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Sermon – He is the Best of the Best

He is the Best of the Best

(Song of Solomon 5:9-6-9)

Preached at Poulner Baptist Chapel 24th May 2009

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Schedule

Introduction

How & why is this lover the best? (v9)

1. Portrait of The Lover

a. Radiant! (v10)

b. Unique! (v10)

c. Majestic (v11)

d. Tender (v12)

e. Wise (v13)

f. Almighty v14

g. Strong v15

h. Lovely v16

2. How do we respond? Recap! Conclusion!

Introduction

Welcome back to the Song of Solomon. I don’t know if you have re-read it since the last time I spoke on it back in January or not. Before we continue, I am sure there is at least one person here who is wondering how Solomon could have written this and also have had 700 wives and 300 mistresses, I would like to suggest that this Shulamite woman is quite probably Naamah, his first love and bride (2 Chronicles 12v13). This obviously is before he went astray and committed idolatry – both in a physical and spiritual sense.

Song of Solomon, is the book the Jews called “The Greatest Song of All Songs,” and people under the age of 30 were expressly forbidden from reading it due to its suggestive content. In the Jewish year, it belonged to the group of books that were read at Passover. Martin Luther, we know called it the noblest of all songs! Perhaps it was the inspiration behind what he said when inviting a friend to the public ceremony of his wedding: “I feel neither passionate love nor burning for my spouse, but I cherish her.” I am sure you will agree that was not the most romantic thing ever written but then Martin Luther and Katherine von Bora did get engaged and married on the same day! It’s also a little known fact that Katie used to brew beer in the bathtub! I don’t know of course if they ever bathed and drank it at the same time!

I also don’t know where you are at tonight. You may well be a mature Christian who has been cultivating spiritual intimacy with Jesus Christ for many years. You may well be just a new born Christian – this very day or week. You may indeed simply be seeking out Jesus Christ and do not yet know Him personally.

You may have been happily married for many years. I am also aware that there will be people here who are having marriage difficulties, or are divorced, estranged or widowed. Where ever you are at, whatever emotions you are feeling or trials undergoing, allow the Holy Spirit to counsel you as we look at this passage of Scripture together. I am glad you are here – it’s the best place to be tonight.

How & why is this lover the best? (v9)

The context for this passage is that the lover has gone! He is missing! So, we start off with that amazing question! “How is he the best?” I don’t know about you, but almost every day I am either asked or I read “How is your Jesus the best?” Perhaps the people you meet ask you the same question. Certainly the media ask it – a media that equates all religions as equal, valid but mostly silly. You may well be asking that very question tonight. So let us look together firstly at teasing out this portrait of the lover. Secondly, we will look at the response of the lover to His beloved.

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POD – Psalm 59

Psalm 59

For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A poem by David, when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.

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59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, my God.
Set me on high from those who rise up against me.

59:2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity.
Save me from the bloodthirsty men.

59:3 For, behold, they lie in wait for my soul.
The mighty gather themselves together against me,
not for my disobedience, nor for my sin, Yahweh.

59:4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Rise up, behold, and help me!

59:5 You, Yahweh God of Armies, the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish the nations.
Show no mercy to the wicked traitors.

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POD – Psalm 59

Psalm 59

For the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A poem by David, when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.

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59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, my God.
Set me on high from those who rise up against me.

59:2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity.
Save me from the bloodthirsty men.

59:3 For, behold, they lie in wait for my soul.
The mighty gather themselves together against me,
not for my disobedience, nor for my sin, Yahweh.

59:4 I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.
Rise up, behold, and help me!

59:5 You, Yahweh God of Armies, the God of Israel,
rouse yourself to punish the nations.
Show no mercy to the wicked traitors.

Selah.

59:6 They return at evening, howling like dogs,
and prowl around the city.

59:7 Behold, they spew with their mouth.
Swords are in their lips,
“For,” they say, “who hears us?”

59:8 But you, Yahweh, laugh at them.
You scoff at all the nations.

59:9 Oh, my Strength, I watch for you,
for God is my high tower.

59:10 My God will go before me with his loving kindness.
God will let me look at my enemies in triumph.

59:11 Don’t kill them, or my people may forget.
Scatter them by your power, and bring them down, Lord our shield.

59:12 For the sin of their mouth, and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride,
for the curses and lies which they utter.

59:13 Consume them in wrath.
Consume them, and they will be no more.
Let them know that God rules in Jacob,
to the ends of the earth.

Selah.

59:14 At evening let them return.
Let them howl like a dog, and go around the city.

59:15 They shall wander up and down for food,
and wait all night if they aren’t satisfied.

59:16 But I will sing of your strength.
Yes, I will sing aloud of your loving kindness in the morning.
For you have been my high tower,
a refuge in the day of my distress.

59:17 To you, my strength, I will sing praises.
For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.

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POD – Psalm 56

Psalm 56

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A poem by David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56:1 Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up. All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.

56:2 My enemies want to swallow me up all day long, for they are many who fight proudly against me.

56:3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

56:4 In God, I praise his word. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

56:5 All day long they twist my words. All their thoughts are against me for evil.

56:6 They conspire and lurk, watching my steps, they are eager to take my life.

56:7 Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, God.

56:8 You number my wanderings. You put my tears into your bottle. Aren’t they in your book?

56:9 Then my enemies shall turn back in the day that I call. I know this, that God is for me.

56:10 In God, I will praise his word. In Yahweh, I will praise his word.

56:11 I have put my trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

56:12 Your vows are on me, God. I will give thank offerings to you.

56:13 For you have delivered my soul from death, and prevented my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

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POD – Psalm 56

Psalm 56

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A poem by David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

56:1 Be merciful to me, God, for man wants to swallow me up. All day long, he attacks and oppresses me.

56:2 My enemies want to swallow me up all day long, for they are many who fight proudly against me.

56:3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.

56:4 In God, I praise his word. In God, I put my trust. I will not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?

(more…)

POD – Psalm 48

Psalm 48

A Song. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.

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48:1 Great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in his holy mountain.

48:2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the north sides, the city of the great King.

48:3 God has shown himself in her citadels as a refuge.

48:4 For, behold, the kings assembled themselves, they passed by together.

48:5 They saw it, then they were amazed. They were dismayed. They hurried away.

48:6 Trembling took hold of them there, pain, as of a woman in travail.

48:7 With the east wind, you break the ships of Tarshish.

48:8 As we have heard, so we have seen, in the city of Yahweh of Armies, in the city of our God. God will establish it forever.

48:9 We have thought about your loving kindness, God, in the midst of your temple.

48:10 As is your name, God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is full of righteousness.

48:11 Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice, Because of your judgments.

48:12 Walk about Zion, and go around her. Number its towers.

48:13 Mark well her bulwarks. Consider her palaces, that you may tell it to the next generation.

48:14 For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even to death.

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