PSA 39 DARK FEELINGS

PERSONAL CAUTION V.1-3
IN WHAT I SAY V.1
MY WALK                  I said, I will take heed to my ways,
MY TALK                    that I sin not with my tongue:

IN WHAT I SUPPRESS
DISCIPLINED COMMUNICATION I will keep my mouth with a

bridle
DAMAGE CONTROL                    while the wicked is before me
DIPLOMATIC CONTAINMENT I was dumb with silence

IN WHAT I STIFLE V.3  I held my peace, even from good
REPRESSED FEELINGS My heart was hot within me          DEPRESSED MISERABLY while I was musing the fire burned
RELEASED FEELINGS then spake I with my tongue,

PRAYER FOR CONSIDERATION V.4-7
MY FATE                    LORD, make me to know mine end,
MY FUTURE              and the measure of my days,
MY FRAILTY             what it is that I may know how frail I am
ACCELERATION    Behold, you have made my days short
AGE                           and mine age is as nothing before thee:
ACHIEVEMENTS   verily every man at his best state is

altogether vanity
ACTIVITIES             Surely every man walks in a vain show:
AGGRAVATIONS   surely they are disquieted in vain:
ATTAINMENTS      he heaps up riches & knows not who

shall gather them
ANTICIPATION      And now, Lord, what wait I for?

my hope is in You.

PRAYER FOR COMPASSION V.8-13
DELIVER FROM

IMPERFECTION Deliver me from all my transgressions
INSULTERS          make me not the reproach of the foolish
INDISCRETION   I want to see your hand in everything
IGNORANCE        I was dumb
IMPERTINENCE I opened not my mouth because you did it
INJURY V.10-13
YOUR CHASTENING HAND
I FEEL

DEVOURED   Remove thy stroke away from me I am

consumed by the blow of your hand
DECIMATED When you with rebukes correct man for iniquity

you make his beauty to consume away like a moth
DRAINED      surely every man is vanity. Selah.
DISTRESSED Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry

hold not thy peace at my tears:
DESERTED for I am a stranger with you, and a sojourner,

As all my fathers were.
DESTROYED O spare me, that I may recover strength,

before I go hence, and be no more.

Feelings are a odd thing and as one has said poetry is the language of feelings. It reaches beyond sight and sound into the senses. It is The language of the heart. The psalms are an invitation to explore those feelings. It’s thought that feelings describe our inner reactions to our horizontal relationships with people and events, but even deeper, to our vertical relationship to God and the way he allows life to work, in the unpredictable patterns as they do. It’s an exposure to God and his dealings and many of the Psalms could be titled Psalms of disorientation, as raw feelings are exposed and naked before God, or in reality to ourselves.

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PSALMS 120 DON’T DELAY THE DISTRESS IS CRUSHING

PSALMS 120 DON’T DELAY THE DISTRESS IS CRUSHING

A DELIRIOUS CRY V.1
AN ANGUISHED CRY In my distress I cried
AN ANTICIPATIVE CRY unto the LORD,
AN ATTENDED CRY and he heard me.

The Psalmist felt distressed. He was being squeezed by a tight confining situation. He did the wisest thing he could do by lifting it all to the Lord.

A DELIVERANCE CRAVED V.2-4
FREEDOM FOR MY LIFE V.2 Deliver my soul, O LORD,
FREEDOM FROM LIES
FALSEHOODS from lying lips,

When others are lying about us we pray to the Lord for deliverance. “In God’s sovereignty even lying lips will be turned to his deliverance.” Josh Moody

FABRICATIONS and from a deceitful tongue.
FRUSTRATIONS V.3 What shall be given unto you?
FUTILITY or what shall be done unto you
FORGERIES You false tongue?

There is deep hurt in our soul from the false slander from others. Things have been arranged out of context against us. We want to see them caught in the trap they’ve set for us. It’s hard to ingest our resentments but we need to turn it over to God.

FORTUNES OF LIARS V.4
REPAID WITH A SHARP STAB Sharp arrows of the mighty,
REPAID WITH A SCORCHING SEAR with coals of juniper.

It can to take our sharp scorching hurts and forgive. We want to see consequences and results that stab and sear. But Jesus has showed us how to forgive.

A DISTURBING COMMUNITY V.5-6
AN IRRITATING VISITOR Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech
AN IRRATIONAL VAGRANT that I dwell in the tents of Kedar
AN INCENSED VIOLATOR V.6 My soul has long dwelt with him that hates peace.

Mesech and Kedar are the ancestors of Islamic nations. They claim to be promoting peace but war appears from their hearts.

