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Summary: To show one of the infinite ways of how GOD protects us from pride of man and strife of tongues.

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I. EXORDIUM:

How does GOD protect you?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show one of the infinite ways of how GOD protects us from pride of man and strife of tongues.

IV. TEXT:

Psalms 31:20 (Amplified Bible)

31:20 In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You protect me by hiding me in Your Presence from plots of men and strife of tongues.

VI. TITLE:

The LORD will hide us

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Authors: Authorship of many is uncertain, generally attributed to King David.

B. Date written: c. 1440 to 450 B.C. ( From Moses to Ezra)

C. Purpose: 150 songs to praise and worship GOD

D. To whom written: Sometimes to GOD, sometimes to author

E. Main Themes: praise and worship, prayer and praise

VIII. MAIN BODY:

The LORD will hide us in the secret place of His Presence.

Hide or "sathar" in Hebrew meaning:

1. to hide

2. be absent, keep close, conceal, hide, secret, surely

Secret or "sether sithrah" in Hebrew meaning:

1. a cover

2. covering, covert, hiding place, privily, protection, secret place

Presence or "panym" in Hebrew meaning:

1. the face

2. countenance

The LORD will protect us from the following as we learn from this verse.

A. Pride of man - harmful plots of men against us

"In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men;"

Pride or "rokes" in Hebrew meaning: a snare, pride

Pride as defined by Webster dictionary: Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one's own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.

James 4:6 (Amplified Bible)

4:6 But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).

Psalms 10:2 (Amplified Bible)

10:2 The wicked in pride and arrogance hotly pursue and persecute the poor; let them be taken in the schemes which they have devised.

Psalms 36:11 (Amplified Bible)

36:11 Let not the foot of pride overtake me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

John the Baptist example of humility:

John 3:30 (The Message)

3:30 This is the assigned moment for him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.

B. Strife of tongues - vicious gossip

"You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues."

Strife or "riyb rib" in Hebrew meaning:

1. contest

2. pleading

3. suit

4. adversary

Strife means exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts. Contention in anger or enmity; contest; struggle for victory; quarrel or war. [Source: Webster Dictionary]

Proverbs 17:14 (Amplified Bible)

17:14 The beginning of strife is as when water first trickles [from a crack in a dam]; therefore stop contention before it becomes worse and quarreling breaks out.


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