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Psalm 3:5-8 (KJV) - God Keeps Guard While David Sleeps
Psalm 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
David laid down to sleep in the middle of the battle campground. He woke up alive! The Lord preserved him. Since David was confident the Lord was watching out for him, he could sleep peacefully. He did not have to stay awake and keep watch because he trusted that the Lord was keeping watch over him.
Psalm 3:6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
Is David a bit cocky, or what? David had seen what God had done with five smooth stones and a sling. And he had only had to use one of the five stones! (1 Samuel 17:49) His band of 200 soldiers defeated a much larger Amalekite army due to the Lord’s enablement (1 Samuel 30:23). David’s confidence in his God began even before those battles as the Lord enabled him to kill both the lion and bear in order to protect his sheep (1 Samuel 17:37).
Psalm 3:7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Reformation Study Bible:
3:7 Arise. This expression is typical of psalms sung at the beginning of war. God fights for His people against their flesh and blood enemies.
Pretty graphic! God is going to backhand the enemies and break out their teeth. Lest we think we should run around doing likewise, we must read verse 8.
Psalm 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
God is in control, and we must act under His leadership. Does this mean that God’s children will always be delivered? No, when persecuted Christians are martyred, their souls are received immediately into Jesus’ arms. In other words, we are not always delivered from harm here on this earth, but all believers will ultimately be beyond the reach of any harmful thing. Read Acts 7:55-60 and Hebrews chapter 11 for examples of those who died because of their faith in God.
Q – Do you sleep peacefully at night, secure in the fact that God is in control? When people attack your faith in Jesus, are you confident that He will enable you to stand for Him?
|Posted on September 6, 2016 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
Psalm 3:1-4 (KJV) - A Battle Hymn of David
This Psalm was composed by David when he fled from his son, Absalom, who was trying to usurp the throne. Since the Psalms was a hymnbook, this is a battle hymn.
3:1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. 2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
Why was someone rising up against David? David was suffering the consequences God allowed due to his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and subsequent murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite, by having the troops withdraw from him at the front line of battle. David had repented of those sins but was now suffering the residual effects of falling short of God’s standard of holiness. Who was leading this army against God’s anointed king? David’s very own son, Absalom, who was trying to usurp the throne from his father. Didn’t Absalom harbor anger toward David for not punishing Amnon? Yes, Absalom was extremely irate because David did not punish Amnon, his firstborn, for raping Absalom’s sister Tamar.
Many people were taunting David saying that God would not come to his aid, so there was no hope for him. David had always credited God for winning the battles for him whether it be against Goliath the giant or against an enemy army. Now people were saying He would no longer receive help from the Almighty.
Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study Series:
This is the first use of “Selah” in Scripture (vv. 2, 4, 8); it is used seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk 3. Hebraists aren’t agreed whether it comes from words meaning “to lift up” or “to be silent.” If the first, then it might be a signal for louder voices or the lifting and blowing the trumpets, perhaps even the lifting of hands to the Lord. If the second, it could signal a pause, a moment of silence and meditation.
Susan and I lean toward the 2nd meaning of Selah because we do not see a reason to shout after these first two verses, but do see a reason to stop and ponder.
Psalm 3:3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. 4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
Did David take the taunts of his enemies to heart? No, he went straight to his source, he cried out to God. He acknowledged him as his protector and encourager.To lift someone’s head is to encourage them similar to saying, “Keep your chin up!”
Q – Are there any nay-sayers in your life? People who would have you doubt the way God is leading you? Take your complaints directly to the Source of your power. Cry out to God, read His word, and He will lift your head!
|Posted on September 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
In the months of September – November on the weekends, we will be posting verse by verse studies of selected Psalms for your pleasure and enrichment. The Psalms were the praise songs and hymns of the Jewish people. Some point forward to the Messiah, some are lamenting sin, many are extolling the mighty works of God. We find comfort and encouragement as well as edification in the book of Psalms. We hope you enjoy these brief weekend posts!
Psalm 2:1-6 (KJV)
Men Rebel and God Responds
Psalm 2 is often noted as a Messianic psalm, one that points to the future King of Israel and ultimately all nations, Jesus Christ.
Reformation Study Bible:
The psalm has no title, but the New Testament ascribes it to David (Acts 4:25). The New Testament frequently quotes and alludes to this psalm (Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Acts 4:25–27; 13:33; Rom. 1:4; Heb. 1:5; 5:5). Jesus Christ is the Son of David and the Son of God; the promises given to David come to fulfillment in Him.
Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
Heathen is sometimes translated “nations” as in the Classic Edition of the Amplified Bible:
Psalm 2:1 (AMPC) Why do the nations assemble with commotion [uproar and confusion of voices], and why do the people imagine (meditate upon and devise) an empty scheme?
The nations that warred against King David and Israel did not stand a chance because God fought the battles for him.
1 Samuel 17:47 …and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.
Now as in the time of David, why are the schemes of those who war against God empty or vain? It is futile, ridiculous to go against Almighty God because they are not going to have any adverse effect upon the One who created people and is the greatest battle strategist. God fought for David as long as David was in right relationship with God.
In Acts 4:23-31, the first few verses of this Psalm are quoted and seen as prophetic of the plots against Jesus. Jesus ended up being crucified. Does that mean the plots succeeded? No! This is the Father’s story that He is writing about His Son. God was orchestrating the propensities and motivations of men to achieve His will. So, though it seems that evil men had won, it was really God moving them to accomplish His divine purpose of Jesus becoming the Sacrificial Lamb in order to pay the price of sin for those who believe.
What people see as bonds to prevent them from freedom are in reality God’s love-bonds to surround them with His protection. They wish to break the cords which are really the ties that bind them in God’s love. It is not only vain, futile, but also foolish to fight against God.
Psalm 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
Why would God laugh and make fun of those who wage war against His Anointed One? It’s a joke. They have lost before they even made a plan. That is why the scripture says they plot in vain. God is sovereign. He knows every detail of their plan before they even make it! Puny little men cannot possibly win against omnipotent (all-powerful) God! Men use only about 10% of the brain that God created for them. So how do these foolish little men think they can possibly plan anything that would remotely stand a chance of overcoming David who is backed by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe?
God WILL set His king upon Mount Zion, His Holy hill. Does this apply to only David who ruled in Jerusalem? Most biblical prophecy has both an immediate and a future fulfillment. The immediate fulfillment was King David. What is the future fulfillment of verse 6? King Jesus will take the throne on Mount Zion during the Millennial reign and ultimately is the King of kings forever!
Q – Do we sometimes resist what God is trying to do in our lives? Remember those things that seem to tie us down are actually bonds of love to keep us in His embrace. You might as well surrender because there is no way you can win against God! God will get His way one way or another.