Psalm Chapter 58 (KJV): The Prayer Against Injustices.

(Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version-Public Domain. Not because I think that it is the best version, but because I don’t have to deal with copyright issues when I post straight from the King James Bible 🙂 ). #unjust #speak #Wisely

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Psalm Chapter 58 (KJV)

Context:

One may consider Psalm 58 to be a psalm/prayer against unjust judges. Although the psalmist states “O congregation” (in verse 1), it literally means “O gods/rulers” who claim that they represent God. in the Old Testament the God and civil leaders are sometimes closely linked together (Exodus 22:28; Deut. 19:17-18). Subsequently, because of this symbiotic relationship, the psalmist indictment against the unjust judges (6-9) is most insightful. The indictment includes a mighty curse, and the conclusion of the pslam directs the reader to consider the effect of God’s vindication of the righteous in (verses 10 and 11).

  1. The Indictment of Unjust Leaders (58:1-5).
  2.  The Imprecation Against Unjust Leaders 58:6-11).

Title: “Altaschith” (see note on Psalm 57: Title; and note on Psalm 16: Title).

The Poison, and Effect,  of Rulers Who Are Unjust!

Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? An unrighteous person can judge and or ruler justly. We tend to assign to rulers the qualities of a righteous ruler without looking at the things that come out of their mouths and also their action.    Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. This verse identifies rulers who are pretending to be believers and are not.  Secondly, it categorizes their heart as a very evil heart.   

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Today when we look at leaders we seem to have forgotten that scripture identifies all human beings as individuals who were born as ‘totally depraved.’ The only thing that changes that scenario is being made new creatures in Christ by God’s power, (compare Psalm 51:5; Rom. 3:9-18; 2 Cor. 5:17).

Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; There isn’t a  single country on this ball of clay where we can categorically state that they have not identified a leader as a corrupt person. This world is in need of Jesus. But Romans 10:14 states “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” It is our job to not only speak about God’s word, but we need to live it too.  When we are adding to the confusion that has permeated society, people will NOT hear the Gospel message.

 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. You can talk to evil people until you are blue in the face, and it will not convince them. They are connected to the devil and only hear his voice. It seems nothing we say can or will reach them.

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.

The poison of evil rulers The psalmist addresses evil rulers who judge in a way that leads to injustice rather than justice, violence rather than peace. God judges with equity (Ps. 98:9), and rulers should reflect their divine King. The word for rulers may suggest spiritual beings (angels; especially if we accept a slight emendation [ ’elîm for ’ēlem ], the latter makes no sense in the context) or possibly human rulers. Interestingly, Psalm 82 chastises the spiritual powers for not exercising their authority justly. The Teacher bemoans the fact that justice cannot be found among human rulers (Eccl. 3:15– 16).

The injustice of human rulers leads the psalmist to inveigh against wicked people in general. He says that they were born that way. They are as dangerous and deadly as a cobra who cannot be charmed.

Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. “Pray that God will give you discernment to know who are the destroyers. Pray God will lock their jaw, where they will not be able to destroy with their tongue” (Case, 2019).

As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.  David is telling us to render evil doers as harmless. They have no control over our lives.  Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.  ““Snail … which melteth”: A simile for that which is transitive, perhaps based facetiously on the idea that a snail depletes itself in its own trail as it moves along. As a snail when it comes out of its shell liquefies, drops its moisture, and with it makes a “path”, from whence it has its name in the Hebrew language” (Case).

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. Vengeance is the Lord’s. When we glory in the defeat of our enemies it shows spiritual immaturity on our part. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

God rewards “the righteous” (1 Cor. 3:11-15). In time all injustices will be repaid.  “God that judgeth in the earth”: In the last days, God’s people will see that he is not indifferent to injustices. Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Also,  Colossians 3:24 “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”  God blesses those who are His followers; those who have made Jesus Christ Lord of their lives. Those who have rejected the Lord have curses abundant waiting for them.

Prayer: Lord thank you that you are a just ruler. teach us how to judge our actions according to t your word asl well as the actions of others. We cannot change a single person, but we can rely on your to justly reward them for their unjust acts.

