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Psalms 38:35. He that gives strength and power unto his people. Blessed

O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God. 

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Isa.41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.      

Focus point: God chose Israel through Abraham because he wanted to, not because the people deserved it (Deuteronomy 7:6-8; 9:4-6).  Although God chose the Israelites to represent him to the world, they failed to do this, so God punished them and sent them into captivity. Now all believers are God’s chosen people, and all share the responsibility of representing him to the world, One day God will bring all his faithful people together. We need not fear because (1) God is with us (“I am with you”), (2) God has established a relationship with us (“I am your God”), and (3) God gives us assurance of his his strength, help, and victory over sin and death, Have you realized all the ways God has helped you?

 Zech.10:12 – I will strengthen them in the LORD and in his name they will live securely,” declares the LORD.

John 15:5 – “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Focus point: Fruit is not limited to soul-winning. In this chapter, answered prayer,joy, and love are mentioned as fruit (15:7,11 and 12). Galatians 5:22-24 and 2 Peter 1:5-8 describe additional fruit: qualities of Christian character.

Eph.6:10  – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Focus point:  In the Christian life we battle against rulers and authorities (the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by Satan, who is a vicious fighter, see 1 Peter 5:8). To withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armor. Paul is not only giving this counsel to the church, the body of Christ, but to all individuals within the church whose power comes from the Holy Spirit.

Phil.4:13 – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Focus Point:     When we consider all God has done for us, we should feel an overwhelming sense of awe as we kneel before the Lord in his sanctuary. Nature surrounds us with countless signs of God’s wonderful power. His unlimited power and unspeakable majesty leave us breathless in his presence. How fortunate we are that God cares for us.

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Psalms 36:1-2 3/6/2018

Theme: God’s faithfulness, justice, and love are contrasted with the sinful hearts of man and women: In spite of our fallen condition, God pours out his love on those who know him.

verse 1 a –  , A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD.]] The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.  

ref: Gen.20:11Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’.

Prov.8:13.To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Eccl.12:3.when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim;

verse 2 – For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

verse 3 b- The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.

ref: Jer.4:22.“My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good.”

verse 4 c,d – He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way that is not good; he abhorreth not evil.

ref: Mic.2:1.Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it.

Isa.65:2.All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—

verse 5 e – Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. ref: Psa.57:10.For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

verse 6 f,g – Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.

ref: Job 11:8.They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?

ref: Rom.11:33. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[fn] knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!       

Psa.145:9.The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

verse 7 h –  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

ref: Ruth 2:12.May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”

verse 8 i –   They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

ref: Job 20:17.He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

Rev.22:1.Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

verse 9 j,k – For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

ref: Isa.12:3.With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

Zech.13:1.“On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.

John 4:10,14.Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

Rev. 21:6.He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

(K) Acts. 26:18.to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Eph.5:8.For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. 

Col.1:13.For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

1Pet.2:9.But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

verse 10 l  –  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

re f: Jer.22:16. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.

 

verse 11 – Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me.

verse 12 – There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.    

Focus Points:    36:1 Because the wicked have no fear of God, nothing restrains them from sinning. They plunge ahead as if nothing will happen to them. But God is just and is only delaying their punishment. This knowledge should hold us back from sinning. Let the fear of God do its work in you to keep you from sin, in your gratitude of God’s love, don’t ignore his justice.  

  36:5-8       In contrast to evil people and their  wicked plots that end in failure, God is faithful, righteous, and just. His love reaches to the heavens; his faithfulness reaches to the skies; his righteousness is as solid as mighty mountains; and his judgments are as full of wisdom as the oceans with water (‘the great deep”). We need not fear evil people because we know God loves us, judges evil, and will care for us throughout eternity. 

36:9     This vivid image-“fountain of life” – gives us a sense of fresh, cleansing water that gives life to the spiritually thirsty. This same picture is used is Jeremiah 2:13, where God is called the “spring of living water,” Jesus spoke of himself as living water that could quench thirst forever and give eternal life (John 4:14).

