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Reading Through the Psalms
5 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 50: Psalm 50, 100, & 150
In both the times of David and today, there are talkers and then there are doers . . . those who seek God with their whole heart. God doesn't want actions for show, he is looking for those with a sincere heart. Psalm 50 makes this clear. He will answer those who serve him in truth (v 15,) but those who are just making a show are doomed for destruction. (v 22) Jesus may have had this Psalm in mind when he was giving John the Beloved in his warning to the church at Laodicea in Revelation 3:16 when he told them their lukewarmness, their hypocrisy, would cause them to spew them out. This was also the same warning given to Israel in Leviticus 18:28 by God, if their actions and hearts weren't in line with his word the land would "vomit" them out. God has always been looking for those who will worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24,) for those whose hearts, words, and deeds line up, for those who have an active faith like Abraham (Genesis 6:15.) The key to becoming a man after the heart of God like David is given in Psalm 50 (v 14 and 23) and more clearly stated in Psalm 100:4, we draw near to God by thanking him for his goodness and all he has done for us, coming into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise. Psalm 150 the perfect capstone to a book about giving praise to God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpAJpvc1Ilw Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 50 1 The Mighty One, God, The LORD, speaks, and calls the earth from sunrise to sunset. 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines out. 3 Our God comes, and does not keep silent. A fire devours before him. It is very stormy around him. 4 He calls to the heavens above, to the earth, that he may judge his people: 5 “Gather my holy ones together to me, those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” 6 The heavens shall declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah. 7 “Hear, my people, and I will speak; Israel, and I will testify against you. I am God, your God. 8 I don’t rebuke you for your sacrifices. Your burnt offerings are continually before me. 9 I have no need for a bull from your stall, nor male goats from your pens. 10 For every animal of the forest is mine, and the livestock on a thousand hills. 11 I know all the birds of the mountains. The wild animals of the field are mine. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. 13 Will I eat the meat of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? 14 Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Pay your vows to the Most High. 15 Call on me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” 16 But to the wicked God says, “What right do you have to declare my statutes, that you have taken my covenant on your lips, 17 since you hate instruction, and throw my words behind you? 18 When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have participated with adulterers. 19 “You give your mouth to evil. Your tongue frames deceit. 20 You sit and speak against your brother. You slander your own mother’s son. 21 You have done these things,
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 49: Psalm 49, 99, & 149
There is an expression, "You can't take it with you." This sentiment is clearly expressed in Psalm 49. Not only can one not take their wealth with them, but it won't save them from the grave (verses 6-9) and it can't redeem another. God gives us truths throughout the Bible. Truths . . . answers . . . that are waiting to be found if we only look for them. If we are seeking after God through his word. This particular Psalm was one that sparked Martin Luther's 95 Theses and was a clear refutation of the selling of indulgences, for as verse 15 clearly states, it is God alone who can redeem a soul from the power of Sheol. This Psalm also brought to mind the poem, "Richard Cory," by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 48: Psalm 48, Psalm 98, & Psalm 148
Looking at the headlines in the news, it seems bizarre that a little smidge of land and one spec in particular dominates so much of it. What is the nation of Israel, about the size of the state of New Jersey, and the city of Jerusalem that draws so much contention and strife? It doesn't make sense unless one reads the Bible and takes it at its Word. Israel and the city of Jerusalem are the focal point of an epic battle, a play for dominance, between the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - the Lord of Hosts - and the spiritual forces of wickedness referenced in Ephesians 6:12. The principalities, two of which are named in Daniel 9, warring against God. God has made his covenant promise to the Jewish people, to show his strength through them to the nations, and has said he will return there. He has even said how he would return, through the East Gate of Jerusalem. Which is why when under Muslim control, they walled it over in an attempt to prevent it If Jesus broke the chains of death . . . I don't think some concrete and a few bricks will hold him back. Psalm 48 speaks of the confidence in the protection of God who has claimed Jerusalem and Mount Zion for his own. Psalm 98 speaks of his ultimate victory and when he will judge all in righteousness, and Psalm 148 again proclaims that all the earth praises him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ze0eUBELQRo Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 48 1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in his holy mountain. 2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the north sides, the city of the great King. 3 God has shown himself in her citadels as a refuge. 4 For, behold, the kings assembled themselves, they passed by together. 5 They saw it, then they were amazed. They were dismayed. They hurried away. 6 Trembling took hold of them there, pain, as of a woman in travail. 7 With the east wind, you break the ships of Tarshish. 8 As we have heard, so we have seen, in the city of the LORD of Hosts, in the city of our God. God will establish it forever. Selah. 9 We have thought about your loving kindness, God, in the middle of your temple. 10 As is your name, God, so is your praise to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is full of righteousness. 11 Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice, Because of your judgments. 12 Walk about Zion, and go around her. Number its towers. 13 Mark well her bulwarks. Consider her palaces, that you may tell it to the next generation. 14 For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide even to death. Psalm 98 1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand, and his holy arm, have worked salvation for him. 2 The LORD has made known his salvation. He has openly shown his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his loving kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 47: Psalm 47, 97, & 147
