Book #1: 1-41, cont’d.
Psalm 13:1-2-Again, David calls out to God for help from his oppressors. In these first two verses he cries out, “How long” four times…expressing the seriousness and anxiety of his travail.
Psalm 13:3-4-He asks God to “consider” him…meaning to give attention to him…lest he die and his enemy feel that they have been victorious.
Psalm 13:5-6-Despite the fact that he has not yet seen God’s hand deliver him…he speaks with confidence that the day will come.
Psalm 14:1-The word “fool” is speaking of someone who is morally wicked, not mentally challenged. This may speak of the fact that this person does not believe in God’s existence…or, it may speak of the fact that while this person believes in the existence of God, he does not believe that God is active in human affairs. Either way, people act corruptly...thinking that they will never have to give an account for their lives. In David’s estimation…this is the way most people live their lives.
Psalm 14:2-3-God watches from Heaven and is aware of this.
Psalm 14:4-7-However, from appearances on earth, it is as if the wicked are completely unaware that God is with the righteous. So, they mistreat them without concern.
Psalm 15:1-5-David asks the question, “Who are the ones who will be allowed to enter into God’s presence?” He responds to his own question with a list of character qualities…
- (:2) He is a man who is consistent in his life, nothing being hidden…the word “integrity” means he is constant in every area of his life
- (:2) He is righteous in all that he does
- (:3) He does not speak evil of other people
- (:3) He does not do evil to other people
- (:3) He doesn’t tell people about the faults and failures of his friends
- (:4) He does not accept those who act evil, but respects those who honor the Lord
- (:5) He does not take advantage of the financial problems of others by lending them money with interest when he could help them otherwise
- (:5) He will not be bribed to falsely judge an innocent person
David says that the person who lives like has built his life on solid ground.
It is uncertain what the word “Mikhtam” means. It is also used in Pslams 56-60. The word comes from a root word that means “to cover”. So, it could be a reference to the protective covering that God provides. Or, it could be reference to prayer or psalms that were to be recited silently…as with the mouth covered.
Psalm 16:1-2-David declares that He has chosen to follow God...and no other. Psalm 16:3-Not only does David take delight in God, but he also takes delight in the people of God.
Psalm 16:4-Those who follow other gods will have multiplied sorrows.
Psalm 16:5-11-David describes the blessings of following God…
- he receives God as his inheritance (:5a,6)
- he is given God’s protection (:5b)
- he benefits from God’s counsel…even when he is asleep God speaks to him (:7)
- he is protected by God’s strength (:8)
- he has confidence of life after death (:9-10)
- he knows the joy that comes from being in God’s presence (:11a)
- he will receive the blessings of His provision (:11b).
Prayer: Lord, David was so honest. He was constantly being hounded by Saul…his life hanging by a thread. He knew this and did not try to ignore it, or deny it. When he prayed to You…he spoke of these matters and asked for Your help. On numerous occasions, You chose to not intervene. This bothered David immensely…and he told You so. And yet, despite his questions and his continuing travail…He lifted up his voice in praise of You. Help me Lord…when I am struggling and You choose to not answer in the way that I have prayed, or in a manner in which I can understand…to continue to lift You up in praise. To continue to recognize Who You are. To continue to remember that You are sovereign and in control of everything.