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Summary: GOD IS COMING AS JUDGE TO PUT DOWN THE WICKED AND EXALT THE RIGHTEOUS

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BIG IDEA:

GOD IS COMING AS JUDGE TO PUT DOWN THE WICKED

AND EXALT THE RIGHTEOUS

(:1) INTRODUCTION:

A. The Righteous Anticipate Judgment with Praise

"We give thanks to Thee, O God"

B. Judgment is Near

"Thy name is near"

C. Judgment is Included in God’s "Wondrous Works"

"Men declare Thy wondrous works"

I. (:2-3) GOD CONTROLS THE FINAL JUDGMENT

A. God Controls The Timing

"an appointed time"

B. God Controls The Criteria

"judge with equity"

C. God Controls the Universal Reaction

"the earth and all who dwell in it melt "

D. God’s Right to Control the Final Judgment Derives from Creation

"It is I who have firmly set its pillars"

II. (:4-5) GOD WARNS THE WICKED TO REPENT OF THEIR PRIDE

Boasting

Exalting self

Speaking with insolent pride

III. (:6-8) GOD IS THE ONLY JUDGE THAT MATTERS

A. Exaltation Cannot Come from Worldly Powers

from the east

from the west

from the desert

B. God is the Only Judge that Matters = "God is the Judge"

C. God is Sovereign in Putting down one and Exalting another

D. The Wicked are Destined to Drink the Cup of God’s Wrath

(:9-10) CONCLUSION:

(:9) PRAISE

"I will declare it forever"

"I will sing praises to the God of Jacob"

(:10) REVIEW

He will cut off the horns of the wicked

He will lift up the horns of the righteous

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) Do we find it frustrating or comforting to know that God has an “appointed time” (vs. 2) for judging and making things right? Why do we struggle with submitting to God’s timetable?

2) Do we consider judgment to be part of God’s “wondrous works” (vs.1)? Why or why not?

3) What characteristic features of the boastful and the proud are mentioned in this psalm? When do we find ourselves acting in this way?

4) Since “God is the Judge” (vs. 7), why are we so concerned with how others evaluate us?

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