Finding Yourself in the Psalms

Psalm 47

A Psalm About Christ’s Ultimate Victory Over Sin

46-48 Trio of Psalms with a Messianic emphasis

46 COMFORT The Comfort of the Messiah’s Power

47 SERVICE The Coming of the Messiah’s Rule

48 WORSHIP The Coronation of the Messiah’s City

Three emphasis in Psalm 47

• ISRAEL. V. 4

• The MESSIAH. V. 7

• The NATIONS. V. 8, 9a

“Worship” 8x

“Nations” 8x

I. The World God Created Does Not Worship Him
A. Throughout the PSALMS, many Psalms about Israel’s oppressors
B. Many lament Psalms about the individuals who oppress God’s servants
C. From CREATION until now, the world has been in rebellion.
1. " As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient." (Ephesians 2:1-2, NIV)
2. "Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out." (John 12:31, NIV)
II. God’s People Have Failed Him as Well
A. Adam
B. Cain
C. Noah (drunk)
D. Abraham (Ishmael) E. Moses
F. David
G. Northern Kingdom
H. Southern Kingdom
I. Israel at the time of Christ
III. The World’s Only hope for Righteousness is Christ’s Coming Reign
A. OT prophecies can only be fulfilled in the literal reign of Jesus on Earth.
1. Isa 9:7
2. Psalm 72:1-11
3. Cannot be NOW, because Jesus is not sitting on David’s Throne!
a. Acts 3:21 b. Rev 11:15 c. Rev 12:10
d. 2 Tim 4:1 Christ not yet King!
e. " Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1, NIV)
B. The participants of the Kingdom are the redeemed by CHRIST.
1. Rev 5:9; 7:9; Psalm 47:3-4
C. Israel will be there
D. Christian’s will be there
IV. What will be Accomplished?
A. Christ will rule on David’s throne
B. The “times of the Gentiles” will cease "They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." (Luke 21:24, NIV)
C. Creation will be restored
D. The redeemed will rule
E. The promises to Israel will be fulfilled
F. Righteousness will be enforced. "For this is what the Lord says: “I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees." (Isaiah 66:12, NIV)
G. Satan will be Bound
H. The earth will flourish (large population)
I. Man’s failure will be demonstrated. Rev 20:7-9
Psalm 47. Our only Hope is the REDEEMER!