Tag Archive | salvation

Psalm 119 – Resh

(Resh is the nineteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet)

Look upon my suffering and deliver me for I have not forgotten Your word.
Defend my case and redeem me – preserve my life according to Your word.
Salvation is far from the wicked for they do not seek out Your word.
Your compassion is great O Lord – preserve my life according to Your word.
Many are the foes who persecute me – without and within – but I have not turned from Your word.
I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey Your word.
See how I love Your word, preserve my life O Lord according to Your love.
All Your words are true, all Your righteous words are eternal.

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Psalm 106

Praise the Lord. Tell Him how good He is.
Give thanks to the Lord because He is good, because His love endures forever.
Endures. In spite of our inconsistencies, in spite of the hurt we cause Him, His love endures.
No one can fully declare His praise because no one fully knows Him.

Blessed are they who try to know You, who maintain justice and constantly try to do what is right – Your will.
Remember me when You show favor to Your people, come to my aid too, save me too, let me enjoy the prosperity of Your chosen ones, let me share in the joy of Your nation, let me join Your inheritance by praising You.

We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly.
We have taken Your miracles for granted.
We have taken Your kindness for granted.
We have rebelled.

You have saved us for Your name’s sake, to make Your powers known.
You have dried up the Red Seas that try to overwhelm us – the seas of sin, negative attitudes, doubt, low self-esteem.
You have saved us from our adversaries.
Then we believe Your promises and sing Your praise.

But we soon forget what You have done, and act without waiting for Your counsel.
We give in to our cravings and put You to the test.
Then we grumble and don’t obey.
We rebel against Your Spirit.

Yet You hear our cry and Your enduring love intervenes again.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 98

Sing to the Lord a new song – not the same old tune, but a new song.  Marvelous things deserve new songs.

God has worked salvation and made it known to all nations, to the ends of the earth.  Love and faithfulness especially to Israel. 

Shout for joy.  Make the new song jubilant.

Use man-made instruments.  Listen to nature’s instruments – the sea, the world, the rivers, the mountains.  Sing because God comes to judge.  He will judge fair and square. 

Psalm 85

God showed us favor and restored our fortunes. God forgave our iniquity and covered all our sins. God set aside His wrath and turned from His fierce anger.

Restore us. Put away Your displeasure. Don’t be angry any more. Revive us so that we may rejoice in You. Show us Your unfailing love and salvation.

I will listen to what You will say. You promise us peace. Let us not slip into temptation – let us not return to folly.

God’s salvation and glorious perfection is close. God gives what is good. He prepares the way between Him and us.

Psalm 62

Tired? The soul finds rest in God alone. Salvation is the ultimate rest. In salvation the soul doesn’t have to worry about where it’s going to spend eternity.

God is my rock (firm foundation – hard to break up)
salvation (eternal rest)
fortress (unshakeable protection)

People assault
throw you down
topple you
lie
are two-faced (mean the opposite of that they say)

In God there is rest
hope
a rock
salvation
my fortress
honor
refuge

Trust in God – pour out your heart to Him.

People are a breath, without weight or substance.

No matter in what way your riches increase – don’t trust in them, don’t set your heart upon them, don’t become so attached to them that you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

God is strong and living and will reward us according to our accomplishments.

Psalm 49

The message of this psalm is for everyone – noble and common men, rich and poor. It applies to both the same.

Don’t fear those who have earthly treasures. All the money in the world can’t buy salvation or eternal life. (Neither can all the good works in the world earn someone salvation or eternal life).

Everyone dies no matter what their status in life.

Those who trust in themselves or in their wealth will remain in the grave for eternity. Those who trust in God will have eternal life.

It’s all right to have riches, but you must have the understanding of God to go along with them.

Psalm 27

The Lord is my light. I don’t have to rely on bulbs, electricity, batteries or matches. I don’t even have to give up a free hand to hold the light. Since Jesus is in my life, He lights my way.

The Lord is my salvation. I am going to heaven.

The Lord is the stronghold of my life. He protects me from outside forces. He keeps me safe and snug and warm. He supplies all my needs.

Since He lights my way, I can see what is going on, where I’m going. I can’t trip or be tripped. Since I’m going to heaven, Satan cannot harm me. Since He is my stronghold, no person can harm me. There is nothing and no one to fear.

No matter what happens or who comes against me, I can be confident.

All I need is to be able to fellowship with Him regularly.

If no one understands me or stands by me, not even my parents, God will still be there for me, with me and around me.

Life may be tough, but all I have to do is

wait for the Lord

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord.