1. A maschil of Asaph – a song/poem of instruction.
2. The people had flattered God with their mouth and lied to Him (v. 36)
3. Yet the Lord is gracious to them (v. 38).
4. The people provoke the LORD (v. 40).
I. TURNING BACK FROM THEIR GOD GIVEN DESTINATION – TO EGYPTIAN’S WAYS.
II. TO TEMPT GOD IS TO DO THE THING YOU KNOW IS CONTRARY TO THE WILL OF GOD.
III. DOUBTING THE POWER AND ABILITY OF GOD TO PERFORM WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO.
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5
“Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Matthew 4:7
IV. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL – GOD, CREATOR, SUSTAINER, ALMIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
i. We all need the instruction of the word of God in song/Psalms, hymn, and/or the Written Word;
ii. We tempt God by our lack of obedience and choosing our way rather than His way.
iii. “‘And limited the Holy One of Israel,’ Doubted his power and so limited him, dictated to his wisdom and so did the same. To chalk out a path for God is arrogant impiety. The Holy One must do right, the covenant God of Israel must be true, it is profanity itself to say unto him thou shalt do this or that, or otherwise I will not worship thee. Not thus is the Eternal God to be led by a string by his impotent creature. He is the Lord and he will do as seemeth him good.” From Treasury of David e-Sword edition
These are sermon points of a message preached by Tim A. Blankenship at Carr Lane Baptist Church on 08/21/11 morning worship.