Title: The Darkness Deepens, The Lord With Me Abides
Passage: Psalm 4
Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin
Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service
Date: October 25, 2020
This is an evening prayer. Just as it is important to begin your day with praise and prayer to God, closing the day with prayer and meditation on your God and his goodness is very important. The idea of Psalm 4 is that our evenings are best spent trusting in Yahweh
As v 5 makes clear, this is a hymn to sing to God in the morning. yet the heading of the Psalm tells us that things are far from sunny for King David its author. In the latter years of King David’s reign, David’s good looking and charismatic son Absalom conspired to grab the kingdom’s throne for himself. it is during this time that Psa 3 was written. Its message is that even in the most discouraging times , believers should trust in the saving grace of the Lord.
In an age of worship confusion, this is a text we need to hear. But even more than the current worship problems that inflict evangelicalism, worship is why we were created. Psalm 2:11 is a call to give to God what is due him. A.W. Tozer defined worship this way: “To worship is to feel in the heart and express in some appropriate manner…a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overwhelming love in the presence of that most ancient mystery, that unspeakable majesty, which philosophers have called the mysterium tremendum, but which the prophets call the Lord our God.” Worship is the most important activity in the universe.
There are two ways to live. We are either in the way of the righteous or in the way of the wicked. Psalm 2 urges us to take refuge in Christ negatively, from the perspective of the wicked who defy God. There are four reasons here to take refuge in Christ.
In Psalm 1, the Holy Spirit presents the substance of life very simply. There are two ways to live. The same choice is before us in Psalm 2. In Psalm 2, the two ways are presented with emphasis on the wicked and their foolish rejection of God. We either rage against Christ or take refuge in Christ. We either oppose God with the nations and perish, or trust in God and enjoy divine blessing. This Psalm presents several reasons to take refuge in Christ.
Psalm 1 presents things very simply. There are two ways to live. One results in blessing, the other in destruction. These two ways are set before Israel and the whole world. We can either live the Word-centered life from God or the sin-centered life fro now. As this Psalm indicates at the beginning of the inspired Psalter, this matter is especially important as we go to worship God. That you too would choose the life of the righteous, justified believer, I want to see from this Psalm three aspects of the righteous man.