Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Mighty Fortress,Psalm 94,Part 1

Fortress in Alexandria
Fortress in Alexandria (Photo credit: Incursion Voyages)

Psalm Ninety Four - Part One


Psalm 94 again by an anonymous Author

Again we seem to come back to this inner waring or questioning

What is happening to me ...is it an attack ?

Is it "The World" or the result of others ?

Is it Gods discipline ? as a result of my own actions ?
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Here in Psallm 94 we see that it is for God to avenge Romans 12:19

He will Judge the earth and He will rise up against those waves

In Psalm 94:5 we see the oppression,opposition and persecution

Psalm 94:16-19 Salvation from Psalm 94:20-23 Unjust leaders, Persecution

Those that hurt Gods people , "The Lord is not looking they say" Psalm 94:9-11

We are reminded that God is our help in times of trouble, our Rock
our Fortress,and He will turn the sins of the evil back on them

Psalm 94:12-15 Here we have the Fathers discipline

Once again carrying on in the theme, we see echoes of the fruit, bad fruit , good fruit

Once again we see the waves of peoples ,

Is it the attack from the enemy ? is this discipline from God ? or is the attack a result of my own
doing ?


Cross references

It is for God to avenge

Deuteronomy 32:35 Isaiah 35:4 Nahum 1:2

Ungodly Psalm 31:18 My sin Psalm 51:2 Injustice Isaiah 10:2

Imaginations rise up 1 Corinthians 3:20

discipline of The Father Deuteronomy 8:5 Hebrews 12:5-6

Justice Isaiah 42:3

Responsibility Matthew 27:4


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There are two key areas here which need exploring

1.
In the middle of the Psalm we note : Psalm 94:12

Discipline, 1 Corinthians 15:58 Deuteronomy 8:5 Hebrews 12:5-6

God the Father disiplines ALL of us

Why do I say that ? well thats what being a disciple is

A Disciple is - being disciplined

Or lets put it another way ........ D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E and we take off the E and we line it up with God

We have L.I.N.E.D ..........OR.......... D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E .......... -........... L.I.N.E.D.

Thats an easy way to remember this

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Teaching is to be taught so that we may walk in the correct way, rebuke,correction and training

The is the life of the Disciple, or you could say "continious repentance"

Putting down oneself and instead walking in His way Luke 9:23

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2.

Responsibility

Psalm 94:20

What is OUR response ?

Again you can word play with this to remember the point

R.E.S.P.O.N.S.E - A.B.I.L.I.T.Y

Do we have the ability to respond ?

Yes God has the resonsiblity as Father to a son

But we also don't forget that this is a two way relationship

We have a resonsibility to the Father through Jesus

Matthew 27:24 1 Corinthians 15:58

God has the ability to forgive sins, we have the ability to respond

Judas washed his hands of the blood of Jesus, - Jesus washed our sins away and made us clean

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So two key areas here

1.

Discipline

2.

Responsibility

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1.
So how is the Discipline of Our Father God different from our earthly fathers ?

2.
And do / can we associate our earthly fathers discipline with our heavenly Fathers discipline

And what defines both ?

1a.
What is our responsibility ?

2a.
What is the Fathers responsibility ?