A Journey through the Psalms: 1-4

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    Heather R
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    Psalm 1 – The Righteous vs. the Wicked

    Psalm 1:1-6 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. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

    I’ve had an urge to start going through Psalms lately, especially considering I’ve been referring to various chapters throughout my study of Hebrews. What better place to start than at the beginning?

    In these few short verses, we see a contrast between the righteous and the ungodly.

    Ungodly

    •Sinners – willful: having rejected knowledge of the Truth
    •Chaff – what shall be burned in the fire after the separation of the wheat and tares
    •Will not stand through the fire of judgment
    •Will have no place with the righteous after judgment has been rendered
    •Death – eternal separation from God without having received salvation through belief in Jesus Christ

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    Godly

    •Referred to as “blessed”

    •Delights in the law of the Lord which, through the gifting of the Holy Spirit, is now written on our hearts

    The godly are not “Christians in name only”, but those who have been saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ

    •Trees that yield lasting fruit

    Fruit are works produced by having and exercising faith

    Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    •Whatever he does prospers

    Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

    Isaiah 55:11 – So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    •Will stand through the judgment

    I Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

    •His path is acknowledged by God

    Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    It all seems pretty obvious, huh? Which side we need to be on, that is…

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
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    Savedat33
    Savedat33
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    Heather,

    I’ve really been enjoying and benefitting from the videos you have been sharing. Thank you so much! :good:

    The Lord bless you and keep you. 🙂

    #127236
    Goodcheer
    Goodcheer
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    I’m delighted that you have been led to go through the Psalms. I love the whole Bible, but it’s a particular treat when the Lord leads me to the Psalms. I like at least a “little snack”, if not more, of the Word before going to sleep each night, asking the Lord to to guide me what to read. Sometimes it’s a Psalm or two or three. They are a real treat, and hard to put down and go to sleep!

    It’s fascinating to see how you’ve linked them to other verses. Thank you!

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


    #127267
    Heather R
    Heather R
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    Psalm 2 – The kings of the earth vs. the King of the earth

    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. 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. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

    So, this is pretty appropriate for what we see these days, huh? I mean, the same could probably be said for every time period which has existed between Jesus’s first coming and now, but I figure it’s probably picking up the closer we get to “the time of the end”.

    The prince of the power of the air, so called in Ephesians 2, has since the days of the Garden attempted to thwart the curse laid upon him after he deceived Eve. The curse, that is, wherein the prophecy was given which foretells of his defeat by Jesus. Since he can’t defeat Jesus directly, which he has tried and failed to do numerous times, Satan has attempted to get at Him through the other offspring of the woman, His people the Jews. What Satan and those who follow him do not understand is they have already lost. The plans are in place and have been for millennia. Since the foundation of the world, actually. God does not change, and neither do His plans. Satan’s sin was his pride, and his pride will ever continue to be his downfall. It will ever be the downfall of the kings of the earth who stand in opposition to the Messiah, as well.

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

    Why do the people imagine to do something which they have no hope of ever accomplishing? Why do they live their lives set against Christ like there is any meaning or purpose to be had apart from Him? Why do they continue in their pride instead of fall on their knees in humility? Because that’s how the chapter ends… with an exhortation toward humility.

    10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

    This is basically an admonition for those who think themselves mighty apart from God to stand down.

    Just.
    Do.
    It.

    Why? Because if they don’t, they will be utterly wasted.

    8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

    The earth is the Lord’s and all the fullness therein. The kings of the earth have nothing on and no power anywhere close to the King of the earth’s. The King has been promised a Kingdom to rule and reign by His Father. That promise, like all others God has made, will certainly not go unfulfilled. Best they get on board. Because the alternative is…

    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.

    Jesus is the true King. Long live the King! (like, forever… :yes: )

    6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

    How blessed we are to have His love. So very blessed. :heart: :rose:

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #127270
    Savedat33
    Savedat33
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    :yahoo:

    Amen!!!

    All Hail the King! Our Lord and Savior! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! :yahoo:

    (Love the fact God is chuckling at these jokers, because I am too) :whistle:

    #127272
    David R
    David R
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    Good work, Heather!

    My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2


    #127277
    Heather R
    Heather R
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    Psalm 3 – Salvation is Yeshua

    I was going to wait on this one, but what’s in the last verse was too good to wait on!

    Psalm 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. 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. 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 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. 8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

    Reading through this chapter, the word “selah” is used a few times. Sometimes it’s used to describe an interlude, but more closely the word means “to lift up or exalt”.

    http://biblehub.com/hebrew/5542.htm

    So when we go through these few verses, just keep that in mind. There is an exaltation to be given the Lord in any circumstance and in every circumstance. It’s kind of like what Paul wrote in Romans 5. We don’t glory in the good times only, but also in the bad.

    Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

    This chapter also kind of reminded me of what Job went through. Regardless of any trial he faced, he still exalted God.

    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.

