Psalm 10

Psalm 10

Author: Many ancient manuscripts combine Psalms 9 and 10, and Psalm 9 was written by David. Therefore, though not certain, David is the author.

Verse 1 – Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide yourself in times of trouble?

Verse 2 – The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised.

I don’t believe David was truly complaining in these first verses. David was like we are sometimes when we think God is not acting fast enough on our behalf. But if we wait, we will see that God acts with warnings and then mercy.

Verse 3 – For the wicked boast of his heart’s desire; he blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord.

Verse 4 – The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.

Verse 5 – His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them.

Verse 6 – He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.”

Why do we get upset when we see people succeeding and gaining wealth from those who have no thought toward God? Are we jealous or envious or are we angry over the damage they cause to the poor? We must never think that judgment is not going to fall on those whose lives are not for the Living God. They didn’t get by with anything because God sees it all. Wealth is only temporary. Wealth is not necessarily a sign of God’s approval on a person’s life.

Verse 7 – His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is trouble and iniquity.

Verse 8 – He sits in lurking places of the villages; in secret places he murders the innocent; his eyes secretly fixed on the helpless.

Verse 9 – He lies in wait secretly, as a lion in his den; he lies in wait to catch the poor; he catches the poor when he draws him into his net.

My question is : Why would the wealthy go after the poor? Is it to keep them Poor? If greed is the factor, then why not go after the wealthy? Maybe because the wealthy have protection and power (false security) and it’s much easier to go after the defenseless.

Verse 10 – So he crouches, he lies low, that the helpless may fall by his strength.

Verse 11 – He has said in his heart, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see it.”

There is a huge space between blind arrogance and the presence of God in someone’s life. The proud says, “I did this or that all by myself and no one is going to take it away.” However, when God’s presence is welcomed in our lives, the Holy Spirit will help us keep a check on our attitudes.

Verse 12 – Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble.

Verse 13 – Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, You will not require an account.”

Verse 14 – But You have seen it, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.

Every evil deed done in this life will be held accountable to the Most High, one day. The wicked don’t know God or His Word so they don’t realize that they will have to answer for their evil deeds. On the other hand, we all were considered wicked before coming to Christ. After doing so, our evil deeds were covered in the “Blood of the Lamb.” With Christ , sins are washed away; without Christ every person has to give an account for their deeds. There will be a due that they cannot pay.

Verse 15 – Break the arm of the wicked and evil man; seek out his wickedness until You find none.

Verse 16 – The Lord is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of his land.

Verse 17 – Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause their ear to hear,

Verse 18 – To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more.

Isn’t it amazing that David the King of Israel, who lived in a palace and had all the wealth he would ever need, prayed a prayer to God to stop the oppression of the poor. He didn’t ask one thing for himself. He knew that he could not wipe out the oppression by the wicked, on his own. David also knew that God is a God of justice, so he let God be God. No wonder God said that David was after His heart–the apple of His eye! 1 Samuel 13:14

 

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Psalm 9

Psalm 9

Author: David

Praise is expressing to God our appreciation and understanding of His worth. It is saying thank you. Our inward attitude will become our outward expression

Verse 1 – I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.

Praise is our way of saying to God, “We know You are worthy to be praised!” We thank Him for His divine nature. Don’t be silent when God has been good to you. When you tell others of His goodness, it expresses praise and honor to Him.

Verse 2 – I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.

Verse 3 – When my enemies turn back, they shall fall and perish at Your presence.

Verse 4 – For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.

God upholds our just cause. We can rest assured He will check our motives though. If we don’t trust Him to vindicate us, we just might drown in self-pity. However, when we trust Him, He will replace worry with peace.

Verse 5 – You have rebuked the nations, and have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever.

Remember, the Old Testament was written in Hebrew, no future tense. It doesn’t say, “You will…” It says “You have.” It is already done! Call those things that do not exist as though they do. Romans 4:17, “…who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”

Verse 6 – O enemy, destruction’s are finished forever! And You have destroyed cities; even their memory has perished.

Verse 7 – But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment.

Verse 8 – He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the people in uprightness.

Verse 9 – The Lord also will be (is) a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Verse 10 – And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

A refuse is a place or person that we run to when we are in danger or trouble. Why not run to the One who said He will not forsake us? He is our provider of all things. Those who know His Name, will put their trust in Him!

Verse 11 – Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion! Declare His deeds among the people.

Zion is another name for Mount Moriah, the hill on which Solomon built the temple. This became the vocal point of Israel’s worship. From the central place of worship, the Jews were to tell the world about the “One True God!”

Verse 12 – When He avenges blood, He remembers them; He does not forget the cry of the humble.

This is our God avenging those who are murdered (Genesis 9:5, “Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning…”; and Ezekiel 33:6).

Verse 13 – Have mercy on me, O Lord, consider my trouble from those who hate me, You who lift me up from the gates of death,

Verse 14 – That I may tell of all Your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in Your salvation.

