“Transformed by a Vision of God's Greatness”

September 8, 2019 Speaker: Rick Negley Series: Psalms

Scripture: Psalm 111:1–111:10

“Transformed by a Vision of God's Greatness”
Psalm 111

To a large degree, our focus determines our trajectory in life.
It is like learning to ride a bike or drive a car.
Learning to ride a bike (unsteady) or drive a car (swerving)
The wrong focus can result in fear, weariness, shame or isolation.
It can even result in paralysis and be deadly.

Purpose: Praise
This psalm begins and ends with praise.
The Bible reveals that our purpose is to praise.
We have been created to enjoy and praise our great and glorious God.
The question,“Why am I here?" is one that each of us must answer.

Perspective: A God-Centered Vision of All Things
In life, we tend to see ourselves and our challenges as very large.
We sometimes think that God is far away and unable to help.
But God is closer than it appears (Acts 17:26-28).
Note the crescendo from the works of God to God himself.
God provides food for those who fear Him (v. 5).
The LORD remembers His covenant forever (v. 5; Gen. 15:17-18).
God has shown the power of His works (v. 6).
This was displayed in giving the inheritance of the nations (v. 6)
The precepts of God are trustworthy (v.7).
God sent redemption to His people (v. 9).
Holy and awesome is His name (v.9).
God is unique. There is no one like our God (Exodus 8:10).
God is the only self-existent being. God is eternal.
Our sufferings are temporary (2 Cor. 4:16-18; Rom. 8:18).

Power: The Fear of the LORD

How do we keep this vision of God ever before us?
We praise God for what we know of Him.
Ask God to cause us to remember His wondrous works (v. 4).
Pray I.O.U.S.
Incline my heart... (Ps. 119:36);
Open my eyes (Ps. 119:18)
Unite my heart to fear (Ps. 86:11);
Satisfy us (Ps. 90:14)
Who then is this? (Mark 4:35-41).