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Summary: A SUPERGOD MAKES HIS ANOINTED VICTORIOUS LIKE A SUPERMAN

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BIG IDEA:

A SUPERGOD MAKES HIS ANOINTED VICTORIOUS LIKE A SUPERMAN

(:1-3) INTRODUCTION: LOVE THE ROCK OF SALVATION

A. Relationship: Love the Lord – Why?

“my strength”

“my rock”

“my fortress”

“my deliverer”

“the one in whom I take refuge”

“my shield”

“the horn of my salvation”

“my stronghold”

B. Response: Call Upon the Lord – Why?

“Call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.”

This is the simple prescription for deliverance from enemies

C. Result: Deliverance – From Whom?

“I am saved from my enemies”

I. (:4-6) CRY FOR HELP EVEN WHEN DELIVERANCE SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE

A. God’s Anointed was in a Tough Jam

“cords of death encompassed me”

“torrents of ungodliness terrified me”

“cords of Sheol surrounded me”

“snares of death confronted me”

B. God Hears Our Desperate Cries for Help

1. Desperate Cries for Help

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried to my God for help”

2. God Hears

“He heard my voice out of His temple,

And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.”

II. (:7-15) WHEN OUR SUPERGOD GETS ANGRY HE UNLEASHES HIS SUPER POWERS –

ALL NATURE QUAKES WHEN GOD GETS ANGRY – WATCH OUT!

What happens when God gets Angry? (language of theophany)

A. (:7) The Earth Shakes in Anticipation of God’s Angry Rebuke.“Then the earth shook and quaked;

And the foundations of the mountains were trembling

And were shaken, because He was angry.”

B. (:8) God Breathes Smoke and Fire

“Smoke went up out of His nostrils,

And fire from His mouth devoured;

Coals were kindled by it.”

C. (:9-10) God Springs Quickly Into Action

“He bowed the heavens also, and came down

With thick darkness under His feet.

And He rode upon a cherub and flew;

And He sped upon the wings of the wind.”

D. (:11-12a) God’s Brightness Hides Behind a Cloak of Darkness as He Approaches

“He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds”

E. (:12b-13) God Announces His Arrival with Displays of Power

“Hailstones and coals of fire.

The Lord also thundered in the heavens,

And the Most High uttered His voice,

Hailstones and coals of fire.”

F. (:14) God Routs the Enemy

“And He sent out His arrows, and scattered them,

And lightening flashes in abundance, and routed them.”

G. (:15) The Earth Submits to God’s Angry Rebuke

“Then the channels of water appeared,

And the foundations of the world were laid bare.

At thy rebuke, O Lord,

At the blast of the breath of Thy nostrils.”

III. (:16-19) THE LORD RESCUES HIS ANOINTED EVEN FROM THE MOST POWERFUL ENEMIES

A. The Danger

“out of many waters”

“from my strong enemy”

“from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me”

“They confronted me in the day of my calamity”

B. The Deliverance

“He sent from on high”.“He drew me out”

“He delivered me”

“the Lord was my stay”

“He brought me forth also into a broad place”

“He rescued me”

C. The Delight

“because He delighted in me”

IV. (:20-27) THE LORD REWARDS THE RIGHTEOUS BUT PUNISHES THE PERVERSE

A. The Lord Rewards the Righteous According to Their Righteousness

1. Principle Stated

“The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.”

2. Testimony of Personal Holiness

“For I have kept the ways of the Lord,

And have not wickedly departed from my God.

For all His ordinances were before me,

And I did not put away His statutes from me.

I was also blameless with Him,

And I kept myself from my iniquity.”

3. Principle Restated

“Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my

righteousness,

According to the cleanness of my hands in His eyes.”

4. Examples of the Lord’s Justice

a. “With the kind Thou dost show Thyself kind”

b. “With the blameless Thou dost show Thyself blameless”

c. “With the pure Thou dost show Thyself pure”

B. The Lord Punishes the Perverse According to Their Sin

1. “Crooked”

2. “Haughty”

V. (:28-36) A SUPERGOD MAKES HIS ANOINTED FIGHT LIKE A

SUPERMAN

KEY VERSES -- :28-29

A. (:28) The Darkness Yields to God’s Light.“For Thou dost light my lamp;

The Lord my God illumines my darkness”

B. (:29) Obstacles Present No Problem to God’s Warriors

“For by Thee I can run upon a troop;

And by my God I can leap over a wall”

C. (:30-36) God Equips His Anointed to Fight Like a Superman

1. God is a Proven Winner

“As for God, His way is blameless;

The word of the Lord is tried”

2. God is Our Shield and Rock

“He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

For who is God, but the Lord?

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