Week #70; Wed, May 01: Job 5–15

Week #70; Wed, May 01: Job 5:1–15:35

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Job’s suffering is severe; he has already questioned why he did not die at birth.

2. Isaiah 14:12-23 accounts for the war in heaven and the fall of Lucifer and his followers; the angels of darkness.

3. It appears that Job does not consider that since that time, Lucifer, his adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:6-11).

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Job 4-5, Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper (cont.)
1. Elephaz speaks first after a long silence by Job’s three visiting friends; Elephaz encourages Job to seek God for relief.

2. Elephaz tries to spell out the good in being reproved by God and to not despise the discipline of the Almighty.

Job 6, Job Replies: My Complaint is Just

1. Job holds on to innocence saying, “I have not denied the words of the Holy One.”

2. Job asks, “Is there any injustice on my tongue?”

Job 7, Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope
1. Job express hopelessness; “my eye will never again see good.”

2. Job says, “I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.”

Job 8, Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

1. Bildad speaks next saying, “If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy, if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation.”

2. Bildad said, “God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers.”

Job 9, Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter
1. Job acknowledged Bildad and affirmed his position.

2. However, Job asked, “How can a man be in the right before God? . . . If one wished to contend with him, one could not answer him once in a thousand times.”

Job 10, Job Continues: A Plea to God
1. Job exclaims, “I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.”

2. Job pleads to God, “Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me . . . Cease and leave me alone.”

Job 11, Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse
1. Lastly, Zophar speaks to Job saying, “God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.”

2. Zophar asked, “Can you find out the deep things of God? . . . Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?”

Job 12, Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This
1. Job replies to Zophar, “But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you . . . What you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.”

2. Job says, “I desire to argue my case with God.”

Job 13, Job Continues: Still I Will Hope in God
1. Job exclaims to his three friends, “As for you, you whitewash with lies; worthless physicians are you all.”

2. Further, Job says, “Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom.”

Job 14, Job Continues: Death Comes Soon to All
1. Job asked, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? . . . There is none.”

2. Job said, “Oh that you would hide me in Sheol, that you would conceal me until your wrath be past, that you would appoint me a set time and remember me!

Job 15, Eliphaz Accuses: Job Does Not Fear God
1. Eliphaz charges Job with “windy knowledge . . . Do you limit wisdom to yourself?”

2. Eliphaz asserts, “Should he (a man) argue in unprofitable talk, or in words with which he can do no good?

3. Eliphaz concludes, “Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment.”

Week #71; Wed, May 8: Job 16–28

Week #71; Wed, May 08: Job 16:1–28:22

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Job continues to hold out that God is giving him his grief (unaware of Satan striking a deal with God as a test of Job’s faith).

2. In addition to Job’s infirmities, it appears that Job is severely handicapped by not knowing that God and Satan have undergone a test of Job’s faith; Job is blindly fighting for his soul.

3. Job’s friend’s are likewise unaware that Job has been placed in position between God and Satan as a test.

4. Job holds fast to his integrity in the face of criticism by his friends and ultimately identifies all wisdom is from God, not his outspoken friends.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Job 16, Job Replies: Miserable Comforters Are You
1. “Wendy words” is the term used by Job to describe his comforters.

2. Job said, “I could speak as you do, if you were in my place . . .”

3. Job firmly holds out that God has given him up to the ungodly and casts him in the hands of the wicked.

Job 17, Job Continues: Where Then Is My Hope?

1. Job says, “My spirit is broken; my days are extinct; the graveyard is ready for me.

2. Speaking to his friends, Job says, “I shall not find a wise man among you. My days are past; my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart.”

Job 18, Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked
1. Bildad thinks that the “light of the wicked (Job) is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine . . . The light is dark in his tent, and his lamp above him is put out.”

2. But Bildad is unaware of the power of Job’s faith and the power of his God.

3. Bildad accuses Job of being unrighteous, and knows not God.

Job 19, Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives
1. But, Job sees through Bildad’s words and retorts that he should be ashamed for casting reproach upon him.

2. Job continues to lament over lost brothers, friends, relatives, guests, and maidservants saying, “the hand of God has touched me!”

3. Job powerfully states, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.”

Job 20, Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer
1. Zophar also denounces Job stating, “I hear censure that insults me; the wicked will perish forever. . . . they will get no enjoyment. . . . God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body.”

2. Zophar asserts, “This is the wicked man’s portion from God, the heritage decreed for him by God.”

Job 21, Job Replies: The Wicked Do Prosper
1. Job retorts, “mock on, but listen to my words.”