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Trial Sermon: Psalm 5:1-12

verse 1) [[To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.]] Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

verse 2) Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

verse 3) My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. 

(Ref: Psa.30:5)

verse 4) For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

(ref: Mal.2:17)

verse 5)  The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

(ref: Psa. 14:1,The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. Hab.1:13 -Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?)

Focus Points: Habakkuk 1:13 – Judah’s forthcoming punishment would be at the hands of the Babylonians. Habakkuk was appalled that God would use a nation more wicked than Judah to punish Judah. But the Babylonians did not know they were being used by God to help Judah return to him, and Babylon’s pride in its victory would be its down fall. Evil is self-destructive, and it is never beyond God’s control. God may use whatever unusual instrument he choses to correct or punish us. When we deserve punishment or correction, how can we complain about the kind of “rod” God uses on us?                           

verse 6) Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

verse 7) But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

ref: 1Kings 8:29 – May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.

verse 8)  Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

verse 9)   For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

verse 10) Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

verse 11)  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. ref; 1Cor.2:9 – However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”[fn]— the things God has prepared for those who love him— verse 30 -Hear from heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.

verse 12) For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.   

Focus Points:   

Psalms  5:3 – The secret of a close relationship with God is to pray to him earnestly each morning. In the morning, our minds are more free fro problems and then we can commit the whole day to God. Regular communication helps any friendship and is certainly necessary for a strong relationship with God. We need to communicate with him daily. Do you have a regular time to pray and read God’s word?    

5:5 – God cannot condone or excuse even the smallest sin. Therefore we cannot excuse ourselves for sinning only a little bit. As we grow spiritually, our sensitivity to sin increases. What is your reaction to sin in your life?  Are you insensitive, unconcerned, disappointed, or comfortable?  As God makes us aware of sin, we must be intolerant toward it and be willing to change. All believers should strive to be more tolerant of people but less tolerant of the sin in others and in themselves.

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Hebrews 11:1

Heb.11:1- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
(NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
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Psalms 4,34,64,94,124 / Proverbs 4

 Prayer for the LORD’S AUDIENCE

verse 1) Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

2) O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

3) But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

(a) the LORD hath set him that is godly for himself :   Ex.33:6>   So the Israelites stripped off their ornaments at Mount Horeb.                                        

2Peter 2:9> if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.

4) Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

(b) Stand in awe, and sin not:  

Prov.3:7> Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

Eph.4:26>  “In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

5) Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. 

(c)  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness:

Deut.33:19> They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand.”

(d) put your trust in the LORD. 

Psalm 37:3> Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

6) There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

 7)  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. 

8) I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 

(f) Lev.26:5> Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.

Deut.12:10> But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.

John 14:27> Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Phil. 4:7> And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.     

Focus Points:

4:1- This psalm may have been written as David was asking his enemies to reconsider their support of Absalom. Others see this psalm as a prayer for relief from calamity such as a drought (see 4:7). It was probably written shortly after Psalm 3.

4:3 – The godly are those who are faithful and devoted to God. David knew that God would hear him when he called and would answer him. We too can be confident that God listens to our prayers and answers when we call on him. Sometimes we think that God will not hear us because we have fallen short of his high standards for holy living. But if we have trusted Christ for salvation, God has forgiven us, and he will listen to us. When you feel as though your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling, remember that as a believer you have been set apart by God and that he loves you. he hears and answers, although his answers may not be what you expect. Look at your problems in the light of God’s power instead of looking at God in the shadow of your problems.

4:5 – Worship in David’s day included animal sacrifices by the priests in the tabernacle. The animal’s blood covered the sins of the one who offered the animal. There were specific rules for offering  sacrifices, more important to God than ceremony was the offer’s attitude of submission and obedience (1Samuel15:22,23). Today, a “right sacrifice,” one that is pleasing to God, is still the same He wants our obedience and our praise before our gifts (Hebrews 13:15). Offer God you sacrifice of total obedience and heartfelt praise.   