Psalm 47, 97, and 147 are all three about the joy that is only found in God's righteousness. Romans 8:19-22 states that the earth groans under the wickedness of man, of sin that is ruling the earth. Psalm 97:1 states that the earth itself, the very land, rejoices when God's truth reigns. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aod4EBttnlc Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 47 1 Oh clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with the voice of triumph! 2 For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is a great King over all the earth. 3 He subdues nations under us, and peoples under our feet. 4 He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob whom he loved. Selah. 5 God has gone up with a shout, The LORD with the sound of a shofar*. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises. 7 For God is the King of all the earth. Sing praises with understanding. 8 God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne. 9 The princes of the peoples are gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God. He is greatly exalted! Psalm 97 1 The LORD reigns! Let the earth rejoice! Let the multitude of islands be glad! 2 Clouds and darkness are around him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3 A fire goes before him, and burns up his adversaries on every side. 4 His lightning lights up the world. The earth sees, and trembles. 5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. 6 The heavens declare his righteousness. All the peoples have seen his glory. 7 Let all them be shamed who serve engraved images, who boast in their idols. Worship him, all you gods!* 8 Zion heard and was glad. The daughters of Judah rejoiced, because of your judgments, LORD. 9 For you, LORD, are most high above all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods. 10 You who love the LORD, hate evil. He preserves the souls of his holy ones. He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. 12 Be glad in the LORD, you righteous people! Give thanks to his holy Name. Psalm 147 1 Praise the LORD, for it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and fitting to praise him. 2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem. He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds. 4 He counts the number of the stars. He calls them all by their names. 5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power. His understanding is infinite. 6 The LORD upholds the humble. He brings the wicked down to the ground. 7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving. Sing praises on the harp to our God, 8 who covers the sky with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass grow on the mountains. 9 He provides food for the livestock, and for the young ravens when they call. 10 He doesn’t delight in the strength of the horse. He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 46: Psalm 46, 96, & 146
Psalm 46 is about having faith in God no matter the storms life brings beginning "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." A very present help, he is right there with us, not just something we are to keep in mind as we go through it on our own. But this is also a prophetic Psalm speaking about the Final tribulation, the time of Jacob's troubles. The earthquakes and inundations by the oceans in verses 2 and 3 are described in detail in Revelation and Ezekiel 38. Verses 8 to 10 describe the Second Coming of Christ when wars are made an end to. This is a Psalm for those End Times, a voice of encouragment that no matter what the circumstances, God is faithful. Psalm 96 is a declaration of that deliverance. That the Lord will be acknowledged throughout the earth and that he will judge in righteousness. Psalm 146 continues on the goodness and salvation of God, echoing Isaiah 42:7 in verses 7 and 8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RcNmFXOTy8 Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 46 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we won’t be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; 3 though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad, the holy place of the tents of the Most High. 5 God is within her. She shall not be moved. God will help her at dawn. 6 The nations raged. The kingdoms were moved. He lifted his voice, and the earth melted. 7 The LORD of Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, see the LORD’s works, what desolations he has made in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth. He breaks the bow, and shatters the spear. He burns the chariots in the fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The LORD of Hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 96 1 Sing to the LORD a new song! Sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the LORD! Bless his name! Proclaim his salvation from day to day! 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. 4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised! He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 6 Honor and majesty are before him. Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to the LORD, you families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name. Bring an offering, and come into his courts. 9 Worship the LORD in holy array. Tremble before him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is also established. It can’t be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Let the sea roar, and its fullness! 12 Let the field and all that is in it exult! Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy
7 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 45: Psalm 45, 95, 145
Psalm 45 begins a set of three Psalms in which David exalts in the glory of God throughout the circumstances of life. Psalm 45 is a wedding song, to be sung during a time of joy. Psalm 95 tells of God's great care for his people, even when they rebel. He praises God for his goodness and faithfulness and expresses the confident hope, that as Jesus assured in Matt xxx x, that all who seek God in truth will find him. (Psalm 145:18) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqooa6Pxoe4 Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 45 1 My heart overflows with a noble theme. I recite my verses for the king. My tongue is like the pen of a skillful writer. 2 You are the most excellent of the sons of men. Grace has anointed your lips, therefore God has blessed you forever. 3 Strap your sword on your thigh, mighty one: your splendor and your majesty. 4 In your majesty ride on victoriously on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness. Let your right hand display awesome deeds. 5 Your arrows are sharp. The nations fall under you, with arrows in the heart of the king’s enemies. 6 Your throne, God, is forever and ever. A scepter of equity is the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You have loved righteousness, and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. 8 All your garments smell like myrrh, aloes, and cassia. Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made you glad. 9 Kings’ daughters are among your honorable women. At your right hand the queen stands in gold of Ophir. 10 Listen, daughter, consider, and turn your ear. Forget your own people, and also your father’s house. 11 So the king will desire your beauty, honor him, for he is your lord. 12 The daughter of Tyre comes with a gift. The rich among the people entreat your favor. 13 The princess inside is all glorious. Her clothing is interwoven with gold. 14 She shall be led to the king in embroidered work. The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to you. 15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be led. They shall enter into the king’s palace. 16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers. You shall make them princes in all the earth. 17 I will make your name to be remembered in all generations. Therefore the peoples shall give you thanks forever and ever. Psalm 95 1 Oh come, let’s sing to the LORD. Let’s shout aloud to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let’s come before his presence with thanksgiving. Let’s extol him with songs! 3 For the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth. The heights of the mountains are also his. 5 The sea is his, and he made it. His hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let’s worship and bow down. Let’s kneel before the LORD, our Maker, 7 for he is our God. We are the people of his pasture, and the sheep in his care. Today, oh that you would hear his voice! 8 Don’t harden your heart, as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers tempted me, tested me, and saw my work.
