Psalms 59:16 Find Your Voice

Psalms 59:16 (KJV)
But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

The title of the Psalm says that it was written on the occasion when Saul sent messengers to David’s house to kill him, once he arose the next morning. Whether this Psalm was written that very night or at some later moment as David reflected upon the evening, it is impossible to tell.

David here says that he would sing of God’s power and sing aloud of His mercy in the morning.

The one is a song of comfort and assurance.
It is meant to cheer and encourage in a difficult spot.

The other is a song of celebration and rejoicing.
It was sung as an act of thanksgiving for God’s help in the night.

I am reminded of those believers who met in secret for fear of death. Though they surely sang they would not have sung aloud. They could never have afforded to “raise the roof” with their voices. A song sung quietly, perhaps under the breath would be sufficient to give cheer and courage. There came a day, however, when those same believers were free to worship in the open. Gradually, over the course of a few decades, they found their voice and began to sing aloud. God had preserved them through their troubles.

God’s presence is a strengthening and sustaining joy in times of goodness and trial. Whether the song must be sung quietly or may be sung with gusto, the purpose is to draw our hearts to God. He is our defense, refuge and strength.

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Psalms 57:1 They Will Pass

Psalms 57:1 (KJV)
To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

The superscript of this Psalm tells us that it was written by David while he hiding in a cave from King Saul.

I imagine David in this difficult situation, pulling out writing tools. He has followers with him. Probably not all of them or else it would be difficult if not impossible to hide, but some, no doubt, were there. They are probably being very still and very quiet. They are also probably very alert. But David’s mind was on God. His was more than an “O God help me.” Sort of thing, he was focused clearly enough to compose his thought, hear from God (he is penning words inspired by God) and record them in such a way as to preserve them.

And in the midst of all this he records assuredly that “these calamities” will at some point be “overpast.”

One of the great confidences of the person who trusts God is that calamities pass. God upholds and sustains His own until their calamities be overpast. They will not last forever and God will be with us in the middle of them.

  • Trust God
  • Take heart
  • Keep pressing on in faith.

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Psalms 55:1 God Never Forsakes Us

Psalms 55:1 (KJV)
To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

This Psalm has aspects that are ascribed to Christ and are clearly rightly so. But there are also aspects that may easily be applied to any believer seeking God in prayer and supplication.

Often are those times in life when prayer is our only recourse. In those times, the silence of God can seem like He is hiding Himself from us. In the most desperate of times it seems to us that God not only tarries his answer or is slow in visiting but that He is actively withholding Himself. An answer desperately needed and not swiftly supplied seems like a stroke against rather than no stroke at all.

Here we may return the Psalm to its Messianic modality and find personal comfort. Though it seemed as if God had hidden from Christ, we know it not to be the case.

  • God’s love for Christ never failed
  • God’s plan for Christ never faltered and
  • God’s hand on the circumstances never moved

When we feel like God is hiding we need only remember Christ and realize our God never leaves us or forsakes us. This must certainly mean He has not hidden from us.

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Revelation 13:4 Worship Defined Biblically

Revelation 13:4 (KJV)
And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

We have a lesson (from the negative perspective) here as to what The Apostle John believed was worship. The Bible says these people worshipped the beast you saying two things:

  • Who is like unto the beast?
  • Who is able to make war with him?

First, they put him first.
They hold the beast in such awe and reverence that they can see no one or no thing that compares. They challenge others to search out one like him, one that is His equal.

Second, they magnify his might
They can see no one or nothing as strong as he. They could not imagine a being foolish enough to take him on in battle. They obviously think less than this of the living God because they will take Him on in battle in the not too distant future.

I am not suggesting that this is all worship is. It also includes prostrating before Him. However, these are two significant aspects of worship: having no gods before Him and having absolute surrender to Him.

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Revelation 12:6 A Place and a People for Protection

Revelation 12:6 (KJV)
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

The Praetorist sees this passage as having been fulfilled at the Roman conquest of Jerusalem in 70 AD. I see this passage as having a future fulfillment during the seven-year Tribulation, an event that is preceded by the rapture of all believers off the earth; the next prophetic event in God’s final dealings with this current world.

Having said that, there are still applications that may be legitimately extrapolated for our present benefit. Notice that the woman, as fiercely persecuted as she was, had a place prepared for her. God knew of her trials (I speak as if this has already taken place when in fact it is yet to take place) and had prepared for her a place of protection. Notice too that there were there those who would feed and provide for her. The Bible does not reveal who the “they” is. Perhaps it is because the “they” has been different peoples in different periods providing for believers facing many different sorts of tribulations.

