Psalm 24

Psalm 24

Author: David

Verse 1 – The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.

There are several references in scripture that tell us all things belong to our Jesus, but this one is my favorite: Colossians 1:16 – “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Is there any doubt who owns it all? John 1:1-4: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made, (4) In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. Jesus made everything, by Him, for Him, and through Him, period!

Verse 2 – For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.

Verse 3 – Who may ascend into the  hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His Holy place?

In the Old Testament, under the Law, only the high priest whom had been anointed by God were allowed to approach God on the people’s behalf. After Christ’s death and resurrection, all believers, can come boldly to God’s throne of grace because of the perfect sacrifice, the blood, that was shed for our forgiveness.

Verse 4 – He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.

Verse 5 – He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from God of his salvation.

Do you know anyone who has a pure heart or hands that has never stolen, or harmed another? How about someone who always puts God first in everything they do, with pure motives? No? That’s because we all have fallen short of what clean hands and a pure heart, truly is. Thank God for the blood that covered every mistake, sin, wrong motive, lie, and deceit ever committed. Jesus covered it all at Calvary. That’s why He called it being “Born-Again!”

Verse 6 – This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Selah

Verse 7 – Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

Verse 8 – Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.

The King of glory, identified also as the Lord of hosts, or the commander of heavens armies, is the Messiah Himself. He is eternal, holy, and mighty. This psalm looks forward to Christ’s future entry into the New Jerusalem to reign forever (Revelation 19:11-21).

Verse 9 – Lift up your heads, O you gates! And lift them up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

David repeats verse 7. These gates and doors could be a metaphor of people’s hearts. So many have blocked out any mention of the gospel because of hurt feelings or they just don’t believe. However, hearing about this loving Jesus will and does cause our hearts to open up. Invite Him in, and He will enter.

Verse 10 – Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah

Has the Lord forgiven you much? Then praise Him much , as David did.

Psalm 23

Psalm 23

Author: David

Verse 1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

David wrote this psalm from experience that he had with God. Can you imagine not ever having any wants because you knew that God would make sure you had everything you needed. The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:3 that God has given us everything pertaining to life. When David was young, he had been a shepherd. He knew that the sheep were totally dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the “Good Shepherd” (John 10:11). When disaster strikes Jehovah-rapha, is the healer. When worry consumes us, God is Jehovah-shalom, the peace maker; when Satan attacks, He is Jehovah-nissi, the spiritual warrior. He is, and always will be “The Great I Am!” Whatever we need, He is!

Verse 2 – He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.

Verse 3 – He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

When sheep (followers of Christ) are led by the Holy Spirit, there will be a peace in your storm. You may be in the worse storm of your life, but guidance from the One who knows where to lead, surpasses our understanding. Green pastures represent your provision from Him. A calmness will take over the very storm that might be raging on the inside of you, with what David calls – sill waters.

Verse 4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

There is a shadow of death that is in darkness when we face real danger. You could live or be killed, as soldiers face their enemies, while in combat. Then there’s the horrible diagnoses from a doctor that sets a time limit on your life. Life or death, God is there guiding, calming, and protecting.

Verse 5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

I’ve heard believers ask, “Why has God placed me at this job that is surrounded by evil people?” We, as believers, are to be their light in dark places. God didn’t make a mistake placing you there. When He anoints us to either work in certain places or go to certain areas, He has given His angels charge over you for guidance and protection. Time and time again David had survived every battle, because God was with him.

Verse 6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Unless you believe that our God is a good God, you’ll never grasp what David is saying here. So, how do we know for sure that God is a good God, all the time? Reading, studying, and praying is all done by faith. Knowing that Christ only wants the best for your life will cause us to believe that “Goodness and mercy” will follow us, “All the days of our lives.” Believe and receive His goodness!

Psalm 22

Psalm 22

Author: David

Verse 1 – My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My groaning?

Jesus, the Messiah, quoted this verse while hanging on the cross carrying our burden of sin (Matthew 27:46). It was not a cry of doubt, but an urgent cry to God. Please, don’t ever doubt that the One that died for you will ever forsake you!

Verse 2 – O My God, I cry in the day time, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.

