Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church Experiencing Christ In Community

Introduction

Things change

Like many people in this room, I grew up in Australia. 

  • For me,

  • That was in Sydney,

  • And I’m still there today. 

And a lot has changed in Sydney, in Australia, just in my life time.

  • I remember when there was no… 

    • Internet,

    • And pay TV.

  • When all our news came from just a few sources,

    • And how everyone watched the same shows, 

    • And sports,

    • So you could talk to someone about anything and they knew what you were talking about,

    • Because we all shared a common culture.

Change compared to older generations

And even though a lot has changed in my life time, 

  • and I’ve therefore seen a lot of changes in Australia during that time, 

  • I know that there are many people in this room that have seen plenty more things change over the years.

I’m sure a lot of people here have stories about how things are different now compared to the 70’s, or the 50’s, or even earlier. 

  • And as much as, has changed in Australia in that time, 

  • There have been plenty more changes seen in the world,

  • With wars,

  • With Advances in Science and technology. 

  • With new nations that have been formed, while others have vanished from the world map...

  • As well of course, as to what is considered appropriate to put on television now, compared to just a few decades ago. 

Things always change

And that’s because… things change over time. 

  • And when we read this Psalm here this morning, 

  • we can see that this is a different world that we are now living in compared to back then.

This Psalm was written about 3000 years ago. So it is no surprise that a lot has changed in that time. 

  • When I think of the changes I’ve seen in the last 30 years, just in my local area. 

  • When you think of the changes you have seen in your own lifetime.

  • Imagine how much the entire world has changed in 3000 years.

List of changes

We no longer have Kings and Emperors making the decisions in this world today. 

  • These days it’s prime ministers, 

  • and presidents, 

  • that decide the fate of nations.

Where kings once strapped on armour and lead their armies out to battle. 

  • Now a couple of fat boys argue as to who has the bigger nuclear launch button.

So much has changed since the time this Psalm was written,

  • It could be easy to ask; 

  • “How exactly is this relevant today if the world is now so different?”

Some things don’t change

But when you stop, and think about it. 

  • Whilst a lot of the details have changed in this world; 

  • Names, and titles. 

  • The fundamental things haven’t changed at all.

Right from the first verse

  • we see a question that could have easily been asked just this morning, 

  • and it would fit our world perfectly. 

That verse says;

“Why do the nations conspire
  and the peoples plot in vain?”

When you look at all the fighting that goes on in our world.

You have to ask the question; Has anything really changed in the last 3000 years?

  • We may have replaced swords with laser pointed missiles, 

  • but the intent is the same… 

  • kill the enemy. 

Summery

We can all easily point out changes that happen from year to year and decade to decade. 

But there does seem to be some things that never change. 

  • Things which are the same today, 

  • as last month 

  • as last year,  

  • … and the same as here in this Psalm.

And that’s what makes this Psalm so relevant for us today. 

Because the fundamental message of this Psalm has not changed since the day it was written. 

Body

Outline

So this morning I want to talk about 3 things that have never changed in the history of the world. 

  • 3 things that are the same now as when this Psalm was written. 

And the first one to look at is the human heart. 

  • Despite everything that has changed in the world over its history, 

  • The human heart is one thing that stays the same.  

Human Sin hasn’t changed

The Human heart is the same

All of us today, are able to have better lives, then those 3000 years ago could. 

  • Education, 

  • technology, 

  • medicine. 

  • All these things have made life better now than in the past.

My generation, has certainly grown up with everything they could ever want. 

  • But despite living a life of luxury, 

  • especially compared to those of perhaps previous generations, 

  • and certainly compared to those who lived during the time of this Psalm.

Despite this…

  • People still steal. 

  • They still kill for no real reason. 

  • They still turn to alcohol to escape the real world. 

  • They’re still never satisfied with what they have got. 

The type of life we live has changed. But the human heart has not.

The human heart today is no less sinful and selfish then it was in the past.

The world leaders are the same

And we see that with the rulers of the world today as well. 

