Week #81; Wed, Jul 17: Psalm 130:1–150:6
1. Key verses generally infer a lot more than what is written elsewhere in Scripture. Inferences are noted at the related bullets below.
2. Please post comments for additional inferences that come to mind for key verses or others that pertain.
Psalm 130, My Soul Waits for the Lord
1. “Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
- Inference: The grace of the Lord is sufficient for forgiveness of all iniquities.
2. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope . . .”
- Inference: There is more to life than just earthly life and full assurance that the Lord will deliver salvation and redemption for both individuals and Israel.
Psalm 131, I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
1. “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”
- Inference: There is a calmness in knowing the Lord will deliver the soul forevermore as only he can.
Psalm 132, The Lord Has Chosen Zion
1. David said, “I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
- Inference: There is high desire by David to support the establishment of a dwelling place for the Lord.
2. “The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: ‘One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.'”
- Inference: The Lord’s oath to David is an assurance that the Lord will overcome any and all obstacles that are opposed to his will; his oath will not be dismissed.
3. “For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place: ‘This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.'”
- Inference: Zion carries on beyond the current earth into eternity.
4. “There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.”
- Inference: “Horn” and “lamp” point to Jesus (Luke 1:69).
Psalm 133, When Brothers Dwell in Unity
1. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”
- Inference: “Unity” pertains to collectively enabling the will of the Lord.
2. “. . . the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.”
- Inference: “Zion” is forevermore.
Psalm 134, Come, Bless the Lord
1. “May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heavens and earth!”
- Inference: “Zion” is the source of prosperity of Jerusalem.
Psalm 135, Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever
1. “For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.”
- Inference: “Above” is used to describe the unsurmountable. Terms like omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, omnidirectional, and omni-righteous come to mind.
2. “Your name, O Lord, endures forever, you renown, O Lord, throughout all ages.”
- Inference: “Endures forever” is tied to “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the deeps.”
3. “For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.”
- Inference: As the Lord chose Jacob and Israel for himself for his own possession, so it is that he has chosen his saints before the foundation of the earth.
4. “You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!”
- Inference: So it is also that we who fear the Lord, bless and praise him.
Psalm 136, His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
1. “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
- Inference: “. . . to him who alone does great wonders . . .” attributes all things to him then and now.
2. “. . . made the heavens, spread out the earth above the waters, made the great lights, sun, moon, and stars, who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, brought Israel out from among them, divided the Red Sea, made Israel pass through the midst of it, overthrew Pharaoh, led the people through the wilderness, struck down great kings, and gave the land as a heritage to Israel his servant, . . .”
- Inference: “It is he who remembered us in our low estate . . . Give thanks to the God of heaven, . . . ” Therefore, whatever earthly condition we experience, he will remember us.
Psalm 137, How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?
1. “By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.”
- Inference: Even in captivity in exile in Babylon, Zion was always remembered but singing was not doable in a foreign land under the torment by their captors.
Psalm 138, Give Thanks to the Lord
1. “. . . I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.”
- Inference: Remembrance in singing praise to the Lord brings increase to both soul and strength.
2. “All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth, and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord.”
- Inference: The Lord is all knowing and will preserve his people, fulfilling his purpose; but will stretch out his hand against the wrath of their enemies.
Psalm 139, Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
1. “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thought from afar.”
- Inference: David assures us that the Lord knows what we are doing all the time. He knows when we sit or lie down, words on our tongue, and there is nowhere we can hide. We cannot attain the knowledge of the Lord. Our days are numbered in the Lord’s book. David seeks to be led in the way everlasting!
Psalm 140, Deliver Me, O Lord, from Evil Men
1. “Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually.”
- Inference: David seeks freedom from violence and wickedness. He exalts the Lord, not evildoers.
2. “Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence.”
- Inference: David is confident that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted and execute justice.
Psalm 141, Give Ear to My Voice
1. “Give ear to my voice when I call to you! Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!”
- Inference: David seeks good and not evil. His prayer is continually against evil deeds.
Psalm 142, You Are My Refuge
1. “With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.”
- Inference: The setting is while David was in the cave fleeing from Saul. He says, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” and “Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me!”
Psalm 143, My soul Thirsts for You
1. “I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”
- Inference: David humbles himself saying “I am your servant.”
2. “Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
- Inference: David prays for the Lord to teach him to do his will and preserve his life.
Psalm 144, My Rock and My Fortress
1. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”
- Inference: David says, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.” and he recognizes that without the Lord, he is nothing. He calls on the Lord to perform victorious events that he might be delivered from his enemies.
Psalm 145, Great Is the Lord
1. This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
2. “I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.”
- Inference: Blessing the Lord in this life extends to eternity where blessing continues to flow upward to the Lord.
3. “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”
- Inference: The Lord is merciful to all, which gives hope to all if we will only seek it and claim it.
4. “All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!”
- Inference: The Lord’s works are his witness to his might. His mark is on every scene and event.
5. “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.”
- Inference: All other kingdoms will fall while the kingdom of the Lord endures forever.
Psalm 146, Put Not Your Trust in Princes
1. “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.”
- Inference: The being of a person is temporary, but the reign of the Lord is forever, to all generations. “Praise the Lord!”
Psalm 147, He Heals the Brokenhearted
1. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
- Inference: The parable of the Good Samaritan pertains (Luke 10:25-37)
2. “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.
- Inference: The Lord is really, really big.
3. “. . . the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”
- Inference: Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10)
Psalm 148, Praise the Name of the Lord
1. “Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.”
- Inference: The name of the Lord alone is exalted; his majesty is above earth and heaven. He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints, for the people of Israel who are near him. “Horn” is Jesus (Isaiah 60:18-20).
Psalm 149, Sing to the Lord a New Song
1. “Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the Godly.”
- Inference: Dancing, melody with tambourine, and lyre are called on for making pleasure to the Lord who adorns the humble with salvation and the two-edge sword to execute judgment on the nations and punishments on the peoples.
Psalm 150, Let Everything Praise the Lord
1. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!”
- Inference: David calls for trumpets, lute, harp, tambourine, dance, strings, pipes, and cymbals to be used to praise the Lord.