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Psalm 9:1-4

LET'S JUST PRAISE THE LORD!

 

THE COMPLETENESS OF PRAISE - Vs. 1

  "...with my whole heart..."

  "...all thy marvelous works."

 

THE CONCERT OF PRAISE - Vs. 2

  "I will be glad and rejoice in thee..."

  "I will sing praise to thy name..."

 

THE CAUSES FOR PRAISE Vss. 3-4

  "When my enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy

   presence.". Vs. 3

  "For thou hast maintained my right and my cause..." Vs. 4

 

 

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Psalm 34:1-8

AN INVITATION

 

(This could easily be made into a Thanksgiving message.)

We all get invitations. Some are to social events. Some are to purchase products. Some are to give our opinions. The best invitations we get are from God. In this text we find:

 

AN INVITATION TO PRAISE Vss. 1-3

AN INVITATION TO PRAYER Vss. 4-6

AN INVITATION TO PROVISION Vss. 7-10

 

 

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Psalm 100

TRULY THANKFUL

 

Perhaps you have become too accustomed to your blessings.

Perhaps you need to be reminded as we approach Thanksgiving Day that there are some things for which you need to be truly thankful.

 

Psalm 100 is a Psalm of praise and Thanksgiving.  (READ PSALM 100 IN UNISON)

 

I find seven things in verses three and five for which we as Christians should truly be thankful.

 

THE LORD IS GOD – Vs. 3

 

In other lands and even here in the United States, people worship other Gods.  They do not worship the true and living God. Psalm 115:4-8

 

Idols are dead. Those that worship them are spiritually dead!   

 

However, our God, the true and living God is very much alive! Psalm 115:3, Isaiah 42:8, Isaiah 6:1-4, Revelation 1:8

 

Why should we be thankful that the Lord is God?

It is He that answers prayer.

It is He that protects.

It is He that forgives and gives eternal life through His Son.

It is He that says “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

 

No matter what goes wrong in your life today, the Lord is God! 

No matter who is in the White House, the Kremlin, or Buckingham Palace, the Lord is God!

No matter how you feel the Lord is God!

He is always in control.

He is sovereign.

Nothing gets by Him.

Nothing takes Him by surprise! 

   

THE LORD IS CREATOR – Vs. 3

 

it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;

   

My life is full of obligations.

But my biggest obligation is to God.  One of the reasons that I am obligated to give thanks to God is because He is the one who has given me life.  He is my creator.

I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my wonderful God who created me.

And the human body is a marvelous creation. Psalm 139:14

 

GOD IS OUR FATHER – Vs. 3

 

We are his people…

 

When this Psalm was written it was the children of Israel who could say We are his people…

 

Today God’s people are those who are His children.   

Because of sin mankind is alienated from God.    Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:10

 

But God in His love sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to earth to pay for our sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4  

 

Jesus had told a man named Nicodemus in John 3:3, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

You were born the first time into an earthly family.

You need to born again a second time into the Heavenly family.   

You are born into the family of God when you place your full faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.    John 1:12-13, Romans 8:15-16

   

Christian, your Heavenly Father loves you.

Christian, your Heavenly Father hears your prayers.

Christian, your Heavenly Father corrects you.

Christian, your Heavenly Father protects you.

Christian, your Heavenly Father is looking out for you.

Of course, this is another reason to be truly thankful!   

   

JESUS IS OUR SHEPHERD – Vs. 3

 

We are his people and the sheep of His pasture.

Remember, our God is a triune God, the Trinity.

God is our Father.  God the Son, is our Savior.  When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He also becomes our shepherd. John 10:11

 

What is the job of a shepherd?  The job of the shepherd is to take care of the sheep.  That is exactly what Jesus, the Good Shepherd does.    John 10:27-28

 

I feel that the best description of Jesus’ activity as the Good Shepherd is found in the 23rd Psalm.

 

THE LORD IS GOOD – Vs. 5

 

·        You have a home in Heaven. The Lord is good.

·        You receive an answer to prayer. The Lord is good.

·        You get a raise in pay.  The Lord is good.

·        A friend finds Christ as Savior. The Lord is good.

