Week #75; Wed, Jun 05: Psalm 34-49

Week #75; Wed, Jun 05: Psalm 34:1-49:20

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:

1. Psalms has five sections (1-41, 42-72, 73-89, 90-106, and 107-150) that each close with a doxology.

2. Psalm 34 pertains to the time of 1 Samuel 21 that records David taking the holy bread, his flight to Gath with the sword of Goliath, and pretending to be mad when arriving at Gath. It is another acrostic poem that uses successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet to begin each verse.

3. Psalm 37 draws clear distinction about the rewards for the meek and punishment of evildoers that leaves no room for wiggle.

4. Psalm 38 brings Job 6:4 and 23:4 to mind regarding the wrath of God being against him. But is there more to it? Is another evil element involved?

5. Psalm 40 refers to the “scroll of the book” and about what is written of him pertaining to Luke 24:44 and fulfillment of prophecy.

6. Psalm 41 ends with a doxology that blesses the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Psalm 34, Taste and See That the Lord is Good
1. David pleas with the reader to exalt the Lord together and magnify the Lord with him.

2. He sought the Lord, and He answered him and delivered him from all his fears.

3. The “angel of the Lord” [some read as Jesus in the OT] encamps around those who “fear” and “delivers” them.

4. Taking refuge in the Lord is a blessing; fearing Him results in lacking nothing.

5. To learn to fear the Lord, keep your tongue and lips from evil, turn away from evil, do good, seek peace and pursue it.

6. This is the insight, “Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.”

Psalm 35, Great Is The Lord
1. David seeks the Lord to help him fight against those who fight against him.

2. The term “angel of the Lord” is used again when David calls for help to drive away his enemies like chaff before the wind and again when he envisions the way of the enemy as dark and slippery when they are being pursued.

3. David uses the term “soul” to reflect the depth of his communications with the Lord.

4. He portrays how his enemies have dug a pit and hid their net “without cause” to ensnare him.

5. His enemies repay him evil for good even though he prayed, fasted and wore sackcloth when they were sick.

6. David declares, “Great is the Lord” who delights in the welfare of his servant!” and he promises to praise Him all the day long.

Psalm 36, How Precious Is Your Steadfast Love
1. David asserts that wicked transgressors have no fear of God, they cease to act wisely and do good.

2. But, the righteous man and beast, you save, “O Lord . . . how precious is your steadfast love O God.”

3. David announces, “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”

Psalm 37, He Will Not Forsake His Saints
1. David says to, “Fret not . . . be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb!”

2. He exclaims, “Trust in the Lord and do good, . . . Delight yourself in the Lord, . . . Commit your way to the Lord, . . . and Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

3. Three verses pertain to the reward for the meek: “verse 9 . . . those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land, verse 11 . . . the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace, and verse 29 . . . the righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.”

4. David asserts, “The Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.”

5. David meditates in his heart that, “The Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. . . . The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.”

6. David says, “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord (Saved by grace through faith per Ephesians 2:8); he is their stronghold in the time of trouble (Psalm 46 pertains).”

Psalm 38, Do Not Forsake Me, O Lord
1. David places all his longings before the Lord as he is ready to fall when his pain is ever before him, yet he says, “I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.”

2. David pleads for the Lord to not forsake him and make haste to help him; he reaffirms that the Lord is his salvation!

Psalm 39, What Is the Measure of My Days?
1. David seeks to know the number of his days and to know his end while knowing that man is a mere breath.

2. He says, “Man heaps up wealth and knows not who will gather it.”

3. David pleads for the Lord to, “Deliver him from all his transgressions.”

4. David adds, “For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.”

Psalm 40, My Help and My Deliverer
1. David explains that the Lord, “heard his cry for help and drew him up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set his feet upon a rock, making his steps secure. He put a new song in his mouth, a song of praise to our God.”