A DECENT COMMITMENT V.7
TRANQUIL CALM I am for peace:
TACTFUL COMMUNICATION but when I speak,
TERRORIZING COMBAT they are for war.
When others are for war we have to leave them in God’s hands. This is the most important step in dealing with lies and slander, which is to be in the right place before God. We are not defined by the lies that people say about us. We are defined by the truth of what God says about us. We cannot control others responses. We leave that between them and God. We give up our right to play judge, jury, and executioner all rolled into one. This is the way of peace.

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Psalms 16 Fullness of Joy

In Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand are pleasures evermore Ps 16:11 img_2037

Life is not easy life. Sorrow interferes and we have absence of joy in place of full joy. ‘Fullness of joy’: means perfection of joy, and the absence interference. This deals with our heartbreaks.

Fullness of joy is only found in Gods Presence, without Him there is no joy. “In thy presence is fullness of Joy”. Gods Presence is, the Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit, one God.

In His presence there is always fullness of joy. God the Son is now the God/man, who took our human nature into union with His Person. This union is permanent, and will never be reversed. He will be visible to our human eyes, and He Himself looks forward to the time when He will have all His people with Him. “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory” (John 17:24). That will be fullness of joy.

We taste the joy of heaven now by meditating on the truths of the word of God, in Gods Word we get the atmosphere of Heaven. Charles Spurgeon wrote; a little faith will get us to heaven and a lot of faith will bring Heaven to us. Faith grows by consuming Gods Word.

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A CRY FOR PROTECTION V.1-2    Preserve me,
TO THE ONLY ALMIGHTY O God:
TO THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE       for in You do I put my trust.
WHO KEEPS ALL HIS PROMISES my soul, you have said to the LORD,
WHO CONTROLS ALL THE POSSIBILITIES You are my Lord:
WHO ALONE IS MY PROFICIENCY nothing makes sense without You
A CONTENTMENT FOR THE PRIVILEGED V.3
THEY ARE SEPARATE But to the believers that are in the earth,
THEY ARE SPECIAL and to the excellent,
THEY ARE SATISFYING in who is all my delight.
A COLLAPSE FOR PRETENDERS V.4-5
THEY ARE TRAUMATIZED Their sorrows shall be multiplied
THEY ARE TREACHEROUS that hasten after another god:
THEY ARE DESERTED their drink offerings of blood will I not offer,
THEY ARE DISCARDED nor take up their names into my lips.
A CELEBRATION FOR OUR PROSPERITY V.6-8
THE LORD IS MY REWARD The LORD is the portion of my inheritance
THE LORD IS MY REFRESHMENT and of my cup:
THE LORD IS MY RELIEF You maintain my lot.
THE LORD IS MY REAL ESTATE The lines are fallen to me in pleasant places;,
THE LORD IS MY RICHES I have a good heritage.
THE LORD IS MY RESOLUTION I will bless the LORD,
THE LORD IS MY RESOURCE who has given me counsel:
THE LORD IS MY REFLECTION my soul also instruct me in the night seasons.
THE LORD IS MY REMEMBRANCE I have set the LORD always before me:
THE LORD KEEPS ME FROM BEING RATTLED
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved
A CALCULATION OF MY POSSESSIONS V.9-11
I HAVE PLEASURE IN MY INNER FEELINGS Therefore my heart is glad,
I HAVE PLEASURE IN MY OUTER EXPRESSIONS and my glory rejoices
MY ENTIRE BEING IS AT PEACE my flesh also shall rest in hope.
I WILL BE RESURRECTED For you wilt not leave my soul in hell;
I WILL BE RESTORED neither will you suffer me to see corruption.
I WILL BE REVIVED You will show me the path of life:
I WILL BE REJUVENATED in Your presence is fulness of joy;
I WILL BE RELAXED at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

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PSALM 70 PERPETUAL NECESSITY

PSALM 70 PERPETUAL NECESSITY
URGENT PLEA V.1
   I NEED FAST RESCUE         Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
UNUSUAL PREDICAMENT V.2-3
   I NEED FAST RESOURCES Make haste to help me, O LORD.
HUMILIATE ALL OPPONENTS Let them be ashamed
HARASS ALL OPPOSITION and confounded that seek                                                                        after my soul:
HALT ALL OBSTRUCTERS  let them be turned backward
HINDER ALL OFFENDERS  and put to confusion,                                                                that desire my hurt.
I NEED FAST REVERSALS
      HASTY OVERTURN Let them be turned back for a reward
HAUNTING OUTRAGE of their shame that say, Aha, aha.
UNALTERABLE POSSIBILITIES V.4
   I NEED FULFILLING RESULTS
      REASSURED Let all those that seek thee rejoice
RELIEVED and be glad in thee:
RESOLUTE and let such as love your salvation say continually,
REVERENTIAL Let God be magnified.
UNIQUE PRESCRIPTION V.5
   I NEED FAITHFUL REVIEWS
      POVERTY IS WEALTH But I am poor and needy:make haste To me
     WEAKNESS IS STRENGTH O God: thou art my help and my deliverer;

     TROUBLE IS TRIUMPH O LORD, make no tarrying.

