Archive | March 2016

Psalm 59

Saul sent men to watch David’s house so that he could have David killed. His mentor, someone he looked up to and admired, turned against him, and was now his mortal enemy.

David asks God to deliver him
to protect him
to save him
to help him
to look on his plight
to rouse Himself to punish

God is David’s strength
refuge
fortress

God goes before David and God goes before us.

God is a loving God.

Psalm 58

Do you speak justice?
Do you speak righteousness?
Are you fair?
Do you plan on how to get ahead at the expense of others?

Like a snake that doesn’t hear the charmer, the wicked do not hear God.

Punishment of the wicked:
The lion will lose its fangs
Like water, they’ll flow away.
Their arrows will be blunt.
The snail will melt away.
The child will be stillborn.

The reward of the righteous:
Gladness.
They will be avenged.
They will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
All men will know that God judges fairly.

Psalm 57

Have mercy on me O God. Be patient with me. Be generous. Be lenient.

My soul takes refuge in You. Not in an earthly fortress. Not in an imaginary place in my mind. In You. Directly.

You fulfill Your purpose for me. With my cooperation or without it. You send from heaven and rescue me from my un-cooperation. You send Your love and faithfulness. Oh! How faithful! No matter how uncooperative I am, You are still faithful to me and Your purpose.

The trap that my enemies made for me – they will fall into themselves. Don’t worry about the obstacles along the way – just faithfully follow God’s purpose. Be steadfast.

Awaken the dawn with praise. From over all the earth up to the heavens. Praise God!

Psalm 56

Be merciful and gracious to me O God. Men hotly pursue me. An employer counts hundreds of dollars while I lose thousands. A church pushes me to the side. Friends drift away. Show me what I have done wrong. Show me how to adjust my attitude, how to turn the other cheek.

I am afraid. Of change. Of new things and new people. Of succeeding. Of failing. Help me to trust. Not in the plans and scenarios that run through my mind, but in You Who can see far beyond what I can ever imagine. Man cannot harm me by imagining and nursing hurts.

Help me to fulfill my promises to You. To live for You. To live a life that is pleasing to You. To serve You. Teach me to praise and thank You more.

God has saved me from death.

God has kept my feet from slipping.

Help me to walk straight and tall before You in Your light.