Thoughts On Psalms: Asking for God’s Judgment

Psalm 7:6-9

Arise, O Lord, in your anger; rise up against the rage of my enemies. Awake, my God; decree justice.

Let the assembled peoples gather around you. Rule over them from on high; let the Lord judge the peoples.

Judge me, O Lord according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High, O righteous God, who searches minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure.

David is being falsely accused and here he is calling out to God to convene Court. David is asking the Lord to sit in judgment over a trial in which there are many people gathered to watch the proceedings. “Judge us all,” says David. “From Your throne, Lord. ‘Judge the peoples.’”

Then David lays his case before the Judge. David isn’t declaring himself to be righteous in all things. “Judge me according to my righteousness.” David’s point is that he is innocent of the charges laid out by his accusers. David knows God reads the hearts and minds of all men.

David’s plea, “End the hatred directed at me. Protect the innocent.”

Many of us, if not all of us, have been unfairly accused of horrible things for which we are not guilty. However if we are honest we have probably committed other sins that are equally heinous. Perhaps we will be exonerated from the current charge. We still have to face the consequences for the charges not leveled on us.

We have a benefit of life after our conversion from worldly humans being to Christ-like humans doing. David did not get to enjoy a life after the advent of his Messiah. Yet he knew to seek God’s judgment. He was wise to ask God to condemn and to punish. It would have fool hearty to mete condemnation and punishment to his enemies by his power.

We believe Jesus. Because we have heard and responded affirmatively to the Gospel of Christ we are already made righteous in God’s sight. Our sins have been erased to be remembered by God no longer. We have the Holy Spirit inspired words of the Apostle who said:

We do not know what we ought to pray, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

Forgive those who have caused you harm, today. Be a blessing and pray for them. Call out to God and ask for Holy Justice.

Be blessed.

Thoughts On Psalms: Refuge In The Lord

Psalm 7:1,2

O Lord my God, I take refuge in You; save and deliver me from all who pursue me, or they will tear me like a lion and rip me to pieces with no one to rescue me.

This particular Psalm is to be a loud and wandering song. It is directed to God concerning Cush. Cush is a Lieutenant in David’s army. Cush is also seeking to unseat David. It appears Cush is unnerving David. David has many other enemies attacking him aside from Cush. He wants rest from the persecution and their pursuit of him.

David has great confidence in the Lord. He knows the only place of refuge is in God’s care.

We all have a Cush-like nemesis; someone we know bent on taking us down. If not a person our Cush-like pursuer is a hidden, secret sin. The world and the ways of the flesh are always attacking. The enemy knows our various and many weaknesses. It is through those that he seeks to destroy.

David appeals to God. He declares safety and security in God’s embrace. David’s confidence in God’s protection is strong. There is no other that can save David.

There is no other that can save us! Seek God today and ask Him to protect you from “Cush.” Seek God’s wing and move under it and know you are protected from any attacker. Pray God will rescue you.

If your nemesis is another person pray to our Father. Ask Him to bless that person. Forgive, love and pray. If your attacker is sin pray to our Father. Confess, repent and pray.

Be a blessing today and be blessed.

Psalm 7:3-5

O Lord my God, if I have done this and there is guilt on my hands – if I have done evil to him who is at peace with me or without cause have robbed my foe – then let my enemy pursue and overtake me; let him trample my life to the ground and make me sleep in the dust.

Cush, a Lieutenant in Saul’s Army, seems to have made a list of strong allegations against David. Saul was predisposed to distrust David and Saul was easily convinced David was making attempts at usurping the throne. David was accused of crimes including attempts on Saul’s life. He was alleged to have attacked Saul’s supply lines and depots. But, it wasn’t true.

David appeals to God that he is falsely accused. The charges made against him are wrongly assigned to him. David insists, “I didn’t do it!” In fact, David throws himself on the mercy of God. “Father, if I have done these things I am accused of then let him catch me. Let him destroy me.”

