POWERFUL WORDS: “PRAISE”

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THIS SERIES ON “POWERFUL WORDS” EXAMINES SOME IMPORTANT WORDS USED IN THE BIBLE WHICH PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND ANYMORE.   EVEN MANY CHRISTIANS DON’T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THEIR TRUE MEANING.

PRAISE

 

Psalms 150:6  Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

  PRAISE.  WE KNOW WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO IT, BUT WHAT IS IT THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO ?  WE KNOW WHAT IT IS (OR SHOULD KNOW) TO PRAISE OUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY DO SOMETHING GOOD.  WE PRAISE SOMEONE WHO SAYS SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE AND HELPFUL, OR WISE.   BUT, WHEN WE PRAISE GOD, IT IS A HIGHER LEVEL, A SUPREME PRAISE. 

 EXAMPLES OF PRAISE IN THE BIBLE:

PRAISE CAN BE AN AFFIRMATION OF SOMETHING THAT GOD SAID. 

1 Chronicles 16:36  Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.

PRAISE CAN BE A STATEMENT OF THE LORD’S CHARACTER. 

2 Chronicles 5:13  It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;

PRAISED FOR HIS NAME, AND WHAT IT MEANS.  

Psalms 113:3  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.

  • PEOPLE DO NOT THINK UPON HIS NAME TODAY.  

Malachi 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon His name.

PRAISED FOR HIS GREATNESS.

Psalms 145:3  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.

  •     PEOPLE DO NOT THINK UPON HIS GREATNESS VERY MUCH.  ONE THING THAT KEPT DAVID CLOSE TO THE LORD WAS THE FACT THAT HE THOUGHT UPON THE GREATNESS OF GOD.   FROM THAT, WE END UP REALIZING HOW UNIMPORTANT AND DEPENDANT WE ARE.    

Psalm 8:3-6   “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:”

  •    HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HOW GREAT THE THOUGHTS OF GOD ARE TO BE ABLE TO CREATE EVERYTHING THAT IS MADE ?  AND HAVE IT WORK TOGETHER ?  

Psalms 92:5  O LORD, how great are Thy works! and Thy thoughts are very deep. 

Hebrews 11:3  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

That very fact leads the heavens and everything God made want to praise Him.  (All in different ways, but praising, nevertheless). 

Psalms 69:34  Let the heaven and earth praise Him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.

PRAISE CAN SOMETIMES BE A JOINT EFFORT, WITH SOME HELPING OTHERS TO PRAISE. 

2 Chronicles 7:6  And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because His mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood.

2 Chronicles 30:21  And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.

PRAISE CAN BE ANNOUNCING OR GIVING THANKS FOR SOMETHING GOD HAS ACCOMPLISHED. 

Ezra 3:11  And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because He is good, for His mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.

Luke 19:37  And when He was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

 GOD’S ACTIONS THROUGH US ARE DESIGNED TO BRING ABOUT PRAISE TO GOD. 

Philippians 1:11  Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

 GOD’S POWER, SEEN IN YOU DURING TIMES OF TRIAL, ARE TO BRING PRAISE TO GOD.

  •   NOT COMPLAINTS OR GRUMBLINGS. 

1 Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD WITH WHATEVER RESOURCES WE HAVE. 

Luke 1:64  And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.

WE ARE TO PRAISE HIM THROUGH EVERY WORD WE SPEAK. 

  • WE SHOULD SPEAK AS THE ORACLES OF GOD. 

1 Peter 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

WE ARE INSTRUCTED THAT WE SHOULD PRAISE GOD. 

Psalms 150:1-5  Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power. Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to his excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.

 

YOU SHOULD PRAISE HIM TODAY BY GIVING BACK TO HIM WHAT THE DEVIL TOOK AWAY–YOUR LIFE ! 

TRUST HIM BY FAITH, REPENTING OF YOUR SINS !

 

 

 

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THANKS 2015

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Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless His name.

 

WE SHOULD ABOUND IN THANKSGIVING BECAUSE OF OUR FAITH.

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

OUR THANKS SOMETIMES SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE.

Psalms 116:17 I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.

1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

HOW CAN WE GIVE THANKS FOR EVIL PEOPLE ? WHAT DOES IT ACCOMPLISH ?

