Psalm 70

Psalm 70

Author: David

Verse 1 – Make haste, O God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O Lord!

verse 2 – Let them be ashamed and confounded who seek my life; let them be turned back and confused who desire my hurt.

Verse 3 – Let them be turned back because of their shame, who say, “Aha, aha!”

When facing trouble or a crises, we all want God to rescue us immediately. We want a “suddenly” to happen in our favor, but only God knows when He’s going to do it and how. Oh, He will tell us in our spirit He is about to do something to help, but we usually don’t have all the details yet. He promises in His Word that He delivers us out of all our trouble (Psalm 34:19; 54:7; 50:15; and 57:1, 2) I do know though, that times of testing has to come in every Christians life in order to mature us. No matter what the situation, first cry out to our God who cares. He will answer.

Verse 4 – Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”

The Bible reminds us in Psalm 100:4, to “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name!”

Verse 5 – But I am poor and needy; make haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliver, O Lord, do not delay.

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Psalm 69

Psalm 69

Author: David

Verse 1 – Save, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck.

Verse 2 – I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

Verse 3 – I am weary with my crying; my throat is dry; my eyes fail while I wait for God.

This psalm is the most quoted in the New Testament, but I want to apply these first three verses to maybe yours and my life.

Have any of you ever felt like life was just swallowing you up? That while you wait on the miracle, you are drowning, while things get worse instead of better?

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but God knows what He’s doing. Other people can’t fix our problems the way God can. When someone tells you to just be patient and wait, do you feel like, “They just don’t understand how desperate you are?”

I do know , however, the storm is always the roughest before it ends. I also know we sometimes can’t see clearly when rain is beating down on us. I’ve went through an intensifying, pounding, beating storm for the past eight years. I still wake up every day believing the situation is going to change. That’s hope in God! Hope in knowing I’ve done all I can do and I grow weary praying about the same thing to be turned around for my good.

The miraculous thing is, everyday I am encouraged that today could be my “suddenly!” Suddenly, God would show favor on my situation and the season I have been in is over. Never give up hope because our God is faithful!

Verse 4 – Those who hate me without cause are more than the hairs of my head; they are mighty who would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully; though I have stolen nothing I still must restore it.

Jesus said, “They hated Me without cause,” in John 15:25.

Verse 5 – O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You.

Verse 6 – Let not those who wait for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; let not those who seek You be confounded (confused) because of me, O God of Israel.

David didn’t want the people to judge God by his life. Too many think that God’s character is like mans. He didn’t want anyone who waited on God to be confused about who God truly was.

Verse 7 – Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face.

Verse 8 – I have become a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my mothers children;

Verse 9 – Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.

The point that David is making, is that others might lose their faith in God if there is no relief when others see him suffer. The truth is; when others see God rescue us, it strengthens their faith that He’ll do the same for them.

I believe, too many times, people will not speak out loud what they are believing for because they don’t know if it will come to pass or not. Faith has to be spoken in order to call those things that are not. God is faithful to His Word and it never returns to Him void.

Verse 10 – When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, that became my reproach.

Verse 11 – I also made sackcloth my garment; I became a byword to them (symbol of grief).

Verse 12 – Those who sit in the gate speak against me, and I am the song of the drunkards.

Criticism is either justified or unjustified. Some criticism is just plain envy.

When you are criticized for following Christ as David was for following Yahweh, remember, they also criticized and mocked Christ. People who are not living for Christ always criticize the righteous. It’s not you personally they reject, its Christ in you that makes them uncomfortable. We can’t ever water down the truth of God because someone may feel offended.

1 Corinthians 1:18 – For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Verse 13 – But as for me, my prayer is to You, O Lord in the acceptable time; O God, in the multitude of Your mercy, hear me in the truth of Your salvation.

Verse 14 – Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Verse 15 – Let not the flood water overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me.

God is our most faithful friend, so when hopelessness surrounds us, pray. He is in the rescue business.

Verse 16 – Hear me, O lord, for Your loving-kindness is good; turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.

Verse 17 – And do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in trouble; hear me speedily.

Verse 18 – Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; deliver me because of my enemies.

There’s nothing wrong with asking God to answer us quickly. I know God is never late, but because everything in this world is on a time limit, we do feel desperate sometimes. I’ve prayed many times, “Lord, if something doesn’t happen today, I’m sunk!” I was either delivered or sustained. Speak forth His Word.

Verse 19 – You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; my adversaries are all before You.

Verse 20 – Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Verse 21 – They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drunk.

Gall and vinegar were used figuratively, but also prophetically about the suffering of Christ in John 19:28, 29.

Verse 22 – Let their table become a snare before them, and their well-being a trap.

Verse 23 – Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; and make their loins shake continually.

Verse 24 – Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.