There are days in our lives when we are falsely accused. Someone we love accuses us of an unspeakable thing. How do we handle the accusation? Do we stop and take it to God and ask Him for the way out? Or, do we confront our accuser?

This is a good day to go to God and ask, “Father, what is my role in this discord with my friend? Help me see my part, Lord. Lead me; lead us to reconciliation.”

What if we inadvertently cause harm to another. Perhaps we said something we should not have said. Maybe we are guilty, but not consciously aware of our sin. Today is a good day to ask the Lord to help us see where we have harmed others unintentionally. It is a good day to make amends.

Be a blessing today. Be blessed.

Thoughts On Psalms: Persevering Prayer

Psalm 6:4,5
Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
No one remembers you when he is dead. Who praises you from the grave?

We need first to understand God is unequivocally sovereign in all things. In these verses the Psalmist may be feeling as if God is indifferent to his pleas. The sickness that has overtaken him has challenged his confidence in the Lord. He is not receiving the healing that he expects from our Lord.

The Psalmist continues to recognize, however, that his deliverance from sickness and death can only come from God.

Then he takes a unique approach to God; “What good am to you if I am dead, O Lord. No one will remember you. After all what kinds of praise can I give from death; from within the grave.” The Psalmist’s argument with God is this; “If I am absent from my body, then my soul cannot praise You!”

As reverent as the Psalmist could be he did not have the full advantage of the revelation of Christ Jesus. Paul wrote, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to be depart and be with Christ, which is better by far…” (Philippians 1:22,23). And there is this; to be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

We know from Whom our spiritual inner strength comes. Let’s endeavor to call on Him. Some of us are ill. We are all dying. Some of us are suffering great pain in our sickness. Some are not. In all of our fleshly trials call on Him to carry you through.

See His glory. Be a blessing today. Pray for your friends. Ask God to carry them through.

Thoughts On Psalms: A Reason To Be Thankful

Psalm 2:7-12
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.

Ask of me and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Let’s be thankful. The words of this Psalm are spoken about Jesus. These verses come regarding our Savior. These verses declare the intent of our Father to make Him, the Christ. He will be ruler over “the ends of the earth.” Jesus is the Son of God from all eternity past and forever more. Jesus has universal dominion over our lives.

Let’s be thankful. We have nothing to fear in this world and everything to hope for in eternity. Jesus will rule with a righteous purpose. His authority will be an “iron scepter.” Those who trample on others and those who think themselves higher than God will be judged, justly convicted and sentenced.

Let’s be thankful this is not our fate.

Let’s be thankful. We have the blessing of His Holy Word. His Word is clear; “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your body and all your soul.”

Let’s be thankful. Because we believe and follow The Way we will not taste His wrath.

Be blessed today. Bless God with thankfulness.

Thoughts On Psalms: He Sees All…

Psalm 2:4-6
He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My king on My holy hill of Zion.”

We need to gain perspective on who we are. Better yet we would be wise to gain perspective on Who God is!

Jesus sits on the Throne at the right hand of the Father. He looks down upon us and watches everything we do. Never are His eyes off us. He sees it all, even those “secret” things.

He is especially moved at our insolence. We stand with clenched fists thinking we have some kind of control. We march against the issue of the day. We band together to change the world. All without God; without Him at the helm. And, He mocks us.

Let’s stop thinking we have a measure of control. Let’s start acting as Jesus is our Lord. We know He has saved us. We should also know He rules us. Let’s behave accordingly.

One day the Lord will speak from His throne against all His enemies. When He does it will be with such power and force that our puny voices and petty problems will no longer matter. When He decides to speak and to close the book His decision will be final.

There is good news in this. There is still time to reach out to folks you know and tell them about the grace that saved you. There is still time to speak to a friend about angry words spoken in haste. There is still time to revere the Lord.

Be a blessing today.

Thoughts On Psalms: Vanity

Psalm 2:1-3
Why to the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.”

Nations grow further and further apart from the ways of God. The people making up nations lean to their own understanding. The chasm between God and lawlessness grows wider with each passing day.

