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Summary: IN THE MIDST OF DANGER WE CAN WORSHIP GOD FOR HIS KINDNESS AND TRUTH

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BIG IDEA:

IN THE MIDST OF DANGER WE CAN WORSHIP GOD

FOR HIS KINDNESS AND TRUTH

I. (:1-3) GOD’S KINDNESS AND TRUTH WILL SHELTER ME FROM

DESTRUCTION

A. (:1) Take Shelter in God

"He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock"

1. God’s Shelter is Gracious

2. God’s Shelter is Safe

"under the shadow of Thy wings"

a. Room for me

b. No room for destruction

B. (:2) Cry Out for God’s Help

"God who accomplishes for me"

Not my working for God but God’s working for me

C. (:3) Look for Deliverance from God’s Kindness and Truth

1. Deliverance comes from heaven

Keep looking up

2. Deliverance turns the tables on my enemies

Won’t they be surprised!

3. Deliverance is packaged in kindness and truth

Spiritual power different than natural power

II. (:4-6) THE FIERCE TREACHERY OF MY ENEMIES IS NO MATCH FOR THE EXALTED GLORY OF MY GOD

Who do they think they are messing with?

A. (:4) My Enemies are Fierce (and they are close)

Bent on destroying me:

1. like lions (cf. Daniel in lions’ den)

2. breathe forth fire

3. teeth are spears and arrows

4. tongue = a sharp sword (contrast the Word of God)

B. (:5) Refrain: My God is Exalted and Glorious

"Be exalted above the heavens O God, let thy glory be above all the earth"

No contest!.

C. (:6) My Enemies Are Destroyed in Their Own Treachery

III. (:7-10) MY HEART REMAINS FOCUSED ON WORSHIPING GOD

FOR HIS KINDNESS AND TRUTH

A. (:7) Unwavering in Private Worship

B. (:8) Enthusiastic in Worship

C. (:9) Expressive in Public Worship

D. (:10) Focused on God’s Kindness and Truth

(:11) CONCLUSION = REFRAIN: My God is Exalted and Glorious

"Be exalted above the heavens O God, let thy glory be above all the earth"

Charles Wesley wrote,

“Jesus, Lover of my soul

Let me to Thy bosom fly

While the nearer waters roll,

While the tempest still is high

Hide me, O my Saviour, hide

Till the storm of life is past.”

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DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS:

1) Have you ever wondered how many times the Lord has sheltered you under the shadow of His wings while destruction passed close by?

2) When people trample on us unfairly, it is helpful to remember that we are in good company. The Lord’s faithful saints have always had to endure unjust abuse. But they have also always had the recourse of turning to God in prayer for deliverance and

vindication.

3) Note the description in vs. 4 of the viciousness of David’s attackers. What a far cry from the Lord’s design of man that he should breathe forth hatred and violence! Are we using our tongue to build others up and to be a fountain of blessing or of cursing? Does

our soft answer turn away the wrath of others?

4) No matter how low the enemy tries to push us down, there is always the opportunity for the Lord to be lifted up high and exalted by our reaction and by His deliverance.

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