2. EXTREME AND EFFUSIVE Psalms 102:1

  1. EXTREME AND EFFUSIVE Psalms 102:1

   GUSHING GRIEVANCE

         BE ATTENTIVE TO MY COMPLAINTS Hear my prayer,

Prayer is actions of communication that has many facets. One component of prayer is to pour out our complaint before the LORD. As we dispense the feelings we dump out of our heart all the disorder in our lives. We can feel sapped and depleted. We can feel weak and bled. With this self-emptying comes the exhaustion of extreme intensity and loss. The discharge is a great amount and a lavish discarding, leaving in its wake emptiness and weakness both emotionally and physically. The end results being that we lose our grasp, slip in our footing, stagger in our position, and can easily slide in our character.

We see this hollow container void of precious life juices portrayed with its results in Psa. 22:14-15

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my insides. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; and You have brought me into the dust of death.

How intensely severe it is to be vacated of all life force and have our soul refilled with the dust of death. This can be a personal experience but also it can be an entering in to the loss of others in a deep piteous compassion and grief.

Lam. 2:11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.

The psalmist expressed the slippage he felt in his life when he saw his own devastation and drain and sensed others were not as exposed to the wreckage and waste he was enduring: Psa. 73:2

But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

But in all this drain and loss what has been the cost? There are the shed tears, the invested emotions and feelings, the seemingly exploited gifts and treasures, the unappreciated sacrifices of care, love and devotion. Do we pull it all back in, as a collection of our spirit? Or do we pour it out before the Lord as done for Him and to Him and through Him?

He will store it all in his eternal storehouses, for His glory; for in Him there is not loss but gain, for that which we counted gain is loss until it is given up for His glory.

Psa. 62:8 Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.

Others can mock and ridicule and declare our emptying as a wasted sacrifice and blood vainly spilled but we can bring this to our God also and plead for vindication. We may look and feel like the only thing that we have left on our schedule is an appointment with death but our victory and reenergizing is letting Him be known, that must be our goal to proclaim Him in all his wonder and beauty.

He does hear us, each of our complaints are precious to him.

Psa. 79:10-11 wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

This word complaint means lament and it’s an expression of one’s discontent and displeasure. We are all by nature grumblers and grippers.

Psa. 142:2 I poured out my complaint before him; I showed before him my trouble.

Hannah was accused of drunkenness because of the weight of her grief. The emotional expression of her complaint in prayer appeared delirious to Eli. She defends her outpouring.

1Sam. 1:15-16 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. Count not your handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

The Psalmist expresses the same bottled up feelings and explosion of emotion.

Psa. 55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

After we have given it all to God and complain to The Lord over and over, we return to the fact that He is really all we want, and need, He is the one we adore: Psa. 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

Rise my soul behold tis Jesus, Jesus fills thy wondering eye, see Him now in glory seated, where thy sins no more can rise.

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CRUSHED AND COMPLAINING Psalms 102 Intro. Part 1

THE DESIRE OF THE DISTRESSED Psalms 102:1-11

CRUSHED AND COMPLAINING Psalms 102 Intro. Part 1 

     PRESSURED  A Prayer of the afflicted,

PLAGUED      when he is overwhelmed,

THE LORD GIVES US TRIUMPH IN EVERY PROBLEM

Psalms 34:19 say many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the

LORD delivers him out of them all.

This is a potent motivation to prayer. We have an outstanding promise

of assuring rescue. We have precise encouragement in every trial. And

we have extraordinary enablement in each difficulty and burden.

THE LORD GIVES US DELIVERANCE IN EVERY PREDICAMENT

Ps 71:20 Thou, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall make me live again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.

David endured the insensitivity of his father. He tolerated the jealousy of his brothers. He stood under the savagery of Saul. He stomached the betrayal of his wife Michal. Then in his own family he endured, the incest of Amnon when his son raped Tamar, his daughter. His solution to this debacle was incomplete and Absalom his son murdered Amnon. Then he weathered the deception of Joab, and Absalom’s rebellion against him. Then while fleeing from the murderous uprising of Absalom the curses of Shimei rained in on him, and then the squabbling of the sons of Zeruiah.

David felt a variety of inner emotional devastations. There we’re the polluting corruptions of his own heart, the disgusting filthy expressions of his natural inclination. He dealt with destitution hiding in a lonely escape, hole up in a dark cave where he was surrounded by dysfunctional discontent from the rag tag riff raff who he attracted. He endured the hiding of God’s face, and the temptations of Satan.

