Acts 7:2-4: And he said, “Brethren and fathers, listen: The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Haran, and said to him, ‘Get out of your country and from your relatives, and come to a land that I will show you.’ Then he came out of the land of the Chaldeans and dwelt in Haran. And from there, when his father was dead, He moved him to this land in which you now dwell.”
Genesis 28:13-15: I am the Lord God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.
Genesis 28:20-21: If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God.
Genesis 32:9-10: Oh God of my father Abraham, I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant. Deliver me.
Luke 17:12-13: Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And They lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, Have mercy on us!”
Luke 17:14-16: He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.
Luke 17:17: Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
Psalm 145: I will extol You, my God, Oh King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall praise You, Oh Lord,and Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.
- David’s “I Will” statements:
- I will extol God
- I will bless God
- I will meditate on God
- I will declare Your greatness
Psalm 145:4: One generation shall praise your works to another.
- How does God interact with us and all His creation?
- Graciously and full of compassion
- Patiently and with great mercy
- Extending general grace
- With Kindness and tender mercy
“Kindness is a law of God’s universe; the world was planned for happiness; even now that sin has so sadly marred God’s handiwork and introduced elements which were not from the beginning…We may be sure of this, that Jehovah has never taken delight in the ills of His creatures, but has sought their good, and laid himself out to alleviate the distresses into which they have guiltily plunged themselves” CharlesSpurgeon
- How does God’s creation respond? (Psalm 145:10-13)
- His works praise Him
- His saints bless Him
- Proclaim God’s plan and ability to fulfill
- Trust Him from a place of security
- God’s ability to restore and sustain us (Psalm 145:14-20)
- Upholds us when we fall
- Raises up all who are bowed down
- Provides for us…abundantly
- Renews our intimacy with Himself in truth
- Answers our prayers and saves us
- Preserves us
Psalm 145:21: My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.
- Where do we go from here?
- Where do we need to keep asking, seeking, and knocking?
- What should we allow back in?
- What should we keep doing or continue to cease doing?
- How do we grow deeper in our relationship with God?
- How are you going to respond to your encounter?
- With faith, trust, obedience, gratitude, praise, proclamation?
- Will your walk reflect the encounter?
- With changed life, habits, attitudes, patterns, behaviors, thoughts, actions?
- Will it last?
- “Not by might nor power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6