8 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 44: Psalm 44, 94, & 144
In Psalm 44, David reflects on the works of God, of his goodness to the people of Israel and how he delivered them. He also acknowledges the righteousness and justice of God, that because of Israel's sin, they experienced judgment. Psalm 94 again speaks about the justice of God, that the wicked will get their due rewards. Psalm 144 is a confident praise that regardless of the circumstances, God will deliver those who put their trust in him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWQK4auG9rc Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 44 1 We have heard with our ears, God; our fathers have told us, what work you did in their days, in the days of old. 2 You drove out the nations with your hand, but you planted them. You afflicted the peoples, but you spread them abroad. 3 For they didn’t get the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them; but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your face, because you were favorable to them. 4 You are my King, God. Command victories for Jacob! 5 Through you, will we push down our adversaries. Through your name, we will tread them under who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me. 7 But you have saved us from our adversaries, and have shamed those who hate us. 8 In God we have made our boast all day long, we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah. 9 But now you rejected us, and brought us to dishonor, and don’t go out with our armies. 10 You make us turn back from the adversary. Those who hate us take plunder for themselves. 11 You have made us like sheep for food, and have scattered us among the nations. 12 You sell your people for nothing, and have gained nothing from their sale. 13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, a scoffing and a derision to those who are around us. 14 You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples. 15 All day long my dishonor is before me, and shame covers my face, 16 At the taunt of one who reproaches and verbally abuses, because of the enemy and the avenger. 17 All this has come on us, yet we haven’t forgotten you. We haven’t been false to your covenant. 18 Our heart has not turned back, neither have our steps strayed from your path, 19 Though you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death. 20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or spread out our hands to a strange god; 21 won’t God search this out? For he knows the secrets of the heart. 22 Yes, for your sake we are killed all day long. We are regarded as sheep for the slaughter. 23 Wake up! Why do you sleep, Lord?* Arise! Don’t reject us forever. 24 Why do you hide your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust. Our body clings to the earth. 26 Rise up to help us. Redeem us for your loving kindness’ sake. Psalm 94 1 LORD, you God to whom vengeance belongs, you God to whom vengeance belongs, shine out. 2 Rise up, you judge of the earth. Pay back the proud what they deserve. 3 LORD,
5 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 43: Psalm 43, 93, & 143
In Psalm 143, David acknowledges that no one is righteous in God's sight and we have no right to claim justice from God on our own merits. The set of Psalms: 43, 93, and 143, are about going to God for justice on the basis of relationship, because of his love and mercy for his. That he alone saves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MapASX4AyQc Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 43 1 Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men. 2 For you are the God of my strength. Why have you rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3 Oh, send out your light and your truth. Let them lead me. Let them bring me to your holy hill, To your tents. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy. I will praise you on the harp, God, my God. 5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him: my Savior, my helper, and my God. Psalm 93 1 The LORD reigns! He is clothed with majesty! The LORD is armed with strength. The world also is established. It can’t be moved. 2 Your throne is established from long ago. You are from everlasting. 3 The floods have lifted up, LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice. The floods lift up their waves. 4 Above the voices of many waters, the mighty breakers of the sea, The LORD on high is mighty. 5 Your statutes stand firm. Holiness adorns your house, LORD, forever more. Psalm 143 1 Hear my prayer, LORD. Listen to my petitions. In your faithfulness and righteousness, relieve me. 2 Don’t enter into judgment with your servant, for in your sight no man living is righteous. 3 For the enemy pursues my soul. He has struck my life down to the ground. He has made me live in dark places, as those who have been long dead. 4 Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me. My heart within me is desolate. 5 I remember the days of old. I meditate on all your doings. I contemplate the work of your hands. 6 I spread out my hands to you. My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land. Selah. 7 Hurry to answer me, LORD. My spirit fails. Don’t hide your face from me, so that I don’t become like those who go down into the pit. 8 Cause me to hear your loving kindness in the morning, for I trust in you. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to you. 9 Deliver me, LORD, from my enemies. I flee to you to hide me. 10 Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness. 11 Revive me, LORD, for your name’s sake. In your righteousness, bring my soul out of trouble. 12 In your loving kindness, cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul, For I am your servant. Passages from the World Messianic Bible
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 42: Psalm 42, 92, & 142
Psalm 23 is probably the most well known out of the 150 Psalms in the Bible. It is a declaration of David's confident assurance that God will be with him no matter what the circumstances, whatever valleys life brings. But not many are familiar with Psalm 42 which is also about the valleys of life. If Psalm 23 is about God's faithfulness in the valley, Psalm 42 is what it actually feels like to walk through it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_geXMMjFHJM Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 42 1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants after you, God.* 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember, and pour out my soul within me, how I used to go with the crowd, and led them to God’s house, with the voice of joy and praise, a multitude keeping a holy day. 5 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence. 6 My God, my soul is in despair within me. Therefore I remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon, from the hill Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterfalls. All your waves and your billows have swept over me. 8 the LORD† will command his loving kindness in the daytime. In the night his song shall be with me: a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will ask God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a sword in my bones, my adversaries reproach me, while they continually ask me, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him, the saving help of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 92 1 It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, Most High; 2 to proclaim your loving kindness in the morning, and your faithfulness every night, 3 with the ten-stringed lute, with the harp, and with the melody of the lyre. 4 For you, LORD, have made me glad through your work. I will triumph in the works of your hands. 