“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” Psalm 22:1 (KJV)
The writer of this Psalm was feeling as though Go had forsaken him. David is the Psalmist who was feeling so. It must have been a trial of epic proportions. Let us remember that it is faith which causes him to cry out to God at this time.
This Psalm, at least the first verse, was quoted by our Saviour while He was hanging on the cross (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34). It was as He came through the darkest part of the crucifixion. For three hours there was a complete and total darkness, which the earth experienced during those hours; but O the darkness which our Lord endured was far greater than any physical, or temporal darkness of the earth.
Jesus had taken upon Himself the sins of the whole world. We are told in Scripture that God does not look on sin with favor; thus the judgment of God was upon His Son. There is no way we can understand the events of that dark time in our Lord’s dying; however I believe I can say that it was the most dark time of His life and death.
Because Jesus was forsaken by His Father for that time He will never forsake those who are His own. We can hear the promise, “I will never forsake you or leave you”, and know that He is always with us.
You are His only when you come to Him believing that He died for you on the cross, was buried, and rose again bodily from the grave. Believe in Him. Call on Him believing.
“The king shall joy in Thy strength, O LORD; and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!” Psalm 21:1 (KJV)
Kings and all leadership ought always rejoice in God’s salvation, and in His strength.He never abandons those who are His.
When king David wrote these words he may have had a deliverance in a battle in mind. Whether that is what it was or not does not negate the truth of the glorious salvation that GOD provides through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
That word “Salvation” is from the Hebrew word “yeshua” which means salvation. It is also the name that Christian Jews call Jesus.
Join me in rejoicing in GOD’S glorious salvation through the gift of His crucified, buried and resurrected Son.
I just finished reading an article which I found interesting. It is concerning gambling, lottery, etc in the 18th century Britain. I leave the link here for your convenience.
The Curse of Gambling in Eighteenth-Century England
It is a curse for modern day United States of America as well; in the same fashion.
“The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee…” Psalm 20:1 (KJV)
The Psalmist is probably suiting up for battle at this point as the king of Judah. The enemy is around and waiting to pounce. In the time before the battle is a time for prayer.
When people pray before the battle we will be more secure in the thought of GOD hearing during the battle; those quick emergency prayers which are uttered from the heart.
His thought as he prays is on Jehovah [YaHWeH] the Almighty, the I AM of Moses and of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is our GOD too.
The whole of the Godhead is the GOD who will hear and aid us in our battles. When? In “The day of trouble”. In defense He sets you up on a high place to shield you, protect you. He is your shield.
There is no greater trust than to trust the One who is eternal GOD. He has revealed Himself to mankind in the person of His Son. At this time of year we are remembering His incarnation; God becoming man, that He might redeem us from our sins. He is no longer that baby in a manger; rather He is the crucified, buried, and resurrected Lord of all the earth. In your day of trouble He hears you. Will you hear Him?
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork.” Psalm 19:1 (KJV)
The Bible speaks of the “Glory of God” quite frequently. As I read the Scriptures it seems to me that is what the Bible is all about. The GOD who has made all things, including humanity, wants us all to know Him and His glory. He even has provide the fallen race with the way to Himself.
The Psalmist saw it in his day. David was out under the stars most of the time as a shepherd boy guarding sheep, protecting the sheep, and leading them to clean water. Every evening as the sun would be setting in the west he could and would lift up his eyes and watch for that first star; and behold it in wonder.
People who love God have an appreciation for God’s handiwork. We can see it in the stars. We see it in all of creation. We see God’s working even in our farm animals, our pets, and the people who are our neighbors.
I love watching the stars. I sometimes refer to them as “The floor joists of heaven”. If the floor joists of heaven are so beautiful; I cannot begin to imagine what God’s heaven is like, except for what we are told by Scripture.
As I am writing this it is still dark out, the sky is partially clear, the moon is hanging in the west, and there are a few stars which can be seen. “The heavens declare the glory of God…” and so will I. Will you join me today in declaring the glory of God.
Begin by believing God. His Son Jesus tells us, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” And He also tells us, “This is the work of God; that you believe on Him whom He has sent.” Do so today declaring the glory of God.
