Psalm 18

Posted On May 13, 2007

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(For the music leader. A psalm by David, the LORD’s servant. David sang this to the LORD after the LORD had rescued him from his enemies, but especially from Saul.)

David’s Song of Thanks

my-rock.jpg                     1I love you, LORD God,                     my-rock.jpg

 

and you make me strong.

 

2You are my mighty rock, [a] my fortress, my protector,

 

the rock where I am safe,

 

my shield,

 

my powerful weapon, [b] and my place of shelter.

 

3I praise you, LORD!

 

I prayed, and you rescued me

 

from my enemies.

 

4Death had wrapped

 

its ropes around me,

 

and I was almost swallowed

 

by its flooding waters.

 

5Ropes from the world

 

of the dead

 

had coiled around me,

 

and death had set a trap

 

in my path.

 

6I was in terrible trouble

 

when I called out to you,

 

but from your temple

 

you heard me

 

and answered my prayer.

 

7The earth shook and shivered,

 

and the mountains trembled

 

down to their roots.

 

You were angry

 

8and breathed out smoke.

 

Scorching heat and fiery flames

 

spewed from your mouth.

 

9You opened the heavens

 

like curtains,

 

and you came down

 

with storm clouds

 

under your feet.

 

10You rode on the backs

 

of flying creatures

 

and swooped down

 

with the wind as wings.

 

11Darkness was your robe;

 

thunderclouds filled the sky,

 

hiding you from sight.

 

12Hailstones and fiery coals

 

lit up the sky

 

in front of you.

 

13LORD Most High, your voice

 

thundered from the heavens,

 

as hailstones and fiery coals

 

poured down like rain.

 

14You scattered your enemies

 

with arrows of lightning.

 

15You roared at the sea,

 

and its deepest channels

 

could be seen.

 

You snorted,

 

and the earth shook

 

to its foundations.

 

16You reached down from heaven,

 

and you lifted me

 

from deep in the ocean.

 

17You rescued me from enemies,

 

who were hateful

 

and too powerful for me.

 

18On the day disaster struck,

 

they came and attacked,

 

but you defended me.

 

19When I was fenced in,

 

you freed and rescued me

 

because you love me.

 

20You are good to me, LORD,

 

because I do right,

 

and you reward me

 

because I am innocent.

 

21I do what you want

 

and never turn to do evil.

 

22I keep your laws in mind

 

and never look away

 

from your teachings.

 

23I obey you completely

 

and guard against sin.

 

24You have been good to me

 

because I do right;

 

you have rewarded me

 

for being innocent

 

by your standards.

 

25You are always loyal

 

to your loyal people,

 

and you are faithful

 

to the faithful.

 

26With all who are sincere,

 

you are sincere,

 

but you treat the unfaithful

 

as their deeds deserve.

 

27You rescue the humble,

 

but you put down all

 

who are proud.

 

28You, the LORD God,

 

keep my lamp burning

 

and turn darkness to light.

 

29You help me defeat armies

 

and capture cities.

 

30Your way is perfect, LORD,

 

and your word is correct.

 

You are a shield for those

 

who run to you for help.

 

31You alone are God!

 

Only you are a mighty rock. [c] 32You give me strength

 

and guide me right.

 

33You make my feet run as fast

 

as those of a deer,

 

and you help me stand

 

on the mountains.

 

34You teach my hands to fight

 

and my arms to use

 

a bow of bronze.

 

35You alone are my shield.

 

Your right hand supports me,

 

and by coming to help me,

 

you have made me famous.

 

36You clear the way for me,

 

and now I won’t stumble.

 

37I kept chasing my enemies,

 

until I caught them

 

and destroyed them.

 

38I stuck my sword

 

through my enemies,

 

and they were crushed

 

under my feet.

 

39You helped me win victories,

 

and you forced my attackers

 

to fall victim to me.

 

40You made my enemies run,

 

and I killed them.

 

41They cried out for help,

 

but no one saved them;

 

they called out to you,

 

but there was no answer.

 

42I ground them to dust

 

blown by the wind,

 

and I poured them out

 

like mud in the streets.

 

43You rescued me

 

from stubborn people,

 

and you made me the leader

 

of foreign nations,

 

who are now my slaves.

 

44They obey and come crawling.

 

45They have lost all courage,

 

and from their fortresses,

 

they come trembling.

