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Summary: THE LORD SHOWS HIS GOODNESS AND LOVINGKINDNESS BY LEADING US TO VICTORY WHEN DEFEAT SEEMS IMMINENT

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THE LORD SHOWS HIS GOODNESS AND LOVINGKINDNESS BY LEADING US TO VICTORY WHEN DEFEAT SEEMS IMMINENT

"Thanks be to God who always leads us in His triumph in Christ!" 2 Cor. 2:14

Note the Messianic applications throughout the psalm

INTRODUCTION (:1-4) THANKSGIVING FOR HIS:

- GOODNESS

- LOVINGKINDNESS= EVERLASTING

- let Israel say ...

- let the house of Aaron say ...

- let those who fear the Lord say ...

I. (:5-9) IMAGE OF PROTECTION: THE LORD IS MY REFUGE

A. Imminent Defeat: "my distress" -- lit. "a tight place"

pressure from all sides

B. Calling Upon the Lord

C. Key to Victory: "The Lord is for me!" (:6-7)

D. Experience of Victory: "set me in a large place" (in contrast to a tight place)

E. Lesson Learned: "It is better to take refuge in the Lord !"

- than to trust in man

- than to trust in princes

II. (:10-14) IMAGE OF DELIVERANCE: THE LORD IS MY SALVATION

(MY STRENGTH AND MY SONG)

A. Imminent Defeat:

- surrounded by enemies = all nations

- surrounded by enemies -- like by bees

B. Invoking the Name of the Lord

C. Key to Victory: "the Lord helped me"

Confidence: "I will surely cut them off"

D. Experience of Victory:

actually was successful in cutting them off.extinguished them like a fire of thorns (very quick combustion with nothing left)

E. Lesson Learned: "The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation."

III. (:15-18) IMAGE OF POWER: THE RIGHT HAND OF THE LORD DOES VALIANTLY

A. Imminent Defeat: "disciplined severely"

disciplined almost to the point of death

"He has not given me over to death" (but it was close!)

B. Joyful Celebration:

"the sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous"

C. Key to Victory: "the right hand of the Lord does valiantly"

D. Experience of Victory:

- the right hand of the Lord is exalted

- I shall not die but live

E. Lesson Learned: the works of the Lord (accomplished by His valiant right hand) are Powerful

- I should give testimony and "tell of the works of the Lord"

IV. (:19-21) IMAGE OF TRIUMPH: THE LORD IS MY CONQUERING HERO

VICTORY PROCESSION THROUGH THE GATES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

A. Key to Victory: only "the righteous" can enter thru the gates of righteousness = the gate of the Lord

B. Lesson Learned:

- Triumph should always lead to Worship and Thanksgiving

- God answers and becomes our salvation

V. (:22-28) IMAGE OF BLESSING: THE LORD IS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE

A. Imminent Defeat: "the stone which the builders rejected"

this was true of the nation of Israel: rejected by the other nations, yet central focus of God’s plan for history

this was true of the Messiah: supreme rejection and humiliation

this will be true of all God’s children: yet we are choice and precious in the sight of God -- 1 Peter 2:4 (quickview) 

B. Calling Upon the Lord for Salvation and Prosperity

- "O Lord, do save we beseech Thee"

- "O Lord, we beseech Thee, do send prosperity"

C. Key to Victory: "This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes"."Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord"

D. Experience of Victory: "has become the chief cornerstone"

"The Lord is God, and He has given us light "


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