Psalms 2 pt II

Steve Viars December 18, 1993 Psalms 2:

- this morning we're going to return to our study of Psalm 2
- last week we said that Psalm 2 is a very timely Psalm.
  - That’s true because, while Christmas is a wonderful time
    of the year, the fact that it's such a popular and
    accepted holiday can actually be dangerous, if folks
    wrongly conclude:
     1) that they know and understand God
     2) or that they're rightly related to Him

      - simply because they got involved in a holiday that
         has some sort of religious significance.

- it's a dangerous thing to talk about peace on earth and
    good will toward men...unless we're going to:
     1) honestly talk about the God of the Bible
     2) honestly going to address our own sinfulness which
         caused the lack of peace between us and God to begin
         with.
     3) honestly going to talk about what needs to happen in
         order for us to be genuinely reconciled to God...so
         that we might have peace with Him and peace with
         others.

- see, there's no shortcuts on the route to genuine peace
- there's no shortcuts on the route to real joy (2 topics
    that are so popular this time of year)

    - the danger of Christmas is you or I, or those we know
      and love, fashioning a God who fits the holiday, that
      is not at all the God of the Bible.

- Ps. 50:21 says - "You thought I was just like you."

   - and isn't that an apt description of our society?
   - whatever place the Lord is given, it's not the God of
      the Bible--it is a God who is manufactured and moulded
      by human ideas and opinions.

      - and the Lord says, "You thought I was just like you"

- John MacArthur, in his book on the doctrine of God, says
  "Believing the wrong thing about God is a serious matter
   because it is idolatry.  Contrary to popular belief,
   idolatry is more than bowing down to a small figure or
   worshipping in a pagan temple.  According to the Bible, it
   is thinking anything about God that isn't true or
   transforming Him into something He isn't."

- the French agnostic Voltaire said, "God created man in His
    own image, and man returned the favor." (in other words,
    man tends to want God to be like Him.)

- point of all of this is -- Christmas in America can greatly
    contribute to this problem.


- Greg Cantelmo, in an article titled, Criminal concepts
   about God, wrote; "It is essential that our ideas of God
   correspond as nearly as possible to what He is really
   like.  Instead, we often put God in a box, and our box is
   incredibly small! We tend to let our culture instead of
   our Creator determine what we value.  Those values
   influence our thoughts about God and shape the way we
   relate to Him in our daily experience."

- now, Psalm 2 can be a great help to us--anytime, but
   especially at this time of year because it gives us a
   healthy dose of biblical reality.
     - a healthy dose of Who God is, and what He's like.
     - and frankly, some of these concepts don't match up
         with the way we would naturally think.
     - some of these statements almost shock us...

     - and the Lord's question to us then would be, "Are you
        going to change Me, or are you going to change you?"

- now let's take two minutes and review the basic argument of
   this Psalm.

   - on your notes, we're really looking at the second
      column, the one that says "Key area."
       - that's just our attempt to follow the development,
           or the argument of the Psalm.

(On white board)
1) The natural (unsaved) man suppresses the knowledge of God.
     - this is God's world
         - He made it
         - He made us.
     - The Scripture teaches that every person is born with
       the knowledge that God exists, but in our sinfulness
       we do all we can either try to:
         a) ignore this
         b) or suppress it
         c) or at least alter it to meet our purposes.

       - that’s what verses 1-3 are talking about.

  2) (In verses 4-9) the Lord helps us in two ways:

       a) Tells us His response to #1 (in other words, what
           is His response to the sinful condition of men and
           women that seeks to ignore Him, and MAKE LIFE WORK
           APART FROM HIM?

       b) (but it doesn't stop there--you're almost out of
            breath as you read verses 4-5--they're shocking--
            but the Lord also:)
           - Tells us His solution to #1

           - it's not just a matter of the Lord being angry
             at the condition described in verse 1-3, He also
             wants us to know that He's done something about
             it-He's done something to correct the problem.

  3) (in verses 10-12) Invites us make right choices and live
       in a way that’s consistent with the new understanding
       of who He is.
- we're calling this lesson - "absorbing the message of Psalm
   2"

- what we'd like to do this morning is to use the chart you
   have in front of you, go back through these verses and try
   to "wring out" all the applications we can from this
   important Psalm.
- in other words, since this is the argument of the Psalm, how
   should that encourage you and I to change.

