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August 24, 2017

 

Sunday in the Pastor's Class, we looked at Psalm 145 to get more insight into what the Bible says about the love of God.

 

This Psalm highlights God's lovingkindness and mercy and goodness over all His creation.

 

Introduction to Psalm 145

 

  • This Psalm is the last of David’s 75 Psalms.

  • Each verse is part of an acrostic based on the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

  • ‘This poem is the first of six hymns that close the Psalter like a display of fireworks.’ – Reformation Study Bible

  • Some in the Jewish tradition believed that if one would recite it three times a day, with heart and lips, they would experience spiritual happiness and enjoy blessings in the world to come.’ – Calvin

  • ‘One of the Bible’s ‘awe’ passages.’ – Paul Tripp

 

The Flow of Thought in Psalm 145

 

God is worthy to be praised. (1-2)

Because He is great. (3-6)

He is great in love. (7-8)

He is great in love to all His creation under His never-ending reign. (9-17)

Under His never-ending reign through merciful and gracious and faithful provision.

He is great in love to all creation and, especially, to His people, but He will exercise justice to those who refuse His love. (18-21)

 

We need to think through what it means to love creation since God loves His creation.

 

 

What are the implications of God’s love for all creation?

 

  • Godliness requires that I love all creation. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

  • Obedience requires that I use creation for the good of others (subdue: dominion over resources) and the glory of God (keep: glory of God in the beauty of creation). (Genesis 1:28; Mark 12:30-31)

  • Animals should not be treated cruelly. (Proverbs 12:10)

  • Our environment should be stewarded well. (Genesis 2:15)

  • We don’t have to fear destroying the earth ourselves. (Genesis 8:22; 9:11)

Proverbs 12:10; Numbers 22:32-33; Genesis 2:19-20; Psalm 50:10-22; Psalm 104:21, 27-28; Genesis 9:8-11; Exodus 23:10-12; Exodus 20:9-11; Matthew 6:26; Luke 12:6, 24; Deuteronomy 25:4; Genesis 2:15; Deuteronomy 20:19-20; Isaiah 14:7-8

 

You can hear more about this by going here and listening to The Love of God in 3-D - Part 3.

 

Note: You can hear John MacArthur's full message on global warming here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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