Psalm 68:35… “You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!” (NIV) Zephaniah 3:17… “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing” (KJV). Job 37:22… “God comes in awesome majesty” (NIV). Psalm 66:5… “Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man” (ESV). Psalm 111:9… “Holy and awesome is his name” (NIV).
Ephesians 2:19-22 teaches that believers are built together for a habitation of God through the Holy Spirit. 1 Peter 2:5-9 teaches that the believers are built up as a spiritual house to show forth God’s praises. 1 Corinthians 3:16 teaches that we are the temple of God and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. John 14:23 says, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (KJV); that is, reside in him.
When God moves, you can’t stop him. God is awesome in the church and in the life of the individual believer. We are living in days of pressure and some folks wonder if God has stopped loving them. The purpose for this lesson is this… God wants you to know that he is awesome in the congregation and in you personally. You must believe this.
Psalm 68:1-6… “Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him” (v. 1, KJV). When God arises there is no power strong enough to hold Him back. When God arises, some folks act negatively, others act responsively, some run from His presence, and others run to Him. When God arises there is going to be a message. When God arises He will reveal what’s in our hearts. When we let God arise, three things will happen. His enemies are scattered, the people that hate God flee, and the wicked perish at His presence. Note the words “God’s enemies.” The word “enemy” is a synonym for the word “adversary.” There are three classes of people who act negatively when God arises…
a) God’s enemies scatter… Many people scatter when God arises. The adversary is the devil, and also the men and women who set themselves up against God’s moving in the church. The adversaries of God are those who will not give God first place, those who do not follow the arrangements of God. In Isaiah 14, it was the devil. In Israel, it was the Canaanite nations (Genesis 10:15-19, Joshua 13). The adversary is a spirit that hinders the will of God, that hinders progress, and that hinders the purposes of God. There are many adversaries in the church. Philippians 3:18 talks about the enemies of the cross of Christ. Jesus had to tell Peter, “Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (Matthew 16:23, KJV). Many folk misuse the gifts of the Holy Spirit as seen in 1 Corinthians 12. If we fight the rising of God, we become his adversary. Very often, we give room to the adversary that is within our own life. Our bodies are temples of God, and often we make room for the devil, sickness, doubts, wrong habits, bad tempers, and many other evils. God’s presence in us means that our enemies will scatter.
b) People who hate God flee… There are people who hate God. There are many believers who have personal resentments against God. They blame God for everything. They actually hate God. They hate His righteous standards. They rail at Him for not answering prayer, for not meeting needs, for not healing them when they are sick, or for not giving them joy. Blaming God opens the door for resentment, then anger, then hatred, and finally departure. There are many who serve God out of fear and not faith and love. They respond to God religiously but inwardly they resent Him. When God arises all these things flee. Hate, resentments, and anger will flee when God arises. God’s presence is awesome.
c) The wicked perish at His presence… They are driven away as smoke is driven away by the wind. They melt as wax when the heat is applied. The word “wicked” has to do with the person and his or her sin. The wicked live in confusion. In verse 1 the enemies fled. Here, they perish. Many Christians work in an environment that is hostile to God. In that environment they pick up the characteristics of that environment, and they bring it home and into the church. When God arises, these things perish, because God is awesome in the sanctuary. Our spirit must cry out, “Arise in me, O God. Arise, O God, in the sanctuary.” In Psalm 68:1, the psalmist uses the word “let.” This is an action word. It involves your will, your choice, and your decision.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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