5 How great are your works, LORD! Your thoughts are very deep. 6 A senseless man doesn’t know, neither does a fool understand this: 7 though the wicked spring up as the grass, and all the evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. 8 But you, LORD, are on high forever more. 9 For, behold, your enemies, LORD, for, behold, your enemies shall perish. All the evildoers will be scattered. 10 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox. I am anointed with fresh oil. 11 My eye has also seen my enemies. My ears have heard of the wicked enemies who rise up against me. 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree. He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the LORD’s house. They will flourish in our God’s courts. 14 They will still produce fruit in old age. They will be full of sap and green,
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 41: Psalm 41, 91, & 141
Psalm 91 is one of the most powerful of the Psalms written by David speaking of God's deliverance and salvation (Yeshua.) It is God's "911." Satan himself quoted the verse 12 of the Psalm when in the wilderness temptation, he suggested that he through himself off the cliff because angels would lift him up (Luke 4:11-12, Mattthew 4:6-7.) Psalms 41 and 141 both illustrate the characteristics of the person who can have that faith in the deliverance of God. Jesus's response to Satan is one that every Christ follower should take note of, "Do not test the Lord your God." Deception and misdirection often use truth to tell a lie. That was Satan's strategy in his temptation of Jesus, distort Scripture to justify what would have been a sin. Which is why when using Scripture as a support, sometimes the most pernicious lies and horrific doctrine have one tent pole Scripture that they use as a single support. No doctrine, belief, or action should justify itself by one verse. The Bible as a whole has to be taken into account, it all fits together. How many times do we as Christians follow Satan's wilderness path? We claim the promises and deliverance of God but ignore the rest. We reject God's discipline, his guidance, and go our own way instead of submitting to him. (James 4:7.) We do what we know we are not supposed to be doing, throwing ourselves off that cliff, and then go to God, claiming the blood of Jesus and never truly repenting, and go back out and do the same thing again. Dietrich Bonheoffer called that mindset "cheap grace." "Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate." - From the Cost of Discipleship The Bible gives us powerful promises of deliverance that we can stand on, but they are for those who submit themselves to God and put their trust in him (Psalm 91:1-2.) If you've been praying with no answer, if it seems like God doesn't hear, that this promise is a lie . . . maybe it is a heart issue . . . your heart, not God's. Have you made God your refuge? (Psalm 91:9, Psalm 141:8) Have you walked in integrity? (Psalm 41:12) Have you set your heart to do and speak right according to what God says and not what man says? (Psalm 141:1-4) Have you truly set your heart after him and his salvation? (Psalm 91:14-16, Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31) Get real with God and he will be real with God. He will do exactly what he says he will do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6pfi4FxA3Y Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 41 1 Blessed is he who considers the poor. The LORD will deliver him in the day of evil. 2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive. He shall be blessed on the earth, and he will not surrender him to the will of his enemies. 3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed, and restore him from his bed of illness. 4 I said, “LORD, have mercy on me! Heal me,
8 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 40: Psalm 40, 90, & 140
Everyone goes through trials and tribulations, dark times and depression. If you haven't, you either haven't lived long enough or are lying to yourself. God doesn't promise that we won't have trials, but he does promise that he will be with us through them. Psalm 40 was written by David praising God after coming through one of his many trials. Psalm 40 also reveals the blessing in the trial. Verse 3, "He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." When God brings you through a difficult situation, you have a new testimony, a stronger witness, and a more confident faith. And as the Psalm states, we are to proclaim God's faithfulness and tell of his goodness to others, both for encouragement and to draw them to him. For as the angel speaking to the apostle John in Revelation 19:10 states, "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gTix1j04c Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 40 1 I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me, and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. He set my feet on a rock, and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise to our God. Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, and doesn’t respect the proud, nor such as turn away to lies. 5 Many, LORD, my God, are the wonderful works which you have done, and your thoughts which are toward us. They can’t be declared back to you. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be counted. 6 Sacrifice and offering you didn’t desire. You have opened my ears. You have not required burnt offering and sin offering. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come. It is written about me in the book in the scroll. 8 I delight to do your will, my God. Yes, your Torah is within my heart.” 9 I have proclaimed glad news of righteousness in the great assembly. Behold, I will not seal my lips, LORD, you know. 10 I have not hidden your righteousness within my heart. I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation. I have not concealed your loving kindness and your truth from the great assembly. 11 Don’t withhold your tender mercies from me, LORD. Let your loving kindness and your truth continually preserve me. 12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me. My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up. They are more than the hairs of my head. My heart has failed me. 13 Be pleased, LORD, to deliver me. Hurry to help me, LORD. 14 Let them be disappointed and confounded together who seek after my soul to destroy it. Let them be turned backward and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt. 15 Let them be desolate by reason of their shame that tell me, “Aha! Aha!” 16 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you. Let such as love your salvation say continually, “Let the LORD be exalted!” 17 But I am poor and needy. May the Lord think about me. You are my help and my deliverer.