2. Job states about the wicked, “Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power? . . . Their offspring are established in their presence, and their descendants before their eyes. . . . What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? . . . And what profit do we get if we pray to him? . . . How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? . . . Will any teach God knowledge?”

3. Job exclaims, “How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? . . . There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”

Job 22, Eliphaz Speaks: Job’s Wickedness Is Great
1. Eliphaz snaps back, “Can a man be profitable to God?”

2. Eliphaz tells Job, “Agree with God, and be at peace; there good will come to you. . . . Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart. . . . You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows. . . . light will shine on your ways.”

Job 23, Job Replies: Where Is God?
1. Job says, “I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know what he would answer me and understand what he would say to me.”

2. Job continues, “There an upright man could argue with him, and I would be acquitted forever by my judge.”

3. Job surmises, “I am in dread of him; God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; yet I am not silenced because of the darkness, nor because thick darkness covers my face.”

Job 24, Job Continues: Why Are Not Times of Judgment Kept By The Almighty:
1. Job questioned, “Why do those who know him never see his days?”

2. In his confidence, Job says, “If it is not so, who will prove me a liar and show that there is nothing in what I say?”

Job 25, Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous
1. Bildad states, “Dominion and fear are with God; he makes peace in his high heaven. . . . How then can man be in the right before God?”

2. Bildad asked, “How can he who is born of woman (into humanity) be pure?”

Job 26, Job Replies: God’s Majesty is Unsearchable
1. Job answered Bildad, “With whose help have you uttered words, and whose breath has come out from you?”

2. Job assesses, “The thunder of God’s power, who can understand?”

Job 27, Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity
1. Job took up more discourse saying, “I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.”

2.  Job teaches of the, “hand of God against the wicked and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty (the list is extensive and horrifying).”

Job 28, Job Continues: Where Is Wisdom?
1. Job declares, “God understands the way to it (wisdom), and he knows its place. . . . For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.”

2. Job announces that, “God said to man, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.'”

Week #72; Wed, May 15: Job 39-39

Week #72; Wed, May 15: Job 29:1–39:30

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Job is convinced his “works” justify his righteous position; he resumes his defense by asserting the “good” he remembers doing in “the months of old” and the honor that was bestowed on him by observers.

2. Elihu, a younger observer, follows Job’s three friends with more focused comments on Job’s friends as well as on Job, still Job holds on to his righteous position–that he does not deserve his condition because of his goodness and kindness for which he is very proud.

3. Elihu’s pronouncements, statements, and assertions appear to lack the elements of grace and mercy.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Job 29, Job’s Summary Defense
1. Job laments the “good old days” as he resumes his righteous defense.

2. He recalls how young, old, nobels, and princes honored him at the gate of the city when he was in his prime.

3. Job “posts” his own books tallying his deliveries to the poor, fatherless, perishing, widows, blind, lame, and needy.

4. Job reflects pride in the “balance sheet” he has drawn up for himself.

Job 30, Job Continues His Summary Defense
1. But, in his current state of infirmities, these same men laugh at him.

2. These same admirers now keep aloof and spit at his sight.

3. As they promote his calamity; they need no help from others.

4. Job’s honor and prosperity has passed away like a cloud before the wind.

5. Job’s days of affliction have taken hold of him; his soul is poured out within him.

Job 31, Job’s Final Appeal
1. Job asks, “Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for workers of iniquity?”

2. Job made a self-determination that his deeds are on the positive side of his ledger page, so he seeks a just balance to let God know his integrity.

3. So confident is Job that he places his own wife at risk for harm by others if his own personal assessment has overlooked any falsehood in his past.

4. Job’s confidence extends to each and every action in his past holding on to dealing justly to the poor, widows, fatherless, or needy without fear of further harm to himself.

5. Job includes justly using his gold in his past transactions as punishable by the judges if he had been false to God above.

Job 32, Elihu Rebukes Job’s Three Friends
1. Job was righteous in his own eyes, so the three men ceased to answer him.

2. Then Elihu burned with anger toward Job because he justified himself rather than God; he burned with anger also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, although they had declared Job to be in the wrong.

3. Being younger than Job’s three friends, Elihu waited until they finished speaking to Job before he spoke.

4. Elihu declared that it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand.

Job 33, Elihu Rebukes Job
1. Elihu tells Job, “God is greater than man; he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, that he may turn man aside from his deed(s) and conceal pride from a man; he keeps back his soul from the pit, his life from perishing by the sword.”

2. “Behold, God does all these things, twice, three times, with a man, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be lighted with the light of life.”

