1/17/13

Psalm 34:4,6,7

I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them.

Psalm 34 was written by David after his run-in with Achish, the king of Gath. David was on the run from Saul and ran to the Philistines, enemies of King Saul. however, when he got to the court of Achish, some of his servants recognized David and pointed him out to their king. David overheard those words and grew afraid. However, unlike the first couple of verses, it isn’t recorded in the bible that David asked for help when he was faced with recognition.

What David did next was pretty unique in defense tactics. He pretended to be insane, letting himself drool on his beard, scratching at the gate doors, and just letting himself go. This action does not seem to in accordance with the psalm that he wrote pretty soon after. However, what he speaks about is true. The Lord does listen to the prayers of His people, and answers them according to His plan. He keeps those who cry out to Him safe. Even when they try to take care of themselves, it is still part of His plan.

The bottom line is that the Lord will take of us. Even when we don’t consciously ask for His help, He keeps us safe during our trials and tribulations.

1/10/13

Psalm 37:3,7

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. 7 Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

This psalm reflects encouragement and instruction from David, a man who went through many trials and tribulations and was still a true man of God. This particular psalm is 40 verses of encouragement to the children of God. It tells of how the wicked will not have the victory. How the Lord is the One who holds our hand, how He does not forsake His godly ones, how those who wait for Him will inherit the land, how He loves justice, and how the LORD helps and delivers the righteous.

There are many situations in this psalm where the wicked seem to have the upper hand over the righteous, but David reassures us that those who practice evil will pass away, that the Lord will take care of them. David gives us help to understand what we must do to survive with the Lord’s help. We are to depart from evil and do good (27), wait for the Lord (9), and not fret about those who go their own way and yet still prosper. We are told that the righteous who have little is better than the wicked who have lots, and that the righteous will dwell forever in the land that they will inherit because of their faithfulness.

This psalm is full of promises of the Lord’s love and grace, His mercy and strength for those who lean on Him. It continually brings the situations full circle to the faithfulness of the Lord to those who serve Him and are His followers. It is a good reminder of the wonder of His love.

1/9/13

Psalm 36:5-6

Your loving kindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. 6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

This psalm really spoke to me today. I attend classes at Clark College, and, while it is expected, it can still be disappointing to learn that a teacher is a feminist, or an atheist  or at least, does not agree with your beliefs. There are different ways to react to these findings. One is to go into a depression because you have once again found out that your teacher is not perfect. Another reaction is to immediately dislike this professor and believe that nothing they say or do will be worth it to stick around. There is another option: Accept it and lean on the Lord to help you through the class. God will always be the perfect teacher. He isn’t human, you know.

But your teachers are. And even those that do hold the same beliefs can mess up. Just because you have a teacher that’s not one with you and your beliefs does not mean you will have an awful time in that class. Trust me, seeing the world through clear biblical glasses will help you to accept and move on, whether to try and show your teacher why you believe what you do, or just taking every thing they teach and compare it to God’s Word. The verses in this psalm helped to bring this thought to my attention.