We constantly are bumping into areas of inadequacy.
It becomes a haunting consciousness.
But it’s only that we would cling to Jesus the one who alone is adequate.
We worry over things beyond our control but again we must find security in Jesus control.
We fear failure, which plunges us instantly into collapse.
We recoil, realizing God rewards faith not fears.
We may cop a wrong attitude toward others; it eats up our insides with resentment & guilt.
Stunned with loss of health & energy we realize God would have us learn His love
At times it appears His love develops only in the swamp of the distracting & unlovely.
We study God’s adequacy, ability & achievements over & over.
We write about it, pray it, say it & mouth it at every situation.
But saying it & believing it are worlds apart.
We must learn it & live it in the trenches of our challenges
This is where Jesus would be to us what only He can be. Not I but Christ.
REASONS FOR PERSONAL PRAISE V.1-3
RESCUED FROM: THE POWER OF DESPAIR
We will extol you,O LORD; for you have lifted us up
THE PAINS OF DISLIKE
and have not made our foes to rejoice over us.
THE PRESSURE OF DISEASE V.2
O LORD my God, I cried to You & you have healed us.
THE PERMANENCE OF DESTRUCTION V.3
O LORD, you have brought up our soul from the grave:
You have kept us alive, that we should not go down to the pit.
REASONS FOR PUBLIC PRAISE V.4-5
RESCUED TO: HIS PURITY V.4
Sing to the LORD, we believe in Him, give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
HIS PATIENCE V.5
For His anger endures but a moment; in His favor is life:
weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
RUIN FOR PRECARIOUS PRESUMPTION V.6-7
WE FEEL GREAT
And in our prosperity we said, we shall never be moved.
WE FORGET GRACE
LORD, by Your favor You have made our mountain to stand strong:
WE FIND GRIEF
You did hide Your face, and we were troubled.
REQUESTS FOR PHYSICAL PRESERVATION V.8-10
We cried to You, O LORD & to the LORD we made supplication.
What profit is there in our blood, when we go down to the pit?
Shall the dust praise You? shall it declare Your truth?
Hear, O LORD & have mercy on us: LORD, be our helper.
RELIANCE FOR PRICELESS PRIVILEGE V.11-12
OUR GREAT CHANGE
You have turned for us our mourning into dancing:
You have put off our sackcloth & dressed us with gladness;
OUR GLORIOUS CHALLENGE
To the end that our glory may sing praise to You & not be silent.
O LORD our God, we will give thanks to You for ever.