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Episode 99 · 5 months ago

Make a Joyful Noise

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Make a Joyful Noise

Psalm 100

Ed Wolff - Preaching

It is said that opposites attract, and Clara and I live up to the hype. Sometimes there are ways that we are very much different. In one of those ways are concerts. I love going to concerts, I love seeing an artist live that I enjoy. Clara, on the other hand, she's not here to defend herself this morning, but she, on the other hand, does not understand why you would pay money to hear someone sing a song that you already have on your iphone. So, consequently, we have not gone to a ton of concerts since we've been married. But that's okay, because I probably went to enough when I was growing up to make up for the lack of concerts today. There are lots of memories I had while Walt looking and watching somebody perform live, but there's one concert in particular that really sticks out in my mind. The date was July third, one thousand nine hundred and ninety four. The Place was Dallas, Texas, the venue was Texas stadium, the event was the hell froze over tour and the artist was the eagles. Now, one of the reasons this was such a memorable concert is because this was their reunion tour. They had not been together in fourteen years. They had a break up in one thousand nine hundred and eighty and it was a bad break up. The name of the tour can tell you how bad the breakup was. I remember being there with a couple of my friends, one who is here this morning. I'll let you figure that out. And we were sitting there and I remember the sun had set and he was pitch dark and you could you could cut the anticipation with a knife and all of a sudden a spotlight illuminated an individual on the stage on a stool with a guitar. It was Joe Walsh and he began to play a song that no one recognized and then, all of a sudden it happened. He then played the first two or three notes of Hotel California and the sixty two hundred and sixty five thousand people gathered in Texas stadium collectively erupted in a exuberant roar, and that exuberant roar lasted for the next two and a half to three hours, till the last note of the last song had faded away. It was a tremendous experience, one of the best concerts I've ever been to. But what was it that caused those sixty five thousand people to erupt in this exuberant roar? Well, I can't speak for the other sixty four thousand, nine hundred and ninety nine, but I can speak for myself. I'm a fan of the eagles. I grew up listening to them. Their music, it, it, it, it resonated with me and I just one song. I had all their albums. I devoured them. I knew every song, but the only way that you could experience the eagles when I was growing up was on an album. You couldn't see them in person. But then the invitation went out come come see us live, and we accepted that invitation, AKA spending way too much on concert tickets, and we went and in that moment I wasn't just hearing them play their instruments on an album that was recorded twenty years ago, I was hearing them play it live. I wasn't just hearing them singing their songs on a cassette tape I borrowed from my parents, I was hearing them sing it in person. I wasn't just looking at them on an album cover that was taken in the S, I was looking at them face to face. Yes, there was a hundred yards between us, but I was still we were facetoface. In other words, we were in their presence and the love for their music, the appreciation for their artistry, the gratefulness for what they had done over the span of their career kind of welled up in us and it came out as this exuberant, roared now we didn't think of it that deeply at the time. It was just the natural response to being in the presence of this particular band. For those that were there. This morning we are continuing our trek through the book of PSALNG MS, our occasional series called the psalms we are singing in this morning we learned a new psalm. We learned Psalm one hundred, and in that we have added a new type of Psalm to our repertoire. We have learned a psalm of praise in Psalm one hundred fifty. We've learned a psalm of repentance in Psalm fifty one. Last week we learned a psalm of lament in Psalm and thirty. In this morning we are going to look at Psalm one hundred, which, according to the title is a psalm of Thanksgiving. Look at the title, a Psalm or a song for giving thanks, for giving...

