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