Psalm Chapter 61 (KJV): Ignore Society Be Led By God

(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 🙂 ). 

#Life #Overwhelmed # #LeadMe

Psalm Chapter 61 (KJV)

Context

It is possible that David wrote this psalm when Absalom took over the kingdom and named himself king (2 Sam. Chapters 15-18). The psalm is filled with metaphors, specifically metaphors of protection, and references to God’s covenants/binding contracts with Israel. David once again shows readers how to respond to overwhelming and depressing life events through his confidence in God. The psalmist begins this lament in tears but he ends the prayer with praise.

  1. I need your help, Lord (61:1-2).
  2.  My confidence in your sovereignty remains (61:3-7).
  3. I will always be Lord to you my deliverer (61:8).

The rock that is higher than I.

 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:The psalmist is just worn out. (See Ps. 143:4). He is depressed and is wondering what will happen next. So, he cries out “lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” The psalmist is not at home. The very thought of prayer to “his rock” [a metaphor for protection] so far from home disturbs him.  This is the line in this psalm that indicates that it was wrtten during David’s exile from Israel. 3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. (See image of protection in Ps 14:6; 46:1; 62:7-8: 71:7; 91:2, 9; 94:22; and 142:5). Regardless of the incident that resulted in David’s departure from his kingdom he still acjknowledged who is the source of his strength.

I will live in your tent forever.

I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever:David is foreshadowing the time when we will all be living with God forever. Hebrews 8:5 “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, [that] thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.” Our eternal habitation is with God in heaven. Jews remember this time with the feast of Succoth every single year.  I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.

“The heritage” that David speaks about here is in reference to the fact that he is heir to the promises made to Abraham, by God. The called out one, the members of the true church of God are also heirs according to the promises. Heirship is contingent on the fact that we fear God and call upon the name of Jesus Christ. For it is only through Jesus that we became heirs to the promise of made to Abraham. Galatians 3:29  shows us that there is a heritage for those who fear God’s name and it comes through Abraham – right now – today! “And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  To fear YHWH is to recognize that YHWH is the center of the universe, having great power that is, was, and will never be matched by any human being.

Pray for the king (David) and the position of kingship.

Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations.  David speaks in the third person here. But he is speaking more so about the position of “king” over all of Israel. He wants the kingly line to continue forever. He shall abide before God forever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him. That part of the promises was fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His kingly rule will last forever. Luke 1:32 “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:”  “Mercy and truth”: Combined means “loving loyalty”, when paired these terms are similar to “grace and truth” (see in John 1:14). 

So will I sing praise unto thy name forever, that I may daily perform my vows. David indicates that although Jesus is of his kingly line, Jesus is his “Lord” and he David worships him!

 

References

Cayce, Ken. 2017. “Books of the Bible.”  http://www.bible-studys.org/About%20Me.html. Accessed September 20, 2018.

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed September 20, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

 

Psalm Chapter 60: The Battles Rages: With God, We Remain Victorious.

Psalm Chapter 60: The Battles Rages: With God, We Remain Victorious.

#Victory #Battle

Context

Psalm so is a lament of national proportion. It was written after the military defeat talked about in (2 Sam. 8:13 and 1 Chron. 18:12). The psalm expresses feelings of shock, dismay, and confusion because the undefeated armies of Israel suffered a tragic military defeat. To David that suggested that God had abandoned His people. Verses 9-12 identify the army to whom David suffered the loss as Edom. Joab is said to have killed 12,00 Edomites at the Valley of Salt. David fought against Aram Naharaim of Syria (see 2 Sam. 10:16– 19) and Aram Zobah (2 Sam. 8:3– 6; 10:6– 15). Yes, David did accomplish a victory over the Edomites in the Valley of Salt (killing 18,000 of them) as recorded in 2 Samuel 8: 13.  If one is not reading carefully, they could become confused about who was victorious over the Edomites because 1 Kings 11:15– 16 does say that Joab ‘destroyed all the men in Edom’.  Secondly, further, 1 Chronicles 18:12 attributes the victory to Abishai.  One must remember that all three men (David, Joab, and Abishai) are commanders in the army; therefore, success can quickly be credited to them. Of course, without the hand of God, they would have lost the battle. We must remember who fights for us.

  1. The People’s Contemplation of Abandonment (60:1-5).
  2.  The Lord’s Control over the Nations (60:6-8).

III.     The People’s Confidence in God (60:9-12).

Lord you have rejected us-please restore your joy to us.

1 O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.  David looks at the thing that caused Israel to be separated and cost of from God. It’s continual sin. We can allow a crack to develop in the edge of protection that God has wrapped around us because we have allowed our sins of anger, hatred, malice, conscious or hidden pride to separate us from the sweet communion of our Lord. The desolation that David was real.  Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.  He felt as if he was experiencing a spiritual earthquake. The platetectonics had separated and the gulf between Israel and God was huge.  Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment. Being aware of the loss of God’s protection left the king amazed 4 Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. Now he acknowledges why they are drinking the wine of wrath and he is just astonished at the truth that God has revealed to him. Today we do not comprehend what it means to experience the cup of God’s wrath. Why? The Cross! Jesus separated us from the immediate punishment for our sins. We ar also in a war. We are so ready to give up the battle and hand it over to others that this war is for the very souls of men. We do not want to wrath of God to fall on us because we were so involved with the things of this world that we forgot what we were called to do: share teh gospel of Jesus Christ with the world.

The cup of God’s wrath is a recurring theme in the books of the prophets (Isa. 19:14; 51:17; Jer. 25:15– 38; Nah. 1:10; 3:11; and also Ps. 75:8). Please note that Selah, means pause and think on these things. So David is telling the reader to just take a minute to think about what they have just read. The first part of the psalm

Our God Is Triumphant

That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me. Here we see God as using his right hand of power, to destroy the enemy (Exod. 15:6, 12; Ps 20:6; 21:8). David appears to be telling God that ‘I know that you can do it – you have done it before.’  God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.  David seems to be speaking about something that happened in Israel’s history as handed down by the words in the Torah about meeting with God in the “temple” or tabernacle (Exod. 25:22). Is he reminding him of his relationship with him? We do not know. However, verses 7-8 clearly shows the cities that God chose for his children from their enemies.  He speaks about the distribution of the land after the victories. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; (Josh. 13:27) Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;  One is reminded that strength and rulership was established as the right of passage for the tribe of Judah. This is a fullfillment Jacob’s blessing on Judah (Gen. 49:10) and coming to realization with David and his descendants. God’s word never returns to him as void. If he promises it it will happen.   Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me. All of these lands were given to the children of Israel, under Joshua, after they entered into the promised land.  God keeps his promises. He remains triumphans.

Help us, God!

Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 10 Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies? 11 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies. Verses 9-12 talk bout the history of Israel and God’s intervention against their enemies (Num. 20:14– 21; 2 Sam. 8:14; Ps. 137:7– 9; Jer. 49:7– 22; Lam. 4:22; Ezek. 35:15; Obad. 12– 14)To understand the important of this psalm the reader must know the location of Edom.  Edom is located south of Moab in the area to the south-east of the Dead Sea. It is a rugged mountainous region. It is filled with wadis. These landforms made the area almost impenetrable. The psalms invites us into David’s world and gives us an insight into why David asks God to grant them victory. He was about to fight a battle that everyone else had lost! Friends, Just known that present circumstances may appear as if God has abandoned us, but always remember that it is not over until God shows himself to be mighty.

Prayer: Lord, I will stand my ground and trust in you to make all that is wrong in my life right.

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