  • With all our technology, 

  • the nations still go to war with each other. 

  • With the telephone,

    • and now the Internet, 

    • we can communicate with each other instantaneously. 

Yet still, many nations choose to talk to each other with weapons instead. 

World War Example

The First World War, 

  • and the years that surround it, 

  • are a perfect example of how human nature cannot be changed.

At the end of the 19th century, there was much optimism about the 20th century. 

The 19th century was a bloody century. 

  • There had been the napoleon wars. 

  • the Crimean war. 

  • Many wars of national independence and border disputes. 

  • Even the US had had its own civil war.  

It was a messy century. 

But the attitude at the start of the 20th century was… that wars were a thing of the past. 

  • With treaties between empires, 

  • And all the benefits of the industrial revolution, 

  • With better life styles and education, 

  • As well as better communication channels. 

The belief at the time…

  • at the turn of the twentieth century… 

  • the belief was that we as a human race had moved on from wars.

  • We had evolved as a people beyond that kind of behaviour.  

It was wrong

Now I don’t think I need to explain just how completely wrong that kind of thinking was. 

  • The 20th century was significantly more bloody than the one before it,

  • despite the optimism that we had moved beyond such atrocities. 

And did we learn from that? Of course not. 

  • Because in the 90’s,

  • With the Cold War over, 

  • And a digitally interconnected world,

  • After a disastrous 20th century, 

  • the world had a similar optimism about the 21st century. 

  • The belief was that things would be different in the new century… 

  • and then we had 9/11 and off we go again. 

Humans never change

And that’s because some things simply do not change. 

  • And the human heart, 

  • human nature, 

  • is sadly one of those things. 

The reason why the world is still a broken place is because all people have simply rejected God’s ways. 

And we see that as we read on in our Psalm this morning.

“The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”

The human heart is simply poisoned. 

Humanity fallen

Ever since the fall in the Garden of Eden, 

  • when the first humans, 

  • Adam and Eve, 

  • rejected God’s commands. 

Humanity since then has had the same attitude. They have rejected God’s ways.

  • The nations still conspire. 

  • People still plot in vain. 

  • In 3000 years since this Psalm was written. 

  • Plus the thousands of years since Adam and Eve until this Psalm was written. 

  • We see that nothing has changed.

Humanity, is still a mess. 

Summery

So that’s the first of the three things we are looking at today.

  • Many things may change in this world, 

  • But the sinful human heart is not one of them.

    • People always have, 

    • and always will, 

    • rebel again God’s ways.

God doesn’t change

Now whilst the human heart doesn’t change, we see here that God doesn’t change either. 

  • When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, 

  • God did not let their sin go unpunished. 

And as we see here in this Psalm, God will not let those who reject him here go unpunished either. 

Second thing not to change

And that’s the second thing we are going to look at now. 

  • How God’s sovereignty,

  • and his judgement of sin.

  • Has never changed. 

God is judge

Look at how God speaks to those kings and rulers who have decided to oppose him. From verse 4

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

God is not going to let these people get away with their wicked behaviour. 

  • They may think that they can oppose God. 

  • They may believe that they are in control of this world. 

  • But God, the creator of the universe. 

  • He simply laughs at their foolishness. 

It is very clear who is the one ultimately in control here.

God’s sovereignty never changes

And no matter what time frame of world history you look at, 

  • this is another thing that has never changed. 

  • This is God’s world, 

  • and he alone is in control of it. 

Adam and Eve

That’s why when Adam and Eve decided to do their own thing. 

  • When they decided not to do God’s will, but instead, 

  • they decided to seek their own greatness. 

Well when God put an end to that by expelling them from the garden, it became very clear that God was the one in control.

  • When these kings of 3000 years ago,

  • created havoc in the world by ignoring God’s ways. 

  • When they conspired and plotted against the Lord,

  • by believing that they are the ones in control. 

God once again made it very clear that he is the one in control. That’s why he says here;

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.

He warns them, that he will not tolerate their rejection of him. 