Job 34, Elihu Asserts God’s Justice
1. Elihu pronounces to Job and his three friends, “Far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.”

2. Elihu states that God’s justice consists of this, “according to the work of a man he will repay him, and according to his ways he will make it befall him.”

3. Elihu asserts that God’s “eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps . . . He shatters the mighty without investigation, and . . . He strikes them for their wickedness in a place for all to see, because they turned aside from following him and had no regard for any of his ways . . . ”

Job 35, Elihu Condemns Job
1. So, Elihu now applies his thinking to Job.

2. Many “ifs” are used by Elihu to define Job’s position and the action or lack of action by God; a sign of a need for additional wisdom by Elihu too.

3. Elihu concludes that Job “opens his mouth in empty talk; he multiplies words without knowledge.”

Job 36, Elihu Extols God’s Greatness
1. Elihu pridefully concludes that, “truly my words are not false; one who is perfect in knowledge is with you.”

2. Elihu says, “God is mighty, and does not despise any; he is mighty on strength of understanding.”

3. Elihu cautions against arrogance; “You are full of the judgment on the wicked . . . and . . . judgment and justice seize you.”

4. Elihu adds, “Behold, God is exalted in his power; who is a teacher like him? Who has prescribed for him his way, or who can say, ‘You have done wrong’?

Job 37, Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
1. Elihu tells more, “Keep listening to the thunder of his voice and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.”

2. Elihu tells Job to, “stop and consider the wondrous works of God (i.e., lightning, wind, cold, heat, ice, waters, clouds, skies, light, etc.)”

3. Elihu adds, “God is clothed with awesome majesty. The almighty–we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate. Therefore men fear him; he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”

Job 38, The Lord Answers Job
1. Then, unexpectedly, God answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? . . . I will question you, and you make it known to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? . . . Who determined it’s measurements? . . . Or the line on it? . . . Who laid its cornerstone?”

2. Upon adding many other unanswerable questions to Job, God told him, “Declare, if you know all this.”

Job 39, The Lord Answers Job (cont.)
1. God follows with many more unanswerable questions for Job.

2. It appears that God is stripping Job of all his pride to get him to a level where he understands where he should stand (or lay prostrate in humility) before God.

Week #73; Wed, May 22: Job 40-Psalm 17

Week #73; Wed, May 22: Job 40:1-Psalm 17:15

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Job demonstrates that living blamelessly under the law by itself is not sufficient without the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and faith in Him for salvation.

2. Job acknowledges man has no defense against the Lord God Almighty.

3. Job’s three friends also come to realize that their judgment was insufficient for providing any meaningful help to Job; according to God, they were dealing with a few cards short of a full deck too.

4. It is clear, confession and repentance from a contrite heart is what God seeks from all of us.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Job 40, The Lord Continues to Address Job–Job Promises Silence
1. The Lord questions Job, “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?”

2. Job finally realizes he has overstepped with the Almighty and declares “no contest” as he covers his month and proceeds no further in his own defense.

3. The Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind and said, “I will question you, and you make it known to me.”

4. God said, “Will you even put me in the wrong, will you condemn me that you may be in the right?”

5. God ask Job, “Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his?”

Job 41, The Lord Challenges Job
1.  God states, “. . . Since both the Behemoth and the Leviathan are impossible for man to tame; then who can stand before God who created them . . . ?”

2. God says to Job, “These creatures know no fear; they are king over all the sons of pride.”

Job 42, Job Confesses and Repents
1. Job comes to an understanding, “I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know–I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”

2. Then the Lord rebukes Job’s three friends saying to Eliphaz, “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has; take seven bulls and seven rams and go to Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly.”

3. “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

Psalm 1, The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
1. The man that delights in the law of the Lord and meditates day and night is like a tree that is planted by a stream and does not wither; it gives fruit in its season.

2. But the wicked are like chaff that will not stand in the judgment, for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2, The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed
1. Why do nations rage, plotting in vain.

2. They plot against the Lord and his Anointed.

3. The Lord says, “I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

4. Therefore, “Blessed are all who take refuge in him, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way because his wrath is quickly kindled.”

Psalm 3, Save Me, O My God
1. David declared, “Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people!”

2. As he fled from his son Absalom, he lamented, “O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God.”

3. He declared, “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”

4. David said, “I cried aloud to the Lord and he answered me from his holy hill; . . . the Lord sustained me.”

Psalm 4, Answer Me When I Call
1. David seeks God asking him to hear his prayer and answer him when he calls.