 

46You are the living LORD!

 

I will praise you.

 

You are a mighty rock. [d] I will honor you

 

for keeping me safe.

 

47You took revenge for me,

 

and you put nations

 

in my power.

 

48You protected me

 

from violent enemies

 

and made me much greater

 

than all of them.

 

49I will praise you, LORD,

 

and I will honor you

 

among the nations.

 

50You give glorious victories

 

to your chosen king.

 

Your faithful love for David

 

and for his descendants

 

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How often do we tell God we love him?
The final verse of this Psalm is relevant to both David and Jesus
We are spiritual descendents of David
God’s love is unfailing. God’s Word, the Bible, shows His love is unfailing

Psalm 18:2 Lead me to draw a picture some years ago I have it in a position in my house where I can see it daily

Verses 3 and 6
In this Psalm there are a few great verses about prayer in which we can to in time of worry and suffering

In Verses 7-15 the Psalm goes on to tell us of the lengths God goes to, to set us free from our enemies if that is what he wishes to do.

Psalm 18:37-50
These verses are biblical supports for the “Just War” doctrine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_war. This is a teaching that we have to look at carefully, especially when America is engaged in the ’War On Terrorism’ no matter how we may feel about the war in Iraq. There may be some Christians that disagree with the fact that there are biblical supports for this doctrine however how can we explain the fact that God commanded the Israelites to go to into war against the Canaanites. Or David’s numerous wars with the Philistines?

Psalm 17

Posted On May 6, 2007

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Psalm 17:1-15

 

(A prayer by David.)
The Prayer of an Innocent Person
1I am innocent, LORD!

 

Won’t you listen as I pray

 

and beg for help?

 

I am honest!

 

Please hear my prayer.

 

2Only you can say

 

that I am innocent,

 

because only your eyes

 

can see the truth.

 

3You know my heart,

 

and even during the night

 

you have tested me

 

and found me innocent.

 

I have made up my mind

 

never to tell a lie.

 

4I don’t do like others.

 

I obey your teachings

 

and am not cruel.

 

5I have followed you,

 

without ever stumbling.

 

6I pray to you, God,

 

because you will help me.

 

Listen and answer my prayer!

 

7Show your wonderful love.

 

Your mighty arm protects those

 

who run to you

 

for safety

 

from their enemies.

 

8Protect me as you would

 

your very own eyes;

 

hide me in the shadow

 

of your wings.

 

9Don’t let my brutal enemies

 

attack from all sides

 

and kill me.

 

10They refuse to show mercy,

 

and they keep bragging.

 

11They have caught up with me!

 

My enemies are everywhere,

 

eagerly hoping to smear me

 

in the dirt.

 

12They are like hungry lions

 

hunting for food,

 

or like young lions

 

hiding in ambush.

 

13Do something, LORD!

 

Attack and defeat them.

 

Take your sword and save me

 

from those evil people.

 

14Use your powerful arm

 

and rescue me

 

from the hands of mere humans

 

whose world won’t last. [a] You provide food

 

for those you love.

 

Their children have plenty,

 

and their grandchildren

 

will have more than enough.

 

15I am innocent, LORD,

 

and I will see your face!

 

When I awake, all I want

 

is to see you as you are.

In this Psalm David pleas to God as Judge when he is being attacked by enemies.

Verse 2

God sees all He knows everything. He sees those who follow Him and those whom are lost. Verse 3 and 4 those that try to do right

We are reminded of God’s great strength He delivers us from weaknesses, helplessness and our imperfectness. When we turn to Him He will renew our trust in Him when He brings us out of that place.

Verse 7

is a great prayer and comfort! Seek protection from God when ever you feel like you are being attacked and your prayer with be answered and you shall be comforted. He always shows his unfailing love to us. In so many wonderful ways.

Verse 8
We are protected as much as God’s own eyes. Recently I had very dry skin on my eyelid I was worried as you only get one set of eyes. I was worried about infections. In this Psalm it says we are protected!! And it also says we are hidden in the shadow of His wings. This reminds me of a large eagle wrapping us within his wings, hiding us from the enemy. Amazing!!! We are loved so much!!! He treasures us!

David knows that if he follows God’s word it will keep him on the right paths and away from the paths of Satan, which lead to destruction.