David doesn’t blame it on the instruments of second causes, but he blames God as the one who either laid it all on him, or allowed it to happen to him, for his good and God’s glory.

THE LORD GIVES US HIMSELF IN THE MIDST OF OUR PAIN 

When we are overwhelmed and grow faint. When we feel totally weak, because of sickness, or excessive emotional stress. We listen to David in the Psalms who says that he felt covered with a shroud, draped and totally clothed with emotional wreckage and buried to the point of struggling for breath from the pressure of the constant onslaught of crushing heaviness and heaving uncontrollable feelings. And what does the Psalmist do? He prays. This is the answer, David journals his feelings, writing Psalms of poetic prayer expressions. He buries his head in the bosom of his beloved. He pours out his tears in The Lord’s comforting warmth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PSALMS 12 SIGNS, SEVERITY and SALVATION

SIGNS OF DECLENSION V.1-2

DECLINE IN CHARACTER  Help, Lord; for the godly man ceases; for the

                                                       faithful fail from among the children of men.

DECAY IN COMMUNICATION
FUTILITY                  they speak vanity every one with his neighbor
FLATTERY                with flattering lips
FABRICATION         and with a double heart do they speak.

SEVERITY FOR THE DEROGATORY V.3-4

ENTICEMENTS ARE EXTINGUISHED The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips,
HAUGHTINESS IS HALTED                     and the tongue that proud things
CONCEIT IS CANCELLED                         who have said, with our will we prevail
ARROGANCE IS ARRESTED                    our lips are our who is Lord over us?

SALVATION FOR THE DOWNTRODDEN V.5-7

THE POOR ARE PLUNDERED                  for the oppression of the poor
THE DESTITUTE ARE DESPERATE        for the sighing of the needy
THE PROMISE WILL BE PERFORMED now will I arise, says the Lord; I will set

                                                                              him in safety from him that puffs at him.
GOD’S PROMISES ARE:
PERFECT AND PURE                The words of The Lord are pure words
TESTED AND TRUE                   as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified 7 times
GOD’S PROTECTIONS ARE:
SECURE AND STABILIZING     You will keep them, O Lord You will preserve them
ENDURING TO ETERNITY        from this generation forever
THE PERVERSE ARE PROWLING The wicked walk on every side
DEPRAVITY IS DIGNIFIED          when the vilest men are exalted.

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MANAGING OUR ADORNMENT Ephesians 6:10

Our Spiritual battle of Clashing with the Unseen

John Calvin in his journal wrote that if we do not pray, we are like a person who neglects a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it has been pointed out to us.

It is so easy and typical to get hobbled and stagger by all the mysteries of prayer. Before we realize it our planned times of communion are stifled. Then our voice becomes muffled. What a tragedy to become asphyxiated by problems and suffocated with doubts to the point where there is no expression to our Father. He is our only source of power over difficulties and crisis. It is essential to cry out in continual dependence on the Lord. That is what He’s requested. And His design is to provide solutions for our necessities through our dependency. The letter to the Ephesians is a textbook on prayer and in chapter 6 we receive training in the struggles of prayer conflict.

BE INVINCIBLE IN BATTLE Ephesians 6:10-18
    Manage Our Adornment V. 10-11
    Measure Our Adversary
    Maneuver Our Arena V. 12
    Make Use Of Our Armor V. 13-18
    MANAGE OUR ADORNMENT V.10
OUR PREPARATION
    Be a Finisher                                                     Finally
    Be a Family                                                         my brethren
    Be a Fighter
      Our Attire Christ’s Strength                    be strong
      Our Approval Christ’s Life                       in the Lord
      Our Ability Christ’s Energy                      in the power
      Our Ascendancy Christ’s Capability    of his might
HE IS OUR STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY
The Lord is our strength in time of trouble Ps.37:39
HE IS OUR STRENGTH IN AFFLICTION
Oh Lord my strength & my refuge & my fortress
in the day of affliction Jeremiah 16:19
HE IS OUR STRENGTH IN ALL
I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me Phil. 4:13
HE IS OUR STRENGTH OF ACCEPTANCE
Blessed is the man whose strength is in you Ps.84:5
HE IS OUR STRENGTH OF ACCELERATION
The joy of the Lord is our strength Neh. 8:10

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CRUSHED AND COMPLAINING Psalms 102 Intro. Part 1

THE DESIRE OF THE DISTRESSED Psalms 102:1-11

CRUSHED AND COMPLAINING Psalms 102 Intro. Part 1 

PRESSURED  A Prayer of the afflicted,

PLAGUED       when he is overwhelmed,

THE LORD GIVES US TRIUMPH IN EVERY PROBLEM 

Psalms 34:19 says: many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

This is a potent motivation to prayer. We have an outstanding promise of assuring rescue. We have precise encouragement in every trial. And we have extraordinary enablement in each difficulty and burden.

