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Intro:  The background of this Psalm is unclear, but what is clear, is a desire on the 

part of David to praise God for all that He has done.  He speaks of God’s personal 

blessings, v. 1-5; His national blessings, v. 6-7; His forgiving love, v. 8-14; His 

eternal love, v. 15-18; and he ends with a universal call for all to praise the Lord, v. 


	It seems that as David begins to recall the blessings of the Lord, he is 

overcome with praise for Him.  (Ill. Benefits = “dealings”  “How God has handled 

the life of the writer.”)  3 times, David calls upon himself to render praises unto the 

Lord.  He wants “purity in praise” – the soul; he wants “abundant praise” – all that is 

within me.  He wants to offer up his sacrifice of love and praise to the God who has 

done so much for him.  By the way, God deserves our praise, Heb. 13:15.  (Ill. He 

will receive praise one way or another – Luke 19:40.)

	There ought to be, in all our hearts a desire to praise God for all He has done 

for us.  Tonight, I want to spend a few moments in this Psalm, showing you that we 

have reason to praise the Lord. Allow me to say a few words to you about the Lord’s 



    A.  Ill. “All iniquity” – When a person comes to the Father through faith in the 

	Son, all is forgiven!  (Ill. Psa. 103:12; Micah 7:19; John 14:17; Isa. 38:17; John 

	1:29; Isa. 44:22; Heb. 8:12; Eze. 33:16.)  (Ill. The verb implies continuous 

	action – “who goes on forgiving” – 1 John 1:7.  (Ill. He forgiveth and 

	forgetteth!)  (Ill. Iniquity = crookedness – Not just our weaknesses and 

	failures, but the gross, enormous, crimson red sins that we commit.  He 

	forgives them all – original, actual, life, lip, heart, omission and commission, 

	are all washed away in the precious blood of Jesus!

    B.  Healeth thy diseases – Not of the body, though He can in His will! But those of 

	the soul are in view here.  He heals the bent in man toward sin.  He arrests the 

	process of corruption that attends a life of evil – 2 Cor. 5:17.


    A.  The Weight Of Everlasting Destruction – Ill. The reality of Hell fire – Psa. 

	9:17.  Jesus delivers the repentant sinner from the fear of Hell, 1 Thes. 5:19.  

	(Ill. Redeemed – we were bought and the price wasn’t cheap – 1 Pet. 1:18-19.)

    B.  The Weight Of Life’s Burdens – Ill. All of life is tempered by the grace of 


	1.  Lovingkindness – Grace – This is grace for every step along the way. Ill. 

    	     Paul – 2 Cor. 12:7-9.  Like a crown that encircles the head, God’s grace 

            encircles all of life.  As a result, we need not fear!  Why?  He is with us – 

            Heb. 13:5.  Notice who He is.  Knowing helps!

		a.  Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord will see to it – Gen 22; Phil. 4:19  (Psa.  23:1b)

	        b.  Jehovah Shalom – The Lord our peace – Phil 4:7  (Psa. 23:2)

		c.  Jehovah-Rohi – The Lord our Shepherd – Psa. 22:1  (Psa. 23:1a)

		d.  Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is there – Matt. 28:20  (Psa. 23:4)

		e.  Jehovah-Rophi – The Lord our Healer – Psa. 23:3  (Psa. 23:3)

		f.  Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord our Banner – Ex. 17  (Psa. 23:5)

		g.  Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord our righteousness – Jer. 23:6  (Psa. 23:3)

	2.  Tender Mercies – Pictures God as a Father, tenderly caring for the needs of 

	      His children – Ill. Luke 12:32.  (Ill. Matt. 6!)


    A.  He Satisfies Us – Psa. 107:9 – (Ill. The world can deliver only death, pain and 

	heartache.  The Father gives life, peace and blessing.  The world cannot satisfy, 

	but God abundantly satisfies the heart of man.  He does this by being who He 

	is!  (Ill. Never mat a Christian, right with God, who was unsatisfied!)

    B.  He Strengthens Us – God gives us His strength to run the race, fight the fight 

	and live the life, Isa. 40:31.

Conc:  With all these great blessings and benefits in view, isn’t He worthy of your 

worship and praise?  The question is, is He getting it?  We certainly do have so much 

to thank Him for!

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