Psalms 40:10 It’s Meant To Be Shared

Psalms 40:10 (KJV)
I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

As important as it is to have the Word of God hidden in our hearts, it must never stay there alone.

  • To know the Christ has saved us
  • To be sure we have a home in heaven
  • To have free access to the throne of grace
  • To possess the blessed hope of Jesus’ return

These are treasures indeed. But they were never meant to be buried away in our hearts.

  • The gospel is limitless.
  • The mercy is free flowing.
  • God’s love extends to all.

Therefore the duty of the possessor of this righteousness is to lay it out in the open for all to receive.

 

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Psalms 35:3 True Assurance

Psalms 35:3 (KJV)
Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.

Over the years since my salvation I have seen a number of things offered to provide assurance of salvation. One well-known soul winner instructs in his soul winning class to “give them assurance.” Interestingly, in soul winning he never assumes a soul to be saved and, if he can lead them to pray, he will, even if they have done so before. He figures, I think, that if the previous soul winner failed to give assurance he failed to lead them to Christ.

Baptism is presented in the Word of God as “an answer of a good conscience.”[1]In other words, it may serve to provide assurance. I think also that, in many respects, the book of 1st John might be viewed as instructions for assurance.

Some people have a false assurance.

They are merely confident in the flesh. They see themselves as good and cannot imagine God ever condemning them.

I am convinced that the truly saved are sure of their salvation. I have come to believe the only reliable assurance of salvation is the witness of God’s Spirit with our spirit.

And that is the prayer of the Psalmist.

  • In the midst of all his pain
  • In his prayers for deliverance and help

he cries unto God this plea, “say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.” Regardless how God answers our other prayers, if we have an answer for this one, we are safe.

[1]1 Peter 3:21 (KJV)
The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

 

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Psalms 30:7-9 We Fight For Life

Psalms 30:7-9 (KJV)
LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.
I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication.
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

It is appointed unto man once to die. We will, barring Christ’s calling away of the saints at the time of the rapture, face death for ourselves. The Psalmist is not arguing against it. Nor is he denying he would face it.

This is a time in his life when his “mountain is strong.” His life is vital and his purpose is clear. At such a time, even if there are threats, a person may have confidence that to be present in this world is of value:

  • To God
  • To others
  • To ourselves

When our time of death comes God gives grace. Until then we fight for life.

 

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Psalms 29:4 When God Speaks

Psalms 29:4 (KJV)
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

Virtually every one of my commentaries defines this as thunder. Surely this may be the parable but not the meaning of the Psalm. Who would waste their breath describing thunder without assigning it a greater value?

I heard a presentation from a blind person the other day. They described how their blindness has made them more aware of what they hear. It’s not that they hear better than others but that they pay better attention to what they hear. A blind person recognizes the uniqueness of a person’s voice just as a seeing person easily recognizes a person by the features of their face.

God’s voice, for those who pay attention, is easily recognizable. For some it may just sound like so much thunder. But to those who are dead to the world and alive unto God there is no question when God speaks.

 

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Psalms 26:1 How To Keep From Slipping

Psalms 26:1 (KJV)
A Psalm of David. Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

This Psalm begins with not sliding and ends with his feet standing. It is reasonable to view it as a means to prevent falling away from the Lord.

He begins with trusting the Lord
That’s salvation but it is more than that. It is leaning on him and resting in His judgment. It is obedience to his teaching. Integrity means something like simplicity. The will of God is not complicated. We complicate it by trying to fit our Will into God’s.

He separates from those who sin
As much as we wish everyone to be right with God and wish no one evil, the fact is we cannot hang around sinful people without that sin influencing us. A conscious choice to remove ourselves from the sinful gatherings and surround ourselves with the altar of God is essential to the spiritual life.

He seeks the Lord
Verse 11 the Psalmist asks for redemption and mercy. Redeem generally refers to salvation. In this case it refers to beginning severed from the guilty and being moved near to God. Mercy means to bow down. He is asking that God now near to him.

Finally he is on level ground.
Any trouble we have living the Christian life is a trouble we have with trying to fit it into our world. In as much as we move away from the world and simply obey God’s Word, the way becomes pretty plain and simple.

 

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Psalms 25:1 Laid Before God

Psalms 25:1 (KJV)
Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

The Hebrew word for soul comes from a root that means “breath.”

