Today’s reading is: Psa. 12-17; 19-21
- David’s adversity testing leaves him with the impression that there are no other godly men to share in his burdens (Ps. 12:1).
- David’s conflict with the rulers and powers was manifest through the Adversary’s lying agents (Ps. 12:2-4).
- The Lord will defend His servant, even as He defends His Truth (Ps. 12:5-7).
- The believer’s vindication may have to wait until eternity, because in this present evil age, vileness is exalted (Ps. 12:8).
- Psalm 13 is a Davidic psalm, written over 400 years before the time of Jeremiah.
- The subject matter of Psalm 13 directly addresses Jeremiah’s circumstances. Undoubtedly, the psalms of David were vital Scriptures for Jeremiah’s enduring of conflicts.
- Psalm 13 is David’s expression of trust that the LORD will not allow enemies to overcome him (Ps. 13:4 cf. Jer. 1:19).
- Psalm 13 is David’s expression of sorrow over feeling forgotten (Ps. 13:1-3; cf. Jer. 15:18).
- When the LORD answers the believer’s prayer, the believer is to rejoice at the LORD’s bounty (Ps. 13:5-6).
Psalm Fourteen + Psalm Fifty-Three
- Believers must remain faithful to the LORD in the midst of a foolish, crooked, & perverse generation (Phil. 2:15).
- David experienced this (Ps. 14:1-4).
- Jeremiah experienced this (Jer. 4:22).
- David taught the total depravity of man (Ps. 14:3), which surely must have been in Jeremiah’s mind as he searched through Jerusalem for one righteous man (Jer. 5:1). This text has NT citations in Rom. 3:10-12.
- God is with the righteous generation (Ps. 14:5).
- The ignorant workers of wickedness consume God’s people (Ps. 14:4; Jer. 10:25).
- God’s judgment upon them is certain (Ps. 14:5-6; Jer. 10:25).
- Psalm 53:5 is significantly different from Psalm 14:5-6.
- Both psalms are Davidic, and for the choir director.
- Psalm 14 is a psalm, but Psalm 53 is a Maskil.
- Psalm 53 is according to Mahalath.
- Psalm 14 uses YHWH 4x and Elohim 3x, but Psalm 53 is all Elohim all the time (7x).
- This psalm serves to answer a basic theological question: what are the qualifications for being in God’s presence?
- The qualifications must be based upon God’s absolute essence of Holiness (Ps. 15:1b; Lev. 11:44-45).
- The answer to “what are the qualifications?” provides the answer to “who is qualified?”
- Dwelling or abiding with God must be consistent with what God can abide with and what God cannot abide (2nd Cor. 6:14-18).
- The description of a holy and blameless individual is only fulfilled by the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps. 15:2-5), and yet becomes descriptive of all who have placed their faith in Him (2nd Pet. 1:2-11).
- Psalm 16 is a prayer of David’s for preservation (Ps. 16:1-6), and a prophetic description of the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps. 16:7-11). This text has significant NT citations in Acts 2:25-31; 13:35.
- David looks to the Lord for protection from his enemies (Ps. 16:1-2).
- David delights in fellow believers, and their sharing in his conflict (Ps. 16:3-4).
- David celebrates the grace of God that provides for his spiritual inheritance (Ps. 16:5-6).
- The prophetic words which follow demonstrate David’s mental attitude of devotion to God, and preview the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ps. 16:7-11).
- David is assured of an eternal life of blessings as reward for a temporal life of obedience.
- The anticipation of resurrection was fulfilled in Christ (Acts 2:24,27,29-32), and will be literally fulfilled for David when he rises in his turn (Jer. 30:9; Dan. 12:2,13; Ezek. 34:23-24; 37:24-25).
- David understands the importance of prayer during times of affliction (Ps. 17:1).
- David understands that he is accountable to the Lord at all times, and has no problem with the Lord’s scrutiny at any time (Ps. 17:2-5).
- David understands that prayer enables him to take refuge in the shadow of the Lord’s wings (Ps. 17:6-12).
- David understands that the wicked may prosper in this life, but the rewards of the righteous come in the next life (Ps. 17:13-15).
- Psalm 19 is a Davidic psalm that beautifully portrays the Christian Way of Life for believers awaiting the coming Christ during the intertestamental time-frame.
- Natural revelation is sufficient for any human being to be humbled by their awareness of the Almighty (Ps. 19:1-6; Rom. 1:20-23; 10:18).
- Special revelation is sufficient for any believer to be humbled by their awareness of the Almighty’s absolute standard of Righteousness (Ps. 19:7-11). This text has a NT allusion in Rev. 16:7 and an echo in Rev. 19:2.
- The Word of God judges our thoughts and intentions, and provides for our defense against overt sins, sins of the tongue, & mental-attitude sins (Ps. 19:12-14; Heb. 4:12).
- Psalm 20 is a corporate prayer meeting, with all Israel praying on behalf of their King before he goes out to battle.
- The Church Age parallel is for the body of Christ to pray for their spiritual leaders (Eph. 6:18-19; Col. 4:2-4; 2nd Thess. 3:1-2).
- Israel prayed by faith for David’s victory, and understood it to be the Lord’s victory, as David faithfully served according to his anointed work-assignment.
- David writes this psalm in the third person—focusing the message on “the king.”
- This psalm is a descriptive prayer regarding King David.
- This psalm is a prophetic prayer regarding the Lord Jesus Christ.