...thanks. What is Thanksgiving? And I don't mean the holiday, I mean the action that we participate in on the holiday. Well, thanksgiving is simply giving thanks, that is, the action of giving things. It is an expression of gratitude, most often directed at God. Sam crabtree and his book practicing thankfulness, says, defines gratitude this way the divinely given spiritual ability to see grace and the corresponding desire to affirm it and it's giver as good. We read that again, the divinely given spiritual ability to see grace and the corresponding desire to affirm it and it's giver as good. The word that is used here, the Hebrew word, is the word Toda. You see it again in very for, and there's another word in verse four, at the end of verse for, that is also translated thanks, and that is a similar word, a related word called Yada. What these words mean are to confess. They can be used in the sense of confessing sin, but in this sense it is to confess, to proclaim, to declare God's attributes and his word it is tightly, tightly related to another word in verse for the Word Praise, the Hebrew word te Hella. In fact, though, the title of the Book of Psalms for us is psalms, which means song, but for the Israelites the Book of Psalms was called Te Hella, praises. That was the actual book. It is tightly a word that is tightly related to Yadda, and and and and told I the idea being this giving thanks is in this is is a thankfulness to God rooted in praise, thankfulness to God rooted in praise. And so what we have here is a song of thankfulness to God rooted in praise. I don't know about you, but I struggle with thankfulness, I do. I struggle to be thankful. I have a tendency to kind of put it on the periphery, a struggle to be grateful, and sometimes I wonder how important is this thing called thankfulness? I find myself when times are going good, I don't I just forget to be thankful. When Times are going bad, I don't see that I have anything to be thankful for. But how important is this idea of thankfulness? Listen to Romans, chapter one, starting in verse eighteen. Listen to this. The wrath of God is revealed from Heaven Against All ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who, by their unrighteousness, suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them, for his invisible attributes, namely his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse verse Twenty One. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened trimper long when has written a book called how to read the Psalms, and this is what he says about this. He says we sometimes think that what makes Christians different from Non Christians is that we know that God exists. Certainly that's crucial. The Romans, one to anyone, teaches us that everyone knows God. Strikingly, Paul here tells us that the real difference between a Christian and a non Christian is that the former gives thanks to God. The Devil knows God exists. He knows the word is true. His demons know that God exists, they know his word is true, but what they do not do is they do not give him thanks, they do not give him praise, they do not worship and serve him in Thanksgiving. But as the people of God, that is exactly what makes us different than them. So this morning we are going to look at a psalm that shows us how we are to be thankful, to shows us how to be thankful, the purpose of thankfulness, the the mode of thankfulness, the way that we ought to be thankful. And I will admit that it does seem a little bit like we have changed the...

...channels from last week. Right then, we've switched the to another pot spotify list. Okay, because last week we were singing a song as a mark of Ro God says in a minor key, we were singing a song of lament. This week we are singing a song of Thanksgiving, which seems like a very different kind of Psalmon. Certainly it is, and yet I think there is at least a version of both of these psalms that should be sung in harmony with one another. So, some of that in mind, let us look at Psalm one hundred. There are three things I'm hoping for us to see this morning as we look at this text. First, I want us to see the call to Thanksgiving, the call to Thanksgiving. Second, I want us to see the reason for Thanksgiving, the reason for Thanksgiving, and last the posture of Thanksgiving. So the call to Thanksgiving, the reason for Thanksgiving and the posture of Thanksgiving. Let's look at first, the call to Thanksgiving. Look at the first verse. What you see is you begin to read through the Book of Psalms is there are some commands, there are some calls, there are some indicatives, there are things that God is calling us and telling us to do. Look at the words like make, serve, come, no, enter, give bless these are not suggestions, these are commands. And the first one is to make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth. This word here, make a joyful noise is to shout out praise, to shout joyfully, to cry out in joy. Last week we saw another crying out, did we not? We saw crying out in grief, crying out for rescue. This is the cry of rescue. Last week was the cry for rescue. God, please rescue me. This is the cry of thankfulness and joy as you're being rescued and when you have been rescued. That's the idea. It is meant to be be geared towards a king. If you look at Psalms Ninety five through one hundred, what you're going to see is that these psalms are very concerned about portraying God as the king, as Majesticism, as as majesty. This week we have seen that Queen Elizabeth the second has had her what is it the platinum jubilee? She's been on the throne for seventy years in Great Britain, seventy years longest any monarch has ever served in in England. And so they had a five day celebration to honor her decades of celebration and on Thursday, on the first day of the celebration, there was a point in the day where she walked out onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace and the thousands that were gathered there began to cheer and they began to clap and they began to wave flags, they began to have a celebration. Why were they doing that? Where they were doing that? Because of who she is. She's the Queen and they were all so I'm assuming doing that because of all of the appreciation for what she has done. That is an example of a homage cry to a a monarch. That's what the text is talking about here, except this monarch we are supposed to bring our homage cry to is not just a god or a majesty or a King that is over just a small land. This is the one that is over all the earth, this is our father's world, over all the earth, over all creation. There's nothing that God isn't over and because he's the God of the Cosmos, all of the cosmos, especially those like us who have been created in his image as human beings, ought to give him a shout of thankfulness. That's what it's talking about here. But then it goes on to say not only are we supposed to shout a joyful noise, but we are supposed to serve the Lord was gladness. The words serve here is a word that means to toil the ground, to Labor, to sweat, to exert yourself. That's the idea here. Remember, this is in the context of a King and his servants. We are to serve the king in a way that brings honor to the king and good to the Kingdom. The same way, we, as God's subjects, as as those that are in the Kingdom of God, with God as our king, we are supposed to serve him in ways that bring him glory and bring good to the Kingdom and the people in the kingdom. It is also the idea of of...