11 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 39: Psalm 39, 89, & 139
Psalm 139 is one of the most vivid pictures of the loving care of God and his personal interest in us. In contrast to the cold and distant god of Islam who demands followers kill in his name to reach him and the abstract and impersonal god of Hinduism, Kabbalah, and the New Age where not only is the deity impersonal and unaware, even of itself in its highest form, but the ultimate goal is the destruction of the individual, a "oneness with the universe" where the unique person is no more. All those above are in complete opposition to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the one whom David wrote of in Psalm 139 who knows everything about each person and is intimately aquainted with us. It is this intimate knowing that Paul references in 1 Corinthians 13:12 when he confidently asserts that one day we will fully know God even as he already completely knows us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDUGAXpbuZE Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 39 1 I said, “I will watch my ways, so that I don’t sin with my tongue. I will keep my mouth with a bridle while the wicked is before me.” 2 I was mute with silence. I held my peace, even from good. My sorrow was stirred. 3 My heart was hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned. I spoke with my tongue: 4 “LORD, show me my end, what is the measure of my days. Let me know how frail I am. 5 Behold, you have made my days hand widths. My lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely every man stands as a breath.” Selah. 6 “Surely every man walks like a shadow. Surely they busy themselves in vain. He heaps up, and doesn’t know who shall gather. 7 Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions. Don’t make me the reproach of the foolish. 9 I was mute. I didn’t open my mouth, because you did it. 10 Remove your scourge away from me. I am overcome by the blow of your hand. 11 When you rebuke and correct man for iniquity, you consume his wealth like a moth. Surely every man is but a breath.” Selah. 12 “Hear my prayer, LORD, and give ear to my cry. Don’t be silent at my tears. For I am a stranger with you, a foreigner, as all my fathers were. 13 Oh spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go away, and exist no more.” Psalm 89 1 I will sing of the loving kindness of the LORD forever. With my mouth, I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. 2 I indeed declare, “Love stands firm forever. You established the heavens. Your faithfulness is in them.” 3 “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David, my servant, 4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’ ” Selah. 5 The heavens will praise your wonders, LORD; your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones. 6 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the heavenly beings is like the LORD, 7 a very awesome God in the council of the holy ones, to be feared above all those who are around him? 8 LORD, God of Hosts, who is a mighty one, like you? The LORD, your faithfulness is around you.
7 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 38: Psalm 38, 88, & 138
Psalms 38 and 88 were both written in times of trouble. David cried out to God asking, "Do you see what is happening to me? Do you know what is going on?" Even in the the dark time, David expresses his confidence in God, knowing that if he humbles himself and cries out to God, the Lord will deliver him. Psalm 138 is a praise for God's goodness and deliverance and presents a juxtaposition between the proud and the righteous. God draws near to the humble but resists the proud (vs 6) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjXry0qikT4 Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 38 1 LORD, don’t rebuke me in your wrath, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure. 2 For your arrows have pierced me, your hand presses hard on me. 3 There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation, neither is there any health in my bones because of my sin. 4 For my iniquities have gone over my head. As a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me. 5 My wounds are loathsome and corrupt, because of my foolishness. 6 I am pained and bowed down greatly. I go mourning all day long. 7 For my waist is filled with burning. There is no soundness in my flesh. 8 I am faint and severely bruised. I have groaned by reason of the anguish of my heart. 9 Lord, all my desire is before you. My groaning is not hidden from you. 10 My heart throbs. My strength fails me. As for the light of my eyes, it has also left me. 11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my plague. My kinsmen stand far away. 12 They also who seek after my life lay snares. Those who seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and meditate deceits all day long. 13 But I, as a deaf man, don’t hear. I am as a mute man who doesn’t open his mouth. 14 Yes, I am as a man who doesn’t hear, in whose mouth are no reproofs. 15 For in you, LORD, do I hope. You will answer, Lord my God. 16 For I said, “Don’t let them gloat over me, or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.” 17 For I am ready to fall. My pain is continually before me. 18 For I will declare my iniquity. I will be sorry for my sin. 19 But my enemies are vigorous and many. Those who hate me without reason are numerous. 20 They who render evil for good are also adversaries to me, because I follow what is good. 21 Don’t forsake me, LORD. My God, don’t be far from me. 22 Hurry to help me, Lord, my salvation. Psalm 88 1 LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you. 2 Let my prayer enter into your presence. Turn your ear to my cry. 3 For my soul is full of troubles. My life draws near to Sheol.* 4 I am counted among those who go down into the pit. I am like a man who has no help, 5 set apart among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more. They are cut off from your hand. 6 You have laid me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. 7 Your wrath lies heavily on me. You have afflicted me with all your waves. Selah. 8 You have taken my friends from me. You have made me an abomination to them. I am confined, and I can’t escape. 9 My eyes are dim from grief. I have called on you daily, LORD.
