In God's presence there is fullness of joy
In God's presence there is fullness of joy [draft sermon outline]
Published March 6th, 2019
16 1 מִכְתָּ֥ם לְדָוִ֑ד שָֽׁמְרֵ֥נִי אֵ֝֗ל כִּֽי ־ חָסִ֥יתִי בָֽךְ ׃ 2 אָמַ֣רְתְּ לַֽ֭יהוָה אֲדֹנָ֣י אָ֑תָּה ט֝וֹבָתִ֗י בַּל ־ עָלֶֽיךָ ׃ 3 לִ֭קְדוֹשִׁים אֲשֶׁר ־ בָּאָ֣רֶץ הֵ֑מָּה וְ֝אַדִּירֵ֗י כָּל ־ חֶפְצִי ־ בָֽם ׃ 4 יִרְבּ֥וּ עַצְּבוֹתָם֮ אַחֵ֪ר מָ֫הָ֥רוּ בַּל ־ אַסִּ֣יךְ נִסְכֵּיהֶ֣ם מִדָּ֑ם וּֽבַל ־ אֶשָּׂ֥א אֶת ־ שְׁ֝מוֹתָ֗ם עַל ־ שְׂפָתָֽי ׃ 5 יְֽהוָ֗ה מְנָת ־ חֶלְקִ֥י וְכוֹסִ֑י אַ֝תָּ֗ה תּוֹמִ֥יךְ גּוֹרָלִֽי ׃ 6 חֲבָלִ֣ים נָֽפְלוּ ־ לִ֭י בַּנְּעִמִ֑ים אַף ־ נַ֝חֲלָ֗ת שָֽׁפְרָ֥ה עָלָֽי ׃ 7 אֲבָרֵ֗ךְ אֶת ־ יְ֭הוָה אֲשֶׁ֣ר יְעָצָ֑נִי אַף ־ לֵ֝יל֗וֹת יִסְּר֥וּנִי כִלְיוֹתָֽי ׃ 8 שִׁוִּ֬יתִי יְהוָ֣ה לְנֶגְדִּ֣י תָמִ֑יד כִּ֥י מִֽ֝ימִינִ֗י בַּל ־ אֶמּֽוֹט ׃ 9 לָכֵ֤ן ׀ שָׂמַ֣ח לִ֭בִּי וַיָּ֣גֶל כְּבוֹדִ֑י אַף ־ בְּ֝שָׂרִ֗י יִשְׁכֹּ֥ן לָבֶֽטַח ׃ 10 כִּ֤י ׀ לֹא ־ תַעֲזֹ֣ב נַפְשִׁ֣י לִשְׁא֑וֹל לֹֽא ־ תִתֵּ֥ן חֲ֝סִידְךָ֗ לִרְא֥וֹת שָֽׁחַת 1 ׃ 11 תּֽוֹדִיעֵנִי֮ 1 אֹ֤רַח חַ֫יִּ֥ים שֹׂ֣בַע שְׂ֭מָחוֹת אֶת ־ פָּנֶ֑יךָ נְעִמ֖וֹת בִּימִינְךָ֣ נֶֽצַח ׃
You Will Not Abandon My Soul 16 A h Miktam 1 of David. 1 Preserve me, O God, for in you I i take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord , “You are my Lord; j I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for k the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. 1 4 The sorrows of those who run after 1 another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or l take their names on my lips. 5 The Lord is m my chosen portion and my n cup; you hold my o lot. 6 p The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. 7 I bless the Lord who q gives me counsel; in r the night also my s heart instructs me. 1 8 t I have u set the Lord always before me; because he is at my v right hand, I shall not be w shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my x whole being 1 rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to y Sheol, z or let your a holy one see b corruption. 1 11 You make known to me c the path of life; in your presence there is d fullness of joy; at your right hand are e pleasures forevermore.
