Summary: PAST RESTORATION TO THE PEACE OF GOD’S PRESENCE IS A FORETASTE OF FUTURE MILLENNIAL BLESSING
PAST RESTORATION TO THE PEACE OF GOD’S PRESENCE IS A
FORETASTE OF FUTURE MILLENNIAL BLESSING
I. (:1-3) A LOOK AT THE PAST:
RESTORATION IS POSSIBLE ... GOD DID IT IN THE PAST
A. (:1) Restoration Requires God’s Favor
"Thou didst show favor to Thy land"
"Thou didst restore the captivity of Jacob"
B. (:2) Restoration Requires God’s Forgiveness
"Thou didst forgive the iniquity of Thy people"
"Thou didst cover all their sin"
C. (:3) Restoration Requires God’s Forebearance
"Thou didst withdraw all Thy fury"
"Thou didst turn away from Thy burning anger"
This gives us HOPE
II. (:4-7) A LOOK AT THE PRESENT:
RESTORATION IS NEEDED ... GOD HAS BEEN ANGRY FOR A LONG
A. (:4a) The God of Salvation is the God Capable of our Restoration
B. (:4b-5) The God of Righteous Anger is the God Capable of our Restoration
C. (:6) The God of Family Joy is the God Capable of our Restoration
D. (:7) The God of Lovingkindness is the God Capable of our Restoration
This motivates us to PRAY
III. (:8-13) A LOOK AT THE FUTURE:
RESTORATION IS COMING ... GOD WILL REIGN ON THE EARTH IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
A. (:8) Restoration Means Peace for the Godly
(Aside: Warning -- Don’t turn back to your folly)
B. (:9a) Restoration Means Deliverance for the God-fearers
C. (:9b) Restoration Means the Glory of God’s Presence on the Earth
D. (:10-11) Restoration Ultimately Means the Reign of the Messiah King
Harmony of Lovingkindness and Truth
Harmony of Righteousness and Peace
Harmony of Earth (Truth) and Heaven (Righteousness)
E. (:12) Restoration Means Prosperity
"the Lord will give what is good"
"our land will yield its produce"
F. (:13) Restoration Means Clear Sailing
This focuses our ANTICIPATION
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1) How often do we tend to need the reviving work of God in our lives? (cf. how frequently the children of Israel cycled through such experiences)
2) When our situation looks hopeless, remember that the Lord never gave up on His chosen people as we can see from this psalm. What are the answers to the rhetorical questions raised in vv.5-6?
3) What elements of this psalm would we do well to incorporate into our prayers?
4) How is the Lord able to balance the demands of lovingkindness, truth, righteousness and peace into one harmonious whole?
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