Psalms Chapter 11

Psalms Chapter 11 #TrustinTheLord #Confidence #Deliverance #Wickedness #TheThroneOfGod #Holiness

(Unless otherwise specified all Scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible.)

Context

Psalms 11 is a psalm of confidence in the delivering power of God. The psalter is facing what appears to be an insurmountable amount of trouble from his enemies who have nothing but “violence” planned for him. On the one hand, he has trusted counselors/advisors who are advising him to flee from his enemies, but he knows that he serves a God who is his protector. Longman declares that the psalm “utilizes the language and concepts of wisdom.”  The wisdom indicated by the psalmist is distinguished by the verbiage used to identify the contrast “between the way of the upright ( yāšār ) and the righteous ( ṣaddîq ) ‘and the way of the wicked (Longman 2014, 90). The upright will be blessed with God’s presence, while the wicked will receive his punishment. The psalm can be considered as a model prayer for anyone who finds themselves tempted to flee from danger and or a threat.

(To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?

David’s counselors are advising him to “flee.” His response to them is that he will trust in the Lord. 1 Peter 5:7 tells believers that they should “Cast all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

 

For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.

The wicked are preparing to do battle. Their weapons of warfare are their bows. They are aimed at the heart of the righteous. The term ( yāšār ) means to be is to be legally and ethically right. Once again we are reminded of Job. What did God say about him?  Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” The Book of Proverbs is permeated with the same thought. (See Prov. 1:3; 2:7, 21; 8:6, 9; 11:3, 6; 12:6; 14:11; 15:8; 16:13; 20:11; 21:2, 8; 23:16; 29:10.) God calls His children righteous. He also knows that they are faced with all sorts of dangers every day. Our choice is 1. panic 2. runaway 3. stand still and see the Salvation of the Lord. Exodus 14:13-14 “ And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Remember that the next time that you are faced with what appears to be insurmountable odds that are against you!

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Apparently, David’s advisors were positive that the “foundations” of society as they knew it was about to crumble. But more importantly they did not see any recourse for the righteous.  In addition, Cayce indicates that “Foundations” is a metaphor for the order of society, the established institutions which are the social and civil order of the community (82:5)” (2014, Psalm 11). The advisors needed to believe that…

Are there days when you feel as if society is heading down the black abyss and you can do nothing about it? When that happens just breathe in deeply and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)). These things will happen. We live in a fallen world governed by fallen leaders. Be still and just breathe. God is still on His throne.

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4The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Don’t you just love David’s response to what his advisors were saying? I wonder if God gave him a vision of what the throne in heaven looked like? Remember Stephen and what he said when he was about to die? (See Acts 7:54-8:2). He was being stoned to death for teaching the Gospel. We have not yet suffered in this manner. The Book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of the temple and what Jesus looks like. Revelation 1:14 “His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;” See Revelation 4  (NCV) The One who sat on the throne looked like precious stones, like jasper and carnelian. All around the throne was a rainbow the color of an emerald. Around the throne there were twenty-four other thrones with twenty-four elders sitting on them. They were dressed in white and had golden crowns on their heads. Lightning flashes and noises and thunder came from the throne. Before the throne seven lamps were burning, which are the seven spirits of God. Also before the throne there was something that looked like a sea of glass, clear like crystal.” Nope, we don’t have a clue what is going on in heaven. But we do know for sure that He is on His throne and like MC Hammer said: “Can’t touch this!” The devil has no control over our lives!

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The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

God despises evil actions. He abhors sins. He purifies His children. We are not righteous because of anything that we do daily. We are righteous because we took on the righteousness of the Jesus Christ our Lord-when He took our sins on His body on the cross.

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

The wicked will receive the just reward for the wicked acts that they have committed. Genesis 19:24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;” There is no excuse for wickedness. Throughout the ages the wicked have heard, but have chosen, to ignore God’s warnings about what the end result of their actions will be. Job 20:23When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.” Psalm 23:5 proposes what happens to the righteous. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” On the other hand the wicked will receive their reward from?the hand of the Lord [in it] there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them” (Psalm 75:8). Yes, weeping may last for the entire night, but joy comes in the morning. We are not to glory in the sufferings of the wicked. But we are not to allow them to cause us emotional and spiritual turmoil either. When you are accused wrongly – Christ tells us to take it in stride. Why? He was persecuted too.

For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

God loves His children. Not because they are holy, but because He is and they are purchased by the blood of his precious Son. (See Psalms 17:15; 27:4; 63:2).1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

Finally, this prayer speaks to the confidence that the child of God has in their King of Kings. First and foremost above all else TRUST HIM! See also Psalms 46 and 48.

 

 

References

Cayce, Ken. Discover Books of the Bible. http://www.bible-studys.org/index.html

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed August 16, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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Psalms Chapter 10

Psalms Chapter 10

 #Wickednes #Mercy #Injustice #Vindication #Justice #KingofKings

(Unless otherwise cited all scripture in this devotional is from the King James Version. I use this version because many people prefer to study from this specific version.)

For the context for this psalm see Psalm 9.

Have you been perplexed by the many injustices that are pervading society? David had the same experience. It appeared that the wicked and evil of the world in which he lived were flourishing. This confrontation resulted in David crying out to Yahweh to protect the innocent people; bring His divine judgment on the evil and wicked and right the wrongs that were before his face. In this three-part psalm, David presents a case for:

  1. God’s absence-Where are You oh God? Verse 1.
  2. The Wickedness of Man. Verses 2-11.
  3. Come God and Pronounce Judgment on the Wicked.

Psalms Chapter 10

God’s Absence

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

This is not the first time that David has begun a psalm with this specific phrasing. He has felt abandoned by God before. See Psalms 13:1; 22:11; 38:21; 44:24; 71:12; 88:14 I had an experience today that made we cry out to Him.  Sometimes people expectations of you exceed who you really are as a child of God.  It can either cripple you or strengthen you. Because I am by personality trait an introvert I would have retreated and stayed in my emotional bubble where I am safe.  However, that is not an option for someone who is kingdom minded and involved in kingdom work. Romans 5:3-5 tell us that we should “. . . . glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Easier said than done right? When someone is staring you in the face and you feel that you are all alone and God is not dealing with them. But He really is doing just that.

2. The Wickedness of Man. Verses 2-11.

This stanza provides a description of he wickedness of man. Verses 2-6 speaks to the characteristic of pride. Pride is one of the 7 things that God hates. There is extensive documentation about this negative character trait in the book of Proverbs. (Read the passages here Prov. 3:5, 7; 6:17; 11:2; 15:25, 33.) The behavioral descriptors come before each verse.

PRIDEFUL:The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. A person who persecutes the poor has no scruples. Scripture tells us that we are to take care of the poor.

  • Luke 6:20 “And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed [be ye] poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.”
  • Matthew 25:41-45 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” “For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:” “I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.” “Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?” “Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did [it] not to one of the least of these, ye did [it] not to me.

BOASTFUL For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.  God hates wickedness and covetousness. Deuteronomy 25:1 “If there be a controversy between men, and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them; then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked.”

SO SURE OF THEMSELVES THAT THEY demonstrate ATHEISTIC TENDENCIES: The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. Psalm 14: 1The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Everyone will have an opportunity to discover whether they were fools for being atheistic or righteous for believing God. Here is the kicker though when the latter find out they were correct they go on to their eternal rest. What happens to the fool? Eternal separation from God, There will be no time for repentance then.

GRIEVOUS WAYS; 5His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. This person lives only for today.

NO ANXIETY ABOUT HIS FUTURE;He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. 

PROFANITY AND DECEPTION flow FROM HIS MOUTHHis mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. 

According to Barnes, “the wicked are insidious, artful, and underhanded in their doings; a man who would stoop to any act of duplicity and treachery to accomplish his purposes,” He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

PROWLS AND POUNCES TO DESTROY OTHERS He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. 

INSIDIOUS PRETENTIOUS BEHAVIOR 10 He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. Has someone ever pretended to be your friend only to stab you in the back every chance that they get?

BLINDED BY THEIR OWN SIN 11He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. God sees and knows all.

3. Come God and Pronounce Judgment on the Wicked.

12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.

 

After listing the behavior of the wicked on the poor and humble David appeals to God to arise as in Numbers 10:35 “And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee.” Also see Psalm 9:19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight. 12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. “Lift up your hands oh God. Forget not the humble.” In his feeling of aloneness, desolation, and after seeing the injustices perpetrated against others David cried aloud in “Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.” There is no feeling in the world that is worse than feeling completely abandoned and alone.  But, remember this! As a child of God, you are never, ever alone. When men speak it may appear that God is silent BUT He is not! Our God is the Warrior King. He fights injustices. The arise phrase is used by David numerous times (See Psalms 3:7; 7:6; 9:19; 17:13; 74:10– 11; 94:2; 132:8.) What is God arising to do?