“Make haste, O God, my soul to bless!
My help and my deliverer thou;
Make haste, for I’m in deep distress,
My case is urgent; help me now.

Make haste, O God! make haste to save!
For time is short, and death is nigh;
Make haste ere yet I’m in my grave,
And with the lost forever lie.

Make haste, for I am poor and low;
And Satan mocks my prayers and tears;
O God, in mercy be not slow,
But snatch me from my horrid fears.

Make haste, O God, and hear my cries;
Then with the souls who seek thy face,
And those who thy salvation prize,
Will magnify thy matchless grace.” C.H.S.

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Waiting For A Theif

Waiting for a thief

My dad, years ago, was convinced someone was stealing our plastic garbage cans. Weekly he’d put them out for the trash man to pick up, and next day, low and behold, they disappeared. It was a compelling moment, and the only reasonable thing was to load the gun and wait. It wasn’t a question of value, but a stand for possibilities. There were things of high worth that were at stake, and we had an appointment with a thief.

The concept of thieves stains our mind with a shadowy impression. We’re adjusting right now to almost electing a whole pile of thieves. Now, there are others, who are toying with evidence that we actually got hornswoggled by a pack of thieves.

This isn’t a question of when, we know the thief is coming. We can post it on our calendar. This is a scheduled event and will happen. When everybody’s walking around complacent and cocksure, congratulating each other—”We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”—suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman.

It would be helpful to know what day this thief is coming. When’s this prince of thieves coming to turn our holy place into a hell hole?

Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; for the day of the LORD is at hand; for the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests. And it shall be, in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with foreign apparel. (Zeph.. 1:7-8)

This “day of the Lord” is not a 24 hour day. It is a time period with many events. The initial event is a major heist. A robbery of what most consider the deplorables.

A deplorable is someone who deserves strong condemnation:
They are disgraceful • shameful • dishonorable • unworthy and shockingly bad in quality.
They are lamentable • regrettable • unfortunate • wretched •atrocious • awful • terrible • dreadful • diabolical • sorry • poor • inadequate • appalling • dire • abysmal • woeful • lousy • grievous and of course, totally hated.

There is nothing attractive about a deplorable, nothing to cause us to want Him. They’re looked down on and ignored; they suffer and know pain firsthand. One look at a deplorable man and people turned away. We look down on Him, think He is scum.

But the fact is, this deplorable thief steals our pains. He carries them away— our disfigurements, thus all the things wrong with us.

We thought He brought it on himself, that God was punishing Him for His own failures. But it was our sins that did that to Him, that ripped and tore and crushed Him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we are healed. We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and become lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way. And God has piled all of our sins, everything we’ve done wrong, on Him..

He was beaten, He was tortured, but He didn’t say a word. Like a lamb taken to be slaughtered and like a sheep being sheared, He took it all in silence. Justice miscarried, and He was led off— and did anyone really know what was happening? He died without a thought for His own welfare, beaten bloody for the sins of my people. They buried him with the wicked, threw him in a grave; even though he’d never hurt a soul or said one word that wasn’t true. Still, it’s what God had in mind all along, to crush him with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it—life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of our sins. Therefore I’ll reward Him extravagantly— the best of everything, the highest honors—Because he looked death in the face and didn’t flinch, because he embraced the company of the lowest. He took on his own shoulders the sins of the many, he took up the cause of all the deplorables.
Isaiah 53.

We found the garbage can thief. He was the wind blowing the empties into a jungle of blackberry briers. I love this thief.

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PSALMS 119:1-8 THE BENEFITS OF THE SPOTLESS LIFE

PSALMS 119:1-8 THE BENEFITS OF THE SPOTLESS LIFE

THE PROMISE OF GOOD V.1-2

   THEIR CHARACTER

       PRIVILEGES FROM THE ALL POWERFUL    Blessed are
                                                                                                             

       PLEASURE FROM PRECISION                          the undefiled 

       PURSUIT ON A PATHWAY                                 in the way,

    THEIR CONDUCT

       A PROCEDURE                                                       who walk

       A PERFORMANCE                                                 in the law

       A PRINCIPLE                                                           of the LORD.    

