Psalm 3, 4, 12, 13, 28, 55
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Psalm 3 — was written by David when he fled from Absalom, his son. David confidently trusts in God for all of his provisions. I am confident we have all been in at least one situation where we have been betrayed by a close friend. We feel vulnerable, hurt, and wonder why things turned out the way they did. Two things stuck me, the first is that David quickly tells God “But you are a shield around me, O Lord.” The second thing is that David had no trouble sleeping. How do you deal with stress, betrayal, hurt, loneliness? Do you lose sleep, tossing and turning or are you like David? David had no problem sleeping in the midst of all the corruption, stress, and betrayal, not once did he say the Lord was against him, not once did he doubt the Lord, God sustained him and he slept!!
Another interesting little tidbit is that the word “Selah,” used in this Psalm is used 73 times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The precise meaning of the word is not known however, it was definitely known to be a musical term. Scholars say it can mean: “Amen,” “So be it!,” “Think on/about it,” or “Hallelujah which means Praise The Lord.” It must be a pretty important Word since it is used a total of 76 times in the scriptures. …. Selah (think about it <<<smile>>>)
In last year’s blog one of the people commented about a song called “O Shield About Me.” If you would like to listen to it you can click here to do so: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=related&v=hNfjNMDmp8E
It is a beautiful song, but what makes it even more beautiful is what she had learned. Here is a quote from her comment: “In these times, when a person went before a judge, he knelt and bowed his head. If found guilty, his head remained bowed, but if he were judged innocent, the judge would literally come to him and lift his head. So reread Psalm 3 with that beautiful image in mind…” Is that not POWERFUL???? I can see this happening one day to all believers when we bow before our KING, HE will come to each of us and LIFT OUR HEAD…..FOREVER innocence by HIS blood and gently touched by HIS hand upon our face!! WOW!!
Psalm 4 — David wrote this Psalm, rejoicing in God’s protection and peace. In spite of David’s sin, and the fact that he was fleeing from his son Absalom and Absalom’s supporters he KNEW that God would hear him when he called and HE would answer. David’s love for the Lord never failed. If I were David I would have felt like “de javu all over again” when he was fleeing from Saul. He is obviously thinking of the men who are looking for him. Then he looks up to the Lord and prays this prayer to HIS LORD. He prays that the Lord will hear his prayer. Then he prays concerning the men who are after him, and of “right sacrifices”. A right sacrifice is not in ritual, or fear, or just when we need the Lord. A TRUE sacrifice is with OBEDIENCE, SUBMISSION, and PRAISE. David in this horrible time in his life speaks of the greater joy inside him than of anything material he has. And then…he puts his head down and says: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you ALONE,O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” THAT is TRUST in the full protection of the Lord.
Psalm 12 — was written by David and is a call for protection against those who try to manipulate us. The words of the proud and lying are compared to the words of God that are true and pure.
Verses 5-7 “…’I will now arise,’ says the Lord. ‘I will protect them from those who malign them.’ And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times. O Lord, you will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever.”
Psalm 13 — David wrote this and is praying for relief from despair. I don’t know about you, but in times when I feel that I am not hearing back from God after I have called out to HIM, I begin to question many things. However, I have to remind myself that my timing is not God’s timing. Things may not look good in the natural realm and so we cry out to God again. David is right in this very place, pouring his heart out and then in silence. Did you notice that in the first two verses, David asked God “How long O Lord…” FOUR TIMES!!!! This got my attention because once again I have learned if God says something twice…to look at it again…. if HE says it three times…it is very important. And the MORE God says something….the more we need to pay attention to it. In the times of silence….in these times of “How Long O Lord?”….THIS is when true TRUST is tested. Faith is NOT a feeling. Let me repeat that… FAITH IS NOT A FEELING. Regardless of HOW we feel, God has given EACH of HIS children a measure of faith!!! Romans 12:3 states: “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FAITH GOD HAS DISTRIBUTED TO EACH OF YOU.” WHEN we chose Jesus as our Lord and Savior, believed that HE is who HE says HE is, and confessed out sin —- GOD distributed FAITH to each of us… God GAVE to us a measure of FAITH….God allotted to us a measure of FAITH (these come from the NIV, AMP, and KJV. We may all have moments of feeling as if The Lord abandoned us BUT…..through our study of the Word we can KNOW with out a DOUBT that HE is with us. Look at verses 5-6 again…. “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.” THINK about this….when life isn’t going the way you had hoped and prayed… we HAVE FAITH!! WE HAVE the HOLY SPIRIT with in us. WE HAVE the God of the universe who loves us deeply, forever and who is in control. (Again…I’ve read the end of the book and I KNOW how it will all end…. God WINS….OUR GOD!!! So, if our God wins and HE lives in us…then we win.)
Psalm 28 — David wrote this as his prayer when he was SURROUNDED by trouble and wickedness. Prayer is a gift. It is a POWERFUL GIFT. It is a piece of our armor God has given us so we may fight successfully in this battle of life. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says: “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ…” In Ephesians 6:18 it says: “And PRAY in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” PRAYER is an awesome way to bring every thought into the obedience of Christ. It is also how we speak to God and it gives us strength as well as others we pray for. It is not something to be taken lightly. It truly is a Gift from God. Look at what David said in verse 7:
“The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to him in song.”
OH YEPPER… that is POWERFUL!!!
Psalm 55 — Yesterday, just before David fled we read of his trusted advisor, Ahithophel the Gilonite joining sides with Absalom, along with 200 other men from Jerusalem (who followed Absalom innocently knowing nothing about the matter), and Absalom’s following kept increasing. When David was told by a messenger that “the hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom” then he fled. (2 Samuel 15-12.)
This Psalm was written by David expressing deep dismay over the treachery of a close friend. It most likely was written during Absalom’s rebellion and Ahithophel’s betrayal. Some scholars believe verses 12-14 of this Psalm are Messianic because they also describe Judas’ betrayal of Christ (Matthew 26:14-16; 20-25.)
David prays for the Lord to hear him and acknowledges his anguish, fear, and horror overwhelming him. He asks for God to confuse the wicked. And he says….”BUT I call to God The Lord saves me….HE ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me ….”
David knew that with his son’s rebellion against him and his counselor’s betrayal he was not strong enough to handle these circumstances alone. He KNEW HE needed God. HE KNEW He could TRUST God.
NO THING can separate us from the love of God!! Romans 8: 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sharing HIS inseparable love,