...worship, the DA of worship, Romans twelve tells us. I appeal to you, therefore, my brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. In other words, we are to to to to put ourselves on the altar. Everything we are, everything we do, the lips that sing songs, the hands that do things, the legs that go places, the mind that thinks things, the emotions that feel, all of these things are to be used and to serve for the purpose of Christ, for the purpose of God, and that is our worship, when all of our self is spent for him. Are You with me? And it says, then, that we are not only supposed to make a joyful noise, but we are to serve the Lord with gladness. We are to come into his presence with singing. This word come is the same Hebrew word that's used in verse for as enter, translated differently, in fact, those verse two and verse for our parallel look. Come into his presence with singing, enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise. Remember Toda is. This is a song of Thanksgiving rooted in praise. The idea here is imagine that there is a king and imagine you are outside that King's court awaiting to be brought into the to the throne room to see the king, and then the king calls you in. You enter through the gate, you are in his courts, you are in his presence and when you are there, the natural reaction is to say thank you, as to praise is to sing enjoy because of being brought into the presence of the king. That's the idea here. Now an Old Testament Israel. When you were to talk about the throne of God on Earth, you would think about the temple. Yes, God is omnipresent, he is everywhere at once, but there are places where God has chosen to to manifest himself in special ways and he did that in the Old Testament, in the temple and the holy of holies, on on the mercy seat, and so the idea of coming into God's presence to worship him, to serve him, to sing, was necessarily tied in with going into the temple, and a part of going into the temple, a part of Old Testament worship, were sacrifices to bring sacrifices to him and there were basically, and this is this is real general, but there are basically two different types of sacrifices. One is a voluntary sacrifice and one is a mandatory sacrifice. The mandatory sacrifices are the ones that you bring the bull, you bring the sheep, you bring the goat, you bring the dove or whatever you're bringing, and it is it is substitutionary to you. It is taking your place, you're tilling it so that God doesn't kill you. It is a toning for your sins in that moment, but it can't fully atone for your sins, and so you have to keep doing this over and over and over again. That is necessary to be able to be in the presence of God without being decimated. But then there are other sacrifices, voluntary sacrifices. These are ones above and beyond. These are ones of Thanksgiving for what God is doing, for what God has done, and one of them was the Thanksgiving offering where you would come and you would bring the animal, you would, you would, you would, you would sacrifice it, and it was one of the only sacrifices where you had a chance to eat what you were bringing and have a meal, sometimes for days, with the priests, with the with with with, with the levice that were there. A fellowship meal in the temple was God a sort of the idea here that this is something that that we are bringing to God as thankfulness for what he has done. You See, today we don't have to keep bringing bulls and lambs into the temple to sacrifice, because the lamb of God has come and he has died in our place. Amen, he has come, he has laid down his life and because he has laid down his life and because we have trusted and believed in that, then we are rescued. You See, there was a point in time in our lives where we had never heard the gospel, but then we heard the invitation of the Gospel. Did Not someone came and told us this great and glorious message that though we are sinners, that we are outside of the presence of God, that Jesus Christ has come, that God has sent his son to live and to die in our place as our substitute and rise from the dead victorious over the sins and the guilt, to the shame of those that would believe in him. And if we will trust, if we will believe, if we will give our lives to him, then we will be rescued, we will be saved and there will be no condemnation, our sins will...

