Psalm 139

Psalm 139

Author: David

You Know Me, O God!

Verse 1 – Lord, You have searched me and known me.

Verse 2 – You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.

Verse 3 – You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.

Verse 4 – For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

Hebrews 4:13 says, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

God’s attributes are not restricted to time. The words know, understand, observe, and are aware, speak of God’s omniscience.

Verse 5 – You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.

Verse 6 – Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot contain it.

Verse 7 – Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

God is omnipresent. There is nowhere we can go that His Spirit is not with us (Romans 8:38, 39). I’ve often heard people say, “I ran from God for years!” If they had known Him truly, they would not have even tried.

Verse 8 – If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

Verse 9 – If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

Verse 10 – Even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

Verse 11 – If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” even the night shall be light about me;

Verse 12 – Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.

God’s ultimate desire for His people is to be the light of this world. Wherever we go we are to shed that light that radiates from Christ being in our lives. When Christ is with you, even in the darkest place, His light will shine through no matter what.

Verse 13 – For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb.

Verse 14 – I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

For those who think we humans “evolved from apes, ” or there was just a “big bang,” I challenge you to think how complex the human body is with a heart that can love an invisible God.  Everything that was created, was created through Him, by Him, and for Him.

Colossians 1:16 – For by Him (Jesus) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

John 1:3 – All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Verse 15 – My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Verse 16 – Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Verse 15, refers to being in the womb. Verse 16 is a little deeper. David knew that before he was even formed in his mother’s womb, that God knew him; even his days on earth and his destiny were written in God’s books before they were.

Verse 17 – How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them.

Verse 18 – If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake I am still with You.

Verse 19 – Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.

Verse 20 – For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.

Verse 21 – Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loath those who rise up against You?

Verse 22 – I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.

Verse 23 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties;

Verse 24 – And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

David submitted his thoughts and motives to the Lord’s scrutiny. He asked God to reveal any offensive way in him. Scriptures speak of two very opposite ways of life – the upright and the wicked.

Psalm 138

Psalm 138

Author: David

God Will answer Our Prayer

Verse 1 – I will praise You with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praises to You.

David will praise the true God in the face of the false gods – pagan gods.

Verse 2 – I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your loving kindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

Verse 3 – In the day when I cried out You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.

When we know that God hears our cry, He will give us strength to go on and that will involve courage to do so.

Verse 4 – All the kings of the earth shall praise You, O Lord, when they hear the words of Your mouth.

Verse 5 – Yes, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

David looked beyond to a day when all kings would praise the Lord, which was also spoken through the prophets (Isaiah 2:1-4; Revelation 21:24).

Verse 6 – Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar.

Verse 7 – Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.

Verse 8 – The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Each person has a destiny for their life. When we include God in our dreams and desires He will bring it to pass. He knew the path each one of us would take from before we were even born. When our will is God’s will for our lives, He will perfect that which concerns us!

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Psalm 137

Psalm 137

Author: Anonymous

Tears of Exile

Verse 1 –  By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion.

Verse 2 – We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it.

The rivers of Babylon were a series of canals running through the southern plain (Ezekiel 1:1; Daniel 8:21). During their exile this is where they stopped to grieve.

Verse 3 – For there those who carried us away captive required of us a song, and those who plundered us required of us mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

Verse 4 – How long shall we sing the Lords song in a foreign land?

Verse 5 – If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill!

Verse 6 – If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth – If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.

The psalmist took an oath to stay loyal to Jerusalem, which represented the city , the land, and the temple, symbols of God’s promise to Israel

Verse 7 – Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, “Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!”

The Edomites were related to Israel, both nations have descended from Isaac. There was bitter hatred between these two nations because when Jerusalem was attacked by the Babylonians, the Edomites didn’t come to help them. In fact, they rejoiced when Jerusalem was attacked and the people were carried off (Jeremiah 49:7-22).

Verse 8 – O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, happy shall he be who repays you as you have served us!