  • He is the God of creation. 

  • He is a good and just God that will not allow evil to continue. 

  • He warns them to stop following their sinful nature, 

  • and instead serve the Lord as they were created to do.

He is very clear that those who reject his ways will come under judgement. 

  • He is clear that he will bring down anyone who thinks that they are above God’s law.  

  • And that’s what raises a very big issue for us today. 

The issue for us

Because if our sinful nature has not changed in 3000 years since the time this Psalm was written. 

  • And if the sinful nature of the people at the time of this Psalm,

  • is no different to the sinful nature of Adam and Eve, thousands of years before it. 

  • If the human heart has not changed during the history of the world.

Then it would be dangerous to think that God’s warning in this Psalm has changed today.

  • Because if we know that God has not changed. 

  • Then God’s sovereignty and judgement of sin is the same today as it was then. 

No one today, 

  • and none of us, 

  • should ever think, 

  • that if we reject God today, 

  • that for some reason, 

  • we will escape his judgement. 

God is the same today as he was during the time of this Psalm. 

  • The same way our heart does not change over time, 

  • neither does God.  

Recap

So that’s the second thing to be thinking of today.

So far this morning we have looked at two things. 

  • The first thing we looked at was how even though a lot has changed in the world,

  • our sinful nature has not changed. 

And the second thing we just looked at, 

  • is how God’s anger against sin has not changed either,

  • so we too, today, need to listen to the warnings of this passage. 

The third thing

God’s love

But now we are going to look at the last thing that has not changed throughout the history of the world. 

Because this is really good news for us. 

The third thing that hasn’t changed,

  • is God’s love, 

  • and his ability to forgive our rejection of him. 

God’s love has not changed from the times of this Psalm right up to today. 

So when we read in this Psalm;

“Blessed are all who take refuge in him”

  • We can know, 

  • that just like the warning of judgement in this passage…

  • We can know that this message of reassurance is speaking to us today as well. 

We may all have a sinful heart.

  • But judgement is only for those who embrace that sin,

  • and refuse to come to God for salvation.

  • Not for those who turn back to God for his forgiveness.

Psalm 1

In the Psalm before this one, 

  • it is clearly laid out that there are only two ways to live in this world.

And Psalm 1 is an important Psalm in helping us to understand this psalm we are looking at now. 

  • In fact, 

  • many old manuscripts actually have Psalm 1 and 2 as the same Psalm.

They don’t have them divided into two separate Psalms as we do today. 

  • And even today, 

  • most commentators see Psalm 1 and 2 together, 

  • as an introduction to the Psalms in general. 

They are very closely connected. 

So it is worth having a quick think back to the first Psalm now.

Psalm 1

In Psalm 1 we see it starts of by saying; 

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,”

and finishes with:

“ for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.”

As mentioned a moment ago, it’s very clear in Psalm 1, 

  • that there are only two ways to live. 

  • That’s the main point. 

The first way to live is to look to the Lord for guidance. 

  • Look to him for salvation. 

  • Read his word, day and night, 

  • and live for him. 

The second way to live, is to do the opposite. 

  • Don’t live for him. 

  • Don’t come to him for guidance. 

  • Simply live your life the way that you want to live. 

  • Basically, follow the ways of your sinful heart. 

And as we get to the end of today’s Psalm, Psalm 2. We see the same two ways are presented here as well.

So looking at verse 12; 

12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Either we can reject the Lord, 

  • and follow the path that leads to destruction. 

  • Or we can take refuge in him.

Blessed in Jesus

That means that any of us today, 

  • who have our faith in his son Jesus Christ, 

  • are blessed. 

  • And that is an incredibly comforting thing to know. 

Because it can be disheartening to think that we are unable to fix our human nature by ourselves. 

  • The world can change in so many ways in 30 years, in 300 years, and especially 3000 years. 

  • But in all this time the human heart is simply corrupt, 

  • and it’s not getting any better. 

  • And it can be disheartening to know that this will never change.

It can be frightening to know, that God will punish all sin. 