“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.” Psalm 18:1 (KJV)
For us to love GOD is the desire of His heart, and should be the desire of our heart. The first four of the Ten Commandments have to do with our loving Him. Yet true love for God cannot be legislated it must come from the heart.
David loved the LORD. It was due to God’s love for David. That is why we love God. He first loved us.
The title of this song is given as,
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,
We too have been delivered from our enemy; that is sin and death; through the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ God’s holy Son.
Charles Spurgeon’s commentary in THE TREASURY OF DAVID of this verse,
“I will love thee, O Lord.” With strong, hearty affection will I cling to thee; as a child to its parent, or a spouse to her husband. The word is intensely forcible, the love is of the deepest kind. “I will love heartily, with my inmost bowels.” Here is a fixed resolution to abide in the nearest and most intimate union with the Most High. Our triune God deserves the warmest love of all our hearts. Father, Son and Spirit have each a claim upon our love. The solemn purpose never to cease loving naturally springs from present fervour of affection. It is wrong to make rash resolutions, but this when made in the strength of God is most wise and fitting. “My strength.” Our God is the strength of our life, our graces, our works, our hopes, our conflicts, our victories. This verse is not found in 1 Sam 22, and is a most precious addition, placed above all and after all to form the pinnacle of the temple, the apex of the pyramid. Love is still the crowning grace.
Remember that we can only love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). He loved us even when we were yet His enemies, and sent His Son to be our payment for our sin. Now love God.
“Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.” Psalm 17:1 (KJV)
Reading the Psalms we can very easily come to the conclusion that David was a man of prayer. He is also known as “A man after God’s own heart”; and the two go together; for the prophet Amos has written, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) You are not, neither can you be in agreement with God if you are not a praying individual.
What ever the test was from which David was praying in this Psalm he felt it was an urgent one thus it was an earnest prayer. David desired that God hear the righteous, the just cry of the one who is praying. The words “Hear”, “Attend” and “Give ear” all have to do with hearing; so we can tell that the Psalmist is earnest in this prayer.
This prayer also, is not coming from lips of treachery or deceit. One thing we must remember when we pray is that we cannot deceive God. It has been tried. Every time it leads to failure.
Do you have an urgent need today? Ask God to hear your prayer from a heart heavy with need. The most urgent need we have is drawing nearer to God. You can do that by calling on His Son Jesus for salvation. If you are already His pray faithfully in His name.
“Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust.” Psalm 16:1 (KJV)
Of this Psalm it is written in The Treasury of David that it has been called “The Psalm of the Precious Secret” explaining the title “Michtam of David”. Yet the meaning of the word is not fully known.
However, the secret, even the precious secret is one which is found only in trusting the God to whom David is praying. He is the living God. He is the God of the living. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all who will trust in Him.
“Preserve me” is request for the keeping hand of God. Does God hear such requests? Most definitely. When God begins a work in you or me He never quits it. Jesus Christ God’s holy Son went all the way to the cross to finish the work He came to do.
Just as there is grace for salvation; there is grace in sanctification so that we might finish our course. Trust in Him. Believe Him and live.
“LORD, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” Psalm 15:1 (KJV)
These are two very important questions. They could have been asked by David after attempting to move the Ark of the covenant to Zion’s Hill in the wrong manner, it was touched by Uzza, and he perished (1 Chronicles 13:7-11).
There is this one thing that professing Christians of 2014 seem to forget and that is that GOD is still holy. He is still a “Consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29), and it is still a “Fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Those references are from the New Testament written and quoted after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So do not go off on a tangent saying, “We are no longer under the law” which has absolutely nothing to do with it. God is still holy. He is still Jehovah [YaHWeH].
The questions “Who shall abide in Thy tabernacle?” None of us are worthy. “Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” Again none are worthy.
O, but the death of Jesus Christ; God’s perfect, sinless, spotless, undefiled, pure sacrifice paid the sin debt that was mine and yours. Jesus was the sin-bearer for me, and for you. Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus we can abide in His tabernacle; we can dwell forever in His holy hill.
No I am not worthy, you are not worthy to abide with God. We cannot dwell in His presence, but through His Son Jesus Christ. Believe Him. Call on Him, and come into His presence and abide forever.
