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Summary: THANKS BE TO GOD WHO ALWAYS LEADS US IN HIS TRIUMPH IN CHRIST

BIG IDEA:

THANKS BE TO GOD WHO ALWAYS LEADS US IN HIS TRIUMPH IN

CHRIST

INTRODUCTION:

2 Cor. 2:14

(Really, what we have are pieces of 2 psalms tied together to meet a different

purpose and different historical circumstances)

I. (:1-5) THE PATH OF TRIUMPH BEGINS WITH A HEART

FOCUSED ON WORSHIPING GOD (cf. 57:7-11)

A. (:1) Unwavering in Worship

"My heart is steadfast"

"I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul"

B. (:2) Enthusiastic in Worship

What a way to start the day!

"Awake, harp and lyre;

I will awaken the dawn"

C. (:3) Expressive in Public Worship

"I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples"

"And I will sing praises to Thee among the nations"

D. (:4) Focused on God’s Kindness and Truth

1. Kindness "For Thy lovingkindness is great above the heavens"

2. Truth "And Thy truth reaches to the skies"

E. (:5) Geared towards Glorifying God

"Be exalted, O God, above the heavens"

"And Thy glory above all the earth"

II. (:6-13) THE PATH OF TRIUMPH CULMINATES IN GOD’S VICTORY OVER OUR ENEMIES (cf. 60:5-12)

A. (:6) Plea For Victory

1. Based on Covenant Relationship -- "That Thy beloved may be delivered"

2. Based on the Power of God -- "Save with Thy right hand"

Messianic implications

3. Based on God’s Mercy and Compassion to Answer Prayer -- "Answer me"

B. (:7) Victory over Internal Enemies -- God Controls the Promised Land

Fulfillment of God’s promises -- internal consolidation; home conquests

Confirmed by God’s holiness

"God has spoken in His holiness"

1. Shechem -- "I will exult, I will portion out Shechem"

2. Succoth -- "And measure out the valley of Succoth"

C. (:8) Victory is Secure -- God Reigns Over His Chosen Tribes

1. Gilead

2. Manasseh

3. Ephraim -- military center "Ephraim also is the helmet of My head"

known for their mighty men of valour that helped David

4. Judah -- political center for ruling and governing "Judah is My scepter"

D. (:9) Victory Over External Enemies -- they will be completely subdued

1. "Moab is My washbowl"

2. "Over Edom I shall throw My shoe"

3. "Over Philistia I will shout aloud”

E. (:10-11) Temporary Rejection is no Discouragement to the Hope of Ultimate Victory

F. (:12-13) Key to Victory = Placing all of our confidence in God rather than in Man

1. "Deliverance by man is in vain"

2. "Through God we shall do valiantly"

"it is He who will tread down our adversaries"

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) In order to sing and praise wholeheatedly, one’s heart must be steadfast, fixed and immovable. How is this achieved in the life of a believer?

2) David mentions God’s love, truth, supremacy, power and deliverance as being praiseworthy. What else about God causes you to praise Him?

3) God rescues and provides for those He loves and who acknowledge Him. Sometimes we’re unable to recognize our weaknesses, but we’re usually quick to identify what we lack and need. What is a provision that you need God to supply for you? What has been

blocking that from happening in your life up until now? Is that an area in your life that

you are powerless over and need God to rescue you from?


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