Psalm 33

Psalm 33

Author: anonymous

Even though there is no proof that David wrote this psalm, it sure sounds like his writing. After all, David was an accomplished harpist (1 Samuel 16:15-25).

Verse 1 – Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Verse 2 – Praise the Lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.

Verse 3 – Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.

David frequently spoke about musical instruments through his psalms. He also composed music for many of the psalms to be played for temple worship.

Verse 4 – For the word of the Lord is right and all His work is done in truth.

Verse 5 – He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

God cannot lie or change what He has spoken. He doesn’t go back on His promises either. If God said it, believe it!

Verse 6 – By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Verse 7 – He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.

The Lord of creation is the God of revelation. This is distinctive from other world religions that have myths of creation. The same God of history who interacts with His people is the same God who spoke worlds into existence.

The gathering of the waters in the above context is the initial act of God’s forming and filling the earth with the separation of waters, above and below.

Verse 8 – Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

The word fear is used in four ways: There is a “holy fear,” which comes from the believer’s awareness of a living God as a result of which they obey God and avoid evil. In 2 Corinthians 7:1, there is a “reverent fear” of God’s awesomeness stimulating believers to seek holiness. There is a “slavish fear” felt by those who reject God (Acts 24:25) but can also be used for their conversion (Acts 16:29). And last there is a “fear of people,” sometimes due to respect of them (Romans 13:7).

However, in Verse 8, when the psalmist wrote, “Let the earth fear the Lord; stand in awe and worship is its meaning.

Verse 9 – For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

Verse 10 – The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of people of no effect.

Verse 11 – The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.

These verse show a huge contrast between nations that plan against God’s plan. Even our own frustrations come when our plans don’t line up with His. Yahweh is sovereign and it is certain, that what He plans will come to pass.

Verse 12 – Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Verse 13 – The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.

Verse 14 – From the place of His habitation He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;

Verse 15 – He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.

I think if more people would remind themselves there is a God in heaven that sees and hears everything, maybe they would act different. Let’s also be reminded, He sees the heart of each individual down to motives and thoughts.

Verse 16 – No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.

Verse 17 – A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

Verse 18 – Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy,

Verse 19 – to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

Even though there are Christians being murdered, starved to death, and beheaded because of their faith in Christ, we still trust Him, knowing His wisdom for why He allows these things to happen, is supreme.

Verse 20 – Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.

Verse 21 – For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy Name.

Verse 22 – Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.

Whatever happens to us or surrounds us, trust in the God who knows and controls it all!

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Psalm 32

Psalm 32

Author: David

Verse 1 – Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Verse 2 – Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Once you become a believer in Christ, your sins are forgiven. God placed all the punishment that we deserved on Christ at the cross. People ask what about future sins? All of our sins were future at the time of Christ’s crucifixion because you weren’t born yet. Acts 10:43 – “To Him all the prophets witness that, through His Name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins.”

Verse 3 – When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.

Verse 4 – For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

Perhaps, David had went a long period of time without praying or talking to God. When Christians drop out of going to church and stop praying or stay away from the presence of God too long, they will feel as if their very bones are drying up. David needed a time of refreshing.

Verse 5 – I acknowledge my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Admitting we are wrong and changing our mind about a matter, and also going in the direction that God wants us to go, is standing in agreement with what God’s Word says. However, if we don’t admit we were wrong in the area that conflicts with the Word of God, we are in rebellion and that “thing” will always be before us when we try to pray.

Verse 6 – For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him.

Verse 7 – You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

Verse 8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eyes.

Verse 9 – Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.

God’s Word and Holy Spirit will teach and guide us through this life. But you have to stay close to Him in order to get understanding and revelation. Too many Christians today think a little verse here and there will help them make right decisions. We have to discipline ourselves and commit ourselves to the Word of God in order to not “Keep messing up!”

Verse 10 – Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.

Verse 11 – Be glad in the Lord and rejoice , you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Even though we will miss the mark from time to time throughout our Christian lives, God covers us in His mercy. We are to tell others of the goodness of God. Romans 2:4 – Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Changing your mind by renewing your mind with the Word of God, will cause you to see God’s goodness.

Psalm 31

Psalm 31

Author: David

Verse 1 – In You, O Lord, I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Your righteousness.

Verse 2 – Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily; be my rock of refuse, a fortress of defense to save me.

David must have been in some kind of trouble. Refuge, rock, and fortress, all convey the sense of Yahweh’s source of security and protection. Fortress, were a place of protection from an enemy; rock symbolizes stability. David knew all these attributes of God’s character was where his trust was placed.

Verse 3 – For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.

Verse 4 – Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for You are my strength.