Psalms Chapter 57: Lord Your Glory is Hovering Over All The Earth:Protection Much!

#Protection #Praise

Psalm Chapter 57

(Unless otherwise stated all scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version-Public Domain. Not because I think that it is the best version, but because I don’t have to deal with copyright issues when I post straight from the King James Bible 🙂 ).

Psalm 57: This psalm of David was written after he escaped from the city of GathGath (see 1 Sam 22:1). Verses 5 and 11 marks the two distinct sections of this psalm:

  1. David’s petition and lament for God’s protection from his enemies(verses 1-6). From the very first line of this psalm, the reader recognizes the lament of a person who is being attacked by destructive enemies. The psalm moves from a cry for help and invocation and complaint (vv. 1– 6). David is vulnerable, but his confidence in his refuge and the fact that he is dwelling under the shadow of God’s wings reassures his spirit (compare 1 Sam. 22:1, 24:3)
  2. His absolute trust and his offer of praise and thanksgiving for the protection and deliverance he is expecting to receive (verses 6-11).

 

  1. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities are overpast. In our culture, we are thinking about a bird or an eagle spreading its wings and protecting its young. However, in the culture of the near east, the bird could also represent the symbol of a winged god. A winged god is protecting his people.  Think about the angelic beings who are standing and protecting the Ark of the Covenant, and you will see a picture of the type of protection that David was talking about in this verse. 
  2. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.  3. He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. His confidence in the protection of God is shared with all who are listening to him.

Vicious Enemies: They are attempting to consume me, but I will put my confidence in you.

    • 4. My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.  The wicked are pictured as a frightening animal that is ready to destroy their prey with their teeth that are as sharp as swords (compare Psalms 7:2; 10:9; 17:12; 22:13). Scripture tells (New Testament: NT) Christians to be aware of the devil because he is prowling like a lion “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
    • 5. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. David states that even when you know that your enemy is prowling like a lion you should stand firm and praise God because as it is said in 1 Chronicle 29:11“Thine, O LORD, [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [everything that is] in the heaven and in the earth [belongs to God]; [for] thine [is] the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.”  This statement could reference a literal battle or a spiritual conflict. Whichever suits your personal circumstances read it to match that situation.
    • 6. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have dug a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.  The psalmist wants the entire world to know even if his enemies have dug a pit for him and his soul is bowed down he is not concerned. Christians must also remember that the soul of Christ was bowed down with the sins of his people, and with a sense of divine wrath because of them [“Abba, Abba why has thou forsaken me!”]. Christians must also remember that their souls are often bowed down. They may feel dejected in their spirits, on account of sin, emotional turmoil, Satan’s temptations-to challenge God and die, various afflictions, and even a feeling of divine desertions. The Targum’s phrase for this saying is it, “he bowed down my soul;” that is, the enemy; in general, but in this frame of reference-Saul in particular. The Septuagint, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions render this phrase as “they bowed down my soul”; the same that prepared a net for his steps; every one of his enemies. They all were the cause of the dejection of his soul. Even so, the psalmist is determined to focus on God and to praise him. 
    • 7. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is set: I will sing and give praise. 8. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery, and harp: I myself will awake early. 8. I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. Why will he continue to praise God – even with all of the odds that are against him? Because
    • 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens and thy truth unto the clouds.  The majority of  David’s praising of God was in song and with his instrument. Each of us has our own way of praising God. I am like David. Sometimes I just want to scream it at the top of my lungs. Instead, I will log into YouTube, connect my Bluetooth speakers, and have a wild time of praise in my office, the den, or even, my bedroom. God loves the praises of His people. David is saying that he will begin his day by singing praises to God, I wake up singing his praises. Sometimes I just don’t know what to pray, and I will pray in song. No human being can bless my soul, lift my spirits to the high heavens, and heal my body. Only Jesus so,
    • 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

Prayer, Lord never allow me to forget who you are in my life and that you see my comings and goings every second of the day. Your wings of protection hover over me every second of every day.

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