Psalm 145

Psalm 145

Author: David

Testify to God’s Great Acts

Verse 1 – I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever.

Verse 2 – Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Verse 3 – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.

We can’t comprehend God’s superiority. He spoke everything into existence. How great is that? He came in the flesh; died and rose from the grave; and died for you and me!

Verse 4 – One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.

I think that’s one of the things we are missing in this generation. I don’t hear a lot of telling others what God has done, except in church. Even among people I know, I don’t hear God getting a lot of credit for anything. I’m not ashamed to tell people, “God did that for me.!”

Verse 5 – I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.

Verse 6 – Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness.

Verse 7 – They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness.

Verse 8 – The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.

Verse 9 – The Lord is good to all and His tender mercies are over all His works.

Do you know it’s not pointing out to someone, all their sin and wrongs they’ve done that will bring someone to Jesus. It starts with telling someone that we have a God that loves them. Romans 2:4 – Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance (tolerance), and that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? His salvation is open to all!

Verse 10 – All Your works shall praise You O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You.

Verse 11 – They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power,

Verse 12 – To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom,

Verse 13 – Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Verse 14 – The Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all those who are bowed down.

We were never meant to carry the burdens of life on our shoulders. Some are so weighed down, it causes them to stumble and fall, and even sometimes, just give up!

Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

1 Peter 5:6, 7 – Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, (verse 7) casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

When we humble ourselves before the Lord, we are admitting we can’t do it without Him. We give it all to Him and  through prayer and His Word, and His Spirit, He guides us. Our situation is never hopeless as long as we trust in Jesus. He promises to sustain us and in due time, His timing, He will exalt, lift us up!

Verse 15 – The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season.

Verse 16 – You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Verse 16, is not just talking about the wild animals that God created just to receive food. David wrote this verse making it literally to mean, “When God All Mighty opens His mighty hand of favor on our lives, we will see “No lack!” Our God never shows up empty-handed. Why do we so often forget that ? The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want… – lack.

Verse 17 – The Lord is gracious in all His ways, gracious in all His works.

Verse 18 – The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

Calling upon Him in truth: First you have to believe what is written in the Word of God as truth. Then when we pray, we believe we receive, whether you see it right then or not.

Look at this: 1 John 5:14, 15 – Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (verse 15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petition that we have asked of Him.

Verse 19 – He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.

Verse 20 – The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.

Verse 21 – My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.

When praises go up, the joy of Lord will come on you. When we praise Him, we praise Him for what He has done and what He is doing, and what He will do. We thank Him for the end result before we see the victory because we know with confidence He heard us when we prayed. He does reward those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrew 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

God is not our genie at our beck and call. If you are truly born-again, filled with His Spirit, then you have confidence He hears your prayer or petition. Whatsoever you ask in the name of Jesus, you shall have it! Believe and receive!

 

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Psalm 144

Psalm 144

Author: David

Verse 1 – Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle –

Verse 2 – My loving kindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me.

Verse 3 – Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?

Verse 4 – Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

We’re not to live our lives without purpose that has no lasting value. But with God , all things will become possible with meaning and purpose.

Verse 5 – Bow down Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains and they shall smoke.

Verse 6 – Flash forth lightening and scatter them; shoot out Your arrows and destroy them.

Verse 7 – Stretch out Your hand from above; rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of foreigners,

Verse 8 – Whose mouth speaks vain words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

This right hand that swears to falsehood probably refers to a pledge that is deceptive.

Verse 9 – I will sing a new song to You, O God; on a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

Verse 10 – The One who gives salvation to kings, who delivers David His servant from the deadly sword.

Verse 11 – Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of the foreigners, whose mouth speaks vain words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood –

Verse 12 – That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, sculpted in palace style;

Verse 13 – That our barns may be full, supplying all kinds of produce; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;

Verse 14 – That our oxen may be will-laden; that there be no breaking in or going out that there be no outcry in our streets.

Verse 15 – Happy are the people who are in such a state; happy are the people whose God is the Lord!

That’s a big prayer David prayed. I think sometimes our prayers are too small. When we do that, we limit God. His purpose and plans for our lives are so much bigger than we can even imagine. That’s one reason we need His Holy Spirit when we pray, because the Spirit knows all things. We should pray big bold prayers and see what He has in store for us!

Revive Me!

Psalm 116

Have you ever asked God to revive you? Sometimes, we are doing all we know to do, but the disappointments and discouragements still comes to even those who have placed Christ in the center of their lives. That is where David was in Psalm 143, you just read.

When our lives start to be filled with sudden hardships, it’s hard to focus on the things of the Lord. We are too concerned about our problems, and before we know it, we start to let the problems consume us. When that happens we need to be revived, and that’s what David asked for. He needed God to come “Suddenly!”

We can’t ever drift so far as to neglect our time we spend with the Lord building that relationship. I do know what I’m talking about because many years ago when I drifted, it lasted “22 years!” However, when I cried out and came back to the One who forgave me, I came back “full speed ahead!” Did life get any easier? Not really, it seemed to be harder and I’ve had many impossible situations. But I’m not alone and God has a way to deliver me, He upholds me with His right hand. He said He guards our steps so even if the situation looks hopeless, “He’s got this!”

Psalm 143

Psalm 143

Author: David

Teach Me To Do Your Will

Verse 1 – Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications! In Your faithfulness answer me, and in Your righteousness.

Verse 2 – Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no one living is righteous.

Verse 3 – For the enemy has persecuted my soul (emotions); he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me dwell in darkness, like those who have long been dead.

