Summary: As in the days of David (Psa 11), the foundations are crumbling, but God is still on his throne. Security for believers is not in precisely predicting the day of his return, but holding to God's unchanging hand.
SERIES TITLE: VIOLENCE, THE WORLD’S FINAL ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTIANITY
Sermon #2 GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE
A. In the conclusion to our first lesson, “Violence, the Final Argument,” we briefly looked at the 11th psalm, in which the question is asked, “If the foundations are destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” (v.3)
B. It appears that some were suggesting that the answer was to flee to the mountains like a bird—withdraw from the battle, but David said something like, “How can I do that? I trust in the Lord.”
C. So, the short answer to the question of what shall the righteous do if the foundations are destroyed is TRUST THE LORD!
D. A thorough examination of the psalm gives us grounds for trusting the Lord.
I. THE FOUNDATIONS ARE CRUMBLING AGAIN AND THE RIGHTEOUS ARE UNDER ATTACK
A. The world order of David’s day seemed to be crumbling, and the righteous cannot count on good to triumph.
B. David’s reply is: God is still on his throne and knows all (v. 4).
C. God’s being on his throne does not mean that everything runs as he would have it to run. There is a war going on—with Bible in hand, we can read about this war in the daily newspaper.
II. GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE AND HAS OPTIONS
A. He may bring a REVIVAL, which could put out the fires of secularism and humanism, just as did The Great Awakenings of a couple of centuries ago.
B. He may bring RUIN in the form of an avenging nation (vv. 4-6; Psa 2:1-2).
C. He may simply allow the nation to ROT by giving it up to its sins (Rom 1:18-32)
III. STAYING THE COURSE, NOT PREDICTING THE FUTURE, IS THE BELIEVER’S SECURITY
A. Predicting what Jesus said could not be predicted (Matt 24:42-44) sells books, but serve more to frighten than to build faith.
A. Whatever the world may love, God love righteousness (v. 7; 1 John 2:15-17).
B. The righteous shall see God’s face (v.7).
1. There may be an element of messianic prophecy (Num 24:16-17).
2. This much is certain: Those who fix their eyes on Jesus need not fear the future (Heb 12:1-2).
A. If violence is the last argument of the world against Christ and Christianity, faithfulness unto death is the last argument of the Christian (Rev 2:8-11).
B. The first argument is “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
1. Have you made the argument?
2. Will you?