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Psalm 140

Rescue me from evil, violent men.  Protect me.

Rescue and protect me from those who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up arguments every day.  They make their tongues as sharp as a snake’s – poisonous too.

Keep me from the hand of the wicked.  Protect me from those who plan to trip me.  Proud, holier than me men have hidden a snare, spread out a net and set traps.

You are my God.  Hear my cry.  Have mercy.

You are my strong deliverer.  You shield my head in the day of battle.  You protect my thoughts from negative influences.

Don’t let the wicked have their way or they will become proud.

Let those who are causing me trouble experience the same trouble – let it boomerang back on them.  Punish them.  Don’t establish them.  May disaster hunt them down.

God secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

Surely the righteous will praise You and the upright will live before You.

 

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Psalm 139

God has searched me – from top to bottom and inside out.

God knows me.  Good and bad, top to bottom and inside out.

You know when I sit and rise – my every movement.

You perceive my thoughts from afar.  What no one else even suspects, You know in every detail.

You know my working, all my routines and habits.

Before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely O Lord.  You know what I will say before I say it.

You hem me in – behind and before – I am protected on all sides.

You have laid Your hand upon me – to guide, protect, shape.

I can never know what You know.  Just trying to understand the extent of what You know is too much for me.

Where can I go away from Your Spirit?

Where can I flee from Your presence?

You are in the heavens, the depths of the oceans, the dawn, the ends of the earth.  You are everywhere.

Your hand guides and holds me fast to keep me from slipping.

Even darkness is as light to You and cannot hide from You.

You created my soul.  You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I am wonderfully made.

My life was mapped out in Your book before I was born.

How precious are Your thoughts for me, about me.  How vast is the sum of them!  More than all the grains of sand.

When I am awake, I am still with You.

If only God would slay the wicked!  The world would be perfect!  The evil speak shamefully about God.  I hate those who hate You.  Your enemies are my enemies.

Search me.  Know my heart.  Test me.  Know my thoughts.  Remove anything that offends You.  Lead me to eternal life.

Psalm 138

I will praise You O Lord with all my heart – with everything I have.  Before the “gods” (what other people consider most important) I will sing Your praise, making You most important.

I will bow down towards Your house and will praise Your name for Your love and faithfulness through and in spite of all the other “gods”.  For You have put Your name and Your word above all “gods”, above all things.

When I called You answered me; You made me bold and stouthearted to face the other “gods” and people’s opinions and feelings about them.

May all kings, presidents, governors, statesmen and trustees praise You when they hear the words of Your mouth.

May they sing of the ways of God, for Your glory and perfection are great.

Though God is on high, He looks upon the lowly and humble and keeps an eye on them.  But the proud He knows from afar – He doesn’t help them as much.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life and keep me safe.  You stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes to keep it from harming me, with Your right hand You save me.

God will fulfill His purpose for me in spite of “gods” and enemies.  God’s love endures forever.  Do not abandon the works of Your hands – do not abandon me or Your purpose for me.

Psalm 137

Taken away as captives, now we appreciate home.

We put away our instruments, but our captors demanded we play – they would not allow us to mourn or punish ourselves.

If I ever forget to appreciate fellowship with You again, may everything I enjoy doing come to an end.

Remember our enemies – how cruel they were.  Punish them as they deserve.  Bless Your instruments of vengeance.

Psalm 136

God is good.  Not bad.  Perfect.  Kind.  Generous.  That’s His nature.

God is the God of gods.  Number one.  Head honcho.  Top dog.  God is the ultimate creator of gods.  People create gods from materials God created.

God is the Lord of lords.  Men have lords, kings, rulers, presidents.  God is Lord of all of them.

God alone does great wonders.  No one else does miracles like He does.  Great wonders.  Beyond human imagination.

By His understanding, He made the heavens.  No one understands like He does.  He made space.  He made outer space.  We will never understand like He does until we get to heaven.

God spread out the earth upon the waters.  Oceans.  Deserts.  Swamps. Valleys. Hills.  Mountains.  All put together by God.

God made the great lights.  Sun.  Moon.  Stars.  Fire.  Electricity.  Laser.

The sun governs the day.  God governs the sun.  Therefore, God governs the day.

The moon and stars govern the night.  God governs the moon and stars.  Therefore, God governs the night.

God struck down the firstborn of Egypt.  God will strike down the firstborn of sin.

God brought Israel out from Egypt.  God brings us out from sin.

God has a mighty hand.  Able to punish.  Capable to help.  Strong to mold.

God has an outstretched arm.  Filled with love.  Always open.

God divided the Red Sea.  God divides the busyness of our lives and shows us the way to cross through into His Promised Land.

God brought Israel through the midst of the Red Sea.  God brings us through busyness to Him.

God swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.  God will sweep Satan and his army into hell.

God led His people through the desert.  God lead us through deserts of unbelief, fear, discouragement.

God struck down great kings. God strikes down the things that rule our lives and keep Him from being centermost.

God gave their land as an inheritance.  God gives the profits of sin as our inheritance in heaven.

An inheritance to His servant Israel.  The better the servant, the better then inheritance, the better the heavenly reward.

God remembers us in our low estate.  No matter how far away from Him we are, He does not forget us.

God frees us from our enemies – from whatever is keeping us from being close to Him.

God gives food to every creature.  Every creature.  No matter our opinion of the creature.

Give thanks to God.

His love endures forever.

Lot and His Daughters

I was reading Genesis 19: 30-36 and almost wondered how the two daughters could do such a thing as to make their father drunk and lie with him to get pregnant.  But then their history came to mind and it made more sense.

In Genesis 19:8, the men of Sodom came to Lot’s house to demand that the two men (actually angels) be brought out to them for sex.  Lot refuses to turn over the men, but offers his two daughters instead (despite the fact that they are betrothed).  So the cultural norm that women are only property is confirmed to the girls.

In verse 26, assuming Lot led, followed by his wife, followed by the two daughters, they saw their mother become a pillar of salt.

At first they escape to Zoar, the only town in the valley not destroyed by brimstone and fire (because Lot begged the angels to allow them to go there).  I expect the watchman of Zoar saw them coming from Sodom.  Perhaps the townspeople gave them a hard time, assuming Lot and his daughters were the cause of the destruction.  Instead of realizing they were the cause of their salvation, they must have mistreated the trio and forced them to leave before their town was destroyed next.

So the daughters were convinced there’re wasn’t “a man on earth” to marry them – their fiancés killed in Sodom, the only town left in the valley rejecting them, living in a cave with their father.  Not much of a chance of meeting any eligible bachelors in an out of the way cave.  Their world and their prospects shrunk and so did their mindset.  Therefore they used the last man available to them – their own father.  That’s what happens when God is left out of life.

Psalm 135

Praise the Lord.

Servants praise Him.

Ministers praise Him.

Praise Him for He is good.

Sing praises to His name for that is pleasant.

God has chosen us to be His own treasured possession.

 

I know that God is great – greater than all gods.

God does what pleases Him in heaven, on earth, in the oceans.  He makes clouds, sends lightning and rain and brings out the wind.  He controls the weather.

 

He struck down the firstborn of Egypt – men and animals.

He sent signs and wonders.

He struck down many nations and kings and gave their land as an inheritance to Israel.

 

Your name endures forever through all generations.

God will vindicate His people and have compassion on His servants.

 

The idols of others are silver and gold, man-made.

They have mouths but can’t speak, eyes but can’t see, ears but can’t hear, no breath, no heart.

Those who make idols and trust in them will be just liked their idols – unseeing, unhearing, not real life, heartless.