Psalms 72:1 Pray For Our Leaders

Psalms 72:1 (KJV)
Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

I realize that this is a personal prayer. King David was praying himself, that God would give him God’s judgments. He is asking God for judgment:

  • Knowledge
  • Discernment
  • Authority
  • Laws

He was asking God to help him rule well and rule as God would have him to rule.

I realize that this was the king’s personal prayer requests. Still, I can’t imagine a better list of requests to pray for our own leaders, as Paul told Timothy, “for all that are in authority.”[1]

Knowledge
The fear of the Lord,[2] without which no man may have true knowledge.

Discernment
The power or faculty of the mind, by which it distinguishes one thing from another, as truth from falsehood, virtue from vice; acuteness of judgment; the power of perceiving differences of things or ideas, and their relations and tendencies.[3]

Authority
Our President, right now, needs God-given and divine authority. He is our elected official, but he is being derided by enemies.

Laws
It is the world of magistrates to determine laws for the good of the citizenry. May God grant our authorities the mind of God in the making of those laws.


[1] 1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV)
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

[2] Proverbs 1:7 (KJV)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

[3] Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

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Psalms 71:9-11 The Value of Years

Psalms 71:9-11 (KJV)
Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

Here is a man who, in the prime of youth, stood valiantly for God. He had enemies all his life, but in the vigor of youth, many of them stood back. As is the way of all mankind, youthfulness gave way to the years. With old age came weakness and in weakness his enemies were emboldened. 

I find it fascinating that his enemies were not atheists or even agnostics. They believed in God. What they saw in this man’s old age was not that there is no God, or even that his god was not God. They interpreted the weakness of old age to be a sign the God had forsaken him. 

I think I see that interpretation often in society today. Even in solid churches, a good number of believers view old age as weakness, the loss of God’s presence. I think the Bible teaches something quite opposite. The value of years is worth far more than the vigor of youth. 

O my God make haste to help the younger generation to see it. 

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Psalms 66:16-20 What He Hath Done for my Soul

Psalms 66:16-20 (KJV)
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

All that fear God. 
No one else would be interested. This does not necessarily exclude unsaved souls. Many, I am sure, have hearts prepared by the Lord. They should never be excluded. It seems obvious that the largest number of these will be believers. It’s perfectly acceptable to preach your testimony to other Christians. 

I cried unto Him
And this with his mouth. He was open. Out loud. He cried audibly to the Lord. Let others know you pray. Give testimony of praying. 

If I regard iniquity 
Christians need to be reminded of this truth. A vibrant prayer life is impossible alongside an active sin life. 

Verily God hath heard me
The Psalmist was as much a sinner as you and me. But he did not live in sin. He lived in the presence of the Lord. 

Blessed be God
Let every Christian give a similar testimony as each of us may have a similar walk with the Lord. 

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Psalms 61:4 In God’s House Always

Psalms 61:4 (KJV)
I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Some Bible preachers make great distinctions between the Tabernacle, the court of the Temple and the Temple, assigning to each one a particular place in the New Testament Christian experience 

  • The court is the church in their teaching
  • The Temple is our individual soul
  • The tabernacle I suppose they would assign to our physical bodies

Such teaching stretches what is allowed in typology a bit too far for my liking. I see each of the three as synonymous and as a type of the New Testament house of God, the local church. 

With that in mind notice that The Psalmist, David, said he would abide in God’s tabernacle forever. I have no difficulty seeing this as his confidence in eternal life. I also believe it represents his heart’s dwelling while alive on earth. Though it cannot be said he never left the place of worship physically, it may be said he never left it in spirit.

Now learn a lesson. Even as David could not have lived never leaving the place of worship neither can we. We have to work; we have to provide for our families. We have to reach out in Christian love for the lost. But, while our bodies necessarily must remove from God’s house from time to time, our spirit, our heart, our love need never.[1] This is true in every earthly scenario when we hold church services at scheduled times. It is equally true today when government entities and world opinion request that we do not assemble. 

Our bodies may not freely assemble. That need never prevent our spirits. 


 

[1] 1 Corinthians 5:3 (KJV)
For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

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Psalms 57:1 Til These Calamities are Passed

Psalms 57:1 (KJV)
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.

Seldom has this generation of Christians (for that matter, Americans in general) experienced a calamity of such magnitude that they must hide from it. It is against our nature, but it is not unprecedented in our history, pre or post the War for Independence.  

  • Martin Luther wrestled with how to perform ministry during the Black Plague
  • Richard Baxter faced a pestilence in England in the 1600’s
  • 1917 saw the Spanish Flu in the US. 
  • Polio was as recent as my parents

Polio, if it were not for vaccinations, would still be a killer in our country. It still exists, controlled only through vaccination. I just heard about the Amish, who were exempted from the vaccine for religious reasons, but live in relative isolation, a drawbridge separating them from the rest of the world. 

My whole generation was vaccinated without an argument. I remember well the long lines at school where we received injection after injection. It was mandatory. Our parents would not have considered questioning it. It is, for all practical purposes, the reason we live with so little fear of death by disease today. 