Verse 3 – But You are holy, who inhabit the praises of Israel.

Verse 4 – Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You delivered them.

Verse 5 – They cried to You, and were delivered; they trusted in You, and were not ashamed.

Verse 6 – But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

David mentions that Israel’s forefathers had put their trust in God and were delivered time and again. They were not ashamed in doing so. Have you ever stood on your faith, knowing God would deliver you, while others mocked you? Don’t let the scorn from others change your attitude of who God is. He says He will deliver and He will not forsake. Who really cares what others say when you know God is on your side?

Verse 7 – All those who see Me laugh Me to scorn; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Verse 8 – “He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him!”

In Matthew, chapter 27, Jesus is delivered to Pilate. The same people who had been taught and healed by Jesus, now mocked Him; beat Him, and spit on Him. They wanted blood. They said if He truly was the Son of God, let Him rescue Himself. I am not sure, but it sounds like when David wrote this psalm, it was when Absalom had run David out of the palace. Absalom had bed one of Davids wives on the rooftop of the palace for all Israel to see. He had mocked his own father and turned Israel against him. These were the same people David had fought for and won many battles with. We can get discouraged, when the same people we have tried to help, turn on us. However, isn’t it ironic that these words were spoken about our Savior?

Verse 9 – But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made me trust when I was on My mother’s breast.

Verse 10 – I was cast upon You from birth. From my mother’s womb You have been My God.

Verse 11 – Not far from Me, for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

God’s love and concern for us did not begin the day we were born. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” God was talking directly to Jeremiah in these verses, but, if He knew Jeremiah before he was even formed in the womb, God certainly knew you before then, also! He also knew the purpose He designed for you, in this life. It’s our choice whether we choose to walk in it, or not (Isaiah 46:10).

Verse 12 – Many bulls have surrounded Me; strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.

The land of Bashan, located east of the Sea of Galilee was known for its strong and well-fed cattle (Amos 4:1).

Verse 13 – They gap at Me with their mouths, as a raging and roaring lion.

Verse 14 – I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me.

verse 15 – My strength is dried up like potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.

Verse 16 – For dogs have surrounded Me; the assembly of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;

Verse 17 – I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.

Verse 18 – They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.

Isn’t it amazing how David wrote about what would happen to our Savior? These verses clearly describe what happened in Matthew 27:35 and the previous verses. Most of us will never end up beaten, homeless, and naked for all to see. This was not only a great humiliation but image the physical pain our Lord went through, for us!” The Jews went through this same humiliation during the Nazi holocaust.

Verse 19 – But You, O Lord, do not be far from Me; O My strength, hasten to help Me!

Verse 20 – Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog.

Verse 21 – Save Me from the lions mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered me.

Verse 22 – I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will praise You.

David praised God among the Israelite’s because his private delivery deserved a public testimony. We are to tell others the good things God does for us, it will encourage them to hang in there. However, these verses are from the Christ.

Verse 23 – You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him, and fear Him, all you offspring of Israel!

Verse 24 – For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; nor has He hidden His face from Him; but when He cried to Him, He heard.

These verses were written as though David was looking at Jesus as He hung on the cross. God did not despise how horrible His Son looked as He was crucified. He knew this punishment had a greater purpose that would involve the “Whole World!

Verse 25 – My praise shall be of You in the great congregation; I will pay My vows before those who fear Him.

Verse 26 – The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!

Verse 27 – All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.

Verse 28 – For the kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules over the nations.

Verse 29 – All the prosperous of the earth shall eat and worship; all those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.

Verse 30 – A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation.

Verse 31 – They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, that He has done this.

People that are not even born yet, are depending on this generation to teach the next, about our Lord. If people want their children to know Christ, they can’t just send them to church. Christianity has to become a lifestyle that the children see at home.

Psalm 21

Psalm 21

Author: David

Verse 1 – The King shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

Verse 2 – You have given him his heart’s desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah

Verse 3 – For You meet him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.

David was giving God praise because he had asked to defeat his enemies and God had done that. The crown represents victory over all David’s enemies. When God shows up on the scene, He is never empty-handed. He shows up with victory and blessings.

Verse 4 – He asked life from You, and You gave it to him-length of days forever and ever.

