Praise Our Incomparable God Micah 7:8-20 May 28, 2006Introduction
Praise affects the total person. You will never meet a consistently negative person who also
praises. Complainers and grippers rarely praise. Yet all these kinds of people agree our God is worthy of praise. The Book of Psalms is full of praise. Have you noticed the young people have numerous choruses that are called praise choruses? Some of them will bless your soul as they lift up praise to our Lord. We are privileged to give praise here and for eternity, and the lesson speaks to both. We must encourage all ages to Praise Our Incomparable God.
1. Our . . Confidence Leads Us To Praise Our Incomparable God. 7:7-10
A. Our Confidence In God’s . . Perceptiveness. 7:7
7 But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God
will hear me.
B. Our Confidence Go In God’s . . Pardon. 7:8-9
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will stand up; though I sit in
darkness, the Lord will be my light. 9 Because I have sinned against Him, I must endure the
Lord’s rage until He argues my case and establishes justice for me. He will bring me into the
light; I will see His salvation.
C. Our Confidence In God’s . . Punishment. 7:10
10 Then my enemy will see, and she will be covered with shame, the one who said to me,
“Where is the Lord your God?” My eyes will look at her in triumph; at that time she will be
trampled like mud in the streets.
We can confidently praise God for His perceptiveness, pardon, and punishment. God is in charge, and He does all things well. Our perception of the Lord leads us to know He hears the prayers of His children. His perception causes Him to be far ahead of us in every need. If we focus on our pardon how long would it take to start praising Him? No one offers pardon like the Lord. Everyone of us at times deserves punishment, that is especially true for the enemies of our Lord. He knows how and when to discipline, but He gives every opportunity for repentance. Praise His Name!
2. God’s . . Control Leads Us To Praise Our Incomparable God. 7:11-17
A. God’s Control In . . Rebuilding. 7:11-13
11 A day will come for rebuilding your walls; on that day [your] boundary will be
extended. 12 On that day people will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, even
from Egypt to the Euphrates River and from sea to sea and mountain to mountain. 13 Then the
earth will become a wasteland because of its inhabitants, and as a result of their actions.
B. God’s Control In . . Restructuring. 7:14-15
14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff, the flock that is Your possession. They live
alone in a scrubland, surrounded by pastures. Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in
ancient times. 15 I will show them wondrous deeds as in the days of your exodus from the land
C. God’s Control In . . Regretfulness. 7:16-17
16 Nations will see and be ashamed of all their power. They will put [their] hands over
[their] mouths, and their ears will become deaf. 17 They will lick the dust like a snake; they
will come trembling out of their hiding places like reptiles slithering on the ground. They will
tremble before the Lord our God; they will stand in awe of You.
God controls this universe and that comforts the faithful believer. Years ago He designed and accomplished the rebuilding of the city walls for His people. This refers to the walls of Jerusalem on this earth and the New Jerusalem. His control was and will be seen. The nations will regret their use of power against the Lord, and will stand in awe of His control. He alone knows when the New Jerusalem will be built and the details of the structure it will have.
3. God’s . . Compassion Leads Us To Praise Our Incomparable God. 7:18-20
A. God’s Compassion In . . Forgiveness. 7:18-18
18 Who is a God like You, removing iniquity and passing over rebellion for the remnant
of His inheritance? He does not hold on to His anger forever, because He delights in faithful
love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. You will cast
all our sins into the depths of the sea.
B. God’s Compassion In . . Faithfulness. 7:20
20 You will show loyalty to Jacob and faithful love to Abraham, as You swore to our
fathers from days long ago. Micah 7:7-20 (HCSB)
I am thrilled and somewhat surprised at God’s willingness to forgive. What compassion He shows to all who submit to His ways. He casts all our sins into the sea, and as one commentator said, “He puts up a sign that says no fishing.” That is a good emphasis because Satan would like to remind us of our sin, and confuse us about the completeness of God’s forgiveness. All of us need to understand only God forgives, so I do not forgive myself, I accept His forgiveness, and relish in it. Basically we tell the Lord in confession, trust Him to
forgive, and express thanks for His forgiveness. His compassion also demonstrates itself in His faithfulness. We enjoy years of historical examples of God’s faithfulness as it shows itself in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We can also see His faithfulness in a fiery furnace, a lion’s den, and a multitude of other experiences since then. Certainly we must Praise Our Incomparable God. Amen? Amen!