By faithful prayer each day we will receive fresh provisions of grace and strength from our Lord

Psalm 16

Posted On April 29, 2007

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Psalm 16

 

The Best Choice
1Protect me, LORD God!

 

I run to you for safety,

 

2and I have said,

 

“Only you are my Lord!

 

Every good thing I have

 

is a gift from you.”

 

3Your people are wonderful,

 

and they make me happy, [a] 4but worshipers of other gods

 

will have much sorrow. [b] I refuse to offer sacrifices

 

of blood to those gods

 

or worship in their name.

 

5You, LORD, are all I want!

 

You are my choice,

 

and you keep me safe.

 

6You make my life pleasant,

 

and my future is bright.

 

7I praise you, LORD,

 

for being my guide.

 

Even in the darkest night,

 

your teachings fill my mind.

 

8I will always look to you,

 

as you stand beside me

 

and protect me from fear.

 

9With all my heart,

 

I will celebrate,

 

and I can safely rest.

 

10I am your chosen one.

 

You won’t leave me in the grave

 

or let my body decay.

 

11You have shown me

 

the path to life,

 

and you make me glad

 

by being near to me.

 

Sitting at your right side, [c] I will always be joyful.

If we run to God he protects us.
There is only one God and He provides every good thing in my life
Your God are my brothers and sisters. Fellowship with them is beneficial and allows me to grow.
Some people are lost and they worship their own Gods. But this only brings them misery. Like Daniel I refuse to worship their Gods. I wont bow down to their Gods. .
You, LORD, are all I want and need!
I choose You. You keep me safe.
My life is good because of You. I have hope for tomorrow.
I love to praise you, LORD, and sing songs to you.
You lead me through life, directing me.
Even when I am down and sad Your Word brings me back to You.
You remind me to lean on you
You remind me that You are always right there
You remind me that I don’t have to be afraid.
I can lean on You and rest easy knowing You will help me through anything
What a blessing it is to be one of Your chosen ones.
One day You will bring me to live with You in Heaven.
You lead me along the right paths that lead to You
I am glad I am on that road
I am glad that You are right there
One day when I go to live with you I will be truly joyful.

Psalm 15

Posted On April 22, 2007

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Psalm 15 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

(A psalm by David.)

Who May Worship the LORD?
1Who may stay in God’s temple

 

or live on the holy mountain

 

of the LORD?

 

2Only those who obey God

 

and do as they should.

 

They speak the truth

 

3and don’t spread gossip;

 

they treat others fairly

 

and don’t say cruel things.

 

4They hate worthless people,

 

but show respect for all

 

who worship the LORD.

 

And they keep their promises,

 

no matter what the cost.

 

5They lend their money

 

without charging interest,

 

and they don’t take bribes

 

to hurt the innocent.

 

Those who do these things

 

will always stand firm.

 

 

 

Psalm 15 was composed for those whom wished to have admission to God in his Temple in Jerusalem. However, these days we all can have access to God through Jesus anywhere – in church, in our homes, anywhere.

However, if we try to live a blameless life we will be able to worship God better. No one can be perfect – only Jesus was perfect. We have to confess our sins and ask for forgiveness. We can do this by being obedient towards God, being truthful, not spreading gossip (which has a nasty way of hurting other people). Being fair, kind and respectful to other Christians. Being trustworthy, honest and if we are like that we will be blessed. These acts of worship demonstrate our fellowship with God and our progress in becoming more like Jesus.

Psalm 14

Posted On April 16, 2007

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Psalm 14

(New International Version)

 

1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.

 

2 The LORD looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.

 

3 All have turned aside,
they have together become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

 

4 Will evildoers never learn—
those who devour my people as men eat bread
and who do not call on the LORD ?

 

5 There they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.

 

6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.

 

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

 

 

2 takes on this Psalm from 2 different versions of the Bible

1st take comes from The One Year Bible Blog

At first glance this Psalm may seem discouraging as we study verse 3
However, this verse does have truth in it. When we compare ourselves with others it is true no one is perfect. The only man that was ever or will ever be perfect is Jesus who wasn’t around when this Psalm was written.
We are only able to become perfect in heaven because of what Jesus did here on earth.
It is Jesus whom provides us with the hope that is spoken about in Psalm 7
We can shout for joy and rejoice about the salvation that Jesus allows us to have.

