Psalm 16: You Will Not Abandon My Soul

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Recite the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

1.         A “mitkam” of David, and the word has a musical connotation but unknown to us now. But King David is the author of this incredible piece of poetry.

2.         It seems David is under considerable pressure, and this might be at the time when he had to flee from Saul and escape to the Philistines on the Mediterranean coast—former and present enemies of Israel.

3.         His first words, “preserve me” indicates the trouble he is in. And he knows who is His LORD, and that he is safe.

4.         David is aware of the great contrast between those who are the saints or holy ones and those who run after other gods. Though hounded, the “excellent ones” belong to the LORD, and the “sorrows” of the pagans multiply.

5.         Despite it all, David knows he has a “beautiful inheritance” and he receives good counsel and that at night, his heart, or his conscience, instructs him.

6.         Thus David knows he will not be shaken since the LORD is always with him. He will not be shaken.

7.         David had every reason to be down and discouraged, but in his inner being, his heart, he rejoices and does so out loud as the phrase “whole being” is best rendered “tongue.”

8.         Whatever happens to him, even death from his enemies, he will not be abandoned to Sheol, or the Pit. This is a way of speaking of life eternal away from the Creator God.

9.         Right in the midst of this comes a prophetic word about the resurrection of Jesus, “or let you holy one see corruption.”

10.       Indeed, for David, and for all of us who trust in our LORD, there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.”

The Fool Says, There is no God Psalm 14

Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Recite the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

           1.              This Psalm is referred to as a “community lament” and we find this description: “To the Choirmaster. Of David.” The Psalm would be sung in the Temple in Jerusalem, and led by a choir of Levities.

2.              “The Fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” The word fool means someone who has no knowledge, has received no revelation, and is therefore corrupt and in the worst way.

3.              This is the universal condition of all people, which God is completely aware of. Sin blinds the heart and mind and the result is a rejection of all good and a seeking after corruption.

4.              Not that there is no religion, but this is a seeking after supposed freedom and self-care.

5.              The Psalmist is addressing both Jew and Gentile, evildoers who persecute and destroy God’s people. And they “are in great terror.” They are desperate, restless, and have no peace, and blindly hate those who worship Yahweh.

6.              These who hate God and those who worship Him attempt to “shame” the plans of the poor, that is, those who are unable to defend themselves. However, the LORD is still the refuge of those who call upon Him.

7.              Verse 7 is the cry of the Psalmist that the salvation of Israel would appear. This is the forward looking for the arrival of the Messiah.

8.              The promise is that the LORD will redeem and save His people Israel, and here Israel is seen in two ways, both the nation and all those who receive salvation, including the Gentiles.

9.              The Psalmist, seeing in the distant future, the working of God’s salvation, declares rejoicing and gladness.           

Psalm 1

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

 Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions. Be comfortably alert, still, and at peace. Recite the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.

1.       The first song, Psalm 1, for that is the meaning of “psalm,”is essentially a hymn, a poem, or a song of praise to God. The author of the first two Psalms is unknown. This psalm leads off Book One and in this book there are 40 more songs of Praise. In all, there are Five books of songs.

2.       There are 73 songs of David, 11 by the Sons of Korah, 12 by Asaph, 2 by Solomon, 1 by Moses, and for the other 50, no author is stated.

3.       The Hebrew for Psalms is Tehillim, which means “praises.”

4.       Psalms is the best known book of the Wisdom Books, which are Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.

5.       The first word in verse one is translated “Blessed” and it translates something like, “Oh how happy.”

5.       In this Psalm we find a series of contrasts. In verse one we find that the blessed one “walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” Then the contrast of verse is that the blessed man (read person) delights in the law of the Lord upon which he and she meditates, or thinks about and focuses on daily.

6.       The next contrast shows the blessed one prospering greatly just like a well watered plant.

7.       However, “the wicked are not so.” These are scattered to the wind.”

8.       The greatest of the contrasts we find in the last two verses. At a time of judgment, the wicked are condemned. Those who merely pretended to be righteous within the congregation will be found out and rejected.

9.         God knows those who belong to Him, those who follow righteousness, but “the way of the wicked will perish.”