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Summary: THE LORD’S WORD OF PROMISE FUELS OUR CONFIDENCE AND OUR THANKSGIVING

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TITLE: THE LORD WILL ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES FOR ME

(MY LIFE WILL NOT BE AN UNFINISHED BOOK)

BIG IDEA: THE LORD’S WORD OF PROMISE FUELS OUR

CONFIDENCE AND OUR THANKSGIVING

INTRODUCTION:

Important to understand 2 Samuel 7 = God’s Word of Promise to David about the kingdom of David that would culminate in the reign of the Messiah;

David went through many difficult trials and dangers at the hands of family and foe where the fulfillment of that promise looked to be in jeopardy. But God proved Himself faithful.

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3 SNAPSHOTS IN TIME THAT LOOK AT THE LORD’S WORD OF

PROMISE FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES

I. (:1-3) SNAPSHOT OF THE PAST:

“Thou didst answer me; Thou didst make me bold”

PAST DELIVERANCE INSPIRES CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD’S WORD

OF PROMISE AND WHOLE-HEARTED THANKSGIVING AND WORSHIP

A. Deliverance Occurred When:

1. God came through in a Big Way

- magnified His Word = “truth”

- in accordance with His name (character) = “lovingkindness”

2. God answered our specific prayer

“On the day I called Thou didst answer me”

3. God delivered us from our specific weakness

“Thou didst make me bold with strength in my soul”

B. Past Deliverance Inspires Confidence in the Lord’s Word of Promise

“Thou hast magnified Thy word”

C. Past Deliverance Inspires Whole-hearted Thanksgiving and Worship

1. Thanksgiving

“I will give Thee thanks with all my heart;

I will sing praises to Thee before the gods.”

2. Worship

“I will bow down toward Thy holy temple,

And give thanks to Thy name”

II. (:4-6) SNAPSHOT OF THE FUTURE: “great is the glory of the Lord”

FUTURE FULFILLMENT INSPIRES VALIDATION OF THE LORD’S

WORD OF PROMISE AND HUMBLE THANKSGIVING

A. The Most Powerful World Leaders will See the Fulfillment of God’s Word of Promise (in the Millennial Kingdom)

“When they have heard the word of Thy mouth.”

B. The Most Powerful World Leaders will Respond in Humble Thanksgiving

“All the kings of the earth will give thanks to Thee, O Lord”

“And they will sing of the ways of the Lord”

C. This Future Fulfillment will Validate the Greatness of the Glory of the Lord

“For great is the glory of the Lord”

D. The Lord Gives Grace to the Humble But Rejects the Proud

“For though the Lord is exalted,

Yet He regards the lowly;

But the haughty He knows from afar.”

III. (:7-8) SNAPSHOT OF THE PRESENT:

“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me”

PRESENT RELIANCE ON THE LORD FOR DELIVERANCES AS NEEDED

IS THE PROCESS BY WHICH GOD BRINGS HIS WORD OF PROMISE TO ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT

A. We Need God’s Help Because We “walk in the midst of trouble”

4 REASONS WE CAN COUNT ON GOD’S HELP:

B. We Can Count on God’s Help Because He is More Powerful than our Enemies

“Thou wilt revive me”

“Thou wilt stretch forth Thy hand against the wrath of my enemies”

“And Thy right hand will save me”

C. We Can Count on God’s Help Because He Will Bring His Word of Promise to Ultimate Fulfillment in Our Life

“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me”

D. We Can Count on God’s Help Because His Lovingkindness is Everlasting

“Thy lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting”

E. We Can Count on God’s Help Because He will Never Leave Us or Forsake Us

“Do not forsake the works of Thy hands”

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) Have there been any times of “spiritual breakthroughs” in your life when God delivered you from a persisting or sudden fear and strengthened you with boldness in your soul so that you enjoyed a mountaintop victory experience?

2) Is our Thanksgiving accompanied by reverent adoration or by presumptuous begging and pleading?

3) How has God made His Word seem BIG to you? Written His Word in large letters so that you couldn’t miss what He was saying to you?

4) Are we confident that the Lord will complete in us the good work that He has begun and “accomplish what concerns us”? Do we understand how patient the Lord is with us? Does God really have a plan for your life?

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