Verse 5 – His glory is great in Your salvation; honor and majesty You have placed upon him.

Verse 6 – You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.

David described, all that he had, as gifts from God. The desires of his heart; rich blessings, a crown of pure gold, long life, splendor and majesty, eternal blessings and gladness. We too should look at what we have as blessings from God and give the glory and honor to the One who made it all possible.

Verse 7 – For the King trusts in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High, he shall not be moved.

Because David trusted in God, God could not let David be moved (shaken) (removed from the throne). As we go through life, we may lose family, friends , and material things, but we cannot be shaken from the sure foundation of Jesus Christ! He is our foundation built on solid rock-full of grace to see us through.

Verse 8 – Your hand will find all your enemies; Your right hand will find all those who hate You.

Verse 9 – You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your answer;

Verse 10 – Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth, and their descendants from among the sons of men

Verse 11 – For they intended evil against You; they devised a plot which they are not able to perform.

When we see people succeeding with evil acts, remember that they will not succeed forever. Don’t be fooled of the advances that God’s enemies have. It’s only temporary.

Verse 12 – Therefore You will make them turn back; You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.

Verse 13 – Be exalted, O Lord, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.

Praise is what brings you into the Lords presence. Praise the Lord Jesus before you ever see the victory! When praises go up, blessings come down!

Psalm 20

Psalm 20

Author: David

Vere 1 – May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

Verse 2 – May He send help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion;

Vere 3 – May He remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah

Day of trouble can refer to any distress, but in this case it is a crisis caused by enemies. The use of Jacob’s name as a reference to the nation of Israel, emphasizes the personal relationship God has with His people.

Vere 4 – May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose.

God has a purpose for each of our lives. What is your heart’s desire? Do you want the same things that God wants for your life? As we read and study God’s Word, we learn about who God is and it will shed light on our purpose in this life. There’s always a greater purpose than just having a big house, nice car, and money in the bank. He wants us to have a heart after Him and His people. As we go along in life these other things will be added to us if we continue to put Christ first in our lives.

Verse 5 – We will rejoice in Your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

Banners were used in military campaigns to identify members of an army. These banners often included symbols or representations of that nations gods who were fighting for that particular army. Yahweh took on this role with Israel (Exodus 15:3; Joshua 23:10) and was identified as Israel’s banner (Exodus 17:15).

Verse 6 – Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.

Vere 7 – Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

Vere 8 – They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright.

Verse 9 – Save, Lord! May the king answer us when we call.

Who is the anointed? We know that God anointed David to be King over Israel, but who else is anointed? Every believer! God has anointed every believer to accomplish great things for His kingdom. Each believer should have a desire to tell the gospel to those who don’t know our King Jesus. People put their trust and faith in a lot of things and other people, but trust in the One who never fails, is the only way to have total victory. Christ is the King over all the earth and we know just as David did, when we call on Him in that day of trouble, He will answer!

Psalm 19

Psalm 19

Author: David

Verse 1 – The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.

Verse 2 – Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge.

Verse 3 – There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.

Verse 4 – Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,

In this psalm, David goes from creation, through God’s Word, through David’s own sinfulness, to salvation. The heavens are a magnificent display of God’s creation, power, and love. The perfect alignment and order of nature, says there is a creator. Things did not “just exist” one day. Everything that was created shows God’s great handiwork. In Romans 1:19, 20, the Apostle Paul, explains that everyone knows about God because nature proclaims it. However, it is not enough to just know there is a creator. While nature points to the existence of God, we need God’s Word to point us to salvation. In Romans 1:20, scripture says because of these things, (nature and the creation of the heavens) man will be without excuse not to believe in God.

Verse 5 – Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race.

Verse 6 – Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The fact that nothing is hidden from the sun reinforces the idea that the message of God’s glory is as obvious as the most visible and powerful object in God’s creation.

Verse 7 – The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;

Verse 8 – The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

Verse 9 – The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Verse 10 – More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Verse 11 – Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.

We sometimes think of rules and laws as restricting us from having fun. But in truth, God’s standards, written in His Word, revives us, makes us wise, protects us and teaches us how to forgive others and show mercy. God’s laws are guidelines and light to our paths we walk in life. They will also give us warnings of which way to go.

