Sermon: The Source of Your Final Help, Psalm 108


 

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Purpose: To see the proper way to ask God for help

The Source of Your Final Help 

Do you know how to pray?

Psalm 108

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • January 24, In the year of our Lord, 2016

Song Leader and Song Suggestions: Larry Amberg – Songs of victory

Prelude

  1. What place should the Lord have in our daily routine? 
    1. We live today, because
    2. the God of heaven has granted us another day.
      1. If He wills that today exists,
      2. if we are His children,
      3. if we are disciples of Jesus Christ,
        1. it seems that our lives should be about praising Him.
        2. Therefore, it seems that the Lord should have priority
          1. as we begin the day.
          2. Before the issues of the day consume us,
            1. we want to spend some time
            2. with Him, praising Him and so on.
  2. This should especially be important as we struggle with challenges. 
    1. As we struggle with those challenges,
    2. it sometimes seems that God has not helped us.
      1. What do we do?
      2. Make Psalm 108 our theme prayer until we make it a habit.
        1. David knew of huge struggles when God seemed elsewhere.
        2. Do what David did and you shall have one victory after another.
  3. Psalm 108 combines Psalms 57 and 60
    1. Verses 1–5 come from Psalm 57.7–11.
    2. Verses 6–13 come from Psalm 60.5–12.
  4. Why would David take from two other Psalms and repeat the material? 
    1. Usually, what the Lord teaches does not apply to one situation only.
    2. What seems like old truth to you,
      1. might seem new when your circumstances change, and
      2. you realize that the word of God,
        1. though unchangeable,
        2. provides you with guidance through all the issues of life.

Persuasion

  1. Psalm 108.0 – The Thinking of David

    0 A Song. A Psalm of David.

    1. Who was David?
      1. Why does the Bible speak of him so often?
      2. What made him a great man?
    2. Psalm 108 shows the heart and soul of King David.
  2. Psalm 108.1–3 – Praise the Victor

    1 O God, my heart is steadfast;
    I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
    2 Awake, lute and harp!
    I will awaken the dawn.
    3 I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,
    And I will sing praises to You among the nations.

    1. The first line of verse 1 says it all:
      1. David made his heart steadfast for God.
      2. David’s steadfastness created a heart within him
        1. that wanted to sing to the Lord.
        2. Unstable people do not exude such blessedness.
      3. However,
        1. believing in the unchangeable God
        2. leads to an unchangeable heart.
    2. David started the day praising God by song.
      1. Perhaps this was the Sabbath when David met with other believers;
      2. perhaps this was his daily routine,
        1. either way it shows his spirit.
        2. Why can’t we start our days with
          1. singing, or
          2. praying, or
          3. Scripture reading, or
          4. some other spiritual activity?
      3. If you work odd hours, or have a situation at home where this is difficult,
        1. find another way, but
        2. determine in your heart to praise God.
    3. Why is this so important? Among many reasons are these:
      1. It fights depression and discouragement.
      2. It puts the issues of life in proper order.
      3. It recognizes who runs the universe and who runs my life.
      4. It acknowledges the source of all help.
      5. It declares the origin of every perfect gift and every good act of giving.
    4. Verse 3 shows that David wanted the Lord to know
      1. that he would praise the Lord among the peoples,
        1. the tribes of Israel,
      2. that he would sing praise to the Lord among the nations,
        1. the tribes of the world.
      3. The Lord created the nations as much as He did Israel.
        1. Therefore, both Israel and the nations would know of God’s glory, and
        2. the Holy Spirit preserved Psalm 108 for us today.
    5. If you like the idea of singing praise in the morning, consider these things:
      1. Do not irritate other people who do not like it.
      2. If you cannot sing, listen to acapella spiritual music.
    6. David never faltered trusting God.
      1. While David struggled with discouragement and fear,
      2. he knew that God would be there to save him. Therefore,
        1. David purposed to sing to and to give praise to God.
        2. David used his glory to praise God, considering it an honor to do so.
        3. David used his musical talents to awaken the day.
    7. Did you hear verse 3?
      1. David’s mission was evangelistic.
      2. He wanted the nations to know of the glorious workings of God.
        1. Israel was separate from the nations, but
        2. she also existed for the purpose of the nations,
          1. even as those things are true for the church.
          2. Our singing lets people know the truth about our God.
            1. If we sing,
              1. making melody in our hearts and
              2. singing intelligible words,
            2. we will change people,
              1. like Paul and Silas as they sang in jail,
              2. leading to the conversion of the jailer.
  3. Psalm 108.4–6 – The Praise-Worthiness of the Victor

    4 For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
    And Your truth reaches to the clouds.
    5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
    And Your glory above all the earth;
    6 That Your beloved may be delivered,
    Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