Verse 4 – Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is distressed.

David had been pursued so long that he was physically and spiritually exhausted.

Verse 5 – I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.

Verse 6 – I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land. Selah

As David looked back on what all God had done in his life, so should we . Has God brought you out so He can take you in? Every hardship, every crises, is never wasted. God uses what the enemy meant for evil and turns it all around for our good.

Verse 7 – Answer me speedily, O Lord; my spirit fails! Do not hide Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit.

If God didn’t do something quickly, David felt as if he’d die. Been there, done that. But I didn’t die, I survived and so did David. We are not the ones who calls an end to testings and trials, God is. and no He doesn’t prolong things to just watch us suffer. Our God is a good and compassionate God, all the time!

Verse 8 – Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

Sometimes when I wake up in the mornings, I am full of doubt that anything is ever going to change. I think that’s because we are vulnerable first thing in the morning. It’s easy for Satan to attack us when we haven’t seen what we hoped for the day before.

Perhaps David felt the same way, so he asks God to show His loving kindness first thing in the morning to get him through another day.  I do also.

Verse 9 – Deliver me, O Lord from my enemies; in You I take shelter.

Verse 10 Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of up-righteousness.

When we pray, “Let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” we are praying God’s will for the situation, not our own. Our problems have already been solved in heaven because God had a solution before we ever had a problem. We simply are asking for God’s solution to show up on earth.

Verse 11 – Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake! For Your righteousness sake bring my soul out of trouble.

Verse 12 – In Your mercy cut off my enemies, and destroy all those who afflict my soul; for I am Your servant.

Psalm 142

Psalm 142

Author: David

Verse 1 – I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication.

Verse 2 – I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.

Verse 3 – When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me.

Verse 4 – Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuse has failed me; no one cares for my soul.

Have you ever felt so alone that if you died, no one would notice? David felt this way, but he always cried out to the Lord and told Him how he felt. However, if we read David’s history, he always relied on God to pull him out.

Sometimes we go through troubles alone, but if you’re a child of the most High, you are never alone.

Verse 5 – I cried out to You, O Lord; I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.

Verse 6 – Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.

verse 7 – Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.”

We can use David’s life as an example in so many ways. Here he was this fierce warrior; had been fighting for Israel with God on His side; he also wrote some of the most beautiful psalms to God; but yet he was being hunted by Saul simply because Saul was jealous of him.

We too, can be on the road to success and all of a sudden someone or something comes against us out of nowhere. We are to never feel helpless because God is always on our side and David knew this too.

Psalm 141

Psalm 141

Author: David

Set a Guard Over My Mouth

Verse 1 – Lord, I cry out to You; make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.

Verse 2 – Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

The incense represented the prayers rising up to God.

Verse 3 – Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

We have to watch and be very careful how we talk and what we tell others when we are going through situations. You can’t be asking for deliverance when praying and then saying, “I’m never going to make it!” Our words have to agree with what God has written in His Word.

Faith spoken out loud puts things into motion and then we do all we can do, the Father does the rest.

Verse 4 – Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.

David asks God to guard his heart against evil, because evil acts begin with evil desires and thoughts. Our desires will change to God’s desires when we read His Word.

Verse 5 – Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness, and let him reprove me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.

This verse is confusing, but it sounds like David didn’t care at this point what happened to him. Have you ever felt like that, I have. It’s not a good place to be. I snapped out of it with prayer and God’s Word spoken over my life. He is always our hope.

Verse 6 – Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff, and they hear my words, for they are sweet.

Verse 7 – Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave, as when one plows and breaks up the earth.

This psalm was probably written when David was hiding from Saul in caves. He was losing hope and in a deep depression.

I’ve been there too, many times, but I’m still here. I’m living proof that God does bring you out. Nothing we go through is ever done alone if you belong to Him. We are over-comer’s because Jesus overcame the world!

Verse 8 – But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord; in You I take refuse; do not leave my soul destitute.

Verse 9 – Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and from the traps of the workers of iniquity.

Verse 10 – Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I escape safely.

And David did escape safely. While he was in that cave, he built a mighty army and taught them the ways of God.

If everything in our lives always went our way, with no pot holes to fall in, would we draw as close to God as when we see no way out?

Yes, this life is hard, but it’s a lot better going through it with the Creator, then it is to go it alone.

By faith we walk, led by His Spirit!

Psalm 140

Psalm 140

Author: David

Verse 1 – Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men,

Verse 2 – Who plan evil things in their hearts; they continually gather together for war.

Verse 3 – They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips. Selah

Deliverance comes when our trust and focus stays on Jesus.

Verse 4 – Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have purposed to make my steps stumble.

Verse 5 – The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set traps for me, Selah

Those who have a proud spirit think their evil plans will never be discovered.

Verse 6 – I said to the Lord; “You are my God; hear the voice of my supplication, O Lord.”

verse 7 – O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.

Verse 8 -Do not grant, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not further his wicked; do not further his wicked scheme, lest they be exalted. Selah

Verse 9 – “As for the head of those who surround me, let the evil of their lips cover them;

Verse 10 – Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire, into deep pits, that they rise not up again.

Verse 11 – Let not a slander be established in the earth; let evil hunt the violent man to overthrow him.”

Nowhere does God say we are to take vengeance or justice into our own hands. However, David just wanted the lies, schemes, and wicked deeds of evil men to fall back on their own heads.

Verse 12 – I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted,

Verse 13 – Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright shall dwell in Your presence.

To dwell in the Lords presence, is to live and walk in God’s ways. That life starts, with a relationship with Jesus Christ.