Issue #638 ~ November 16, 2020

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I Made the Right Choice
"But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever."
Psalm 52:8
"I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints."
Psalm 52:9

Verse 8: "But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever."

The blessed "But" forms the contrast. Whereas, this is Doeg's life that has been described in verses 1 - 7, now we are going to look at David's life in verses 8 and 9.

Psalm 1:3: "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers" (NIV).

Jeremiah 17:7, 8: "But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (NIV).

David, in contrast to Doeg, has made God his stronghold.

Psalm 119:114: "You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word" (NIV).

There are 3 things David says about himself here: (1) he is "flourishing in the house of God"; (2) he is trusting "in God's unfailing love"; and (3) "I will praise you forever."

Wiersbe says: "David was planted, productive and praising God."

Fenelon said: "True humility comes from seeking the interests of God before your own. Humility comes in no longer living for yourself but in letting Jesus Christ live His life in you."(The Seeking Heart, 158)

Verse 9: "I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints."

David says: "In your name I will hope" and "your name is good."

Don Wyrtzen prays: "Your unending, unfailing love, O God, inspires me to proclaim my faith in You wherever your saints gather for worship."

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:10, 11 (NIV)
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2.  Pray: Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

3.  Praise: Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)
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4.  Pray: I want to see your lives full of true goodness, produced by the power that Jesus Christ gives you to the praise and glory of God.
Philippians 1:11 (Phillips)
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5.  Praise: Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
Hebrews 13:15 (NASB)
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When songwriter Stuart Hamblen went to the Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles and came to know Jesus Christ, he wrote a great hymn to tell his story. I would like for us to read the words and hum along and sing if you know the tune to "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)":
The chimes of time ring out the news, another day is through,
Someone slipped and fell, Was that someone you?
You may have longed for added strength, Your courage to renew,
For I bring hope to you.

(There) is no night, for in His light you'll never walk alone,
Always feel at home wherever you may roam.
There is no power can conquer you, While God is on your side,
Just take Him at His promise, Don't run away and hide.

It is no secret what God can do, What He's done for others,
He'll do for you. With arms wide open, He'll pardon you.
It is no secret, What God can do."
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

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