1. IT SHOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRULY SAVE AND LOST PEOPLE. PEOPLE CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE.
2. PEOPLE CAN SEE THAT TRUE CHRISTIANS HAVE BETTER SENSE AND A BETTER GRASP ON REALITY THAN PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THE LORD.
3. GOD IS SHOWING THAT EVIL PEOPLE DO EVIL THINGS.

GIVE THANKS OVER THINGS THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND.

MANY TIMES CHRISTIANS GIVE THANKS FOR THINGS THAT OTHER TAKE FOR GRANTED. ***THE AIR WE BREATHE., ETC.

1 Corinthians 14:16 Else when thou shalt bless with the spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest?

WE ARE TO PRAY A SPECIFIC WAY. THAT INCLUDES GIVING THANKS TO GOD.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful [LIT.=”ANXIOUS”] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

WHAT DO WE HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR WHEN WE WATCH ?

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

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MAKE YOUR ENVIRONMENT PLEASANT

PART 1

1. FILL YOU HOME WITH PLEASANT WORDS.

FOCUS ON GOD’S PLAN FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. ENCOURAGE, CORRECT, BUT ALWAYS KEEP A FOCUS ON THE GOAL.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

–AVOID STRIFE. SOME PEOPLE PLAN ON IT, SCHEDULE IT, AND EXPECT IT. THIS SHOULD NOT BE.

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

–LEARNING GOD’S WORD, AND KEEPING IT IN YOUR HEART HELPS YOU TO MAKE DECISIONS AND WILL GUIDE YOUR PATH CORRECTLY.

Proverbs 22:17-18 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.

–IF YOU FILL YOUR KIDS ROOMS WITH UNPLEASANT THINGS–DON’T EXPECT THEM TO TURN OUT PLEASANTLY. EXPECT TO FACE TROUBLES. BAD POSTERS AND MUSIC WHICH ADVOCATES REBELLION, SATANISM, MURDER, DRUGS, AND VIOLENCE IS PLANTING SEEDS OF WHAT WILL GROW LATER IN.

2. SING PRAISES TO GOD IN YOUR HOME.

IF YOU DON’T KNOW A LOT OF PRAISE SONGS, READ PSALMS, MAKE UP YOUR OWN, OR SING ALONG WITH A RECORDING OF OTHERS WHO ARE NOT JUST ENTERTAINERS, BUT ARE TRUE WORSHIPERS.

Psalms 147:1 Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

3. KEEP THE FOCUS THAT GOD WANTS EACH PERSON IN THE FAMILY TO KNOW AND SERVE HIM. YOU CAN’T BE AN EFFECTIVE SERVANT WHEN THERE IS STRIFE.

Psalms 133:1 « A Song of degrees of David. » Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

4. DON’T ATTEMPT TO MAKE IT PLEASANT WITHOUT THE LORD. TRYING TO MAKE IT PLEASANT WITHOUT THE LORD WILL NOT SATISFY.

Isaiah 17:10-11 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips: In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

5. SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO SUBJECT YOURSELF TO DIFFICULTIES SO THAT YOU CAN GET CLOSER TO GOD AND NOT DEPEND ON THE PLEASANT THINGS TO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. LET GOD MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD.

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

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PART 2

1. GOD MADE THINGS GOOD. WE CAN EITHER FOLLOW HIS GUIDANCE IN MAINTAINING THEM, OR WE CAN DESTROY WHAT HE WANTED US TO HAVE. .

A. SIN BROUGHT THE FIRST UNCOMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR MEN.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

THE PLEASANT AND HAPPY ENVIRONMENT TURNED INTO DISASTER BECAUSE OF THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

**The attitude of people often is affected by their environment. If their homes are noisy and contentious, and filled with music that is combative, they will be aggressive. ***Even plants are affected by the environment. Is it hollering, screaming, or crying ? Or, is it filled with praise, thanksgiving, and joy ? A quiet home can go either way. It can invite trouble, or it can be peaceful.

B. WHERE GOD IS ABSENT, THE PLACE BECOMES A WILDERNESS.

Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

C. WHERE GOD IS NOT THE CENTER OF THE HOME, THE WORDS OF THE HOUSE ARE NOT PEACEABLE AND KIND.

EVEN PEOPLE WHO DON’T USE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN, OR SWEAR SOMETIMES USE THEIR WORDS TO CONDEMN, CUT DOWN, AND CRITICIZE.