Psalm 14
(The Message)

1 Bilious and bloated, they gas, “God is gone.”
Their words are poison gas,
fouling the air; they poison
Rivers and skies;
thistles are their cash crop.
2 God sticks his head out of heaven.
He looks around.
He’s looking for someone not stupid—
one man, even, God-expectant,
just one God-ready woman.
3 He comes up empty. A string
of zeros. Useless, unshepherded
Sheep, taking turns pretending
to be Shepherd.
The ninety and nine
follow their fellow.
4 Don’t they know anything,
all these impostors?
Don’t they know
they can’t get away with this—
Treating people like a fast-food meal
over which they’re too busy to pray?
5-6 Night is coming for them, and nightmares,
for God takes the side of victims.
Do you think you can mess
with the dreams of the poor?
You can’t, for God
makes their dreams come true.
7 Is there anyone around to save Israel?
Yes. God is around; God turns life around.
Turned-around Jacob skips rope,
turned-around Israel sings laughter.

 

 

 

When I read this Pslam in The Message I am reminded of the lands that God destroyed. There weren’t any worthy people living in those lands, not one, which would have allowed Him to save those places. God destroyed the whole world once because of this, only saving one worthy family, that of Noah‘s.

It also reminds me of the warning that is in the Bible that warns us about trusting people who look like they know what they are preaching about but in fact are imposters.

Lastly, we are reminded that if we live right, if we believe and follow God. Our lives will be changed. I know mine has since I become a Christian. Before I was depressed, lonely and without hope. Now I am surrounded by like mind people who love me, I have a joy in my life even when I am down and I have hope that one day I will be with Him in heaven and that I will be reunited with loved ones who have gone before me.
Last thought
I believe that people who don’t believe in God are lost. They need praying for. Wise people search for God.

Psalm 13

Posted On April 2, 2007

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1 How long, O LORD ? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?

 

2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

 

3 Look on me and answer, O LORD my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death;

 

4 my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

 

5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.

 

6 I will sing to the LORD,
for he has been good to me.

This is a prayer to God asking for recovery from a serious sickness (verse 3) from David. Four times David asks “How long . . .”? He feels forgotten about.
Then, despite how sick and forgotten about David feels he is announces in verse 5 “But I trust in your unfailing love”
Is this always true of us? What a familiar temptation it is when trouble lasts along time, to start to imagine that it will always be like this now. People who have been sad for a long time or have been going difficulties a long time start to begin to lose hope. When we are going though difficulties and trials we commonly forget to put our trust in God. We forget that God can bring us through it.

We need to be like David. Are we and can we be like him and rise above all of our distressing fears, and throw ourselves, without reserve, on the compassion and care of our Divine Redeemer.
NB:- Although David lived before Jesus was born the old testament does teach about life after death. See Psalm 9:17; 16:10; Isaiah 5:14; 38:10.

In the midst of our trials and difficulties we need to be like David and verse 6 I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. If we do turn to God it can bring us to the pinnacle of spiritual confidence and joy.

Last year was a hard year for me. I confess that at the beginning of it all I forgot that God is right there beside us, always. Carrying us when we are too weak to go on ourselves. However, finally I turned to God. I was reminded (by Him) to sing to Him. I began to see the the power of my faith in Him. I began to see how good it was to draw near to Him. I began to remember that God is there and had been all along. I began to see that I was able to cry, pray and lay all my cares and hurt at His feet.

This year I began to heal. I began to see how I could leave my cares and hurts at His feet. I began to see how God is my supporter. As this year continues on and as I read more I can feel the change in me. God is my redeemer and he loves and cares for me. He unlike others will never leave me or forsake nor reject me. Praise His holy name ea14.gif

Psalm 12

Posted On March 26, 2007

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Psalm 12 (Contemporary English Version)
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

 

A Prayer for Help

1Please help me, LORD!

 

All who were faithful

 

and all who were loyal

 

have disappeared.

 

2Everyone tells lies,

 

and no one is sincere.

 

3Won’t you chop off

 

all flattering tongues

 

that brag so loudly?

 

4They say to themselves,

 

“We are great speakers.

 

No one else has a chance.”

 

5But you, LORD, tell them,

 

“I will do something!

 

The poor are mistreated

 

and helpless people moan.

 

I’ll rescue all who suffer.”

 

6Our LORD, you are true

 

to your promises,

 

and your word is like silver

 

heated seven times

 

in a fiery furnace.

