Summary: Good Gifts From A Good God - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• (1). The worship goes up (vs 1-4);
• (2). The witness reaches out (vs 5-8);
• (3). The wealth comes down (vs 9-13).
• Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, MBE (born 7th January 1985);
• I am sure you are aware that he is a British Formula One racing driver,
• And is currently racing for the Mercedes AMG team.
• He is the 2008 and 2014 Formula One World Champion.
• Lewis Hamilton has been getting some flack this week;
• After he took part in a radio interview;
• You may or may not know that he is in an 'off & on' relationship with his girlfriend;
• She is Nicole Scherzinger and she is part of the pop group Pussycat Dolls.
• Question: Why is Lewis Hamilton getting criticised?
• Answer: Nicole Scherzinger had written and recorded a love song for Lewis,
• And during a radio interview with the newly crowned world champion;
• The DJ played the song and asked Lewis if he recognised it.
• And being a typical bloke he failed to identify it.
• The media have of course jumped on to this untimely gaffe.
• And made a big story out of it.
• The point his critics have been making is simple;
• When somebody does something for you:
• In this case pen the words and tune to a love song, record it and release it.
• You expect the subject of the song to be aware of it,
• And to be thankful and appreciative of it!
• The theme of this psalm is take note people of what God has done for you;
• God has done far more than just penning a love poem;
• He is a God has demonstrated his love by meeting our physical & deepest spiritual needs.
• So in response to God’s love;
• This psalm says be thankful and appreciative of it!
This Psalm divides into three sections:
(1). The Worship Goes Up! (vs 1-4)
1 Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion;
to you our vows will be fulfilled.
2 O you who hear prayer,
to you all men will come.
3 When we were overwhelmed by sins,
you forgave our transgressions.
4 Blessed are those you choose
and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
of your holy temple.
• The expression: “Praise awaits you”.
• Bible scholars say it is a difficult phrase to translate from Hebrew into English.
• It literally means “To you, silence [is] praise”;
• It may imply “silence is praise” - and it may mean to fall silent before God.
• Meet your hero or someone very, very famous like meeting the Queen;
• You might find that your mind goes blank and that you are speechless.
• You just can’t think of any think to say.
• TRANSITION: So this phrase can mean to fall silent before God.
• As you reflect on the wonder & majesty of his presence.
• You are left in silent appreciation!
• The C.E.V. translates the phrase with a different slant
• “Our God, you deserve praise in Zion”
• ‘Zion’ is a term that most often refers to Jerusalem,
• It can also refer by extension, to the Biblical land of Israel.
• So the emphasis in the C.E.V. translation is;
• This Psalm is the reminder that God deserves our praise:
• David, in this psalm, talks about how God blesses us and why God is worthy of praise,
• Scan the Psalm and see the many reasons given.
• Verse 2: Praise him because He hears prayers.
• “You who answer prayer”
• Verse 3: Praise him because He forgives sins.
• “You forgave our transgressions.”
• Verse 4: Praise him because He chooses people to dwell in His presence.
• “You choose and bring near to live in your courts!”
• Verse 5: Praise him because He answers our prayers in a remarkable way.
• “You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds”
• Verse 5: Praise him because He gives optimism and courage to all peoples.
• “The hope of all the ends of the earth”
• Verse 5: Praise him because He saves.
• “God our Saviour”,
• Verse 6: Praise him because He creates the mountains.
• “Who formed the mountains by your power”
• Verse 6: Praise him because He demonstrates strength.
• “Having armed yourself with strength”
• Verse 7: Praise him because He calms the seas.
• “Who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves,”
• Verse 7: Praise him because He calms the nations.
• “And the turmoil of the nations.”