2. He distinguishes how blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust and does not turn to the proud.

3. He says sacrifices and offering are not the delight of the Lord, but it is based on doing the will of God; his law is written in his heart.

4. David says it is written in the scroll of the book of him, “I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.”

Psalm 41, O Lord, Be Gracious to Me
1. David proclaims that the one who considers the poor is blessed and in his day of trouble the Lord will deliver him.

2. It appears that David does put some reliance on his integrity (like Job), yet in his illness he confesses, “O Lord be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!”

3. David also uses the term “repay” in the context of his enemies while seeking healing and being in his presence forever.

Psalm 42, Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul? [BOOK TWO OF PSALMS ON SONGS OF PRAISE BEGINS]
1. David assigned the Kohathites for the service of songs used in the tabernacle to praise the living God.

2. David shows how, “As a  deer pants for flowing streams . . .” is compared to how his soul thirsts for the living God.

3. In this Psalm/song, David reveals how he, “desires to know when he will appear before the living God.”

4. He shows how hope is expressed and praise is promised to God, his salvation.

Psalm 43, Send Out Your Light and Your Truth
1. This song is also for service in the tabernacle to praise the living God and David pleads to be vindicated and receive defense of his cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man.

2. He is specifically seeking God’s light and truth to, “lead him to his holy hill and to his dwelling!”

3. He promises to go to the altar of God with exceeding joy and praise him with the lyre.

Psalm 44, Come to Our Help
1. This song is also for service in the tabernacle to praise the living God and David pleads for help like the deeds God performed in the days of old, driving out nations with his own hand and his arm, not that of the people; God’s right arm and the light of his face saved them.

2. He promises to give thanks to his name forever.

3. But, help is needed because, “. . . we have been made like sheep for slaughter and scattered among the nations.”

4. And, “. . . we are scorned by those around us, a laughingstock among the peoples even though we have not forgotten you, and we have not been false to your covenant, you know the secrets of the heart.”

5. So, he exclaims, “Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!”

6. And, he requested, “Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love!”

Psalm 45, Your Throne, O God, Is Forever
1. Here is a love song addressing verses to the king revealing his splendor and majesty.

2. It toasts to victory in the cause of truth, meekness, and righteousness, to recognize the throne of God forever and ever, with a scepter of uprightness.

3. It promises to cause the Lord’s name to be remembered in all generations; so that nations will praise him forever and ever.

Psalm 46, God Is Our Fortress
1. Psalm 37 pertains.

2. This song confides in the refuge and strength of the Lord, a present help in trouble.

3. Therefore fear is dismissed even during earthquakes and floods, when concentrating only on the holy habitation of the Most High God.

4. Knowing this, “When nations rage and kingdoms totter, the earth melts at the utterance of his voice,” confirming that “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Psalm 47, God Is King over All the Earth
1. This song instructs that, “We are to clap our hands and shout to God with loud songs of joy!”

2. It also informs that, “The Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.”

3. And it conveys that, “. . . the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!”

Psalm 48, Zion, the City of Our God
1. Mount Zion is the focus of this song, indicating that, “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised.”

2. It says, “His holy mountain is high in elevation and is the joy of all the earth; it is the city of the great King.”

3. And, “. . . tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever.”

4. Beyond death, “He will guide us forever.”

Psalm 49, Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?
1. This song is dedicated to wisdom; the meditation of his heart is understanding

2. It is a proverb for the rich and poor alike that is solved by riddle to the music of the lyre.

3. An explanation is given how, “no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit.”

4. For, “he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.”

5. As for pomp, “Man will not remain; he is like the beasts that perish. This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts.”

6. We are told, “Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. . . . Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.”

Week #76; Wed, Jun 12: Psalm 50-68

Week #76; Wed, Jun 12: Psalm 50:1-68:35 (see www.jwaministries.net/wp for all previous weekly posts)

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Section 2 of 5 in Psalms continues in this week’s post and remains focused on songs for the tabernacle (search on “Psalms” in Wikipedia, GotQuestions.org, or elsewhere for more information).

