Pastor Keith Becker

Praise for Our God

1.     Praise Our God for His ____________! 1-6

Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!  The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. 6 The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.

 Presence = Psalm 16:11:
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Power = Rom 1:20:
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power, and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Priority = 2 Cor 5:21:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 

2.     Praise Our God for His _______! vs. 7-15

Sing to the Lord with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.  8 He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills. 9 He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call. 10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; 11 the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Extol the Lord, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion. 13 He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you.  14 He grants peace to your borders and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.

Planet = Job 37:14-16:
14 “Listen to this, Job; stop and consider God’s wonders.  15 Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? 16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?

People = 1 Pet 2:9:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

3.     Praise our God for His ________! Vs 15-20

15 He sends his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.  16 He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes.  17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast?  18 He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow. 19 He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel. 20 He has done this for no other nation; they do not know his laws.[b] Praise the Lord.

Potent = Ps 33:6-9:
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.  He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.  8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.  9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

Personal = 1 Cor 2:7-11, 15-16:
No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” the things God has prepared for those who love him.  10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. . .  15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND REFLECTION

To find a summer group or for more information go to www.gfhope.org/growth

·      Read Psalm 147 daily and ask what stood out in the message?

·      Share a time when you have experienced the mightiness of God?  How did you respond?

·      Comment on how God’s Bigness and human’s smallness is counter cultural to the world? 

·      Reflect on how God’s priority of redeeming humanity and specifically you is part of your daily time with God?

·      Share what are some of the most take your breath away places that you realize God created? 

·      Comment on how being a chosen people allows you to praise God?

·      How does the potency of God’s word over creation impact your prayer time?

·       Have you ever considered God making known the Gospel to you like unveiling a mystery?

·      Describe a time where you helped another person discover the mystery of God sending His Son to redeem their life with Him?

How to pray when you’re persecuted

1.     Check your __________vs. 1-4 –

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you.  May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies. 

a)    Declare your utter___________________ vs. 1

Psalm 121:1-2: I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

1 John 5:14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 

b)    Consider that your _____ are a powerful offering. vs. 2

Hos 6:6:  For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Heb 13:15: Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name

Revelation 8:3-4, Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand.

a)    Purify your_________ and your ________ vs.3-4

Psalm 19:14: Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

James 4:3: When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

1 Cor 15:33: Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.

Proverbs 24:1-2: Do not be envious of evil men, Nor desire to be with them; For their heart devises violence, And their lips talk of troublemaking.

1.     Check with your godly____________________! vs. 5

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.  My head will not refuse

Pro 27:6: Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.

2.     Check your attitude towards your_____________! Vs 5b-10

for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs, and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.  They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”  But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.  Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me.  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

a.      Remember who your real  _________ are. vs.5b-7

Eph 6:12: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

James 4:8:  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

b.    Remember evil doers will face_____judgement! vs.8-10

2 Thes 1:6-9: 6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 

Read the rest of the story: 1 Samuel 24:8-22:

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND REFLECTION 

To find a summer group or for more information goto www.gfhope.org/growth or TEXT “gfgroups” to 474747 and join a group this week:

·      Read Psalm 141 daily and ask what stood out in the message?

·      Read 1 Sam 23-24 to get a context of David’s life on the run from Saul and his prayers to God and how God answered.  How does David practice checking his heart, with his godly friends and his attitude toward his enemies?

·      Describe a time in your life where you have been harassed? 

o   How did you respond?

o    How was God part of the story? 

o   How did your friends respond?

o   How did your enemies respond?

·      How have you guarded your lip while praying?

·      How have you guarded your heart’s motives in prayer?

·      How have you been corrected by a friend?  How did you respond?

·      How have you corrected a friend?  How did they respond?

·      How has God brought you safely through harassment before? 

·      How might God bring you safely through a current harassment?

·      How have your enemies responded to your not following into their traps?

Praising the Lord

David’s ___________ story = 1 Sam 21:10-15


10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: “‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?” 12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. 13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard. 14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”

Psalm 34

I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. 9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 9 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. 21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

1. Public praise ______________ followers of Jesus! 1-7

After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”
Acts 13:15

2. Public praise calls us to ___________! 8-14

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
Phil 2:1-3

3. Public Praise assures us of our ____________! 15-21.

Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, 19 for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance.[a]20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Phil 1:18-26

There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
Heb 11:35-40

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY AND REFLECTION

To find a summer group or for more information go to www.gfhope.org/growth or TEXT “gfgroups” to 474747 and join a group this week:

Read Psalm 34 daily and ask what stood out in the message?

Find 5 verses that declare God’s praise and write them out and post them on your fridge, car, wallet, phone/computer and on your social media pages so you can join in God’s public praise – share your plan and what people’s reaction is.

Can you relate to David where, by God’s grace you were delivered? 

How can you practice humility and give God praise like David?

Practice giving public praise this week?  Can you give praise at work - how?  At home – how?  With friends- how?

How do you find praise helps you be open to godliness?  What areas of godliness is God calling you up to and how can you obey?

How does God’s promise of deliverance (both abundant living now and eternal salvation after death) help you right now?