Genesis 2:7  (KJV)
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

This is interesting because the spirit is that part of the man that communicates with God on the vertical plane. The soul communicates, on the horizontal plane with all that we see. Other definitions of the Hebrew word would be  “animal” and “life.” David lifted up, literally laid before God the very life given to him by God. It belonged to him.

It would not be off base to compare this to Romans 12:1 (KJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

David, in Psalm 27, practices what is begged of us in Romans 12. It is in this prostrated state where our body – yea, our very life, is laid at the feet of God in surrender and in sacrifice that we are not ashamed in this world.

The body and soul striving for victory in this world will find itself at odds and outmanned. That soul surrendered before God will find that whatever this world does to it, God already has the victory.

 

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Psalms 20:5 Clear Loyalties

Psalms 20:5 (KJV)
We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

John Gill gives two options for the use of such banners:

  • A standard under which a soldier fights
  • A declaration by which victory is celebrated

In the context of petitions I suspect the former is the meaning of the Psalmist. He makes his allegiance clear and seeks the help of the One to whom he is aligned. But there is room for the later as well. In either case the point is that

  • His trust
  • His hope and even
  • His victories

are in the Lord.

He does not hide this but rather boldly displays it.

  • His rejoicing in salvation
  • His joy in victory
  • His loyalty in peace

is in the Lord.

The Christian may well make his best difference in the world when he is clearest about his loyalties.

 

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Psalms 15:1 Who Abides in the Tabernacle?

Psalms 15:1 (KJV)
A Psalm of David. LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

While our first thoughts in reading this Psalm send us to the qualifications of eternity, this may not be the most practical or useful understanding.

The Psalm was almost certainly written around the time David brought the ark to Jerusalem. He had set up a tabernacle for it and he had reassigned the priestly tribe duties more appropriate to an established form of worship rather than a nomadic one. He had doorkeepers, singers and so forth.

Now consider, as he develops this new concept of priestly service, he contemplates the standards requisite for the duties. Thus, rather than being a lesson on how to get to Heaven this might better be Instruction on how to qualify for and remain in service for the Lord.

This holds more weight today in the fact that every Christian is a priest. Just as a Levite could never be anything but a Levite as he received that by birth a Christian can never be anything but a Christian as he has received that through the new birth. However we learn from Ezra and Nehemiah that the priestly people can be disqualified from service through disobedience. The same is true of the Christian. Certain actions, or failures of action; certain sins, can disqualify one from service and require a removal from position.

This Psalm is an answer to the qualifications of the bishops and deacons as given by Paul to Timothy. But it is more than that as every Christian has a responsibility to be a qualified servant in the house of God.

Anyone may attend. Only the righteous may abide.

 

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Psalms 10:4 God In All Our Thoughts

Psalms 10:4 (KJV)
The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

There are two possible perspectives for this passage, and it’s context:

On the one hand we could see it as behavioral
The wicked does what does because he is wicked.

On the other, we could see it as descriptive.
Those who behave in these ways are wicked.

  • It is wicked to persecute the poor
  • It is wicked to bless those the Lord abhors
  • It is wicked to have a mouth full of cursing

If we take this as an appropriate interpretation then verse four provides a convicting consideration, it is wicked that God is not in all of our thoughts.

Note the word all. God is to be in all of our thoughts. Not just the religious ones. Not just when we are at church or in our devotions. God should be in our thoughts:

  • While we are at home
  • While we ply our trade
  • While we enjoy our meals
  • While we visit with company
  • While we conduct our business

We understand that a wicked man would not have God in all his thoughts. Have we considered that it is wicked not to have God in all of ours?

 

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Psalms 7:1 Taking Another’s Offense

Psalms 7:1 (KJV)
Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.
O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

The reference to Cush the Benjamite is intriguing because, though it is not in the inspired and preserved text of Scripture, the reference is accepted by the scholarly authorities as legitimate. And yet no passage of Scripture speaks of him.

Being a Benjamite, Cush must have been an aggressive supporter of King Saul. He, like so many others, took up Saul’s offense against David without cause. David’s only crime was that of being anointed by God. But Saul was jealous and others took up his cause.

How often people become offended only because another is! God had anointed David. Of that he was sure. He therefore could trust God to deliver him from his enemies and those who stood with them.

 

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