  • And that all of us here have that same sinful heart that God warns against here in this Psalm. 

  • That can be a frightening thought. 

  • Knowing that God’s judgement has not changed either.

But at the same time, it’s comforting to know that God’s love has not changed. 

  • That those who take refuge in him, 

  • those who have their faith in his son, 

  • will be blessed.

It can be comforting to know, 

  • that all the evil, 

  • and terrible things that happen in this world. 

  • All those things will come to an end because of this. 

Summery

That’s why this Psalm is so relevant today, 

  • because it is talking of that time, 

  • when the Lord will make everything right. 

But that time will only be a blessing to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord. 

  • Because either we reject Jesus,

  • and follow the path that leads to destruction. 

  • Or we can take refuge in him.

Conclusion

And that is the main point I want to make this morning. 

  • Know that there is refuge in the Lord. 

  • Know that all those who have faith in Jesus will be saved. 

  • Know that there is eternal life in God’s Kingdom, 

  • in heaven, 

  • for those who in this life, take refuge in him. 

One of the big mistakes that our world has made it to think that we can save ourselves. 

  • At the end of the 19th century people believed that though our technology, 

  • we had moved on to a point that we would no longer fight amongst ourselves. 

  • At the end of the 20th century,

  • people believed that though our education and enlightenment, 

  • we had moved on to a point that we would no longer fight amongst ourselves.

But human history shows that the human heart never changes. 

  • The reason we fight amount ourselves is because as a human race, 

  • we are fighting against God’s way. 

As long as the world keeps rejecting God we will continue to live in sin.

  • Human nature cannot be changed by ourselves. 

  • We will never be able to fix this world. 

  • Each of us will never be able to fix the sin in our own hearts. 

But what we can do is turn to God, each of us, and find salvation and eternal life in him. 

  • Our heart doesn’t change.

  • God’s judgement of sin doesn’t change. 

  • But the good news is that God’s willingness to forgive those who take refuge in him, doesn’t change either. 

 

 

 

 

Like many people in this room, I grew up in Australia. 

  • For me,

  • That was in Sydney,

  • And I’m still there today. 

And a lot has changed in Sydney, in Australia, just in my life time.

  • I remember when there was no… 

    • Internet,

    • And pay TV.

  • When all our news came from just a few sources,

    • And how everyone watched the same shows, 

    • And sports,

    • So you could talk to someone about anything and they knew what you were talking about,

    • Because we all shared a common culture.

Change compared to older generations

And even though a lot has changed in my life time, 

  • and I’ve therefore seen a lot of changes in Australia during that time, 

  • I know that there are many people in this room that have seen plenty more things change over the years.

I’m sure a lot of people here have stories about how things are different now compared to the 70’s, or the 50’s, or even earlier. 

  • And as much as, has changed in Australia in that time, 

  • There have been plenty more changes seen in the world,

  • With wars,

  • With Advances in Science and technology. 

  • With new nations that have been formed, while others have vanished from the world map...

  • As well of course, as to what is considered appropriate to put on television now, compared to just a few decades ago. 

Things always change

And that’s because… things change over time. 

  • And when we read this Psalm here this morning, 

  • we can see that this is a different world that we are now living in compared to back then.

This Psalm was written about 3000 years ago. So it is no surprise that a lot has changed in that time. 

  • When I think of the changes I’ve seen in the last 30 years, just in my local area. 

  • When you think of the changes you have seen in your own lifetime.

  • Imagine how much the entire world has changed in 3000 years.

List of changes

We no longer have Kings and Emperors making the decisions in this world today. 

  • These days it’s prime ministers, 

  • and presidents, 

  • that decide the fate of nations.

Where kings once strapped on armour and lead their armies out to battle. 

  • Now a couple of fat boys argue as to who has the bigger nuclear launch button.

So much has changed since the time this Psalm was written,

  • It could be easy to ask; 

  • “How exactly is this relevant today if the world is now so different?”

Some things don’t change

But when you stop, and think about it. 