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1 (KJV)
Who would dare to say that there is “No God”? Not the wise, observant person who has eyes to see. Not the one’s who know that things do not just appear from nothing. Everything has a designer, and builder.
When I see this verse and the one similar to it in Psalm 53:1 my mind goes immediately to those who are non theist. They have conventions. Just recently they had one in Springfield, MO. calling it “Scepticon” I guess for a gathering of non believers in God. They try to win people over to the idea that “God does not exist”.
Notice what the Psalmist says of these people. “They are corrupt” they are wasters, destroyers, spoilers. “They have done abominable works” the works that they do may seem good in the eyes of men, but according to God and His Word they are “abominable” abhor the honor and glory of God. “None that doeth good” all that they do is done for their own pride and pleasure, rather than to glorify God in whom they say they do not believe.
I need not prove the existence of God. “The earth is the LORD’S and all that is therein” He has made it. It declares His glory; and the greatest knowledge of God comes from the cross of Christ. God came to man in human flesh in His Son Jesus Christ and gave His life a ransom for all who will believe. God is for He is the “I Am” of all eternity.
“How long wilt Thou forget me, O LORD? For ever? How long wilt Thou hide Thy face from me?” Psalm 13:1 (KJV)
David was feeling much anxiety. No one knows the particular reason for his anguish in this Psalm, but it is here. It can apply to any circumstance of feeling forgotten, forsaken, and maybe a reflection of all the times he has felt this way.
Many may believe this is not the response the “Man after God’s own heart” ought to be experiencing; yet here we have it. David was a man, a human being.
Have you ever experienced this anguish? Have you ever felt that God has forgotten you, and it feels as though it will be for ever? You are in good company.
When we hear the question “How long will You hide Your face from me?” we should be reminded of His presence, and glory. We, like David should desire His presence, His glory – His face. Of course we know that no one can see the face of God and live. To look into the face of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is to look into the face of God.
He has not forgotten you. He has not forgotten us. He has not forgotten any who are His through the blood of His Son Jesus. Take the time you are experiencing this anguish, and think of the power, the glory, and grace and mercy of GOD. Be encouraged in Him today.
“Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” Psalm 12:1 (KJV)
Help. A cry for some aid from someone. Some times anyone will do. For the Psalmist the cry is made to the LORD – to Jehovah – “Help, LORD”. Such a simple prayer; a simple request. O how we need to realize we need His help.
The need David had was that he saw godly men passing away. Godliness among people was ceasing. I believe we can see that in our culture, in society today. I endeavor to be a godly man. I know other men who endeavor to be godly.
It seems that evil is taking over. Oh, how we need to plea for godly men and women to rise up, be faithful, and yield to the leadership of the Spirit of God and His Word.
Let me close with words from THE TREASURY OF DAVID,
“For the godly man ceaseth;” the death, departure, or decline of godly men should be a trumpet-call for more prayer, They say that fish smell first at the head, and when godly men decay, the whole commonwealth will soon go rotten. We must not, however, be rash in our judgment on this point, for Elijah erred in counting himself the only servant of God alive, when there were thousands whom the Lord held in reserve. The present times always appear to be peculiarly dangerous, because they are nearest to our anxious gaze, and whatever evils are rife are sure to be observed, while the faults of past ages are further off, and are more easily overlooked. Yet we expect that in the latter days, “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold,” and then we must the more thoroughly turn from man, and address ourselves to the Churches’ Lord, by whose help the gates of hell shall be kept from prevailing against us.
Let the people of God rise up, and live godly through the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Being godly is being different from the world in which we live. Different in our dress, our speech, our actions, all of life.
“In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?” Psalm 11:1 (KJV)
Of this verse C. H. Spurgeon in THE TREASURY OF DAVID, has written,
When Satan cannot overthrow us by presumption, how craftily will he seek to ruin us by distrust! He will employ our dearest friends to argue us out of our confidence, and he will use such plausible logic, that unless we once for all assert our immovable trust in Jehovah, he will make us like the timid bird which flies to the mountain whenever danger presents itself. How forcibly the ease is put! The bow is bent, the arrow is fitted to the string; “Flee, flee, thou defenceless bird, thy safety lies in flight: begone, for thine enemies will send their shafts into thy heart; haste, haste, for soon wilt thou be destroyed! David seems to have felt the force of the advice, for it came home to his soul; but yet he would not yield, but would rather dare the danger than exhibit a distrust in the Lord his God.