2. It is easy to see how the enemies of David (Saul and Absalom, et al) are lurking around trying to destroy him which makes David focus on their evil intentions; he routinely turns to God lamenting in Psalms (see cites from a concordance that point back to the events that pertain).

3. The larger conflict between the Holy Trinity and the Satanic Trinity extends to today making Psalms, and the other books of wisdom just as pertinent today as then–it will take Armageddon to end it.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Psalm 50, God Himself is Judge
1. David assigned Asaph for service in the tabernacle singing (1 Chr. 6:39).

2. He proclaims God the Lord is the Mighty One who comes with devouring fire before him, a mighty tempest that he may judge his people; the heavens declare his righteousness.

3. Since every beast of the field is his; the world and its fulness is his and he does not want sacrifices that are always before him.

4. He rebukes the wicked; but, to the one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies him and orders his way rightly, he will show the “salvation of God!”

Psalm 51, Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
1. David cries out to God for mercy following the confrontation by Nathan about Bathsheba.

2. He laments to be washed thoroughly from his iniquity, and cleansed from his sin.

3. David asks the Lord to blot out all his iniquities, create in him a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within him; to take not the Holy Spirit from him.

4. David states that, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”

5. David brings up Zion; he asks God to build up the walls of Jerusalem, followed by right sacrifices.

Psalm 52, The Steadfast Love of God Endures
1. David compares Saul’s persona toward the Lord as doing evil and trusting in the abundance of his riches; but, David says, “I am like a green olive tree in the house of God, I will thank you forever.”

2. He promises to wait for his name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly.

3.  The steadfast love of God endures all the day.

Psalm 53, There Is None Who Does Good
1. David writes, “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

2. He says, “God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God; but, they have all fallen away. Together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.”

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

Psalm 54, The Lord Upholds My Life
1. David laments for God to “save him by his name and vindicate him by his might; to hear his prayer.”

2. He knew that strangers (Ziphites) have risen against him; ruthless men seeking his life; they do not set God before themselves.

3. Yet, he faithfully and confidently states that, “God has delivered him from every trouble and he has looked in triumph on his enemies.”

Psalm 55, Cast Your Burden on the Lord
1. David’s heart is anguishing because of the “noise of the enemy and the oppression of the wicked” causing him to “fear and tremble.”

2. He says, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; yes, I would wander far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest.”

3. Absalom, his son, appears to be the focus of David’s concerns (2 Sam. 15:12).

Psalm 56, In God I Trust
1. When David was seized in Gath by the Philistines, his oppression (1 Sam. 21:10), weighed heavily on him.

2. He exclaims to God, “You have kept count of my tossing; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”

3. David says, “in God I trust. I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

4. David adds, “I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.”

Psalm 57, Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth
1. When David fled from Saul to the cave of Adullam, he asked God to be merciful to him, “for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.”

2. He proclaims that he will “give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. . . Let your glory be over all the earth!”

Psalm 58, God Who Judges the Earth
1. David asserts, “The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.”

2. He states, “Mankind will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.'”

Psalm 59, Deliver Me from My Enemies
1. When Saul sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him, David appealed to God saying, “Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me; deliver me from those who work evil and save me from bloodthirsty men.”

2. He says, “But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision. O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress. My God in his steadfast love will meet me; God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.”

3. David concludes, “. . . they (enemies) are trapped in their pride. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”

Psalm 60, He Will Tread Down Our Foes
1. David laments to God for restoration and to go forth with his armies.

2. He knew that with God, he would do valiantly and tread down his foes that he listed (Moab, Edom, Philistia, et al).

Psalm 61, Lead Me to the Rock
1. David says, “Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.”

2. He desires, to be “lead to the rock that is higher than him, for you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.”

Psalm 62, My Soul Waits for God Alone
1. David says, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.”

