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Psalm 7 — A Shiggaion of David means wild or ecstatic….a poem written with intense feeling to stir emotions.
This is a Psalm of protection. In our readings in Samuel, David was falsely accused and on the run from Saul. David went to God openly and honestly seeking HIS refuge and deliverance. Yesterday we witnessed David’s uncompromising integrity. He was close enough to Saul to kill him, and had the encouragement of his men, yet all he did was cut the edge of Saul’s garment .
David STILL recognized Saul as deserving of respect for the position he was anointed to hold… as evil as he was and as demented as he had become, David still respected his position. David had the courage to confront Saul and showed him that he had been close enough to him to kill him and he had the corner of his robe to prove it. The fact that David did not kill Saul reveals his character. Th psalm shows us he cried out to God rather than striking back at Saul in his own power.
The verses that stood out to me were verses 9–
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure—
you, the righteous God
who probes minds and hearts.
Whoever is pregnant with evil
conceives trouble and gives birth to disillusionment
The trouble they cause recoils on them;
their violence comes down on their own heads.
Psalm 27 — This is a Psalm about trust and commitment. WHOM SHALL I FEAR?? The Lord is my light and my salvation!! Fear is the opposite of Faith. However, they both are dependent upon what we believe. Fear is believing the negative, the “what ifs”, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of finances, etc. Fear takes a LOT of energy from us and ROBS us of living our best life TODAY!! Fear is a dark shadow that sucks the life out of us (by our OWN CHOICE.) Fear ultimately imprisons us. David said.. As the world crumbles around me I will BE CONFIDENT!! David’s FAITH (believing in God who has our best for us) which is a positive outlook!! Our faith in God gives us LIFE!! Look at a few of these verses: “HE will keep me safe in HIS dwelling.” “I will SACRIFICE SHOUTS of joy.” THINK on this one… when we don’t FEEL like shouting for joy and do it anyway… this is a sacrifice!! David’s greatest desire is apparent. He wanted to live in God’s presence each day of HIS life.
Psalm 31 — David called on God to deliver him. He made this request based on what he KNEw about God’s character and WHO HE IS!! This is a psalm about trials and TRUST. Verse 5 — “Into your hands, I commit my spirit oh Lord.” If we worship idols (i.e.: money, possessions, career titles, education, food, status, other people, etc., then we can NOT put our spirit into God’s hands. Verse 6 — “I trust in The Lord!” David expresses his helplessness and hopelessness in face of his enemies (can you blame the guy… he had been living in caves and on the run?) BUT.. then we see a transition. It is as if we can tell when he LISTENED t The Lord. David recognized God is in control regardless of circumstances. He shifts from being focused on his enemies to being totally focused on God.
Psalm 34 — This is a Psalm of thanks and deliverance. This Psalm was written after David was pretending t be insane before Abimelech, one of the Philistine king. He praised The Lord. I LOVE verse 7 — “The angel of The Lord encamps around those who fear HIM and HE delivers them!!” And “TASTE and SEE that the LORD is good” God KNOWS our deepest needs are spiritual and HE is more than ENOUGH for all we face. We see some “if” “then” scenarios. God supplies all our needs BUT we also must do our part — keeping from evil — NO lies, seek and pursue peace. The Lord redeems HIS servants, no one is condemned who takes refuge in HIM. Does this make you think of anyone…. maybe JESUS???!!!
Psalm 52 –– This Psalm is about the doom of the wicked. It was written about Doeg the Edomite who betrayed Ahimelech and David and then killed 85 priests, children, women, infants, cattle!! Doeg thought he was a hero — he did exactly what king Saul had asked of him. YET what he did was an offense to God.
David compared himself to an olive tree — one of the longest living trees. David was contrasting God’s eternal protection of his faithful servants with the sudden destruction of the wicked. “I will TRUST in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. I will praise you forever!”
Don’t you just LOVE the way that reading the bible this way opens our eyes!! I DO!!! I DO!!
Sharing HIS love,