Are you in a difficult position, situation or circumstance today? God is with you. Do not heed the “advice” of those who would tell you to “Flee” by doubting the LORD. Be as David. Trust the LORD.
Begin at the cross of Jesus Christ.
“Why standest Thou afar off, O LORD? Why hidest Thou Thyself in times of trouble?” Psalm 10:1 (KJV)
It has been asked again and again, “Where was God on that day of despair?” Maybe you are one who has asked the question. Maybe, even like the Psalmist you asked God Himself; “Why are You so far away? Why are You hiding Yourself in these times of trouble?”
I know that I have. God’s answer has always been, “I am right here in the midst of it. Do you not see My mercy? Do you not see My hand keeping harm at bay?”
Name a trouble or trial, and I can tell you He is right there in the midst of it. He is holding you. If it is a tragic event involving someone else He is there as well.
A very needful question to ask would be “Where was God on the day Jesus was crucified?” After all Jesus was sinless, without spot or blemish. He was there. He was displaying His grace; His love and His mercy for all human kind. He was also displaying His judgment upon our sin upon His Son Jesus Christ. He was not standing “afar off”; He was very near; fulfilling His Word.
He is right where you are as well. Believe Him. Trust Him today.
“I will praise Thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvellous works.” Psalm 9:1 (KJV)
The Psalmist David will praise the LORD. That is what his heart desires. We know from Biblical history that David was not a sinless man, yet he had a heart for God. He heard God, and when he realized he had sinned he confessed, repented, and received forgiveness.
Whole Heart Praise would be the giving of one’s self to the praise of the one and only who is worthy of praise. True praise is more than words spoken. It is a life lived.
The “Marvellous works” are the works which God is continually doing. Jesus says,
“This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.”
We can show for the marvellous works of God through the wonderful works Jesus does in our own lives. Beginning with trusting Him for your eternal salvation.
“O LORD our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! Who hast set Thy glory above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1 (KJV)
There is only one God who is worthy of praise and worship. David knew who that one God is, and knew His name. His name is Jehovah [YaHWeH] the Creator, Sustainer, and He has a Son by whom all things were made, and “Without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).
We His highest creation are made to worship Him, and no other. When we think too highly or ourselves we take away from His glory, the worship that He only is worthy of. When we think too highly of a sports figure, a Hollywood actor, a child, or any celebrity we rob the one God of the worth ship only He deserves.
The name of the LORD (Jehovah) is the most excellent of names. He is the One who has set His glory even above the heavens. You and I were made to glory in His name.
He has made it possible for us to do so through the cross of His Son Jesus. The God Man who came to die for our sins; died, was buried and bodily arose from the grave; and soon will be returning. O glory in that most excellent name today. He is the Most Excellent, Glorious Master.
“O LORD my God, in Thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:” Psalm 7:1 (KJV)
We people put our trust in things and people everyday. Every time we sit in a chair we are trusting that the chair will not fall or break in pieces. We get in our cars, and trust that it will start (of course sometimes they do not). We do those things without so much as a second thought most of the time.
Is it not amazing that we can put so much trust in things made and built by human kind, but when it comes to God we cannot trust Him to the same extent.
The Psalmist did. God is more trust worthy than any object made by man. He may not always deliver us from our situation, tragedy, or circumstance in life; as we ask Him to, but trust goes much further than deliverance from situations. With God it goes to His character, and who He is.
There is a question which has been asked: “If God never answered another one of your prayers would you still trust Him?”
My answer to that question is Yes. He is still God. He still loves me. I can still trust Him for my future, and for today. He knows what is best for you and me.
Be as the Psalmist. Put your trust in the LORD God through the death, burial and bodily resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.
“O LORD, rebuke me not in Thine anger, neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure.”
To answer the title question; David the Psalmist thought God could be angry. To ask, “Is God angry?” makes it sound as though one is thinking that He is angry all the time, through all eternity.
