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Episode #010
Recorded February 28, 2013
“The Treasures of Trust” (Psalm 125)




Show Notes:

  • Introductory Thoughts:
    • Jews attended three feasts in Jerusalem every year: Passover (Spring), Pentecost (Early Summer), and Tabernacles (Autumn) (Exodus 23:14-19)
    • Traditionally they travelled in family or community groups to the city of David (Luke 2:41-52).
    • As they journey they sang the “Psalms of Ascent” (Psalm 120-134) to prepare for worship.
    • One can only imagine that Psalm 125 lept from the heart and the lips of one who surveyed the city of Jerusalem and the surrounding typography.
    • The faithful are mentioned in each verse. Warren Wiersbe sites three types of people in psalm 125: the faithful, the compromiser (3), and the apostate (5).
    • Psalm 125 is best summarized by Isa. 3:10-11
      • Say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
    • What are the blessings of those who trust in the Lord?
  • Trust in the Lord and He Will Defend You
    • Position (1)
      • Sand (Matt. 7:26), Sea (Jam. 1:6), Wind (Eph. 4:14)/The faithful are like a mountain.
    • Protection (2)
      • As the mountains are round about Jerusalem. Jerusalem is situated in the centre of a mountainous region, whose valleys have drawn around it in all directions a perfect network of deep ravines, the perpendicular walls of which constitute a very efficient system of defence.—William M. Thomson, in “The Land and the Book”, 1881.
  • Trust in the Lord and He Will Deliver You
    • Our faith impacts the way that we view trials.
      • 2 Tim. 3:12 – All suffer trials.
    • God uses the outward trials of life to shape us (Jam. 1:2ff) but does not allow them to deform us (1 Cor. 10:13).
    • Like guitar strings: Too tight and they break, too loose and they aren’t toned correctly.
  • Trust in the Lord and He Will Delight You
    • “Do Good”
      • Neh. 13:31 – And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
    • “Peace”
  • The Treasures of trust should lead to thanksgiving.

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