Discerning the Will of God (August 30, 2011)

Experiencing God vs. Knowing God: Divination vs. Discernment


For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16 (ESV)


  1. The Sovereignty of God: It is critical to understand that God is sovereign, or in complete control of everything in the universe before any discussion of the will of God for his creation can begin.
    1. Definitions: 
      1. God’s dominion is total: he wills as he chooses and carries out all that he wills, and none can stay his hand or thwart his plans. –Packer
      2. God, as creator of all things visible and invisible, and the owner of all, has an absolute right to rule over all (Matt. 20:15; Rom. 9:20), and he exercises this authority in the universe (Eph. 1:11). -Thiessen
    2. An Exposition: Psalm 93 (See Below)
      1. 1b-4: God’s sovereignty guarantees stability in a world of chaos
      2. 5a: God’s sovereignty confirms God’s words
      3. 5b: God’s sovereignty calls for holiness on the part of his people

[The Lord Reigns]
[93:1] The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
[2] Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting. 
[3] The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. 
[4] Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!
[5] Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.
(Psalm 93 ESV)




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