The Psalmist is asking for mercy. Do I need mercy? Definitely. Do you need mercy? Yes. The human race needs mercy. Jesus said,
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7).
There seems to be a mistaken belief that God could never be angry. “How could a loving God be angry?” is the assumptive question. How could a loving God never be angry? would be my question and thought. If you love and someone hurts what you love does that not make you angry?
God loves His children. He has proven that by the cross of Christ. He poured out His anger upon His only begotten, sinless, spotless Son as He bled and died on the cross. Now He declares all who come to Him through Jesus Christ “Righteous”.
The writer of Hebrews has written,
“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
I am blessed to be in the hands of the living God. I do not want God to be angry with me. Like David I ask for His mercy. It is found in Christ.
“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.” Psalm 5:1 (KJV)
It seems that every human being has something to say; and we feel that every thing we say is important. From the smallest child, to the eldest among us we desire to be heard. So many voices. So many thought. So many words.
With so much being said; how can anyone be heard? Family get togethers are a place for everyone to speak, but is anyone really heard?
There is One who will hear your heart, your words, your thoughts. He is God. The God Man who is seated in heaven with the Father. By Him we have access to the “Throne of grace” – the very throne room of holy God.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
We have access to the throne, the ear of God, through Jesus Christ God’s only begotten Son who died on the cross, was buried, and bodily arose from the grave. Forty days later witnesses saw Him ascend into heaven; and soon He is returning to claim His own.
God has an ear for you. Do you have an ear for God?
“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.” Psalm 4:1 (KJV)
David the Psalmist had a great heart for calling on the LORD. This appears to be his first action when facing difficulties. Rather then complaining and being angry toward men he would often take his anxieties to the LORD, and receive comfort.
Now, David was by no means perfect. He had his sins to deal with, and God chastised him for his sins; as God chastises all those who are His.
The man of God desires to have the ear of God. Desires to have it during the bad times and the good. He desires the righteousness of God. Praises God for His blessings, and appreciates the mercy of God.
Call on God through His Son Jesus Christ today. He will hear you.
“LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me.” Psalm 3:1 (KJV)
This Psalm is said to have been written by David while fleeing for his life from his son Absalom. Absalom had taken over the kingdom or at least part of it in anger, even hatred for his father.
What man, who loves his son or daughter, would not rather flee than to harm one of their children? Yet it grieved the heart of David, and he felt as though his world was coming after him.
If you will note, however; David went to God about the situation. That is the place we need to go when it seems the world is against us. When the world is against us, or even only one is against us let our destination be before the face of the LORD. Go now.
There are competitions galore. Track and Field competitions, swimming, football, soccer, basketball, even political competitions when we go to the polls and vote. You get the idea.
One competition this world is in, and cannot win is the competition that is going on against God and His Word. The following is what the Psalmist recognized in his day…
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalm 2:1 (KJV)
“The heathen” is another word for the nations of the world. Hey world! You cannot win against God. It is already decided. Jesus won on the cross. The enemy is defeated. The bodily resurrection of Christ is the evidence. Submit to Him or perish in your sins, and rebellion.
The question of the Psalmist is a great one, “Why do the heathen rage?” It is a foolish endeavor. Believe Jesus and be delivered from your condemnation.
“He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Psalm 1:1 (KJV)
It is said that “Blessed” means happy, and indeed that is the Hebrew meaning as well. How does a man become blessed? By walking the counsel of the godly, stands firmly against all that is sin in the eyes of God, and does not make a mocker of sin or God.
Keeping that in mind I think of Galations 6:7 -
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
If you desire to be a Blessed individual – man or woman – then choose the ways of God. The way of God is by the cross of Jesus Christ, the God Man, who died, was buried and bodily rose from the grave; and is soon returning.
“Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Jesus Christ (Matthew 15:17-20 KJV)
The things we easily speak is what is in our hearts. When it flows with confidence and ease – whether it be good, bad, nasty, vulgar – if it comes with ease that is what is in our hearts.
May my heart be filled with the Spirit of Christ, that I may freely and with ease speak of Him, His glory, His passion – the cross – and His coming again.