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Blessed is he who comes

June 15, 2008
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This is a summary of the sixth chapter of Mark Futato’s Transformed by Praise which is entitled “Blessed Is He Who Comes: The Psalms and the Future”.

1 THE LORD IS COMING: HE IS THE LORD
1.1 The Lord is King

1.2 An Eternal Kingship

The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The LORD is clothed,
He has girded Himself with strength.
Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.(Psalm 93:1, 2)

1.3 A Coming King

1.3.1 How the Lord becomes King

1.3.2 When the Lord becomes King

1.3.2.1 Consumation

Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying,

“The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:

“ We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.”(Revelation 11:15-17)

1.3.2.2 Redemption

Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying:
“I will sing to the LORD,
For He has triumphed gloriously!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!
The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
He is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.
The LORD is a man of war;
The LORD is His name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
His chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea.
“The LORD shall reign forever and ever.” (Exodus 15:1-4, 18)

1.3.2.3 Creation

For God is my King from of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
You divided the sea by Your strength;
You broke the heads of the sea serpents in the waters.
You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces,
And gave him as food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
You broke open the fountain and the flood;
You dried up mighty rivers.
The day is Yours, the night also is Yours;
You have prepared the light and the sun.
You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter. (Psalm 73:12-17)

Also

The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The LORD is clothed,
He has girded Himself with strength.
Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.

The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
The floods have lifted up their voice;
The floods lift up their waves.
The LORD on high is mightier
Than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea. (Psalm 93:1-4)

2 THE LORD IS COMING

2.1 The Lord is Coming in Triumph

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
For He has done marvelous things;
His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.
The LORD has made known His salvation;
His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:1-3)

Also

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonders among all peoples.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the LORD made the heavens.
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns;
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved;
He shall judge the peoples righteously.”(Psalm 96:1-3, 5, 10)

2.2 The Lord is Coming to Judge

Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice
before the LORD.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth. (Psalm 96:12, 13)

And

Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the hills be joyful together
before the LORD,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
With righteousness He shall judge the world,
And the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:8, 9)

3 THE LORD IS COMING: HE IS THE MESSIAH

Also

“I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession. (Psalm 2:7, 8)

4 THE COVENANT WITH DAVID HAS NOT BEEN ABORTED

4.1 A Plea to the Lord

Against the hopelessness of…

But You have cast off and abhorred,
You have been furious with Your anointed. (Psalm 89:38)

It is prayed…

For Your servant David’s sake,
Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed. (Psalm 132:10)

4.2 A Promise from the Lord

YHWH responds saying…

The LORD has sworn in truth to David;
He will not turn from it:
“I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body. (Psalm 132: 11)

Going on to say…

For the LORD has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His dwelling place:
“This is My resting place forever;
Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will also clothe her priests with salvation,
And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
There I will make the horn of David grow;
I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame,
But upon Himself His crown shall flourish.” (Psalm 132:13-18)

4.3 The Son of David is Coming

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
We have blessed you from the house of the LORD. (Psalm 118:26)

5 THERE WAS AN EXPECTATION OF ‘ONE TO COME’

5.1 He Comes in Triumph

The king also said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. 34 There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ (1 Kings 1:33, 34)

Hence

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout,O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zecheriah 9:9)

5.2 His Triumph is Through Suffering

The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone. (Psalm 118:22)

5.3 He Gives a Promise for the Future

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

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