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Sermon Overview + Prayer: "The Past Comes Alive"

PRAYING THE PASSAGE:

“No human mind has ever been able to equal, much less to excel, the grandeur of this Psalm.” Charles Spurgeon
Father, I want to start by thanking you for your Word. It is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps. 119:105). Thank you for guiding our church this week through Psalm 114 and for helping us know this grand psalm that reveals our grand God. I pray that you would open my eyes to behold wondrous things from this passage (Ps. 119:18).

Behind all these supernatural events, overcoming all these obstacles was the Lord himself delivering and creating a people to be His treasured possession, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. . . . No Obstacle Can Stand in the Way of God’s Purpose for His People.
You reminded us, Lord, that you have spent the entirety of history redeeming and preparing a people to be your treasured possession. Thank you so much for delivering us and redeeming us to yourself. Thank you that your purposes for me have never failed and that “the Lord will fulfill his purpose for me” (Ps. 138:8).

Nothing and nobody in heaven or earth can stop Him.” - Christopher Ash.
Here is Paul’s list of obstacles that cannot stand in the way of God’s purpose for His people: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:35-39
I need faith to believe this list cannot stand against me, Lord. Would you please help me to pray this list and believe you when you say that nothing can separate me from your love?

No Obstacle Can Stand in the Way of God’s Care for His People.
Lord, I also need faith to believe that you can even now in September of 2020, turn a rock into water to provide what I need. I affirm that “you can do all things” for your children (Job 42:2; Rom. 8:31). Help me to believe that you will supply my every need according to your riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

“The psalm ends on the note of his quiet creativity and care: his power directed to the point of need, transforming what is least promising into a place of plenty and a source of joy.” Derek Kidner. . . . What can you trust Him to “turn” and transform that is least promising in your life?
Father, I want to apply your Word this week. Help me to identify one area  that I can turn to the Lord and trust him with completely. Help me believe that God can overcome this obstacle for me just as he did with the greatest obstacle—my sin that he bore on the cross. Thank you for hearing me and for answering this prayer.

OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
While considering the historical significance of the Exodus, this psalm recounts God bringing Israel out of Egypt. Upon leaving Egypt, God made the house of Jacob his sanctuary, which meant they received His particular care and provision. The Passover worshipers and the modern Christian have two truths they can draw from this psalm. The Exodus shows that believers can (1) trust God on their journey and (2) trust God’s care for them. No obstacle can stand in the way of how God saves and cares for His people.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: 

  1. This psalm records that Israel and Judah are the sanctuary of God. CJ further connected this truth to the church. How has this affected your day-to-day life? If it has not, why so?
  2. This psalm harkens back to the Exodus to spur later generations forward. How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life? In what ways does that spur you toward betting trusting God and toward greater holiness? 
  3. CJ stressed that no obstacles will stand in the way of God’s care and salvation. What obstacles have you seen the Lord remove? What obstacles do you let stand in the way of experiencing God’s care and provision? What are the areas in which you need God’s provision and care?
  4. When the Lord provided a way for escape for Israel, it sent shockwaves through the people of that area. How does God’s saving of Israel challenge, comfort, and spur you to share the gospel with people?