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.
Many professing Christians struggle with assurance. Some churches even teach that it is good and healthy for believers to have uncertainty over whether or not they are saved. God, however, wants us to be assured of our salvation. This truth is made very plain to us in our text. What we see here is that assurance of salvation is obtained, not by looking at ourselves, but by looking to Christ.
Title: The Glory of the LORD Filled the Tabernacle
Passage: Exodus 40
Speaker: Pastor Ryan Martin
Service: Sunday Morning Worship Service
Date: April 28, 2019
The main character of this chapter is God. This narrative about the Tabernacle is given to help men know God. This has been a theme of Exodus. In 6:7, the Lord said, “I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.” This story about the Tabernacle helps us know God. Such knowledge demands certain responses of us. So how does the Tabernacle reveal God to us?
The focus throughout these chapters is on the people as they get to work on the sanctuary. We will pay special attention to how the Scriptures present Israel in these chapters. As you consider look at Israel’s example, you should ask yourself a question. If Israel is acting thus about the Tabernacle which pointed to Christ, how much more should these things be true of me, a follower of Christ himself? How should God’s people respond to his grace?