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Sermon Overview + Prayer: "A Psalm for the Perfect Storm"

PRAYING THE PASSAGE

v.1 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty
Psalm 93 was written to remind the people of God of the sovereign reign of God over all when they are tempted to despair because they find themselves in the midst of a...national or personal storm.
Heavenly Father, as you so frequently call your people to remember, remind me of the many times I was tempted to doubt, fear, or despair...either because of what was happening to me, or around me – those occasions when I nearly or completely lost hope. And further remind me of how you met me, provided for me, sustained and upheld me, and brought me to this place of trust.

The psalm begins by identifying and announcing the one who indeed reigns over all: “The LORD…”
J.I. Packer – Our word majesty comes from the Latin; it means greatness…The word majesty, when applied to God, is always a declaration of his greatness and an invitation to worship. The Christian’s instincts of trust and worship are stimulated very powerfully by knowledge of the greatness of God.
... God is not limited. He is eternal, infinite and almighty. He has us in his hands; we never have him in ours. Like us, he is personal, but unlike us, he is great.”
Lord, I humbly acknowledge the many things that I have considered too great, too powerful, too out of control, too much in control, too hopelessly unchangeable. Holy Spirit, please open my heart and mind to the supreme greatness, ultimate authority, and the glorious omnipotence of the Lord, who is Almighty God, and rules over all!

v.3- The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lifted up their roaring. 4 Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!
The waters in biblical imagery picture and speak of the forces of chaos and evil in a fallen world...
All forces of chaos and evil who threaten the people of God ultimately do so in vain because the Lord on high is mighty, mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea-and the people of God are protected by Him, sustained by Him and secure in Him.
Father, these have been, and continue to be days of “floods lifting up their roaring”, with no apparent end in sight. Help us to nevertheless find assurance in the words of this Psalm, and in the words of our Savior, I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

v.5 Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.
The psalm ends on a sweet, personal, comforting note, reminding the reader that this majestic and mighty God who reigns is near to His people and accessible to His people.
J.I. Packer - His hand may be hidden but His rule is absolute.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Dear Lord, I believe that you hold the events of yesterday, today, and tomorrow sovereignly and firmly in the palm of your hands. Having saved us for all eternity, by conquering sin and death though the sacrifice of your Son, we believe that you, the Lord our God, the almighty reigns!

OVERVIEW OF SERMON:

Psalm 93 reminds us of the sovereign rule of God when tempted to despair in the midst of a perfect storm such as the year 2020. Regardless of our circumstances, the LORD reigns! He is mighty; dressed in majesty, and he is with us personally through the floods and battles of a fallen world. The LORD who reigns on high also dwells with his people, speaks to us through his Word, and strengthens us to endure various trials. We can pursue holiness in the midst of trials, because Jesus endured the most fearful storm, God’s wrath, for us!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Read Psalm 93 aloud. What does this psalm promise about who God is and what he is doing right now?
  2. Verse 4 promises that God will not be overwhelmed by the floods and catastrophes of this world. How do your answers to question #1 address specific trials that you are facing?
  3. CJ mentioned that God is always with us through his Holy Spirit who lives inside of us. Take a few minutes to pray through Psalm 93 with the Spirit’s ever-present help.
  4. The psalmist uses God’s personal, covenantal name (translated into English as the LORD) to remind us of God’s intimate affection for us. Now, we see our loving God even more clearly through Jesus! Why is it comforting to know the personal name of the almighty God in the midst of life’s trials?
  5. Think of specific needs and trials in your own life, in our church, and in the lives of those around you. How does Jesus mightily answer each one either through his past work, his current presence, and/or his future return?