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Summary: WE SHOULD PRAISE THE CHARACTER OF THE LORD CONTINUALLY

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BIG IDEA: WE SHOULD PRAISE THE CHARACTER OF

THE LORD CONTINUALLY

(:1-2) INTRODUCTION:

“I will extol Thee, my God, O King;

And I will bless Thy name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless Thee,

And I will praise Thy name forever and ever.”

A. Praise Activity Defined

“extol”

“bless”

“praise”

B. Praise Him for His Relationship to Me As:

1. My God

2. My King

C. Praise Him for His Character = His Name

D. Praise Him Continually

1. Every day

2. Forever and ever

I. (:3-6) HIS GREATNESS

A. Summary

“Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised”

B. Unsearchable

“His greatness is unsearchable”

C. Enduring (True for Every Generation)

“One generation shall praise Thy works to another;

And shall declare Thy mighty acts.”

D. Majestic

“On the glorious splendor of Thy majesty,

And on Thy wonderful works, I will meditate.”

E. Powerful.“And men shall speak of the power of Thine awesome acts;

And I will tell of Thy greatness.”

II. (:7-10) HIS GOODNESS

A. Summary

“They shall eagerly utter the memory of Thine abundant goodness”

B. Righteous

“And shall shout joyfully of Thy righteousness”

C. Kind

“The Lord is gracious and merciful;

Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.”

D. Impartial / Universal

“The Lord is good to all,

And His mercies are over all His works.

All Thy works shall give thanks to Thee, O Lord,

And Thy godly ones shall bless Thee.”

III. (:11-13) HIS GLORY

A. Summary

“They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom”

B. Powerful

“And talk of Thy power”

C. Manifested in His Eternal Kingdom

“To make known to the sons of men Thy mighty acts,

And the glory of the majesty of Thy kingdom.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

And Thy dominion endures throughout all generations.”

IV. (:14-20) HIS GENEROSITY

A. Summary (:16,19-20)

1. Generous to All in a General Sense

“Thou dost open Thy hand,

And dost satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

2. Generous to His People in a Special Sense

“He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;

He will also hear their cry and will save them.

The Lord keeps all who love Him;

But all the wicked, He will destroy.”

B. Helps those who are Burdened Down.“The Lord sustains all who fall,

And raises up all who are bowed down.”

B. Provides Necessary Food

“The eyes of all look to Thee,

And Thou dost give them their food in due time.”

C. Righteous and Kind

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways,

And kind in all His deeds.”

D. Approachable

“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,

To all who call upon Him in truth.”

(:21) CONCLUSION:

“My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord;

And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) What is the special contribution of our generation to the progressive testimony to the Greatness of God? How has He demonstrated His greatness in our family? What has been passed down to us from our forefathers on this subject?

2) Reflect on the Goodness of God in General Grace and how that goodness should lead men to repentance. Do we abuse God’s patience (His grace and mercy and being slow to anger) and become sluggish in our obedience? Are we ever tempted to fall into the trap of picturing God as a Scrooge who is out to treat people cruelly?


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