Helpless, lonely, courage-less, fear, dread, scared, etc. Hopeless David finds strength by remembering God. “But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me.”
We had the soccer team over to our house last night. It is so funny to watch Rachel and Jordan when they know guests will becoming to our home. They are giddy and full of energy awaiting the arrival of the guests. Rachel and Jordan were running throughout the house expecting the team to arrive.
Several guys played golf on the XBOX, others played Rummikub, while others ate and went back to school. I pray that each of these guys realizes the importance of being men who love the Lord.
The Psalmist, David, is in need of help because the “godly man ceases to be”. David then tells us what type of men are living around him, which shows us what is expected of godly men.
- Speak truth
- Our lips belong to the Lord
- Looks for safety in the Lord
The words of the Lord:
- Silver tried in a furnace
- Refined 7x’s in the furnace
- Means what He says and says what He means
One of my favorite channels on television is UNC-TV. The privately funded somewhat biased channel offers sound shows in particular on NC. Last night, I had a good chuckle while watching their program on coronary heart disease. Here is a doctor telling the viewers to watch their diet and exercise to decrease their chances of this deadly disease. However, this doctor has never put into practice what he is asking the viewers to do, exercise. This doctor who can numb the average persons mind with the complexities of the heart refuses to take it serious enough that he will go diet and exercise himself. This is not the first time that I have sat on the couch and pondered why overweight people are chosen to market diet and exercise. Has anybody else seen this weird combination?
The challenge for the Psalmist is to find refuge in the Lord, because the attack from the wicked is imminent. The wicked continually seek to destroy those with an upright heart. However, the upright must take refuge in the Lord for their protection. The Lord is upon His throne and is watching whether it appears so or not. We are promised that the wicked and righteous will be giving their proper award. Why? The Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness;…
The Psalmist mistakenly thinks that God stands away from man/woman especially during troubling times.
> The wicked pursue the afflicted in pride.
> The wicked boasts of his heart’s desire.
> The wicked / greedy curses and spurns the Lord.
> The wicked, in haughtiness, do not seek the Lord.
> The wicked believe there is no God.
The Psalmist portrays the wicked as ‘getting off the hook’.
> The wicked prospers while your judgments are out of sight.
> The mouth and tongue of the wicked contain cursing, deceit, oppression, and mischief.
> The wicked attack and kill the innocent.
> The wicked set traps for the afflicted.
> The wicked believe that God has forgotten and will not see it.
The Psalmist cries out to God.
> God use your hand to lift up the afflicted.
> God you have seen the wicked spurn you.
> God you are a helper to the orphan.
> God seek out the wicked and evildoer until you find none.
The Psalmist final prayer.
> God you are king forever.
> God you know the desire of the humble, please give strength and incline your ear.
>God vindicate the orphan and oppressed so that man on earth will no longer cause terror.
If we only observe the world before our eyes we may think that the wicked have an advantage. However, we are assured peace despite tragic surroundings.
1-2 Give thanks to the Lord
3-6 rejoice in God who caused my enemy to perish
7-10 God our refuge
11-16 God will rescue in our affliction
17-20 God’s limits on man