Thursday, October 19, 2006

My Roommate was running tonight. I was told by another roommate, whom I would deem trustworthy most of the time, that his shorts were just a tad short. More specifically, the white and muscular thighs were clearly evident upon every stride that was taken while burning the calories. Tyler, we love you, brother.

On a serious note, this is the inauguration of this blog. I have entitled the page "Vassal of the King" for a simple reason. I have been pondering for many recent months the simple - yet profound - truth of Psalm 93:1, "The Lord Reigns." I have been overwhelmed in my personal times of worship in trying to understand how and what this looks like. I was first introduced to this concept along with a detailed study in the Psalm by Steve Lawson - who is my "hero" preacher. Psalm 93 was his last sermon at a church where he was removed from the Pastorate for preaching the absolute and exclusive truths of the Scriptures. Furthermore, Dr. Lawson's testimony has impacted me so much that I decided to devote this Psalm to personal study whenever I had time. It is this Sunday that I will be preaching on Psalm 93 - the Sovereignty of God. This clear concept not only is revealed in the first (two in Hebrew) words of the Psalm when the Psalmist writes, "The Lord Reigns." But it is elaborated through the rest of the Psalm by pointing out these three hooks:
I. The Sovereign Reign of God
II. The Sinful Rebellion Against God
III. The Sure Revelation of God

I have found this Psalm to not only be very humbling in realizing the fact that the LORD whom I serve is indeed the Sovereign Creator of the Universe. If this baffles your mind, take your Bible and read (slowly) Job 38-41 and see how truly magnificent and omnipotent our God is.

Then that led me to contemplate - and once again, be humbled by - the reality that my salvation is 0% from me and 100% from God. Is that clear? That is what the Scriptures teach? Do I understand it all with all of the various nuances and deep truths that are contained in that phrase? No, but I believe it? Does it always make sense to me? No, but I believe it? Why, you may ask? Simply because the Bible is overwhelmingly clear. For it says in Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

In conclusion, I have appended a note from a paper that I am working on which states, "The believer who has trusted in Jesus Christ has nothing left to cry but a cry of submissive and reverent joy! What comfort! What assurance! What authority! What sovereignty! What love!" Praise to the LORD, the Almighty, the King of Creation! Amen and Amen.

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