Category: Psalm

David supplicates

Today’s verse: Psalm 71: 6

By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.

Scripture: Psalm 71

(Make sure to read the Scripture passage mentioned above, before reading the blog)

Although David crossed his youthhood and became old, he never stopped praying or praising God. Today’s passage is a prayer of David in his old age!

He remembers and pleads (verses 1-8):

David remembers how God saved Him and How God was his rock, tower, and refuge (verse 3). He pleads to God keeping in mind how God held his hand since the day he was formed in his mother’s womb (verse 6). Just like how God saved him at his young age (1 Samuel 23:15-29), he pleads with God to save him in his old age as well.

He pleads to God not to let him go (verses 9-13):

He depends on God and pleads with God to save Him from all the health issues he faces as he becomes old. He learns that his enemies gather and talk against him and pleads with God (Isaiah 37:8-20). Although he faced a lot of trouble even at his old age, he never gave up on his faith. Do not cast me off (verse 9), do not be far from me (verse 12) – we can the depth of his prayers in these words.

He prays with praises (verses 14-24):

David with his faith praises God for His salvation, His power, His mighty works, and all that He taught Him from his childhood (Psalm 119:71). He pleads to God to continually do wonders in His life and not let him go. From verses 20 to 24, David praises God with all his trust in Him.

It is a great experience to remember God’s goodness while praising Him.

Dear God,
Help me to remain in the faith that you are my deliverer at all times. Amen!

Save me, O God! – Part 2

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Today’s verse: Psalm 69: 33

The Lord hears the poor, And does not despise His prisoners.

Scripture: Psalm 69: 19-36

Although we live with emotions like bitterness, anger, disappointment, pain, etc., we should never give up in praising God. We can see in today’s passage how the Psalm is started with lamentations and painful words but ends with praises.

David’s pain (verses 19-21):

David was shattered by the problems his friends kept creating. His pain increased as he felt shame and dishonor from his friends. Friends, those who had to help him, betrayed. Jesus also was troubled like David (Matthew 26:55,56). But remember God is able to help us in the midst of all such pain and troubles we face (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15,16).

David’s prayer (verses 22-28):

When we have bitterness towards people, we tell it to them and get relieved from it. But David did not waste his time by sharing his problems and bitterness to people. Instead he shares it all with God. He always had a thought that he doesn’t have any rights to punish the one God created. So he always submits his problems to God and He takes care of it. 

David’s assurance (verses 29-32):

David seems to be confident and assured rather than to feel discouraged (Job 1:20-22). We see his assurance in verse 33. David also says that if God delivers him, people around him will also start to trust God (verse 32). David shows us an example by depending on God in spite of disappointments and bitterness.

Remember,
If the problems that we face separates us from God then our salvation isn’t complete.

Dear God,
Let my faith in You multiply by Your grace. Amen.

Save me, O God! – Part 1

Today’s verse: Psalm 69:18

Draw near to my soul, and redeem it; Deliver me because of my enemies.

Scripture: Psalm 69:1-18

David, who encountered problems after problems, talks about the problems he faced in this Psalm (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). When he realized that all the problems he was facing were a punishment for his mistakes he started to confess his mistakes and sought God’s help.

I have no strength (verse 1-3):

Troubles make everyone stumble. Even Elijah who was brave and mentally strong stumbled when he faced a problem (1 Kings 19:1-14). David also is in such a situation. I am weary… My throat is dry… My eyes fail… all these words explain to us the depth of the pain he is enduring. If you are drained facing problems after problems just look unto God and seek His help.

I am hated (verse 4-6):

More than physical pain, he was troubled because of all the false accusations. We know that people hated even Jesus without any reason. We get mentally disturbed when people blame us and accuse us of no reason. How did David overcome this worst scenario? Verse 6 answers that! Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.

I am condemned (verse 7-12):

He tells God about all the condemnation he is going through especially when he worships God, fasts and prays, and gets involved in spiritual activities. All these condemnations come not from enemies but from his own family (John 1:11; 7:5). Is it right to go away from God when people make fun of our prayers and involvement in all spiritual activities? It is not good it leaves God because of God!

I need Your help (verse 13-18): 

We should stop blaming God for all the problems we face and seek His help. God wants us to pray continuously without giving room for any weariness (Luke 18:1-8). Whose help do we seek?

Remember, we should seek only God during our problems.

Dear God,
You know my pain. Deliver me. Amen!

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Sing to God – Part 1

Today’s verse: Psalm 68: 4

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name YAH, And rejoice before Him. 

Scripture: Psalm 68: 1-18

This Psalm is considered to be sung when David along with thirty thousand men brought the ark of God to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:12-19). 2 Samuel 6: 5 says that David and the thirty thousand men with him sang praises and played all the instruments for God as they were carrying the ark of God to Jerusalem.

