Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him according to his excellent greatness!
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Praise the Lord!
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2 Chronicles 2:5 The house that I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him?
As Solomon prepares to build the temple, he wrote to King Hiram of Tyre, he says twice (verses 1 and 4) that he is building a house “for the name of the Lord, my God” and then tells him this house is going to be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. Indeed, he cannot be contained in a house, but it will be a place of worship!
Stop defining and limiting your future in terms of your past and start defining it in terms of your God.Posted: September 15, 2010 by Pam Larson in Devotionals/Commentaries, Isaiah, September
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When God calls you to be free from fear as you do evangelism, as you take a test, as you face an interview, as you take a stand against an unjust business practice, as you confront someone with sin in their life, when you leave a secure position and take a risk in a new venture, when you face an operation or a treatment, when you lose a spouse or a friend—when God calls you to be free from fear (to overcome this natural emotion and have peace), he does not leave the command hanging in the air. He puts pillars under it. Five of them. That’s the nature of all biblical commands. They come with divine support.
- Fear not . . . God is with you;
- Fear not . . . God is your God;
- Fear not . . . God will strengthen you;
- Fear not . . . God will help you;
- Fear not . . . God will uphold you.
The Key to Overcoming Fear
The key to overcoming fear is resting on the pillars of the promises of God.
We’ll come back to these pillars in a moment. Look with me for a minute at the verses leading up to verse 10 to see how they intensify these promises and strengthen these pillars.
If the key to fearlessness is believing that God is your God and is with you and will strengthen you and help you and uphold you, then knowing the greatness of this God will intensify your faith and your fearlessness.
Four Glimpses of God’s Greatness
So look at the Glimpses of God’s Greatness that Isaiah gives.
Glimpse #1: The Judge of All the Earth
In Isaiah 41:1 God says, “Coastlands, listen to Me in silence, and let the peoples gain new strength; let them come forward, then let them speak; let us come together for judgment.”
Here is a picture of God calling all the coastlands and all the peoples to gird up their strength and come before him for judgment. The God of Isaiah 41:10 is the judge of all the earth. He calls all nations to give an account of their lives and their religions and their thoughts. He is not called to account. He is not on trial. They are. They come into his courtroom. He is the judge of all and will pass sentence on every person. That’s the God who is with you to strengthen and help.
Glimpse #2: The Ruler of All Rulers
In Isaiah 41:2–3 Isaiah asks, “Who has aroused one from the east [probably Cyrus the Persian king that God stirred up to come against Babylon] whom He [God] calls in righteousness to His feet? He delivers up nations before him, and subdues kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, as the wind-driven chaff with his bow.”
Here is a picture of God rousing a king and leading him in conquest and delivering up nations before him. So the God of Isaiah 41:10 is Ruler of the rulers of history. He controls the affairs of men and nations for his purposes. That’s who gives the pillars for fearlessness in Isaiah 41:10.
Glimpse #3: The Uncreated First, Yahweh
In Isaiah 41:4 Isaiah asks, “Who has performed and accomplished it, calling forth the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the Lord, am the first, and with the last. I am He.’”
Here is a picture of God not only judging the nations and ruling the rulers of the earth but calling all the nations of the earth into being—”calling forth the generations from the beginning.” God is the first—he is the absolute reality before all other reality and on which all other reality depends. He is the uncreated first. And he will be there with the last when all is accomplished according to his eternal purpose.
When God answers, “I, the Lord, am the first . . . ,” the word “Lord” is “Jehovah” or Yahweh. Franz Delitzsch comments on this verse: “It is the full meaning of the name Jehovah which is unfolded here; for God is called Jehovah as the absolute I, the absolutely free Being, pervading all history, and yet above all history, as He who is Lord of His own absolute being, in revealing which He is purely self-determined; in a word, as the unconditionally free and unchangeably eternal personality” (cited in E.J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, vol. 3, p 76). That’s the God of Isaiah 41:10 who strengthens and helps and upholds.
Glimpse #4: The God Who Chose His Own People
In verses 5–7 Isaiah shows us the desperate attempts of the nations to persuade themselves that they and their gods are strong. Verse 5: they are afraid and they come together. Verse 6: they try to encourage each other not to be afraid, and say, “Be strong!” Verse 7: the idol makers who smooth the metal and nail up the idols with nails try to encourage each other and say, “It is good.”
In other words, there is a picture of the unrepentant nations desperately trying to convince themselves that their self-wrought gods, made with soldering and nails, are really adequate for their needs.
Over against this desperation of self-reliance and idolatry God says to his people in verses 8–9, “But you [are] Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham My friend, you whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its remotest parts, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not rejected you.’”
In verses 1–9 there is a picture of the God who judges the nations, and rules the rulers of the nations, and calls the nations into being, choosing his people for himself, calling them from their hopeless distance from him, and taking them to be his servant.
That is what God has done for us in Christ. He chose us before the foundation of the world. He called us out of darkness and death. And he took us for himself to be his. To make himself our God.
These Glimpses Intensify the Five Pillars
Now all that, I say, intensifies the five pillars of fearlessness in Isaiah 41:10.
