Sermon Quotes: "A Noisy Celebration"

“The book of Psalms was the hymnal of ancient Israel, in which the people of Yahweh turned to him in every kind of experience. Because the psalms grow out of the full range of life, from the most tragic to the most delightful situations, for nearly three thousand years they have taught believers how to approach God no matter what they may be facing. God’s people will never have an experience in which they cannot meet themselves and God in the psalms.” Daniel Estes

“Scared Americans have lost faith in the FBI, the CIA, the Pentagon, the CDC and most federal bureaucracies that are as politicized as they are increasingly incompetent. What started out as elite woke nonsense now warps everyone’s daily life. If we don’t wake up from wokeness, we will continue on our sure trajectory to self-inflicted, systemic paralysis-followed by civilizational collapse.” Victor Davis Hanson

“From the first word to the last, this communicates the excitement and jubilation of an enthronement; and the king is God himself…And more than poetry: this is prophecy, whose climax is exceptionally far-reaching.” Derek Kidner

“The nations rage…” Psalm 46:6

“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

“Of course, at the present time the world’s peoples may not all acknowledge God’s rule, but he is their ruler nonetheless. He sets up kings and determines them. This one thing that is meant whenever the Bible talks about God’s kingdom. In 1934 the great British historian Arnold Toynbee began a study of world history that occupied him until 1961 and eventually filled twelve large volumes. In this massive work Toynbee isolated thirty-four distinct civilizations. Each of these came upon the pages of history for a time and then passed away. Egypt was once a great world power, but it is weak today. Babylon was mighty, but its territory has been divided, and even the discovery of great stores of oil in that area of the world has not restored it or the surrounding nations to a dominant position on the world stage. Greece and Rome, once wonders of mankind, have fallen. The Soviet Union fell apart. Even the United States of America, though now at the very pinnacle of world power, is in decline and will not escape the inexorable law of history, namely that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34). When they are strong and victorious, nations fondly supposed that they control their own destinies. Yet it is not they but God who is ‘King over all the earth.’ James Boice

“So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.” 2 Samuel 6:15

“…and in you all the people of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3

“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

“’These are my words that I spoke to you while I was with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” Luke 24:44-45

“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

“Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, ‘And to offsprings,’ referring to many, but referring to one, ‘And to your offspring,’ who is Christ.” Galatians 3:16

“In Psalm 47:5 ‘God has gone up’ because what he ‘came down’ to do, he has done. Our great High Priest has done what no previous priest could afford to do: he has ‘sat down’ because what he came down to do-‘one sacrifice for sins forever’ (Hebrews 10:12)-he has done.” Alec Motyer

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God and they shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10