  • Whilst a lot of the details have changed in this world; 

  • Names, and titles. 

  • The fundamental things haven’t changed at all.

Right from the first verse, 

  • we see a question that could have easily been asked just this morning, 

  • and it would fit our world perfectly. 

That verse says;

“Why do the nations conspire
  and the peoples plot in vain?”

When you look at all the fighting that goes on in our world.

You have to ask the question; Has anything really changed in the last 3000 years?

  • We may have replaced swords with laser pointed missiles, 

  • but the intent is the same… 

  • kill the enemy. 

Summery

We can all easily point out changes that happen from year to year and decade to decade. 

But there does seem to be some things that never change. 

  • Things which are the same today, 

  • as last month 

  • as last year,  

  • … and the same as here in this Psalm.

And that’s what makes this Psalm so relevant for us today. 

Because the fundamental message of this Psalm has not changed since the day it was written. 

Body

Outline

So this morning I want to talk about 3 things that have never changed in the history of the world. 

  • 3 things that are the same now as when this Psalm was written. 

And the first one to look at is the human heart. 

  • Despite everything that has changed in the world over its history, 

  • The human heart is one thing that stays the same.  

Human Sin hasn’t changed

The Human heart is the same

All of us today, are able to have better lives, then those 3000 years ago could. 

  • Education, 

  • technology, 

  • medicine. 

  • All these things have made life better now than in the past.

My generation, has certainly grown up with everything they could ever want. 

  • But despite living a life of luxury, 

  • especially compared to those of perhaps previous generations, 

  • and certainly compared to those who lived during the time of this Psalm.

Despite this…

  • People still steal. 

  • They still kill for no real reason. 

  • They still turn to alcohol to escape the real world. 

  • They’re still never satisfied with what they have got. 

The type of life we live has changed. But the human heart has not.

The human heart today is no less sinful and selfish then it was in the past.

The world leaders are the same

And we see that with the rulers of the world today as well. 

  • With all our technology, 

  • the nations still go to war with each other. 

  • With the telephone,

    • and now the Internet, 

    • we can communicate with each other instantaneously. 

Yet still, many nations choose to talk to each other with weapons instead. 

World War Example

The First World War, 

  • and the years that surround it, 

  • are a perfect example of how human nature cannot be changed.

At the end of the 19th century, there was much optimism about the 20th century. 

The 19th century was a bloody century. 

  • There had been the napoleon wars. 

  • the Crimean war. 

  • Many wars of national independence and border disputes. 

  • Even the US had had its own civil war.  

It was a messy century. 

But the attitude at the start of the 20th century was… that wars were a thing of the past. 

  • With treaties between empires, 

  • And all the benefits of the industrial revolution, 

  • With better life styles and education, 

  • As well as better communication channels. 

The belief at the time…

  • at the turn of the twentieth century… 

  • the belief was that we as a human race had moved on from wars.

  • We had evolved as a people beyond that kind of behaviour.  

It was wrong

Now I don’t think I need to explain just how completely wrong that kind of thinking was. 

  • The 20th century was significantly more bloody than the one before it,

  • despite the optimism that we had moved beyond such atrocities. 

And did we learn from that? Of course not. 

  • Because in the 90’s,

  • With the Cold War over, 

  • And a digitally interconnected world,

  • After a disastrous 20th century, 

  • the world had a similar optimism about the 21st century. 

  • The belief was that things would be different in the new century… 

  • and then we had 9/11 and off we go again. 

Humans never change

And that’s because some things simply do not change. 

  • And the human heart, 

  • human nature, 

  • is sadly one of those things. 

The reason why the world is still a broken place is because all people have simply rejected God’s ways. 

And we see that as we read on in our Psalm this morning.

“The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”

The human heart is simply poisoned. 

Humanity fallen

Ever since the fall in the Garden of Eden, 

  • when the first humans, 

  • Adam and Eve, 

  • rejected God’s commands. 

Humanity since then has had the same attitude. They have rejected God’s ways.