THE LORD GIVES US DELIVERANCE IN EVERY PREDICAMENT 

Ps 71:20 Thou, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall make me live again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the

David endured the insensitivity of his father, the jealousy of his brothers, the savagery of his father in law Saul; and the betrayal of his wife Michal.

Then in his own family he tolerated, the incest of Amnon, his son who raped Tamar, his daughter, the murder of Amnon by Absalom his son. Then he weathered the deception of Joab, and Absalom’s rebellion against him; the curses of Shimei, and the squabbling of the sons of Zeruiah; with many others.

David felt a variety of inward emotional devastations. There we’re the polluting corruptions of his own heart, the disgusting filthy expressions of his natural inclination. He dealt with destitution hiding in a lonely escape, hole up in a dark cave where he was surrounded by dysfunctional discontent from the rag tag riffraff that he attracted. He endured the hiding of God’s face, and the temptations of Satan.

David doesn’t blame it on the instruments of second causes, but he blames God as the one who either laid it all on him, or allowed it to happen to him, for his good and God’s glory.

THE LORD GIVES US HIMSELF IN THE MIDST OF OUR PAIN

When we are overwhelmed and grow faint. When we feel totally weak, because of sickness, or excessive emotional stress. We listen to David in the Psalms who says that he felt covered with a shroud, draped and totally clothed with emotional devastation and buried to the point of struggling for breath from the pressure of the constant onslaught of crushing heaviness and heaving uncontrollable feelings. And what does the Psalmist do? He prays. This is the answer, David journals his feelings, writing Psalms of poetic prayer expressions. He buries his head in the bosom of his beloved. He pours out his tears in The Lord’s comforting warmth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STRIKING TO SLAY OR SEEKING THE SAVIOR PSALMS 94:5-6

STRIKING TO SLAY OR SEEKING THE SAVIOR PSALMS 94:5-6

THEY STRIKE THY SAINTSv.5

They break in pieces your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.

THEY SLAY THE SUSCEPTIBLE V.6

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

The word “break” means to apply pressure. This is stress that is forced through the process of demands that are difficult. This pressure brings strain and stress until a person feels ground into pieces. It is excessive trauma, which can be psychological, emotional, or physical breaking. This leaves a person bruised, battered and broken up.

To “afflict” is characterized as oppression. It is disturbing a person to the point of anxiety and distress. This is laying a person so low that they are hurting with excessive humiliation.

“Heritage” is a term indicating ownership and possession. These are the ones the Lord has chosen for Himself, His people. They are referred to as the apple of His eye, identifying the eyes pupil, which is carefully protected.

God’s people are identified as His jewels in Mal. 3:17. A jewel is an item of exceptional preciousness. This is someone who is watchfully cared for.

Three vulnerable individuals are singled out who are exposed and defenseless. The widow, who is no longer protected and provided for by a husband. The stranger is a person from another country. They are new to a region and aren’t established. They are foreign to the new culture and without safe contacts and relatives. Last there is the orphan who is another at risk person that is unaware, and out in the open. The orphan is susceptible, weak and unprotected.

Then the word slay and murder are employed referring to the ruthlessness of these twisted, monstrous, predators who at all costs find pleasure in destroying others lives and especially preying on the weak.

Bill MacDonald’s comments on this section are that; “The proud persecutors victimize the defenseless widow, the unsuspecting guests, the helpless orphans. And their attitude is that the God of Jacob does not understand or care what is happening.”

Again the complaint to God is “O Lord” pay attention, look at what they’re doing.

“There are times says Charles Haddon Spurgeon;when the wicked seem to have things all their own way,”

They are creating chaos, destruction, and havoc. They smash and stomp at the inside of a person, annihilating a persons character, obliterating their personality, demolishing the feelings, and grinding them down with shame, humiliation and embarrassment. Using the heel of their boot, they pulverize the innocent to powder.

They go after the unborn child, who has no real parents, only sperm donors and ovum contributors; they chomp them up like ravenous, rabid beasts.