Verse 25 – Let their habitation be desolate; let no one dwell in their tents.

Verse 26 – For they persecute him who You have struck, and talk of the grief of those You have wounded.

Verse 27 – Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not come into Your righteousness.

Verse 28 – Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteousness.

We might say, “David, tell us how you really feel!” David wanted those who had persecuted him for following God, to be wiped out! However, in Luke 23:34, Jesus said this, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Verse 29 – But I am poor and sorrowful;  let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.

Verse 30 – I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Verse 31 – This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bull, which has horns and hooves.

Verse 32 – The humble shall see this and be glad; and you who seek God, your hearts shall live.

Verse 33 – For the Lord hears the poor, and does not despise His prisoners.

Verse 34 – Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.

Verse 35 – For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, that they may dwell there and possess it

Verse 36 – Also, the descendants of His servants shall inherit it, and those who love His name shall dwell in it.

Zion is God’s beloved Jerusalem and one day all the saints will dwell there in total and complete peace.

Psalm 68

Psalm 68

Author: David

Verse 1 – Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; let those also who hate Him flee before Him.

Verse 2 – As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let them perish at the presence of God.

Verse 3 – But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.

Verse 4 – Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before Him.

David wasn’t ashamed to sing praises to his God, nor tell God what he wanted to happen to God’s enemies. I’ve learned to praise Him in the good times and in the tough times. When I praise Him even though things are falling apart, God lets me feel His presence and know that He will turn everything around for my good.

Verse 5 – A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.

Verse 6 – God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

David knew because he had seen God and read it in His Word (they had the first 5 Books), God could and would work miracles for Israel. David also recalled where God had taken him from. God will take you out – close a door – to take us in – doors will open. He also multiplies everything He gives. When our motives and desires line up with His will, there will be wave after wave of blessings.

Verse 7 – O God, when You went out before Your people, when You marched  through the wilderness, Selah (Exodus 13:21)

Verse 8 – the earth shook; the heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

Mount Sinai had a very prominent role in Israel’s history. In Exodus 3:1-10, God commissioned Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt. Although the Mountain of God has another name, Horeb. It’s the same mountain, but has two tops. This is the same mountain where Israel returned with Moses and received the Law-the Ten Commandments. What David is referring to in Verse 8 is Exodus 19:18, where it says, “Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.

Verse 9 – You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, where You confirmed Your inheritance, when it was weary.

Verse 10 – Your congregation dwelt in it; You, O God, provided from Your goodness for the poor.

Verse 11 – The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those who proclaimed it:

Verse 12 – “Kings of armies flee, they flee, and she who remains at home divides the spoil.

Verse 13 – Though you lie down among the sheepfolds, yet you will be like the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.”

The dove is the symbol of God’s beloved Israel, who is so protected and blessed that they received silver and gold from her enemies while staying in camp.

Verse 14 – When the Almighty scattered Kings in it, it was white as snow in Zalmon.

Zalmon was a mountain near Shechem, but its exact location is uncertain. It was probable east of Jordan.

Verse 15 – A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan; a mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.

Verse 16 – Why do you fume with envy, you mountains of many peaks? This is the mountain which God desires to dwell in; Yes, the Lord will dwell in it forever.

Bashan was a mountain of many peaks, including Mount Hermon, the tallest mountain in the region. God’s choice of Mount Zion is small in comparison, but was the site of the temple. David wrote poetically of these mountains that were greater than the mountain God had chosen to dwell in forever.

Verse 17 – The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; the Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.

The armies of God are too many to number. When God says He fights our battles, believe it.

Verse 18 – You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive, You have received gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the Lord might dwell there.

This verse is spoken about when Christ ascended. Ephesians 4:8 – Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”

When the psalmist writes, captivity captive, it means when Christ ascended. He overcame the tribulation that will come on us (John 16:33). And in 1 John 5:4, Christ tells us again that, “Whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory – our faith.

We are overcomers because of what Christ has done and David saw this in his spirit as he wrote this.

Verse 19 – Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah

What are some of the benefits that our loving God provides for us daily? He provides; grace to get through the day; peace for those whose mind is stayed on Him; guidance, love, comfort, mercy; a place of refuge and on and on. These and so much more are the benefits of our salvation from a loving God.

Verse 20 – Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death.

Verse 21 – But God will wound the head of His enemies, the hairy scalp of the ones who still goes on in his trespasses.

God provided a way through His Son, Jesus Christ, to escape death. (I’m not talking about death of our physical body.) Christ died for the entire world and its up to each individual to accept and receive Him or not. David is talking about those who reject God’s salvation and would rather continue in sin.

Verse 22 – The Lord said, “I will bring back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,

Verse 21 – That your foot may crush them in blood, and the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.

In Exodus chapter 14, all the Egyptians that were perusing Israel, drowned in the Red Sea. In Revelation 20:13, the sea gave up the dead… God’s enemies have a final outcome, and it’s not good!