  • The nations still conspire. 

  • People still plot in vain. 

  • In 3000 years since this Psalm was written. 

  • Plus the thousands of years since Adam and Eve until this Psalm was written. 

  • We see that nothing has changed.

Humanity, is still a mess. 

Summery

So that’s the first of the three things we are looking at today.

  • Many things may change in this world, 

  • But the sinful human heart is not one of them.

    • People always have, 

    • and always will, 

    • rebel again God’s ways.

God doesn’t change

Now whilst the human heart doesn’t change, we see here that God doesn’t change either. 

  • When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, 

  • God did not let their sin go unpunished. 

And as we see here in this Psalm, God will not let those who reject him here go unpunished either. 

Second thing not to change

And that’s the second thing we are going to look at now. 

  • How God’s sovereignty,

  • and his judgement of sin.

  • Has never changed. 

God is judge

Look at how God speaks to those kings and rulers who have decided to oppose him. From verse 4

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

God is not going to let these people get away with their wicked behaviour. 

  • They may think that they can oppose God. 

  • They may believe that they are in control of this world. 

  • But God, the creator of the universe. 

  • He simply laughs at their foolishness. 

It is very clear who is the one ultimately in control here.

God’s sovereignty never changes

And no matter what time frame of world history you look at, 

  • this is another thing that has never changed. 

  • This is God’s world, 

  • and he alone is in control of it. 

Adam and Eve

That’s why when Adam and Eve decided to do their own thing. 

  • When they decided not to do God’s will, but instead, 

  • they decided to seek their own greatness. 

Well when God put an end to that by expelling them from the garden, it became very clear that God was the one in control.

  • When these kings of 3000 years ago,

  • created havoc in the world by ignoring God’s ways. 

  • When they conspired and plotted against the Lord,

  • by believing that they are the ones in control. 

God once again made it very clear that he is the one in control. That’s why he says here;

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.

He warns them, that he will not tolerate their rejection of him. 

  • He is the God of creation. 

  • He is a good and just God that will not allow evil to continue. 

  • He warns them to stop following their sinful nature, 

  • and instead serve the Lord as they were created to do.

He is very clear that those who reject his ways will come under judgement. 

  • He is clear that he will bring down anyone who thinks that they are above God’s law.  

  • And that’s what raises a very big issue for us today. 

The issue for us

Because if our sinful nature has not changed in 3000 years since the time this Psalm was written. 

  • And if the sinful nature of the people at the time of this Psalm,

  • is no different to the sinful nature of Adam and Eve, thousands of years before it. 

  • If the human heart has not changed during the history of the world.

Then it would be dangerous to think that God’s warning in this Psalm has changed today.

  • Because if we know that God has not changed. 

  • Then God’s sovereignty and judgement of sin is the same today as it was then. 

No one today, 

  • and none of us, 

  • should ever think, 

  • that if we reject God today, 

  • that for some reason, 

  • we will escape his judgement. 

God is the same today as he was during the time of this Psalm. 

  • The same way our heart does not change over time, 

  • neither does God.  

Recap

So that’s the second thing to be thinking of today.

So far this morning we have looked at two things. 

  • The first thing we looked at was how even though a lot has changed in the world,

  • our sinful nature has not changed. 

And the second thing we just looked at, 

  • is how God’s anger against sin has not changed either,

  • so we too, today, need to listen to the warnings of this passage. 

The third thing

God’s love

But now we are going to look at the last thing that has not changed throughout the history of the world. 

Because this is really good news for us. 

The third thing that hasn’t changed,

  • is God’s love, 

  • and his ability to forgive our rejection of him. 

God’s love has not changed from the times of this Psalm right up to today. 

So when we read in this Psalm;

“Blessed are all who take refuge in him”

  • We can know, 

  • that just like the warning of judgement in this passage…

  • We can know that this message of reassurance is speaking to us today as well. 

We may all have a sinful heart.

  • But judgement is only for those who embrace that sin,

  • and refuse to come to God for salvation.

