Summary: With the dawning of a new year the universal cry of HAPPY NEW YEAR rings out! What will your hope and confidence of the New Year be founded upon? May I encourage you to establish them on the certainties of Psalm 110!
Intro: With the dawning of a new year comes a universal cry that is heard in every language – HAPPY NEW YEAR! The thought is may you experience a happy, healthy, better year than the year before!
But the question that I would like to ask is, what will be the basis upon you build that “wish”?
Simply on the basis that you turned a page on a calendar to a new year?
The bible says something interesting about years that may surprise you!
2 Peter 3:8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. =NIV
Psalm 90: 4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
With the Lord a thousand years is like a watch in the night, which is a 3-4 hour period!!
Point? Heaven is not moved at all with the dawning of a new year! So my question is what will be the source of your confidence for the coming year?
The bible tells us that we are living in the last days, a time of great peril!
The Apostle Paul wrote…
2 Timothy 3 (AMPC)
1 But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
2 Timothy 3: 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.-KJV
The point is that the scripture does not paint a very promising picture of the last days, ie. The days that we are living in. Yes, Peter announced that it would be a time of God outpouring His Spirit:
Acts 2:5 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17a “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
That is a good thing, but read on…that’s not all…
Acts 2: 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
In light of all that is potentially awaiting us in the coming year, good and bad, I would like to invite you to place your confidence in what I’ve entitled my message after:
Title: The Certainties of the 110th Psalm!
I’d like to make a proposition to you this morning form this Psalm and it is this:
Proposition: That a study of the certainties found contained in 110th Psalm will give us a rock-solid, immovable, unassailable, eternal basis upon which we can face the New Year with an unshakable confidence!
And let’s begin where this Psalm begins…
Psalm 110:1a A Psalm of David. The LORD ….
What should be the basis our confidence in the year 2021?
I. The PERSON of the 110th Psalm!
1. The LORD -??????? ? (Yah·weh) - Hebrew
a) 'The Existing One'
b) The proper name of the one true God
Psalm 110:1b says to my Lord:
2. My Lord – ??????- ä·don' - Adonai
a) Master. Owner, Ruler, Husband
b) Someone in a position of ownership and authority
1. Our confidence should be based on the conversation between the two LORDS - Lords!
2. Two Persons who are One the scripture says!
Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! -NASB
a) One in essence, and nature.
3. The LORD (Yahweh) said to my Adonai (Lord)….
4. The Father said to The Son…
1. The basis of a Christians confidence?
a) Jesus said:
John 10: 28 “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
2. Our confidence should be based on the CERTAINTY that the LORD and my Lord are One!
a) Giving us a Double Sense of Security!
b) AND THAT WE ARE HELD SECURELY IN TWO OMNIPOTENT HANDS!
Believers Need not Fear that They Shall Perish-A man crossed the Mississippi on the ice, and fearing it was too thin, began to crawl on his hands and knees in great terror; but when he gained the opposite shore, all worn out, another man drove past him gaily, sitting upon a sledge loaded with pig iron. That is just the way most Christians go up to the heavenly Canaan, trembling at every step lest the promises shall break under their feet, when really they are secure enough for us to hold our heads and sing with confidence as we march to the better land.