Give Thanks to our Good God
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I. God's Good Loyalty redeems, gathers, delivers, leads, satisfies and fills those who repentantly call for His help.
A. 1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! Gen 1:4 For His hesed/loyalty* endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy 3 gathered 4 They wandered in wilderness 5 Their soul fainted in them.
Ex 34:6 the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in hesed and truth, 7 keeping hesed for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting...
II. God “helps” the Rebellious scoffers bottom out so He can free them from the consequences of their ignorance.
A. 10 Those who sat in darkness/shadow of death, bound in affliction and irons 11 because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High 12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was none to help.
Php 2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing, Php 4:11 I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 1Tim 6:6
III. God saves Repentant fools from the consequences of their folly by sending His word to heal and deliver them.
A. 17 Fools, [those who choose wrong objectives] because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted 18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food, and they drew near to the gates of death.
Heb 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
IV. God humbles the Proud, yet delivers, calms, gladdens, and guides the humble who call to Him.
A. 23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, 24 They see the works of the LORD, and His wonders in the deep. 25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. 6 They mount up to the heavens...depths. Their soul melts because of trouble. 27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
Hab 3:18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
V. The Righteous & Wise rejoice that God can change/reverse ANY circumstance to bless, protect and preserve us
A. 33 He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; 34 A fruitful land into barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it. 35 He turns a wilderness into pools of water, and dry land into watersprings. 36 There He makes the hungry dwell, That they may establish a city for a dwelling place, 37 and sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest. 38 He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; and He does not let their cattle decrease.
1Thess 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Job 13:15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. 19:25 God provides; we must faithfully build and plant ,then He blesses our work, yet allows difficulties so we will dependently call upon Him.
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