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The Battles of the King

Psalm 45:1-17, Andrew Love, November 12, 2017


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Concentrating on v3-7
  • We live in times of relative peace
    • We do know terrorism
  • There are other concerns in our nation
    • The solutions to our problems are not political but spiritual
    • The problem is our nation turning its back on God
    • The problem is in individuals
  • We must pray for those Christians in politics
  • The Psalm is about a God in heaven who is majestic in glory and splendor
    • His Son Jesus Christ fights on behalf of truth, humility and justice
    • He alone is the solution for Great Britain today
    • We should pray v3-4
  • Christ is establishing His invisible Kingdom in the nations
  • Overview:
    • A Prayer for Action (v3)
    • A Vision of Victory (v4-5)
    • A Contemplation of the King (v6-7)

A Prayer for Action (v3)

  • How much do you believe that the Son of God is involved in the affairs of men?
    • Is God a distant God?
    • Is God like a clock maker?
    • Is God like a grandfather?
  • Do you see a God who is deeply involved and aggrieved by the affairs of men?
    • Examples
    • Our God can be known though Jesus Christ
  • Our God is pictured as a warrior (v3)
    • Take your sword - be ready for action
    • Be ready to pray!
    • We must ask God to act in the world
      • Example of Gideon
      • Do we see that the battle is the Lord's?
  • A Prayer for Action
    • God is not a weak God

A Vision of Victory (v4-5)

  • Speaking about Jesus Christ (v2)
    • v6 - quoted in Hebrews 1:8-9
  • Jesus will defend truth, humility and righteousness - His arrows are sharp
    • Rev 6:1-2
    • Rev 19:11-16
  • The Apostle had a fuller revelation than the Psalmist
  • Do you see Christ as a might warrior, as Lord of the nations?
    • Have you bowed your knee to Him?
    • Have you surrendered your life to Him?
  • The means of God are very different to the means of men
    • Examples of rulers and governments
    • Christ's way is very different (v4) - truth, humility and righteousness
    • Examples of the rich and powerful
    • Christ's death on the cross
  • The sharp arrows (v5)
    • The arrows of the law (which reveal our sin)
      • Explanation
    • The Gospel arrows
      • Explanation
      • The two edged sword that heals
      • Example of dying man
  • Has he conquered your heart?

A Contemplation of the King (v6-7)

  • "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever" (v6)
    • Heb 1:6-9
      • Jesus is no demi-god (v6)
      • Could there ever be a clearer verse about the deity of Jesus Christ? (V8)
      • He is the God Man (v9)
  • Who is Jesus to you?
    • A moral man ...
    • ... or God Himself
    • A ruler, the head of His people
  • "You love righteousness and hate wickedness" (v7)
    • Was there ever a human that fulfilled this verse all the time?
      • What a glorious person this is!
    • This should make us shudder ... and think what a wonderful Saviour He is
      • We must not harden our heart
      • Come to Him now - do not put it off
  • "anointed You with the oil of gladness"
    • God is joyful
    • God wants us to know joy [in Him]

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


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