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From Duty to Delight

From Duty to Delight

Mar 24, 2019

Passage: Psalm 63:1-4

Preacher: Martin Lifer

Series: Pray in Penitence, Peace, Praise, Passion and Power

Category: Prayer


Today’s Key Sermon & Scripture Notes

For Those Who Don’t Sing Much Anymore –

And when the “A” of A-C-T-S become perfunctory, a checked box, a duty –

A Word … and his Spirit.  “From Duty to Delight”

Our highest purpose, chief end: To ________ God, and fully to _________ Him forever.

(1) David – the Man after God’s Own Heart – Praised God Passionately:

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live: in your Name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:3-4

(2) Turn to the Light: Praise Puts All Other Parts of Our Prayers and Our Lives into Perspective.

“Our Father in Heaven –

  •  Repentance [Whom or what do I really adore?]

Jesus’ Parable of the Pharisee and Publican (Luke 18:9-14)

  • Petition
  • Intercession

“Our Father in Heaven –     Hallowed be your Name.”

(3) Powerful Praise and Prayers – in Him, with Him & through Him: in His Name.

Through Him, then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God: that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his Name. Hebrews 13:15

And Jesus said to them, “Yes, have you never read: ‘Out of the mouth of infants and babies You have prepared praise?’” Matthew 21:16b

Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think – according to the power at work within us – to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21


Now to Him Who Him Who is able to keep you [________] from stumbling and to present you [_______] blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy – to the only God, our Savior – through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time, now and forever. Amen. Jude 24-25