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March 6, 2016


“The Power of the Morning” part four

Psalms 5:12 
   12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield

Introduction: 
 The sunrise, dawn, or new day. Sleep, rest is over. Activity, work, service begins. All these define the morning!
In the Bible there are some beautiful passages about the power of the morning.

For example:
1.Jesus prayer in the early morning Mark 1:35 35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

2.God’s faithfulness is shown by His “New Blessings” every morning. 
  Lamentations 3:22-23 
   Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Darkness is the stage that pain, evil performs, but Light (morning) invades darkness with Joy

   Psalms 30:4-5 
   Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning

Review the Power of the Morning
Week one- We seek a constant audience with God
Week two- We get a clear understanding of God’s view of sin
Week three- We must make a conscience effort to praise God
Today- We receive a canopy of God’s favor

I.A canopy (overhead) of God’s favorable presence
Psalms 5:12 
   12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield

Job 10:12 
   12 You have granted me life and favor,
And Your care has preserved my spirit.

A.A personal touch of God
B.Care that sustains our Spiritual Life
C.Thank you God for your favor above me.

II.A canopy of God’s blessings are reserved for the righteous
Psalms 5:12
   12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield

Proverbs 12:2 
   2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,
But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn.

A.The Holy Scripture of God is full from promises given/supported by God Himself.

B.There are many that are only for the redeemed (the righteous)

C.Redeemed man embraces the Blessings of God.


III.A Canopy of God is a Shield of Protection
Psalms 5:12 
   12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield

II Samuel 22:31
31 As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

A.Again not only are the blessings of God for the righteous, so is His Shield of Protection.
B.Ephesians 6:16 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 

Take hold of the shield and enjoy God’s Favor

Conclusion: Thank you God for the Power of the Morning



The Power of the Morning
Part Four
The Power of the Morning Part Three

A.Psalm 5:7,11 
   7But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
11But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.

Introduction: The sunrise, dawn, or new day. Sleep, rest is over. Activity, work, service begins. All these define the morning!
In the Bible there are some beautiful passages about the power of the morning.
For example:

1.Jesus prayer in the early morning
  Mark 1:35 
   35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

2.God’s faithfulness is shown by His “New Blessings” every morning.  
Lamentations 3:22-23 
   Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Darkness is the stage that pain, evil performs, but Light (morning) invades darkness with Joy! Psalms 30:4-5    
Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.[a]
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning

This is our third week at looking at the power of the morning. Week one we
looked at how we may have a consistent audience with God. Week two, we can
have a clear understanding of God’s view of sin. Today take another step.
We can make a conscious effort to praise God

A.By Worshipping in God’s Holiness, (trust, love)
Psalm 5:7,11
   7But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

11But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.

Psalm 68:3  
3But let the righteous be glad;
Let them rejoice before God;
Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.

Exodus 15:11-13
  11“Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?
12 You stretched out Your right hand;
The earth swallowed them.
13 You in Your mercy have led forth
The people whom You have redeemed;
You have guided them in Your strength
To Your holy habitation.

B. By Rejoicing in the Confidence of God’s Defense
Psalm 5:7, 11 
   7But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
11But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.

Psalm 36:11
  Let not the foot of pride come against me,
And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Psalm 37:23-24 
  23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

C. By Cultivating A Joyful Attitude of Resting in God
Ps. 5:7, 11 
   7But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
11But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.

1 Samuel 17:47  
47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

John 15:11 
   11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

Conclusion:
Are we beginning to get a good picture of the power of the morning?

The Power of the Morning
Part Three
The Power of the Morning part two
Text: Psalms 5:4-6 
  4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;

The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

Introduction: 
The sunrise, dawn, or new day. Sleep, rest is over. Activity, work, service begins. All these define the morning!
In the Bible there are some beautiful passages about the power of the morning.
For example:

1.Jesus prayer in the early morning Mark 1:35 
   35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

2.God’s faithfulness is shown by His “New Blessings” every morning. 
  Lamentations 3:22-23 
   Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

Darkness is the stage that pain, evil performs, but Light (morning) invades darkness with Joy! 
  Psalms 30:4-5 
  Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

A review of last week
We seek:
I.“Consistent audience with God”
Psalms 5:1-3 
   Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

A.Ask to be heard 
B.Begin one’s day with prayer
C.Understand (reverence, worship) the God we are seeking to begin our day with.

Today Let us learn together;

II.We develop a “Clear Understanding of God’s view of sin.”
Psalms 5:4-6 
    For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

A.God has no Sin 
Psalms 5:4
   For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.

I John 1:5 
   5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

Isaiah 6:3 
   3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”

B.God hates the pride of sin
Psalms 5:5 
   5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.

Proverbs 13:10 
   10 By pride comes nothing but strife,
But with the well-advised is wisdom.
John 2:15-17 
   15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

C.God Demands Honesty
Psalms 5:6 
   6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.


He hates the sins of
Lying-outright false statement
Violence-(blood thirsty)
Deceit – concealing or misrepresenting the truth

Conclusion- Nothing can replace beginning our day in the “Power of the Morning


The Power of the Morning
part Two
The Power of the Morning Part 0ne
Introduction: The sunrise, dawn, or new day. Sleep, rest is over. Activity, work, service begins. All these define the morning!
In the Bible there are some beautiful passages about the power of the morning.

For example:
1.Jesus prayer in the early morning 
  Mark 1:35 35
 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

2.God’s faithfulness is shown by His “New Blessings” every morning.
  Lamentations 3:22-23    
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

3.Darkness is the stage that pain, evil performs, but Light (morning) invades darkness with Joy! Psalms 30:4-5 
   Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
5 For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

The passage that we will learn from together the next four Sundays is Psalms 5:1-12.
 Let’s begin with verses 1-3



I.In the Morning Seek a “Consistent Audience With God”
A.Ask To Be Heard
Psalms 5:1-3 
   Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.

Deuteronomy 4:29
   29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

I Chronicles 4:10 
   10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

B.Continue/ Begin Each Day With Prayer
Psalms 32:8
   8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.

Philippians 4:6-7 
   6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


C.Worship, Reverence the one God you are seeking, praying to.
Psalms 16:8-9 
   I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.

Hebrews 12:28-29 
   28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Conclusion: Find the Power of the Morning God is so making available to us, His Children


The Power of the Morning