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The Quest to be Free: From Judgement
March 31, 2019

The Quest to be Free: From Judgement

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Quest to be Free | One of the basic fears that all of us face is the fear of judgment. This fear drives our lives in many ways. We are afraid of being truly known, because if people truly knew us, they would reject us. In our society, we try to escape any form of judgment, but then we cannot find a path to redemption. Psalm 98 is beautiful but it has an odd theme. It celebrates that God is coming to judge the earth. As most of us think about standing before God, we see it as a fearful moment. Psalm 98 begins with singing a new song to the Lord, but what is this new song and what does it mean for our lives? In our series, The Quest to be Free, we turn to the sermon, From Judgment. Psalm 98 helps us to find redemption and hope amid the fear, uncertainty, and injustice of our world. As you read Psalm 98, join the celebration that one day the gray veil of injustice will be parted and God’s goodness will reign forever! Psalm 98: Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. 3 He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 5 make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn– shout for joy before the LORD, the King. 7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity. (Ps. 98:1-9 NIV)

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