PSALMS 12 SIGNS, SEVERITY and SALVATION

SIGNS OF DECLENSION V.1-2

DECLINE IN CHARACTER  Help, Lord; for the godly man ceases; for the

                                                       faithful fail from among the children of men.

DECAY IN COMMUNICATION
FUTILITY                  they speak vanity every one with his neighbor
FLATTERY                with flattering lips
FABRICATION         and with a double heart do they speak.

SEVERITY FOR THE DEROGATORY V.3-4

ENTICEMENTS ARE EXTINGUISHED The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips,
HAUGHTINESS IS HALTED                     and the tongue that proud things
CONCEIT IS CANCELLED                         who have said, with our will we prevail
ARROGANCE IS ARRESTED                    our lips are our who is Lord over us?

SALVATION FOR THE DOWNTRODDEN V.5-7

THE POOR ARE PLUNDERED                  for the oppression of the poor
THE DESTITUTE ARE DESPERATE        for the sighing of the needy
THE PROMISE WILL BE PERFORMED now will I arise, says the Lord; I will set

                                                                              him in safety from him that puffs at him.
GOD’S PROMISES ARE:
PERFECT AND PURE                The words of The Lord are pure words
TESTED AND TRUE                   as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified 7 times
GOD’S PROTECTIONS ARE:
SECURE AND STABILIZING     You will keep them, O Lord You will preserve them
ENDURING TO ETERNITY        from this generation forever
THE PERVERSE ARE PROWLING The wicked walk on every side
DEPRAVITY IS DIGNIFIED          when the vilest men are exalted.

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MANAGING OUR ADORNMENT Ephesians 6:10

Our Spiritual battle of Clashing with the Unseen

John Calvin in his journal wrote that if we do not pray, we are like a person who neglects a treasure, buried and hidden in the earth, after it has been pointed out to us.

It is so easy and typical to get hobbled and stagger by all the mysteries of prayer. Before we realize it our planned times of communion are stifled. Then our voice becomes muffled. What a tragedy to become asphyxiated by problems and suffocated with doubts to the point where there is no expression to our Father. He is our only source of power over difficulties and crisis. It is essential to cry out in continual dependence on the Lord. That is what He’s requested. And His design is to provide solutions for our necessities through our dependency. The letter to the Ephesians is a textbook on prayer and in chapter 6 we receive training in the struggles of prayer conflict.

BE INVINCIBLE IN BATTLE Ephesians 6:10-18
    Manage Our Adornment V. 10-11
    Measure Our Adversary
    Maneuver Our Arena V. 12
    Make Use Of Our Armor V. 13-18
    MANAGE OUR ADORNMENT V.10
OUR PREPARATION
    Be a Finisher                                                     Finally
    Be a Family                                                         my brethren
    Be a Fighter
      Our Attire Christ’s Strength                    be strong
      Our Approval Christ’s Life                       in the Lord
      Our Ability Christ’s Energy                      in the power
      Our Ascendancy Christ’s Capability    of his might
HE IS OUR STRENGTH IN ADVERSITY
The Lord is our strength in time of trouble Ps.37:39
HE IS OUR STRENGTH IN AFFLICTION
Oh Lord my strength & my refuge & my fortress
in the day of affliction Jeremiah 16:19
HE IS OUR STRENGTH IN ALL
I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me Phil. 4:13
HE IS OUR STRENGTH OF ACCEPTANCE
Blessed is the man whose strength is in you Ps.84:5
HE IS OUR STRENGTH OF ACCELERATION
The joy of the Lord is our strength Neh. 8:10

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CRUSHED AND COMPLAINING Psalms 102 Intro. Part 1

THE DESIRE OF THE DISTRESSED Psalms 102:1-11

CRUSHED AND COMPLAINING Psalms 102 Intro. Part 1 

PRESSURED  A Prayer of the afflicted,

PLAGUED       when he is overwhelmed,

THE LORD GIVES US TRIUMPH IN EVERY PROBLEM 

Psalms 34:19 says: many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

This is a potent motivation to prayer. We have an outstanding promise of assuring rescue. We have precise encouragement in every trial. And we have extraordinary enablement in each difficulty and burden.

THE LORD GIVES US DELIVERANCE IN EVERY PREDICAMENT 

Ps 71:20 Thou, which have showed me great and sore troubles, shall make me live again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the

David endured the insensitivity of his father, the jealousy of his brothers, the savagery of his father in law Saul; and the betrayal of his wife Michal.

Then in his own family he tolerated, the incest of Amnon, his son who raped Tamar, his daughter, the murder of Amnon by Absalom his son. Then he weathered the deception of Joab, and Absalom’s rebellion against him; the curses of Shimei, and the squabbling of the sons of Zeruiah; with many others.

