SUBJ: Dealing with the greatness of
God’s blessings in salvation and the means of acknowledgment.
AIM: That we should follow the
example of the Psalmist and pursue the issue in the terms of the graces
INTR: This Psalm has long been a
favorite resource to me personally and this question in particular is
one with which I have wrestled.
1. A low view of God and His Christ
will result is a devalued consideration of salvation itself. It behooves
us to look to the being an existence of God and to stand in awe of what
2. This Psalm takes on a very personal tone and addresses
what seem to be deeply personal issues (I said in my haste all men are
liars). But, in our contemplation of the things of God we are soon drawn
onto the way of worship and commitment.
3. The entire Psalm
references salvation and is sometimes very intimate: See verse 7 and the
dialogue with his soul.
While we readily confess that there is nothing that one may do to repay
salvation, we are well advised to confess our indebtedness before the
Lord and men.
I. A question asked in wonder and the benefits
referenced (v. 12)
1. At first glance, the question seems to be
without answer in that no value could ever be placed on that which is
accomplished in Christ.
2. Desperate cries have been answered by One
whose ear is so inclined. (vv. 1-2)
3. A triune expression of
blessedness (Gracious, righteous, and merciful) found infinitely
beneficial (v. 5)
4. Preservation of the simple – See especially (v.
5. A contrast is here advanced as opposed to the harping uttered
6. And the focus is turned to what we have personally
received at the hand of the Lord
1) Mercy and grace
2) A view of
His perfection and praise
3) The delight of His fellowship wherein He
has condescended to meet with us!
4) “With numberless blessings each
moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in
my rapture, “O glory to God
For such a Redeemer as mine!” Fanny
II. A strange answer to the question (v. 13ff)
will take…” A wise reply indeed.
1) From Robert Hawker: “Precious
Jesus! Thou drankest the cup of trembling. And thy people are called to
take the cup of salvation.”
2) The typical reluctance seen in that
people want to pay for their salvation or simply consider it of no
3) It is in the receiving of that blessedness that God is
Himself glorified and exalted.
4) The gracious cook is honored when
the guest asks for more of what she had labored over so lovingly! So is
God as He sees the outworking of His Grace in producing a sweet savor of
Christ in us!
5) “The best return for one like me
So wretched and
Is from His gifts to draw a plea
And ask Him still for
2. The cup is often used for the life of
consciousness we are given and we are reminded that because of our
Shepherd, “Our cup runneth over!”
1) Consider that the cup received
and ingested by Christ our Redeemer was taken into His very being and
permeated throughout and affected His very soul and
2) That is the
example that David here gives us of an opposite effect in us – the life
of Christ affecting every part of our being.
3. To take embrace the
salvation given is an act of worship and it behooves us as did the
Psalmist here to review and commit. Vows to be paid in the presence of
1) See verse 2: will call upon Him -- Verse 9: I will
2) Verse 17: I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and will call upon the Name of the Lord.
4. Praise ye the Lord!