Thursday: A Psalm to God as King

Theme: King of Nature and History

In this week’s lessons we see what it means for God to reign over all.

Scripture: Psalm 93:1-5

When he was introducing the idea of God's immutability in verses 1 and 2, the psalmist said that "the world is firmly established" because the throne of God is established. But is it really the case that the world is established? It does not seem to be. In fact, when I wrote about God's immutability, I pointed out that everything changes but God. That thought must have occurred to the psalmist, too. For immediately after writing about the immutability of God's throne in verse 2, he writes a stanza about the surging, pounding, changing character of this world.

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Wednesday: A Psalm to God as King

Theme: His Immutability and Eternity

In this week’s lessons we see what it means for God to reign over all.

Scripture: Psalm 93:1-5

As we saw in yesterday's study, the first two verses of the psalm speak of the nature of God's reign. We began our look at four characteristics of God's kingly rule with the majesty of God and the power of God. In today's study we look at two more characteristics of God.

As we saw in yesterday's study, the first two verses of the psalm speak of the nature of God's reign. We began our look at four characteristics of God's kingly rule with the majesty of God and the power of God. In today's study we look at two more characteristics of God.

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Tuesday: A Psalm to God as King

Theme: God’s Majesty and Power

In this week’s lessons we see what it means for God to reign over all.

Scripture: Psalm 93:1-5

The first two verses of the psalm speak of the nature of God's reign, introducing four characteristics of God's kingly rule which are at the same time four important attributes of God. These are stated in strong poetic language, involving blatant repetitions in nearly every case, a particularly bold form of Hebrew parallelism.

The first two verses of the psalm speak of the nature of God's reign, introducing four characteristics of God's kingly rule which are at the same time four important attributes of God. These are stated in strong poetic language, involving blatant repetitions in nearly every case, a particularly bold form of Hebrew parallelism.

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Monday: A Psalm to God as King

Theme: God’s Rule

In this week’s lessons we see what it means for God to reign over all.

Scripture: Psalm 93:1-5

Psalm 93 is the first of a group of eight psalms dealing with the kingly reign of God, that is, with a theocracy. So let me begin our study with two questions about the word "theocracy." First, where does the word come from, and who was the first person in history to use the term? Second, what does “theocracy” mean?

Psalm 93 is the first of a group of eight psalms dealing with the kingly reign of God, that is, with a theocracy. So let me begin our study with two questions about the word "theocracy." First, where does the word come from, and who was the first person in history to use the term? Second, what does “theocracy” mean?

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Friday: A Psalm for the Sabbath

Theme: Three Important Statements

From this week’s lessons, we see the need for the righteous to praise God continually.

Scripture: Psalm 92:1-15

In Psalm 92, the psalmist states three things about those who truly know and worship God.

At this point the psalm comes full circle, ending on the idea of the righteous praising God. It has been introduced as a song "for the Sabbath day.” So let me combine these ideas, asking, if you cannot praise God on the Lord's Day, if you find it tedious and troublesome, how are you going to keep on doing it into old age?

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Thursday: A Psalm for the Sabbath

Theme: Those Who Do Not Praise God

From this week’s lessons, we see the need for the righteous to praise God continually.

Scripture: Psalm 92:1-15

Having said a great deal about the value, reasons for and methods of worshiping God, the psalm next introduces a contrast with the case of those who, unlike the psalmist, do not know or praise God (vv. 5-9). I call this the silence of the senseless, because that is what the writer himself calls them in verse 6. There are two things wrong with them.

Having said a great deal about the value, reasons for and methods of worshiping God, the psalm next introduces a contrast with the case of those who, unlike the psalmist, do not know or praise God (vv. 5-9). I call this the silence of the senseless, because that is what the writer himself calls them in verse 6. There are two things wrong with them.

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Wednesday: A Psalm for the Sabbath

Theme: Why Should We Praise God?

From this week’s lessons, we see the need for the righteous to praise God continually.

Scripture: Psalm 92:1-15

Dr. John Piper is the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he has written a book on the enjoyment of God which he calls Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist. Picking up on the first answer of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which I have just cited in yesterday’s study, Piper urges Christians to glorify God by enjoying him, for that is what God wants and it is both our greatest duty and pleasure.

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The Bewildering Mr. Brainerd

David Brainerd rightly rises to the praiseworthy commendations of some of the greatest pastors and theologians of the last three hundred years. Certainly a man of clay feet, he, neverthless, lived his life desirous of being fully devoted to his Maker. I am sure that none of us have met anyone so wholly given to seeking to live his or her life for the glory of God and the good of the souls of men like David Brainerd.

I have, for the first time, finally read through David Brainerd's Diary. I'm not sure why it took me this long to get around to it. I now understand why this man, who lived such a short life, has had such an enormous impact on the church and the world of missions. Consider a few of the statements made about Brainerd and his Diary by some of the leading pastors, theologians and missionaries of the past three centuries:

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Tuesday: A Psalm for the Sabbath

Theme: The Goodness of Praise

From this week’s lessons, we see the need for the righteous to praise God continually.

Scripture: Psalm 92:1-15

So let me ask, does the thought of praising God seem boring to you? At least if you are asked to do it more than a brief sixty minutes on Sunday morning? If it does, you should recall that it is for this we were created. The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man?" It answers: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."

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Monday: A Psalm for the Sabbath

Theme: Our Praise and Delight

From this week’s lessons, we see the need for the righteous to praise God continually.

Scripture: Psalm 92:1-15

In most Reformed circles and in some others there is an ongoing debate about the right way to observe Sunday. Some see it as an extension of the Jewish Sabbath and call for an end to all work, except what are called works of necessity, like providing emergency medicine and fighting fires. This is called the Puritan view. Others regard Sunday as a day for Christian worship but do not forbid other positive activities. This view is sometimes called the continental understanding of the Sabbath.

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