  • Not for those who turn back to God for his forgiveness.

Psalm 1

In the Psalm before this one, 

  • it is clearly laid out that there are only two ways to live in this world.

And Psalm 1 is an important Psalm in helping us to understand this psalm we are looking at now. 

  • In fact, 

  • many old manuscripts actually have Psalm 1 and 2 as the same Psalm.

They don’t have them divided into two separate Psalms as we do today. 

  • And even today, 

  • most commentators see Psalm 1 and 2 together, 

  • as an introduction to the Psalms in general. 

They are very closely connected. 

So it is worth having a quick think back to the first Psalm now.

Psalm 1

In Psalm 1 we see it starts of by saying; 

“Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,”

and finishes with:

“ for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.”

As mentioned a moment ago, it’s very clear in Psalm 1, 

  • that there are only two ways to live. 

  • That’s the main point. 

The first way to live is to look to the Lord for guidance. 

  • Look to him for salvation. 

  • Read his word, day and night, 

  • and live for him. 

The second way to live, is to do the opposite. 

  • Don’t live for him. 

  • Don’t come to him for guidance. 

  • Simply live your life the way that you want to live. 

  • Basically, follow the ways of your sinful heart. 

And as we get to the end of today’s Psalm, Psalm 2. We see the same two ways are presented here as well.

So looking at verse 12; 

12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Either we can reject the Lord, 

  • and follow the path that leads to destruction. 

  • Or we can take refuge in him.

Blessed in Jesus

That means that any of us today, 

  • who have our faith in his son Jesus Christ, 

  • are blessed. 

  • And that is an incredibly comforting thing to know. 

Because it can be disheartening to think that we are unable to fix our human nature by ourselves. 

  • The world can change in so many ways in 30 years, in 300 years, and especially 3000 years. 

  • But in all this time the human heart is simply corrupt, 

  • and it’s not getting any better. 

  • And it can be disheartening to know that this will never change.

It can be frightening to know, that God will punish all sin. 

  • And that all of us here have that same sinful heart that God warns against here in this Psalm. 

  • That can be a frightening thought. 

  • Knowing that God’s judgement has not changed either.

But at the same time, it’s comforting to know that God’s love has not changed. 

  • That those who take refuge in him, 

  • those who have their faith in his son, 

  • will be blessed.

It can be comforting to know, 

  • that all the evil, 

  • and terrible things that happen in this world. 

  • All those things will come to an end because of this. 

Summery

That’s why this Psalm is so relevant today, 

  • because it is talking of that time, 

  • when the Lord will make everything right. 

But that time will only be a blessing to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord. 

  • Because either we reject Jesus,

  • and follow the path that leads to destruction. 

  • Or we can take refuge in him.

Conclusion

And that is the main point I want to make this morning. 

  • Know that there is refuge in the Lord. 

  • Know that all those who have faith in Jesus will be saved. 

  • Know that there is eternal life in God’s Kingdom, 

  • in heaven, 

  • for those who in this life, take refuge in him. 

One of the big mistakes that our world has made it to think that we can save ourselves. 

  • At the end of the 19th century people believed that though our technology, 

  • we had moved on to a point that we would no longer fight amongst ourselves. 

  • At the end of the 20th century,

  • people believed that though our education and enlightenment, 

  • we had moved on to a point that we would no longer fight amongst ourselves.

But human history shows that the human heart never changes. 

  • The reason we fight amount ourselves is because as a human race, 

  • we are fighting against God’s way. 

As long as the world keeps rejecting God we will continue to live in sin.

  • Human nature cannot be changed by ourselves. 

  • We will never be able to fix this world. 

  • Each of us will never be able to fix the sin in our own hearts. 

But what we can do is turn to God, each of us, and find salvation and eternal life in him. 

  • Our heart doesn’t change.

  • God’s judgement of sin doesn’t change. 

  • But the good news is that God’s willingness to forgive those who take refuge in him, doesn’t change either. 

 

 

 

 


Tamworth Community Presbyterian Church
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