the Lamb. We are indeed considered friends of God, but beloved, we must understand that this is a God to be feared. This great God has made himself known and he is a God of power. He is a God not to be trifled with. As we saw in the book of Jonah on Sunday to realize that that he will sometimes exercise his power to discipline his erring children. The fear of God leads us to a fear of sin, which provokes his wrath. It leads us to a fear that that worships him.

It leads us to a fear that flees evil and wickedness in order to take safety and to find harbor in the shed blood of Christ. Beloved, if you have been reconciled to God through faith in Christ. What Psalm 76 tells you is is that you owe him your allegiance for the way that he is delivered you from sin from death and from hell that you owe him as Christ says in Matthew chapter 22.

You owe him. Your deepest, your highest loyalty and love to love him with all of your heart, soul, strength in mind. Why because he's made himself known because he's a God to be feared is a God to be treated as holy book of Philippians chapter 2, and in that place of refuge in Christ. We gladly bow the knee. Now, in time, we bow the knee before that time of judgment comes and we echo with the apostle Paul. What is said in verse nine. After it speaks of his glorious death on the cross. Verse nine. For this reason also, God highly exalted him, that is Christ, and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, so that the name of Jesus every knee will bow bowing in worship, bowing in reverence bowing in the fear that is owed to him of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. You and I who are in Christ. Now we make that confession in time we make it in advance of judgment. We gladly bow the knee and declare these things to be true of our glorious Lord Jesus, but we fear for those who reject him because we realize how great the fearful position is that they are in Christ will not tolerate their refusal to honor him in the way that he is due forever. One day when God's judgment comes. Those who refused to bow the knee in this life will be who who who refused to voluntarily bow the knee to Christ in this life will be forced to do so in the future before they are cast away into judgment. So for those of us who know him we see we tremble, we rejoice. We thank God for the deliverance from that judgment. That is to come for everyone else, we asked the simple question when you come to Christ. Now for salvation.

We come to him now, or will you be broken and judged with all the rest.

It's laid before us.

This is what God has made known. This is the God who is to be feared but spout together in prayer so hard God, we thank you for the reality of a faith grounded in time and space history, not silly myths not fables fit only for old women with father. The truth of what you have made known made yourself known in the skies made yourself known in the Scriptures made yourself known in the outworking of Providence. As you rule over history and made yourself known at the cross. We are surrounded by a great cloud of testimony, testifying to the reality of who you are in God. We know these things to be true. They are certified to us by the power of your own Holy Spirit and we bow before you. We render you are worship we render to you the fear that is due to your name and we do so in the context of the love of the Savior who died and rose again to reconcile us so that our sins would be washed away and there would be no cause for judgment to be found in us in on the final day.

Thank you for that are God, thank you for Lord Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. Father we pray for your mercy to go forth on those who stubbornly and foolishly continue in their rebellion. Father, you made your spirit strike a chord in their heart that prompts a response of repentance and faith that they might flee from the wrath that is to come to be found secure and safe now and in the final day the loving arms of Jesus Christ we pray these things in Jesus name, amen friend. Thank you for joining us for through the Psalms, a weekly ministry of the truth.

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