Proverbs 15:26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

D. THE HOME SHOULD BE FILLED WITH PLEASANT THINGS.

*Not monsters, rock star posters, etc.

Joel 3:5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

2. PLEASANTNESS CAN BE MANY THINGS.

A. PLEASANTNESS IT CAN BE A FIGMENT OF IMAGINATION.

IT CAN BE RE-DEFINED, AND PERVERTED BY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HAVE PLEASANTNESS SO MUCH, THEY WILL ACCEPT ALMOST ANYTHING.

Isaiah 2:16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

B. IT CAN BE A TIME OF TRIAL OR TESTING; BUT WITH THE LORD, IT CAN BE PLEASANT.

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

C. IT CAN BE THE FRUIT OF PERSEVERING PRAYER.

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

3. A PLEASANT PLACE CANNOT BE FULLY REALIZED WITHOUT THE LORD JESUS.

A. WE NEED PEACEABLY LIFE INWARDLY.

THAT COMES FROM PERSONAL SALVATION THROUGH FAITH.

B. WE NEED TO BE PEACEMAKERS.

HELP PEOPLE GET RIGHT WITH GOD, AND THEY WILL BE RIGHT WITH YOU. NO BETTER PLACE TO INITIATE THIS PRINCIPLE THAN IN THE HOME.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

C. WE NEED THE PEACEABLE WALK THAT COMES FROM RESPONDING TO PROBLEMS AFTER WE BRING THEM TO THE LORD.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

 

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GOD IS GREATER

 

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1 Chronicles 11:9 So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

1. GOD IS GREATER THAN ALL OTHERS.

One of the things which Israel had to deal with was that all the surrounding countries had their own gods. Sometimes there were many to each country. Israel had to prove that the one true God was greater than all of them. An example of doing that is David slaying Goliath, or Moses bringing out the children of Israel.

WHAT ARE WE DOING THAT SHOWS THAT OUR GOD IS GREATER THAN THE GODS OF THIS WORLD ?

A. GOD’S PEOPLE IN THE PAST SHOWED THAT GOD IS ABOVE ALL OTHERS.

Exodus 18:11 Now I know that the LORD is greater than all gods: for in the thing wherein they dealt proudly He was above them.

B. GOD’S WISDOM IS GREATER THAN MAN’S, AND IT IS AVAILABLE TO BELIEVERS.

Luke 11:31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

C. GOD’S KNOWLEDGE IS GREATER THAN OURS.

1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

D. GOD’S POWER IS GREATER THAN ALL OTHERS.

Luke 11:32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given Me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father hath sent Me.

2. TRUE BELIEVERS SHOULD BE EXALTING THE SUPERIORITY OF THEIR LORD.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also.

A. BEARING TROUBLES FOR CHRIST IS GREATER THAN ALL THE RICHES OF THIS WORLD.

Hebrews 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

B. WE HAVE A BETTER, MORE POWERFUL LOVE.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

D. OUR WILLINGNESS TO DIE SHOULD SHOW THAT WE HAVE A BETTER PLACE TO GO TO.

–WE HAVE A PLACE IN HEAVEN.

Hebrews 10:34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

— WE DON’T HAVE TO DEPEND UPON THIS WORLD. INSTEAD WE APPEAL TO A HIGHER POWER.

Luke 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

3. WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US IS BETTER THAN GREAT MATERIAL RICHES ON EARTH.

Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.
Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

 