2. He pleads over his honor that has been turned to shame because of vain words and lies of men.

3. David proclaims that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; that the Lord hears him when he calls.

4. He states, “Offer right sacrifices and put your trust in the Lord.”

5. His prayer promises commitment, “I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Psalm 5, Lead Me In Your Righteousness
1. David cries out to the Lord in prayer stating that, “you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you . . . the boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers . . . you destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.”

2. David states, “I will enter your house, I will bow down toward your holy temple in fear of you.”

3. He asks for the Lord to lead him in righteousness because of his enemies; making straight his way before him.

4. David adds, “Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.”

Psalm 6, O Lord, Deliver My Life
1. David prays as he is languishing, “. . . heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled . . . my soul also is greatly troubled–how long?.”

2. He states, “Depart from me, all you workers of evil . . . The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer . . . all my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.”

3. David makes a profound statement here about “death” that portends eternal death where there is no remembrance of the Lord–grim outlook where it applies!

Psalm 7, In You do I Take Refuge
1. David commits to God for a refuge to save him from all his pursuers and to deliver him from his pursuers.

2. David hints of some of Job’s righteousness and integrity; however, he quickly grasps the need to repent saying, “If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.”

3. He states, “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.”

Psalm 8, How Majestic Is Your Name
1. David applies his best thoughts to reflect on the majesty of God; he compared it to being over the heavens, infants, works of his fingers, moon, stars, angels, beasts, and fish of the sea.

2. He summarizes by saying, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Psalm 9, I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds
1. David writes that he “will give thanks to the Lord with his whole heart; will recount his wonderful deeds, exult in him, and sing praise to his name, O Most High.”

2. David states, “You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever; . . . the very name of them has perished.”

3. He acknowledged, “But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the people with uprightness.”

4. David proclaims, “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble . . . He does not forget the cry of the afflicted . . . whereas, the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands . . . the wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God.”

5. David prays, “Put them in fear, O Lord! Let the nations know that they are but men!”

Psalm 10, Why Do You Hide Yourself?
1. Note: Psalm 9 and 10 together follow the Hebrew alphabet with the first letter of each verse forming one Psalm.

2. David asks God, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? . . . Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?”

3. Thinking deeper, David declares, “The wicked do not seek God and his thoughts are, ‘There is no God. . . I shall not be moved; throughout all generations, I shall not meet adversity . . . God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.'”

4. David turns to prayer, “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up you hand; forget not the afflicted . . . You do see, for you note mischief and vexation that you may take it into your hands.”

5. David concludes, “Incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.”

Psalm 11, The Lord Is In His Holy Temple
1. David affirms, “The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man . . . The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”

2. David asserts, “For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.”

Psalm 12, The Faithful Have Vanished
1. David proclaims, “Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.”

2. The Lord says, “I will now arise; I will place the plundered and needy in safety for which he longs.”

3. David confirms, “You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever.”

Psalm 13, How Long, O Lord?
1. Feeling abandoned, David prays, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?”

2. He says, “Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; . . . lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed over him,’ lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.”

3. David reflects, “But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation . . . I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.”

Psalm 14, The Fool Says, There Is No God
1. David declares, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'”

2. David exhorts the fools, “They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good, not even one.”

3. David exclaims, “God is with the generation of the righteous.”

4. David surmised, “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”

Psalm 15, Who Shall Dwell On Your Holy Hill?
1. David ponders, “Who shall dwell on your holy hill? . . . He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart? . . . He who does not slander or does no evil to his neighbor? . . . He who does not take up reproach against his friend?”

2. David visits other thoughts, “He who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.”

3. David resolves, “He who does these things shall never be moved.”

Psalm 16, You Will Not Abandon My Soul
1. David pleas, “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.”

2. He says, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”

3. David applauds the saints in the land, the excellent ones, however, those that run after another god, although they multiply, their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.”

4. He says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

5. David affirms, “You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.”

Psalm 17, In the Shadow of Your Wings
1. David prays, “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wing, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.”

2. He says, “Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, from men by your hand, O Lord from men of the world whose portion is in this life.”

3. He concludes, “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”

Week #74; Wed, May 29: Psalm 18–33

Week #74; Wed, May 29: Psalm 18:1-33:32

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Here in Psalm 18 we see that some things, like the love God, the love of the Spirit of God, and/or the love of a particular person(s) just cannot be denied; you know it when you know it (it wells up inside when there is not just a connection, but a relationship), so be it.

2. The Spirit of God bonds the connection between the Lord and David into a special relationship that Psalm 18 describes; however, we know David strayed when he was king.

