Psalm – 3

Psalm 3

Author: David –  A Psalm of David When He Ran From His Son Absalom

Verse 1 – Lord, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.

Verse 2 – Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah

David was being surrounded by an army that wanted to kill him and take the throne. David could have trusted his army to defeat Absalom, but instead depended on God’s mercy, therefore, he was at peace with whatever the outcome. Selah occurs 71 times in Psalms and 3 times in Habakkuk. Its precise use is unknown, however, it most likely was a musical sign. Maybe it was a phrase like “Amen” meaning “so be it,” or “Hallelujah,” meaning praise the Lord.

Verse 3 – But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.

Verse 4 – I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah

David implies that God answers when we cry out. Mount Moriah, God’s Holy Hill. Zion is where Solomon would build the temple (2 Chronicles 3:1).

Verse 5 – I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.

We don’t sleep peacefully when in a crises, but David knew the Lord would watch over him. What made David’s sleep peaceful? David knew that when he cried out God heard him. The assurance of answered prayer will bring peace.

Verse 6 – I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

Verse 7 – Arise, O Lord; Save me, O my God! for you have stuck all my enemies on the cheekbone; you have broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Verse 8 – Salvation belongs to the Lord. Your blessing is upon your people.

David proclaimed the victory before the battle was ever fought. He did this before when he told Goliath that “this day I will take your head!” When we pray, don’t pray the problem. God knows the problem. We should pray the deliverance in agreement to what God’s Word says. We are victorious through Christ Jesus! He is able to deliver.

Psalm – 2

Psalm 2

Author: Acts 4:25, 26 Attributes This Psalm to David

Verse 1 – Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing?

Because this Psalm describes the rebellion of nations, it may have been written during a conspiracy against Israel by some of the pagan nations.

Verse 2 – The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed, saying,

The kings and rulers are not just two specific groups but they represent all governing authorities and dignitaries on the earth (Judges 5:3; Habakkuk 1:10). Anointed translated into Greek is “Christos,” and it refers to God’s choice and establishment of His King.

Verse 3 – Let us break their  bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.

This is the terms God used to break His people free from the bondage of slavery.

Verse 4 – He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.

Derision–to scoff–to speak unintelligibly. All Mighty God who sits in the heavens laughs at the plans and schemes of rulers who think they are smarter than He is.

Verse 5 – Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure:

Although God laughs at their plots in the previous verse, He speaks in anger here.

Verse 6 – “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.”

God, Himself, has consecrated whom He has already established to be king on His Holy mountain.

Verse 7 – “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.”

This term is used to indicate royal protocol in order to validate the right to rule. The idea of the Davidic ruler being identified as God’s Son was made clear in the covenant God made with David (2 Samuel 7:14).

Verse 8 – Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.

The right of son-ship includes the right to inheritance and possession of what belongs to the Father. In this case, it is not limited but extends to the ends of the earth. Are you starting to get the picture of whom else has the same inheritance as David?

Verse 9 – “You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potters vessel.”

Smashing nations like pottery represents the effortless way in which something is annihilated (Isaiah 30:14).

Verse 10 – Now therefore, be wise, O Kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth.

Verse 11 – Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

This is a pretty heavy warning for all rulers from the Lord. Using the wisdom from God and judging according to His ways would make this world a much better place. God has already said if they choose not to follow My ways, then these nations will be annihilated.

Verse 12 – Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little , blessed are those who put their trust in Him.

To kiss the Son means to surrender fully and submit to Him. Christ is not only God’s chosen king, He is also the rightful king of our hearts and lives. This Psalm ends where Psalm 1 began–with the word blessed. The contrast is that those who follow Yahweh see His dominion as a place of refuge rather than slavery.

The Book of Psalms – Psalm 1

Psalm 1

The Book of Psalms – Author: Anonymous

The book of Psalms is the largest and perhaps the most widely used book in the Bible. The Psalms were set to the accompaniment of stringed instruments and served as the temple hymnbook and devotional guide for the Jewish people.

The word for psalms in Hebrew is “Tehilim,” which means “praise.” More than one-third of the collection is made up of prayers to God. Therefore, it contains both hymns and prayers that were used in the context of Israel’s worship.

Verse 1 – 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;

The very first verse tells us how to be blessed. It is those who diligently try to obey God’s ways. They take their guidance and instruction from God’s Word. They are also blessed because they don’t sit among those who continually mock God – the scornful.

Verse 2 – But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.

Those who want to meditate on God, must know what His Word says in order to follow His ways. The law of the Lord means all scripture of the Bible. The more we delight in God, the more fruitful we become. On the other hand, the more we associate with those who ridicule God, affecting our attitudes and thoughts, the more we will draw back from the very thing that will nourish us.

Verse 3 – He (the blessed man) 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.

