How does the eternal and glorious Lord respond to the low condition of His people? Psalm 102:12–17 looks forward to the opening portion of morning public worship on the coming Lord's Day. In these six verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that the Lord invests the glory of His Name in rebuilding His church.
In this message "In the Sight of God and Man" we consider our subject under these headings, 1) Integrity in the Act of Grace in the Sight of God & Man, 2) Honor in the Sight of God & Man, and 3) Authenticated love in the Sight of God & Man. As always I claim no originality, but will quote, cite, refer to various sources including; R. Kent Hughes, Ortlund, Kistemaker, Naylor, Wilson, Ryken, and many others.
The world encourages us to have a dream, and that sounds so inspiring. The world's wisdom insists that we order our life around goals and that makes sense. But there is better way, and that is to live for a purpose instead of chasing dreams and striving toward goals. Dreams are made of nothing, they have no substance. They are imagination and desire combined. Goals are usually based upon some kind of selfish desire or pride and serve more to distract us from the true purpose of life, which is to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. Jesus commands that we deny ourselves, forget our selfish dreams, abandon our self-centered goals, and simply be a vessel He can use for his glory, and all these other things will be added to us.
In earnest and earthy language, Paul sets himself up as an example of a man upon whom Christ has laid hold; a man who knows he has not already attained, is not already perfected, and has not yet laid hold of that for which Christ has laid hold on him; as a man who—forgetting what is behind and stretching forward to what is ahead—presses on to lay hold of the goal; and, as a man who pursues with all his heart the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
When Paul finally made it to Rome after all that he had been through, he still hadn't arrived. Paul did not have an easy time arriving at this destination and it wasn't even the ultimate goal. It sure seems like way too much trouble for so little benefit. How about us, why should we continue to make forward progress when we have to endure such things as Paul did?
In this second message on the topic "The Church Before the Modern Watching World" we consider the main doctrinal truths that must transform our thinking and be front and center in our witness to others.
Here we review Palm 90 by Moses. In it we learn that God is eternal and creator of the earth. To Him a thousand years is like a day, and we are like the grass. Our best efforts in quickly in a whispered sigh and are utterly significant in this world compared to history. So, we are to number our days that we may cultivate and bring God a heart of wisdom.