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Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You...

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song.
Psalm 65:1–4 NKJV
1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; And to You the vow shall be performed. 2 O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come. 3 Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them. 4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple.
Psalm 65:1-

I. Introduction

A. The 2nd lesson of our “Blessed is the Man” collection.

Simply a phrase that fell on my heart recently.
Does not include “blessed are the ____” or “blessed are those.”
Those refer to plural groups of people.
While there may be more than one of the type of individuals in our lessons, it is a very individual specification.
Blessed is the man, the woman, the one.
That singularity is part of what draws me to this group of passages.
9 of the 14 occurrences (including one of “blessed is THAT man”) in the King James and New King James are found in Psalms.
HALF OF THE PSALMS REPRESENTED WERE KNOWN TO BE WRITTEN BY DAVID - as this one was.

B. David knew of grace before the “age of grace.”

In that day of Law and ongoing sacrifice for atonement, David had an understanding of grace.
This psalm was just one of many indications that David had a real understanding of what grace was.
In that day of the Law.
In that day of customs, regulations, and godly requirements that found men often looking to themselves as the “doer..”
David identified the source of the Work.
Verse 3: Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
Psalm 65 NKJV
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. A Song. 1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion; And to You the vow shall be performed. 2 O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come. 3 Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them. 4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple. 5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas; 6 Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power; 7 You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples. 8 They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice. 9 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it. 10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. 11 You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. 12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, And the little hills rejoice on every side. 13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.
As for our transgressions,
Psalm 40:6 NKJV
6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
Psalm 65:5–13 NKJV
5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas; 6 Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power; 7 You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples. 8 They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice. 9 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it. 10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. 11 You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. 12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, And the little hills rejoice on every side. 13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.
You will provide atonement for them.
Psalm 40:6
David recognized there was a picture in the sacrifice - that God did the work.
You will provide atonement for them… regarding their transgressions.
The New King James Version. (1982). (). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Not the offerer or the High Priest.
As a result of God’s implemented plan, each sinful person can be blessed.

II. Esther & the King

Verse 4: Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts.

A. This brings to my mind a picture found in ...

You remember that Esther was a member of Ahasuerus’ collection of women, after Vashti displeased him.
This might bring to your mind what it brought to mine - Esther 5.
You remember that Esther was a member of Ahasuerus’ collection of women, after Vashti displeased him.
Esther had learned of a plan to eradicate the Jewish people.
She went before the king at her own peril in order to prevent that action...
She took her life into her own hands to approach the king when not beckoned by him in order to prevent it...
Esther 5:1–3 NKJV
1 Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. 2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter. 3 And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!”
She took her life into her own hands to approach the king when not beckoned by him.
He had the right as king to execute her and had proven himself more than capable of doing such things.
There is a picture present here
I said, “took her life into her own hands” rather loosely.
Her life was never in her own hands, but in God’s.
She did as she was led, in the will of God, and her life was never in danger. BUT SHE DID NOT KNOW THAT.
Ahasuerus was a king of great power
Ahasuerus accepted Esther into his sight as“she found favor” in the sight of the king.

B. The comparison is plain - there is a picture here.

Esther stood before him. Ahasuerus saw her favorably, and extended his acceptance to her in the golden scepter.
Esther THEN approached him as she was allowed.
SO like our own approach to the Father.
Man has not since Adam’s fall been justified of his own merit to come before God expecting anything.
He is within His rights as our Creator to eradicate whatever He has created based on that relationship alone.
What vessel is not susceptible to being destroyed by its potter?
I can think of one instance: when it has been sold to another. It is no longer the possession of the potter.
We’ve been purchased, we know. By the blood of Jesus.
Which makes the Father’s right exponentially greater to do as He chooses with us.
Remember Jesus’ prayer in ?
John 17:9–10 NKJV
9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
John 17:9-10
God chooses to show grace to those who come before Him, and allow them to come forward who believe on Jesus, and receive His righteousness...
John 17:9–10 NKJV
9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.
Just as Esther came before the King and found favor in his sight.
And here we stop looking at the similarities.

