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