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Summary: GOD IS THE ONE WE LOOK TO FOR DELIVERANCE AND VINDICATION

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BIG IDEA:

GOD IS THE ONE WE LOOK TO FOR DELIVERANCE AND VINDICATION

INTRODUCTION:

I Samuel 23 -- David hiding in the wilderness; betrayed by the Ziphites

I. (:1-3) WE LOOK TO GOD IN PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE AND

VINDICATION

A. (:1) Basis for Our Appeal: Seeking God’s Honor

Because of Who God is

1. Name of God -- Deliverance

2. Power of God -- Vindication

B. (:2) Address of Our Appeal: Seeking God’s Attention

"Hear my prayer, O God"

"Give ear to the words of my mouth"

C. (:3) Circumstances of Our Appeal: Seeking God’s Victory over:

1. Strangers

2. Violent men

Assessment: "They have not set God before them"

II. (:4-5) WE LOOK TO GOD IN FAITH FOR DELIVERANCE AND

VINDICATION

A. Faith in God as our Deliverer

1. Faith in God as our Helper

2. Faith in God as our Sustainer

B. Faith in God as our Vindicator

destroying my foes in His faithfulness

III. (:6-7) WE LOOK TO GOD IN THANKSGIVING FOR DELIVERANCE AND VINDICATION

A. Thanksgiving for Goodness of God to Deliver

B. Thanksgiving for Personal Satisfaction resulting from Vindication

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) When we get into a predicament (even if it is largely of our own making) do we have the confidence that God will hear our prayers and deliver us? What type of power is there in the name of God? (vs. 1)

2) When we “set God before us” (vs. 3), how should that influence our conduct? What

did the psalmist mean by this expression? Do we view God as “our Helper” and “Sustainer”?

3) In what ways would we like the Lord to vindicate us? Are we casting ourselves completely upon His power for that vindication? (vs. 2)

4) What good is sacrifice (or thanksgiving) that does not come from a willing, cheerful spirit? (Remember: God loves a cheerful giver!)

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