3. Reason with this on the difference about the Holy Spirit in the days of the Old Testament where we see that then the Holy Spirit did not indwell permanently like it does today in the New Testament (Ephesians 1:13-14).

3. Try reading or reciting the 23rd Psalm in “plurality” for a slightly broader application to David’s thoughts.

4. David asserts that the nation whose God is the Lord are the people chosen to be his heritage; he fashions their hearts (33:12, 15).

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:

Psalm 18, The Lord Is My Rock and My Fortress
1. David said, “I love you, O Lord, my strength” because he could feel it in his soul–when he knew it, he knew it–there was connection, two-way communication, and complete relationship.

2.David compared his love for the Lord to his strength, rock, fortress, deliverer, refuge, shield, horn, and stronghold.

3. When at great risk from his enemies (and Saul), David called out to the Lord and the Lord heard him.

4. The Lord responded in anger so that smoke and fire came forth from Him coming swiftly on the the wings of the wind with darkness His covering bring hailstones and coals as He thundered sending out His arrows to scatter and route David’s enemies.

5. David declares that the Lord is merciful, blameless, pure, and steadfast.

Psalm 19, The Law of the Lord Is Perfect
1. David states, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”

2. “The law of the Lord is perfect.” declares David, it revives the soul; in keeping all the rules there is great reward.

3. So, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” concludes David.

Psalm 20, Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God
1. David encourages all of the Lord’s anointed to trust in the name of the Lord our God instead of chariots and in horses.

2. Therefore, when you do, David prays that the Lord will grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.

3. Then, he says, “. . . make offerings, shout for joy, hoist banners . . . giving praise to the Lord.”

Psalm 21, The King Rejoices in the Lord’s Strength
1. Rich blessings and a golden crown awaits those who rejoice in the strength and salvation in the Lord.

2. The Most High shall not be moved, He shall make your enemies a blazing oven, fire will consume them.

Psalm 22, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
1. Like Job, David asks God, “. . . why have you forsaken me? . . . Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.”

2. “Strong bulls of Bashan surround me; they open wide their mouths at me, like a ravening and roaring lion.

3. Note how verse 18 pertains to the New Testament and the cross where it says, “. . . they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots . . .”

4. David firmly holds on to this thought, “. . . It shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn . . . ”

Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd
1. Only two adjectives (green and still) are used in Psalm 23 making it very directive toward our souls (the Lord’s prize from every elect, chosen, and predestined written in the Lamb’s Book of Life).

2. The eternal focus (“I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”) is the bottom line.

Psalm 24, The King of Glory
1. David asks, “Who is this King of glory?”

2. He answers, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.”

3. So, he resolves, “The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!” Amen.

Psalm 25, Teach Me Your Paths
1. In seeking the ways of the Lord, David pleads, “Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!”

2. Further, he says, “Pardon my guilt, for it is great . . . My eyes are ever toward the Lord.”

Psalm 26, I Will Bless the Lord
1. David says, “As for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me.”

2. He adds, “My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.”

Psalm 27, The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation
1. When the Lord is your Light and Salvation, David says, “. . . whom shall I fear? . . . The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

2. So, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Psalm 28, The Lord Is My Strength and My Shield
1. David says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”

2. David carves out the Lords people from those that are wicked by saying, “The lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.”

Psalm 29, Ascribe to the Lord Glory
1. David compares the voice of the Lord to being over the waters like thunder, powerfully breaking the cedars of Lebanon, flashing forth flames of fire, shaking the wilderness, making the deer give birth, and stripping the forest bare.

2. So, he says, “The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.”

3. And may, “The Lord bless his people with peace!”

Psalm 30, Joy Comes with the Morning
1. In dedicating the temple, David states, “Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.”

2. And, “O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!”

Psalm 31, Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit
1. David calls on the Lord to, “Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me!”

2. He exclaims, “Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.”

3. So, “Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be strong, and let you heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 32, Blessed Are the Forgiven
1. David asserts how it is the forgiven that are blessed, the ones whose sins are forgiven.

2. He zeroes in on the upright in heart, “Those people are the ones whose spirit contains no deceit; they acknowledge their sin to the Lord completely . . . they confess their transgressions and receive forgiveness for the iniquity of their sins.”

3. David reasons, “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and  bridle, or it will not stay near you.”

Psalm 33, The Steadfast Love of the Lord
1. Lastly, David says to, “Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.”

2. David explains this is done with lyre, harp, singing, and loud shouts, for the “word of the Lord is upright and all his work is done in faithfulness.”

3. David says, “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm (Genesis 1:3).”