Sermon Overview & Prayer: "A Noisy Celebration"

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Psalm 47 – PRAYER POINTS
"A Noisy Celebration" - CJ Mahaney
These written prayers, are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer.

Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!  For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. (Psalm 47:1-4)

“God’s people will never have an experience in which they cannot meet themselves and God in the psalms.” (Daniel Estes)

PRAYER: Father, when I am tempted to interpret the past, present, or future according to my own thoughts or feelings, please take me to your Word. Help me to rest in your sovereign rule and reign, to find comfort in your perfect and loving providence, and to trust in your ultimate purposes for your glory and my good.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10) The call to “be still” is not a call to quiet contemplation. Rather it is a rebuke to the raging nations and a call to cease their opposition and submit to God’s sovereign rule.

PRAYER: Lord God, though the nations now rage, grant me faith that your “Be still” will be honored, and that one day every knee and every nation will bow before you! May that eternal certainty sustain me amid present but temporary calamity.

Clapping and shouting and singing is most appropriate because he is the LORD. And “the LORD, the Most High is to be feared, a great king over all the earth…” This title accents God’s sovereignty over all humanity.

PRAYER: Lord, we confess that this life, with its rebellion, suffering, hatred, and turmoil, can often erode our faith and our joy. And while such tribulation certainly brings appropriate grief, may that grief never transcend or quench the appropriately exuberant joy of knowing that you are king over all the earth!  

Worship of the Great King is Expressive

“The expressions used do not allow for a muted or lifeless doxology that so often occurs in our congregations. It is not a calm and ordered time of thanksgiving, but a loud enthusiastic acclaim of God’s sovereignty. No doubt the enthusiasm was already building in the loyal subjects of God-they were eager to respond to the invitation.” (Allen Ross)

PRAYER: Father, help me to listen carefully to the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart. Help me to believe confidently, and to proclaim passionately that Jesus Christ, the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns!

Our Worship is Expressive because this King has loved and chosen us and has subdued our enemies.

He has liberated us from the penalty for our sin, the power of sin and one day the presence of sin all in Christ who “saves his people from their sins.”

PRAYER: Lord, thank you that no circumstance, suffering, or trial, is greater than the mercy and deliverance extended to us through the cross of Christ. When confronted in conversation with despair or hopelessness, give us the compassion and courage to point to mankind’s only hope – the gospel.

Our Worship is Expressive because this Great King on the throne is the Lord Jesus Christ.

We have every advantage over the psalmist because this psalm ultimately points to the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who fulfilled the Old Testament, the mediator of the new and better covenant.

“I love to find Jesus everywhere - not by twisting the Psalms and other Scriptures to make them speak of Christ when they do nothing of the kind, but by seeing him where he truly is.” (Charles Spurgeon)

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, as I read the Psalms, open my eyes and my heart to Jesus Christ wherever he is. Help me to see my Savior, my Redeemer, my Shepherd, my Deliverer, my King. Help me to trust in the one who leads me, weeps with me, guides me, rejoices over me, and restores my soul. And when I behold his glory, may I respond with the appropriate awe and adoration, the appropriate faith and obedience, the appropriate worship and joy!

Psalm 47 points to a greater coming down of God in Christ and the greater ascension of Christ to universal kingship and one day the great gathering of those from every tongue and tribe.

This is where all of history is headed, and this is where we are headed why we exist as a church.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we ask in the name of Jesus Christ and for his glory, that through the power of the Holy Spirit, every heart and every home in Sovereign Grace Church would be filled with the righteousness, peace, and joy that is your kingdom! May our love for you and for one another attest to the world around us that we are your disciples! And may multitudes be drawn to ask of the hope we share, that they too might repent and believe that indeed, Jesus Christ is Lord!

“God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!” (Psalm 47:8-9)

 
OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON

Psalm 47 calls the nations together to joyfully proclaim God as King over all peoples (Derek Kidner). The psalmist offers the reader several reasons for loud praise of the King. He uses God’s personal, covenant name, reminding us of God’s covenant love for his people. He calls God the Most High, accenting his sovereignty over all the earth in his choosing his beloved people and subduing their enemies. Finally, the psalmist calls our attention to God’s kingship, his power and authority demonstrated through the redemption of his people and victory over their enemies.  We have even more reason to worship expressively than the psalmist had, as we have been rescued from sin and death through the death and resurrection of our king and savior Jesus Christ!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. There are many reasons for loud worship in Psalm 47. Which of the ones highlighted most affected you?
  2. What receives the loudest, most expressive praise in your life?
  3. How does Christ’s work in redemption and his intercession for us now prepare our hearts for the kind of worship modeled in this Psalm?
  4. Who in our church has encouraged you by the way they worship God?
  5. In what ways does this Psalm inform your mindset and method for evangelism?