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PSALM 68

This entry is part 65 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 68


~~ Let His Enemies Be Scattered ! ~~


1. OUR HOPE AGAINST THE ENEMY:   the believer’s request
A. THEY WOULD BE SCATTERED. WHY SCATTERED ?
—AT FIRST, OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT. 2 PETER 3:9
—THEY LOSE THEIR STRENGTH.
GENESIS 11:9, PS. 55:9, EZEK. 30:26 (EGYPT)
B. THAT GOD WOULD ARISE. from what ?
—FROM DOING OTHER THINGS, TO ACCOMPLISH A
SPECIFIC REQUEST. 1 CHRON 22:19.
**NOT USUALLY USED OF RISING UP FROM
SLEEP….EX. GEN. 35:3
—TO MANIFEST HIS LIGHT AND POWER. ISAIAH 60:3.
POLICY STATEMENT: PROPHECY: DEUT. 32:39-43.
C. THOSE THAT HATE HIM TO FLEE BEFORE HIM. PS. 21:8.
—NOT ALL WHO HATE GOD OPENLY APPEAR
AS ENEMIES. PS. 64:2-5.
—PEOPLE WHO HATE GOD WILL ALSO HATE THOSE
WHO FOLLOW HIM. JOHN 15:18,
AND THOSE WHO HATE THE BRETHREN, HATE GOD,
TOO. 1 JOHN 2:9, 11.
—THE REASON WHY THEY REFUSE TO COME TO
JESUS. JOHN 3:20.
—ALTHOUGH THEIR ACTIONS ARE VOLUNTARY, THEY
ARE MOTIVATED BY GOD’S HAND. V. 2. EX. 23:28.
D. THAT ENEMIES WOULD BE DESTROYED. V.2.
—BEING BROUGHT BEFORE THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
A RESURRECTION OF THE UNGODLY. JOHN 5:29,
ACTS 24:15, REV. 20:14, 15.
CHARACTER OF THAT RESURRECTION:
THE BODY. IS. 66:24, MATT. 25:46, 2 THES. 1:9.
THE TORMENT. MARK 9:44.

~~ SPECIAL STUDY ON THE ENEMIES ~~

1. THE ULTIMATE OUTCOME OF THE BATTLE. Psalms 108:13
2. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT WE WERE ONCE ENEMIES OF GOD.
Colossians 1:21 . Romans 5:10
3. THE ATTITUDE OF THE BELIEVER TOWARD ENEMIES.
Psalms 58:10 Psalms 141:10 Psalms 54:7
4. GOD’S ATTITUDE TOWARD ENEMIES.
A. OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE AND MERCY.
—JUDAS. Matthew. 26:50
B. WHEN GRACE & MERCY ARE CUT OFF. Ezek. 18:32 Ezek. 33:11
—AFTER THE TRIBULATION. Matthew 22:12.
5. BUT THIS DOES NOT STOP HIM FROM BEING ANGRY,
AND BRINGING CONSEQUENCES TO HIS ENEMIES. John 3:36
Romans 1:18 Ephesians 5:6 Colossians 3:6 Revelation 14:10
6. HOW THE BELIEVER IS TO TREAT HIS ENEMIES. Luke 6:27
Luke 6:35 Romans 12:14 Matthew 5:11
7. COMPASSION FOR THE ENEMY. Psalm 35:13-15
8. IMAGINARY ENEMIES. Galatians 4:16
9. DEALING WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS WHO ARE NOT
FOLLOWING GOD’S WILL. 2 Thessalonians 3:15
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SOMEONE IN THE
CONGREGATION WHO IS NOT IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD ?

A. ASK YOURSELF WHAT SIN THEY ARE ACTUALLY COMMITTING.
ONCE YOU KNOW….Galatians 6:1 2 Timothy 2:24-26
WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO COME DOWN
HARD ON PEOPLE WHO VIOLATE GOD’S WILL
OPENLY AND REBELLIOUSLY ?

1 Timothy 5:20, 1 Thessalonians 5:12 2 Timothy 4:2
Titus 1:13 Titus 2:15
**The command to rebuke is given only to pastors and bishops.
10. DEALING WITH THE UNREPENTANT AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION. Luke 19:27


2. OUR APPEARANCE BEFORE THE ENEMY. V. 3.
A. WE ARE GLAD. PS. 40:16, PS. 104:34.
B. WE REJOICE…EXCEEDINGLY. 1 PETER 1:8.
C. WE SING UNTO GOD. ISAIAH 12:5, ROMANS 15:9-11.
D. WE EXTOL (LIFT UP HIGHLY) HIM. THIS IS A
PERSONAL ACTION. PSALM 30:1, PSALM 145:1.
E. WE KNOW HIM BY HIS NAME JAH. (THE LOST JUST
KNOW ABOUT “GOD.” JESUS. JEHOVAH). ACTS 4:12.

          WHAT DOES IT DO TO ANY ENEMY TO SEE US
                                   ACTING LIKE THIS ?

               HOW DOES THIS GLORIFY THE LORD ?