David wanted to show that God’s deliverance would be used to tell others of God’s goodness. All of us want God’s help when we are in trouble. Some for success; some so that they can feel good about themselves; some, though, because they can’t figure out how to get out of whatever, by themselves. There’s another reason for wanting deliverance. David wanted justice for Israel and show the people God’s power! Is your cry for deliverance to bring glory and honor to God?

Verse 15 – The nations have sunk down in the pit which they made; in the net which they hid, their own foot is caught.

Verse 16 – The Lord is known by the judgment He executes; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.

When someone devises a plan to cause harm to someone else, they just might be the one who falls into the trap.

Verse 17 – The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Verse 18 – For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

These verses are very clear. God hears the cry’s of those being oppressed by vicious dictators. Those nations will be turned into hell. The nations who continue to starve and oppress their people will have a judgment placed on them by the All Mighty! God reassures His own, that He never forgets their needs. The US better wake up! When God is kicked out and forgotten, disaster follows.

Verse 19 – Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight.

Verse 20 – Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

This verse reminds nations and individuals within, nothing can be accomplished for good, that is worthwhile and lasting without our Creator!

Psalm 8

Psalm 8

Author: David

God’s Glory and Man’s Dominion

Verse 1 – O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, You who set Your glory above the heavens!

Verse 2 – Out of the mouth of babes and infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and avenger.

Children are able to trust and praise God without any reservations. As we adults grow older, we find it more and more difficult to trust because of life’s experiences. According to Jesus , children with their child-like faith, are the best representatives of God’s kingdom (Matthew 18:4).

Verse 3 – When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained,

Verse 4 – What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?

The vastness of all creation is contrast with the smallness and insignificance of man. I know we wonder, sometimes, how such a huge and great God, could be concerned with “Little Ole Me.” And yet God created us a little lower than the angels. We have great value to Him because we are His creation! Because God has already declared how much we mean to Him, don’t ever consider yourself worthless.

Verse 5 – For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.

Verse 6 – You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,

With great authority comes great responsibility. God gave man tremendous authority over the whole earth. We have to make sure we are good stewards in regard to what He has given us!

Verse 7 – All sheep and oxen–even the beast of the field,

Verse 8 – The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.

Verse 9 – O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!

Do you have animals? Then God holds you accountable for their well-being. God has put a huge responsibility on human beings to take care of what He cares about.

 

Psalm 7

Psalm 7

Author: David

David wrote this Psalm when he had been falsely accused of wanting to kill Saul and take the throne (1 Samuel 24:9)

Verse 1 – O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me,

Verse 2 – Lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

Verse 3 – O Lord, my God, if I have done this: If there is iniquity in my hands,

Verse 4 – If I have repaid evil to him who was at peace with me, or have plundered my enemy without cause,

Verse 5 – Let the enemy pursue me and overtake me; yes let him trample my life to the earth, and lay my honor in the dust. Selah

Verse 6 – Arise, O Lord, in Your anger; lift Yourself up because of the rage of my enemies, and awake for me to the judgment You have commanded!

Verse 7 – So the congregation of the peoples shall surround You; for their sake’s, therefore, return on high.

Verse 8 – The Lord shall judge the peoples; judges me O Lord according to my righteousness, and according to my integrity within me.

There will be times in all our lives when others will falsely accuse us or abuse us. Our first reaction to these abuses might be revenge. However, David chose to take the matter to the Lord. We have in Hebrews 10:30, where it is written: For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” God is a God of restoration, so why not ask Him to restore that which was lost-including reputation.

Verse 9 – Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds.

We can’t even hide our motive from God. He sees right into our very souls. So there is no need to boast or try to convince Him that we don’t know the consequences of our choices. Neither do we have to convince Him when an injustice has been done to us.

Verse 10 – My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart.

Verse 11 – God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

Verse 12 – If he does not turn back He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready.

Verse 13 – He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts.

Verse 14 – Behold, the wicked travails with iniquity, conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.

Verse 15 – He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made.

Verse 16 – His trouble shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.

When allowed to run its course, evil destroys itself. Violent people become victims of violence, and liars become victims of others deceit. However, in the process, the innocent are hurt. Sometimes God stops the violence from hurting others, sometimes for reasons only known to Him, He doesn’t. But we must always remember, it is God who will give the final judgment.

Verse 17 – I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

During times of great evil and injustice, we can rest assure that God will bring justice and fairness when we involve Him in our matters. I know everyone at some time or another have asked God, “Why do bad things happen to your people?” We all were created with a free-will. The choice to live up-right or not, is ours. But one day a final judgment is coming by the One who created it all and no one will escape. Eternal life to those who have placed their trust in Christ and eternity in total darkness where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched for the wicked (Mark 9:44).

Psalm 6

Psalm 6

Author: David

Prayer For Mercy

Verse 1 – O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.

Verse 2 – Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.

Verse 3 – My soul is greatly troubled; but You, O Lord-how long?

