Issue #642 ~ December 14, 2020

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I Will Praise Your Name
"I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good."
Psalm 54:6
"For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes."
Psalm 54:7

Verse 6: "I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good."

The Psalmist says he will do 2 things: (1) "I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you" and (2) "I will praise your name, O Lord."

He then states the reason for these acts in the final phrase: "for it is good." The word "it" refers back to His name. This is the second time we have the statement of "your name"; (1) verse 1 - "Save me, O God, by your name" and now (2) verse 6 - "I will praise your name."

Psalm 119:68: "You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees" (NIV).

Henry Blackaby says: "Seek to bring every physical desire under the control of the Holy Spirit so that nothing will impede your accomplishing what Jesus asks of you." (Experiencing God Day-By-Day, 85)

It's followed with this prayer: "Lord, keep me from missing opportunities to do Your work by being consumed with my own agenda."

Ruth Myers in 31 Days of Power says: "I praise You that You are exalted high above all. You're the Ruler over everything and everyone" (23)

Verse 7: "For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes."

There are 2 things the Lord has done here in verse 7: (1) "he has delivered me from all my troubles" and (2) "my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes."

J. Vernon McGee says: "We know from the historical record that God did deliver David from treacherous Ziphites, and the faithful remnant can rest in the confidence that God will deliver them also. God will surely keep His promises."

I find myself, in the midst of this study, stopping to sing "Find Us Faithful": We're pilgrims on the journey Of the narrow road And those who've gone before us line the way Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses Let us run the race not only for the prize But as those who've gone before us Let us leave to those behind us The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful May the fire of our devotion light their way May the footprints that we leave Lead them to believe And the lives we live inspire them to obey." (John Mohr)

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 (NIV)
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2.  Praise: The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2 (NIV)

3.  Pray: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 (NASB)
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4.  Praise: Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
1 Chronicles 29:13 (NIV)
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Let's conclude our worship by singing "Blessed Be the Name":

All praise to Him who reigns above In majesty supreme,
Who gave His Son for man to die, That he might man redeem!

Redeemer, Saviour, Friend of man Once ruined by the fall,
Thou hast devised salvation's plan, For Thou hast died for all.

Refrain
Blessed be the name, blessed be the name, Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the name, blessed be the name, Blessed be the name of the Lord!
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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