8 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 37: Psalm 37, 87, & 137
In Psalm 37, David addresses the question so many of us ask, "If the wages of sin is death (Genesis 2:17, Romans 6:23,) then why do so many wicked seem to prosper." David's assurance is that God will vindicate the righteous. Very often God's timing is not at all what we would hope or expect, but He will be absolute justice in his perfect timing (Isaiah 49:8, 2 Corinthians 6:2, Hab 2:3 ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifpqXpT837Y Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 37 1 Don’t fret because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good. Dwell in the land, and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Also delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD. Trust also in him, and he will do this: 6 he will make your righteousness go out as the light, and your justice as the noon day sun. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Don’t fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who makes wicked plots happen. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Don’t fret, it leads only to evildoing. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more. Yes, though you look for his place, he isn’t there. 11 But the humble shall inherit the land, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 12 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. 13 The Lord will laugh at him, for he sees that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to kill those who are upright on the path. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart. Their bows shall be broken. 16 Better is a little that the righteous has, than the abundance of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. 18 The LORD knows the days of the perfect. Their inheritance shall be forever. 19 They shall not be disappointed in the time of evil. In the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish. The enemies of the LORD shall be like the beauty of the fields. They will vanish— vanish like smoke. 21 The wicked borrow, and don’t pay back, but the righteous give generously. 22 For such as are blessed by him shall inherit the land. Those who are cursed by him shall be cut off. 23 A man’s goings are established by the LORD. He delights in his way. 24 Though he stumble, he shall not fall, for the LORD holds him up with his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his children begging for bread. 26 All day long he deals graciously, and lends. His offspring is blessed. 27 Depart from evil, and do good. Live securely forever. 28 For the LORD loves justice, and doesn’t forsake his holy ones. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.
8 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading Through the Psalms Day 36: Psalm 36, 86, & 136
In the beginning of Psalm 36, David gives the key insight . . . the one thing . . . that keeps people from God. Pride, and more specifically, pride in their own self righteousness. The wicked flatter themselves and cannot detect their own sin. This is true of all of us. As David points out again in Psalm 19:12-13 and Psalm 51:10-12, we are not even capable of recognizing our own sin without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. This is a continuing refrain in Psalm 139:23-24 and 1 Corinthians 4:4-5. It was this self righteous pride that caused Pharisee to miss their Messiah (Luke 7:30) because they couldn't repent, acknowledging their sinfulnes and turn to God (Matthew 3:1-11) That is still the biggest hurdle people have coming to Jesus today . . . acknowledging their own sinfulness, that they can't do it on their own, and need a Savior. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7quaZj6DyM Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 36 1 A revelation is within my heart about the disobedience of the wicked: “There is no fear of God before his eyes.” 2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes, too much to detect and hate his sin. 3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit. He has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 He plots iniquity on his bed. He sets himself in a way that is not good. He doesn’t abhor evil. 5 Your loving kindness, LORD, is in the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God. Your judgments are like a great deep. LORD, you preserve man and animal. 7 How precious is your loving kindness, God! The children of men take refuge under the shadow of your wings. 8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the abundance of your house. You will make them drink of the river of your pleasures. 9 For with you is the spring of life. In your light we will see light. 10 Oh continue your loving kindness to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. 11 Don’t let the foot of pride come against me. Don’t let the hand of the wicked drive me away. 12 There the workers of iniquity are fallen. They are thrust down, and shall not be able to rise. Psalm 86 1 Hear, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 2 Preserve my soul, for I am godly. You, my God, save your servant who trusts in you. 3 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. 4 Bring joy to the soul of your servant, for to you, Lord, do I lift up my soul. 5 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on you. 6 Hear, LORD, my prayer. Listen to the voice of my petitions. 7 In the day of my trouble I will call on you, for you will answer me. 8 There is no one like you among the gods, Lord, nor any deeds like your deeds.
9 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 35: Psalm 35, 85, & 135
In James 4:7, the James, the half brother of Jesus gives a short and succint instruction on how to stand firm in the face of trials and tribulation. "Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee." Paul gives further instruction in Ephesian 6:10-18 where he talks about the armor of God and how to prepare to stand firm. All of these was preceded by David, who in Psalm 35 also references the armor of God and God's salvation, Yeshua. While certainly on one level David was speaking of his personal experiences through the many betrayals he experienced by those close to him, on another level it is also prophetic, foreshadowing Jesus's betrayal by one of his closest friends. Judas's plotting in verses 7-8, but ultimately it led to his own destruction. The unrighteous witnesses that testified against Jesus at his trial in verses 11-12. His loving care for his disciples and all those who came to him in verse 13-14, yet the crowd turned on him and jeered when he was beaten by the Romans and while he was hanging on the cross (verses 15-16.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xozcY65nQ2o Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 35 1 Contend, LORD, with those who contend with me. Fight against those who fight against me. 2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for my help. 3 Brandish the spear and block those who pursue me. Tell my soul, “I am your salvation.” 4 Let those who seek after my soul be disappointed and brought to dishonor. Let those who plot my ruin be turned back and confounded. 5 Let them be as chaff before the wind, The LORD’s angel driving them on. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, The LORD’s angel pursuing them. 7 For without cause they have hidden their net in a pit for me. Without cause they have dug a pit for my soul. 8 Let destruction come on him unawares. Let his net that he has hidden catch himself. Let him fall into that destruction. 9 My soul shall be joyful in the LORD. It shall rejoice in his salvation. 10 All my bones shall say, “LORD, who is like you, who delivers the poor from him who is too strong for him; yes, the poor and the needy from him who robs him?” 11 Unrighteous witnesses rise up. They ask me about things that I don’t know about. 12 They reward me evil for good, to the bereaving of my soul. 13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth. I afflicted my soul with fasting. My prayer returned into my own bosom. 14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend or my brother. I bowed down mourning, as one who mourns his mother. 15 But in my adversity, they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together. The attackers gathered themselves together against me, and I didn’t know it. They tore at me, and didn’t cease. 16 Like the profane mockers in feasts, they gnashed their teeth at me. 17 Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my soul from their destruction, my precious life from the lions. 18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly. I will praise you among many people. 19 Don’t let those who are my enemies wrongfully rejoice over me; neither let those who hate me without a cause wink their eyes. 20 For they don’t speak peace, but they devise deceitful words against those who are quiet in the land. 21 Yes, they opened their mouth wide against me. They said, “Aha! Aha! Our eye has seen it!”