...be gone, that he will propitiate God's wrath. It will be gone, he will take our place and we will never have to deal with our sins, because Christ has dealt with them on the cross. And when that happens, we are ushered into the presence of God if we, by faith, accept that invitation, if we by faith, believe and trust and repent. And when we are in that presence of God, no more sacrifice is needing. But as we are in the presence of God, the gratefulness, the appreciation, the praise that is in our hearts for what God has done wells up in US until it comes out in exuberant joy, until it comes out and our hands and our feet and our list by the way we talk, in the way we live. That is what it's talking about. As we come into his presence, we come with Thanksgiving in our hearts. The last thing it says here is not only our speeks to enter his gaze and give him thanks, but we are to bless his name. The word blessed here means to kneel. It's the idea of someone coming before you and kneeling and you putting your hand on them and giving them a blessing, like they would do in Old Testament days. As you're reading through the Bible this this year as a congregation, you've seen this happen over and over again. But that's not exactly what it's talking about here. We are not giving God a blessing. God is the one who is blessing us. Jay and Oswald says the verbal blessing was normal, normally futuristic. However, it could be descriptive and acknowledgement that the person addressed God was evidently possessed of this power for the abundant and effective living. This address becomes a formalized means of expressing thanks and praise to this person, because he has given out of the abundance of his life. In other words, we are ascribing to God that which he already is, that he is great, that he is good, that he is mighty, that he has sovereign that he is loving. All of these things, we are ascribing them to him. We are lifting them up in a shout to bless his name for who he is. We are called to make, we are called to serve, we are called to come, to know, to enter, to give, to bless. We are called to do these things. But why? What are the reasons? What is our motivation for doing these things? Yes, but commanded. But but what are the reasons that would propel us to do these things? In other words, what are the reasons for our thankfulness? We see those in verses three and five. It is wrapped up in that one imperative I haven't mentioned yet. To know, to know, this word no simply means to have understanding of and this isn't a this isn't a peripheral knowledge. This is the knowledge of a marriage, even as the Bible sometimes says, of a man knowing his wife. This is intimate knowledge, says, intimate knowledge. And here is what we are to know. Listen. We are to know that the Lord he is God. The words that are used here to translate Lord and God. The one for Lord, you notice there it is one of those times when Lord is all capital letters. Do you remember what that signifies? You remember what the Hebrew Word is there at anybody? Yah Way, this is the Covenant Name of God. God is saying know that. Not Bail, not raw, not Zeus, not Jupiter. None of them know that Yah way the Covenant God of Israel. Know that Yahway is God. The word for God here is the word Eloheim. was very interesting about the word eloheem is that it is a singular or plural. It is referring to one God, but the word is plural. Now, those of us on this side of the cross might easily say ah, Trinity, this is an evidence of the Trinity, and and there certainly is echoes of that here, don't get me wrong, but that's not really the point of being used here. Well, the point of it being used here is it's being used as what's called a plural of majesty. For some reason, and I don't understand why, this doesn't make any sense to me. But people who are in royalty, people that have high up positions, are allowed to use we to refer to themselves. If you were to come up to me later and say and say the music was really good today and I say well, we really enjoyed it and I was speaking only of me, you to look at me like I was nuts. Right, you must be talking about the rest of the band. But a a royal, a King of Majesty, is able to do this and to say this it shows their position, it shows their high and lifted upness.