David felt a variety of inward emotional devastations. There we’re the polluting corruptions of his own heart, the disgusting filthy expressions of his natural inclination. He dealt with destitution hiding in a lonely escape, hole up in a dark cave where he was surrounded by dysfunctional discontent from the rag tag riffraff that he attracted. He endured the hiding of God’s face, and the temptations of Satan.

David doesn’t blame it on the instruments of second causes, but he blames God as the one who either laid it all on him, or allowed it to happen to him, for his good and God’s glory.

THE LORD GIVES US HIMSELF IN THE MIDST OF OUR PAIN

When we are overwhelmed and grow faint. When we feel totally weak, because of sickness, or excessive emotional stress. We listen to David in the Psalms who says that he felt covered with a shroud, draped and totally clothed with emotional devastation and buried to the point of struggling for breath from the pressure of the constant onslaught of crushing heaviness and heaving uncontrollable feelings. And what does the Psalmist do? He prays. This is the answer, David journals his feelings, writing Psalms of poetic prayer expressions. He buries his head in the bosom of his beloved. He pours out his tears in The Lord’s comforting warmth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STRIKING TO SLAY OR SEEKING THE SAVIOR PSALMS 94:5-6

STRIKING TO SLAY OR SEEKING THE SAVIOR PSALMS 94:5-6

THEY STRIKE THY SAINTSv.5

They break in pieces your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.

THEY SLAY THE SUSCEPTIBLE V.6

They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.

The word “break” means to apply pressure. This is stress that is forced through the process of demands that are difficult. This pressure brings strain and stress until a person feels ground into pieces. It is excessive trauma, which can be psychological, emotional, or physical breaking. This leaves a person bruised, battered and broken up.

To “afflict” is characterized as oppression. It is disturbing a person to the point of anxiety and distress. This is laying a person so low that they are hurting with excessive humiliation.

“Heritage” is a term indicating ownership and possession. These are the ones the Lord has chosen for Himself, His people. They are referred to as the apple of His eye, identifying the eyes pupil, which is carefully protected.

God’s people are identified as His jewels in Mal. 3:17. A jewel is an item of exceptional preciousness. This is someone who is watchfully cared for.

Three vulnerable individuals are singled out who are exposed and defenseless. The widow, who is no longer protected and provided for by a husband. The stranger is a person from another country. They are new to a region and aren’t established. They are foreign to the new culture and without safe contacts and relatives. Last there is the orphan who is another at risk person that is unaware, and out in the open. The orphan is susceptible, weak and unprotected.

Then the word slay and murder are employed referring to the ruthlessness of these twisted, monstrous, predators who at all costs find pleasure in destroying others lives and especially preying on the weak.

Bill MacDonald’s comments on this section are that; “The proud persecutors victimize the defenseless widow, the unsuspecting guests, the helpless orphans. And their attitude is that the God of Jacob does not understand or care what is happening.”

Again the complaint to God is “O Lord” pay attention, look at what they’re doing.

“There are times says Charles Haddon Spurgeon;when the wicked seem to have things all their own way,”

They are creating chaos, destruction, and havoc. They smash and stomp at the inside of a person, annihilating a persons character, obliterating their personality, demolishing the feelings, and grinding them down with shame, humiliation and embarrassment. Using the heel of their boot, they pulverize the innocent to powder.

They go after the unborn child, who has no real parents, only sperm donors and ovum contributors; they chomp them up like ravenous, rabid beasts.

They pillage, plunder and embezzle every ounce of value from the widows, leaving them in rags, destitute and raped of all goods. They chain others in sweatshops, to slave in loneliness, struggling in grueling, arduous, punishing heat.

O Lord I know you’re watching, I know you’re involved, I know you hear my voice and comprehend my thoughts and feelings in these atrocities. There is carnage and mayhem ruling. And there is horror, terror and dreadfulness staining every inch of the earth with the blood and tears of the weak, helpless and lonely.

Show Yourself in all Your love, compassion and mercy. Display Your glory, grace and beauty in ways never before seen. Shine out in Your matchless power and deliver us. In these miscarriages of justice send out healing, and rectifying alternative cures. Any justice in our age is falling short of the decline. Discrimination is rising. Individual worth is being destroyed, decency is damaged, and courtesy and gentleness for the needy is declining. Good is replaced with calloused indifference; we sink in the mire of a hurricane of mindless assassins who are on the increase.

