July 28, 2019 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1910
#6 in series
Christ in the Psalms
Where's the Fire?
The book of Psalms is the most frequently read book in the Old Testament. Along with Proverbs, these books are important because they give us glimpses into the inner lives of David and others. However, if you dig deeper, you'll gain insight into how to live as an overcomer regardless of your circumstances. In the last message, we talked about sacred rest. We explored what it means and how we accept it and appropriate it in Christ. Rest is a holy blessing for believers, and it is much needed in the days in which we live. Fear paralyzes us, but faith frees us to receive all God has for us through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son!
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
This psalm is a completely Messianic psalm. It has no primary application to any Jewish king or priest. It is a prophecy regarding the Lord Jesus as Priest-King.
You can see this for yourself in at least five specific ways:
1) The psalm itself is clear.
2) The Jewish expositors are unanimous that this is about a coming Messiah.
3) Christ said as much. (Luke 20:41-44)
4) The Pharisees were silent. (Matthew 22:46)
5) The testimony of the apostles. (Acts 2:34; 1 Corinthians 15:25; Hebrews 1:13)
I. THE BACKGROUND
As I've said before, the Old Testament clearly teaches two comings of Messiah – they are polar opposite revelations.
1) The virgin born, sinless man, who dies a humiliating death – the suffering Savior
2) The Majestic, glorious King who reigns in power and subdues His enemies
When Jesus ascended, the Father made three promises to Him:
“If Jesus were on earth, He could not minister as a priest because He was from the tribe of Judah and not from Levi. But because His priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek, who was both a king and priest (Gen.14), He can minister in heaven today.” – Warren Wiersbe
II. THE BLESSING WE MAY MISS
Before judgment comes and before Jesus returns, we need to make radical changes in what we do and how we think.
III. THE ENCOUNTER WE ALL NEED
Remember when Jesus revealed Himself to the two on the road to Emmaus they said, “Did not our hearts burn within us...” Why? He showed them the truth about Himself in the Scriptures. We need a fresh encounter with the living Lord.