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Summary: WHEN BLESSINGS COME DOWN, PRAISE AND RESPECT SHOULD GO UP

BIG IDEA:

WHEN BLESSINGS COME DOWN, PRAISE AND RESPECT SHOULD GO UP

I. (:1-3) GOD’S PEOPLE SEEK BLESSINGS SO THAT GOD MAY BE KNOWN AND PRAISED

A. The Nature of God’s Blessings

1. Be Gracious

2. Bless Us

3. Cause His face to shine upon us

How should we seek these blessings? Through Prayer

B. The Purpose of God’s Blessings

1. That God may be Known

a. Thy Way be known on the earth

b. Thy salvation among all nations

2. That God may be Praised by all the peoples -- Refrain v.3

Why should we seek God’s blessings?

Not primarily for our own comfort and benefit and prosperity

II. (:4-5) THE NATIONS SHOULD:

APPRECIATE BLESSINGS

RESPECT GOD

PRAISE GOD

A. (:4a) Blessings Should Bring Gladness and Joy (Response = Appreciation)

B. (:4b) Blessings Depend Upon God’s Righteous Judgment and Guidance (Response = Respect)

C. (:5) Blessings Should Stimulate Praise (Response = Praise)

III. (:6-7) GOD’S PEOPLE RECEIVE BLESSINGS SO THAT GOD MAY BE FEARED ( = KNOWN AND RESPECTED)

A. The Nature of God’s Blessings

Tangible, material blessings

The fruit of the earth

From a Personal God in the context of a Personal Relationship ("God, our God")

B. The Purpose of God’s Blessings.that God may be Feared = Known and Respected by the nations

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) Why do we desire God’s blessings upon our life and family? Are we actively seeking God’s blessing through prayer?

2) What does it mean for God “to cause His face to shine upon us” (vs. 1)? Does our countenance (speaking from our heart) radiate God’s presence to others?

3) Are we looking forward to that day when the peoples of all nations will fear and praise the true God?

4) Do we associate righteous judgment (vs. 4) with praise and joy?

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