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The Messiah as Coming King

Psalm 24

Establishing the Need: Do we only think of Jesus as a friend and a Savior and have forgotten that He is the King of Kings?

 

Purpose: In this study we shall see three characteristics of the Messiah as a King so that we would honor Him as Lord of our life.

  1. The Messiah reign over the world (v.1-2)
  2. The Messiah is Holy (v.3-6)
  3. The Messiah is glorious (v.7-10)

 

Introductory matters

This is written by David as the subscript states: “A Psalm of David.

Psalm 24 is part of a trio of Psalm on the Messiah beginning in Psalm 22.[1]

We can chart these three Messianic Psalm in the following manner[2]:

Psalm 22               Psalm 23               Psalm 24

Person            Servant                  Shepherd               Sovereign

Ministry         Suffering               Providing               Reigning

Time               Past                        Present                   Future

Symbol          Cross                      Crook                     Crown

 

Here for Psalm 24 we see that the Messiah is a coming King.

There is an interchange of the Messiah/God throughout the Psalm which we shouldn’t be surprised as New Testament Christian since the Messiah would be God.

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The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23

Purpose: Today we shall see the three seasons in our lives in which Christ is our shepherd so that we would trust in Him and have Him as our Shepherd today.

  1. The Lord is my shepherd during ordinary times (v.1-3)
  2. The Lord is my shepherd during difficult times (v.4-5)
  3. The Lord is my shepherd for eternity (v.6)

Some words about Shepherd: The verse opens up right away with the declaration that “The Lord is my shepherd” (v.1)

  • Lord” here literally is “Yahweh.” It is the subject and appears twice in this Psalm, with it appearing here in the beginning of the Psalm and also in the last verse in the end of the Psalm.
  • Why is the person that says “my” here? This is a Psalm by David according to the subscript above verse 1: “A Psalm of David
  • Remember David was once a Shepherd and he would have written about something he knew about.
  • The imagery of a shepherd is also one in which the people of Israel would have been familiar with as well.
  • The first person singular suffix here indicates this is David speaking possessively of the Shepherd. That is, God isn’t just “a Shepherd” but “my Shepherd.”  We need to see God as “my shepherd” too.
  • More about Shepherd in the Bible
    • King Saul was told by God to shepherd God’s people and Scripture in 2 Samuel 5:2 and Ezekiel 37:24 he failed in this task; this point shouldn’t be missed since David authored Psalm 23 and he recognized that God was His Shepherd.
    • There are also other Psalms that talk about God as Shepherd in Psalms 28:9; 80:1. But more importantly Jesus also saw Himself as the Shepherd in John 10:11-15.
  • Ultimately I see Psalm 23 to be talking about Jesus because Psalm 23 is part of a three part Psalm about the Messiah.
    • Psalm 22 is about Jesus in the past: He is the one suffering on the Cross.
    • Psalm 23 is about Jesus in the present: He is our Shepherd.
    • Psalm 24 is about Jesus in the future: He is the coming King.
  • I think we can use interchangeably God and Christ for shepherd in this Psalm.

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Celebrating God given victories

Psalm 21

Establishing the Need: How do you relate to the spiritual leaders in your life?

 

Purpose: In this study we shall see two imperative from Psalm 21 so that we are thankful of what God is doing and will do.

  1. Rejoicing in past victories from God (v.1-6)
  2. Anticipate future final triumph of God (v.7-13)

 

Introductory matters

  • This is written by David as the subscript states: “For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
  • Psalm 21 is a “royal psalms” because its subject matter involves the king of Israel and what he does militarily.[1]
  • Psalm 21 is related to Psalm 20.
  • Both Psalms 20 and 21 emphasize victory and ultimately salvation (20:5, 6, 9; 21:1, 5).[2]
  • Both psalms[3]:
  • Refer to the “king” (20:9; 21:1, 7)
  • Speak of the king’s “heart’s desire” (20:4; 21:2) and request (“petition,” 20:5;“request,” 21:2)
  • Identify the right hand of the LORD as accomplishing the king’s deliverance (20:6; 21:8)
  • Celebrate the LORD’s strength/power (20:6; 21:1, 13)
  • According to Dr. Barrick: “Psalm 21 is the prayer of thanksgiving for the victory granted by God in answer to the prayer in Psalm 20 for the king’s victory in battle.”[4]
    Specifically Psalm 21:1-6 looks back at the requests in Psalm 20 and give thanks for God answering that prayer.[5]

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Four Prophetic Proofs to Persuade you that Jesus is the Promised Messiah

Psalm 22

Purpose: Here are four prophetic proofs  to persuade you that Jesus is the promised Messiah, so you will praise Him.

Psalms 22 points to Jesus:

  1. According to the New Testament.
  2. And it is not about David or Esther.
  3. And fits with Jesus perfectly
  4. Promised Praise.

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Leaders and God

Psalm 20

 

Establishing the Need: How do you relate to the spiritual leaders in your life?

 

Purpose: In this study we shall see two imperative from Psalm 20 so that we have a right relationship with our leaders and God during times of difficulties.

  • Support your leaders (v.1-5)
  • Trust in God (v.6-9)

 

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God’s World and Word Part 1

Psalm 19:10-14

 

Review: Last week we saw two truths in response to God revealing Himself in both His World and His Word.

  • Appreciate God’s revelation in the world (v.1-6)
  • Appreciate God’s revelation in the Word (v.7-9)

 

Purpose: In this study we shall see five applications from Psalm 19 teachings concerning God revealing Himself in both His World and His Word.

  • Desire God’s Word (v.10)
  • Be humbled by God’s Word (v.11)
  • Desire to avoid hidden faults (v.12)
  • Desire to be free from the power of sin (v.13)
  • Desire to please God (v.14)

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God’s World and Word Part 1

Psalm 19

 

Purpose: In this Psalm we shall see two truths in response to God revealing Himself in both His World and His Word.

  • Appreciate God’s revelation in the world (v.1-6)
  • Appreciate God’s revelation in the Word (v.7-9)

 

Introductory matters

  • Hebrew verse 1 of Psalm 19 indicates that this is written by David: “For the choir director. A Psalm of David.
  • According to William Barrick Psalm 19 clearly divides into two halves:[1]
    • The name of God changes: El (once) in verses 1-6, Yahweh (Jehovah; 7 times) in verses 7-14.
    • The content changes: the World Book in verses 1-6, the Word Book in verses 7-13.
    • The length of lines changes: longer lines in verses 1-6, shorter lines in verses 7- 14.
    • The application or illustration changes: the sun in verses 4-6, the servant in verses 11-14.
  • Also Psalm 18 and Psalm 19 connects with related terms and phrases:[2]
    • Compare 18:30 (“The word of the LORD is tried”) with 19:7-9.
    • Blameless”/“Perfect” (18:23, 25, 30; 19:7, 13).
    • Rock” and “Deliverer”/“Redeemer” (18:1-2; 19:14).
  • Next week we will look at application from God’s revelation in the world and Word (v.10-14)

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