Psalm 43

Psalm 43

Author: Sons of Korah

Verse 1 – Vindicate me O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation; oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

Verse 2 – For You are the God of my strength; why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

When prayers seem to go unanswered, we assume that God has rejected our request or He is just ignoring us. Neither is true. God’s timing is perfect. I need to remember this myself, when telling others to wait on God. How many times a day do you think God hears from us, “When God, when?”

Verse 3 – Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.

Verse 4 – Then will I go to the altar of God, to my exceeding joy; and on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.

Verse 5 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. This psalmist is somewhere far from Jerusalem. Maybe there is a battle raging between him and the tabernacle. His soul is grieving because something is stopping him from getting there and going to God’s altar. I hope in the next few psalms he makes it.

Psalm 42

Psalm 42

Author: The sons of Korah, who were temple musicians and assistants.

Psalms 42-49 were written by the sons of Korah who was a Levite, that led a rebellion against Moses (Numbers 16:1-35). He was killed, but his descendants remained faithful to God and continued to be choir leaders for hundreds of years (2 Chronicles 20:18, 19).

Verse 1 – As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.

Verse 2 – My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Just as man and beast cannot survive without water, our very existence needs our heavenly Father. We can watch others lives who are without dependence on our creator and we see a huge difference. Why would anyone want to go through life without the “One” who gave it “all” for us to have an abundant life?

Verse 3 – My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, “Where is your God”?

Verse 4 – When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitudes; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

For some reason it sounds like the psalmist is far away from the place of worship.

When some people leave one house of God for another, there can be a longing. We all have been there at one time or another. We might have moved to another location or for whatever reason, we have to find another church.

Now a days we have so many choices of where we can go, but keep in mind, God has a place for every believer to fit into that particular body of believers. Some just stop looking, others keep searching because there is a longing we can’t explain, to join with others to praise our God.

The psalmist for some reason couldn’t be in that one place, where the festivals were held and it felt like his soul was in torment.

Verse 5 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of my countenance.

It may be the psalmist is in a deep depression. One great antidote for depression though is to meditate on God’s Word. In doing this it will remind us of God’s goodness and His ability to deliver us. We are to encourage ourselves daily on what God has said and what He will do on our behalf.This will take our minds off the situation and cause us to  remember what He did for others, He will do for us.

Verse 6 – O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You from the land of Jordan, and from the heights of Hermon, from the Hill Mizar.

Verse 7 – Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; all Your waves and billows have gone over me.

Verse 8 – The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me – a prayer to the God of my life.

Verse 9 – I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

Verse 10 – As with a breaking of my bones, my enemies reproach me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Has a non believer ever asked you, “Where is your God?” Every believer and non believer goes through tough times. I had a non believer ask me one time, “Why won’t the God you believe in, help you?” Sometimes others will not understand that what God is allowing us to go through is making us stronger and preparing us for what is coming next.

If we don’t transform in our thinking of how we see things on the inside first, we won’t be spiritually mature for what comes at us from the outside.

It may look like God is not concerned about your situation, but He is right there, guiding every step you take. Don’t forget; His ways of doing things are far above what we could ever imagine.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I have toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Verse 11 – Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 41

Psalm 41

Verse 1 – Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

Verse 2 – The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.

Verse 3 – The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.

When God has blessed you, so should you show generosity to others. I believe our society has grown cold to helping others within our reach. Not all, but some. We’ve become hard-hearted towards people who have made bad choices. Some are not willing to take the time to lift another up out of discouragement. How good our God has been to us should be a reflection to others.

David wrote; if you attend to the poor, God will deliver you in the time of trouble. Look what else he says; the Lord will strengthen him when he is ill. So why would we not want to help others?

Verse 4 – I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”

Verse 5 – My enemies speak evil of me: “When will he die, and his name perish?”

Verse 6 – And if he comes to see me, he speaks vain words; his heart gathers iniquity to itself; when he goes out, he tells it.

David’s life was full of enemies, so it’s hard to tell at what time in his life he is referring to here. However, it may have been when Absalom had divided the kingdom.

Verse 7 – All who hate me whisper together against me; against me they devise my hurt.

Verse 8 – “An evil disease,” they say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”

Verse 9 – Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

I think one of the worse things that can happen to a person is the betrayal from a close friend: Someone who you’ve spent time with, shared intimate details of our lives, and ate meals with. Does this sound familiar? Judas knew Jesus and traveled with Him for 3 years and then betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver. People have betrayed others for a lot less.

Verse 10 – But You, O Lord, be merciful to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them.

Verse 11 – By this I know that You are well pleased with me, because my enemy does not triumph over me.

Verse 12 – As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and set me before Your face forever.

Verse 13 – Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.

The ultimate reward for a person, is to be in the presence of “All Mighty God.”