But now a generation exists who, at the same time, resist vaccinations and fear germs. It’s just not going to work that way. When pestilence comes, we must quarantine the ill and the vulnerable. We ought to wisely practice vaccination. And then we ought to live without fear in the shadow of God’s wings. 

What ought we to do while we await the passing of this calamity?

  • We ought to shelter under the wings of God
  • We ought to practice prayer as we have never before and
  • We ought to engage in His Word

This is a time to learn to wait on God. He will reveal Himself if we will but trust Him. 

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Psalms 51:15-19 Then Shalt Thou Be Pleased

Psalms 51:15-19 (KJV)
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

This Psalm is so famous for its connection to David’s sin with Bathsheba. David’s confession is powerful indeed but there is another lesson to be learned. David knew the way to make right with God was not through religious deeds. A sacrifice offered for wrong reasons and with a wrong heart would be useless. He would happily have done it if it would have worked. He simply knew it wouldn’t. 

  • There needed first to be an attitude of praise
  • There needed to be a broken and contrite heart
  • There needed to be a God given place of worship

Then and only then would God be pleased with the sacrifices. 

We have been restricted from church today. This is a perfect time for us to evaluate what church is and why we attend. 

  • If we will learn to praise God now, perhaps our praises and songs in the church will be more meaningful to the Lord. 
  • If we allow God to break our hearts now, perhaps our prayers and worship in the church will bring Him more pleasure. 
  • If we stop making church about us and realize it is His church, perhaps He will allow us to return. 

We haven’t done anything (much) wrong in our church practice so far. But perhaps we do need to re-examine our motives and our heart. 

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Psalms 50:22-23 Have We Forgotten Him?

Psalms 50:22-23 (KJV)
Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

I am very concerned that, in this time of crisis in the Christian world, we may be the very ones who forget God. Mankind in general never knew God. They go about their way, having the many gods of their own making: those things that matter to them, those things they sacrifice their time talents and treasures to.

But what about the sheep of God’s pasture? What happens when we, who know the Living God, forget Him? Could that not happen in this time of crisis? Is it possible that, at a time when we are not able to attend church as normal, that we have made church attendance our true God? I am convinced that it is not possible to rightly worship God without church. I am equally convinced that it is possible to be dedicated to church and not worship God. 

Have we turned our pleas in this crisis in the wrong direction? Some I hear are pleading the Constitution. Some are appealing to the President or to the Attorney General. Some are pleading with our governor to be sensible. Some have plead for gatherings for demonstration and solidarity. Some are pleading with the pastors to ignore the orders for shelter. 

I do not want to say any of these have completely neglected God. I merely wish to ask that we consider whether we have forgotten Him. 

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Psalms 48:9 Mr. Governor, Let Us Go

Psalms 48:9 (KJV)
We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.

When Moses came to Pharaoh, he asked that Israel be allowed to go three days journey from Egypt. I think that would have placed them into the Promised Land. They could not sacrifice to their God; they could not worship their God in Egypt. God had given them a place and it was in that place they could think of His lovingkindness. 

Years passed. 
In the time of the Psalmist, they had conquered Zion and established that it would be the place of the temple. It was in that temple the people of Israel were to worship, to think of the lovingkindness of God. 

Years have passed since then. 
The temple has given way to the New Testament church. Since the death of Christ, the veil of the temple was rent to two. With the resurrection of Christ, a new standard for worship was established. It is a local, assembled congregation of believers united in common faith and baptism. It is there the New Testament believer is to worship God and remember His lovingkindness. 

Mr. Governor, let us go that we may assemble once again. God has taught us we must do so. 

It is essential that we do so.

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Psalms 45:1-3 Bubbling Over

Psalms 45:1-3 (KJV)
My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

From passages like Psalms 43:5 (KJV) 
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. 

The Psalmist moves to, Psalms 44:1 (KJV) 
We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old. 

This leads him to the uplifted and joyful spirit of Psalm 45. The word “indicting” means bubbling or boiling over. He is filled to the top and spilling over with good things. God has blessed and it is time for Him to put up His sword. 

I cannot say that I am certain the pestilence is over or that our government will quickly allow life to return. I am not inspired as the Psalmist was. I can say that I appreciate the positive tone of this Psalm. It is: 

  • uplifting, 
  • encouraging and 
  • hopeful. 

With God all things are possible. I still cry out for reviving, but I believe reviving is possible. 

Psalms 45:17 (KJV)
I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever. 

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Psalms 43:1-5 I Shall Yet Praise Him

Psalms 43:1-5 (KJV)
Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
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?
O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Five verses in this Psalm, and every one of them critical. 
An ungodly nation
Whether America has ever been a godly nation has been debated. What cannot be debated is that it is not a godly nation today. 

Why go I mourning?
It is not because of the deceitful and unjust man. It is because we have lost touch with God. 

Send out thy light
Let the truth of God do what it does, bring us to God’s holy hill. God’s light and truth will always lead one to the house of God.

Then will I go
I’m going to do two things when I am at church: I am going to go to the altar and I am going to praise God with song.

Hope thou in God
It might be a difficult time, but God is still our hope and His promises are still true. 

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