Verse 12 – Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

Verse 13 – Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and shall be innocent of great transgression.

Too many Christians are plagued by a sin-conscious. They worry that they have committed a sin unknowingly. Guilt of: not reading our Bible enough; not tithing enough; that we have done something with selfish intentions; or failed to worship whole-heartedly; or maybe neglected something we should have done. Know this, when you become a Christian, you are washed from all sin, past present and future sin. That is not a license to continue to sin. If you are truly born-again, you will not want to sin-for there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1).

Verse 14 – Let the words of mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

Would you change the way you conduct yourself if you knew that every word and thought was going to be examined by another? God hears every word muttered or thought and sees every deed we do. He literally sees the intentions and motives of the heart. David asks that God approve his thoughts and words as though they were offerings brought to the altar. Let God’s love guide us in our speech.

Psalm 18

Psalm 18

Author: David

Thanksgiving for Deliverance by God

David spoke these words to the Lord when He delivered him from his enemies. This psalm is almost a duplicate of what David sang in 2 Samuel 22, at the end of his life.

Verse 1 – I will love You, O Lord, my strength.

Verse 2 – The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverance: My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Verse 3 – I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.

In no other psalm is there more metaphors used to describe God’s attributes. All of these are seen as military settings where God is the real strength behind the person fighting. David knew in all his life that God was truly worthy to be praised.

Verse 4 – The pangs of death encompassed me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Verse 5 – The sorrows of Sheol surround me, the snares of death confront me.

Verse 6 – In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.

In verse 4, some versions of the bible say ropes, and some say cords where another says pangs of death held me. All three have the basic same meaning. David had felt like he was being held so tightly, while flood waters rushed over him, that he would surely die. He knew that unless the Lord rescued him, there would be no escape.

Verse 7 – Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of the hills also quaked and were shaken, because He was angry.

Verse 8 – Smoke went up from His nostrils, and devouring fire from His mouth; coals were kindled by it.

David is describing what very well may have happened when God delivered him. Mountains represent stability within the natural order, so their shaking and trembling describes God’s power to bring upheaval to what seemed secure. The image of God acting as a warrior who fights for His people and uses the natural elements as His weapons, is also connected with Israel’s past experiences.

Verse 9 – He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet.

Verse 10 – And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.

What an image David had of God coming to his rescue.! Cherubim are mighty angels. One of their functions is to serve as guardians. These angels guarded the entrance to both the tree of life (Genesis 3:24) and the Most Holy Place (Exodus 26:31-33). Two cherubim of hammered gold were on top of the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:18-22). (Read the first chapter of Ezekiel.) We should never think that our God is not mighty enough to rescue us out of any situation, because He is! Nothing is impossible with God!

Verse 11 – He made darkness His secret place;  His canopy around Him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

Verse 12 – From the brightness before Him, His thick clouds passed with hailstones and coals of fire.

Verse 13 – The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered His voice, hailstones and coals of fire.

Vere 14 – He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them.

Verse15 – Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were uncovered at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

Verse 16 – He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.

Verse 17 – He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me.

Verses 16 and 17, are a great description of how all of us have felt before. When troubles come, it seems one thing after another can start to accumulate. One thing will happen which triggers another. We can be entangled in “many waters, ” that we become hopeless of our situation. If God delivered David, then He certainly will do the same for us. Reading and studying what God has done throughout history, shows us we can’t go wrong in trusting God All Mighty!

Verse 18 – They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.

Verse 19 – He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.

The enemy had pinned David in, surrounding him. When the Lord rescued him, David says, “He set him in a broad place.” When God delivers and places you on safe ground, look around, your enemies will be scattered. David was not speaking boastful when he said that God had delivered him because He delights in me. This is no different when the Apostle John wrote, “In whom Jesus loved. ” John 13:23, 19:26, 21:7 and 21:20, four times in the Gospel of John, John wrote “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This is Not arrogance. All throughout scripture God shows His love to mankind, but when Jesus came He wanted His disciples to know just how much. When you know, and John did, how much you are cherished, protected, and loved by the Savior, you will never doubt that He will always be living on the inside of each of His children, guiding their every step through life. Knowing you are loved, causes us to whole-heartedly trust in Him for our every need!