The enemies we are against, is not another person. It is Satan who is after every believer to destroy the works of God and His children, but we know who is greater!

Psalm 40

psalm 40

Author: David

Verse 1 – I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Verse 2 – He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.

Verse 3 – He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.

I can’t teach what I have not been taught. I know positively what David is talking about and so do some of you. We can be in the most hopeless place in our lives and see that there is no way out, but God… Our God can literally pick us up out of the lowest place in our lives and set us down on a solid rock. That sure foundation is Jesus Christ. All His ways are sure and perfect. The guidance we receive, is the right way to go. Sometimes, I vision the Lords hands on top of my feet picking them up and placing them in the direction I’m to go. We have never made too many mistakes that the Lord can’t fix. His ways are far beyond what we can even imagine. That is why we are to “wait” on Him and in due season He will exalt you.

Verse 4 – Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Verse 5 – Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works. Which You have done; and Your thoughts which are toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

The world could not contain all the wonderful things that God has done or will do. David is thinking about all the things that God has done in his life and says he couldn’t repeat them all back to God. We have no idea exactly how many ferocious battles David was in, but God saved him from death in every single one. How many times has God snatched you out of immediate danger? Too many to count?

Verse 6 – Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened; burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not require.

So what is David really saying in this verse? Why do we do things that we know are pleasing to the Lord, like going to church and tithing? All of it is useless unless done with the right attitude towards God. We can make a religious ritual out of anything. When we have a clear understanding of the love God has for us, it will cause us to be obedient and faithful in the things that please God.

Verse 7 – Then I said, “Behold, I come; in the scroll of the Book it is written of me.”

Verse 8 – “I delight to do Your will O my God, and Your law is within my heart.”

In verse 7, David may have been referring to a record that God keeps of our works here on earth. This is why we do things with the correct attitude: 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 – (13) each one’s work will become manifest; for the day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work of what sort it is. (14) If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. (Verse 15) If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

So you see, God sees every good work that we do for the kingdom and the motives behind them; some we will be rewarded for some will go up in smoke.

Verse 9 – I have proclaimed the good news of the righteous in the great congregation; indeed, I do not retain my lips, O Lord, You Yourself know.

Verse 10 – I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;

I don’t believe God makes any timid Christians. The more we realize the good things that God has done, the more we should tell others. I believe when we gather we should encourage others with our praises. There’s no way a church gathering, when it’s time to praise God, should be “Quiet.” The angels in heaven certainly aren’t whispering their praise!

Verse 11 – Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; let Your loving-kindness and Your truth continually preserve me.

Verse 12 – For innumerable evils have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of my head; therefore my heart fails me.

Verse 13 – Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me!

Verse 14 – Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who seek to destroy my life; let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor who wish me evil.

Verse 15 – Let them be appalled because of their sham, who say to me, “Aha, aha!”

So many times in scripture, God turned the enemies that Israel was fighting, on themselves. David had seen this over and over. That’s why God says that the weapons that are formed against His children will not prosper (accomplish what is intended.

Verse 16 – Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!”

Verse 17 – But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God.

 

Psalms 39

Psalm 39

Author: David

Verse 1 – I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me.”

Verse 2 – I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; and my sorrow was stirred up.

Verse 3 – My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue:

Don’t you wish we could just keep our mouths closed when someone is spewing evil in front of us? Have you ever just walked away when someone is trying to argue with you? To some, it will make no difference if you say anything or not, but to God, He hears every word. A part of becoming a mature Christian is learning to guard our mouths. I’m not there yet, but I’m better than I used to be.

Verse 4 – “Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.”

Verse 5 – Indeed, You have made my days as hand-breadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but a vapor. Selah

Verse 6 – Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain, he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them.

We all know life is way too short. However, a lot of people don’t like to think about it, or what comes after death. I think it’s so sad that many spend their entire lives accumulating wealth, and put no thought into eternity. God’s instruction manual, the Bible, gives us everything we need to have a productive life and a secure after life.

Verse 7 – “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.”

Verse 8 – “Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish.”

Sometimes we are ridiculed for following God’s ways. The Bible calls “fools,” the godless.

Verse 9 – I was mute, I did not open my mouth, because it was You who did it.

Verse 10 – Remove Your plague from me; I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.

I’m not positive, but this sounds like the time when David took a census of Israel. God said it was wrong. The only reason I can figure out why God didn’t want David to take the census in the first place was maybe because he didn’t want David to brag about how big his army had grown to, maybe a little spirit of pride.

God gave David the choices of punishment. David chose the three days of plague. Scripture never says for sure but it sounds as though David had the plague also, it just didn’t kill him. Seventy thousand Israelite’s died and that made the rest of the Israelite’s not too happy with what David had done.

