It is good to give thanks to the LORD
It is good to give thanks to the LORD [draft sermon notes]
Published August 1st, 2018
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92 1 מִזְמ֥וֹר שִׁ֗יר לְי֣וֹם הַשַּׁבָּֽת ׃ 2 ט֗וֹב לְהֹד֥וֹת לַיהוָ֑ה וּלְזַמֵּ֖ר לְשִׁמְךָ֣ עֶלְיֽוֹן ׃ 3 לְהַגִּ֣יד בַּבֹּ֣קֶר חַסְֽדֶּ֑ךָ וֶ֝אֱמֽוּנָתְךָ֗ בַּלֵּילֽוֹת ׃ 4 עֲֽלֵי ־ עָ֭שׂוֹר וַעֲלֵי ־ נָ֑בֶל עֲלֵ֖י הִגָּי֣וֹן בְּכִנּֽוֹר ׃ 5 כִּ֤י שִׂמַּחְתַּ֣נִי יְהוָ֣ה בְּפָעֳלֶ֑ךָ בְּֽמַעֲשֵׂ֖י יָדֶ֣יךָ אֲרַנֵּֽן ׃ 6 מַה ־ גָּדְל֣וּ מַעֲשֶׂ֣יךָ יְהוָ֑ה מְ֝אֹ֗ד עָמְק֥וּ מַחְשְׁבֹתֶֽיךָ ׃ 7 אִֽישׁ ־ בַּ֭עַר לֹ֣א יֵדָ֑ע וּ֝כְסִ֗יל לֹא ־ יָבִ֥ין אֶת ־ זֹֽאת ׃ 8 בִּפְרֹ֤חַ רְשָׁעִ֨ים ׀ כְּמ֥וֹ עֵ֗שֶׂב וַ֭יָּצִיצוּ כָּל ־ פֹּ֣עֲלֵי אָ֑וֶן לְהִשָּֽׁמְדָ֥ם עֲדֵי ־ עַֽד ׃ 9 וְאַתָּ֥ה מָר֗וֹם לְעֹלָ֥ם יְהוָֽה ׃ 10 כִּ֤י הִנֵּ֪ה אֹיְבֶ֡יךָ ׀ יְֽהוָ֗ה כִּֽי ־ הִנֵּ֣ה אֹיְבֶ֣יךָ יֹאבֵ֑דוּ יִ֝תְפָּרְד֗וּ כָּל ־ פֹּ֥עֲלֵי אָֽוֶן ׃ 11 וַתָּ֣רֶם כִּרְאֵ֣ים קַרְנִ֑י בַּ֝לֹּתִ֗י בְּשֶׁ֣מֶן רַעֲנָֽן ׃ 12 וַתַּבֵּ֥ט עֵינִ֗י בְּשׁ֫וּרָ֥י בַּקָּמִ֖ים עָלַ֥י מְרֵעִ֗ים תִּשְׁמַ֥עְנָה אָזְנָֽי ׃ 13 צַ֭דִּיק כַּתָּמָ֣ר יִפְרָ֑ח כְּאֶ֖רֶז בַּלְּבָנ֣וֹן יִשְׂגֶּֽה ׃ 14 שְׁ֭תוּלִים בְּבֵ֣ית יְהוָ֑ה בְּחַצְר֖וֹת אֱלֹהֵ֣ינוּ יַפְרִֽיחוּ ׃ 15 ע֭וֹד יְנוּב֣וּן בְּשֵׂיבָ֑ה דְּשֵׁנִ֖ים וְרַֽעֲנַנִּ֣ים יִהְיֽוּ ׃ 16 לְ֭הַגִּיד כִּֽי ־ יָשָׁ֣ר יְהוָ֑ה צ֝וּרִ֗י וְֽלֹא ־ עלתה 1 בּֽוֹ ׃
How Great Are Your Works 92 A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath. 1 f It is good to give thanks to the Lord , to sing praises to your name, g O Most High; 2 to declare your h steadfast love in i the morning, and your h faithfulness by i night, 3 to the music of j the lute and j the harp, to the melody of j the lyre. 4 For you, O Lord , have made me glad by your k work; at l the works of your hands I sing for joy. 5 How m great are your works, O Lord ! Your n thoughts are very o deep! 6 The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this: 7 that though p the wicked sprout like grass and all q evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever; 8 but you, O Lord , are r on high forever. 9 For behold, your enemies, O Lord , for behold, your enemies shall perish; all evildoers shall be s scattered. 10 But you have exalted my t horn like that of u the wild ox; you have v poured over me 1 fresh oil. 11 My w eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants. 12 x The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord ; they flourish in y the courts of our God. 14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, 15 z to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my a rock, and there is b no unrighteousness in him.
It is good to give thanks to the LORD Introduction 'Worship' - part of mission and maturity What are we doing when we gather for worship? Isn't all of life worship? So how do the two relate v1-4 Praise God for who he is and what he has done v1 give thanks, sing praises v1 your Name v2 declare steadfast love and faithfulness v3 music and melody v4 glad by your work/work of your hands Our guiding principle: Hearing God's voice and then responding to God's voice. Our first responsibility is always to be good soil. [Nutritional deficiency analogy] What the regulative principle means, and how we apply it What about music Movement from hearing, repenting, being restored, rejoicing v5-11 Praise God because he has raised up his people, and will destroy his enemies v5 thoughts very deep v6-9 stupid/fool...destruction; enemies scattered v10 exalted my horn v11 downfall of enemies v12-15 Praise God because he nourishes his people v12 flourish x2 v13-14 bear fruit. Connections to Psalm 1 v15 declare (again) Why worship as families? cf Ephesians 6; Deuteronomy 29.10-11; 31.11-13; Ezra 10.1 Wrap up Glory of God: He is great and worthy of praise! FCF: We are self-centred rather than God-centred. Even in our repentance we can be wallowing in our selves. Jesus' person: shows the greatness of God; his steadfast love and faithfulness Jesus' work: He does the steadfast love and faithfulness. He secures it for us in his person. In Jesus: we know the joy of being true worshipers. In regular, gathered, formal senses, and in informal, all of life senses.