He makes the righteous rejoice (verse 1-4):

The ark of God is a symbol of victory for the Israelites. So when this ark of God is carried to Jerusalem, the righteous rejoice. Because they feel as if God HImself dwells with them when the ark is with them. This frightens the enemies (1 Samuel 4:4-8). The second coming of Jesus Christ also frightens some people. What kind of feeling do you have when you think of the second coming? Remember, the righteous will rejoice.

He does good for the helpless (verse 5-10):

Even when society forgets to help the helpless, orphans, and widows, God never fails to help them. 

1. He defends them (verse 5)

2. He sets the solitary in families (verse 6)

3. He confirms His inheritance (verse 9)

4. He provides them (verse 10) 

As we all know, Jesus did good wherever He went. In the same way, we are also called to do good wherever we go.

He encourages the women (verse 12,13):

Those were the days when there was no equality between men and women. Yet this passage speaks about women and their actions. The Israelites warred with their enemies and brought their spoil. The women divide it and give it to them equally. Also, they decorate themselves with the silver that they brought. Don’t forget to decorate yourself, not just outwardly but also inward!

He dwells in the mountains (verse 14-18):

The only pride of Jerusalem is that the Lord dwells there forever (Deuteronomy 11:10-12). It is said that the mountain of Bashan is jealous of Jerusalem. Today if God dwells in our hearts for sure we will be lifted high!

Remember to make time to praise God for all that He has done in your lives.

Dear God,
Thank You for Your mighty works. Amen.

Blessed be God

Today’s verse: Psalm 66:20

Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer,
Nor His mercy from me!

Scripture: 66

David who had to endure a lot of pain and trouble kept praising God. The last verse in this chapter ends with the statement Blessed be God. When we question the verse why we get the answers for it. Let us see the answers to it.

He is magnificent – Make His praise glorious (verse 1-4):

David calls us the praise God’s majesty with songs (verse 2).

His magnificence is
1. Found in His creations (verse 3)
2. Found in His mighty power (Exodus 15:1-18)
3. Known by every creature on earth (verse 3)

Even the enemy knows His power and is silenced before Him. The ones who don’t know God sing praises for Him when they accept Him. Then how much should we all sing praises for him?

He works – Come and see (verse 5-12):

We can see the mighty works that God did amongst the Israelites in these verses. 

1. He turned the sea into dry land.
2. His eyes observed them (verse 7)
3. He did not allow their feet to be moved (verse 9)
4. He brought the ones who went through fire and water to rich fulfillment (verse 12)

David calls us to come and see the God who did such might work!

He deserves our praise – Come and listen (verse 13-20):

David says that God deserves all the praises hence I will pay Him all the offerings (verses 14,15). He doesn’t hear the iniquities of a heart (verse 18). He listens to our prayers (verse 19). He is merciful (verse 20). Nobody else in this world has these qualities other than our God. Knowing this truth, isn’t it important to make others listen to His glory?

What is your reason to praise God today?

God,
I praise you for your magnificence and mighty power. Amen.

Praise God alone!

Today’s verse: Psalm 65:11
You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance.

Scripture: Psalm 65

This Psalm is considered to be sung during prosperity after a drought or famine when the festival of Tabernacle or the festival of harvest takes place. This Psalm is more like praising God than thanking God. Let us see the reasons for which David praises God.

For His forgiveness (verse 1-4):

Although we all have a nature of sin within us, God forgives our transgressions. God gives answers to the prayers we did long before. God answered David’s prayers and David pays his vows to God (verse 1). The line ‘to You all flesh will come’ in verse 2 refers to how the sin is widespread on the earth and how His forgiveness is also widespread. As we have received forgiveness from Him, we are also bound to forgive others in our lives.

For everything is His creation (verse 5-8):

God has authority and power over all the creations because it is He who created all of them. That is why even the roaring sea obeys Him (Mark 4:35-41). The people who tend to create problems are muted. The mountains are made stable. God is the hope for all beings on earth. Nature obeys His mightiness and works accordingly. This Creator – Our God is righteous. Let us also submit ourselves to His authority.

For He maintains everything (verse 9-13):

He waters the earth and enriches it with rain. The river is full of water (verse 9). The dry crops flourishes. He crowns the year with His goodness (Isaiah 55: 6-13). Because God blesses all the beings on earth with such prosperity, David is satisfied and he praises God. When we live according to the will of God, He makes sure to meet our spiritual and physical needs and makes us flourish.

Remember,
We should praise God not only for his goodness in our lives but also for his mighty power. 

God,
I praise You with a grateful heart for Your forgiveness and protection in my life. Amen!

Seek God

Today’s verse: Psalm 63:1

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.

Scripture: Psalm 63

This Psalm was sung when David was hiding from his son Absalom and his army in the wilderness of Judah. David’s Psalms from the wilderness are as special as Paul’s letters from the prison.

More than his situation and shelter (verse 1-4):

Because David knew about God, he was thinking about God even when there was no water or shade to live in the wilderness. This is depicted in the first line of the Psalm, “You are my God.” Just like David, Paul and Silas also sang praises for God even in the prison (Acts 16:19-26). We should also practice visualizing God not only when the situation is favorable for us but also when it is against us.