I. Man's Sinfulness
   - How they relate to the Person of God)

   - now let me ask you to look specifically at verses 1-2?
   - what characteristic of sinful man is David especially
      singling out as being offensive to God?
       (imagining, devising, plotting against the Lord and
         His anointed
           - we don't want to know God
           - we don't want to acknowledge His existence
           - we don't want to think about Him or what "claim"
               He might have on our lives.

  - Now let me ask you this - what would be the opposite of
      this?  (what should we put in the Godly column?)

     - John 17:3 - "And this is life eternal, that they might
         know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom
         thou hast sent."

     - Jer. 9:23-24 - Let not the wise man glory in his
        wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his
        might, let not the rich man glory in his riches, but
        let him that glorieth glory in this, that he
        understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who
        exercises lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness
        in the earth, for in these things do I delight saith
        the Lord.

      - Deut. 4:29 - But if from there thou shalt seek the
         Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if you seek Him
         with all your heart, and all your soul.

- INPUT - Implications to us?

    - Sinclair Furgeson - A Heart For God - What do you and I
       boast about?  What subject of conversation most
       arouses us and fills our hearts?  Do we consider
       knowing God to be the greatest treasure in the world,
       and by far our greatest privilege?  If not, we are but
       pygmies in the world of the Spirit.  We have sold our
       Christian birthright for a mess of pottage, and our
       true Christian experience will be superficial,
       inadequate, and tragically our of focus.

- now, verse 3 gives us another important piece of the puzzle
   regarding "What is it about the Lord that men and women
   object to the most?"

- INPUT?


    - INPUT - now what's the opposite of that? (what should
       go in the godly column?)

    - INPUT - implications to us?

- now, there's a lot more in this passage, but we probably
  need to say a few things to tie up these first three
  verses.
- these are very sobering words...very somber words
  - like we said last week, we're talking about a clear
     battle line being drawn between the God of heaven, and
     those who don't know Him.

   - this ought to tell us something about the way we view
     the world, and the way we view ourselves.

- there's something wrong with believers who love the world
     - who look admiringly at the world

     - even though the world fits the characteristics verses
       1-3 describe.

- this also ought to affect the way we view ourselves.
   - you and I can see a little of ourselves in these verses.
   - ...or maybe a lot of ourselves.

   - and I hope every one of would say--I want to be as far
     away from the characteristics described in verse 1-3 as
     I possibly can.
   - I'm willing to do whatever is necessary in order to do
      so.

- now the next question is -- what's the Lord's response to
   all of this?
    - what does He think when men and women seek top make
      life work apart from Him?

- (let's take verses 4-5 together) READ.
   - we've listed in your notes some probable responses on
      the part of the ungodly to the information in these
      verses. - (READ FROM NOTES)

- INPUT - now, what's the opposite of that?
   (now, remember, we said that God's laugh is intended to
     show us how ludicrous it is to try to live apart from
     Him.

   - have you ever been in a tense situation where someone
      had done something wrong, and the person leading the
      meeting just laughs, as a means of showing how
      ridiculous it was to act that way.
   - by time it's all over, everyone's laughing
       - yet the point has clearly been made.)

   - and the implication of this is that I don't want to be
      involved in any behavior that would cause the Lord to
      laugh in this way, or be angry in this way.
        - I can see how I've done that in the past.

- now, we need to say that verses 4-5 do us a great service.
  - because they help us have a well-rounded view of Who our
     Lord is.
- see, you might be here this morning and would say, "I don't
   like what these verses are telling me about the Lord."
     - "I'm uncomfortable with a God who would ever laugh in
         this way, or who would ever be angry."

- do you hear those words we quoted earlier from Voltaire?
   - God created man in his own image, and man returned the
      favor.

- see, we need to have a place in our thinking for what these
   verses are saying about our Lord.

