Week #80; Wed, Jul 10: Psalm 114:1-129:8
1. This block of study infers the future with the Lord in multiple instances.
2. My ESV footnotes indicate that, “Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem of twenty-two stanzas, following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet; within a stanza, each verse begins with the same Hebrew letter.”
3. It appears that reading Psalm 120-129 in a continuous stream is beneficial for following a right relationship with the Lord.
Psalm 114, Tremble at the Presence of the Lord
1. “When Israel went out from Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.” Inference is made to the special relationship between the Hebrew people and the Lord.
2. “The sea looked and fled; Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.” Inference is made to the power the Lord used to protect his people that caused their enemies to tremble.
Psalm 115, To Your Name Give Glory
1. “For the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!” Why should the nations say, Where is there God? Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.” The inference here is obvious for those that trust in the Lord instead of idols of silver or gold with hands that that do not feel; mouths that do not speak; eyes that do not see; ears that do not hear; noses that do not smell; feet that do not walk; and throats that do not make a sound.
2. “. . . all that trust in them will be like them.” Inference here is grievous for those that do not walk with the Lord.
3. “O Israel, trust in the Lord! . . . You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.” Inference here is to be steadfast in the Lord.
Psalm 116, I Love the Lord
1. “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. . . . O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!” The inference is clear, there is a need for clear connection, great communication, and a personal relationship with the Lord.
2. “All mankind are liars.” The inference here is why would trust be placed in man instead of the Lord.
3. “What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” Inference for the cup of salvation extends for all time, then and now.
4. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” The inference here is that he wants us back.
Psalm 117, The Lord’s Faithfulness Endures Forever
1. “Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!” Inference is nothing should he elevated higher than the Lord.
2. “. . . The Lord Endures forever. Praise the Lord!” Inference confirms the scope of Alpha and Omega.
Psalm 118, His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
1. “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Inference is made to eternal life; it is not dependent on man.
2. “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man, . . . or princes.” Inference is made to the shortness of life, something more durable is needed to travel through eternity.
3. “Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.” Inference is made for the right spirit leading to and into eternity.
4. “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Inference is made here to Jesus.
5. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Inference is made to security in the Lord, not man.
6. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Inference is made of our mission to serve the will of the Lord in all that we do.
7. “The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us.” Inference is made that God knows everything about us and where we are going.
Psalm 119, Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet (an acrostic poem)
1. “Blessed are those whose walk is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways.” Inference is on knowing and keeping all of God’s precepts in our heart to know how to walk in his ways.
2. “I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!” Inference is in the knowledge that life is temporary and the Lord’s commandments need to be known and used constantly.
3. “Teach me, O Lord the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.” Inference is in the commitment needed to follow the statutes of the Lord.
4. “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to ‘selfish gain.'” Inference is on the heart and the need for it to be open to the Lord without deviating to the right or the left for temporal distractions.
5. “The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.” Inference is on the temporal nature of temporal distractions and the need to value the word of the Lord above all other things.
6. “My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.” Inference is on the ultimate goal, to be with the Lord.
7. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Inference is on following the Lord and avoiding all darkness in the world; seeking only truth that endures forever.
Psalm 120, Deliver Me, O Lord
1. “Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, form a deceitful tongue.” Inference is on seeking truth.
2. “Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace. I am for peace, but they are for war.” Inference is on peace, but the environment may be bigger than the person seeking peace.
Psalm 121, My Help Comes from the Lord
1. “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Inference is on wisdom of knowing what is “big” and what is “little” and we are all little.
2. “. . . he who keeps you will not slumber.” This is further inference that we are so weak and must sleep; whereas, the Lord never sleeps.
Psalm 122, Let Us Go to the House of the Lord
1. “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Inference is made on giving thanks to the name of the Lord and there is no better place than the house of the Lord.
2. “I will seek your good.” Inference to go where the word of the Lord resides and be fed the statutes for goodness and righteousness is a good decision.
Psalm 123, Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God
1. “Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.” Inference has insight of uselessness of contempt versus righteousness and humility.
Psalm 124, Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord
1. “Our help is in the name of the Lord.” Inference harkens back to the Red Sea crossing (vs. 2-5).
Psalm 125, The Lord Surrounds His People
1. “Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.” Inference recognizes righteousness of the heart.
Psalm 126, Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord
1. “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. . . . ” Inference is on joy in placing trust and faith in the Lord.
2. “He who goes out weeping and bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home bringing his sheaves with him.” Inference is on diligence and perseverance being rewarded.
Psalm 127, Unless the Lord Builds the House
1. “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Inference is that the Lord must be first.
2. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. . . . Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” Inference is that the legacy of the Lord must be rooted in blessings from the Lord from generation to generation.
Psalm 128, Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord
1. “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!” Inference on fear zeroes in on gaining wisdom.
2. “May you see your children’s children.” Inference depicts fear of the Lord and walking in his ways pays off across generations.
Psalm 129, They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth
1. “The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.” Inference suggests the wicked wither before they are grown.