Vs. 1, “Rescue me, O LORD, from evil men; protect me from men of violence.” This is another imprecatory (judgement) psalm that Kind David wrote. Don’t ever forget, when you choose to follow the Lord…Evil will surely go against you. The enemy uses gossip and slander (vs. 3) and traps to ensnare us (vs. 4). But David countered this with prayer and praise. Notice how David requests God to be the one to avenge (vs. 8-10)
Regarding application…God Comforts Us. Vs. 12, “I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” We see a God whose compassion reaches out to us and helps us in our time of need. Think about times when we are really needy, such as being sick. Isn’t it great to have your mom or your wife be there for you when you are sick. They find ways to comfort us and provide nourishment when we need it the most. That’s how God works when we go through extra hard times. Praise the Lord for His comfort!
Vs. 13, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” This is considered a wisdom psalm and what a wonderfully written psalm! David makes the effort to vividly give us some of good incredible attributes. You can’t help but realize God knows everything about us. He knew us even when we were in our mother’s womb. This reminds me of that praise song “He knows my Name”. Isn’t it wonderful to be aware that God already knows everything about us, we don’t have to worry about if He understands us.
Regarding application…God is Omniscient. What does this mean? It means God knows everything. There are times in our life when we are going to question God’s ways. If He knows everything why does it allow to happen in the first place. Why did God dispense wrath upon people before He even created them? Why would God allow His Son to die on the cross? Such knowledge is too much for us to comprehend (vs. 6). As we journey in this life it is not wrong to seek out answers, but also ensure that your faith in intact.
Vs. 1, “I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.” This is a declarative psalm of praise and written by King David. David comes confidently to the world and states His God is above all others! This is also served as a testimony to the nations around that they too would sing of how great is our God. Though troubles came into David’s life, he did not use them as an excuse to not worship the Lord (vs. 7-8)
Regarding application...I Called, You Answered. Vs. 3, “When I called, you answered me…” We sang this verse last night at Bible study. It’s a wonderful reminder that no matter what our requests are….God answers them! Of course, we may not always appreciate His answer to our request, but know God still answers them according to His timing and His will. I think of so many people who have prayed for a request to God and didn’t get to see the fruition of their request before God called them heavenward. Jim Elliott and his fellow missionary friends who shared the Gospel to the Auca Indians didn’t get to see their request answered. Sometimes, that is the way God works. We just have to be patient in faith.
Vs. 1, “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.” This is considered an imprecatory (bringing judgment upon others) and we see the intense emotion of the Psalmist. They are remembering the destruction of their land and sorrow that came with it. All the ways of their life were taken from them. But because of this, many stood up in their faith and their stories would become part of His living word (The Bible).
Regarding application…Dealing with Tough Times. Vs. 4, “How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?” Sometimes, I wish the Bible was all about happy stories. Sometimes, I wish our lives were all easy without troubles. However, we don’t live in that type of world just yet. There was probably many families dispersed and separated from the exile. And I think of our own lives…though we may not be physically separated, many families today are spiritually and emotionally separated. The tough times have made us callous to each other. How sad to realize such things….however, the Lord will deliver us in times such as these. Keep your faith and the Lord Jesus close to your heart!
Vs. 1, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.” This an incredible descriptive psalm of praise! The praise leader would sing a verse, and the congregation would sing “His love endures forever”. We are reminded of God’s great wonders and deeds upon us. His mercy and care upon us as we go into the spiritual battles of this world (vs. 10-25).
Regarding application…His Love Endures. I was watching Survivor Man (T.V. Show from Discovery Channel)…and I recall the character attempting to build fire. He was living in the wild and trying to survive on his own. It was so critical for him to continue feeding the fire and ensuring that it would not go out throughout the night. Thankfully, we have a God whose fire endures forever. His light will never go dark no matter how cold and wet it can get in this world. Lord willing I can live another 37 years of my life and to testify of His enduring love!
Vs. 1, “Praise the LORD. Praise the name of the LORD; praise him, you servants of the LORD.” This is the considered a psalm of praise that was probably written after the Babylonian exile. They are reminded of their earlier rescue from Egypt. It also addresses the issue of turning to idolatry. God deserves our praise because He has saved us (vs. 4), He created us (vs. 5-7) and we can celebrate in Him!
Regarding application…Receiving/Giving God’s Compassion. Vs. 14, “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.” The beauty of all of this is that we didn’t even have to ask God for compassion. He already extends this incredible offer to us. Of course, we have to make the decision to receive His compassion upon us. Often times I find myself being a more recipient of compassion than a giver of compassion. But the basic definition of compassion: Deep awareness and sympathy towards another person suffering. Wow, when you put it that way…I suppose we all have some work to do, huh? Let us be people that not only receive compassion but give compassion.
Vs. 1, “Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD.” We have now finished up the Ascent series of Psalms. Remember, they sang these series of songs as they made their pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year. As the people would go to sleep at night, The priests would stand watch praising the Lord! It was this continual attitude of prayer and worship that would sustain God’s people.
Regarding application…Posture of Worship. Vs. 2, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.” One of the standard ways people worshiped God back in this time was to stand with arms stretched out to God. And that way to worship hasn’t changed. We are still to continue to lift up holy hands in worship! Just as a child raises their hands to have their Daddy pick them up…we too lift our hands. Question: Why do we do this? Because it blesses pleases the Father in heaven. And isn’t that reason enough? Amen!
Vs. 1, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” This is one of David’s ascent Psalms and focuses on the unity of God’s children. It points to Jesus’ prayer for unity from John 17. David gives us a vivid picture of oil as it flows down Aaron’s beard. Oil was used to show the blessings of God…and in this we see God desiring to bless His children with the oil that creates unity.
Regarding application…Prayer for Unity. It is presumptuous to assume that unity among believers is something that is a given. Whether you are looking at Jacob’s twelve sons or the twelve apostles…there were times where unity was not there. We can fake unity and possibly even force it at times…but only through prayer can true unity arise. Whatever church you attend, make that a prayer because even Jesus deemed it so important to pray for unity. Because when we are united, the world see’s the Lord Jesus! Let’s make every effort to love each other and forgive!
Vs. 5, “till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” This is considered a royal psalm and is now the thirteenth ascent Psalm. It is believed to have been written when the Israelites were returning from the exile from Babylon. It was fitting to remember King David as they desired to rebuild the temple and start over again. This is also considered a Messianic psalm as they not only remembered King David…but also looked to a future King (vs. 11) which would be Jesus!
Regarding application…God Chooses You. Vs. 13, “For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling.” What a wonderful reminder and we addressed this topic a bit from Friday Night “Y” series. Question: Why Me? Why would God choose me? With a combination of predestination and free will…we understand a little bit more about how God chose us! God picked us to be on His team (Yea!!!!) Rest in the Lord this coming week knowing that God has chosen you because He loves you! Just as they were waiting for their King to come…we are also waiting for our King to return as well!
Vs. 1, “My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” This psalm is a of trust psalm written by King David and is the twelfth ascent psalm. Though David had the experiences in which he was prideful and arrogant…he learned how to be humble. It was about having the right perspective on life and not letting circumstances dictate how we respond. Some things in life are not meant to be conquered and understood.
Regarding application…Being Content. Vs. 2, “But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me“ As we grow and mature in this life from experiences…we learn to be content. It’s kind of like driving…when we first start, we are very nervous and our parents are teaching us how to drive. In the midst of learning all the road rules and driving on the busy highways…we can get very nervous. But as we get more experienced…we learn to not only be content but enjoy the drive of life. We put our rest in knowing our final destination!