For instance, Queen Elizabeth could easily say we really enjoyed the celebration this week, speaking only of herself. She's allowed to do that because she is the sovereign, she is the queen of England. But God is saying here is basically this. I am the God above all gods, I am the god of all Gods, I am the Lord of Lords, I am high and lift it up. In other words, I am not just a God. He is saying that is bound by the borders of Israel. I am not bound by a tribe or a people. I am the God of all things, all the earth, all the cosmos. He is the God above all things. There is no other God but God, but Yahweh. This is what the prophets of bail discovered. And first kings, when Elijah had the the challenge with them on Mount Carameil. You remember, right, and and and the Prophets of bailed it all of they that they could to to have bail reigned fire down on the altar, and it never happened. But Elijah praise. And here's what happens. First Kings, eighteen, thirty nine, thirty seven. Answer me, Oh Lord, answer me that this people may know that you, oh Lord, are God, that you have turned their hearts back. Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offerings in the wood and the stones and the dust and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when the people saw it, they fell on their faces and said the Lord, he is Alohim, he is God. They realized in that moment bail wasn't a God, only Yahweh was God. That's the idea, that's what he's communicating here. Know that Yahweh, the God whom we serve, is the god of everything. He goes on to say he is the God who made us, the God who made us. You did not make yourselves, right, you didn't come up with you, you don't remember that right, and not even your parents can say they came up with you. This is an act of God. God is the create or we are the create shun. This is echoed in Genesis Chapter One, just as chapter one, Verse Twenty Six. Then God Elohim said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. God is the one who created everything. He spoke and it existed. That's how powerful God is. and He created all of the Cosmos and all that we see in all of the land and all of the water and all of the animals, and at the pinnacle of the creation he created human beings, the only thing made in his image. He thought US, He created us, and if he is our creator and we are his creation, that means we are his we are his people. He he owns us because he has created us. We owe him homage because he is the king, because he has made us. But not only has he simply made us in the idea of creating US physically, it goes on to say that we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. If someone wants to be a farmer or wants to be a shepherd. No, it's not this easy, but if they let's say that somebody wanted to gather a flock of sheep around and they would go to a cell barn, the sheep would come through into the ring, they would pick out the ones that they wanted, they would pay money for them, they would take them home. They would do that over and over and over and over again and and eventually they would have a flock, not just a sheep, but have a flock and the same way. What God is saying here is that I am the one who have brought my people together. I am the one who is brought you together as a people of God. I have chosen you, I have sought you out, I have have set my affection on you, I have predestined you, I have brought you in and I have paid for you to be part of my flock. First, Corinthians, you are not your own. You were bought with the price, and the price that we are bought with is the blood of Jesus Christ. And because Jesus died and rose again, we are purchased, we are we are off the auction block of sin. We are brought into him and he brings us together and we are now his sheep. We are his people, we are his church. This is not something that we just got together and say,...

I think will choose God to be our God. No, God is the one who has brought us together as the Universal Church. That's God's doing. We are his sheep, he is our shepherd. He is the one who has pursued the lost sheep. He is the one who has left the ninety nine to find the one and come back. He is the Good Shepherd, the one who laid down his life for the sheep. Reminds me of Psalm Twenty three, probably one of the most popular psalms that there is. The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides still waters. He restores my soul, he leads me in paths of righteousness. For his namesake, even though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your Rod and your staff. They comfort me. You prepare a table before me, in the presence of My Enemies. You annoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever. God is our shepherd. He knows us, he's created us, he knows US better than we know ourselves. He has fed us, He protects us and he leads us. Notice, in this Psalm, God is the one doing the leading. We are not we as the sheep. If we were doing the leading, I guarantee you we wouldn't go through the Valley of the shadow of death. That's not where we would go. We would want to stay away from there. But the shepherd doesn't lead US around the Valley of the shadow of death. He leads us through the Valley of the shadow of death. And yet he says I will fear no evil. The sheep can say I will fear no evil when we are walking through evil? Why? Because you, because y'all WI. Because our shepherd is with us, his rod and his staff. They comfort us. And even in the Valley of the shadow of death, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Even there. Philippians chapter four says do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving. Let your request be made known to God. Colossians seventeen. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him. Ephesians five. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauch, but be filled with the spirit, addressing one another in psalms hymns and spiritual songs. This is a very text that we are doing this sermon series about, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. First, Thessalonians five. Rejoice, always, pray, without seeking give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. For you now, for me, that doesn't compute. I understand giving thanks when we're out of the Valley of the shadow of death, but giving things in the Valley of the shadow of death, but goodness and mercy are there, that's harder, that's harder to understand. Let me give you an example in my help remember the story in the Bible of David the Great Shepherd, was a shepherd before he was a king and and when he was caring for his father's sheep, a lion and a bear came to attack the sheep. What did David Do? Did he run away? No, He protected the sheep, did he not? He killed the lion. He destroyed it so they wouldn't destroy the sheep. We have a good shepherd and there's a lion, and this lion roams around seeking whom he may devour. And this lion was attacking us and our shepherd defended us from the lion. He got between us and the lion, but he didn't destroy the lion. He didn't protect us by killing the lion. He protected us by allowing the lion to kill him. And then three days later he rose...

