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