Summary: Do we realize Who it is that we are called to worship? If we really did, if we really grasped who God is, we'd certainly be more willing to declare His glory (like David did)!!
A Study of Psalm 28 and 29
Psalm 28 and 29
- Psalms broken into 5 books, covered an extensive time period
- Gathered together as songs of praise & words of encouragement/warning
- We are studying book 1, Psalm 1-41 … Advent series SUNDAY
- The Psalms have already given us plenty of opportunities to praise
-- The daily challenge for us is this: will we remember what we’ve been told?
- Today, we will examine Psalm 28 & 29 … each with a specific message for us
- Read Psalm 28 - 29 / Pray
Point 1 – Psalm 28 (Hear me, Lord … help me!)
- David pleads with the Lord for 2 specific things:
• Hear me (v1-2a)
• Help me (v2b)
- His petition is clear … seeking only what God can give
• Preserve the innocent (v3)
• Punish the impure (v4-5)
- And as always, He praises God for all that He does
• First, God has heard him (v6)
• And then, how God has helped him (v7-9)
o He is my strength; powerful
o He is my shield; guardian
o He is my song; worship
o He is my salvation; renewal
o He is my shepherd; protector
- TRANS: David then takes a dramatic turn in revealing to us more about God
- It really is an interesting thing to consider who we worship
-- David gives us a particularly interesting view of who God is
Point 2 – Psalm 29 (David explains God’s sovereignty)
- God’s authority over heaven (v1-2)
• Angels worship His strength
• Angels worship His splendor
- Ascribe: Assign to … give recognition of … show of authority
-- David: Beings of Heaven, give credit where it is due!
- God has total sovereignty over the Earth
• Over the thunderstorm (v3-9)
o He speaks in a gathering storm (3)
o He speaks in the thunder (3-6)
o He speaks in the lightning strike (7-9)
• Over the universal flood (v10)
o He sits enthroned above it; controls it, dictates what it will do
o He sits enthroned forever; matter of fact … He always is above it!
- Now, notice how David ascribes to what else God does …
- God’s sovereignty over people (v11)
• He gives power
• He gives peace
- TRANS: What do these two Psalms put together give us?
- Bottom line … we exist to worship the one who is above everything
-- Romans 11:36, “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”
Big Idea: If God hears us when we pray, how can we not rejoice?
- When we consider who David is describing, how can we not worship?
-- Discipleship: It’s when we decide to hold back that we actually deny Him
- David’s praise is clearly outlined … why wouldn’t we do the same?
* Special thanks to Holman Old Testament Commentary for the foundational outline of this sermon.