...again and in that moment he absolutely positively defeated the lion, but he didn't kill him in that moment completely. There's coming a day when he will, we talked about it last week, where he will be cast into the lake of fire, but today he still roams around. John Piper is said when Jesus rose from the dead, he may not have killed the lion he named. I've killed the devil, but he kicked his teeth out. Well, that means is that even when you are being attacked, Hey, the Lord has allowed it, and be all that the devil can do to you is gum you. It may be wet and sticky and nasty and absolutely terrible, but it will not lead to your destruction. You will not be devoured. In fact, God can actually use that. May Have even ordained that at for your good, for your rescue. Seat today, regardless of where we find we ourselves, if we find ourselves on a mountaintop, where we forget to thank God because somehow we've decided that it is all about us, we are the reason that we have all of these blessings, or whether we are in an absolute dark place, in the depths of the of the pit, like we talked about last week, in need of rescue, where we can't see what in the world there is to be thankful of. Regardless of that, we have been rescued. Remember, the lament is the psalm of someone desiring rescue, calling out for rescue, where the Thanksgiving is the Psalm of somebody who is not only has received rescue, but is receiving rescue. If you're here this morning and you're a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been rescued from your sin, you have been brought out of the depths of your sin. You have been rescued and from now until the day that you see Jesus, you are in the perpetual state of being rescued. And so in that moment we can sing thankfulness for that while still crying out for the rescue that we desire. In the moment, these two songs can be sung in harmony together. There's a story in Luke about Jesus encountering ten leppers. He was between some Marian only he entered a village and there were ten lepers there who stood at a distance and in verse thirteen of Luke, seventeen, it says, and they lifted their voice as saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. When he saw them, he said to them, go and show yourself to the priests, and as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back praising God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at Jesus feet, giving thanks to him. He was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, we're not ten cleansed. Where are they? Nine was no one found to return and give praised to God except this foreigner, and he said rise and go your way. Your faith has made you well. See, for those lepers this was the most life altering experience that they could have ever had. They were diseased. It was rotting their flesh. They had to live outside of the community and any time they saw one some day had some someone, they had to scream out, unclean, unclean. They cry out to Christ in Christ heals them. Christ takes away their their leprosy, takes away their disease. Now they can go be with their families, now, they can go be in society. Now, they can hold down a job, now they can make money. Now they can do all they can go into the temple, they can do all of the things that they were never able to do before. Look, no matter where, no matter what great thing happens to the lepers from here on out, it cannot compare to the greatness of being healed from their leprosy. No matter how hard life might be for them from here on out, it does not compare to the depths the Christ has rescued them from. We deal with real pain. We spoke last week that lament is something we don't do well, if at all. We want to paint on the happy smile right, we want to ignore the things that are going on are we want to go over in our minds over and over and try to solve it ourselves. And sometimes we don't want to be honest with God. Sometimes it feels like we shouldn't be honest with God, like somehow he does a sin to be honest with God. And that's the thing we talked about last week, is that God wants us, desires us,...