Verse 24 – They have seen Your procession, O God, the procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.

Verse 25 – The singers went before the players on instruments followed after, among them were maidens playing tambrels.

Verse 26 – Bless God in the congregations, the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.

Verse 27 – There is little Benjamin, their leader, the princes of Judah and their company, the princes of Zebula and the princes of Naphtali.

Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and the southern kingdom was often called “Judah and Benjamin.”

Verse 28 – Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us.

Verse 29 – Because of Your temple at Jerusalem, kings will bring presents to You.

Jerusalem has always been Gods chosen city. In the Book of Revelation Chapter 21, John saw a “New Jerusalem” coming down out of heaven from God. There the throne of God and the Lamb shall be. And in verse 26, it says “All nations shall bring glory and honor into it.”

Verse 30 – Rebuke the beasts of the reeds, the herd of bulls with calves of the peoples, till everyone submits himself with pieces of silver. Scatter the people who delight in war.

Verse 31 – Envoys will come out of Egypt; Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

Verse 32 – Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; Oh, sing praises to the Lord, Selah

Verse 33 – To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out His voice, a mighty voice.

Verse 34 – Ascribe strength to God; His excellence is over Israel, and His strength is in the clouds.

Verse 35 – O God, You are more awesome than Your holy places. The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people. Blessed be God!

How often I meditate on the goodness of God. Just to know He cares enough about every little thing in my life is enough to keep me going in this crazy world. Our God loves us and turns everything around for our good. We are forever on His mind.

When you think no one cares and no one is going to help, remember Christ, who did it all for you and me!

We Are complete In Him

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Colossians 2:9, 10 – For in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead bodily; (Verse 10) and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

The Bible says we are complete in Him, but does that make us a mature Christian? Not quite. We are forgiven, redeemed, made spiritually alive, and we stand in the righteousness of Christ, totally accepted, but are we perfectly mature yet? That won’t happen until the day of resurrection, when we receive new bodies to go with the resurrected spirits we already possess. However, don’t be discouraged.

We are a work in progress. We are all under construction. Some are further along than others. That’s why we should be patient with other Christians. Here’s what God says about that though: Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this very thing, that He who begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

So, even though we are under construction, God sees us already there – complete. That’s good news!

We need to remind ourselves who God says we are, not what the whisperer says. We are citizens of heaven. We are dead to sin and made alive through Jesus Christ, our new identity. We will make it, in every area!

So what’s the practical power of our new identity?

Our spirit becomes new when we are born-again, but we still think and do the same dumb things we used to do. The Bible says for us not to be conformed to the pattern of the world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). This renewing of our minds is a life-long process. Where the mind goes, the body will follow. In other words; we get our thinking right by the Word of God, we will start to do right.

Once our thinking lines up in agreement with God’s Word, we will begin to see our true identity.

Psalm 67

Psalm 67

Author: anonymous

Possible written for one of the harvest festivals.

Verse 1 – God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. Selah

Verse 2 – That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all the nations.

When God’s face shines on a nation or an individual, that’s God’s favor. I know God’s word says He is no respecter of persons, but He did show Israel and certain individuals favor throughout history. David’s desire was for God to bless the people so others would know there is only One God who cares for them. Our lives should be like a beacon in the dark to lead others to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

verse 3 – Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.

Verse 4 – Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously and govern the nations on earth. Selah

Verse 5 – Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.

Verse 6 – Then the earth shall yield, her increase; God, our own God shall bless us.

Verse 7 – God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Are you in need? Then praise the Lord like you’ve never praised Him before. Praises go up, blessings will come down.

 

Psalm 66

Psalm66

Author: Anonymous

Remember What God Has Done

Verse 1 – Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

Verse 2 – Sing out the honor of His name; make His praises glorious.

Verse 3 – Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

Verse 4 – All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to You. Selah.

One of these magnificent works we have read about was the parting of the Red Sea. These acts benefited all of humanity. Israel would be and was the conduit through which God redeemed the world.

Verse 5 – Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.

Verse 6 – He turned the sea into dry land; they went through the river on foot. There we will rejoice in Him.

Verse 7 – He rules by His power forever; His eyes observe the nations; Do not let the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

God saved Israel time and again. Miracles were not for just those times. God is a miracle-working God that sees every nation and every individual. The nations that have followed God, prospered. Those that have not followed God and have followed evil dictators and false religions have not prospered. Poverty and disease have taken over entire nations because of mans greed. Any time man puts himself above the All Mighty, it will fail.

Verse 8 – Oh, bless our God, you peoples! And make the voice of His praise to be heard,

Verse 9 – Who keeps our soul among the living, and does not allow our feet to be moved.

