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Weekly Sermon - 25 Jun 17                                 

When a poor man cries
(Psalm 34:6)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
 
(54 minutes)
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Introduction - Psalm of Personal Testimony

Alphabetical Psalm - Easier to memorise and to learn the Word of God (Ps. 25; 34; 119)

A Communion Psalm when they come to the table.

A Messianic Psalm (v.20); No broken bone though Christ was crucified.

Outline of Psalm 34

1.  The Psalmist's Expression of God's Praise (v.1-3)

2.  The Psalmist's Experience of God's Providence (v.4-10)

3.  The Psalmist's Exhortation of God's Prerequisites (v.11-22)

Sermon Outline

 Introduction

The Cry of the Poor

The Character of the Poor

The Consolation of the Poor

Conclusion

Introduction

Psalm 34:6  "This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles."

A Psalm of Personal Testimony

An account of David in Achish's court and his escape (1 Sam. 21:1-15);

His guilt of causing the death of 85 priests and many others (1 Samuel 22:18,19).

1. The Cry of the Poor Man

Psalm 34:4 "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."

Psalm 34:6 "This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles."

Psalm 34:19 "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."

Eg. Moses:

Exodus 2:6 "And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children."

Eg. Animal:

Psalm 147:9 "He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry."

2. The Character of the Poor

Psalm 34:2 "My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad."

Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."

Psalm 34:8 "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."

Psalm 34:10 "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing."

Psalm 34:17 "The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles."

Psalm 34:18 "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."

3. The Consolation of the Poor

Psalm 34:4  "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."

Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."

The Poor will have his fears allayed and his enemies put to flight.

God will be His Deliverer (cf. Judges)

Psalm 34:17 "The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles."

Psalm 34:19 "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all."

The Poor will call upon the LORD who will hear his humble plea;

Though his lot is often burdensome, yet the LORD will enable him to bear.

Psalm 12:5 "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD..."

Psalm 69:33 "For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners."

Psalm 9:18 "For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of poor shall not perish for ever."

God will not be absent when his people are on their trial;

He will stand in court as their advocate, prepared to plead on their behalf.

This expression implies, that He appears there as a friend.

How comforting it is to have a friend to stand by us when we are in trouble!

One of the oldest Rabbinical commentaries has a very beautiful gloss on this passage.

"Whenever a poor man stands at thy door, the Holy One, blessed be His Name, stands at his right hand. If thou givest him alms, know that thou shalt receive a reward from Him who standeth at his right hand."

Conclusion

When you realize that you are in desperate need of help - who can you turn to?

We learn of the availability of God and His readiness to save if anyone would call;

Therefore come as you are as a sinner, and Christ will save you unto the uttermost! 

 

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