The combination of rebuke, discipline, anger, and wrath indicates that there was some sin behind David’s suffering. David knew he had some kind of discipline coming, but he asked God to show him mercy. Jeremiah, asked God to not discipline him in His anger also (Jeremiah 10:24). When David says that even his bones are troubled, it shows that the suffering he was under was not only physical but also emotional. When someone is suffering down to their spirit, the only person who can bring them out is the Lord. Often we cry out for God to have mercy on us, but when dealing with others, we choose to show no mercy.

Verse 4 – Return, O Lord, deliver me: Oh, save me for Your mercy’s sake:

I believe David felt as we do at times, having cried out and only receive silence. However, our God never sleeps and is always right where He is, by our side!

Verse 5 – For in death there is no remembrance of You; in the grave who will give you thanks?

David was pulling on God’s heart-strings as if to say, “God, if you don’t hurry up and deliver me, I’ll he dead soon and won’t be able to give you thanks.” However, we as believers know from the New Testament, that we will be able to praise and give thanks throughout all eternity.

Verse 6 – I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with tears.

Verse 7 – My eyes wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies.

Have you ever been so filled with grief that your very being aches? This Psalm possible could have been written after David found out about Absalom’s death. If so, maybe David thought he deserved punishment because of the way Absalom had turned out.

Verse 8 – Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.

Verse 9 – The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.

Verse 10 – Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.

This Psalm ends with confidence knowing that the Lord hears David’s prayer and what David’s enemies wanted to do to David would be turned on them. Never doubt that God hears your prayers!

Psalm 5

Psalm 5

A Morning Prayer for Guidance

Author: David

Verse 1 – Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

Verse 2 – Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King, My god, for to You I will pray.

Verse 3 – My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.

David started his day with God. We would be wise to do the same. We have no idea what our day holds, so why not start our day with thanks and asking God to protect and guide us in every situation before “that”situation comes?

Verse 4 – For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You.

Verse 5 – The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity.

God does not excuse sin. There is no such thing as a “Little white lie.” As believers, the more we grow spiritually, our sensitivity to sin increases, or it should. We should know in an instant whether we should say or do that, or not.

Verse 6 – You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.

Verse 7 – But as for me, I will come into Your house in a multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

Don’t you just hate it when people have lied about you? This is how David felt. David didn’t want to boast or stretch the truth to God. He only wanted to come into His presence hoping to receive mercy.

Verse 8 – Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of mine enemies; make Your way straight before my face.

Verse 9 – For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is destruction; their throat is an open tomb; they flatter with their tongue.

Jesus said this very same thing in Matthew 15:18 – “But those things that precede out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.” If you want to know how a person really feels about a matter, listen to what they say and how they say it. If they flatter, is there a motive behind it?

Verse 10 – Pronounce them guilty, O God! Let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions for they have rebelled against You.

Since David’s enemies were intent on death and destruction, David asked that God let their schemes bring their own destruction.

Verse 11 – But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.

Verse 12 – For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.

The emphasis in these verses is on God’s protection for those who remain faithful to Him. Refuge, shelter, surround and shield, evoke military ideas. Shelter-protective gear for battle. Surround-enemies preparing to attack. Shield-describes a large piece of flattened metal that was placed in front of a soldier to protect the entire body (1 Kings 10:16).

Ephesians 6:11; 6:13-17-Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Notice Paul didn’t say, “fight against,” he said “Stand!”) 6:13-17-Paul says stand again. (1) gird your waist with truth (out of the belly shall flow living water, your spirit.(2) breastplate of righteousness; your heart. (3) shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace–God’s grace will lead you by the truth of the gospel. (4) shield of faith–calling those things which are not seen as though they were. (5) the helmet of salvation–your mind. Think right and you will do right.

Psalm – 4

Psalm 4

Author: David

Verse 1 – Hear me when I call, O God, of my righteousness! You have relieved me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

David knew, even then, his righteousness was from God, just as our is today through Jesus Christ. David was telling God that he also knew God would vindicate him.

Verse 2 – How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and falsehood? Selah

David may have written this during the time of Absalom was trying to convince others that David was not worthy of being their king.

Verse 3 – But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly: The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

Matthew 22:14-“For many are called, but few are chosen.” David was anointed and called to be the king over all of Israel. It was his choice to follow God. Because David had a heart to follow God, God had set him apart from others. David knew therefore God would hear him when he called to Him. Being Godly is being devoted to God and His ways.

Verse 4 – Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Selah

David wanted his enemies to turn from following their anger and to start trusting God.

Verse 5 – Offer sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in God.

David had said earlier that God was his righteousness, so he knew he had the assurance that God had heard him and would answer him. David, I’m sure, had gotten angry when Absalom, his son, had run him out of the palace and turned the people against him. However, even though David was deeply hurt, he knew to trust God in this matter and go to sleep in peace.

Verse 6 – There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Lord lift up Your countenance upon us.

Verse 7 – You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season when their grain and wine increased.

David chose to praise God in spite of his circumstances. The inner gladness was a joy that came from trusting God. We sometimes get joy and happiness confused. Happiness can only last as long as the circumstances are good.

Verse 8 – I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety.