Short on time recently…so posting many Psalms in one entry, plus did not take time to check for typos….sorry….read at your own pace
Psalm 26 can also be read from multiple perspectives. We can read it as David speaking with God concerning himself. We can read it to receive personal application. Today, I see it as prophetic of what Jesus speaks to His Heavenly Father. Consider this….
Verse 1, “Vindicate me Lord, for I have led a blameless life.” Is there any other person besides Jesus who can claim a blameless life? No, all are sinners. We only become blameless when saved and fogiven by the blood of Jesus. He died to pay the penalty for our sins, not His own as He had no sin.
Verses 2-3 , In examining Jesus heart and mind, we see that He is always mindful of the Father’s love and faithfulness. Jesus said that He never did anything outside of the Father. John 5:19
Verses 4-5, Jesus does not align Himself with deceivers, hypocrites, evildoers, or the wicked
Verse 6a, Jesus hands are clean and innocent. Plus, recall that Pilate washed his hands to claim innocence in Jesus crucifixion (a hint of prophetic)
Verse 6b, Jesus goes about the alter as the sacrifice for sin and also as our Great High Priest
Verse 7, All of Jesus earthly ministry was proclaiming, praising, and telling of the Father’s wonderful works.
Verse 8, Jesus abides in and loves the presence of the Father and His glory.
Verse 9-10, Jesus was accounted as a sinner for our sakes, and put in the hands of the bloodthirsty with schemes and bribes.
verses 11-12, Jesus is blameless. the Father delivered Jesus from the power of death into resurrection life to stand again in a congregation of the praises of the saved!
This will be a great prayer for true Christians in the last days of Tribulation. It also applies today for those true Christians who live in areas of strong persecution and martyrdom…who must hold fast to hope and faith in Jesus for eternity….when they are not experiencing it now.
The Lord is my light and my salvation, the stronghold of my life; therefore, I should fear no other person. Even when wicked enemy armies besiege me, my heart will be confident in my Lord and I will not fear. My one desire is to seek and gaze on the Lord and dwell in His house forever. No person can take that from me.
In the day of tribulation, He will keep me safe in His dwelling place (also – today, we are the temple and dwelling place of the Holy Spirit). He will hide me in the cleft of the Rock (by living with faith in Jesus). Then, in the end, my head will be exalted. Before His heavenly sacred throne, I will shout for joy and sing sacrifices of praise!
Lord, hear my call and answer me in Your mercy. My heart cries to seek Your face, not only Your hand. Even if my father or mother would forsake me, You are faithful and wil not hide from me or reject me. False witnesses rise against me and spout malicious accusations. But, You are my Helper!
Teach me Your ways. Lead me in Your straight narrow path.
Verses 13-14, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
When I read this Psalm, I hear the prayer of repentance for someone who is asking Jesus to be their Savior and Lord. Call on the Lord Jesus and ask Him to be your Savior and Rock foundation. Matthew 7:24-25, Romans 9:33, 1 Corinthians 10:4, 1 Peter 2:8.
Please do not turn a deaf ear to me, for if You do, then I will go to hell. Hear my cry for mercy. I need Your help. I lift up my hands and any works I could do and surrender to You in Your Most Holy Place. I do not want to be dragged away to hell like the wicked who do evil and speak cordially, but really harbor malice in their hearts (deceit).
Repay those who choose to stay in evil for their wicked deeds and have them reap what they sowed…they deserve it. They have no regard for You Lord or Your good works. You will tear down the evil and never build it up again.
Thank You Lord, for hearing my cry for mercy and salvation. I will trust in You and You will help and save me. You are now my strength and my sheild against evil. My heart leaps for joy! With my voice and song, I praise You! You are the strength of salvation for those with Jesus, Your anointed One, and His anointed. Save Your people. Bless Your people, the inheritance of Jesus. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and carries us forever.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in (loves, puts faith in, trusts in, leans on, depends on, relies on) Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Psalm 29 is a Psalm of praising the Lord. Beings in heaven and earth attribute glory to His name. Worshp the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.
The voice of the Lord is powerful and majestic. It can break and shake things up causing them to move. The Lord is on His throne forever. He gives strength and peace to His people We can have faith and confidence in our Almighty God!
Psalm 30 speaks to me today of salvation and redemption from death, hell, and evil into the love and mercy of God through Jesus. It is said this Psalm was used in the dedication of the temple. Once saved by Jesus, we become the dedicated living temple of God. This Psalm is appropriate for our salvation dedication as well.
I will exalt You Lord because You lifted me out of the depths and rescued me from my enemies (spiritual and earthly). You brought me up from death and hell…into eternal life and heaven. His faithful people sing praises to the Lord and to His name (the name of Jesus – Yehoshua – Yeshua = Savior).
We were lost for a short temporary time, but His favor and salvation lasts forever. Nothing is gained if I die without God and go to hell. My dust will not priase Him. When I cried to the Lord, in His mercy, He fovored me and offered Jesus. He turned my wailing into joyful dancing! My heart will sing and not be silent! “Lord, my God, I will praise You forever!” Jesus has saved and delivered me from hell!
Psalm 31 is another Psalm that is prophetic of Jesus….this concerning the cross.
Verse 5 has Jesus words from the cross, “Into Your hands I commit My spirit.” I can see Jesus meditating on these words to give Him the strength to endure His suffering. Jesus knew God’s Word was true and sure.
Matthew 7:24, “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” He went on to explain that terrible storms would come but not be able to tear that foundation down because it was built on the Rock foundation of God’s Word.
John 5:19, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, He can do only what He sees the Father doing, because whatever the Father does, the Son dones also.”
Jesus was built on the Rock foundation and was trusting His Rock foundation Father and His Word, even in suffering and death. Jesus had been totally faithful and hated those who cling to idols and hypocritical religious Pharisees and Saducees. He rejoices in His Father’s love.
Verses 7-13 describe the anguish of the cross….sorrow, weakness, grief, no strength left, sore bones, groaning, conspiring enemies all around, forsaken by closest friends, shame, public display, forgotten as dead, broken, terror on every side, facing death and separation from the Father.
Verses 14-18 turns to trusting the Lord to save. I can hear Jesus saying to the Father…My times are in Your hands….Deliver Me from My enemies…Let Your face shine on Me, Your Servant, in Your unfailing love. Jesus will no longer be put to shame. But the enemy will be shamed and silenced due to their pride, contempt, and arrogance against God and righteousness.
Verses 19-20 declare the purpose of the cross and encouages Jesus with the hope and promises of God…those who fear and love God will have abundant good things when they are kept safe in God’s house and His presence…far from human intrigues and evils….through salavtion in Jesus.
Verses 21-22, When under siege and in alarm I cry, “I am cut off from Your sight!” and then You hear my cry and help, and show Me the wonders of Your love. Remember Jesus words from the cross, “Why have You forsaken Me?”
Verses 23-24, “Love the Lord, all His faithful people! The Lord preserves all those who are faithful to Him, but the proud He pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.!
Another great Psalm! How blessed we are in Jesus! By His blood, our sins are forgiven, not counted against us any longer, covered up, and our spirit is cleaned up of deceit!
But, if I am silent and unrepentant, then I groan and waste away. God’s heavy hand is on me and my strength is dried up and gone.
But, if I do not cover up my sin, and rather acknowledge and confess it, God will forgive me of sin and guilt!
Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousnes.”
Therefore, the faithful should pray! Don’t let the enemy trap or flood you in sin.
Are these next verses familiar? Verses 7-8, “You are my hiding place, You will preserve me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you with My loving eye upon you.” How precious are these promises!
1 John 1:7, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another (me and Him together) and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.”
So, do not be without understanding like and animal who needs to be led by bit and bridle in order to be in control and come their master. There are many woes for those who do not live and Lord’s right ways. But, the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the ones who trust Him.
Verse 11, “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous, sing, all you who are upright in heart!
It is fitting for the righteous to joyfully priase the Lord in song and with instruments. The Lord loves righteousness and justice. The earth is full of His unfailing love. The Word of the Lord is right and true. He is faithful in all He does. By the Word of the Lord the heavens were made. The Lord is the Creator of all heaven, earth, and everything in it. He speaks and it comes to be. What He commands stands firm. All the earth and all the people should revere Him. The Lord foils the plans and purposes of people and nations who go against Him. The plans and purposes in the Lord’s heart stand firm through all generations forever.
Blessed are the people and nations whose God is the Lord. These righteous people are His inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down on all mankind and all they do. He knows each heart. Nothing has enough strength for the wicked to escape God. The Lord watches over those who fear HIm and put their hope and trust in His unfailing love. He keeps them alive in famine and rescues them from death into life eternal.
We wait in hope for our Lord, our help and shield. Our hearts rejoice in Him. We trust in His Holy Name of Yehoshua (Yeshua for short, and Jesus in English) which means, “the One who saves, Savior”.
Verse 22, “May Your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”
When you read Psalm 33 or my message, are you assuming the perspective as speaking to the Father Creator? Jesus was also there in the beginning at the creation of all, as well as the Holy Spirit. They were all involved. so, read this Psalm again from the perspective of the Lord being Jesus…for additional revelation and understanding. How about reading it with the Holy Spirit (who was sent by Jesus to be our Companion, Helper, and Teacher) in mind as Lord?
David is enthusiastically praising the Lord for all the great things He does for His people when they seek Him!
- relieves their afflictions
- causes them to rejoice
- hears and answers
- delivers from fears
- makes them radiant, not covered in shame
- saves from poverty and troubles
- encamps around them and delivers them
- provides so that they do not lack any good thing
- helps when weak and hungry
- watches over the righteous and attentive to their prayers (His face is against those who do evil, so do good and seek peace with God).
- is close comfort for the broken hearted
- saves those crushed in spirit
- delivers from trouble
Verse 8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”
Psalm 35 is about asking God to save us from our evil enemies. Remember, while we do encounter wicked people in this world, we also have spiritual enemies (who are actually at the root of it all).
Ephesians 6: 12-13, “We are not wrestling with flesh and blood (contending only with physicall opponents), but against the despotisms, powers, master spirits who are the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly supernatural sphere. Therefore, put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day of danger, and having done all the crisis demands, to stand firmly in your place.” Amplified version.
Know that Jesus is your sure salvation and read in Ephesians 6 about the spiritual armor God has provided so you will know what is available and how to apply and use it
Every generation has the righteous living in the world alongside the wicked, who try to overcome and kill them. However, the Bible tells us about a time right before Jesus returns where it will be worse trouble/tribulation than ever before. I think one of these reasons is because it will be global in scale. And another reason, will be the great increase in misused technology with no regard of ethics and righteousness. When I read the rest of this Psalm, I hear the righteous people of those last days crying out to the Lord for help from the totally encompassing wicked enemies. That generation will have great persecution and martyrdom to face. They will need to hold fast to the Lord and stand strong in faith and eternal hope in Jesus!
Verse 1 – This is one verse where the translation into English might bring different thoughts.
Amplified version – “Transgression (like an oracle) speaks to the wicked deep in his heart. There is no fear or dread of God before his eyes.” To me, this says that the wicked know deep in their hearts that they are sinners, but they have no respect for God or righteousness. But, they have no excuse of innocence because the depths of their heart convict them. This same thought is taught in Romans 1: 18-22.
King James version, “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.”
New International version, “I have a message of God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked. There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
These two translations give the thought that David knows that wicked people do not recognize or fear God. That is a true statement, but not really a big revelation. By definition, wickedness is going against God and His righteousness.
Either way, David goes on to point out the different and opposite behaviors between the wicked and God.
The wicked flatter and deceive themselves into thinking their sin is hidden and God does not hate them. Sound familiar? It is like people today thinking they are OK and can do whatever they want and that God still loves everyone anyway. Their words are wicked and deceitful. They are not wise. They are not good. They make wicked plans and walk them out. They do not walk the straight narrow road. Their path leads to destruction.
Romans 6: 1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
Matthew 7: 14, “Straight is the gate, and narrow the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.”
But, the character of God is ultimate loving kindness, graciousness, faithfulness, righteousness, justice, and wisdom. His behavior and goal is to preserve man, be man’s refuge, and provide man good things leading to abundant life. He shines His light so people can see and follow Him in the right path.
Verses 10-11. David prays that God will continue to give salvation and blessing to those upright in heart. Don’t let the works of the proud wicked people overtake or lead away the righteous.
Verse 12. David foresees that God is just and He will thrust down the perverse and evil. They will not rise again after His judgement. His righteousness will prevail into eternity.
How are we supposed to deal with all the bad in the world?
This Psalm makes us realize the truth in Ecclesiates 1:9….there is nothing new under the sun. Wickedness came into the world at the fall of man. so, we can learn from David’s Psalm concerning how to deal with evil, wicked people, and a fallen world in trouble.
The Amplified Bible titles this Psalm, “Security of those who trust in the Lord, and insecurity of the wicked”. Throughout the Psalm we are reminded that the end of evil and evildoers will come and be final, while the righteous who wait for the Lord will be saved and receive the inheritance and blessings of God. (verses 2, 9-11, 13, 17-20, 22, 29, 36, 38-40) Our rejoicing and hope should be faith and trust in the Lord!
Knowing this future result, how do we live now?
- Do not worry about evildoers
- Do not be envious of wrongdoers or their worldly prosperity/success
- Trust in, rely on, and have confidence in the Lord
- Do good
- Dwell in the land…keep on keeping on with God even while living in the world (living in the world, but not being of it or like it)
- Feed securely on the Lord’s faithfulness (meditate on it)
- Delight yourself in the Lord and He will be your heart’s desire and joy
- Commit your ways and concerns to the Lord in prayer…and trust He will do what is best.