7You will protect us

 

and always keep us safe

 

from those people.

 

8But all who are wicked

 

will keep on strutting,

 

while everyone praises

 

their shameless deeds.

 

 

Psalm 12:1 And He does!!! Faithfully, always!!

Psalm 12:2 Are we always sincere when we chat with other people?
Jesus was a truly genuine, honest, truthful, warm, friendly, genuine and approachable type of man. He always put others before himself.

Psalm 12:5 God sees how the helpless and poor are treated and He promises to help them.
In a testimony I heard recently He allowed the path of a homeless person to be crossed with a samatian type lady who brought the helpless, depressed lady into her home, feed her, clothed her and worked in her life until she was back on her feet.

Psalm 12:6 What God says He means. His words are faultless. His words are a exact mirror image of whom He is…He is His word.
I read that “when silver is being refined, the layers have to be taken off (such as with us, we must be refined through firey trials). After the final layer is removed, the refiner looks upon the silver and its like a mirror, he can see his own face. So the refiner sees himself in the silver’s reflection…so like us as God refines us, when we are refined God will look upon us and see Himself.” (Jenny on http://www.oneyearbibleblog.com/2007/01/january_14th_on.htm)

Psalm 12:7 He protects us and keeps us safe. We can run to Him knowing we will be protected.

Psalm 12:8 This is the way today’s society is. Everything is topsy-turvy the wicked are respected and the immoral acts are called good while the good is called bad.

Psalm 11

Posted On March 19, 2007

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King David trusts God for protection. He is telling those around him that he trusts God. That even though they are scared they don’t have to be. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
The devil uses fear to cause the tempation of fear and distrust of God.

Do we always trust God or are there times when we put our trust for protection in others or ourselves. Are there times when we feel like we want to run away? Do we want to flee to the mountains to take refuge? Are there times when the fear others have mislead us.

We need to put our trust in God. We shouldn’t need to fear. God will protect us. Proverbs 2:8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

God protects those who love Him. He is the mighty judge and He will deal with our enemies.

It reminds me that in the end of times there will be no mountain or place to flee except in the shadow of God’s wings.

Psalm 10

Posted On March 12, 2007

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Punishment is the job of the Lord’s. It is not for us to do. Psalm 10 is a prayer that God rescues the Psalmist from assaults from the arrogant and the evil people that are getting at him.

Verse 1 says “O LORD, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide when I need you the most?” There have been times when I have felt like this however later on I am reminded of the poem “Footsteps in the Sand”

When it feels God is far away from us He is in fact closest to us. He may indeed be carrying us though a trial.

In todays world (as it was then too) there is a common viewpoint that God is dead. Verse 4 says: “These wicked people are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead.” 100 years ago a philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche spoke these words – “God is dead.” That is very sad.

We need to share passionately with the hurting and dying world that God is not dead. That God lives!!

Verse 5 “Yet they succeed in everything they do. They do not see your punishment awaiting them. They sneer at all their enemies”.

While some people seem to succeed in everything they do. They sometimes become greedy, money-driven and materialistic. To them what matters most is that they “keep up with the Jones.” It is sad when these same people laugh and tease those less fortunate. Materialistic people usually don’t give God much thought. They feel self-sufficient. They feel protected in the wealth that they have build up and feel that that they are safe from financial disaster however “times of trouble” (verse 1) could refer to this downfall.

I don’t think God is interested in what you do or do not have. I think what interests God is the state of your heart.

verses 17 & 18 Reminds us that we need to be like God and pray, help, care, comfort and advocate for the helpless, the orphans and the oppressed.

Psalm 9

Posted On March 5, 2007

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these verses stood out for me:-

Psalm 1 and 2

No matter what happens to us we can praise Him, with all our hearts

For He is good

We can be glad even in hard times we can sing when times are bad because that’s when

He is strongest

It is part of our calling to tell others about Him

Psalm 9:10

By turning to God when I am depressed I find peace and rest

God answers pray

He comforts us when we are sad

He protects us during attacks from the devil or the world

Psalm 16

We don’t have to, nor ought we, judge others

Thats up to the Lord

He judges fairly

When others lie to us eventually they will fall into own lives

Psalm 9:18

This verse reminds us to remember the poor. Very soon my older son is going to be doing the 40 hour famine with the youth group. I read this blog regularly and pray for these children.

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