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Summary: God hasn’t given up on you; so will you allow Him to be the great healer you need? Will you stop trying to do things yourself and submit to His grace as all you ever need in this life?

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God's Reign in Turbulent Times

Grace Sermon Series, Part 10

Psalm 29

Introduction

- Today we wrap up this series on Grace with one final word of encouragement

- Today, let’s turn to Psalm 29

Recap #1:

- The word translated "grace" in the New Testament comes from the Greek:

-- It is the word “charis”, which means “favor, blessing, or kindness”

- When grace is used in connection with God, it takes on powerful meaning

-- Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us as our sin deserves

Recap #2:

- God’s grace produces tangible results in our lives

-- It gives us peace for the future and hope to stand firm during trials

-- God has given us His grace as proof of His love for His own

- When we see the results of grace we become strengthened

-- It’s why we can face an uncertain future without fear of the unknown

-- Sure, we may be uncertain in situations; but God is STILL God

-- He is where our hope comes from, and where our focus must be

Recap #3:

- Remember: Grace is His benevolence to the undeserving (you and me)

- Let’s consider this morning God’s grace through a pivotal promise:

-- APP: He is still God, even when the storms reign and our uncertainty is high

- Read Psalm 29 / Pray

∆ Point 1 – Ascribe to the Lord

- First we need to notice the power of the Lord (1-2)

-- The psalmist tells us to “ascribe to the Lord” … but what’s that mean?

-- When you ascribe something you attribute something to a person/place

- So then, apply that word to the wording in the text and meaning is clear

-- “Attribute to the Lord, you heavenly beings” (the heavenly things are His)

-- “Attribute to the Lord the glory due his name” (even His name is glorious)

- We are to submit in all that we are (worship, v2) because of His holiness

-- When we submit like this, it is not in fear – but in reverence of who He is

- Our submission ought to come naturally; it should reveal His authority

-- EX: No difference to your response to your boss telling you to do something

-- We respond because we are motivated by needing our employment

- So if we need motivation to respond to God, if we need to recognize Him

-- Matthew 10:28, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”

- Then we must see the authority even His voice brings (3-9)

-- God’s authority is without question here; and we would be wise to honor it

• “The voice of the Lord is over the waters”

• “The voice of the Lord is powerful”

• “The voice of the Lord is majestic”

• “The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars”

• “The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning”

• “The voice of the Lord shakes the desert”

• “The voice of the Lord twists the oaks”

- How powerful is His voice to all that we see today?

-- Genesis 1:3, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

- When even the voice has the power to command, our response is obvious

-- We submit, we obey, we cry out when we are in need to the One who can help

- “And in his temple all cry, “Glory!” – Is an immediate response of worship!

-- When we stop recognizing ourselves and remember He is to be worshiped …

- TRANS: So, why is our recognition of even His voice important?

-- Deeper: How does this tie to grace and all that we’ve been studying?

∆ Point 2 – Our World is a Turbulent Scene

- Our world is in distress (10)

-- It is furious and violent; often changing without warning

-- APP: The moral world is not like a river flowing on peaceful land

-- The psalmist describes it as a “flood”; a ferocious ride without end

- From the moral domain: nationally, and internationally

-- Even to the domain that we cannot see: Spiritually

-- The chaos is ever-present and honestly never seems to end

- APP: In times of commotion, our response is normally to jump up

-- To be on high alert, to run and see “what in the world is happening …”

- But God … pause … SITS enthroned over even the flood of our world

- He is enthroned forever; enthroned as King, forever

-- Earthly kingdoms end; even the Queen of England’s reign will end

-- But God, His reign never ends – it is why we can always turn to Him

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