v2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. Similar to Psalm 138:8 which says “God will perfect that which concerns me” and Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good….”. Our sovereign covenant God is doing all that is needful in our lives and giving all that is needful to live for him faithfully.( Romans 8:32, Phil.4:19)
John Gill says, v 8 Awake up, my glory
Meaning his soul, it being the most honourable, glorious, and excellent part of man; is the breath of God, of his immediate production; is a spirit incorporeal and immortal; is possessed of glorious powers and faculties; had the image of God stamped upon it, which made man the glory of God, ( 1 Corinthians 11:7 ) ; and has the image of Christ on it in regenerated persons; and is that with which God and Christ are glorified; and is, upon all accounts, of great worth and value, even of more worth than the whole world: and this sometimes in the saints is as it were asleep, and needs awaking; not in a literal sense; for it is incapable of natural sleep, being incorporeal; but in a figurative and spiritual sense, as when grace is dormant, and not in exercise; when the soul is backward to and slothful in duty, unconcerned about divine things, and lukewarm and indifferent to them; which is occasioned by prevailing corruptions and worldly cares; and sometimes it becomes dull, and heavy, and inactive, through an over pressure by sorrows and troubles, as the disciples of Christ were found sleeping for sorrow, ( Luke 22:45 ) ; which seems to have been the case of the psalmist here; he had been in great distress, his soul was bowed down, ( Psalms 57:6 ) ; he had hung his harp upon the willow, and could not sing one of the Lord’s songs in the place and circumstances he was in; but now he calls upon his soul, and arouses all the powers and faculties of it, and stirs up himself to the work of praise, just as Deborah did, ( Judges 5:12 ) ; some by his glory understand his tongue, as in ( Psalms 16:9 ) compared with ( Acts 2:26 ) ( Psalms 30:12) ; and so may design vocal singing here, as instrumental music in the next clause:
” Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psalm 143:8
Lovely and key message why we need to seek God’s face first thing in the morning.
David couldn’t start a new day without hearing of God’s loving-kindness and grace. This is the position of every repentant sinner (believer). This habit enables the killing of sin, service of God and the blessing of others, directing us into holiness.
Rev. Carl Haak
Sermon on Psalm 143:8
The daily offerings (Exodus 29:38) of two lambs and of incense burnt (Exodus 30:7) are Old Testament types pointing clearly to the need of every believer devoting themselves to God daily by taking time with him in the word and prayer (Bible time, quiet time etc). It was said of Moses, “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend ” (Exodus 3:11). That is our privilege even more-so (Heb.4:16). David was accustomed to more (Psalm 55:17). No reason we shouldn’t pray continually but we do need to set aside time to pray and read Scripture or listen to it being preached. A complete Bible reading plan helps.
Sermon read last Sunday (23/4/2017) at CERC Singapore. Originally preached by Rev. Carl Haak….a MUST if you are getting weary in prayer or any of the disciplines of the Christian life.
Sermon on Galatians 6:9
Psalm 77:13, 19.
13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
Can we synthesize these two verses? Deuteronomy 29:29, “ The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Who God is and what he does is revealed in his word and understood in his sanctuary—the instituted true church where the whole counsel of God is preached and taught. But having said this, much of his providential dealings in history and in the lives of his children is hidden “in the sea”—unknown or barely discernible like the tangled back of a tapestry, which is all that we see, instead of the beautiful finished work which is on the other side, planned and known by the artist, God himself.
Starting devotions from this book available here
Why the title?
Because according to I Tim.6:3 doctrine and godliness can’t be separated.
What you know and believe affects how you live. Just look at the lives of idolaters and those who follow false religions like Islam.
Doctrine means teaching. Biblical doctrine concerns teaching about God and how to live.
Why so important? Because truly knowing God is eternal life (John 17:3).
All of the Bible tells about Christ (John5:39). So Scripture confronts us with God and his truth.
Without God we would cease to exist (Acts 17:25).
Without eternal life we are orphans, bereft of a heavenly father and destined for a godless, dark, abysmally painful hell.