  • When hunted by the Catholics, Luther found shelter among the German Baptists.
  • Those same Baptists found shelter from Luther when he turned upon them.
  • Baptists in England found shelter in Holland.
  • Baptists in Massachusetts found shelter in Rhode Island.
  • Baptists in the newly formed United States found shelter in the reasoned positions of men like Madison and Jefferson.

Just as God opened the door for David to flee, of all places, to Gath for shelter, He has always had a place prepared for His remnant and a people willing to feed them when they needed it most. This protection and provision continues into the Tribulation. We may be confident that it exists for us still.

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Revelation 12:6 A Place and a People for Protection

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Revelation 10:3-4 Content With God’s Revelation

Revelation 10:3-4 (KJV)
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

I find a bit of irony that from the Book of the Revelation originates a mystery. John heard something that we cannot know. One commentary says it is useless to try to guess what the seven thunders are and, worse than that, to try to guess what John was forbidden to record.

Every once in a while I find myself in a position where I hold a piece of information I am not at liberty to speak about. Sometimes a person will learn that this is the case but is not content to drop the matter. It is as if they cannot rest until they know the thing they are not supposed to know. They refuse conversation with me unless that conversation concerns the thing they are not to know.

The submissive and humble believer can be content in what God has revealed. He is surrendered to the fact that there are things he is not to ask. He accepts that some things are to be revealed to us only in the eternal world. This believer digs into the Word of God rejoicing in the treasures he is able to uncover. He doesn’t fixate on what cannot be known. He occupies himself with what can be known.

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Revelation 10:3-4 Content With God’s Revelation

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Revelation 9:2-3 Hellfire and Brimstone

Revelation 9:2-3 (KJV)
And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

The word smoke has a dominant position throughout this chapter. Smoke

  • emits from the pit,
  • carries the locusts and
  • proceeds from the breath of the horses

The context of the chapter points us to hell and the lake of fire. While the locusts are said to be symbolic (having stingers as scorpions) the fire and smoke is literal. Hell and the lake of fire are not merely “as bad as” fire but literally contain eternal, constant torturous fire.

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Psalms 47:2-4 God’s Inheritance for You

Psalms 47:2-4 (KJV)
For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

The inheritance spoken of is most surely the Promised Land of Israel. This was God’s choice for them down to the details of which portion was to belong to each tribe of Israel. There was flexibility, as can be demonstrated in the giving of land on the other side of Jordan to the two and half tribes, but it was God who chose what was theirs.

I see in this a sense of dependence and trust upon God. It was He they trusted for

  • Their necessities now
  • Their livelihoods upcoming and
  • The futures of their children

Trusting God’s inheritance for us is not fatalistic. We have input and can influence what will be our ultimate inheritance for our futures and for our kids. What it means is that we trust God enough that we only strive to influence that inheritance within the bounds of God’s will. This especially means that we:

  • Live
  • Move
  • Work and
  • Plan

strictly within the confines of the Holy Word. If the Bible is against a thing we are to reject it outright. If the Bible is for a thing we ought to embrace it wholly.

Let God choose your inheritance as you honor and obey Him.

 

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Psalms 45:6-7 Speak up

Psalms 45:6-7 (KJV)
Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

This passage is referenced in Hebrews 8 and therefore must be applied to Christ. It is however, believed to be about some historical event, perhaps the wedding of Solomon.

Note the sudden change in audience here. The writer addresses God and immediately addresses someone about God. It demonstrates the intimate ministry of Christ. He was ever with God while among people. May the same be practiced in our lives! We ought so to live and move that we speak with God and men, ever in the presence of them both. It should be that, whenever we walk up to another person we do so with a third Person alongside us.

We must be ever ready to:

  • Speak to that ever-present One and
  • Speak about Him and then
  • Speak on His behalf 

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Psalms 43:2 Not True

Psalms 43:2 (KJV)
For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

John Gill writes of this verse
“…this is the language of unbelief: it being what was not in reality, only in appearance: the psalmist was ready to conclude he was cast off and rejected of God, because he was afflicted and left in a desolate condition by him, and he did not immediately arise to his help and deliverance, and had withdrawn the light of his countenance from him; but God does not cast off or reject any of his people; they always continue in his love, and in his covenant, and in the hands of his Son; they are always in his sight and family, and shall never perish eternally…”

Spurgeon writes,
“Why dost thou cast me off?” Why am I treated as if thou didst loathe me? Am I become an offence unto thee? There are many reasons why the Lord might cast us off, but no reason shall prevail to make him do so. He hath not cast off his people, though he for awhile treats them as cast-offs. Learn from this question that it is well to enquire into dark providences, but we must enquire of God, not of our own fears.”

What may seem to be is not necessarily what is. When we know that God is our strength, that He has saved us, then we can know that regardless:

  • What we feel
  • What our senses tell us or
  • What our enemies accuse us of

it is not true.

God has not, will not cast off His own.

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