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Magnify the LORD with Thanksgiving!. A Special Thanksgiving Sunday Message November 24, 2013 Psalm 69:30-36 b y Pastor Paul K. Kim. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Magnify the LORD with Thanksgiving!A Special Thanksgiving Sunday Message

    November 24, 2013Psalm 69:30-36

    by Pastor Paul K. Kim

  • 30I willpraise the name of God with a song; I willmagnify him withthanksgiving. 31This willplease the Lordmore than an ox or a bullwith horns and hoofs. 32Whenthe humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God,let your hearts revive. 33For theLordhears the needy anddoes not despise his own people who are prisoners.34Letheaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them. 35ForGod will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it; 36the offspring of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall dwell in it.Psalm 69:30-36

  • FOUR OBSTACLES TO GIVING THANKS TO GODSufferings & Trials: When we are under the dreadful weight of stressful/sorrowful circumstances, we are apt to find no reason to give thanks to God.

    Pride & Self-sufficiency: When we are proud and self-sufficient, our hearts become callous and indifferent toward God.

    Insincere/dutiful worship: When we worship God out of mere dutifulness, our thanksgiving to God becomes an empty act.

    Spiritual apathy/numbness: When we are far away from God, we dont feel the need to give thanks to God.

  • PSALM 69 REMEDIES: WHY SHOULD WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD?1)Giving thanks to God MAGNIFIES THE LORD to others.

    I willpraise the name of God with a song;I willmagnify him withthanksgiving. (v. 30)

    3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.Psalm 34:3-4

    To magnify the LORD means to bring Gods GREATNESS closer and fuller to our limited poor vision (like telescope not like microscope John Piper).Our thanksgiving to God magnifies/glorifies the LORD.Hence, the remedy for spiritual apathy is this: To give thanks to the LORD is to GLORIFY GOD AND ENJOY HIM!

  • PSALM 69 REMEDIES: WHY SHOULD WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD?2)Giving thanks to God PLEASES THE LORD more than religious dutifulness. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. (v. 31)

    9I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds.10For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills... 14Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, andperform your vows to the Most High.Psalm 50:13-14

    God doesnt have a need (self-existence) that we can improve in any way; the LORD already owns everything.Thanksgiving to God pleases him because it is of our heart.Hence, the remedy for dutiful/ritualistic worship is to offer our wholehearted thanksgiving that please the LORD.

  • PSALM 69 REMEDIES: WHY SHOULD WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD?3)Giving thanks to God KEEPS US HUMBLE before God & people. 32When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.33For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners. (vs. 32-33)

    The sacrifices of God area broken spirit;a broken and contrite heart,O God, you will not despise.Psalm 51:17

    Pride/self-sufficiency blinds us from our need for God; cure for a callous heart is humilitya realization of true self.So, when we give thanks humbly, it revives our heart.Hence, the remedy for pride and self-sufficiency is to humble ourselves to God by giving thanks to the LORD.

  • PSALM 69 REMEDIES: WHY SHOULD WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD?Giving thanks to God BRINGS US HOPE THAT OVERCOMES our current sufferings and trials.

  • 1Save me, O God! Forthe waters have come up to my neck. 2I sink in deepmire, where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and the flood sweeps over me. 3I am weary with my crying out; my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim withwaiting for my God...

    29But I am afflicted and in pain; let your salvation, O God,set me on high!30I willpraise the name of God with a song; I willmagnify him withthanksgiving... Psalm 69:1-3, 29-30

  • PSALM 69 REMEDIES: WHY SHOULD WE GIVE THANKS TO GOD?Giving thanks to God BRINGS US HOPE THAT OVERCOMES our current sufferings and trials.

    34Letheaven and earth praise him, the seas and everything that moves in them. 35ForGod will save Zion and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it; 36the offspring of his servants shall inherit it, and those who love his name shall dwell in it. (vs. 34-36)

    Like David in this psalm, our lives are also not exempt from sufferings and trials, but we are to give thanks in them.Why? It is the hope in Christ is greater, more powerful, and far more lasting than our sufferingsthe eternal salvation!Hence, the remedy for our dreadful circumstances is to enlarge our heart to see this hope by giving thanks to God!

  • Giving Thanks to God in Dreadful CircumstancesFleas! I cried. Betsie, the place is swarming with them! . . . How can we live in such a place! Show us. Show us how. It was said so matter of factly it took me a second to realize she was praying . . . Thats it, Corrie! Thats His answer. Give thanks in all circumstances! Thats what we can do. We can start right now to thank God for every single thing about this new barracks! I stared at her, then around me at the dark, foul-aired room. Such as? I said. Such as being assigned here together. I bit my lip. Oh yes, Lord Jesus! Such as what youre holding in your hands. I looked down at the Bible. Yes! Thank You, dear Lord, that there was no inspection when we entered here! Thank You for all the women, here in this room, who will meet you in these pages.Thank You, Betsie went on serenely, for the fleas and for The fleas! This was too much. Betsie theres no way even God can make me grateful for a flea. Give thanks in all circumstances, she quoted. It doesnt say, in pleasant circumstances. Fleas are part of this place where God has put us. And so we stood between piers of bunks and gave thanks for fleas. But this time I was sure Betsie was wrong . . .

  • Giving Thanks to God in Dreadful Circumstances (Contd). . . Her eyes were twinkling. Youre looking extraordinarily pleased with yourself, I told her. You know weve never understood why we had so much freedom in thebig room, she said. WellIve found out. That afternoon, she said, thered been confusion in her knitting group about sock sizes and theyd asked the supervisor to come and settle it. But she wouldnt. Shewouldnt step through the door and neither would the guards. Andyou know why? Betsie could not keep the triumph from hervoice: Because of the fleas! Thats what she said, That place is crawling with fleas! My mind rushed back to our first hour in this place. I remembered Betsies bowed head, remembered her thanks to God for creatures I could see no use for. Corrie Ten Boom

  • What do You give thanks to God for?Concerning CrossWay/my home church?Concerning my life, family, and work?

    Thank You LORD forLETS MAGNIFY THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING:

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