4:7 – Two kinds of joy are contrasted here – inward joy that comes from knowing and trusting God and happiness that comes as a result of pleasant circumstances. Inward joy is steady as long as we trust God;  happiness covers it up. Inward joy is lasting; happiness is temporary.

 

 

 

 

Daily Promise

Daily Promises/1Cor.2:9

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”[fn]— the things God has prepared for those who love him  

Eph.4:13>until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Reflection
How unimaginable is the glory of God and the wealth of riches He bestows upon His Bride! Despite man’s incredible faculty for fantasy, even at his loftiest and most creative, he cannot even begin to conceive the extent of pleasure and glory for which God has prepared for His people. Rejoice, you redeemed, in the promise of His kingdom eternal! 

A Message for Today, Finding Faith through Bible Study, Trusting In the LORD

Psalm 7:1-17 A request for justice against those who make slanderous comments.

A request for justice against those who make slanderous comments. God is the perfect judge and will punish those who persecute the innocent.

verse 1)   O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

2-  Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. 

Hab.3:1>A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet.

3- O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

1 Peter 5:8>Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

4- If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:) 

1 Samuel 16:7>But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

5- Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

6- Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

Psalm 94:2>Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve.

Focus points: verses 1-6       Have you ever been falsely accursed or so badly hurt that you wanted revenge? David wrote this psalm in response to the slanderous accusation of those who claimed he was trying to kill Saul and seize the throne  (1 Samuel 24:9-11)  Instead of taking matters into his own hands and sticking back,  David cried out to God for justice. The proper response to slander is prayer, not revenge, because God says, ” It is mine to avenge; I will repay”  (Romans 19:9, see also Deuteronomy 32: 35-36;  Hebrews 10:30) instead of striking back, ask God to take your case, bring justice, and restore your reputation.

7- So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

1Samuel 16:7> But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

8- The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

9- Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 

Focus points:     God ” searches minds and hearts.” Nothing is hidden form God- this can be either terrifying or comforting. Our thoughts are an open book to him. Because he knows even our motives, we have no place to hide, no way to pretend we can get away with sin. But that very knowledge also gives us great  comfort. we don’t have to impress God or put up a false front. Instead, we can trust God to help us work through our weaknesses in order to serve him as he has planned. When we truly follow – God, he rewards our effort.

10- My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart. (NIV) Deut.32:41>when I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and repay those who hate me.

11- God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

12-  If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13-  He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

14- Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 

15-  He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 

Esth.7:10> So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.

Prov.5:22>The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them; the cords of their sins hold them fast. For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.

16-  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

1Kings 2:32 >The LORD will repay him for the blood he shed, because without my father David knowing it he attacked two men and killed them with the sword. Both of them—Abner son of Ner, commander of Israel’s army, and Amasa son of Jether, commander of Judah’s army—were better men and more upright than he.

17- I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high    

Focus points: 

When allowed to run its cause, evil destroys itself. Violent people become victims of violence, and liars become victims of other’s deceit (9:15,15). But in the process, innocent people are hurt. Sometimes God intervenes and stops evildoers in their tracks in order to protect his followers. At other times for reasons known only to him, God allows evil to continue even though innocent people are hurt, It is during theses times that we must ask God to protect us. Remember that God will execute final justice, even if it is not during our lifetime.   During a time of great evil and injustice, David was grateful that God is righteous

(see also 7:11) When we wonder if anyone is honest or fair, we can be assured that God will continue to bring justice and fairness when we involve him in our activities . If you ever feel that you are being treated unfairly, ask the one who is always fair and just to be with you. Then thank him for his presence (see Isaiah 42:1-6) These verses are quoted in Matt.12:18-21 with reference to Christ. The chosen servant  reveals a character of gentle -ness, encouragement, justice, and truth. When you feel broken and bruised or burned out in your in your spiritual life, God won’t step on you or toss you aside as useless, but will gently pick you up. God’s loving attributes are desperately needed in the world today. Through God’s Spirit, we can show such sensitivity to people around us, reflecting God’s goodness and honesty to them.