Attributes of God (8)
18 March 2018 PM – Psalm 145:18-20 – Psa145 – Scott Childs
Introduction: In this great Psalm we have found many attributes of God including that God is Admirable, Praiseworthy, Great, Mighty, Majestic, Awesome, Gracious, Good, Creator, Powerful, Eternal, Supportive, Generous, Satisfying, Righteous and Holy. This evening we will add three more to the list. The Lord is Omnipresent, Benevolent, and Protective.
Transition: As we come to the end of this Psalm that describes some of God’s attributes, we find three more that are encouragements to our hearts.
1. The LORD is Omnipresent
(Psalms 145:18) “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”
a. Because God is everywhere, He is able to be near us.
1) We cannot escape the presence of God. God is never too busy to help us. He is never on holiday. He is on call 24/7.
2) God is a spirit which enables Him to be everywhere at the same time.
3) In a tiny way, God’s omnipresence is somewhat like gravity. We cannot see it. We cannot feel it, but it is all around us. As long as we are within the earth’s atmosphere, gravity has a hold of us.
4) The Psalmist wrote, (Ps 139:7-10) “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. ”
5) (Jer 23:24) “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. ”
b. God never moves.
1) We are the ones that move. The Psalmist said, (Ps 18:2) “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
2) Malachi wrote, (Mal 3:6) “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”
c. The KEY is calling upon God.
1) God chooses to be near all who call upon Him.
2) Those who ignore God’s Word never know God’s closeness. (Prov 15:29) “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. ”
3) However, God allows some to be near Him. He welcomes all who call upon Him in truth. He knows our hearts. He knows those who are truly sincere.
a) He can tell the difference between a religious person who prays ritually and a genuine believer who prays as a child calling to his Father.
b) He knows when His child has a clean heart and when he has a carnal heart. (Ps 66:18) “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
4) When we call upon the Lord in prayer, He delights in bringing us near to Him. As a child feels secure cuddled up in the arms of his dad, so we can feel secure when we are very near to the Lord.
2. The LORD is Benevolent
(Psalms 145:19) “He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”
a. The KEY is fearing the LORD
1) To fear the Lord is to seek to yield every area of one’s life to the Lord so that it will give Him the honour, admiration, and reverence He deserves as the Sovereign of the universe.
2) The promises of this verse hinge on fearing the Lord.
b. God delights in fulfilling desires of all who fear Him
1) God is benevolent and kind. It is in His very nature to meet needs and fulfil desires of humans. The apostle John wrote, (1John 4:8) “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” He also wrote, (1John 4:19) “We love him, because he first loved us.”
2) God’s love is full of benevolence and kindness. It is a giving love. We have often defined agape love as “The sacrificial giving of one’s self to meet the needs of another.” That is God’s love.
3) Those who fearfully respect and reverence the Lord will desire things that please Him. Therefore, we can be assured that God will fulfil such desires.
c. God delights in hearing cries for help and saving all who fear Him.
1) One of the most dangerous things a person can do in nature is to capture the infant of a fierce animal. At the cry of its little one, the mother will become outraged. This is not nearly as true if the little one is not her own.
2) So it is with God. He delights in hearing the cries of His children and coming to their rescue.
a) Does God answer the cries of unbelievers? Yes, at times He may, but He has no obligation to do so. All humans are God’s creation but not all are His children. (John 1:12) “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
b) God’s children are dear to His heart. (Php 4:6-7) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
3. The LORD is Protective
(Psalms 145:20) “The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.”
a. In this verse the KEY is loving the LORD.
1) How can we know if we love the Lord?
2) The term “love him” may simply refer to God’s children as opposed to the wicked. However God could have used other words to make that contrast.
3) If we love the Lord, we will love what He loves and hate what He hates.
4) If we love the Lord, we will seek to please Him.
5) In Mark 12:30 we learn that loving God requires every part of our being, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
6) Jesus said, (John 14:15) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
7) None of us is perfect, but if there is any command in the Bible that we are refusing to obey, Jesus said that we don’t truly love Him. That is a dangerous position to be in.
b. All who love the Lord, He promises to preserve
1) The word preserveth means to keep, guard or watch over.
2) In context, this may refer to God keeping us from hell since it says He will destroy the wicked.
3) However, we know that is the not only way that the Lord preserves those who love Him.
a) He can preserve us from want. (Psalms 23:1) “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
b) He can preserve us during trials. (Psalms 55:22) “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
c) He can preserve us from all evil. (Psalms 121:7) “The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.”
d) He can watch over us during temptation. (Ephesians 6:10-11) “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Conclusion: This evening we have noted that the LORD is omnipresent (He is always near when we call on Him, 24/7). He is benevolent (He is kind and generous, especially when we truly fear Him). He is protective (When we love the Lord, He will preserve and protect us during trials and temptations).
We have an awesome God who has numerous innate character qualities that remind us of our duties toward Him and encourage us to depend on Him. He is able to do great things for us, but we must do our part. He will not force us.
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