Verse 20 – The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands, He has recompensed me.

Verse 21 – For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Verse 22 – For all His judgments were before me, and I did not put away His statues from me.

Verse 23 – I was also blameless before Him, and kept my self from iniquity.

Verse 24 – Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.

These statements of innocence are part of thanksgiving for answered prayer, indicating why God delivered David from his calamity. David’s righteousness and cleanliness of hands indicates his integrity in his obedience to God’s commands. David was not perfect and free from sin, but he was blameless in terms of his faithfulness to God.

Verse 25 – With the merciful, You show Yourself merciful; with a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless;

Verse 26 – With the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd.

These two verses pointed to the Old Covenant where God is faithful to those who are faithful to Him (Deuteronomy 28).

Verse 27 – For You will save the humble people, but will bring down haughty looks.

Verse 28 – For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

Verse 29 – For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.

Light provides security and assurance that God protects His own. The security becomes confidence in the sense that David could do the impossible-leap over a wall, with God on his side.

Verse 30 – As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust Him.

Some people think that belief in God is for the weak who cannot make it. God is indeed a shield to protect the weak, but for those who trust in Him, they don’t remain weak. David was by no means weak or a coward. He simply knew that even with all his mighty men, he would not have victory without the Lord.

Verse 31 – For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a Rock, except our God?

Verse 32 – It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.

Verse 33 – He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places.

Verse 34 – He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arm can bend a bow of bronze.

When we face challenges, God promises to strengthen us, but He doesn’t promise to always eliminate them. If we never had any rough roads to walk; mountains to climb; and no battles to fight, we would never grow. However, He never leaves us alone to go through these challenges. Instead, He stands beside us and teaches us to have the courage to face what we have to face in this life. Read 2 Peter 1:3- “… as His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”

Verse 35 – You who have given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.

Verse 36 – You enlarge my path under me; so that my feet did not slip.

Verse 37 – I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed.

Verse 38 – I have wounded them, so that they were not able to rise; they have fallen under my feet.

Verse 39 – For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

Verse 40 – You have also given me the necks of my enemies, so that I destroyed those who hated me.

Verse 41 – They cried out, but there was none to save them, even the Lord, but He did not answer them.

Verse 42 – Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.

In these verses, David was simply asking God to give his enemies the punishment they deserved. David was not heartless towards others. In fact he was very merciful. He spared the life of Saul (1 Samuel 24:1-8); Nabal (1 Samuel 25:21-35); and Shimei (2 Samuel 16:5-12); and showed great mercy for Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9).

Verse 43 – You have delivered me from the striving of the people; You have made me the head of the nations; a people I have not known shall serve me.

Verse 44 – As soon as they hear of me they obey me; the foreigners submit to me.

Verse 45 – The foreigners fade away, and come frightened from their hideouts.

God gave David victory after victory. In 2 Samuel, David had victory over the Jebusites; Hadadezer of Zobah; the Arameans; the Edomites; and the Ammonites. David fully realized that the purpose of these victories were to bless God’s people (1 Chronicles 14:2).

Verse 46 – The Lord lives! blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted;

Verse 47 – It is God who avenges me, and subdues the people under me;

Verse 48 – He delivers me from my enemies, You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man.

Verse 49 – Therefore, I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your name.

Verse 50 – Great deliverance He gives to His king, and shows mercy to His anointed, to David and his descendants forevermore.

God had a covenant with David, just as God does with us today. That covenant includes the same promises that He made with Abraham.


Psalm 17

Psalm 17

Author: David

“Hide Me Under the Shadow of Your Wings”

Verse 1 – Hear a just cause, O Lord, attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer that is not from deceitful lips.

Verse 2 – Let my vindication come from Your presence; let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.

Verse 3 – You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

God is the One who tests and tries people, particularly their motives. He is the only One who can declare a person righteous. This is not a statement declared by David, of absolute righteousness, as found in the New Testament, but righteousness in terms of being habitually faithful to God and avoiding behavior that characterizes sin and rebellion against God. Therefore, Davids claim to goodness was based on him continually seeking after God.

