Psalm 42 is an up and down psalm. Just like life.
Good days. Bad days. Days of sadness. Days of hope.
My tears have been my food day and night…
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night…
Some days and nights are filled with tears, but take heart!
God commands His lovingkindness in the day. and His song will be with you in the night. The sun does come out because of God’s Son.
David’s conclusion in this psalm...
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
What a perspective! Hope! What a God!
How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble.
The LORD will protect him and keep him alive,
And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;
And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
Psalm 41:1, 2
Do you want to be blessed, happy?
Consider or take care of the helpless.
It doesn’t say take care of yourself to be truly blessed.
You take care of the helpless and let God take care of you.
This is a promise to obey and live by!
What a great reminder! Thanks, Lord.
I waited patiently for the LORD;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction,
out of the miry clay,
And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.
The Lord answered David’s prayer for deliverance! He had to wait, but God delivered him and now he’s a got a song of praise to share with us.
God always delivers. We just have to wait patiently and get the song ready!
Psalm 39 is a psalm where David expresses his strong feelings, A battle raged inside him. His life was not what he wanted. But right in the middle of a “heart that was hot within him” he expresses what he will DO.
You see, we all have strong feelings. About life. About trials. About people. But what will you DO?
And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.
Ah, there is faith. Wait. Hope in God. Throw yourself on God for what He will do!
Now that is wisdom! Wonderful!
David’s description of what sin does to a person is so vivid.
For Your arrows have sunk deep into me,
And Your hand has pressed down on me.
There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation;
There is no health in my bones because of my sin.
For my iniquities are gone over my head;
As a heavy burden they weigh too much for me.
My wounds grow foul and fester Because of my folly.
I am bent over and greatly bowed down;
I go mourning all day long.
For my loins are filled with burning,
And there is no soundness in my flesh.
I am benumbed and badly crushed;
I groan because of the agitation of my heart.
But David did the right thing.
For I confess my iniquity;
I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
So God forgave David. And He will forgive you.
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
Are you pressed down because of sin today? Confess it and forsake it.
I love Psalm 37! It begins with a few straight up commands.
Trust in the Lord
Delight yourself in the Lord
Commit your way to the Lord
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him
Do not fret
Do not fret
Pretty straight forward. Then the loads of promises!
Better is the little of the righteous
Than the abundance of many wicked.
They will not be ashamed in the time of evil,
And in the days of famine they will have abundance.
I have been young and now I am old,
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or his descendants begging bread.
All day long he is gracious and lends,
And his descendants are a blessing.
Psalm 37:25, 26
For the LORD loves justice
And does not forsake His godly ones;
They are preserved forever,
But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.
But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him.
Do you find this encouraging? I sure do!
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light.
O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
Over the weekend I was thinking about drinking from the river of His delights!
I love that line. God gives rivers of delights!
I was thinking about Isaac living by the well at La hai roi after Abraham died. This was the place where God had done so many things for the previous generation. Isaac wanted to be close to the God who had worked in his father Abraham’s life. He wanted that same well of blessing, that same God who gives rivers of delights.
I feel the same way! God gave rivers of delights to my parents, and I want to be near that same river! God is as a well to us, or a river…delightful, comforting, unfailing. A fountain springing up unto eternal life.
What an amazing, wonderful, delightful God! Drink today, friend!
David finds himself in a difficult position. Those who were his friends, whom he cried with and cared for, have maliciously risen up against him. They slander him. They rejoice over his demise.
Let those be ashamed and humiliated altogether who rejoice at my distress;
Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves over me.
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication;
And let them say continually,
"The LORD be magnified,
Who delights in the prosperity of His servant."
And my tongue shall declare Your righteousness
And Your praise all day long.
This morning it reminded me of the Lord Jesus. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. What He didn’t steal, He had to restore. He was despised and rejected! He died for my sin, having no sin of His own. I rejoice in His prosperity. He is alive to save those who come to Him. Won’t you come? Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!
Psalm 34 is my mom’s Psalm. She lived it!
I will bless the LORD at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
I’m not feeling well. This is a great reminder to bless the Lord today! I watched Mumsy bless the Lord to her dying breath! I guess I can bless the Lord through a little cold!
O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together!
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
Do you want to be beautiful this morning? Praise Him. There are so many reasons in this Psalm to praise God. And the psalmist conclusion after he reviews who God is…
Our soul waits for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!