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 34: Psalm 34, 84, & 134
In these three Psalms, the writer encourages those who seek after God to praise him for his goodness. Psalm 34 is especially rich in David's exaltation in the Lord after God provided a way out of a difficult situation. He called to God and the Lord answered (vs. 6) and the confident declaration "the Lord's angel encamps around those who fear him and delivers them" is a verse to keep close to our hearts whatever trials come. As David often does in his Psalms, David transitions from speaking about his own circumstances to prophesy about the Messiah. In verse 20, he prophesies "He protects all of his bones, not one of them is broken." Like the Passover lamb whose bones could not be broken (Exodus 12:46,) none of Jesus's bones were broken at the crucifixion as the perfect Passover sacrifice (John 19:36.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et8gWsp7oHY Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 34 1 * I will bless the LORD at all times. His praise will always be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall boast in the LORD. The humble shall hear of it, and be glad. 3 Oh magnify the LORD with me. Let’s exalt his name together. 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 5 They looked to him, and were radiant. Their faces shall never be covered with shame. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 the LORD’s angel encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8 Oh taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. 9 Oh fear the LORD, you his holy ones, for there is no lack with those who fear him. 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. 11 Come, you children, listen to me. I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 Who is someone who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking lies. 14 Depart from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it. 15 The LORD’s eyes are toward the righteous. His ears listen to their cry. 16 The LORD’s face is against those who do evil, to cut off their memory from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 20 He protects all of his bones. Not one of them is broken. 21 Evil shall kill the wicked. Those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. 22 The LORD redeems the soul of his servants. None of those who take refuge in him shall be condemned. Psalm 84 1 How lovely are your dwellings, LORD of Hosts! 2 My soul longs, and even faints for the courts of the LORD. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Yes, the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young, near your altars, LORD of Hosts, my King, and my God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house. They are always praising you. Selah. 5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you;
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 33: Psalm 33, 83, & 133
This collection of Psalms includes both praise and the prophetic. In Psalm 33, David reiterates his common refrain to trust in the Lord. Whatever the circumstance or situation, God alone is our ultimate hope, to put one's confidence in anything else is foolishness. Psalm 83 is a prophetic, foretelling a future war in which the surrounding nations will come together in one accord to destroy Israel, but David declares, again, the Lord will be victorious. This particular configuration of allied enemies has not come together as one against Israel to date. There are many opinions on where this Psalm fits in the End Time prophetic timeline. Some believe that it will be a precursor, one that sets the stage for the peace negotiated by the Man of Lawlessness/the Antichrist (Daniel 9:27) and his End Time reign over the Tribulation or Time of Jacob's trouble. Some believe it is the same war prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39. There is also the opinion that this war comes at the end of the MIllenial reign when Satan is loosed for a time. (Revelation 20:7) Whatever the answer, and one day it will be clear, the truth remains that God's Word stands and he will be victorious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWH51TNVbA0 Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 33 1 Rejoice in the LORD, you righteous! Praise is fitting for the upright. 2 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre. Sing praises to him with the harp of ten strings. 3 Sing to him a new song. Play skillfully with a shout of joy! 4 For the LORD’s word is right. All his work is done in faithfulness. 5 He loves righteousness and justice. The earth is full of the loving kindness of the LORD. 6 By the LORD’s word, the heavens were made; all their army by the breath of his mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap. He lays up the deeps in storehouses. 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spoke, and it was done. He commanded, and it stood firm. 10 The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing. He makes the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect. 11 The counsel of the LORD stands fast forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance. 13 The LORD looks from heaven. He sees all the sons of men. 14 From the place of his habitation he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 he who fashions all of their hearts; and he considers all of their works. 16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an army. A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. 17 A horse is a vain thing for safety, neither does he deliver any by his great power. 18 Behold, the LORD’s eye is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his loving kindness; 19 to deliver their soul from death, to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul has waited for the LORD. He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart rejoices in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22 Let your loving kindness be on us, LORD, since we have hoped in you. Psalm 83 1 God, don’t keep silent. Don’t keep silent, and don’t be still, God. 2 For, behold, your enemies are stirred up. Those who hate you have lifted up their heads. 3 They conspire with cunning against your people.