3. WHY WE PRAISE HIS NAME. V. 5-6
A. WE NO LONGER HAVE TO FEAR WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO
TO US. PSALM 56:4, LUKE 12:5.
B. HE IS A JUST JUDGE. V. 5. 2 TIMOTHY 4:8, PSALM 9:8.
C. HE WILL AID THE AFFLICTED. PSALM 140:12.

4. HIS ESSENCE IS WORTHY OF FEAR AND TRUST. V. 7-19.
EXODUS 33:15—MOSES RECOGNIZED THE NEED
FOR HIS PRESENCE. TODAY: HEB. 13:5.
A. THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF GOD IS MOVING.
PSALM 16:11.
IT CHANGES THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF THINGS
AROUND HIM.
—THE ELEMENTS. NAHUM 1:5, AMOS 9:5, 2 PET. 3:12.
—THE BURNING BUSH (AN EXAMPLE). EXODUS 3:2.

*WHAT DOES IT MOVE US TO DO ?
—SING. PSALM 100:2.
—GIVE THANKS. PSALM 95:2.
—MELT ALL REBELLION.
ISAIAH 19:1, PS. 9:3, 1 COR. 1:29.
B. HIS PRESENCE RESULTS IN THE SUPPLYING
OF NEEDS. PHIL 4:19, PS. 37:25 (applies to“RIGHTEOUS”)
—ARE THERE QUALIFICATIONS WE MUST MEET ?
2 THES. 3:10, HEB. 11:6.
C. HIS PRESENCE BRINGS ABOUT THE SHARING OF HIS
TRUTH. V. 11. LUKE 19:40, MARK 1:45, MARK 5:20.
D. THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD REVEALS HIS GREAT
POWER.
—THE CHARIOTS OF GOD. WHAT ARE THEY ? V. 17.
SEEN AT ELIJAH’S TRANSLATION. 2 KINGS 2:12.
HORSES WERE IN CHARIOTS. ZECH. 6:2-3.
THE OBJECTS SEEN BY EZEKIEL ? EZEK. 1:20-21.
UPON A CHERUB. 2 SAM. 22:11, EZEKIEL 10:1.
—THE RESURRECTION. GIVEN TO JESUS TO
PERFORM. EPHESIANS 4:8, JOHN 17:2.
—REVEALED IN THE POWER OF HIS SALVATION.
ROM. 8:35-39, 1 COR. 15:27.
—ENEMIES ARE DEFEATED WITH DEADLY WOUNDS. 21.
THE DEVIL. GENESIS 3:15,
THE WORLDLY. JAMES 4:4.

5. HIS PROMISES ARE FAITHFUL.
A. HE BROUGHT ISRAEL FROM EGYPT, AND WILL BRING
HER FROM OUT OF CAPTIVITY AGAIN. DEUT. 3:3.
B. HER FOOT SHALL BE OVER HER ENEMIES. ZECH 2:8,
EXODUS 23:27-28, EZEKIEL 39:9.
C. THE FUTURE ISRAELITES SHALL EXIST. GEN. 17:7-8
EVEN THE LAND IS THEIRS. GENESIS 17:19.

PSALM 66

This entry is part 63 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 66


~~ “Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands…” ~~


Will There Be Universal Worship
of One God ? Yes !

1. WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD DO. V.1-2.
A. ALL NATIONS ARE INCLUDED. IT IS A GOOD THING. PS. 92:1.
B. THIS IS NOT JUST SINGING. IT IS
Heb. Roo’ah=“SHOUT WITH JOY or TRIUMPH.”
C. THE MANNER IN WHICH IT IS DONE IS NOT IDENTIFIED HERE.
CLARIFIERS: PS. 95:2, PS. 98:4, PS. 98:6.
—HOW TO “HONOR HIS NAME” PS. 96:8, PS. 135:3, PS. 149:3.
—HOW TO “MAKE HIS PRAISE GLORIOUS”

2. PRAYER IS HEARD. V. 2-3.
A. PRAYER IS NEEDED FOR INEVITABLE CONFLICTS AHEAD.
1 JOHN 3:1-4, 2 PETER 3:11-12,
B. FAITH IS NEEDED TO PRAISE. WE MUST BELIEVE IN THE
FORGIVENESS OF THE LORD. ROMANS 4:7, 1 JOHN 2:12.

