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Never Forget There Is Something Greater Than You
First, remember that this writing is based on
the New Living Translation study Bible.
Page A-19 urges readers to use this text as a beginning point
and encourages deeper study.
Second, remember the psalmist was looking
forward toward the
unknown. There are many
things that are common knowledge to todayís Bible students that were
unknowns to men like
David. The psalmist
looked forward to unknown times.
You look back at ages that have long disappeared.
Never assume the writerís perspective is your present
This psalm was quoted several times in New
Testament writings. In
that usage there was God, another Lord, and King David.
The New Testament issue to the Jewish people was, ďWho was
the other Lord?Ē The
New Testamentís writers affirmed that it was the Messiah (or Christ)
The issue for todayís Christian is this: was
the psalm addressed to David or the other Lord?
Letís assume it was written to the other Lord. The points
Your kingdom would begin at Jerusalem
and would rule your enemies.
As a warrior, your army will serve
you by choice.
You will have distinctive clothes and
You will be a unique, eternal
priestóIT WILL HAPPEN!
You always will be protected by God.
You will destroy kings.
God will destroy rulers through you
and make you supreme over the earth.
As the victorious one you will be
continually refreshed everywhere.
If this is a proper understanding, it is the
Christ that now sits at Godís right hand whom God addressed.
April 18, 2017 * Fort Smith, AR
A Tribute To Israel's God
Often todayís Christiansí attitude toward God
is opposite this psalmistís attitude.
Too often the Christiansí attitude (especially American
Christians) is, ďWhat has God done for me lately?Ē
Here, the psalmist focused on Godís praiseworthiness, not on
his physical desires and ambitions.
Note the psalmistís reasons for this high
esteem for God.
Godís people hold God in the highest
Godís deeds are amazing!
Godís deeds reveal His glory,
majesty, and unfailing righteous.
God motivated Israel to remember His
works, graciousness, and mercy.
God provided Israelís food
(physically sustained them) and kept His word.
God kept His word and demonstrated
His power by giving to Israel ungodly peopleís territory.
God was just and good, so Israel can
depend on His teachings.
Godís commands were true and deserved
Israelís trust and integrity.
God paid Israelís complete ransom and
guaranteed to Israel His eternal covenant.
name is holy and awe-inspiring.
Deep respect for and obedience of God
were both the foundation of wisdom and the key to growing in wisdom.
In this psalm God was (is) the key to a
Israel was because God
The key to retaining what Israel had was God.
Thus the key to advancing was a proper relationship with God.
The foundation of everything Israel had was
God, not Israel. Israel
had opportunity because of Godís initial involvement.
Israel acted on the opportunity God provided.
Without the opportunity God provided, Israel was nothing.
Without God, what are you?
How much do you credit yourself?
How much do you credit God?
April 19, 2017 * Fort Smith, AR