This is the sermon for Sunday, May 23rd, 2010.
Such a great Salvation
Psalm 30:5 ESV – For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
As Christians, we have so many reasons to celebrate in our Savior – Jesus Christ. Even those moments when we are down, when we begin to think about all the wonderful things Jesus has done for us – His joy begins to flood our hearts. Truly, ours is a great salvation.
This morning the text we are going to be unpacking is one small verse, but within this Old Testament passage is the dynamite of the Gospel, exploding with the truth that “Our God saves.” You may say to me “Pastor, I just don’t see it.” Well, hopefully by the end of this sermon you will.
Let’s look at a little background information before we get started.
- Written by King David.
- Either for the dedication of his house, or maybe the dedication of the temple in the future under his son, Solomon.
- David possibly wrote this Psalm during or after a time of deep affliction.
There are two themes that we want to focus on as we unpack this Psalm: God’s anger; and God’s favor. Let’s begin.
Psalm 30:5 ESV – For his anger is but for a moment…
I want to ask a very serious question to all of us this morning: Have we’ve ever given God a reason to be angry with us? Well, to be honest, the answer for all of us would be – Yes! You see, the Christian and Non-Christian both have one thing in common: we were by nature children of wrath. Notice what Paul says.
Ephesians 2:1-3 ESV – 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
Truths from Ephesians 2:1-3:
- We were dead in our trespasses and sins (verse 1).
- We walked according to the dictates of Satan and this worldly age (verse 2).
- We had sinful, fleshly desires and carried those desires out (verse 3).
- We were children of wrath by nature (verse 3).
This morning let this truth sink in: we lived in such a way as the unconverted that God was angry; and we deserved His anger! No amount of good works could lift this anger off of us.
But thanks be to God for what our text goes on to say: “For His anger lasts only a moment.” The Hebrew word for moment here is rega (reh`-gah). It literally means, “a wink, or blink of an eye.” A blink of an eye is 0.40 of a second; that is quick; and that is what this passage compares God’s anger too.
Think of this as well: as Christians, when we sin, it still angers God. And while we may not experience His full blown wrath because of our sin; we do experience His discipline. And even then, His discipline compared to eternity is only a blink of an eye.
Notice what God said concerning Zion in Isaiah.
Isaiah 54:7-8 ESV – 7 For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. 8 In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.
What about the believer that is afflicted, not because of sin, but just because of life? Well, this affliction is but a brief moment, a blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things. Notice what our text says, “Weeping may tarry for the night. “Night” is speaking of an amount of time, compared to eternity, this is rather short.
Paul says something encouraging about believers who are enduring afflictions.
2 Corinthians 4:17 ESV – For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison…
Let’s bring our thoughts all together.
What is the answer for:
- The lost in God’s wrath and anger?
- The Christian sinning and being disciplined by God?
- The Christian suffering affliction in this life?
Psalm 30:5 ESV – His favor is for a lifetime.
Green’s Literal Version says, “In His favor is life.”
I love both translations of this passage. What does this look like? Well, let’s go back to Paul in Ephesians.
Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV – 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Unpacking Ephesians 2:4-6:
- God is rich (abundant) in mercy and greatly loves us (verse 4).
- He is the one that makes us alive in Christ (verse 5).
- He saves us by grace (verse 6).
- He has raised us spiritually to set with Jesus in the heavens (verse 6).
What great truths these are!
To the Christian that sins: He offers forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 ESV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
To the Christian suffering affliction, He offers healing. To those who suffer affliction that He doesn’t heal; He offers security.
Psalm 30:2 ESV- O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
Psalm 30:7a NET – O Lord, in your good favor you made me secure.
Truly, we can say, “joy comes with the morning.”
I want to close this sermon this morning, reading from this entire chapter. May the Lord lift your spirits as we read this together. (read from ESV Bible)