More than his physical needs and the facilities available (verse 5-8):

We see David clinging to God in his high and low. No matter what the situation is. Even when he doesn’t get enough sleep, he meditates on God. People like Job (Job 13:13-15) and Paul (2 Corinthians 12:7-9) also kept their focus on God even when they had ill health. Ignorance will make us follow God only to meet our worldly needs. Since David gave importance to God – verse 5 –

1) His soul is satisfied. 

2) His lips praise God in joy.

More than the problems he faced and the enemies he had (verse 9 -11):

For David, God was more important than the problems that were pressing him down or the enemies that kept following him. That is why even when his enemies fall, he doesn’t rejoice about it. Instead, he rejoices in God. Not worrying about the enemy is a fall for the enemy. It is always better to look unto the God who is near to us than to look at the problems around us.

Ask yourself,
Why and when do you seek God?

God,
Give me the heart to seek you in all the situations. Amen.

Confession and Call!

Today’s verse: Psalm 46:10
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Scripture: Psalm 62

It is only during trials one can know his/her depth of faith. In today’s passage, we see David’s faith who had been facing problems continuously. (Make sure to read the Scripture portion before reading this)

Confession about his faith life (verse 1-7):

If we are trusting God, 1. Our soul will silently wait (verse 1): The Bible says, whoever believes will not act hastily (Isaiah 28:16). So if you trust God wait silently. Psalm 46:10 says, Be still and know that I am God. 2. Our soul will find hope in God (verse 5): This hope is because we believe that our salvation comes from the Lord.  3.Our soul will confess (verse 2,6): Our soul knows whom it trusts and it confesses about it. We see the confession of the faith warriors Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed Nego in the book of Daniel. We see what would be the end of the enemies who don’t believe God in verses 3 and 4.

A call to our life in faith (verse 8-12):

David calls us to tell our problems to God and trust Him always (verse 8). From his experience, he also asks us not to set our hearts on riches and violence (verse 10). We know the end of the people who believe in violence and riches. It is a failure. We see many who call themselves Christians but have no faith in Christ. We must bring them to Christ. It is God’s love, grace, and power that will change them but He will use us as a tool to do so!

Remember,
Unless you confess Christ in your personal life, you won’t be able to confess about Him in public.

God,
Increase my faith in you and give me the grace to bring people into your faith. Amen!

The 23rd Psalm!

What is David Actually Saying?

The Lord is my Shepherd – THAT’S MY RELATIONSHIP!

I shall not want – THAT’S SUPPLY!

He makes me lie down in green pastures – THAT’S REST!

He leads me beside still waters – THAT’S REFRESHMENT!

He restores my soul – THAT’S HEALING!

For His name’s sake – THAT’S PURPOSE!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death – THAT’S TESTING!

I will fear no evil – THAT’S PROTECTION!

For you are with me – THAT’S FAITHFULNESS!

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me – THAT’S DISCIPLINE!

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies – THAT’S HOPE!

You anoint my head with oil – THAT’S CONSECRATION!

My cup runs over – THAT’S ABUNDANCE!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me – THAT’S BLESSING!

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD – THAT’S SECURITY!

Forever – THAT’S ETERNITY!

Love your enemies

Today’s verse: Matthew 5: 44
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Scripture: Psalm 59

Though David got fame and promotion for defeating Goliath and saving Israel from the Philistines, he was continuously surrounded by danger. He had many enemies like Saul. Let us see what David shares about them in this passage.

Deliverance from enemies (verse 1 – 5):

David asks God to deliver him from his enemies because – 

They were thirsty for his blood (v.2), 

They wanted to take his life (v.3),

They kept gathering against him for no reason (v.3)

David keeps crying to God saying Deliver me…, Defend me…, Save me…, Look at me…, Because he knew that though he killed the giant Goliath, he needs God’s help to deliver himself from these enemies. Sometimes when we are in trouble, we try to overcome it with our strength. But we should learn from David to depend on God no matter how strong we are!

Enemies actions (verse 6 – 10,14,15):

What David says about his enemies fits even for today. They go all around the city (v.6). In verse 7 and 15 we can see five types of actions from his enemies –

1. They belch with their mouth.

2. Swords are on their lips.

3. They say, “who hears?”

4. They wander up and down.

5. And are not satisfied. 

Today, satan does the same thing in our lives through the people we know and the situations we go through. We need to be aware of him and win over him.

Punishment for enemies (verse 11-17):

As we live in the period of the New Testament, it is not appreciable to pray for the destruction of our enemies. David’s prayer was quite different. He doesn’t pray for the destruction of his enemies, rather he asks God to bring them down. He says that people will start believing in God if enemies are punished. What do we pray for our enemies?

Remember,
We have Jesus as a role modal in our lives. He forgave his enemies and he expects the same from us. 

Jesus,
Help me to love my enemies just like you. Amen.