...commands us to come to him and be honest. But our feelings, are hurts and our questions, and that is true at the same time as this that we are to come to him in honesty, but remembering that no matter, no matter what happens in our lives, no matter if it's the greatest thing that we think could happen to us, it pales and Parison to the joy of the rescue of Christ. It pales in comparison to salvation, it pales into comparison of being able to spend eternity with our maker and our creator. And no matter what we fall into, it does not compare to the rescue we have received from Christ doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. Doesn't mean that it doesn't hurt worse than anything we've ever felt. It doesn't mean that tomorrow it's going to necessarily get better, but it does mean that in the midst of screaming out in agony, we can also cry out in thankfulness. Wow, how can we do that? It doesn't compute. Look at some of the other things that we are called in verse five to know for the Lord is good. He is good. What we are going through may not be good, but we know our shepherd is. We know he is good and we know, as I have said before, he is not simply a being who lives up to the the category of good. He himself is the category of good. He himself is goodness. He cannot be anything other than good. He is the definition of goodness. And so even in the midst of pain, we know that he is good. He's good, and that means what he is working out in our lives is good, even if what we're going through right now is not. And then it says his steadfast love endures forever. We saying that this morning. It is repeated like forty two times in the Bible. Thirty five of those times in the psalms. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His steadfast love endures forever. Remember, we've talked about steadfast love, this covenant love, this immovable love, this idea that God has set his affections on you, he has chosen to love you. He doesn't love you because you're lovely. He loves you in spite of your unloveliness. He loves you simply because he has chosen to love you. And that love is steadfast. It does not change. When I am at the height of joy in the depths of sorrow, my love for God changes, but his does not. He loves US just as much when we are on the mountain top. He loves US just as much when we are in the valley. He lives us just as much when we are born. He loves US just as much when we stray. He loves US just as much when he die. What he showed us on the cross. That is his incomfrey hinsable love that he is lavish upon us. That affection never changes. Ever, this steadfast he is more dedicated to you than you are to him. Period. He loves you. He's dedicated to you, and his love will endure, not just tomorrow, not just next week, not just till the day you die. That love for you endures forever, eternity, till there will be no more eternity, which is never. And he is faithful. He is faithful this idea of steadfastness, trustworthiness, honesty, fidelity, firmness, loyalty. He is faithful, he is full of faith. If you're honest with yourself, you're probably like me and there are so many days that not only am I ungrateful, not only am I unloving, but I am faithless. But that's not God. He is faithful, he's faithful to you and you are unfaithful to him. He loves you, he is faithful to you, he is not left you, and that faithfulness will endure for all generations. When we are going through things that are hurt,...

...we can remember, we can give thanks in the midst of those pains, because God is good, because his steadfast love to US endures forever. And if we doubt that, all we have to do is look to the cross, because that's where his love is most displayed. That is where we see mercy and and and and judgments and love and grace collide is there on the cross, where he would send his son to be crushed in our place, so that we will not have to be crushed like we talked about last week. He forsook his son on the cross so we will never be forsaken. Jesus cried out and hurt silence so that we never will. He died so that we might have life. That's the steadfast love of God and that endures forever. These are the reasons why, even in the midst of pain or in the midst of forgetfulness, we can fight for Thanksgiving. But notice. We've looked at the call the thankfulness, we've looked at the reasons for thankfulness, but notice the posture of thankfulness. Notice that we are not simply supposed to make a noise to the Lord. We are to make a joyful noise to the Lord. We are not supposed to just serve the Lord. We are serve the Lord with gladness. We are not just come into his presence, but we are to come into his presence with singing, with Thanksgiving, with praise. The posture of Thanksgiving his joy, Delight, exaltation, rejoicing, jubilation. That is how we are to thank him joyfully, gladly. He does not want us to praise him and worship him and thank him begrudgingly. He wants us to thank him joyfully. It should be an outflow of the heart. Sometimes we can sometimes we can feel a little bit like our emotions are like a product of the fall, like we're not really supposed to have any. And yet we are reminded that it is God who made us, all of us, that God is himself an emotional God. He's made our emotions. It is part of who we are, it is part of what it means to be made in the image of God. But like every other part of us, our emotions are broken. They need to be redeemed. Jesus came in. All of his emotions were always glorifying to God and he died on the Cross for all of the Times that our emotions have sinned and let us astray. And we have sinned through our emotions. He died for that. He rose victorious over that. In by the spirit he can sanctify our emotions and our reactions. This is a psalm where it says that we are supposed to be glad and seeing and be joyous and I think the pattern that we see here is simply this. As we know, as we meditate on these truths, as we read the word of God, as we seek him, as we think, as we understand as best we can who God is and in his character, as we know, as we study, as we read, the Bible is revealed word to us. What that will do, in that knowing, is it will begin to repair our emotions, our feelings, so that we begin to be joyous at not the things we should not be joyous of, we begin to be joyous at the very thing that ought to give us the most joy, which is God. Are You with me? And as we know and as we meditate and as we seek his face and he repairs those as we know these things, as we meditate on these things, those emotions begin to well up insight of us and they begin to come out of us as a joyful noise, serving the Lord with gladness. They come in, in out of us in ways that we live, in ways that we act, in ways that we think, in ways that we walk that are glorifying, an honor to him. In other words, they come out as worship, praise to him that we would live our lives every single day. It's the sacrifice of praise lips that pour forth the love of God because of what he is doing in our midst. They would change who we are. He would change who we're becoming. They would make us into the image of Christ, the one who knew all, who never sinned with his emotions and always did what God wanted him to do. That is what Christ is doing in our lives today, molding us, shaping...