    Psalm 27:3 says a similar thing – Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

    But we already know the world is going to hate us. Jesus tells us as much in John 15; just as the world hated Him, it will hate us, too. It doesn’t hate “us” as much as it hates Him in us. The outcome is still the same. Even so, we are to exalt and lift Him up, even when the world comes against us. They may say He will not help, but He plainly tells us He will never leave us or forsake us.

    … which is exactly what the next verses tell us.

    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.

    The Lord is our Creator.
    The Lord is our Sustainer.
    The Lord is our Redeemer.

    Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; 25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; 26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

    Thus, we exalt and lift Him up.

    5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 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. 8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

    The Lord is our rest.

    Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

    The Lord is our strength.

    Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

    The Lord is our Salvation

    Salvation belongeth to the Lord.

    Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

    Salvation = yeshua

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    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #127281
    TakeMeHome
    TakeMeHome
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    My spirit is always blessed and inspired by your work. Thank you! :heart:

    #127286
    Goodcheer
    Goodcheer
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    :heart:

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.


    #127293
    Savedat33
    Savedat33
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    :yahoo: :good:

    #127479
    Heather R
    Heather R
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    Psalm 4 – Enlarged in Times of Distress

    Psalm 4:1-8 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. O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

    In this psalm, David recognizes God as the source of his righteousness and asks that God show mercy upon him in times of distress, just as He has in the past. David says the Lord has “enlarged” him before. Some translations render “enlarged” to mean “delivered”. Others render it more literally “to grow wide or large”.

    Picturing this in my head, I see a river that’s 20 feet wide and rushing with water. For a normal person, there would be no way to cross without being swept away. But God enlarges them… increases their size against the obstacle to the point they can simply step over it. Or perhaps He gives them a bridge to cross. The meaning here is the Lord provides deliverance from situations by decreasing their level of difficulty. Or maybe it’s that they stay the same, but He increases us which makes them smaller by comparison… It doesn’t mean they won’t be significant or challenging, only that they won’t be impossible. This is the power and grace of God.

    The next verses regard apostasy and worship of those things which are contrary to God. Specifically, it regards the chief priests and elders of David’s time who were much like the chief priests and elders of Jesus’s time. They may have appeared to be pious, but they were certainly not faithful. David asks how long their vanity and unbelief will be allowed to go on for.

    However…

    Even in the face of such unbelief, David says God had set apart a people for Himself based on the faith He knew they would have. He always has, and He always will. It was that way in the OT when Israel was embattled. It will be the same in the future (70th Week) when Israel is embattled again. Where there is a will, there is always a way.

    David then offers an exhortation for people to choose wisely and be found among those God will preserve and protect for righteousness’ sake. After all, following in the paths of righteousness it is a choice.

    Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

    Despite being told the Lord will take a remnant for Himself to protect and provide for, there will be many who just don’t care. They possess no desire to be among such ranks, because they have no desire to part with their possessions or physical pleasures, or they have no faith and foresight, or they have no patience to wait upon the Lord, or they just don’t have any confidence that the Lord would actually deign to care for them.

    To those people, David asks the Lord to show His grace and mercy that they may be made aware of Him and of His power, that their eyes might be opened and that they might change their course.

    David compares the level of rejoicing the faithful have as far greater when of a spiritual nature and done in the Lord than merely representative of the temporary pleasure gained over an abundance of food and drink. One is eternal and the other is not.

    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. We do not rejoice in what He gives us. We rejoice in HIM.

    And having such gladness and joy which comes only from the Lord, David and the others who know Him can rest peacefully and quietly and securely at night. The Lord has got everything under control. More to the point, the Lord has got them in the palm of His hand. He will protect, provide, and care for each and every one of those He calls His.

    Romans1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
    #127486
    Tender Reed
    Tender Reed
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    Study and exposition aside, IMHO the Psalms is a book that touches and teaches us all. As it reveals each of our hearts, and teaches us how to enter into relationship with God, through prayer.

    The example of David’s ability to be real and present in every circumstance and moment of life is amazing. His humanity is exposed and offered before the Lord. Sometimes prophetic and sometimes personal, his personal relationship with God is exposed.

    David being commended in scripture by the Lord’s acknowledgement that he chased after the heart of God. A great and glorious endeavor in itself, but also reveals a practical purpose. Firstly to know what is in the Lord’s heart, and then to imitate what he finds.

    Just as Christ imitated the Father, and just as we are called imitators of Christ by the renewing of our minds, David has exposed the simple secret to the Lord’s heart. That secret being that we must love what God loves, and hate what God hates!!!

    David rises from the depths of despair and reaches the pinnacles of Heaven’s throne in worship and praise! The height and breadth of his emotions and the submission of his spirit unto the Lord is a universal template for all believers!

    His language also soars above the mundane and broken things here upon the Earth, as he steps outside his own frame and enters the pavilions of the Lord’s heart! :rose: :heart:

    I can truly resonate with his prayers, his Psalms, and the leanings of his heart!

    Love & blessings…TR


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