- Pursue God and His righteousness and He will enlighten and inspire you…and give you good judgement
- be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him
- entrust yourself to the Lord
- Do not fret, whine, or agonize…especially if you see the wicked prospering and trouble increasing….fretting only makes things worse….the righteous will eventually delight in true prosperity
- Do not have anger or wrath
- Know that God laughs at the wicked ones who oppress the righteous because He knows their foolish pride and day of defeat. Their sword will stab their own hearts. The inheritance of His people will last forever!
- Be gracioius, kind, and giving, also paying back what you borrow
- Take good and righteous steps directed and established by the Lord
- When you fall, look to the Lord who holds your hand, picks you up, and sustains you.
- Know that the Lord will never abandon you and will meet all your NEEDS (not necessarily all your wants)
- Trust God to call and bless your descendants
- Depart and separate yourself from evil and worldliness, and choose to live in God’s truth, goodness, and morality
- Speak and proclaim truth, wisdom, and justice
- Put the Word (Law) of God in your mind and heart so you will know how to live and walk
- Wait for and expect the Lord to keep His way and Word
- Have moral integrity, repent quickly as needed to stay blameless and spiritually complete in Jesus.
- Be always mindful of your salvation in the Lord Jesus. He is our refuge and stronghold in all troubles….and our eternal hope. Jesus rescues us from evil and saves us. He gives us peace with Almighty God even now…and will establish eternal peace between His righteous people in eternity.
How do you respond when you feel defeated/anxious or depressed/discouraged or disobedient/rebellious or hopeless/despairing or confused/conflicted or when you feel distant from God and like He is not hearing your prayers?
David was human and felt that way too. Remember that the apostle Paul also told us what to do when he got messed up…Romans 7:14- 8:2. John gives similar instructions in 1 John 1:9. Peter proclaimed it in Acts 2:38, It is called repentance.
Repentance is a central part and necessary to receive salvation and forgiveness from God! Yet, few are willing to even consider their sinfulness and need for repentance today! They are deceived into believing they are God’s people, pretty good, and God loves them and therefore does not judge them. Yet here, David, the man after God’s own heart, has to deal with sin and repentance! David is being disciplined by his loving Father!
Discipline does not feel good, but it is for our good (Hebrews 12:11). Loving fathers discipline their children.
This is what discipline feels like….rebuke; piercing arrows deep into my heart; pressed down (depressed); uneasiness in body and health; unsound mind; iniquity, shame, and guilt flooding my thoughts; heavy burden; my words are foul, foolish and loathsome; greatly bent over; in mourning all day; numb and deadly cold; bruised and completely worn out; groaning, moaning, disquieted; my heart throbs; no strength; I see no light, hope, or joy; my loved ones, friends, and neighbors stay away from me because they do not want to be around me in this state; I see myself as a victim of treachery and mischievous evil doers who threaten my destruction. I also cannot hear the Lord and my mouth is shut to speak with Him. I also have no power filled words to fight my enemies and their arguments/accusations.
What do we do? Where do we go for help? Hebrews 13:6, 1 John 1:7
In verse 9, David begins to realize his help is in the Lord. He directs his desires, concerns, and sighing to be heard of the Lord.
Then in verse 15, David declares that his only hope is in the Lord. He changes (repentance means to change thoughts and directions) his focus and words. He puts faith, trust, and confidence in the Lord. Faith has opened the conversation with God! Now that the converstion is open, repentance is what God desires to hear next. Isn’t this the same way it works with good earthly parents and thier children?
David then humbly confesses his troubles, failures, sin, guilt…including his wrong acceptance of anxiety. He had stepped away from God and faith in God and into a wicked twisted way of fear and unbelief. Do you realize that anxiety and fear are sins before God? They are the opposite and go against faith and trust in God! God requires the justified to live by faith in Him (Hebrews 10:38).
In verses 19-20, we see that David is human and tries to justify his fear and anxiety. Yet, God hears and forgives because David has turned in faith to God and repented of his sin. The communication lines are open again and David is again in right standing before God. The relationship with God was always consistently there, just distant and waiting for repentance. It was just strained due to sin and discipline.
So, David proceeds to ask God to stay close to him and be quick to help. David ends with a confession of his faith and trust in God….O Lord, You are my salvation. I wonder if David was remembering Psalm 27:1?
We can learn so much if we apply this Psalm in our own life! Love and recognize the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Are you feeling or thinking like David was? Maybe it is time to repent of not having confident faith and trust in the Lord or His Word? Repent and truly believe in HIm! Be thankful for His dicipline…it proves you are His child and He cares!
He cuts off dead branches to enable more good fuit of righteousness. It might hurt, but it is for our own good. How marvelous His love and awesome His wisdom as our faithful and righteous Father trains His children? Repent quickly as needed. Rejoice and be glad that we have such a perfect good loving Father…full of grace and mercy to those who receive Him!