- The God who judges all the earth and calls the coastlands to give account . . .
- The God who rules the rulers of history . . .
- The God who calls the nations of earth into being because he is first and last . . .
- The God who calls his own people and makes himself their God freely and graciously . . .
That God says to us who believe,
- I am your God.
- I am with you.
- I will strength you.
- I will help you.
- I will uphold you.
Then Comes the Command—On These Pillars
- Therefore—because I am the judge of the nations . . .
- Therefore—because I rule the rulers of history . . .
- Therefore—because I call nations into being . . .
- Therefore—because I choose freely my own . . .
- Therefore—because I—this great and sovereign God—
- am your God and
- am with you and
- will strengthen you and
- will help you and
- will uphold you . . .
Therefore, do not fear.
Or change the image for a moment. Not five pillars. But God in five relations to you expressed in five different prepositions.
- I am your God—over you.
- I am with you—by your side.
- I will strengthen you—from inside of you.
- I will help you—all around you from wherever the enemy comes.
- I will uphold you—from underneath you.
Over you, by you, inside you, around you, underneath you.
Therefore do not fear.
Our Final Ground for Fearlessness
We come to the end of this series with one great ground for fearlessness—GOD!
- I am your God.
- I am with you.
- I will strengthen you.
- I will help you.
- I will uphold you.
I call you this morning to stop defining and limiting your future in terms of your past and start defining it in terms of your God.
I call you to recognize that God is greater than your personality. God is greater than your past experiences of timidity. God is greater than your “family of origin.” And God calls you to joyful fearlessness.
The crucial factor in your fearless living is not your family but your God.
“Let not your hearts be troubled, BELIEVE IN GOD.” Believe in God! Trust God! Let God be your God! Your help. Your strength. He will uphold you with his righteous right hand.
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And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said: “O Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 16 Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 17 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands 18 and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 19 So now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Lord, are God alone.”
Throughout the Bible, we find many examples of prayers to follow. We all know that prayer is important and vital to our walk with God. The disciples asked Jesus, “Teach us to pray.” In our read-through the Bible this year, we come to 2 Kings 19, and we see a very good example, Hezekiah. Do you see the pattern of Hezekiah’s prayer?
- YOU are…(v 15) the only God, Lord, Creator of all, who sees and hears and knows all
- SO..(.v 19) because of WHO You are, God…
- THAT….(v 19) here is the purpose, the motive…
- they may KNOW that YOU are…(v 19) the One and Only True God, awesome in greatness!
What a great pattern for us to follow! Acknowledge God in all His holiness, His awesomeness, His beauty…that HE ALONE is God…and BECAUSE of who God is, ask HIM to SHOW HIMSELF great among the nations, that they, too, will SEE and KNOW that our God is GREAT!
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In the end, it is not so much that David is great, but that the God he serves, the God who went before him, is great. Saul seems to focus on the size of the enemy rather than on the size of God. God always seems to give us enemies who are much greater than we are, so that we fight in our weakness, trusting in God and not in ourselves, giving Him the glory, rather than taking the credit ourselves.
When we come to David, we come to God’s chosen king. This is the one whose seed will be the promised Messiah, whose kingdom will have no end. And so David often provides us with a foreshadowing of Christ. Our text is no exception. David is a prototype of Christ, as Goliath is a prototype of Satan. Satan has the whole world trembling in fear of him and of death (see Hebrews 2:14-15). We, like the Israelites of old, are powerless to defeat him. What we cannot do for ourselves, Christ has done for us, just as David fought Goliath for Saul and the Israelites. Satan has a death grip on lost sinners. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. Jesus came and took on Satan one-on-one, and He won the victory. David did it by killing Goliath. Jesus did it by being crucified on the cross of Calvary. But after He died to pay the penalty for our sins, He rose from the grave, triumphant over Satan, sin, and death. It was winner take all, and Jesus won by dying and by rising from the dead. All who acknowledge their sin, and who forsake trusting in themselves by placing their trust in Jesus Christ, have the forgiveness of sins and the assurance of living eternally in His kingdom. Thank God for our Champion, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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At the heart of this mission is the connection between the supremacy of God and joy. We believe that because God is supremely great—in power and wisdom and justice and goodness and truth and love—because he is supremely great and glorious, therefore to know him and have fellowship with him is the only source of supreme JOY. Psalm 95 says—and watch the fiery logic of heaven here—
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Don’t miss this word “for” here (Hebrew kiy)—on it hangs our entire mission. If it falls, we fall. “Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms”—that’s our commitment to be joyful and to spread joy in God’s supremacy to all the peoples—“For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods”—above all! In other words the Lord is supreme. To condense it to the basics: Rejoice in God because God is supreme. The supremacy of God is the ground of our joy.
And because of that, we also believe our joy shows the supremacy of God’s value. If his greatness is the basis of our joy, then our joy is the evidence of his greatness. If the supremacy of God is the Rock of your joy, then the depth of your joy is the revelation of your Rock. So we love to say,
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.
Our joy in him magnifies the glory of his supremacy over us.
So our mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.