2. He tells his people, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

3. He warns, “Those of low estate are but a breath; those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath. Put no trust in extortion; set no vain hopes on robbery; if riches increase, set not your heart on them. . . For you will render to a man according to his work.”

Psalm 63, My Soul Thirsts for You
1. When in the wilderness of Judah, David prays, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you . . .”

2. He says, “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals.”

Psalm 64, Hide Me from the Wicked
1. David prays, “Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy. Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers . . . ”

2. He concludes, “Let all the upright in heart exult!”

Psalm 65, O God of Our Salvation
1. David exclaims, “Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. . . Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts!”

2. He concludes, “The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.”

Psalm 66, How Awesome Are Your Deeds
1. Being keenly aware of the miracles of God, David alludes to past miracles to describe the awesomeness of God (Ex. 14:21). See related link at Week #11 on the crossing of the Red Sea; http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/bb971126.htm. Note that Solomon, David’s son, erected columns to mark the scene of the crossing as documented in a related video at Week #12 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y-uiccIiSY&index=2&t=0s&list=PL6NNBo_y_fjMk_bo9u17_2D5BNehXl6m6

2. It is easy for David to communicate the awesomeness of God with the closeness of time to God’s miraculous events; he says, “Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man. He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him, who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations–let not the rebellious exalt themselves.”

Psalm 67, Make Your Face Shine upon Us
1. David witnesses, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.”

2. He announces, “God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!”

Psalm 68, God Shall Scatter His Enemies
1. David concludes, “God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him.!”

2. David is conscious of “the mount that God desired for his abode, yes, where the Lord will dwell forever . . . ”

3. He affirms, “God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.

Week #77; Wed, Jun 19: Psalm 69-80

Week #77; Wed, Jun 19: Psalm 69:1-80:19

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. This week’s posting enters into Book 3 of 5 in Psalms and concludes the prayers of David in Psalm 72.

2. Beginning with Psalm 73, the plan of God and one’s soul highlights corruption and how the righteous deal with it.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Psalm 69, Save Me, O God
1. David uses water to express how it is threatening his life; it represents all those who would destroy him.

2. Even so, his prayer is to the Lord for saving faithfulness and deliverance from his enemies (the mire).

3. He is in distress and seeks the Lord to draw near to his soul, redeem him, and ransom him because of his enemies.

4. David says of his enemies, “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living; let them not be enrolled among the righteous.”

5. Conversely, Revelation 3:5 uses “book of life” to reflect the righteous therein, those that conquer, and are dressed in white that are worthy to walk with the Lord.

5. David promises to praise the name of God with a song; to magnify him with thanksgiving.

6. Zion will be saved by God; the cities of Judah will be built up for dwelling by those who love his name.

Psalm 70, O Lord, Do Not Delay
1. David is deeply perplexed over his enemies that are trying to destroy him; he asks the Lord to turn them back and bring them to dishonor.

2. But for all that seek the Lord and love His salvation, David rejoices with “God is great!”

3. He seeks prompt help and delivery without delay.

Psalm 71, Forsake Me Not When My Strength is Spent
1. Taking refuge in the Lord is the rock and fortress of righteousness especially when strength is depleted in the time of old age.

2. The Lord is hope and trust and to be continually praised.

3. When enemies consult together and say, “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.” then, “I will hope continually and praise you yet more and more.”

4. “I will proclaim your wondrous deeds.”

5. “I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.”

Psalm 72, Give the King Your Justice
1. It appears David prays for his son, King Solomon, saying, “Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!

2. He asks that he may, “judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.”

3. He asks for blessings, peace, and prosperity from the mountains with rain to water them.

4. He asks for defense for the cause of the poor and deliverance to the children of the needy.

5. He asks for the Lord to “crush the oppressor!

6. “The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended (v.20).”