3. HAPPINESS IS PRESENT. V.4.
A. KNOWING THAT YOU ARE CHOSEN. EPH. 1:4, 2 THES. 2:13,
B. KNOWING THAT WE CAN APPROACH THE LORD. HEB. 7:25,
HEBREWS 12:18-22.
C. KNOWING WE WILL BE SATISFIED & BLESSED.
—IN THE FUTURE. PS. 17:15.
—WITH GOD’S SALVATION. JEREMIAH 31:12-14.
D. WILL WE BE BLESSED WITH HIS HOUSE ?
—THE EARTHLY HOUSE(S) OF GOD. JOHN 2:16, GEN. 28:17,
JUDGES 20:18. WHAT MAKES IT GOD’S HOUSE ?
>NT CONCEPT, TOO ? 1 PETER 4:17, 1 TIMOTHY 3:15.
—THE HEAVENLY HOUSE OF THE LORD. JOHN 14:2,
HEBREWS 9:11, HEBREWS 9:24.

4. HE CAN BRING ABOUT FEAR-INDUCING THINGS.
A. THE EVENTS BETWEEN MOSES AND PHARAOH. DEUT. 10:21.
B. THE RED SEA EVENTS. PS. 106:22.
C. THE EVENTS ON THE MOUNT. ISAIAH 64:3.

5. HE IS THE GOD OF NATURE, AND RULES IT.
A. WHO PREPARED A GREAT FISH ? JONAH 1:17, ALSO 4:6,7,8.
B. WHO BROKE THE EARTH APART AND FLOODED IT ? GEN. 6:7.
C. WHO PARTED THE WAVES ? EXODUS 14:21.
D. WHO CONTROLS THINGS OUTSIDE THE ATMOSPHERE ?
LUKE 17:29, 2 KINGS 1:10-14.
E. WHO BRINGS LAST DAYS SIGNS ? MATT. 24:29, LUKE 21:11.

6. HE IS THE ONE WHO BLESSES THE EARTH. V. 9-13
A. WITH THE RIVER OF GOD. (ONLY PLACE PHRASE IS USED)
—SHOWN TO ISRAEL IN WILDERNESS. IS. 4:21, 1 COR. 10:4.
—NOT JUST PHYSICAL RAIN. JOHN 7:38.
—COMING SOON. REV. 22:1-2.
B. THE INSIGNIFICANT PLACES ARE BLESSED.
—LITTLE PLACES, HILLS, PASTURES. MICAH 2:5.
—LITTLE PEOPLE. 1 SAM. 15:17, ISAIAH 60:22, LUKE 17:1-2.

PSALM 65

This entry is part 62 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 65


~~ A Reminder of Why We Should Praise God ~~


GOD IS PRESENT IN OUR (true, not mechanical) PRAISES !
Psalms 22:3
But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

 

1. PRAISE WAITS. V.1.
A. WHAT IT IS WAITING FOR ?
—PAYING OUR VOWS TO GOD. ACTS 18:18, ACTS 21:23.
JONAH 1:16, SOMETIMES REQUIRES MOTIVATION.
B. WHY WOULD YOU HOLD BACK PRAYER ?

2. PRAYER IS HEARD. V. 2-3.
A. PRAYER IS NEEDED FOR INEVITABLE CONFLICTS AHEAD.
1 JOHN 3:1-4, 2 PETER 3:11-12,
B. FAITH IS NEEDED TO PRAISE. WE MUST BELIEVE IN THE
FORGIVENESS OF THE LORD. ROMANS 4:7, 1 JOHN 2:12.

3. HAPPINESS IS PRESENT. V.4.
A. KNOWING THAT YOU ARE CHOSEN. EPH. 1:4, 2 THES. 2:13,
B. KNOWING THAT WE CAN APPROACH THE LORD. HEB. 7:25,
HEBREWS 12:18-22.
C. KNOWING WE WILL BE SATISFIED & BLESSED.
—IN THE FUTURE. PS. 17:15.
—WITH GOD’S SALVATION. JEREMIAH 31:12-14.
D. WILL WE BE BLESSED WITH HIS HOUSE ?
—THE EARTHLY HOUSE(S) OF GOD. JOHN 2:16, GEN. 28:17,
JUDGES 20:18. WHAT MAKES IT GOD’S HOUSE ?
>NT CONCEPT, TOO ? 1 PETER 4:17, 1 TIMOTHY 3:15.
—THE HEAVENLY HOUSE OF THE LORD. JOHN 14:2,
HEBREWS 9:11, HEBREWS 9:24.

4. HE CAN BRING ABOUT FEAR-INDUCING THINGS.
A. THE EVENTS BETWEEN MOSES AND PHARAOH. DEUT. 10:21.
B. THE RED SEA EVENTS. PS. 106:22.
C. THE EVENTS ON THE MOUNT. ISAIAH 64:3.

5. HE IS THE GOD OF NATURE, AND RULES IT.
A. WHO PREPARED A GREAT FISH ? JONAH 1:17, ALSO 4:6,7,8.
B. WHO BROKE THE EARTH APART AND FLOODED IT ? GEN. 6:7.
C. WHO PARTED THE WAVES ? EXODUS 14:21.
D. WHO CONTROLS THINGS OUTSIDE THE ATMOSPHERE ?
LUKE 17:29, 2 KINGS 1:10-14.
E. WHO BRINGS LAST DAYS SIGNS ? MATT. 24:29, LUKE 21:11.

6. HE IS THE ONE WHO BLESSES THE EARTH. V. 9-13
A. WITH THE RIVER OF GOD. (ONLY PLACE PHRASE IS USED)
—SHOWN TO ISRAEL IN WILDERNESS. IS. 4:21, 1 COR. 10:4.
—NOT JUST PHYSICAL RAIN. JOHN 7:38.
—COMING SOON. REV. 22:1-2.
B. THE INSIGNIFICANT PLACES ARE BLESSED.
—LITTLE PLACES, HILLS, PASTURES. MICAH 2:5.
—LITTLE PEOPLE. 1 SAM. 15:17, ISAIAH 60:22, LUKE 17:1-2.

PSALM 57

This entry is part 54 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 57


~~ Finding True Refuge in a Lifetime of Calamities ~~


THE LATEST EVENT—DAVID WITH HOSTILE
KING SAUL IN THE CAVE. I SAMUEL 24:1-11

1. DAVID DEPENDS UPON GOD.    PSALM 62:8.
A. EVEN THOUGH HE IS EXPERIENCED IN CALAMITIES.
—I SAM. 18:29, 2 SAM. 15:12
B. EVEN THOUGH HE WAS CLOSE TO GOD, HE DID NOT TAKE
THE RELATIONSHIP FOR GRANTED.
DO WE ? HEBREWS 4:14, 1 TIMOTHY 2:5, 1 JOHN 1:9,
OTHERS DID NOT:
>ABRAHAM—GEN. 18:32,
>MOSES—DEUT. 9:17-21,
>PAUL—EPH. 3:14,
>JOHN—REV. 1:17.
SOME ACTUALLY WILL DO THIS:
>INVITED GUEST—MATT. 22:11-12
>IT IS THE ATTITUDE OF THIS GENERATION. ROM. 1:32.

2. DAVID ACKNOWLEDGES HIS WEAKNESS AND SIN.   V.1-3
A. HE CALLS OUT FOR GOD’S MERCY.
B. HE HAS FAITH THAT GOD WILL SEND IT. V. 3.
GAL. 3:24, LAS. 1:6-7.

3. DAVID’S FAITH THAT GOD WILL SEND HELP FROM HEAVEN.
A. SOME HELP CANNOT BE EXPLAINED ANY OTHER WAY.
—THREE HEBREWS. DANIEL 3:28,
—DANIEL IN LION’S DEN. DANIEL 6:22,
—PETER IN PRISON. ACTS 12:11,
—THE PROPHETS. REV. 22:6.
B. OUR FAITH MUST BE ABSOLUTE TO WORK. V. 7.
OUR PRAISE OF HIM MUST BE EVIDENT AT ALL TIMES.
PSALM 112:3
—DESPITE THE PROBLEM, OUR FAITH IS IN GOD. PS. 112:7.
—PRAISE IS EVIDENCE. V. 7-9.
—WORSHIP IS WORSHIP IS EVIDENCE. V.9b.
EXAMPLES: ACTS 16:25, PS. 106:12, LUKE 2:38.
WHEN FAITH BECOMES ACTION. LUKE 1:64.

