Theme: God reveals his great power in nature. We can trust God to give us both the peace and the strength to weather the storms of life.
Psalm 13: 1 – 6
David’s complaint of delay of prayer for grace … how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
Deut.31:17> And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’
Job 13:24> Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?
Ps.22:1> My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?
Isa.59:2> But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
3b – lighten mine eyes lest I sleep the sleep of death:
Ezr.9:8> “But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage.
Ps.18:28>You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Luke 2:32> a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Rev.21:23> The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.
3c – Ps.76:5-6>The valiant lie plundered, they sleep their last sleep; not one of the warriors can lift his hands. At your rebuke, God of Jacob, both horse and chariot lie still.
Isa.37:36> Then the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies!
Jer.51:39> But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk, so that they shout with laughter— then sleep forever and not awake,”
declares the LORD
Eph.5:14> This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
5d – But I have trusted in thy mercy;
2Chr.20:12> Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Study area Psalm 43:1-5
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?Psa. 43:3
O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Psalms 2:8> Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Dan.7:13,14> I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
John 17:4,5> I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Focus points: This one like a son of man”is the Messiah, Jesus used this verse to refer to himself (Matt.26:64; Luke 1:27; John 1:51). The clouds heavenly portray the Son of Man as divine, throughout the Bible clouds represent his majestly and awesome presence. God’s glory appeared in cloud in Exodus 16:10 and 19:9 at the giving of the law at Sinai.
Before Jesus came to earth, he was one with God. At this point, when his Mission on earth was almost finished, Jesus was asking his Father to restore him to his orinial place of honor and authority: Jesus’ resurrection and ascension – and Stephen’s dying exclamation (Acts 7:56) – attest that Jesus did return to his exalted position at the right hand of God.
For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
Luke 21:15> For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
John 6:45> It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’[fn] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.
James 1:5> If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Psalm 84:11> For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
God gives us wisdom and victory but not for drifting through life or acting irresponsibly with his gifts and resources. If we are faithful and keep our purpose in life clearly in mind, he will keep us from pride an greed. Wisdom’s starting point is God and his revealed Word, the source of “knowledge and understanding”. In that sense, wisdom is his gift to us. But he gives it only to those who earnestly seek it. But because God’s wisdom is hidden from the rebellious and foolish, it takes effort to find it, and use it. The pathway to wisdom is strenuious. When we are on the path, we discover that true wisdom is God’s and that he will guide us and reward our sincere and persistent search.
verse 12 – Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
(1Pet.4:8) Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
verse 17 – He who heeds discipline show the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. We should live expectantly because Christ is coming. Getting ready to meet Christ involves continually growing in love for God and for others
(see Jesus’ summary of the law in Matthew 22:37-40)
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Focus Points: Jesus says that if we truly love God and our neighbor we will naturally keep the commandments. This is looking at God’s law positively Rather than worrying about all we should not do, we should concentrate on all we can do to show our love for God and others.
It is important to pray regularly , and it is also important to reachout to needy people. Your possessions, status, and power will mean nothing in God’s kingdom, but you will spend eternity with other people. Invest your time and talents where they will make an eternal difference.
Psalms 8,38,68,98,128. Proverbs 8:14-18
NIV – Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior. who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves : from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death:
God sets his people free and crushes his enemies. Salvation is freedom from sin and death. Those who refuse to turn to God will be crushed by the sin they loved and destroyed by the death they fear. How much bettor it will be for those who love God and fear the consequences of sin.