Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61, 62, 64
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I have included “my standard go to version” of the NIV but also a different version of the NLT in case it may help open the eyes of your heart seeing it a little differently.
Psalm 26– In this Psalm when you see the word blameless, know that David is not announcing that he thinks he was sinless. In the Hebrew text, he meant a life with Integrity, and also a full life. David’s TRUST in the Lord is so strong that he shouts:
“Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth.”
To be honest with you, there have been times when I have been afraid to ask God to test and try me because I KNEW it could get ugly. However, the tests and the trials of life come whether we ask for them or not. David’s ASKING God to TEST him and TRY him speaks LOUDLY to me of a man who TRUSTED The Lord with ALL his being. HE KNEW the Lord’s love, protection, forgiveness, goodness, mercy, etc, were ALL he needed. Regardless of what God showed him by bringing things to the surface in testing and trying him, David KNEW it was ALL for the best, God loved him, and God would give him strength to get through whatever happened!! THAT is true, deep, abiding FAITH!!!
Psalm 40– THINK about this Psalm. David had made some very poor choices (gave into his lust, inquired of the woman he saw bathing on the roof at night, found out she was married to one of his faithful men, had his servants BRING her to him, slept with her, conceived a child, murdered her husband, involved others in his cover up.) When Nathan was sent by God to confront David, at first he became angry and then he confessed his sin and asked the Lord for forgiveness. The Lord STILL showed his love, mercy, and grace, and forgave David immediately. Forgiven, David still had to live with the consequences of his sin (heaven help us all.) The he “watched” the consequences unfold in his life (his baby from his affair died, his daughter Tamar was raped by his oldest son Amnon, Absalom had compassion on Tamar and tried to help her while David did NOTHING for Tamar or to discipline Amnon, Absalom eventually killed Amnon (and David did nothing), then Absalom decided he should be KING, persuaded many of David’s men to follow him using his good looks and eloquence, and David RAN, then Joab, David’s Commander in Chief, went against David’s command and deliberately killed Absalom in the heat of war.) After all that has happened this beautiful Psalm springs forth as David WAITS on The Lord. While David waited, God lifted him out of his despair; set his feet on THE solid rock; gave him a firm place to stand; and put a new song of praise in his mouth.
Bless David!!! This Psalm shows us that David KNEW God was in control of EVERY thing… HE created it….HE controlled it. David’s response to this knowledge was to wait patiently on the Lord. David had learned through the events in his life…the good, the bad, and the ugly that ALL God truly desired was his obedience (see verses 6-8). However, the obedience God desired was not in the actions or the rituals…..obedience from his heart…the DESIRE to be obedient and the strength to act on the obedience….that’s all God REALLY desires. So as David waited on God’s perfect timing he learned to share who God was with everyone….he was not ashamed of his God or of his beliefs or of any circumstance. Sounds like great words to live by!!
Psalm 58 –This Psalm was also by David and was a prayer for God’s justice. There seemed to very little justice. Yet our God is a God of justice. When earth only has judges who are so corrupt there becomes little hope for justice on earth; we STILL have our God who promises us that those who obey HIM will experience perfect justice in eternity. We all make poor decisions and bring many consequences upon ourselves when we are rebellious, stubborn, refuse to obey God’s way, etc. And, God tells us if we will repent and call HIM our God, he will hear and bring us back to HIM. However, there is some very REAL evil in our world where there is NO repentance and/or the total refusal to believe in our God. I think of people and/or events like The Spanish Inquisition (which went on for centuries and ended up being a way of “cleansing society of the Jews”, Hitler and the Holocaust which attempted the same mission as The Spanish Inquisition, and so much more.) I struggle with desiring wrath on the wicked, because, we aren’t we supposed to love everybody?
I think most of us live in a world where we only get glimpses of evil, mostly on tv or the news. But we KNOW the evil is present and apparently growing or our tolerance as a society has become more lenient. We see so much happening on TV these days (and you don’t have to have it on long to see mass amounts of it) that we often become desensitized to it or simply believe “oh THAT would NEVER happen to me or my family!!” However, do you realize that the majority of the population of Germany did NOT believe what Hitler was doing until it was WAY too late? We see kidnappers, rapists, murderers, molesters, women and children forced into slavery (YES…in this country TODAY), forced porn situations, elder abuse, patient abuse, animal abuse, and the list goes on and on. Why am I saying all this? Because the need in our world today for Jesus and HIS love is HUGE!!
Allow this Psalm to prompt you to PRAY for everything, our government at all levels, our leaders at all levels, our legal system, our health system, our economy, our churches, for those who CHOOSE to walk this life without Jesus asking that God will touch them in such a way that they come to know HIM deeply and forever, and most of all that God will have favor, mercy and grace upon HIS children.
Psalm 61– David wrote this as a prayer for security and assurance (the Lord KNEW we needed this one after the last HEAVY Psalm we just read.) This is another beautiful example of David waiting on the Lord. He is away from the palace he has come to know. He is fleeing from his son for his life. He has seen his top advisors betray him, and his son commit treason. YET… David’s words STILL comfort us today…because they are REALLY God’s Words. Look at some of the key words that touched me… “hear my cry, O God, hear my prayer, …my heart grows faint… lead me to the rock that is higher than I… my refuge… a strong tower…. I will sing praise in your name and fulfill my vows day after day.” David’s words are so real, so pertinent today, and I don’t know about you…but I can SO relate.
Psalm 64 — David wrote this as a complaint and protection against conspiracy. “Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint.” In Hebrew one of the definitions of this statement showed: ‘to hear me, as I speak of my anxiety’. God does love our praise, and our thanksgiving; yet HE LOVES hearing from us. I continually pray that God will show me exactly what HE would have me say on this blog….among MANY other things <<<smile>>> Before I even open my bible I pray that HE will show me things in HIS Word. Reading HIS Word is very important because HIS Word is how HE speaks to us. Yet, as with anything, we as humans can get our priorities messed up in a “New York minute.” God gave us HIS Word to guide us, correct us, teach us, exhort us, and so much more. BUT…we must NEVER forget that God’s desires a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with us. That personal relationship requires communication. THINK for a moment about your best friend. In all likelihood, you look forward to spending time with them…talking, listening, just sitting together watching “the tide roll in.” God desires the same from us…HE wants that SAME kind of relationship with us. HE wants us to obey HIM because our hearts can’t live without HIM, not pleasing Him. And although He KNOWS ALL… HE STILL wants us to speak with HIM…everyday….every moment that we can….with excitement, with tears, with repentance, with joy, with laughter, with ALL of us. So…. read the Word….AND LISTEN to HIS heart for YOU. Prayer is a two way conversation….it IS an awesome gift…use it wisely…love HIM deeply because HE loves you and me much deep than we could ever really understand.
OH HOW HE LOVES YOU AND ME……