Verse 5 – Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

Verse 6 – I have hated those who regard vain idols;

David committed his very spirit unto God. We say our faith is in Christ, but do we fully trust Him in every area of our lives? The more you read the Bible, the better you get to know our Savior. If you don’t study and read, you will never fully trust Him. It’s impossible to have a close relationship with someone you never spend any time with.

Verse 7 – I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, for You have considered my trouble; and You have known my soul in adversities,

Verse 8 – and have not shut me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place.

Some people feel restricted because of God’s moral boundaries. Here’s what I say to them: Don’t let the culture we live in that has grown corrupt, cause you to compromise God’s values that will cause you to lose your victory.

Verse 9 – Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble. My eyes wastes away with grief, yes my soul and my body!

Verse 10 – For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away.

Verse 11 – I am a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and am repulsive to my acquaintances; those who see me outside flee from me.

Verse 12 – I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.

Verse 13 – For I hear the slander of many; fear is on every side; while they take counsel together against me, they scheme to take away my life.

I have no idea what time period of David’s life he wrote these verses, but he wasn’t feeling good about his life. We’ve all felt hopeless or helpless in situations. We especially feel this way when we have been rejected. However, lets not ever forget who we are. You may feel the whole world crashing against you, but God is still God. He knows how and when to get you out. Your latter will be better than the former because that’s a promise from God.

Verse 14 – But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”

Verse 15 – My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.

Like David, all of life’s circumstances are under God’s control. If the circumstances are bad and things seem out of our control, God can turn them all around for our good. You may not see this until it is over, but believe that God only wants the best for His children. David knew this.

Verse 16 – Make Your face shine upon Your servant; save me for Your mercy’s sake.

Verse 17 – Do not let me be ashamed, O Lord, for I have called upon You; let the wicked be ashamed; let them be silent in the grave.

Verse 18 – Let the lying lips be put to silence, which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

In these last two verses where David speaks of lying lips to be silent and for him not to be put to shame, does it bring any memory where someone lied on you and you wished they would be exposed? How about the question we ask because others know we are praying and we hope God answers so that we are not ashamed of the answer. I believe that is exactly what David was saying to God. “Lord, don’t let my enemies get the upper hand, have mercy on me, so that I am not ashamed because You didn’t answer or deliver me.” He wanted the shame to be placed on his enemies.

Verse 19 – Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust You in the presence of the sons of men.

Thing may happen and things will come against us in this life , but God’s goodness towards those who worship and trust Him will be shown in front of others.

Verse 20 – You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Verse 21 – Blessed be the Lord, for He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!

Verse 22 – For I said in my haste, “I am cut off from Your eyes”; nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You.

Evidently, David felt the same way we have at times, not thinking God heard our prayers because He didn’t answer fast enough to our liking. Then we are embarrassed when God answers in a better way then what we asked for.

Verse 23 – Oh, love the Lord, all you saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person.

Verse 24 – Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

David ends the psalm knowing all will be well because he places his hope in the One who controls it all!

Psalm 30

Psalm 30

Author: David

A Psalm in Dedication for the House of David

David may have written this psalm when he dedicated Ornan’s threshing floor (which became the site for the future temple) after God stopped the plague He had used to discipline David (1 Chronicles 21:1-22:6).

Here’s a little summary of what had taken place. Satan came against Israel in the first verse in 1 Chronicles chapter 21:1. Satan convinced David to number (take a census) of Israel. God was displeased, so He sent Gad, David’s seer, to him, and gave David a choice of 3 punishments; three years of famine, three months to be defeated in battle, or 3 days of plague. David chose the 3 days of plague. Then David was instructed to go to the threshing floor of Ornan’s and build an altar. This is perhaps where this psalm was written.

Verse 1 – I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my foes rejoice over me.

Verse 2 – O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You have healed me.

I don’t think David escaped the plague.

Verse 3 – O Lord, You have brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Verse 4 – Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

Verse 5 – For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Keep in mind, our suffering or pain is not God’s punishment to the  believer. David was under the Law, we are not. The suffering we might experience is pale in comparison to God’s favor, which lasts a life time.

Verse 6 – Now in my prosperity said, “I shall not be moved.”

Verse 7 – Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.

Prosperity had made David feel secure. Although David knew that his riches and power had come from God, they had gone to his head and he admits it here. Sometimes, wealth and power will make a person feel self-reliant, self-secure, and independent of God. I find these are the hardest people to reach with the Gospel because they can’t think of anything that they need God for. They forget that God owns it all.

Verse 8 – I cried out to You, O Lord; and to the Lord I made supplication:

Verse 9 – “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your truth?

Verse 10 – Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord be my helper!”

Verse 9, demonstrates a key element in Israel’s purpose – to be a testimony for Yahweh to the nations by proclaiming His truth.