Verse 4 – Concerning the works of men, by the Word of Your lips, I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyer.

Verse 5 – Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.

David didn’t want to go in any direction that God didn’t want him to go. He totally wanted God to direct him in every step he took, to do God’s will only. Psalm 119:133 says, “Direct my steps by Your Word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.” It’s a great comfort for us to know that God is, and will direct our paths in life and place us exactly where He wants us to be. There is security in trusting Him, knowing He only wants the best for our lives.

Verse 6 – I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

Verse 7 – Show Your loving-kindness by Your right hand, O You, who save those who trust in You, from those who rise up against them.

Verse 8 – Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.

Having faith in a loving God, is knowing how much we are loved. David wasn’t speaking arrogantly about being the apple of God’s eye, he was simply letting God know that he knew he was loved. Just as we protect the most crucial part of our own eyes, God protects us with His unfailing love. Too many people in our world today, have no idea how much our Creator loves and protects us. Let’s not ever doubt that love, when trouble comes our way. That trouble just might be leading you into the greatest blessing you have ever seen. God’s purpose is always greater than what we can see at the moment!

Verse 9 – From the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me.

Verse 10 – They have closed up their fat hearts; with their mouths they speak proudly.

Verse 11 – They have now surrounded us in our steps; they have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,

Verse 12 – Like a lion that is eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in secret places.

The idea here is that the enemies of God had become hardened toward Him and were surrounding David to attack him because he was faithful to God.

Verse 13 – Arise, O Lord, confront him, cast him down; deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,

Verse 14 – With Your hand from men, O Lord, from men of the world who have their portion in this life, and whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure. They are satisfied with children, and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.

Verse 15 – As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

In verse 14, the meaning for world is similar to the Greek word, “Cosmos,” in the New Testament. It describes the world’s system that is against God. These men that David spoke of, belonged to the world. Their inheritance or portion was only in this earthly life. God would fill their bellies with punishment, so much that it would continue in the next generation (Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 5:9; Job 21:19).

In verse 15, what David wrote shows he believed in the after life. Belief in resurrection was not widespread in the Old Testament times. Isaiah wrote in , Isaiah 26:19, “Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.”

Because we have the New Testament, we know for sure, there is coming a day when the dead in Christ shall rise!” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first.”

Psalm 16

Psalm 16

Author: David

Verse 1 – Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

Verse 2 – O my soul, you have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from You.”

Verse 3 – And to the saints who are on the earth, “They are excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”

Verse 4 – Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take up their names on my lips.

Verse 5 – You, O Lord, are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.

Verse 6 – The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes I have a good inheritance.

Verse 7 – I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.

Verse 8 – I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Believers and unbelievers experience pain, trouble, and failure. However the unbeliever feels hopeless about life and are confused over their true purpose in life. As believers though, we move ahead confidently with what we know is right and important to God, which is His will. Those seeking God can know, He will keep us from going down the wrong path.

Verse 9 – Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh will also rest in hope.

Verse 10 – For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.

Verse 11 – You will show me my path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This psalm is quoted in the New Testament as referring to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both Peter and Paul quoted from this psalm when speaking of Christ’s body being resurrected (see Acts 2:25-28, 31; 13:35-37). David knew he had found true joy. Happiness is only based on circumstances, only temporary. There is contentment in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 15

Psalm 15

Author: David

Verse 1 – Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

Verse 2 – He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks truth in his heart;

Verse 3 – He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up reproach against his friend;

Verse 4 – In whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change;

God calls His people to be morally upright. The standards that Christians live by are found in God’s Word, not society. Even when our government make’s laws contrary to God’s law, we take the higher road. Our words are powerful and how we use them towards others will reflect our relationship with God. Christians are to be people of integrity-keeping their word, even when it hurts.

Verse 5 – He who does not put out money at usury. Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

God was against Jew’s charging interest to fellow Jews for profit (Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:35-37). Interest charged to foreigners was allowed (Deuteronomy 23:20). Interest was also allowed for business purposes, as long as it wasn’t exorbitant (Proverbs 28:28). Things have certainly changed in lending today. Finance companies and “Title Loan” places prey on the poor and needy. Make no mistake, God does not approve!