Jeremiah 8:22 asks the question; “is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?” But the only solution is asserted in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which are unimaginable. The Lord is the salve that brings soothing, relief, comfort and healing: Psalms 103:3 says “He forgives all our iniquities; He heals all our diseases;” Psalms 147:3 “He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.” This is the only place to turn. We can come and pour out our hearts to Him and experience His healing touch and purifying pardon as He relaxes, relieves, fortifies and forgives.

 

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THE PSALMIST’S CLAIM PSALMS 94:4 THEY SPIT THEIR SPITE

THE PSALMIST’S CLAIM PSALMS 94:4

  THEY SPIT THEIR SPITE 

    HARD THINGS         How long shall they utter and speak hard things?

    HAUGHTY THINGS and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

The word “utter” implies to pour out like a fountain of water. The question being posed is how long will there be a drenching deluge of verbal dribble. “Hard things” suggests that this oral flood is harsh, calloused, and inconsiderate. This is a swampy torrent of insensitive, barking, shrill intonations. These are pounding words that have grating inflections, and gouging innuendo.

How long is God our Father going to allow a stormy climate in a downpour of words that are exultant and cutting? David in 2 Samuel 16 is under the gun by Absalom, his son, who has turned the majority of the Israeli population against the King. Absalom did it by clever hard words, flooding the kingdom with lies about his dad the King. He victimized, slandered, and defamed David’s character. He played on peoples discontent and pulled off a massive smear campaign, that resulted in a total anarchy.

It is possible that this Psalms is written from this backdrop.

David is journaling his feelings to God. David escapes the insurgency and as he is fleeing for his life. Then seemingly, out of no where, here comes a relative of Saul, named Shimei. Shimei is full of vitriolic mockery and venomous spite.  He treats David like a phony counterfeit coward on the run. He accuses David of being a paranoid snake that’s slithering away from the conflict.  He indicts him with a flood of hard words. He calls David a back stabber, a son of Belial. A son of Belial means he is calling David a worthless pile of refuse and a man full of demonic twists.

David’s perspective is amazing and classy. He says to his small military contingent:

“let him curse, because The LORD has said to him, Curse David.”

Then, in case we missed his attitude he says: “let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD has let him. It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.”

Requite is an old English word meaning leave the retaliation up to God. Now how hard is that? It also has the thought that if something beneficial is going to come my way, I’ll leave that in God’s hands also.

It is challenging to maintain an attitude where your view is that The Lord is screening every harsh detail that touches our lives. It is even more puzzling to imagine that even sour words that are aimed at us and rip into us painfully can actually be viewed as a God thing, or a divine encounter.

I only consider super positive events as divine encounters. But David says; The Lord has asked him to trash talk on me. Is that our estimation? When someone whacks us real good verbally how do we respond? Do we rock back on our heels and relax and say wow, God has a word for me in this negative put down?

There is a purpose for everything. Not one sparrow falls to the ground without God seeing, knowing, and yes, allowing it. Nothing is haphazard, or indiscriminate, nothing is meaningless, or pointless. We are looking into the face of God constantly in every circumstance. He purposes our heartaches. He allows our difficulties. He has a reason behind every affliction.

In all of our afflictions he is afflicted. God knows how long it will be, He knows how long it will take, and how much we need to endure. But we say: what about all the collateral damage? He knows how long it will take for us to see His face. The damage is not the issue. He has promised beauty for ashes and joy for mourning. The real question is how long will it take for us to see His face in the challenging circumstances?

 

 

 

 

 

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PRECISION CORRECTS WANTON IMPROPRIETY PSALMS 94:3

PRECISION CORRECTS WANTON IMPROPRIETY PSALMS 94:3

                                                   LORD, how long shall the wicked,

POWER CORRALS WASTING IMMORALITY

                                                   how long shall the wicked triumph?

The wicked is someone who violates God’s standards. Somebody who creates his own set of values and principles. The easiest way to pull this off is to do away with God or make a lesser god who doesn’t hang perfection over our heads as the target.

Scriptures scores this as the “wicked” does not seek God Psa. 10:4;             In fact he challenges God:  Psa. 10:13. As a way of life the “wicked” loves violence, consequently The entire amusement and entertainment agenda is bulging with purchasable aggression, brutality, sensuality, sadism, bloodshed, basically you name it, you can buy it, fanaticize about it and feed on it.   Psa. 11:5 The wicked, oppresses the righteous  Psa. 17:9 does not repay his debts, we have a world upside down in debt, look at our national shortfall  Psa. 37:21 and lays a snare to trap the righteous Psa. 119:110

When we get into this expectation where we wonder about God’s timing for dealing with the wicked, as we see here in v. 3 of our Psalm. We are verbalizing the agony of waiting by saying how long, how long, twice, we’re seeing the psalmist hope for a quick severe dealing to fall, that God’s judgment on the “wicked” would come in this life, that they might be ashamed Psa. 31:17, be overcome by sorrows Psa. 32:10, fall by their devices Psa. 141:10, and die a premature death Prov. 10:27, and that their remembrance will be no more Prov. 10:7. It would be my speculation that these are prayers we should shout to the throne of the Almighty Judge.

