“BUT YOUR HONOR!” (“honor” in Psalms)
FBC Earlville 3-04-12 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s “Special”: “A taxi funny“:
“The passenger tapped the cab driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the sidewalk, and stopped inches from a department store window.
For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said, “Look mister, don’t ever do that again. You scared me half to death!”
The passenger apologized and said he didn’t realize that a little tap could scare him so much.
The driver replied, “You’re right. I’m sorry. Really, it’s not your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver. I’ve been driving a hearse for 25 years.””
Today’s message continues our series on “honoring God”. We have learned that God wants to be honored at every age – especially as we grow older and seemingly more frail. We learned that God wants to be honored in our daily lives and our worship. And last week we learned that honor is a choice – and when we chose to dishonor God we actually are despising Him. Out of the 179 times “honor” appears in Scripture, 12 of those are in Psalms. Today we are going to zero in on the use of “honor” in Psalms.
Illus.: “Judge Joe Brown” (Judge Judy; Judge Alex; People’s Court) These shows all show the defendants and plaintiffs at their worse, and, especially in “Judge Joe Brown”, a witness is often heard crying out, “But your Honor!”. Can we so protest against God Himself? PRAYER
- GOD IS GLORIOUS – PRAISE HIM! (Ps. 66:2)
- Means “glory to God alone”
- This psalm resonates with PRAISE!
2. MAN IS HEAVY – BE HUMBLED (Ps. 7:5)
- Means “to be heavy, to get glory [in contrast to being despised]”
* Note vs. 1-5, then read v. 6. David is a man of integrity!
3. GOD IS ON DISPLAY – BE SAFE (Ps. 91:15)
- Means “safety in abiding in God’s presence”
- How? by God’s glory on display in His child!
* Note the tender verses of intimacy, vs. 1-4,14-16
4. MAN IS AT WAR – BE SERVING (Ps. 149:9)
- Means “majesty”, on display like a Christmas ornament
- God should be praised in our service
- Note the “two-edged sword” (v. 6) – see Hebrews 4:12:
““For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
- Other verses: 15:4; 21:5; 49:12,20; 96:6; 104:1; 112:9
2. JESUS BECOMES MAN – WORSHIP HIM! (Ps. 8:5)
* Means “an object of reverence or majesty”
- Note the fulfillment in Hebrews 2:6,9
CLOSE IN PRAYER