Psalm 73, God Is My Strength and Portion Forever
1. Asaph continues (in book 3 of 5) to focus on how God is active in history, the need for human response to God through praise and prayer, and the need to trust and fear the Lord.

2. Asaph asserts, “While God is good to Israel and to those pure in heart, envy and arrogance appears when the prosperity of the wicked is observed.”

3. He summarizes the wicked like this, “The wicked have no pangs until death, they are fat and sleek, they are not in trouble as others, they are not stricken like the rest of mankind, their heart overflows with follies, they set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongues struts through the earth.”

4. So he reasons, “People turn back to them and find no fault in them saying, ‘How can God know?'”

5. Returning to the sanctuary, he discovers relief, “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.”

6. He recounts, “They are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!”

7. He announces, “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with our counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you?”

8. He concludes, “I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”

Psalm 74, Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause
1. Asaph continues by asking the Lord to, “Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage! Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.”

2. He (Asaph, possibly a temple singer known to be from the Asaphites in the linage of Levi) speaks for a group or congregation that is redeemed as the tribe of the Lords heritage.

3. He laments over the enemy destroying everything in the sanctuary (probably first temple) and placing their own signs for signs.

4. He questions why God holds back his hand from destroying them.

5. He praises the Lord for dividing the sea, splitting open springs and brooks, drying up ever-flowing streams, establishing the day and the night, summer and winter, sun and heavenly lights, and fixing the boundaries of the earth.

6. He says, “Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts; do not forget the life of your poor forever.”

7. He exclaims, “Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!”

Psalm 75, God Will Judge with Equity
1. Asaph recounts the wondrous deeds of the Lord and praises his name.

2. He warns the boastful not to boast and the wicked not to blow their horn or speak with a haughty neck.

3. And, “All the horns of the wicked will be cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.”

Psalm 76, Who Can Stand Before You?
1. Asaph also exclaims, “In Judah God is known; his name is great in Israel. His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.”

2. As for the stouthearted, “they were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep, all the men of war were unable to use their hands.”

3. He states about the Lord, “Who can stand before you when once your anger is roused?”

Psalm 77, In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord
1. Asaph asks, “Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he in anger shut up his compassion?”

2. Still, he confidently appeals, “Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph.”

3. He reaffirms, “Your way was through the sea, your path through the great waters; yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aron.”

Psalm 78, Tell the Coming Generation
1. Asaph insists that the coming generation(s) be told of the wondrous works of the Lord, and the wonders that he has done.

2. He says, “He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to the children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.”

3. Asaph records the works in the wilderness saying, “Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies, but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers.” See related link at Week #11 on the crossing of the Red Sea; http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/bb971126.htm. Note that Solomon, David’s son, erected columns to mark the scene of the crossing as documented in a related video at Week #12 at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y-uiccIiSY&index=2&t=0s&list=PL6NNBo_y_fjMk_bo9u17_2D5BNehXl6m6

Psalm 79, How Long, O Lord?
1. Asaph describes the fall of Jerusalem and asks God, “How long, O Lord?”

2. He pleads with God saying, “Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you, and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name! For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation.”

3. While at the same time, he pleads with God saying, “Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name’s sake!”

4. Accordingly, Asaph conveys to the Lord, “But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”

Psalm 80, Restore Us, O God
1. Asaph continues to plead for the Lord to “. . . come to save us. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!”

2. Conditionally (it sounds like), he says, “Then we shall not turn back from you; give us life, and we will call upon your name!

Week #78; Wed, Jun 26: Psalm 81-100

Week #78; Wed, Jun 26: Psalm 81:1-100:5

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:

1. This weeks posting contains the work of Asaph and the Korahites.

2. Asaph, the Korahites, and the Ezrahites were appointed to temple singing and music and possibly wrote psalms or transcribed them for others like David or Solomon.

