Saturday, July 01, 2006

Psalm 24 - David Jones

As I said, this past week I got to go to the MTS Preacher's Conference (and they call that work!). I only went for the first day but it was totally awesome.
I thought I would try and write up a few notes on some of the talks. By the way, you can order them from the
MTS office.

David Jones spoke to us from Psalm 24. He broke the Psalm into three parts:

The God who made us - vs 1&2
The God who meets us - vs 3-6
The God who saves us - vs 7-10

I was taken back by how clearly the gospel is presented in this Psalm.

The Psalm begins by acknowledging God as creator, it says

"The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters". Pslam 1&2

That the LORD (Yahweh, the personal name of God) has claim and ownership of both us and the universe. We belong to Yahweh, the earth belongs to Yahweh. I just love the idea of belonging to our God, that he made us for himself and we belong to him. Now it is not just that we belong, it's more than that - it's a relationship!

"Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob". Psalm 24:3-6

Here we see the creator of the universe wanting to meet us, who he made. He has set a place where we can meet him. The hill of the LORD, his holy place. He invites us to come and to climb his holy hill to have fellowship with him. BUT after the invite, it goes on to say WHO can meet the LORD. In verse 4 it says that whoever has "clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false". Who of us can say we have all of these things? It's not just the appearance of having these things but it is also what is inside. The LORD requires both outside conformity and inward purity, he also requires our loyalty, that we should not lift up our souls to an idol.
Idolatry the heart is the sin behind all sins, David Jones said that to break commandments 2-10 you have to first of all break the first commandment. Idolatry is manufacturing God to be acceptable to us, bringing him down to our level.

Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty - he is the King of glory. Psalm 24:7-10

Here we see the King coming back from battle. The gates lift up their heads, who is this King of glory? Now in verses 3-6, we saw that God has set a place where we can meet him but we also saw that only those with clean hands and a pure heart can come to him. None of us have this Romans 3:10-18 says "There is noone righteous, not even one" In Psalm 24:7-10 we see a God who saves. For the King returning from victory, the gates swing open. Jesus who came to fight the battle for us, who left the splendours of heaven has given us access. By his blood we can come to him, we can enter the holy place, we have access. He became man, he had a hand to hand conflict with satan, he did have clean hands and a pure heart, he came to do the will of the Father, he was declared right. God himself came to fight for his people, FOR US! Because of Jesus' victory we can come to him, we need to swing into line behind him.

So what is our response to this, we need to examine our relationship with God, what is our relationship with him like?

It is positive? It is growing? Is it right? or is it ambivalent?

If we get this wrong, everything is wrong.

Remember that there was a triumphant precession, Jesus has won the battle, use the access he has given us, pray to our Lord and God, live the life, seize the opportunities he has given us to share this good news.


Blogger Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

I love the Psalms :)

Sun Jul 02, 12:07:00 AM  
Blogger mike said...

Nice work hope you enjoyed ol DJ's preaching. If you wanted any of his talks in MP3 I have a truckload at home I could pass on or upload. Let me know :)

Sun Jul 02, 12:10:00 AM  
Blogger Giraffe Pen (기린 만년필) said...

How have you found Sydney thus far?


Sun Jul 02, 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Thanks Mike... See you tonight!

Sun Jul 02, 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Hey Nix - I don't have time to read that right now, but will later when the boys are in bed. That is one of my favourite Psalms.

Sun Jul 02, 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous John Dekker said...

I don't know if DJ said this (I haven't listened), but the phrase "the LORD of Hosts" could be important in this context - we are that host. The King of Glory enters, bringing us with him.

Come to think of it, I probably got that from DJ, in the first place.

Mon Jul 03, 02:30:00 PM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Thanks for the comment John. These are just my notes so I hope I have been as true as I can to what DJ said ;)

Mon Jul 03, 02:33:00 PM  
Blogger onlinesoph said...

How much are the talks? Samr absolutely raved about them and I'd like to hear them myself:)

Mon Jul 03, 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Nixter said...

They are $24.00 for all talks on MP3.

And $45.00 for all the talks on Audio CD.

Let me know and I can bring them with me next Sunday night.

Mon Jul 03, 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Nixter said...

you can also buy the individual talks for $7, not sure if they willbe ready by Sunday but can let you know.

Mon Jul 03, 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger Donners said...

Classic DJ.

Reminds me of that Hymn,

"Who may go up the hill of the Lord and stand in the place of holiness"

"only the man whose heart is pure whose hands and lips are clean"

Well laid out notes Nixter. :)

Mon Jul 03, 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger mike said...

You guys know that you can hear ol DJ ANY Sunday at Cornerstone... you should ALL visit :)

Mon Jul 03, 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Thanks Donners, he did such a good job..

Maybe we can to a CIM weekend away in Tassie??

Tue Jul 04, 09:10:00 AM  

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