The LORD is my strength and my shield [draft sermon notes]
Published January 13th, 2021
28 1 לְדָוִ֡ד אֵ֘לֶ֤יךָ יְהוָ֨ה ׀ אֶקְרָ֗א צוּרִי֮ אַֽל ־ תֶּחֱרַ֪שׁ מִ֫מֶּ֥נִּי פֶּן ־ תֶּֽחֱשֶׁ֥ה מִמֶּ֑נִּי וְ֝נִמְשַׁ֗לְתִּי עִם ־ י֥וֹרְדֵי בֽוֹר ׃ 2 שְׁמַ֤ע ק֣וֹל תַּ֭חֲנוּנַי בְּשַׁוְּעִ֣י אֵלֶ֑יךָ בְּנָשְׂאִ֥י יָ֝דַ֗י אֶל ־ דְּבִ֥יר קָדְשֶֽׁךָ ׃ 3 אַל ־ תִּמְשְׁכֵ֣נִי עִם ־ רְשָׁעִים֮ וְעִם ־ פֹּ֪עֲלֵ֫י אָ֥וֶן דֹּבְרֵ֣י שָׁ֭לוֹם עִם ־ רֵֽעֵיהֶ֑ם וְ֝רָעָ֗ה בִּלְבָבָֽם ׃ 4 תֶּן ־ לָהֶ֣ם כְּפָעֳלָם֮ וּכְרֹ֪עַ מַֽעַלְלֵ֫יהֶ֥ם כְּמַעֲשֵׂ֣ה יְ֭דֵיהֶם תֵּ֣ן לָהֶ֑ם הָשֵׁ֖ב גְּמוּלָ֣ם לָהֶֽם ׃ 5 כִּ֤י לֹ֤א יָבִ֡ינוּ אֶל ־ פְּעֻלֹּ֣ת יְ֭הוָה וְאֶל ־ מַעֲשֵׂ֣ה יָדָ֑יו יֶ֝הֶרְסֵ֗ם וְלֹ֣א יִבְנֵֽם ׃ 6 בָּר֥וּךְ יְהוָ֑ה כִּי ־ שָׁ֝מַע ק֣וֹל תַּחֲנוּנָֽי ׃ 7 יְהוָ֤ה ׀ עֻזִּ֥י וּמָגִנִּי֮ בּ֤וֹ בָטַ֥ח לִבִּ֗י וְֽנֶ֫עֱזָ֥רְתִּי וַיַּעֲלֹ֥ז לִבִּ֑י וּֽמִשִּׁירִ֥י אֲהוֹדֶֽנּוּ ׃ 8 יְהוָ֥ה עֹֽז ־ לָ֑מוֹ וּמָ֘ע֤וֹז יְשׁוּע֖וֹת מְשִׁיח֣וֹ הֽוּא ׃ 9 הוֹשִׁ֤יעָה ׀ אֶת ־ עַמֶּ֗ךָ וּבָרֵ֥ךְ אֶת ־ נַחֲלָתֶ֑ךָ וּֽרְעֵ֥ם וְ֝נַשְּׂאֵ֗ם עַד ־ הָעוֹלָֽם ׃
The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield 28 Of David. 1 To you, O Lord , I call; j my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you k be silent to me, I become like those who l go down to the pit. 2 m Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I n lift up my hands o toward your most holy sanctuary. 1 3 Do not p drag me off with the wicked, with the workers of evil, q who speak peace with their neighbors while evil is in their hearts. 4 r Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; s render them their due reward. 5 Because they t do not regard the works of the Lord or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more. 6 Blessed be the Lord ! For he has u heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 7 The Lord is my strength and v my shield; in him my heart w trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my x song I give thanks to him. 8 The Lord is the strength of his people; 1 he is y the saving refuge of his anointed. 9 Oh, save your people and bless z your heritage! a Be their shepherd and b carry them forever.
The LORD is my strength and my shield Intro Recap last week The pain of apparently unanswered prayer 1. Please answer me, O LORD! (v1-5) Don't be silent v1-2 Don't drag me off with the wicked v3-5 Application directions: Surely the Messiah can't have his prayers unanswered?! Jesus in Gethsemane. So that our prayers would always be heard, and we might never be forsaken 2. The LORD has heard me! (v6-7) He has heard v6 He is my strength and shield, I rejoice in him v7 Application directions: The joy of prayers heard - a joy which is always ours in Jesus. 3. The LORD is the Shepherd who carries his people forever (v8-9) What happens to the LORD's chosen is what happens to his people (his heritage). v8-9 the relationship of YHWH to his Messiah gathers in the people too; we are blessed because of the Messiah v8 Save, bless, shepherd us forever v9 Application directions: That final verse has been my prayer for many at GCG these past several months. I can't do much at all, but Lord Jesus please carry us. Glory of God: he hears the sound of our pleas for mercy. He's our Rock, shield, strength. FCF. We speak peace while evil is in our hearts. H1. Virtue signaling. Wanting to fix the world through changing language. H2. Hypocrisy and fake sincerity. Person of Jesus: he's the one who hears pleas for mercy. He's the true blameless one, who speaks peace and there is only peace in his heart. Work of Jesus: He himself becomes our saving refuge. He called out and was not answered, so that we might always know we are heard. He became naked, weak, and alone, so that we might always have access to the LORD's strength. He saved his people. In his ascension he has 'lifted' his people. He was 'dragged off with the wicked', v3. Barabbas. Union with Jesus . I know the LORD as my Shepherd. I am learning to believe and accept that I am part of his heritage, that he is committed to bless me since I am in Christ. We're learning to sing v7. Invitation - live life leaning upon the strength of the Lord Jesus not yourself. Confrontation - stop speaking peace while evil is in your heart. Stop fearing that God doesn't hear you. Consolation - our tender Shepherd has indeed heard and seen us, in fact he is always carrying us, his treasured heritage. Wrap up The prayer of apparently unanswered prayer. The joyful knowledge in the gospel that Jesus is our Shepherd, the one who hears us and carries us forever. Our strength and shield.