3. As you read Psalm 91, think “Twin Towers on 9-11-2001” a for an expanded personal perspective.

4. Zion is credited as the city of God, the holy mount in Jerusalem; the Most High will establish her.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Psalm 81, Oh, That My People Would Listen to Me
1. Asaph beckons people to sing aloud to God, shout for joy to God, raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp and blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day.

2. God’s admonishment is threatened against strange gods among the people or if they bow down to a foreign god; God says, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”

3. God says, “. . . my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me. So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.”

4. God was prepared to subdue their enemies and turn his hand against their foes and feed them with the finest of the wheat, and with honey.

Psalm 82, Rescue the Weak and Needy
1. Asaph suggests that God is judging unjustly and shows partiality to the wicked.

2. He pleads for God to give justice to the weak and the fatherless; to maintain the right of the afflicted and destitute, and rescue the weak and needy; to deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

3. He urges God to arise and judge the earth so as to inherit the nations.

Psalm 83, O God, Do Not Keep Silence
1. Asaph asks God to not keep silent as his enemies make an uproar; those that hate you and lay crafty plans against your people and consult together.

2. The enemy say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”

3. The conspirators are Edom, the Ishmaelites, Moab, the Hagarites, Gebal, Ammon, Amalek, Philistia, Tyre and Asshur; they are the strong arm children of Lot.

4. He urges God to put them to shame that they may seek your name, O Lord that they may know that you alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.

Psalm 84, My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord
1. The Sons of Korah record longings for the Lord and his dwelling in song.

2. The writer illustrates that even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts.

3. He prays, “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!”

4. He concludes saying, “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

Psalm 85, Revive Us Again
1. The Korahites seek revival and restoration to God for salvation; they ask for his love.

2. They say, “Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.”

Psalm 86, Great Is Your Steadfast Love
1. The Lord is asked to listen “incline your ear” and answer the poor and needy.

2. The plea comes from a godly servant that trusts in the Lord who lifts up his soul for grace.

3. Recognition that all nations the Lord has made shall come and worship before you and shall glorify your name.

4. The plea also includes requests for the Lord to teach his way to enable walking in truth; to avoid ruthless men seeking his life.

5. Thanks to the Lord is given for his steadfast love and for delivery of souls from the depths of Sheol.

6. Praise and glory is promised for the Lord’s slowness to anger and steadfast love and faithfulness.

Psalm 87, Glorious Things of You Are Spoken
1. The Korahites sing of Zion, the holy mount and the city of God.

2. The Most High himself will establish her; the Lord himself records as he registers the peoples.

Psalm 88, I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
1. This song of Korah and Heman (an Ezrahite) pleads for the Lord to hear their prayer; “incline your ear to my cry!”

2. As a confession, this song recognizes that their soul is in trouble and is drawing near to Sheol.

3. They are like those who remember the Lord no more and are cut off from his hand.

4. Concerns about beyond the grave are expressed in questions like, “Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the departed rise up to praise you? Is your steadfast love declared in the grave. or your faithfulness in Abandon?”

5. It appears to me that all pleas to the Lord need to be done as an “air-breathing, heart-beating soul” before we go. Today the phrase in the hymn “Amazing Grace” about “the hour I first believed” pertains.

Psalm 89, I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord
1. Ethan, the Ezrahite, sings of the steadfast love of the Lord forever to make known his steadfast love to all generations.

2. The word “covenant” in verses 3, 28, 34, and 39 tie to 1 Kings 8:16 that holds the Lord to his word regarding David being his servant for all generations.

3. Ethan is falling back to the promise the Lord made with David as a bridge to his current situation and all offspring forever, a throne for all generations.

4. Ethan confidently uses the heavens as evidence of the wonders of the Lord and of his faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! (the terms chosen, elect, and predestined pertain)

5. Ethan refers to the awesomeness of the Lord with his control of the raging waves, marking north and south, and his mighty arm and strong right hand.