Verse 11 – You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,

Verse 12 – To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

David went from sackcloth (mourning) to dancing. The purpose of deliverance is praise and testimony. When God gives us a new perspective on our situation, we can’t help but see deliverance. That’s where David was at the end of 3 days of plague. Why not speak what God speaks before you see the end result–by faith! We are victorious in all things through Christ!

Psalm 29

Psalm 29

Author: David

Verse 1 – Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Verse 2 – Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

In this text, “Mighty Ones,” refers to angelic beings (Psalm 89:6). The angels are witness of God’s creation (Job 38:7) and are allowed access to God in heaven (Job 1:6; 2:11). They surround His throne to praise and worship Him (Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1).

Verse 3 – The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters.

Verse 4 – The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

David uses the expression, “The Lords voice is over the waters,” to show dominion, powerful, and majestic.

Verse 5 – The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars, yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.

Verse 6 – He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.

Verse 7 – The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.

Lebanon was known for its cedars. Magnificent trees that could reach heights of 120 feet, in Israel. Sirion refers to Mount Hermon, the tallest mountain in that area. For a voice, not just any voice, but the very voice of God, that could break these trees in half, has to be enormous. I hope you are beginning to see how powerful “God All Mighty” is. In verse 7, lightening, which accompanies thunder, is called “flames of fire.”

Verse 8 – The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

Verse 9 – The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth, and strips the forest bare; and in His temple everyone says, “Glory!”

Verse 10 – The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood, and the Lord sits as King forever.

Verse 11 – The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Throughout history, God has revealed His power through miracles over nature, such as the great Flood. Paul urged us to realize just how mighty God’s power is (Ephesians 1:18-23). If you are a believer, Christ is in you and you in Him. That same resurrection power that raised Christ from the dead lives in you! Romans 8:11 – But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Psalm 28

Psalm 28

Author: David

Rejoice Because of Answered Prayer

Verse 1 – To You I will cry, O Lord my rock: Do not be silent to me, least, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.

Verse 2 – Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You, when I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.

Our Rock is Christ, the sure foundation. Lifting our hands shows honor and praise to the One who can deliver.

Verse 3 – Do not take me away with the wicked and with the workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil in their hearts.

Verse 4 – Give to them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors; give to them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.

Verse 5 – Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands, He shall destroy them and not build them up.

Wicked people often put on a show of kindness or friendship in order to gain something. I’m sure David had met many who wanted him to think them his friend. David prayed that their judgment would come quickly.

Verse 6 – Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!

Verse 7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

Verse 8 – The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuse of His anointed.

Verse 9 – Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also and bear them up forever.

David went from asking God to give swift punishment to the wicked, to praise and blessings for Israel. Sometimes when we pray, after someone has betrayed us, we want God to quickly punish them. However, if we stay in prayer, we realize that being vengeful will only bring bitterness to us. Let God take care of the “Wrongs” that have been done to you. You stay in peace knowing whatever they have done, God will use it for your good.

Psalm 27

Psalm 27

Author: David

TRUST IN THE LORD AND BE NOT AFRAID

Verse 1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

Fear will cripple you. Fear of the unknown regarding; how a relationship is going to end; fear of rejection; fear of loss; fear of disease; and fear of death are all types of fear that do not come from God. David writes, because the Lord is his salvation, than whom shall he fear. “…If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?”

Verse 2 – When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.

Verse 3 – Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though the war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.

Verse 4 – One thing I have desired of the Lord, that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.

David’s greatest desire was to live constantly in the presence of God. Those who have that same desire will be able to enjoy that presence throughout all eternity.

Verse 5 – For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 91 starts with, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. David was hid many times from his enemies throughout his life. Has God ever hidden you from danger; protection from a crises going on all around you? There are many ways He can hide His children, right in the midst of destruction.

Verse 6 – And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Verse 7 – Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy upon me, and answer me.

Verse 8 – When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, will I seek.”

To seek God’s face is to have complete devotion to Him in the same sense as turning toward Him.

Verse 9 – Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.

Verse 10 – When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.

God’s love is sufficient for all our needs. Parents, friends, and family can all abandon us, but Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).” Even if you don’t have another person on the planet to be by your side, the Lord is with you!

Verse 11 – Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.

Verse 12 – Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence.

Verse 13 – I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

David basically says he would have given up if he hadn’t believed. Believed what? Believed that God is a good God all the time; believed trusting In Yahweh to see him through any and all trouble that would come his way. God’s goodness and mercy will see us through in “This life!”

verse 14 – Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

Waiting on God is not easy, especially when doubt creeps in. Often God uses that waiting period to refresh, renew, and teach us. Sometimes, more than not, He is transforming us on the inside. It doesn’t matter what the enemy uses to try to discourage you, God says He will turn it all around for your good (Romans 8:28). When we wait on Him to answer, it will be in His perfect timing because He’s lining everything up that we can’t see, for your benefit!