         
            THEIR CONTINUANCE

       REWARDED                                                            Blessed are they 

       REMINDED                                                              that keep

       RETENTIVE                                                             his testimonies,

    THEIR COMMITMENT

       DETERMINATION                                                and that seek him

       DEVOTION                                                              with the whole heart.

THE PATTERN OF GOOD V.3-7

    STRENGTH NOT DRAWN FROM THE SELF LIFE          They also do no iniquity:

    STRENGTH DRAWN FROM THE SOVEREIGN’S LIFE they walk in his ways.

         SUBMISSION DIRECTED                                                  You have commanded us

         STEADFAST DIRECTION                                                  to keep your precepts diligently.

     SECURE IN ME YOUR DETAILS         O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

         STABLE DEMEANOR                         Then shall I not be ashamed,

         SPECIFIC DEFERENCE                      when I have respect unto all your commandments

         SPECIAL DEVOTION                           I will praise you with uprightness of heart,

     SURRENDERING TO HIS DECISIONS

                                                                        when I will have learned your righteous judgments

THE PURPOSE OF GOOD V.8

    SHELTER ME IN YOUR DIRECTIVES I will keep thy statutes O forsake me not utterly

ALEPH is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The psalmist poetically begins the first eight verses of Psalm 119 with the letter aleph. Aleph is the symbol for the Ox. The Ox is a picture of yielding to a superior power to perform a service. This is an image of passive surrender and humble obedience. Jesus lived a life of perfect dependance.

 Jesus said…that the one who had sent me, has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases Him John 8:29

Jesus explained, my food is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work John 4:34.

Doing things exactly the way the Father wanted things accomplished was Jesus satisfying passion. He said “not my will but Your will”

Jesus bowed down in compliance and mused with delight at every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

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PSALMS 119:81-88 THE DEJECTION OF DESPAIR


PSALMS 119:81-88 THE DEJECTION OF DESPAIR

IT’S A DRAIN ON EMOTIONAL ENERGY

   LOOK FOR GOD’S RESCUE             My soul faints for Your salvation:

   LOOK FOR GOD’S RESPONSE       but I hope in Your word. 

IT’S A DRAIN ON OUR EVALUATION

   LOOK FOR GOD’S PERSPECTIVE Mine eyes fail for Your word, saying,

   LOOK FOR GOD’S PROMISE          When will You comfort me?

IT’S A DRAIN ON PHYSICAL ENERGY For I am become like a bottle in the smoke
                          (a wineskin in the smoke pictures getting dried out, stiff, & cracked; It’s a way of saying I’m impotent and essentially leaking & useless.) 

   LOOK FOR GOD’S REJUVENATION yet do I not forget your statutes.

   LOOK FOR GOD’S RENEWAL           How many are the days of your servant?

   LOOK FOR GOD’S RESULTS when will you execute judgment on them
that persecute me
                                                 

IT’S A DRAIN ON SPIRITUAL ENERGY The proud have digged pits for me,  

                                                                                   which are not after your law.                                     Facing spiritual pitfalls that drain us emotionally, mentally and even spiritually – can discouraged us beyond an ability to cope 

   LOOK TO GOD’S WORD FOR RELIABILITY     All your commandments are faithful:

   LOOK TO GOD’S WORD FOR REALITY            they persecute me wrongfully help me.

   LOOK TO GOD’S WORD FOR REDIRECTION They had almost consumed me on earth

     DON’T FORSAKE HIS WORD                             but I forsook not thy precepts.

   LOOK TO GOD’S WORD FOR RECOVERY        Quicken me after your lovingkindness;

     DON’T FORGET HIS WORD                                so will I keep the testimony of your mouth

Each of these eight verses begin with the Hebrew term Caph. CAPH is the eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is suggestive of the term palm which is the inside cupped area of the hand.

God’s Palm Demonstrates His infinite sovereignty

Isa 40:12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand. Now that’s impressive holding the seven seas in your palm.

God’s Palm Demonstrates His intimate sensitivity

Isa. 49:16 Behold, I have graven you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.

God’s Palm Demonstrates His individual security

Jn. 10:28 neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. No man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Nothing is too big for him, nothing, no matter how small and insignificant is missed by his gaze and no power can defy his protective grip. We can trust on his tender care and gentle hold on us.

My name from the palms of His hands

Eternity will not erase;

Impressed on His heart it remains

In marks of indelible grace.

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