It is anticipated that at the time of their death there will be great shouting: “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoiced: when the wicked perish, there is shouting” Prov. 11:10.

The success of the wicked is inexplicable, incomprehensible, and their ability to triumph, and accomplish countless achievements, is emotionally draining and perplexing.

We bring our how longs to the Lord in prayer and pleading, he invites our inquiries into the divine mysteries of his timing and truth, telling us: It’s worth it all, the wait, our wonder and our worship of his ways. We are seeking the face of Jesus in this adoring wait for Him. We are focused on Him in full dependence and devotion.

We can’t get off kilter over what appears to be a world gone wild, out of control, jumping over the precipice of sensibility and serenity. This is the age of virtual everything, living out every imaginable extreme to the fullest conceivable excess. What shocked in the past is passé in the present, when the sponge of inner craving becomes excessively self absorbed a bigger sponge is inserted.

The end of sanity and normality is off the map, and self destruct buttons are more commonplace. More common then clean air and brands of bottled water. The proverb proclaims it: Hell and destruction are never full, so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

How long O Lord How long, one of the many howling Psalms, as the ache for reason echoes from our spirits. The groan for his perfect intervention, his long invited interruption, that the silence of new possibilities in the realm of correcting balance would sound out from the heavens, and an invasion of honesty, integrity, purity, and virtue would shine its radiant rectifying beams of cleansing light.

God’s presence is needed: Gen. 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.

Our day is frozen cold with wickedness plummeting the gage to new record lows, but his voice can still walk in, in the cool of our day. We have His promise: 2 Chron. 20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this…in thy presence, … and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

Psalms 68:2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

Isa 64:1-2 Oh that thou would rend the heavens, that thou would come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,   As when the melting fire burns, the fire causes the waters to boil, to make thy name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.

 

 

 

 

 

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PROPORTION COLLIDES WITH INEQUITY Psalms 94:2

PROPORTION COLLIDES WITH INEQUITY Psalms 94:2

AROUSE TO ACTIVITY  Lift up thyself,

ADDRESS TO ACTION  thou judge of the earth:

APPLY TO ACCOUNT    render a reward to the proud.

Things that are proportional, or of comparative value, wow, can they add up? Lets say, they are relational, and add to each other sensibly. When you have inequity although, there’s aggravating bias, disproportion, discrimination and it’s all tweaked out of balance. We can feel this disparity on the inside. Our souls, our feelings and desires, say one thing and our mind, heart and spirit state another. We see it on the outside where abuses abound in gargantuan, unnerving, regularity. We see adjustments to normality changing at sonic speed and mind-boggling frequency. Confusion stalks our cities, deception runs rampant in our culture, and delusion crashes into our families then dishonesty, cheating and pretension are commonplace in our lives and close relationships. We languish for the one who is pure, faultless and impeccable. We ache for one who is sinless and undefiled. We are in need of a priest to represent us, cleanse us, change us, and live in us.

Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

He became us, sin apart. He bore our sin on the cross. Now he’s taking our hearts out of the present world to the scene where He is. He can take us where sin is not. We are in Christ; our life is hid with Christ in God. He has lifted himself up; Sin, and death are swallowed up. He yelled for all eternity to Hear, “It is finished” and we are raised with him. The veil is rent, sin is put away and Christ is higher then the heavens, constantly making intercession for us, relentlessly advocating for us.

If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the

Righteous. 1John 2:1

His activity has been aroused and he will not sleep or Slumber.

Ps 121:3 He will not suffer our foot to be moved: He that keeps us will not slumber.

He is coming back, he is the judge of the earth with a infinite jurisdiction over every person. As King of Kings and Lord of Lords He will return with a sword in his mouth to tread out the winepress of God’s Almighty wrath. Now is the time to hide ourselves in Him, to accept, and be found in the one who is pure, faultless and impeccable. The one who is sinless, undefiled, and has given His life for us, a priest to represent us, cleanse us, change us, and live in us. We need his righteousness applied to our account, we have to have it. The alternative is devastating, dreadful, and destructively damning. Why would we want to face an eternity, striped and exposed to the Christ rejecting reward of the proud?

 

 

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