13 Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.

The wicked actually believe that they have gotten away with their wickedness. They believe that God will not “require” them to answer for their behavior.

14 Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

Generally, the wicked have done their own thing for such a long time that they have forgotten that “He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment” (Deuteronomy 10:18 ). Paul reminded the Romans that they did not need to “…. avenge [themselves], but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).

15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.

Only God can break the control of the wicked (Longman 2014, 89). Oh, but we have laws, we have the courts, we have social justice we say. But only God can end injustices for God. Have you seen or experienced injustice? Where the legal system just did not work like it is supposed to? Where the poor and under privileged are just ravaged by the rich, and or wicked of this world? Did the system work consistently for them? That is what David saw. It should have worked but it was not working.  In a personal sense I am sure that there isn’t a single person who can say that they have no experienced injustice.  From a Christian point of view we can stand still and see the “salvation” or deliverance from God or we can take things into our own hands.  When we do the latter we suffer. 

16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. 17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: 18 To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

David acknowledges that the Lord – King Jesus – is King forever. He hears the “desire”  of the humble. Galatians 2:20 states “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” It is hard to have this attitude at all times. But it is the desirable attitude to have. It lowers blood pressure. It raises our hope of conflict resolution, and it establishes who is truly in charge of our lives.

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References

Barnes, Albert. 1868. NOTES, CRITICAL, EXPLANATORY, AND PRACTICAL ON THE BOOKS OF PSALMS, Google Books.

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed August 15, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

Psalms Chapter 9.

Psalm 9 #Praises #GodIsSovereign #Protector #RighteosJudge

Historical Background

A. In Hebrew, the title is “Songs of Praise” or Praises” (Tehillim, cf. Psalm 145). This is surprising because so many of the psalms are laments or complaints. B. In the Septuagint (LXX) the title is psalmos which means “to pluck.” This Greek term is used of the Psalms in Luke 20:42; 24:44 and Acts 1:20. Not all the psalms were meant to be sung with musical accompaniment, but this came to be the title of the whole book in the LXX. (Harrison).

Context

At one point both Psalms 9 and 10 were one Psalm (Ibid). Proofs:

  1. The Septuagint treated Psalm 9 and Psalm 10 as one psalm.
  2. An acrostic pattern connects the two psalms. According to Lawson and Longman, the verses of Psalm 9 demonstrate a pattern that shows the first eleven letters of the Hebrew alphabet “omitting daleth D” ( Lawson, 72 and Longman 2014, 84.
  3. Psalm 10 does not have a “superscription.” [A specified author.] Only two other psalms have this distinction( Lawson, 72). For the purpose of this study we will not combine the psalms.

Unless otherwise noted the Scriptures cited in this devotional are from the King James Version.)

(To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.) I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

David opens this psalm with his heartfelt thanks to Yahweh. He does not identify the reason for the praise. Hebrews 13:15  reminds us that today Christians have this same responsibility in their relationship with Yahweh. We do not just come before Him when we want something. We communicate with Him in the same way that we communicate with our friends. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Heartfelt Praise is a sacrifice offered to Yahweh. Psalm 7:17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high. Lawson explained that most high is interpreted from the “(Heb. Elyon ), a name that reveals him to be exalted over all, reigning in sovereignty, enthroned in the heavens, and working wonders” (Lawson 73).

David Proclaims The Sovereignty of God Over All Nations

When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence. WHY? For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name forever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

Likewise, we can proclaim Yahweh’s rulership over our lives. David states “mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.” Let’s look at the five areas of divine intervention that initiates David praises to God.

  1. “For thou hast maintained my right and my cause” [God fought on his behalf. “thou satest in the throne judging right.” He carried out his righteous judgment against David’s enemies.] Have you experienced this in your life? How many times have your enemies surrounded you? How many times have you felt as if you just could not breathe because of the wild accusations that we made against you? What happened when you cried out to God in submission, in praise, in agony, or even in thankfulness for this trial that has brought you closer to Him?
  2. “Thou hast rebuked the heathen,” The term “heathen” refers to nations (Longman 85).
  3. “thou hast destroyed the wicked,” They are totally defeated. There is no coming back from this defeat. Their names are blotted out from the records of the ANE. They will not produce offspring.
  4. “thou hast put out their name forever and ever.” See verse point # 3.
  5. “and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial [perishes] with them.”