Our God will keep us firmly planted when we acknowledge and trust in His goodness. Stubborn faith is what it will take to get through the heavy storms of life. But always remember, His Word is our lamp and His Spirit is our guide. It may look like we’re slipping, but He says He will hold us steady!

Verse 10 – For You, O God, have proved us; You have refined us as silver is refined.

Just as fire refines silver in the smelting process, trials refine our character. Our motives and integrity at times will be tested to see our true motives for doing certain things. When we know it’s God will, we won’t stop until “that thing” has been accomplished.

I think most of the trials and hardships I have went through were to help someone later on who maybe is ready to quit and give up. Not everyone is on the same level of faith that you might be on, we have to patient. God will always place someone in our paths we can help.

Verse 11 – You brought us into the net; You laid affliction on our backs.

Verse 12 – You have caused men to ride over our heads; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.

God says in His Word He will never “tempt us”, but He does orchestrate times of testings and trials. He does this in order to develop us. If everything in life were always smooth as glass, we wouldn’t depend on God as much. We’d think, “I got this!”

We will pray more when we are in lack; when we have been hurt; and when we are in fear. I know this to be true. I’ve looked at peoples lives down through the years and seen the difference of the “haves and the have-nots.” However, I’ve seen also, those in poverty of the spirit and material things blame everything on God, not the devil as it should be blamed.

When we realize that God’s intention for us is to have that abundant life, it will be like the psalmist wrote: “He has brought us out to rich fulfillment!”

Verse 13 – I will go into Your house with burnt offerings; I will pay You my vows,

Verse 14 – Which my lips have uttered and my mouth has spoken when I was in trouble.

Verse 15 – I will offer You burnt sacrifices of fat animals, with the sweet aroma of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah

So many times people make vows and promises, to God saying, “If You get me out of this, I will do anything.” But once their out of trouble or receive what they asked for, they forget all about doing anything for God. David followed through with his vows to God, and so should we.

Verse 16 – Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.

Verse 17 – I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.

Verse 18 – If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

This may be hard for some to swallow, but the first prayer that God will hear from a person, is the confession of Jesus Christ, that you believe; that Christ died for your sins; forgave all your sin; and washed you in His blood for all time. And then we become teachable, by His Spirit, to the truth of God.

David knew  what holding iniquity in his heart meant. We go before God and ask Him to help us get rid of bitterness towards others and the unforgiveness that we sometimes hold against another, then we are freed with a clear confidence in asking for help in time of need.

Yes, we are forgiven, but sometimes our attitude has to change in order for us to have our confidence back with our Savior. It’s not that Christ’s attitude changed toward us, we change because of stubbornness.

Verse 19 – But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Verse 20 – Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!

We Are Safe From God’s Wrath

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Since we have been justified by Christ’s blood, can we be sure that God is not going to be angry at us because we still sin? Christ took all the wrath and punishment for our sin at the cross, and as believers we are now hidden in His righteousness.

Here’s the sad part of all of this though; some Christians and pastors who think they can change someone’s behavior by always preaching messages of what they are doing wrong, basically are saying, “Now you need to watch everything you do and say because you will displease God if you sin or mess up.” I’ve said this before, “People don’t need to be reminded of their mistakes or bad decisions, they need to be told, “God is not mad at them and with the Holy Spirit, they can change.”

Please don’t misunderstand me, there are plenty of pastors teaching the true gospel of grace. This is for those who maybe were beat-up trying to live the Christian life and stopped trying.

Romans 5:6-10 basically says that if God demonstrated His love toward us by giving His Son to die for our sin, while we were still sinners, how much more now that we are in God’s family are we free from judgment. (Not talking about our works being judged one day.)

I know after we are born-again our behavior has to change, but it won’t happen over night (some things do change in an instant, though).

It’s just that too many Christians I’ve talked to don’t really believe Romans 8:1: There is now no condemnation (punishment, judgment) for those who are in Christ. God’s not looking for ways to “get us” even when we call someone a jerk for pulling out in front of us on the road.

By one sacrifice, He has perfected forever, those who are being sanctified (Hebrews 10:14). And then we were given Christ’s righteousness in Him. So how long does this last? Forever!

It’s not so much about how much we love God, it’s the love He first had for us. 1 John 4:10, 18, 19 – In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, (Verse 18) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (Verse 19) We love Him because He first loved us. Death was the penalty for sin, but Christ paid that ultimate price for all. We just need to accept it and receive it.

When someone tells you over and over how much they love you, how could you not believe it? When we finally get a clear revelation of God’s love for us and receive that love, then we can rest in His total acceptance of who we are in Christ Jesus.

This message should never be watered down. The Bible means exactly what it says. We have been made perfect, not in our own eyes and not according to our behavior, but in God’s eyes. When we get our hearts right and realize God is not mad at us, our behavior will change.