Archive for the ‘Psalms’ Category

Psalm 66  11-22-16

November 22, 2016

The psalmist begins with exuberant praise to the LORD 

“Shout for joy to God, everyone!”

Then he lists what God has done for him and his people. Even though it is probably in reference to Egypt and the Exodus, he leaves it general enough to be applied to any situation. In doing so, the key to this psalm is verses 13-14,

[13] I will come to your temple with burnt offerings
and fulfill my vows to you—[14] vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke
when I was in trouble. 

He had made a vow during a troubling time to love, honor and serve the LORD if He would bring him out. The LORD did and so he is honoring that commitment. 

We, too, have made such a “deal” with God concerning salvation. What should be our response to so great a salvation? Telling others of what He has done for us! 

[16] Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.

[17] I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.

[18] If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

[19] but God has surely listened
and heard my voice in prayer. 

[20] Praise be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! 

And we finish with, “and He will hear your prayer, too!” Of course, IF they are willing to give up the sin that is in their hearts. 

The GOSPEL was being preached a thousand years before Christ came to fulfill God’s Plan!

Psalm 64  10-6-16

October 6, 2016

[6] They plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning. 

 They are envisioning the future without God. They do not take Him into account. Verses 7 and 8 describe what God does:

[7] But God will shoot them with arrows;
suddenly they will be struck down. 

[8] He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. 

God will use their retribution as a lesson for His people:

[9] All mankind will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done. 

Verse 10 has the promise:

[10] Let the righteous rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him!

Psalm 63  10-5-16

October 5, 2016

[2] I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 

David’s experience with God was first-hand and personal. He experienced God in the fields and in the temple. Beholding God changes a person. Now we know why worship is so important. 

[3] Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

[4] I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

[5] My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Enjoy His presence in personal worship today as we look forward to corporate worship this evening and Sunday. 

Psalm 62  10-4-16

October 4, 2016

“My soul finds rest in God alone…” I LOVE that song! We did it recently in church. 

“With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.”

God said something similar through Isaiah, “These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
 
but their hearts are far from me.
 
Their worship of me
is made up only of rules taught by men.” 

Our praise to God must come from a pure heart, one that is focused on and directed toward Him. “Pure” means “singularly devoted,” not necessarily without sin. It’s all about our intention. Do we mean to include Him in intentional sin, as in 1 Cor. 6:15, Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? May we always say with Paul, Never!

I understand that a prostitute is an extreme example, but sin is sin, whether it is prostitution or lying. We are still selling ourselves to sin. 

[11] One thing God has spoken,
two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong,
[12] and that you, O Lord, are loving.
Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. 

I am reminded of the child’s prayer, “God is great and God is Good…” it takes both to describe God! He also holds us accountable. 

Let’s trust in His goodness. 

 

Psalm 61  10-2-16

October 3, 2016

[4] I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. 

Since the temple was not built until Solomon’s reign, David never knew anything but the tabernacle, the tent. Interesting, no?

[7] May he [the king-himself, but it can be attributed to Christ] be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him. 

[8] Then will I ever sing praise to your name
and fulfill my vows day after day. 

Davids intention was to walk faithfully. We know from his biography that he failed with Bathsheba and Uriah, and with his children. Yet he was still known as “a man after God’s own heart,” and “God’s friend.”  

We can take great comfort in that!


Psalm 60  10-2-16

October 2, 2016

[11] Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. 

Anytime Israel looked to her neighbors for help, they got in trouble. It is when things get dark that God shines brightest. 

We are to be His light in a dark world. As things grow darker-and don’t he surprised when they do-make sure that you don’t turn to humans for help (especially politicians), but to the LORD. Only then will we see miracles and have that close bond with Him. 

I always think of Peter when he stepped out of that boat. I like to think that I would have clambered over the side with him…WOW! Wouldn’t that have been exciting? And it wasn’t even a particularly dangerous or strategic moment! It just comes with being with Jesus. 

Let’s lean in and trust Him. Get out of the boat-that’s where Jesus is!

Psalm 59  10-1-16

October 1, 2016

[8] But you, O LORD, laugh at them; you scoff at all those nations. 
Psalms 2:4-9 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them. 

 [5] Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,  [6] “I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill.” 

[7] I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my Son;  today I have become your Father. [8] Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession. 

[9] You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” 

David has a global view of world events and a pretty good idea of how God works. He has wise words for the rulers of the world:

[10] Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.

[11] Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling. 

[12] Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
 
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. 

David finishes 59 with his intention and his practice:

[16] But I will sing of your strength,
 
in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble. 

[17] O my Strength, I sing praise to you;
 
you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. 

Let’s make our practice, too, shall we? 😃

Psalm 58  9-30-16

September 30, 2016

Psalms 58:10-11 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
 
[11] Then men will say,
“Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
surely there is a God who judges the earth.” 

What a gruesome psalm! Yet, I know that it will come true eventually,

Revelation 19:17-21 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
[18] so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.” 

[19] Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.

[20] But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

[21] The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.

Wow! What an ending——-Wait: It’s just the beginning!!!


Psalm 57 9-29-16

September 30, 2016

[7] My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.
 
 [8] Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. 

 Now THIS is how we are to respond when the going gets tough! How did get this way? He hid in the shadow of the LORD’s wings: [1] Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
until the disaster has passed. 

 It’s nice not having to explain anything to God. He knows me inside and out. As long as I am honest with Him, I can rest in Him and enjoy His sweet presence, comfort and love. There’s lots of joy there!

Psalm 56  9-28-16

September 28, 2016

What an attitude!

[3] When I am afraid, I will trust in you. [4] In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

David takes great comfort and courage from this promise:

1 Samuel 16:12-13 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”
 
[13] So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. 

We have a similar promise:

Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
[20] and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”  -Jesus

Therefore, let us not be afraid of mere mortals. All they can do is kill our bodies. Our soul and our hope rests in Him.