6. He says, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”

7. David is highlighted as the Lord’s chosen servant, anointed with holy oil to be established forever and to be strengthened by his arm.

8. But, Ethan resigns that the pain the children of Israel are experiencing is because the Lord has exalted the right hand of his foes and have made all his enemies rejoice.

9. Ethan says, “Lord, where is your steadfast love of old which by your faithfulness you swore to David?”

Psalm 90, From Everlasting to Everlasting (Beginning of Book 4 of 5 of Psalms)
1. Moses’ words reaffirm that the Lord, has been our dwelling place in all generations before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

2. Even when we are brought to an end by the Lord’s anger and by his wrath we are dismayed; the Lord has set our iniquities before him and our secret sins are brought in the light of his presence.

3. Moses contends, “The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you?”

4. Moses concludes, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

5. He adds, “Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us and for as man years as we have seen evil.”

Psalm 91, My Refuge and My Fortress (9-11 pertains)
1. Reading this Psalm with consciousness of the 9-11-2001 Twin Towers tragedy is helpful in empathizing with those of his day when they were told not to fear the terror of the night and the arrows that fly by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”

2. Moses recounts to the Lord that he is, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

3. Moses perceives that the Lord will hold fast to him in love, and he will deliver him; he will protect him, because he knows his name.

4. The Lord will satisfy Moses with long life, and satisfy him, and show him his salvation.

Psalm 92, How Great Are Your Works
1. A song for the Sabbath to sing praises to the Lord Most High and declare the steadfast love of the Lord in the morning and the faithfulness of the Lord by night with the lute, harp, and lyre.

2. In this song, “The greatness of the works of the Lord are praised; the thoughts of the Lord are very deep!”

3. Like this, “The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this: that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are domed to destruction forever; but you, O Lord, are on high forever.”

4. But, “The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.”

5. In summary to the Lord, “There is no unrighteousness in him.”

Psalm 93, The Lord Reigns
1. The song says, “The Lord is “Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty!”

2. And, “His decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.”

Psalm 94, The Lord Will Not Forsake His People
1. This song says, “O Lord, God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth; repay to the proud what they deserve!”

2. It says, “The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are but a breath.”

3. It confirms, “Justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.”

4. It concludes, “The Lord has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. He will bring back on them their iniquity and wipe them out for their wickedness; the Lord of our God will wipe them out.”

Psalm 95, Let Us Sing Songs of Praise
1. A song of praise to the Lord with joy and thanksgiving for the Lord is a great God, knowing the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains, the sea is his, and his hand formed the dry land.

2. And, “. . . we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.”

3. Even though, “. . . in the wilderness, after seeing my work, those at Massah tested the Lord for proof.”

4. It concludes with the Lord saying, “For forty years I loathed that generation and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” and “They shall not enter my rest.”

Psalm 96, Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
1. A song to declare the glory of the Lord among the nations and his marvelous works among all the peoples!

2. The Lord is to be feared above all gods; for all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.”

3. His people should, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!”

4. It concludes saying, “The Lord will judge the peoples with equity.”

Psalm 97, The Lord Reigns
1. This song addresses, clouds, fire and lightnings of the Lord encouraging the peoples to rejoice and be glad while seeing and trembling.

2. Focus is on the need for the people saying, “O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

3. So, “Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name.”

Psalm 98, Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord
1. This song is a new song of the marvelous things of the Lord.

2. A joyful noise should be made to the Lord because, “His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.”

3. And, “The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.”

4. Finally, “Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”

Psalm 99, The Lord Our God Is Holy
1. Tremble is a key word in this song.

2. The reign of the Lord exalts him in Zion and over all the peoples.

3. Praise is due his great and awesome name; Holy is he.

4. The King loves justice; worship at his footstool.

5. Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel called on his name and the Lord answered them.

6. In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them.

7. Therefore, this song is to, “Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!”

Psalm 100, His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
1. This song is for thanks for knowing that, “the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

2. So, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”