Verse 11 – When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make this beauty melt away like a moth; surely every man is a vapor. Selah

Verse 12 – “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to y cry; do not be silent at my tears; for I am a stranger with You, a sojourner, as all my fathers were.”

Verse 13 – “Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain my strength, before I go away and am no more.”

David knew he had been corrected by the Lord, and had admitted it to God. How sad when others can see us being corrected but we can’t see it ourselves because we won’t admit it, let alone admit it to God.

 

 

Psalm 38

Psalm 38

Author: David

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

Verse 2 – For Your  arrows pierce me deeply, and Your hand pressed me down.

I’m not sure when David wrote this psalm, but several times in his life he sinned. Remember, David was under the Law of Moses, so when he sinned, he knew it displeased God and punishment was coming. The most devastating sins I can recall were when David had Bathsheba’s husband killed and he counted the people of Israel and God didn’t ask for a census. In the first sin his baby died, in the second, 70,000 people died. This was all before Christ walked the earth.

Now let me say this as plainly as I can before we read on: God is not going to put disease on you to punish you; He is not going to cause a car wreck to punish you either. There is nowhere in the New Testament where Jesus ever put leprosy or any other disease on someone. He went about healing all.

Example: If you want to teach your child not to play in the street, you don’t run over them to show them what will happen, same thing with something hot. God does not teach us by punishments like that. God teaches us through His Word and through the Holy Spirit, and yes, He will correct us. The consequences that occur because of our bad decisions or life just happening, does not ever mean God is angry with us!

Isaiah 54:8, 9 – With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer. (Verse 9) “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so I have sworn that I would not be angry with you nor rebuke you.”

Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.  Enough said.

Verse 3 – There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your anger, nor is there any health in my bones because of my sin.

Verse 4 – For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

Verse 5 – My wounds are foul and festering because of my foolishness.

We should not let guilt and condemnation eat us up on the inside. If you do someone wrong, apologize; if you steal, give it back, quickly. Tell God you were wrong and move on.

Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Verse 6 – I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

verse 7 – For my loins are full of inflammation, and there is no soundness in my flesh.

verse 8 – I am feeble and severely broken; I grown because of the turmoil of my heart.

Anguish of the heart will and can cause us physical pain. Everything that is not of peace can cause us harm, but God says in His word those whose mind is stayed on Him, He will keep us in perfect peace (Isiah 26:3)

verse 9 – Lord, all my desire is before You; and my sighing is not hidden from You.

Verse 10 – My heart pants, my strength fails me; as for the light of my eyes, it also has gone from me.

Verse 11 – My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague, and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Verse 12 – Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, and plan deception all the day long.

This kind of sounds like when David had to flee the palace when his son, Absalom, tried to take over the throne.

Verse 13 – But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; and I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.

Verse 14 – Thus I am like a man who does not hear, and in whose mouth is no response.

Verse 15 – For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O lord my God.

Verse 16 – For I said, “Hear me, lest they rejoice over me, lest, when my foot slips, they magnify themselves against me.”

Sometimes we feel like we have no hope in ever coming out of what we are going through, but even David knew his hope was in the Lord. The consequences of our actions are not to hard to bear when God upholds us with His hand.

Verse 17 – For I am ready to fall, and my sorrow is continually before me.

Verse 18 – For I will declare in my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin.

Verse 19 – But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; and those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.

Verse 20 – Those also who render evil for good, they are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.

Verse 21 – Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me!

Verse 22 – Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation.

Lets not ever think we have gone too far for God to rescue us. It may feel like it sometimes, but that is not the case. God loves us; He sent His son to die for us and take our punishment upon Himself. Through His precious blood that was shed for you and me, our sins were washed away! Don’t stay in condemnation to the point of a pity-party. Get up, move forward, and know you are forgiven because of what Jesus did. Our Savior laid down His life for us to have an abundant life, so live it!

 

 

Psalm 37

Psalm 37

Author: David

Verse 1 – Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.

Verse 2 – For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

The Bible uses the word “iniquity” a lot. This means morally unjust, unrighteous, and wicked. There should be a huge difference in the lifestyle of the believer and the lost. Sometimes it looks as though the unrighteous always are prospering. but rest assured, scripture says they will be cut down like grass. We are not to grow weary in doing good. The wicked may have riches that last their life time, but the believer has treasures that will last throughout all eternity.

Verse 3 – Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.

Verse 4 – Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.

To delight in someone means we receive great pleasure in being in their presence. This can only happen when we know them well. Knowing how merciful and loving our God is, will place a joy on the inside that has to spill out to others. Those desires that are placed on the inside, were placed there by God when we draw near to Him. He places dreams and visions down on the inside of each of His children to accomplish His purpose. It’s all good!

Verse 5 – Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.