Bearing fruit is a metaphor used throughout scripture. It refers to the result of a spirit filled life. Prospering does not mean that the blessed man will never have failures in his life. It simply means; when we apply God’s wisdom to our attitudes, decisions, and thoughts, the end result, fruit, will be good. When we are firmly rooted and grounded in God’s word, we will produce good things in its time (season). But remember, God knows, more than we do when that due season is.

Verse 4 – The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Chaff is the outer shell (or husk) that must be removed to get at the kernels of grain inside. Chaff was removed by a process called threshing and winnowing. Chaff is very light and carried away, even by the slightest wind while the good grain falls back to the earth. In this verse chaff is a picture of the faithless life that floats along without direction. We choose whether we want to be useful and faithful or not.

Verse 5 – Therefore, the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

Survive the judgment is literally “rise up in the judgement.” Since the ungodly didn’t apply God’s truth to their lives, they will not be able to rise up, defend themselves,in judgement, in this life or the next.

Verse 6 – For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, bu the way of the ungodly shall perish.

God knows our hearts. Nothing is hidden from Him. This last verse shows two ways to live: God’s protection for the righteous and disaster or ruin for the ungodly. We choose.

Job – Chapter 42

Job chapter 42

Job Confesses Lack of Understanding

This is where, more than any, we need to put ourselves: In the place where Job was through out this entire ordeal; questioning God. We too often get careless with our words about God, and to Him, when we don’t have the understanding. This is where Job is now. He repents, not because of some hidden sin that he needs forgiveness for, but because he questioned God’s sovereignty and justice. Job repented of his attitude.

In the Greek, this is Repent: “Metanoeo”; change of mind; to be remorseful; to turn back; to return; to regret; to reconsider; to think differently. Repentance is a little stronger than just changing one’s mind. When you begin to think different, according to God’s ways, your behavior will defiantly change!

Verses 2-4 – When we have a lack of understanding, as Job did, we tend to not trust God’s judgement and love for him. This was what had happened.

Verses 5, 6 – Job admits he had heard of God, with his ears. Now he has seen Him with his eyes. Something changed within Job’s heart with the eyes of the spirit. This transformation began with hearing (hearing the Word), but transformed Job’s heart into”knowing!”

Verses 7-9 – God speaks directly to Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. (They’re in trouble now!) These 3 were not only wrong in assuming Job had some unknown sin in his life, they also misrepresented God as insensitive enforcer of justice. They had judged Job without knowing what God was doing in Job’s life, personally. We must be very careful in judging others when we see them going through hardships. God just might be working something out, only for them to know.

Even after the things that were said to Job by his friends, Job prayed for them to be forgiven by God. I believe this is the key of our restoration in certain areas of our lives. We should get to the place of forgiving and praying for those who have hurt us. Job did this, and look what God did for him. Is it easy? No! But with time spent with our Heavenly Father, He will show you how.

Verses 10 – Job’s restoration was complete in every area of his life. Not only had Job found God to be sufficient for every need, but Satan had been proven wrong! Although Job had questioned God in His dealing with him and even accused God of attacking him, he did not curse God as Satan predicted, he would.

Verse 11 – Look what this verse says: Then (after it was all over) all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before,… Sometimes when we go through a time of testing and trials, friends and family members will “drop off.” I believer the ones who do, think we might somehow contaminate them if they get too close. However those who stick by us in our deepest trouble will also be blessed by God. Job had 4 people who showed up, even though they had been wrong in their assumption of the “why.”

Verses 12-17 – The biggest question we have, as believers, when going through trials is : Why would a loving God allow this to happen to me? I’ll try to explain as best I can to this question.

Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world where both believers and unbelievers are hit with tragic. But according to Romans 8:28, He turns around what was intended to harm us, into good, for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. If we can learn to trust Him in the pain and confusion, we win the victory. One of the greatest footholds that Satan has, is getting us to doubt God’s goodness. God is good, “ALL THE TIME!”

Job – Chapter 41

Job chapter 41

God compares Job’s power in contrast to the power of the “Leviathan.” Some scholars say in this book of Job, it describes a crocodile. However, if you read on, the description is more to that of a fire-breathing dragon. In ancient times (old Canaanite myths), it was a seven-headed sea minster. Either description, it’s big, and powerful and cannot be tamed.

Verses 7-11 – God tells Job it would be impossible to face a Leviathan alone with the usual hunting methods. If Job wouldn’t dare to face this minster alone, how could he hope to confront God, who owned everything in order to win an argument with Him?

Verses 18-25 – Leviathan’s power and self-assurance made him a fitting symbol of Satan.

Verses 26-29 – No human weapon had any effect on Leviathan. His fearlessness in the face of danger is compared to laughing. (Isn’t that what Satan does when one follows his ways instead of God’s ways? He laughs at us.)

Verses 33, 34 – If neither man nor beast dared to oppose God’s creature, certainly no one could challenge the creator. Look at the last sentence: “He is king over all the children of pride.” Where does all sin originate from? A spirit of pride, and who is the author of pride? Satan!