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Summary: GOD’S INTERVENTION IS THE PATHWAY TO DELIVERANCE FROM OPPRESSION

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)BIG IDEA:

GOD’S INTERVENTION IS THE PATHWAY

TO DELIVERANCE FROM OPPRESSION

I. (:121) WHY WOULD GOD WANT TO INTERVENE?

A. Integrity of My Life

"I have done justice and righteousness" – "I’ve been perfectly fair"

B. Injustice of My Oppression

"Do not leave me to my oppressors" – God hates injustice and oppression

C. Inability to Deliver Myself

II. (:122) HOW COULD GOD MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

A. Promote What’s Good for Me

"Be surety for Thy servant for good"

B. Protect Me from What’s Harmful

"Do not let the arrogant oppress me"

III. (:123-126) WHEN WILL GOD TAKE ACTION?

A. (:123) Delay from our Finite Perspective

1. Delay is Painful

"My eyes fail with longing for Thy salvation"

2. Delay Should not Cause Us to Question God’s Righteousness

"And for Thy righteous word"

B. (:124-125) Discernment Needed to Understand God’s Perspective

"Teach me"

"Give me understanding"

C. (:126) Decisiveness In Accordance with God’s Timetable and God’s Justice

"It is time for the Lord to act. For they have broken Thy law.”

IV. (:127-128) WHAT IS THE RESPONSE TO ANTICIPATION OF GOD’S INTERVENTION?

A. Love for God’s Commandments

"Therefore I love Thy commandments Above gold, yes, above fine gold."."Therefore I esteem right all Thy precepts concerning everything"

B. Hatred for "every false way"

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) Do we conduct ourselves as devoted and loyal “servants” of our Lord God? Do we have the expectation that the Master will take up for the cause of His servant?

2) Do we have a conscience that evaluates our own ethical performance as having “done justice and righteousness”? Consider how much more remarkable this testimony is from the mouth of one who had the power to exploit others if he had been so inclined.

3) When is it “time for the Lord to act” in our situation?

4) Does our value system truly place God’s commandments at the top of the heap?

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