Verse 6 – He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Do you think David was writing from experience? If you know David’s history, you will see that everything God promised that He would do, He did. Years before David ever took the throne of Israel, he was anointed to be king. Keep committing your ways unto the Lord and He promises to bring those dreams to pass. God can’t lie.

Verse 7 – Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.

Verse 8 – Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret-it only causes harm.

What you focus on you will feed. When we focus on our problem, we magnify it. It only causes us to be anxious and stressed. God says in His word to be anxious for nothing. Waiting on God to work everything out, is one of the hardest lessons we will ever have to learn. When we make decisions out of panic or our emotions, we mess up. We have to learn to trust Him, He knows the end from the beginning!

Verse 9 – For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

Verse 10 – For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; indeed, you will look diligently for his place, but it shall be no more.

If we practice patience, we will get better at it. The Bible calls this self-control. Keeping our emotions in tact can be stressful though. Don’t let others control how you react to situations. Keep in mind, God fights our battles and if you wait patiently on Him, you inherit the earth.

Verse 11 – But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Verse 12 – The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth.

Verse 13 – The Lord laughs at him, for He sees that his day is coming.

Verse 14 – The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are upright in conduct.

Verse 15 – Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.

The Bible teaches us over and over that those who plot against the righteous will themselves fall into the pit that they dug for someone else. Deceitful schemes do backfire. That is why we are not to take revenge on another.

Verse 16 – A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

Verse 17 – For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

Let me be very clear about who the righteous are; If you are a born again believer, you are the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Verse 18 – The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.

Verse 19 – They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

Verse 20 – But the wicked shall parish; and the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.

Verse 21 – For those who are blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those who are cursed by Him shall be cut off.

Verse 23 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

Verse 24 – Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Do you know, you are in the right place at the right time? If you are a child of the Most High, He has literally ordered your path. That’s one good reason why we shouldn’t complain. When we complain about our situation we act as though God doesn’t know what He is doing. We need to stop thinking that it was a mistake that we came this way. David knew that every time he fell, God would help him rise again, to victory, and He did.

Verse 25 – I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.

Verse 26 – He is ever merciful, and lends; and his descendants are blessed.

We’ve heard these verses quoted many times if you attend church. So what exactly do they mean?

God’s economy is not set up the way the world’s economy is. A believer belongs to God, and everything pertaining to life is given them (2 Peter 1:3). When God’s children come on hard times, there will be people who He places in their lives that will help those in need. That’s why it’s so important for believes to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen, and be watchful of whom we can help. Just because the government has many programs set up to help the needy, is no excuse not to help those who are within our reach.

Verse 27 – Depart from evil and do good; and dwell forevermore.

Verse 28 – For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.

Verse 29 – The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.

Can we literally take these words that David wrote as true for the saints? Our Holy Bible is the inspired Word, written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit from God, so yes we can. If you want to see the desires and dreams God has ordained for your life, believe and receive, and watch things start to change. God wants only the best for His children.

Verse 30 – The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.

Verse 31 – The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

Faith is an action word. When we speak God’s words and what we believe in our heart, that’s speaking wisdom. We speak forth what God says about us and our situation, not what it looks like. Start speaking the end result you want to see. He sees His children victorious in every situation, through Christ. Christ is greater than any battle you face. Always remember; words affect the atmosphere and have the power through God’s Holy Spirit to supernaturally change our surroundings and any situation.

Verse 32 – The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.

Verse 33 – The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.

Verse 34 – Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

Do you know that a lot of times that the reason our answer to our prayers are delayed is because there are evil forces that we can’t see fighting against us. We must remember, for that circumstance to work out for our good, things are being done through other people who God is using. He is lining things up to exalt you at just the right time.

Verse 35 – I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree.

Verse 36 – Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; indeed, I sought him, but he could not be found.

David let God determine when the wicked would be cut off and so should we. Instead of overthrowing Saul through a take-over, he waited on God to exalt him in the right season. God gave every believer time to change, didn’t  He? That’s why God has the ultimate power for righteous justice, not us.

Verse 37 – Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace.

Verse 38 – But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.

Why do you think God allowed these words to be penned? Because either you are living for God or you are fighting against Him. There is no straddling the fence. There is no grey area when it comes to following Jesus Christ. This may be hard for some to swallow, but all through scripture, God is very plain about which side of the fence we should choose. Choose life in Jesus Christ.

Verse 39 – But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.

Verse 40 – And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.

If you want to get the most out of God’s Word, be willing to spend time meditating, studying, and praying. This is literally getting to know our faithful God. I spent about 9 hours on just this one psalm. That’s not to brag, but it’s to let you know, I don’t think I will ever forget, that no matter what my situation looks like, “My God will uphold me and deliver me!”