6 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading through the Psalms Day 32: Psalm 32, 82, & 132
When you listen to the news, sometimes it seems like the world has gone insane. It doesn't seem to make sense. It doesn't make sense because ther are forces in operation outside of what we immediately see. Not only the Great I AM, the truine God, and his angels, but also those who rebelled against him (Rev 12:7-12, Isaiah 14:12) and Paul explains this clearly in Ephesians 6:11-12 where he states the real enemy is evil in three areas: evil rules and authorities of the unseen world, powers in our world, and evil spirits in heavenly places. We can see an explanation for the exponential rise in Antisemitism we are seeing today and the bitter fight over the city of Jerusalem. It is because God has chosen Zion as his city (v13) and has made an eternal covenant with David and his descendants (v11, 2 Chronicles 13:5, Number 18:19, Isaiah 9:7, Isaiah 16:5, Isaiah 55:3, Ezekiel 34:23-25, John 7:42, Luke 1:32-33, Romans 11:2) Jesus won the victory at the cross, but the story isn't over and won't be until the veil is removed from the eyes of the Jewish people (Romans 11:7-10, Isaiah 29:10, Deut 29:4) and they corporately acknowledge him as Lord and Savior, ushering in his return (Matthew 23:39, Luke 13:35, Zechariah 12:10, Romans 11:11-12) It is event that the forces of evil are working against. If there are no descendants of David in Jerusalem for this spirit of grace and supplication to be poured out on (Zech 12:10,) no Israel to say to the one who was pierced, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD," (Luke 13:35, Matthew 23:39,) then God's Word is broken and Satan wins. Let us join with Jesus and the prophets who confidently proclaim, "Your Word, Lord, will never fail." (Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 55:11, Psalm 119: 81:82) Psalms 32 and Psalm 82 are both proclamations that the LORD alone is righteous, and all who oppose him will fail. Psalm 82 is a judgment against the evil spiritual rulers/principalities mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. Psalm 32 is David's acknowledgement of the innate wickedness of man, that we are utterly without hope of righteousness without God as Redeemer and Savior. It also acknowledges the need for repentance and confession as a requirement for forgiveness and remission of sin. This is reiterated by John in 1 John 1:9 and Jesus himself when he said, "I have come for those who know they need a Savior." (Mark 2:17, Matthew 9:12, Luke 5:31-32, 1 Timothy 1:15, Isaiah 1:18) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrC0Mo9HbGA Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 32 1 Blessed is he whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD doesn’t impute iniquity, in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silence, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me. My strength was sapped in the heat of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin to you. I didn’t hide my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6 For this, let everyone who is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found. Surely when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach to him. 7 You are my hiding place. You will preserve me from trouble. You will surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall g...
7 minutes | 5 years ago
Reading Through The Psalms Day 31: Psalm 31, 81, & 131
Every account in the Old Testament is either a prophetic foreshadowing of what was to come or an illustrative lesson applicable throughout time for those who seek after God. This is seen frequently throughout the Psalms of David. His cry to God begins with his current situation, but then will transition into the prophetic. A clear illustration of this is Psalms 31. It begins with a cry to God for help during one of the many times David was fleeing from his enemies and transitions to a portrayal of the suffering Messiah who stood in the middle of those who were conspiring to kill him. Verse 22 is a prophetic utterance that is repeated by Daniel in Dan 9:24-27 that the Messiah would be cut off in midlife, and seemingly have accomplished nothing. But the chapter ends with a confident assurance that God will hear him and vindicate him as does Isaiah in Isaiah 53:10-12 NLT. The Savior is victorious! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov9SF9Saj1k Subscribe on Youtube Psalm 31 1 In you, LORD, I take refuge. Let me never be disappointed. Deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Bow down your ear to me. Deliver me speedily. Be to me a strong rock, a house of defense to save me. 3 For you are my rock and my fortress, therefore for your name’s sake lead me and guide me. 4 Pluck me out of the net that they have laid secretly for me, for you are my stronghold. 5 Into your hand I commend my spirit. You redeem me, LORD, God of truth. 6 I hate those who regard lying vanities, but I trust in the LORD. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in your loving kindness, for you have seen my affliction. You have known my soul in adversities. 8 You have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy. You have set my feet in a large place. 9 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress. My eye, my soul, and my body waste away with grief. 10 For my life is spent with sorrow, my years with sighing. My strength fails because of my iniquity. My bones are wasted away. 11 Because of all my adversaries I have become utterly contemptible to my neighbors, a horror to my acquaintances. Those who saw me on the street fled from me. 12 I am forgotten from their hearts like a dead man. I am like broken pottery. 13 For I have heard the slander of many, terror on every side, while they conspire together against me, they plot to take away my life. 14 But I trust in you, LORD. I said, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in your hand. Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. 16 Make your face to shine on your servant. Save me in your loving kindness. 17 Let me not be disappointed, LORD, for I have called on you. Let the wicked be disappointed. Let them be silent in Sheol.* 18 Let the lying lips be mute, which speak against the righteous insolently, with pride and contempt. 19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear you, which you have worked for those who take refuge in you, before the sons of men! 20 In the shelter of your presence you will hide them from the plotting of man. You will keep them secretly in a dwelling away from the strife of tongues. 21 Praise be to the LORD, for he has shown me his marvelous loving kindness in a strong city. 22 As for me, I said in my haste, “I am cut off from before your eyes.” Nevertheless you heard the voice of my petitions when I cried to you.
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