    1. David stated in verse 4 why he would sing for the nations.
      1. God’s mercy reached to the heavens, and
      2. His truth to the clouds.
        1. The heavens and the clouds cover all nations.
        2. Therefore, all nations come under the jurisdiction and care of God.
          1. They all need to know of the mercy and truth of God and
          2. the church carries on that mission of David.
    2. David highlighted God’s mercy and God’s truth,
      1. that man cannot calculate the depth and the reach of them.
      2. As high as the heavens above us,
        1. as high as the clouds out of our reach,
        2. so the mercy and the truth of God extend beyond man.
    3. Therefore, declare to God
      1. that you want Him exalted above the heavens,
      2. that you want His glory exalted above all the Earth.
        1. Doing those things led to David’s deliverance out of his distress.
        2. He cried out to God
          1. that He would save David with His right hand, and
          2. that God would hear David’s prayer.
    4. In verse 6, David showed that he trusted in God.
      1. How could God resist such pleading?
      2. Tell Him what has happened in your life and of your trust in Him.
  4. Psalm 108.7–9 – The Declaration of the Victor

    7 God has spoken in His holiness:
    “I will rejoice;
    I will divide Shechem
    And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
    8 Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine;
    Ephraim also is the helmet for My head;
    Judah is My lawgiver.
    9 Moab is My washpot;
    Over Edom I will cast My shoe;
    Over Philistia I will triumph.”

    1. God answered David’s prayer,
      1. declaring what He would do for the people of God.
      2. David spoke to God,
        1. then God spoke to David, because
        2. combining prayer with Scripture reading always leads to good things.
    2. God would rejoice.
      1. He does as He pleases.
      2. Of course He will rejoice.
    3. God answered David’s singing poetic prayer.
      1. Would you not have answered David’s prayer?
      2. David loved God and God loved David.
    4. Therefore, God spoke to David in holiness,
      1. declaring what belonged to God.
      2. God divided and He measured.
        1. He possessed and He wore.
        2. He used and He inhabited.
    5. Verses 7–9 show that God owns all nations and peoples, as Psalm 24 says,

      1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
      The world and those who dwell therein.
      (Psa 24.1)
  5. Psalm 108.10–11 – Questioning the Victor

    10 Who will bring me into the strong city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
    11 Is it not You, O God, who cast us off?
    And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?

    1. Who would bring him into the strong city? Who would lead him to Edom?
      1. It was God, although He had cast off Israel,
      2. It was God, although He had not gone out with the armies of Israel.
    2. If God could divide and measure, anything on Earth,
      1. He could take David to the strong city.
      2. David could go right to Edom,
        1. the land whose capital city was strong, because
        2. of its natural fortress.
      3. The natural fortress for the Modoc War
        1. shows how it made them almost invincible.
          1. As lava hardened on top,
          2. it kept moving below and pushed up a fortress.
        2. Places like Petra in Edom made them think they were invincible, but
          1. they forgot who created the earth and her natural fortresses, and
          2. David called on that Creator.
    3. As David acknowledged in verse 11, if God cast Israel off,
      1. He was the One who could restore them again to favor,
      2. taking them wherever they needed to go.
  6. Psalm 108.12–13 – Confidence in the Victor

    12 Give us help from trouble,
    For the help of man is useless.
    13 Through God we will do valiantly,
    For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

    1. David ended the psalm with total confidence in God.
      1. Man can only help so much.
      2. Only God gives ultimate help.
        1. Therefore, through Him David and Israel would do valiantly.
        2. Through the same One, the church shall do valiantly.
          1. Through the Lord we shall tread down our adversaries.
          2. The secularists have nothing greater than Jesus Christ!
    2. Has God rejected the church?
      1. Perhaps God has rejected us, but
        1. we declare our steadfast praise of Him and
        2. we know that God owns the church and the world.
      2. The well-being of Earth is tied to the faithfulness of the church.
    3. He shall tread down our secular enemies, but
      1. we have to put first things first and
      2. we have to pray to Him passionately as David did.
    4. Look at the words of verses 12–13, and then
      1. think of Philippians 4,

        13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phi 4.13).
      2. Believe it, brethren, and watch what happens in your life.

Exhortation

  1. What John said to the first century church, I say to you,

    4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1Jo 5.4–5).
  2. Our God is praise-worthy among all peoples. 
    1. We cannot measure His mercy.
    2. We cannot measure His truth, but
    3. we can exalt Him above the heavens.
    4. We can glorify Him above all the Earth.
    5. He saves us during trouble.
    6. He hears our prayers.
    7. He has victory over all His enemies.
    8. He makes us do valiantly.
  3. Those things being true, 
    1. We should make our hearts steadfast toward God.
    2. We should praise Him.
    3. We should sing to Him.
    4. We should start the day with Him.
    5. We should acknowledge His mercy and truth.
    6. We should pray to Him.
    7. We should express our confidence in His ability to give us victory.
  4. David knew that war was before him, but 
    1. he dealt with it
    2. by worshiping God.