Governments make decisions that are frankly anti-God! In our own country we codify rights to destroy life and even worse our leaders pass legislation to attempt to stifle our faith, if that is possible. Too few of us shout down the injustice of it.

Rulers of nations enter into alliances every day. Treaties and agreements are arranged in secret away from public scrutiny. They are not secrets kept from God. Nations, Gentile and Jew, plot to separate themselves from “the Lord and His Anointed.”

Today is a good day to pray to our Father that He will change the minds of those He has chosen to lead us. Today is a good day to pray to our Father that He will bestow on them “heavenly wisdom.”

Be a blessing to our Father today.

Thoughts On Psalms: Fruitless

Psalm 1:4-6
The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in th the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The ungodly are not planted by the waters. They do not have the benefit of Living Water. They will dry up and be like a fine dust easily scattered by the wind. They are not strong. They do not bear fruit. They are not spiritually prosperous. The ungodly person is not reliable.

We will all be judged. The ungodly will not have a Defender. They will be unable to “stand.” They will not have an argument to bolster their case. They won’t have the proverbial leg to stand on.

Jesus knows the righteous things the Godly do and He approves them. It is a critical point to make here; a person is not determined innocent or guilty by the way he lives his life. His judgment is based on whether he believes the Gospel of Christ or not. The ungodly one refuses to acknowledge God. The ungodly man is unable to believe.

We know someone who is ungodly. Speak to them today about spiritual things. It is Christ’s command “to go and make disciples.”

Be blessed today.

Thoughts On Psalms: A Blessed Man

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Psalm 1:3
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its
season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.

The blessed man; the believer who buries himself in God’s Word and meditates on it will be a strong and fruitful man. A tree being fed by Living Water. A tree able to stand against the
most devastating storm the world can deliver.

The blessed man will have a never ending flow of water; Living Water. He will always be refreshed by the Word.

The blessed man will show the fruits of the many graces of the Holy Spirit; peace, joy,
happiness, patience and self-control among them! The blessed man’s words and deeds will
be a reflection of the Light alive within him.

The blessed man will always know the right thing to do in any situation. He will have the right
words to express at all times. He will do these confidently. The “…leaf will not wither….” “He will
be evergreen” (Dr. D.L. Moody).

The blessed man will prosper in everything he does. This is a man who knows where his treasures are. This is a man who understands he can do nothing by his own sufficiency. This is a man calling on the Holy Spirit to come along side.

The blessed man knows Who his Lord is.

Be blessed today.

Thoughts On Psalms: Toward Christ

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Psalm 1:1,2
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.

The truly blessed believer is the one who successfully avoids the “counsel of the ungodly.”

We lose our way in the Lord when we listen to the call of the world and ignore the call of God. We cannot avoid the world after all we live in it, but we can certainly avoid any complicity in it.  Let others conspire for worldly gain. Let us be satisfied by drinking at the Fountain of the Lord.

By our behavior others will see the Light that is in us. We are to teach the truth in loving
kindness, but we should not associate ourselves with the ways of the world in order to
convince a man to believe the Gospel. Do not “stand in the path of sinner.”

Neither should we “sit in the seat of the scornful.” It is our call to evangelize. “Go and make disciples of all the nations,” Jesus said. Go where the sinner is, but don’t get comfortable there.

There is only one true state of happiness. I can only relate to you, my beloved, from my
experience and from what I learn in His Word.

Happiness, the kind of happiness that matters; that is persistent; that stands in the
storms of trial; that never leaves me is the happiness that comes from knowing God.

I was taught by a dear Pastor that once I began to really read God’s Word and meditate on
what the Holy Spirit revealed to me I would never again be satisfied. He said, “You’ll think
there are not enough hours in the day to read and to do all you want to do in His name.”

My Pastor friend also said, “God doesn’t know time as we think of it. God will make time for you.”

Day and night; in your waking hours and during your dreams while sleeping meditate on
God’s Word.

Be blessed today.  Bless others today.