4. THE OUTCOME IS TO LIFT UP GOD, NOT JUST GIVE US
SUCCESS.
   (WHY DO YOU EXERCISE FAITH & PRAISE THE LORD ?)
A. IN HIS BLESSINGS. PSALM 18:46 (ISN’T SALVATION A GREAT
BLESSING ?)
B. IN HIS JUDGMENTS. IS. 30:18, ISAIAH 2:10-11.

PSALM 54

This entry is part 51 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 54

~~ The Friendliness of Enemies ~~


GOD SAVES HIS FAITHFUL PEOPLE

1. THE PEOPLE OF ZIPH.
A. BETRAYED DAVID FOR PERSONAL GAIN. 2 SAM 23:19-23.
B. AN ENEMY CAN MERELY COLLABORATE. (AS ZIPHIM).
C. AN ENEMY MAY POSE AS A FRIEND.
—PRETENDS TO LIKE YOU. PROV. 27:6.
—TREATED AS A BROTHER. PS. 35:11-16.
—PARTICIPATES WITH YOU. JUDE 1:12.
D. AN ENEMY MAY BE OVERT AND OBVIOUS. MATT. 13:28.
—PEOPLE WHO WALK CONTRARY TO THE WORD OF GOD.
PHIL. 3:17-19.

2. THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S SAFETY.    V.1.
A. HIS NAME REQUIRES HIS ACTION.
EX.6:3.=GOD ALMIGHTY.
B. HE WILL SAVE, OFTEN IN UNUSUAL WAYS. JUDGES 7:2.
C. EVEN THOUGH WE DON’T DESERVE IT. (USE OF MERCY
RATHER THAN GRACE). PS. 109:26. MATT. 14:30.
D. BECAUSE WE BELONG TO HIM.
—WE ARE HIS POSSESSION. PS. 100:3, 1 COR. 6:19-20.
—HE GAVE COMMANDMENT ON THIS. PSALM 71:3.

3. UNDERSTANDING THE ENEMY.    V. 3
A. THEIR EVIL GOALS. 1 PETER 5:8.
—MOST ENEMIES ARE TERRORISTS BY NATURE,
DESIRING TO INFLICT FEAR. PSALM 64:1.
—ARE ACCOMPLISHED ONLY WHEN THE BELIEVER HAS
SINNED. I KINGS 8:33.
—ARE DONE WHEN BELIEVERS FAIL TO BE ALERT (A SIN).
MARK 14:38, ACTS 20:31, 1 THES. 5:6, MATT. 24:43.
—THEY CANNOT STOP THE HAND OF GOD. PS. 107:2.
B. THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
—THEY DON’T WANT GOD, OR ANY THOUGHTS OF GOD,
BEFORE THEM. PS.86:14, JER. 9:12-13.

4. ASSURANCE OVER THE ENEMY.    V. 4-5
A. GOD IS THE HELPER. (DOES THAT MEAN HE DOES IT ALL ?)
—HEB. 13:6—MATT. 11:29-30 (JOINT-YOKE. ALL TO BE DONE
BY GOD, BUT OUR PART IS SUBMITTING).
—HE EXPECTS US TO DO WHAT HE COMMANDS. HEB. 4:16.
(SEEKING HIM FIRST). PS. 121:1. DON’T BE LOOKING DOWN.
B. GOD IS WITH THE BELIEVER.
C. GOD WILL REWARD THE ENEMY.
—CUTTING THEM OFF. FROM WHAT ? (HEB.-ELIMINATED,
DESTROYED, CUT OFF TO DIE). LEV. 7:25,27.
—USE TRUTH AS THE SWORD. HEB. 4:12, EPH. 6:17.

5. THE PRAISE FOR THE INEVITABLE VICTORY.   V. 6-9
A. THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE. BEFORE THE VICTORY.
HEB. 13:15, JER. 33:11.
THE SACRIFICE OF OTHER THINGS FOR GOD’S GLORY.
—FOR MINISTRY. PHIL. 4:18, ROM. 12:1.
B. THE TESTIMONY THAT IS PRODUCED AND SPREAD OUT
FOR OTHERS TO KNOW. DEUT. 32:1-3, MARK 5:20.
IMPORTANT TO DO IT AS PRAISE BEFORE GOD. LUKE 15:10