Verse 9 – Happy shall he be who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

Wow! That turned vicious in the last verse. Isaiah 13:16, speaks of this in his writings of the last days what will happen to the wicked.

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Psalm 136

Psalm 136

Author: Anonymous

Verse 1 – Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Verse 2 – Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever.

Verse 3 – Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever;

When you hear or say the same thing over and over it will stick in your mind – “God’s mercy endures forever!” I say, “Thank you Lord, because I need a lot of mercy, all the time.”

Verse 4 – To Him who alone does great wonders, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 5 – To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 6 – To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 7 – To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever –

Verse 8 – The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 9 – The moon and the stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 10 – To Him who struck Egypt in their firstborn, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 11 – And brought out Israel from among them, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 12 – With a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 13 – To Him who divided the Red Sea in two, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 14 – And made Israel pass through the midst of it, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 15 – But overthrew Pharaoh and His army in the Red Sea, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 16 – To Him who led His people through the wilderness, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 17 – To Him who struck down great kings, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 18 – And slew famous kings, for His mercy endures forever –

Verse 19 – Sihon King of the Amorites, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 20 – And Og, King of Bashan, for His mercy endures forever –

Verse 21 – And gave their land as a heritage, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 22 – A heritage to Israel His servant, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 23 – Who remembered us in our lowly state, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 24 – And rescued us from our enemies, for His mercy endures forever;

Verse 25 – Who gives food to all flesh, for His mercy endures forever.

Verse 26 – Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever.

These verses were sung with the congregation singing, “For His mercy endures forever.” But notice: In everything the psalmist said, you can see God’s mercy came with what God did.

Someone should never think that they’ve blown it so bad that God would never show His mercy towards them. You should never let that keep you from returning back to God if you have drifted.

Psalm 135

Psalm 135

Author: Anonymous

God Has Done Great Things

Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!

Verse 2 – You who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God,

Verse 3 – Praise the Lord for the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.

Verse 4 – For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.

God treasures His people. He gives love and mercy to all those who believe in Him.

Verse 5 – For I know that the Lord is great, and our Lord is above all gods.

Verse 6 – Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and earth, in seas and in all deep places.

Verse 7 – He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasures.

Verse 8 – He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.

Verse 9 – He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and all his servants.

Verse  10 – He defeated many nations and slew mighty kings –

Verse 11 – Sihon King of the Amorites, Og, King of Bashan, and all kingdoms of Canaan –

Verse 12 – And gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to Israel His people.

Sihon and Og were the kings who denied Israel passage through their land during the conquest of Canaan. God gave the Israelites these two kings land they had owned to the Israelites. For those who decide to come against Israel and His people, they will lose what they possess including their lives.

Verse 13 – Your name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.

Verse 14 – For the Lord will judge His people, and He will have compassion on His servants.

Verse 15 – The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

Verse 16 – They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see;

Verse 17 – They have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths.

Verse 18 – Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.

How many religions of today still worship an idol made with man’s hands? An idol worship is any sculpture, figurines, carvings, paintings etc; used in worshiping the true God of Israel.

The psalmist says that anyone who worship these idols are blind, insensitive as the idols themselves.

Verse 19 – Bless the Lord, O house of Israel! Bless the Lord, O house of Aaron!

Verse 20 – Bless the Lord, O house of Levi! You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!

Verse 21 – Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, who dwells in Jerusalem!

We bless the Lord when we praise Him; when we sing songs to Him; when we tell others of His great works because God deserves all the glory!

Psalm 134

Psalm 134

Author: Anonymous – some suggest Hezekiah

Verse 1 – Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who by night stand in the house of the Lord!

Verse 2 – Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

Praise and bless are the same word in Hebrew; Barak – to bless. When we say, “Bless the Lord,” it is to praise Him.

Verse 3 – The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!

This psalm is about the Levites who served as temple watchmen. The worshipers would sing this psalm as they would see the “watchmen” tending the temple. They saw them work as praise to God, done reverently and responsible.