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.”

One thought on “Week #73; Wed, May 22: Job 40-Psalm 17

  1. Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon are in a group of works called “Wisdom Literature” in the Bible that contain responses for human struggles and other life-experiences. Collectively, they bring to mind wise ways to address life’s conditions then and now. My personal observations and chapter observations pay attention to what I see as threads that connect to how those wise people faced their problems that are useful in successfully meeting our own contemporary problems. The wisdom books are founded on God’s laws documented in preceding books; they demonstrate practical application for the wise.

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