·        You have a faithful and loving husband or wife. The Lord is good.

·        You have great parents and/or kids and grandkids. The Lord is good.

·        You lose your job. The Lord is good.

·        You are sick. The Lord is good.

·        You lose a loved one. The Lord is good.

·        Your spouse divorces you, your parents and children despise you.  The Lord is good.

  

The Lord is good no matter what happens to you.

He does not stop being good.

And He does not stop working all things together for good in our lives, even the bad things!

Romans 8:28

 

THE LORD’S MERCY IS EVERLASTING – Vs. 5

 

When it comes to God’s mercy, His loving kindness, there is no limit. 

 

God’s mercy or loving-kindness is at work in my life.  I have seen it a lot lately in my own life.

·        When potential problems are solved God shows his loving-kindness.

·        When He provides guidance God shows his loving-kindness.

·        When He provides His peace God shows his loving-kindness.

·        When He gives us insights into problems or into His word God shows us his loving-kindness.

 

And it excites me to think that this loving-kindness to me is everlasting.  Many of us have lost Christian loved ones this year. God is still showing them loving-kindness in Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8

 

We too, who know the Lord will experience is mercy throughout all eternity.    Revelation 21:3-4

 

THE LORD’S TRUTH (FAITHFULNESS) ENDURES TO EVERY GENERATION

 

The word translated “truth” here has also been translated as faithfulness.  The word carries the idea of steadiness of firmness.

 

God is faithful to every generation of those who trust Him. Exodus 34:6-7, Lamentations 3:22-23

 

Sometimes we get concerned for our children and our grandchildren because of the increase in wickedness and danger in our society. But God has given us His promise that He will be faithful to the next generation of believers as he has been to this generation and all generations in the past.   

   

Psalm 100 has given us 7 reasons to be truly thankful:

 

THE LORD IS GOD – Vs. 3

THE LORD IS CREATOR – Vs. 3

GOD IS OUR FATHER – Vs. 3

JESUS IS OUR SHEPHERD – Vs. 3

THE LORD IS GOOD – Vs. 5

THE LORD’S MERCY IS EVERLASTING – Vs. 5

THE LORD’S TRUTH (FAITHFULNESS) ENDURES TO EVERY GENERATION – Vs. 5

 

 

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Psalm 103:8-14

THANK GOD FOR HIS MERCY!

 

God loves to show His mercy to His children.  Why not preach a Thanksgiving message on the mercy of God?

 

DECLARATION OF GOD'S MERCY, Vs. 8

DESCRIPTION OF GOD'S MERCY, Vss. 9-10

DIMENSIONS OF GOD'S MERCY Vss. 11-12

DESIGN OF GOD'S MERCY, Vss. 13-14

 

 

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LET'S JUST PRAISE THE LORD!

Psalm 113

 

CALL TO PRAISE Vs. 1

CONTINUATION OF PRAISE Vss. 2-3

CERTAINTIES FOR PRAISE Vss. 4-9

   God is superior. Vss. 4-5

   God is special (humbling Himself), Vs. 6

   God saves. Vss. 7-8

   God supplies. Vs. 9

 

 

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Luke 7:36-50

APPRECIATION

 

You might want to tell two stories to introduce this message.

Tell a story that shows true appreciation for something someone has done. Also tell a story about someone who showed a lack of appreciation.

 

Our text tells the story of two people. One was repentant and showed appreciation for what Jesus had done for her. The other was unrepentant and showed no appreciation.

 

May we, by our words, thoughts, and actions always show appreciation for our Lord Jesus!

 

THE PEOPLE, Vss. 36-39

A Repentant Sinner, Vss. 37-38

A Self-Righteous Pharisee, Vss. 36, 29

 

THE PARABLE Vss. 40-43

The one who is forgiven the most is the most appreciative.

 

THE POINT Vss. 44-50

The Pharisee had not sought for, nor received forgiveness of his sins, therefore, he showed no sign of appreciation.

The woman had sought for and received forgiveness by faith. She showed her appreciation in her actions.

 

 

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Luke 17:12-19 etc

EVIDENCES OF A THANKFUL HEART

 

We want to remind you that there are various ways that we can show our appreciation to the Lord for what He has done.  There are outward ways of expressing an inward, thankful heart.

 

We have experienced one way of showing appreciation this evening, the Thanksgiving service.  In the Gospel of Luke we want to see 3 men who showed their appreciation for Jesus healing them in 3 ways.  Tonight we will look at

 

ONE WHO WORSHIPPED - Luke 17:11-19

 

Vss. 11-12 - Ten men were very sick. They had leprosy. It was a disease that ate at the skin, and made one an outcast according to Jewish law.

Because they were outcasts, they stood afar off.

We had a problem like these lepers that was fatal.

It made us outcasts before God.

The problem was our sin.

 

Vs. 13 - These men had the right idea.  They called on the Lord Jesus to have mercy on them.  They really had no other hope.

 

Like these men, we needed mercy.  We were dead in trespasses and sins.  The only one who could help us was the Lord Jesus, because it was Him who died for us.  Like these lepers, we needed to call on the Lord in order to be saved. Romans 10:17 says, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

Vss. 14 - These men were told to go show themselves to the priest.

In order for them to get back into society, they needed for the priest to pronounce them as "clean."  They took the step of faith to show themselves to the priest, taking Jesus at His word, and as they went, they were healed.

 

Our healing for salvation was similar.  We took God at his word, that he would save us, if we believed, and He did exactly what he promised. John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Vss. 15-16 - I think each man saw that he was healed.

                     However, only one of them turned around, worshipped God, and gave thanks.

 

What happened to the others?

I think that they were so busy wanting to get back to their lives, that they forgot to say "thank you" and to worship God.

 

Here is a great reminder for you and I.  How thankful are we for what God has done for us. 

 

Our sins have been forgiven.

We have a home in Heaven.

We have the Holy Spirit.

We have answered prayer.

We can't lose our salvation, if we are truly saved.

We are truly loved of God!

 

Shouldn't we, of all people be giving praise and adoration and thanksgiving to God?!

1 Timothy 1:12-17, Revelation 5:9-12

 

This thanksgiving season should be one of worship for those of us who know Christ personally.  We have reason to worship and praise God!

 

Vss. 17-19  - There was 90% more cleansed than were actually giving thanks.  I wonder if this percentage is true for us who are saved?  What percentage of us who are saved are truly thankful?

 

Let us make sure that we are among the ones who return to give thanks.

We do not like it very well when people fail to give thanks for what we've done.  Imagine how God must feel!

 

ONE WHO WALKED LUKE 18:35-43

 

Vs. 43 - Bartimaeus followed Jesus after being healed.

              He also worshipped God as a result of his healing.

 

Bartimaeus reminds me that a truly thankful person is someone who will walk after Jesus.  Because of what Jesus has done for him in saving him, he will walk after and with Jesus. Luke 9:23-24,

John 15:1-7

 

ONE WHO WITNESSED LUKE 8:26-39

 

Vs. 39 - Notice where the man was sent - to his own home.

              It meant going back to the people who knew him "when".

              It meant going back to the people who knew him best.

 

We are the ones who can best reach the ones we love.

We are the ones who can best reach the ones we know best.

We are the ones, who should show our appreciation for what the Lord has done for us, by telling others. Psalm 107:2, 1 Peter 3:15

 

EVIDENCES OF A THANKFUL HEART

 

ONE WHO WORSHIPPED

ONE WHO WALKED

ONE WHO WITNESSED

 

 

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Ephesians 1:7-12

RICHES IN CHRIST

 

Here are some of  the riches we receive when we trust Christ as Savior:

 

WE ARE SAVED - Vs. 7

Redemption

Forgiveness

 

WE ARE SUPPLIED - Vss. 8

Wisdom

Prudence (Understanding)

 

WE ARE SETTLED - Vss. 9-10

Christ is going to gather all things together under Himself. 2 Corinthians 15:21-28. I believe this well begin with the millennium and culminate with the eternal state. When Christ takes over, we will be settled!

 

WE ARE SATISFIED - Vss. 11-12

We have our inheritance in Him.