27 Jul Loved by God
Read: Psalm 132
Last Sunday, Ronnie Morris preached a sermon entitled “The Mighty King,” from Psalm 110. This Sunday, Pastor Jason Finley will preach the sermon, “The Shepherd King,” from Psalm 132. As you prepare your heart for our corporate gathering, may these words from John Piper lead you to be astonished at the power and authority and surety with which we are loved by God.
“There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.”(Psalm 132:17–18)
Who will benefit from the promises God made to David?
Here is Psalm 132:17–18 again: “I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.”
Now connect that with Isaiah 55:1, 3, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! . . . And I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”
From this side of the cross, here’s how I would paraphrase that promise: Whoever comes to God through Jesus Christ, his Son, thirsting for what God is for us in Christ, rather than depending on who we are or what we do, God will make with that one a covenant.
Remember how the Bible comes to an end in Revelation 22:17? “Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” This is not just the Jews of Isaiah’s day. This is anyone who comes to Christ to satisfy the thirst of his soul. “I will make with [that one] an everlasting covenant!”
What covenant? A covenant defined and secured by God’s “sure love for David.” Isaiah 55:3, “I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.” I take that to mean that I am included in the Davidic covenant. What David gets, I will get in Christ Jesus.
And what does that include?
A horn will sprout for me. That is, great strength will fight for me and protect me. There will be a God-prepared lamp for me. That is, light will surround me and darkness will not overcome me. There will be a crown for me. That is, I will reign with the Son of David and sit with him on his throne. “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne” (Revelation 3:21).
It is an astonishing thing that we will benefit from the promises made to David. God means for us to be astonished. He means for us to leave our devotions astonished at the power and authority and surety with which we are loved by God.
Devotional by John Piper
Song List for Sunday
1. “O Worship the King,” by Chris Tomlin
2. “The Lord Our God,” by Kristian Stanfill
3. “Praise the King,” Arr. by Shane & Shane
4. “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand,” Arr. by Indelible Grace
5. “God Is Able,” by Hillsong Live