They pillage, plunder and embezzle every ounce of value from the widows, leaving them in rags, destitute and raped of all goods. They chain others in sweatshops, to slave in loneliness, struggling in grueling, arduous, punishing heat.

O Lord I know you’re watching, I know you’re involved, I know you hear my voice and comprehend my thoughts and feelings in these atrocities. There is carnage and mayhem ruling. And there is horror, terror and dreadfulness staining every inch of the earth with the blood and tears of the weak, helpless and lonely.

Show Yourself in all Your love, compassion and mercy. Display Your glory, grace and beauty in ways never before seen. Shine out in Your matchless power and deliver us. In these miscarriages of justice send out healing, and rectifying alternative cures. Any justice in our age is falling short of the decline. Discrimination is rising. Individual worth is being destroyed, decency is damaged, and courtesy and gentleness for the needy is declining. Good is replaced with calloused indifference; we sink in the mire of a hurricane of mindless assassins who are on the increase.

Jeremiah 8:22 asks the question; “is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?” But the only solution is asserted in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which are unimaginable. The Lord is the salve that brings soothing, relief, comfort and healing: Psalms 103:3 says “He forgives all our iniquities; He heals all our diseases;” Psalms 147:3 “He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.” This is the only place to turn. We can come and pour out our hearts to Him and experience His healing touch and purifying pardon as He relaxes, relieves, fortifies and forgives.

 

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THE PSALMIST’S CLAIM PSALMS 94:4 THEY SPIT THEIR SPITE

THE PSALMIST’S CLAIM PSALMS 94:4

  THEY SPIT THEIR SPITE 

    HARD THINGS         How long shall they utter and speak hard things?

    HAUGHTY THINGS and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

The word “utter” implies to pour out like a fountain of water. The question being posed is how long will there be a drenching deluge of verbal dribble. “Hard things” suggests that this oral flood is harsh, calloused, and inconsiderate. This is a swampy torrent of insensitive, barking, shrill intonations. These are pounding words that have grating inflections, and gouging innuendo.

How long is God our Father going to allow a stormy climate in a downpour of words that are exultant and cutting? David in 2 Samuel 16 is under the gun by Absalom, his son, who has turned the majority of the Israeli population against the King. Absalom did it by clever hard words, flooding the kingdom with lies about his dad the King. He victimized, slandered, and defamed David’s character. He played on peoples discontent and pulled off a massive smear campaign, that resulted in a total anarchy.

It is possible that this Psalms is written from this backdrop.

David is journaling his feelings to God. David escapes the insurgency and as he is fleeing for his life. Then seemingly, out of no where, here comes a relative of Saul, named Shimei. Shimei is full of vitriolic mockery and venomous spite.  He treats David like a phony counterfeit coward on the run. He accuses David of being a paranoid snake that’s slithering away from the conflict.  He indicts him with a flood of hard words. He calls David a back stabber, a son of Belial. A son of Belial means he is calling David a worthless pile of refuse and a man full of demonic twists.

David’s perspective is amazing and classy. He says to his small military contingent:

“let him curse, because The LORD has said to him, Curse David.”

Then, in case we missed his attitude he says: “let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD has let him. It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.”

Requite is an old English word meaning leave the retaliation up to God. Now how hard is that? It also has the thought that if something beneficial is going to come my way, I’ll leave that in God’s hands also.

It is challenging to maintain an attitude where your view is that The Lord is screening every harsh detail that touches our lives. It is even more puzzling to imagine that even sour words that are aimed at us and rip into us painfully can actually be viewed as a God thing, or a divine encounter.

I only consider super positive events as divine encounters. But David says; The Lord has asked him to trash talk on me. Is that our estimation? When someone whacks us real good verbally how do we respond? Do we rock back on our heels and relax and say wow, God has a word for me in this negative put down?

There is a purpose for everything. Not one sparrow falls to the ground without God seeing, knowing, and yes, allowing it. Nothing is haphazard, or indiscriminate, nothing is meaningless, or pointless. We are looking into the face of God constantly in every circumstance. He purposes our heartaches. He allows our difficulties. He has a reason behind every affliction.

In all of our afflictions he is afflicted. God knows how long it will be, He knows how long it will take, and how much we need to endure. But we say: what about all the collateral damage? He knows how long it will take for us to see His face. The damage is not the issue. He has promised beauty for ashes and joy for mourning. The real question is how long will it take for us to see His face in the challenging circumstances?

 

 

 

 

 

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