- if you're here this morning, and you tried to handle life
   apart from the Person and principles of God -- the Lord is
   angry about that.
     - we're not talking about mild disappointment.
     - we're not talking about "Just have another cup of egg
        nog and you'll feel peaceful."

- if you're here this morning and as a husband or a wife, you
  tried to function in that role apart from the knowledge and
  principles of the Word of God--our Lord is angry about that.

- if you responded to a trial or difficulty at work without
   factoring in what the Lord would want you to do,
     - or what answers and direction His Word provides, that
        makes Him angry.

- this concept isn't the only way He wants to motivate us,
   but it is one way.
- can you say this morning, "I don't want to be involved in
    any behavior that would cause the Lord to laugh in this
    way, or be angry in this way."


- now, thank the Lord the passage doesn't end there.
   - we need to know what the Lord's response is
   - but we also need to know what His solution is.

- that’s what verse 6 is all about:
   - "I have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion."

- God had promised David in II Sam. 7 that one of his own
    descendants would be the Messiah, One who would be
    universally followed, universally worshipped, universally
    adored.
- this promise is so sure that the Lord could speak about it
    as if it's already happened.
     - I have set my king--the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

- while we believe this will ultimately be fulfilled in the
   millennial kingdom, it's true in a limited sense today for
   all who trust Christ as Lord and Savior.
- we've been translated from the power of darkness, into the
    kingdom of His dear Son.

- now we gave some probable responses of the ungodly to this
   truth.
- but how would the godly respond?  INPUT?
    - IMPLICATIONS?


- the argument of the Psalm is that those who have sought to
    ignore the Lord, and suppress the Lord, and live apart
    from the Lord, MUST MAKE HIM THEIR MASTER, THEIR LORD,
    THEIR RULER.

- to go from, "we won't have this man rule over us, to we
    must have this man rule over us."

- now, the question is - How do we get from the condition of
    verses 1-3 -- to the condition of verse 6?

   - how do you make the leap from living for self to living
       for God?

- the answer is "you don't...alone",  "you can't...alone"
   - "you won't...alone"

- that’s what verse 7 is about.

   - the astounding truth that the King is going to be the
      very Son of God.

- In the Davidic covenant that we mentioned last week from
   II Sam. 7 -- the Lord said to David, "I will be his
   Father, and He will be my Son."
   - this is more than a thousand years before the birth of
       Christ.
   - no one made this up after Jesus died
       - I will be his father, and he will be my son.

- we couldn't overemphasize the importance of that name.
  - at Christ's baptism in Luke 3 - God the Father said,
    "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

  - I'd like us to take the time to read Rom. 1:3-4 to see
     just how important this idea was in the life of the
     early church.
       - READ

- the other passages we've listed in your notes from Acts and
    Hebrews are other places where this verse from Psalm 2 is
    quoted
  - the amazing truth that God was going to send His own Son.

- of course the Lord emphasized this repeatedly throughout His
    ministry on earth.
- Peter understood this is Matthew 16 when He said, "Thou art
    the Christ, (Messiah) the Son of the living God."
- The Centurian understood it at the cross when He said,
    "Truly this man was the Son of God."

- the point is - the only way you and I can go from verse 1-3
   to verse 6 -- is because of the gift of God's Son
     - the finished work of God's Son.
     - the life, death , burial, and resurrection, of the
         Perfect Son of God.

- now those who don't know Christ respond to Him in a way
   that is reprehensible.

- for some, Jesus Christ is a just part of their "cuss word
   repertoire."
- for others, He possesses no relevance for the problems and
   challenges of today.

- some aren't that impressed by His birth, or His death, and
   want to know, "What has He done for me lately?"

- others say that Jesus of Nazareth was a good man, and was a
    convincing magician, but that everything about his
    miracles and deity were added by his followers later.

    - cf. US NEWS article

 

- INPUT - response of the Godly and implications?

Steve Viars

B.S. - Bible, Baptist Bible College
M.Div. - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. - Westminster Theological Seminary

Pastor Steve Viars has served at Faith Church since 1987. He and his wife Kris were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. Pastor Viars’ gifted teaching ministry, enthusiasm for the Word of God, and organizational skills are instrumental in equipping Faith Church. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith ministries and serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation.

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