There are times when I wonder if we have the same level of faith that David shows over and over again in the books of  Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, and Psalms. David Relied on God to deliver His people. Why do Christian nations today believe that they have to spend billions of dollars on arms? Do we not serve the same God? Do we believe that He is dead or incapable of winning wars for us today? To make this even more personal, when we are hurt by someone do we wait on the Lord to resolve it or do we do everything we can to “get our pound of flesh” and make the person suffer? we are called to be people who forgive. We are also called to forget! Hard huh?

But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment. And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

David may appear to be restating the obvious “But the LORD shall endure for ever:”  We know that there is one final time of judgment for humanity. The throne of judgment is already prepared. “he hath prepared his throne for judgment.” Acts 17:31 “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” See 1 Kings 8:32  “Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.”

Often times, I have considered my own life and how I am walking the talk. I ask myself “Am I living a life that is righteous and honors my Heavenly Father? Do I have thoughts, if not actions, that could very well be considered unrighteous? Am I glorifying Him in what I say and do, or am I glorifying myself? On the day of final judgment, there will be no flexibility in the sentencing of humanity. We have no excuse anymore. The Gospel is being proclaimed all over the world.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Psalms 46:1 “God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The Hebrew word used here is “misgob.”  It means a place that is so high that the person is unreachable. “they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” Only those who have a personal relationship with Yahweh will be protected by Him. See Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” We have this same promise of protection from our Heavenly Father. John 14 “1Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” We have that promise today.

11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion [Zion represents the church or the people/kingdom of God]: declare among the people[nations] his doings. 12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

Sing praises to the nations. Testify of what God has done for you. When He begins to punish the ungodly He remembers his people. He is our protector. When the punishment of the wicked begins He remembers His humble people. Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the Lord; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.and Psalm 140:12  I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.” The unbeliever should be acutely aware of why God’s people are singing His praises. How often do we declare to the world why we are blessed? How often do we tell of His mercy and grace in social media? It is our most public confession of who we are in Him.

David makes a Petition to God: Verses 13-18

13 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death: 14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

David was consistently surrounded by people who were attempting to “do away” with him. “consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:” Can you imagine living under the threat of war and destruction all the time? David was! However, his plea for help was not one of unbelief. He continued “ 14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.” He wanted to be delivered so he could lift up Gods name in praise. Where? In gates – the gates are the most public place in Jerusalem. And what was he going to do? “Rejoice in the salvation” afforded him by God! Now here is a question. When God gives us victory over our enemies do we rejoice in the victory and praise Him for it or do we rejoice in the defeat of our enemies and the destruction that they have experienced? It is something that is worth thinking about, isn’t it?

So what happens to the heathen/wicked?

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. 16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah. 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. 18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.

The “ heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made:” They are reaping what they have sown. No amount of warning stopped them from digging that pit that they designed for others.  “in the net which they hid is their own foot taken” This sounds like the traps that the hunters used to use to trap animals. In other words, they were trapped by the traps that they laid for other people. Defeat comes to “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” All of the nations who have forgotten God will perish. If we were to take this literally, we can look back on what has been happening to prominent nations all over the world. Within the time span that they have forgotten that Yahweh is their God they have experienced nothing but defeat.

For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.” Is it possible that the nations forgot about the needy, and or the poor? Well, God never forgot about them and the oppression that the may have experienced. They prayed and He heard their voice. Maybe they had to wait. See Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” We live at a time when folks want things to happen instantly. Our timing is not God’s timing. He has never forgotten His people. He is willing to wait until the great harvest of souls is gathered in.

19 Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.  20 Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.

Lawson has a perfect concluding statement about this Psalm.

The righteous should never seek personal vengeance, but instead be reminded that the battle belongs to the Lord (2 Chr. 20:15). In their day of trouble, they should humble themselves under the mighty hand of God. He, and he alone, is working all things according to the counsel of his eternal will (Eph. 1:11). Let all God’s people bow before him, never relying upon the arm of the flesh, but trusting in the Lord. He alone is an unassailable refuge whose sovereign plans and eternal purposes cannot be thwarted “Lawson 75). The battle is not ours. It is the Lord’s.

References

Harrison, R. K.  An Introduction To the Old Testament, pp. 976-1003

Lawson, Steven. 2004. Holman Old Testament Commentary – Psalms. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group. Accessed August 14, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

LaSor, Hubbard, and Bush, Old Testament Survey, pp 510-532.

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