15 1 στηλογραφία τῷ Δαυιδ φύλαξόν με κύριε ὅτι ἐπὶ σοὶ ἤλπισα 2 εἶπα τῷ κυρίῳ κύριός μου εἶ σύ ὅτι τῶν ἀγαθῶν μου οὐ χρείαν ἔχεις 3 τοῖς ἁγίοις τοῖς ἐν τῇ γῇ αὐτοῦ ἐθαυμάστωσεν πάντα τὰ θελήματα αὐτοῦ ἐν αὐτοῖς 4 ἐπληθύνθησαν αἱ ἀσθένειαι αὐτῶν μετὰ ταῦτα ἐτάχυναν οὐ μὴ συναγάγω τὰς συναγωγὰς αὐτῶν ἐξ αἱμάτων οὐδὲ μὴ μνησθῶ τῶν ὀνομάτων αὐτῶν διὰ χειλέων μου 5 κύριος ἡ μερὶς τῆς κληρονομίας μου καὶ τοῦ ποτηρίου μου σὺ εἶ ὁ ἀποκαθιστῶν τὴν κληρονομίαν μου ἐμοί 6 σχοινία ἐπέπεσάν μοι ἐν τοῖς κρατίστοις καὶ γὰρ ἡ κληρονομία μου κρατίστη μοί ἐστιν 7 εὐλογήσω τὸν κύριον τὸν συνετίσαντά με ἔτι δὲ καὶ ἕως νυκτὸς ἐπαίδευσάν με οἱ νεφροί μου 8 προωρώμην τὸν κύριον ἐνώπιόν μου διὰ παντός ὅτι ἐκ δεξιῶν μού ἐστιν ἵνα μὴ σαλευθῶ 9 διὰ τοῦτο ηὐφράνθη ἡ καρδία μου καὶ ἠγαλλιάσατο ἡ γλῶσσά μου ἔτι δὲ καὶ ἡ σάρξ μου κατασκηνώσει ἐπ’ ἐλπίδι 10 ὅτι οὐκ ἐγκαταλείψεις τὴν ψυχήν μου εἰς ᾅδην οὐδὲ δώσεις τὸν ὅσιόν σου ἰδεῖν διαφθοράν 11 ἐγνώρισάς μοι ὁδοὺς ζωῆς πληρώσεις με εὐφροσύνης μετὰ τοῦ προσώπου σου τερπνότητες ἐν τῇ δεξιᾷ σου εἰς τέλος
In God's presence there is fullness of joy Introduction Do you want God, or do you want his stuff? Paganism vs idolatry vs the gospel 1. We have no good apart from God (v1-4) v1 'refuge'. v2 Do we really believe this? v3 one key proof of our love for God is the love for his people v4 idols and sorrows. FCF: Joy and contentment in YHWH alone vs idolatry. He is my inheritance, and my good, forever. Whereas...we see 'our good' as health, wealth, children, idolatry of family, idolatry of church. The sorrows of running after another god will multiply, and indeed they do. Don't participate in these false gods - not merely a matter of outward avoidance, but a heart commitment. cf worldliness; you can raise children out of the world, but they automatically grow up worldly. [add section on 'Christian' idols] 2. We have one blessing after another if we are in Christ (v5-11) v5 the sense of 'he is ours..he is our everything' v6 thankfulness - we always things to give thanks for v7 bless the LORD. kidneys. v8 choosing a God-centred view of the world. Knowing the stability that comes from being known and loved by him. v9 Joy and security, despite all the unknowns of life v10 confidence that goes beyond death. God will keep his promises; he is the God of the living. v11 The joy of knowing God is already now through Jesus, and fully still to come. Person of Jesus: He models this contentment in the Father to us; he is the true Son before the Father. Dies confident in the Father. Work of Jesus: He dies our death; because we would not trust and enjoy the abundant goodness of the Father (cf Eden again), he took the blame as 'humanity's criminal' - the Son of Man. So that he would go down into death and be raised up as a new creation, into fullness of joy and abundance of pleasures in the presence of the Father forevermore. He dies the death, and bears the sorrow, of an idolater. Union with Jesus. So this Psalm unpacks what life at the top of the hill of Psalm 15 is like - abundant with pleasure and contentment. [what would it have been like for the high priest on that day each year? A glimpse of utter joy and wonder] We share in this joy already now, with complete confidence that he won't abandon us to death (instead, at our moment of complete helplessness he will be most present to us), and in fact has stored up an inheritance for us, and is keeping us for that same inheritance. Wrap-up Do you want God, or do you want his stuff? Paganism vs idolatry vs the gospel