...us, using even especially as Romans. Twenty eight hundred twenty eight reminds us, even those low points, to mold us and shape us into that very thing. And so we we heed the call to Thanksgiving, we meditate on the reasons of Thanksgiving and then we react and a posture of thanksgiving. We bring him praise, we bring him joy. Now, I don't know about you, but this is not something that necessarily for me, comes easy. I have to fight for this, I have to condition myself for this. Maybe I'm just by nature of very ungrateful person. I don't know. Maybe I'm just a very selfish person. I don't know, but this is hard for me and so I have to fight for it every single day. Let me give you just an example. This is not to lift me up, this is lift Christ if this is to baby give you something practical. This is one of the ways I fight for Thanksgiving in my life. When I pray every day, I start my prayer with ascribing to the Lord, blessing his name, lifting up who he is. I don't talk about what I want, I talk about who he is. That naturally leads to me confessing who I am, my failures, to my falters, to things that I've done wrong, and then that naturally leads into thanking him for the cross, thanking Him for the Gospel, thanking him for rescuing me from the pits. And that's just simply a springboard then to thank him for all that he has blessed me with. I I have to take that moment to focus my attention, to make myself think, what are the things I have in this moment to be thankful for? What does that for you in this moment, regardless of where you are? What are some things that you can be thankful for? What are some things that you can be grateful to God that he is doing or have done in your life? Roll through a couple in your mind, force yourself to think of those things. Think of us a many as you can and as you cultivate that every day, to count your blessings, named them one by one. The song is true. We will simply be surprised at all that the Lord has done, and it is then that we are ready to cry out in English. God wants us to be honest, Rawley, honest, but that honesty needs to be humble. That prepares me for how I might cry out if that inst in other words, the thought Song of Thanksgiving actually helps me singing the song of lament. I remember another, another gathering I was at where people were singing and a musician was leading, but this one was very, very different. This one took place in April of Two Thousand Sixteen in Louisville, Kentucky, at the KFC young singer. Again, there are those here that were with me and we were there. The event was together for the Gospel in two thousand sixteen, and the the person who is leading us that day was Bob Coughlin, just with the piano, and there were, I believe, twenty thousand people in this stadium, maybe less, maybe more, singing. They were raising a joyful noise. They were from all walks of life. I have no idea what was going on in their lives. My guess is, with that many people there were some who were in the depths of brokenness, there were some that are at the height of their lives. For some things are going well, for some things were going great, for some things were just going they were just making it. Some were stressed. Who knows what was all going on in that moment. But but when Coughlin Played The piano, twenty thousand people saying all Glory be to Christ, our King, all Glory be to Christ, his rule and rain will ever sing. All Glory be to Christ. In that moment we weren't lifting up a exuberant roar for an artist, a band or a group. In that moment we were lifting up, exalting the god of all creation, the God who deserves all the glory, the one who...

...has created us, who has created music, who has created all of these things are. Focus was not on the piano or the artist. The focus was on Christ. And so many times I am not thankful because my focus is on me and not on God. Encourage you this morning, wherever you are, fight for thankfulness in your life. Fight for it so that he might get the glory, that we might give a picture of what is seen in revelations seven, when it says and all the angels are standing around the throne and around the elders and around the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worship God, saying Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks giving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever. Amen. Let's pray it's gracious God. We I confess. I confess that I am so ungrateful, Lord, Forgive Me, and I confess, and in our mind it even this morning, that it is not ultimately me who is bringing about Thanksgiving in my life. It's you. You are causing us to be thankful, you were causing us to be to praise you are causing us to serve you. You are causing us to do these things. This is a work of you in our lives, and so we ask God that you would work these things, that you would make us grateful, that you would make us thankful, that you would cause us to praise you, regardless of where we are, fight for Thanksgiving, make Thanksgiving well up in our lives and Lord, let us wherever we are, raise our voices, to make a joyful noise, to serve you with gladness, because you are our God and you have done all things well. All thanks to you, all praise to you for your steadfast love endures forever. We ask all of this in the Glorious and precious name of Christ Amen.

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