C. Because there is OVERWHELMING CONTRAST.

Ahasuerus accepted Esther into his sight as“she found favor” in the sight of the king.
He was a man of wealth, influence, and natural power.
He was a man to be feared - and Esther feared him.
But she obeyed God and did as she was led.
Verse 1: ...Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace...
She dressed herself in the vestiges of a queen.
She presented herself in a manner that looked royal.
That presented her as appearing acceptable and less “small.”
And perhaps she made herself entirely attractive to the king.
says: ...The young woman was lovely and beautiful (good, simply).
Esther 2:7 NKJV
7 And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
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She WOOED him! And ultimately brought about the salvation of her people.
Because Ahasuerus was a MAN, and ONLY a man.
He was interested in Esther from the beginning, with Chapter 2 saying:
“…taking her life into her own hands.”
“…taking her life into her own hands.”
verse 17: the king loved (natural affection) Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins.
He was a man swayed by such things, he’d proven.
verse 15: …Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her...
She was a beauty, and overall good.
That’s not difficult to find attraction to.
Good for Esther, she’s an example of faith and I take nothing from her.
But that king, Ahasuerus, was a MAN. And ONLY a man.
“She found favor” in the sight of the king.
I said, “took her life into her own hands” rather loosely.
Her life was never in her own hands, but in God’s.
She did as she was led, in the will of God, and her life was never in danger. BUT SHE DID NOT KNOW THAT.
Ahasuerus was a king of great power
I can’t help but believe that she was attractive and becoming to him.
He was a man swayed by such things, he’d proven.
Natural desires, and selfishness, fostered and influenced by carnal people.
Certainly, there are men and women of all types placed in charge of us and others...
- And God speaks to His people that we are to identify those in authority...
Romans 13:1 NKJV
1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
But those men and women are, at the core, just men and women - flawed and in need of a Savior as was Ahasuerus, and you and me.

D. God is not as Ahasuerus, and we not entirely as Esther.

God?
He is not a man that He should succumb to carnal inclinations.
He is not coerced by sinful men.
He is not coerced by sinful men.
God is not wooed by natural beauty.
Ahasuerus saw the royal robes and beauty of Esther and he was moved naturally.
God only sees the robe of righteousness given by His Son, the very likeness of Jesus within us, and is moved spiritually to accept that one, as He determined to do for ANY and ALL who believe.
No coercion or charms, simply a recognition of holiness by a holy and righteous God.
Us?
We don’t seek the favor in the sight of all who see us.
We seek for God’s glory.
Any beauty we present is Christ within us.
And He offers that Bridal fellowship, that nearest fellowship to one and all of His children.
And there will be no lack on your part in receiving it as a result of anyone else’s receiving it.
He is no human King, favoring one over another. He is the One, True God, able to love individually and entirely.

III. Conclusion

That fool was a MAN. And ONLY a man. He demonstrated a favorable response to Esther because God desired it so.
We are given to respect the authority of those powers who are placed above us, as a picture of our honoring God. We aren’t told to like those in power. We are intended to respect that position.
That being said, may we never believe that there is something more in a man or woman of great authority than the actuality of their being a man or a woman. They are human only - perhaps with a job of influence that can be installed to affect countless people. But they are not greater than we on any other level.
The power that the king held over Esther was only the power that the Lord granted him. Which is why it was an intentional misnomer I spoke earlier when I said that “she took her life into her own hands.” Her life was always in God’s hands, and He held her safely, and securely from harm when she made that choice to obey Him.

A. David saw some things, despite the system implemented at that time.

Under the Law -
So easy to look at one’s actions and doing and be satisfied with oneself. (I’m doing it!)
David placed the emphasis on the One truly responsible. (YOU, YOU, YOU)
Psalm 65:3–5 NKJV
3 Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them. 4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple. 5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas;
Psalm 65:3–5 NKJV
3 Iniquities prevail against me; As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them. 4 Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple. 5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas;
:3-
Psalm 65:3
He continues for the remainder of the chapter…You, You, You, You.
David recognized the heart of grace in the Lord.
He recognized that he was blessed to be one given atonement by a God who recognized faith.
He wrote as much and WE should recognize as much.

B. HOW BLESSED ARE WE?

THAT OUR OWN ATONEMENT HAS BEEN MADE.
THAT OUR INIQUITY - ONCE PREVAILING AGAINST OUR WEAK NATURAL MAN - WAS CAST OFF.
THAT OUR SINS, THOUGH THEY WERE SCARLET, WERE MADE WHITE AS SNOW.
WE WERE MADE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND WE NOW COME BOLDLY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE.

Blessed is the man You choose, And cause to approach You, That he may dwell in Your courts.

WE ARE INDEED BLESSED.

Psalm 65:5–13 NKJV
5 By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us, O God of our salvation, You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, And of the far-off seas; 6 Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power; 7 You who still the noise of the seas, The noise of their waves, And the tumult of the peoples. 8 They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs; You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice. 9 You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it. 10 You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. 11 You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance. 12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, And the little hills rejoice on every side. 13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.
II. "You”
A. God is the theme of the vast majority of the Psalms though, right?
Certainly so. This focus on the “You” of God is not unique to .
But David’s use of it in this context is my point this evening.
His focus is on the
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