The Book of Psalms is a compilation of several ancient collections of Hebrew songs and poetry for use in congregational worship, as well as in private devotion. In some collections the ancient compilers gathered together mostly David's superb songs. In others they drew from a variety of authors such as Moses, Asaph, Heman, the sons of Korah, Solomon, Ethan, and Jeduthun. Many are from unnamed sources. Jewish scholars called these "orphan psalms." Compiled from 1000 thru 300 B.C.
The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
God promises that in His presence there is fullness of joy.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life in thy presence is fulness of joy at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
God perfect and our refuge.
As for God his way is perfect the word of the Lord is tried he is a buckler (shield) to all those that trust in him
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.
The Lord is my light and salvation, Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear the Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid.
David portrays the privileges of divine protection as being hidden in God’s “booth” or “shelter,” a term in parallelism with “tabernacle” or “tent.”
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me he shall set me up upon a rock.
When everyone else gives up on me, The Lord will take care of me.
When my father and my mother forsake me then the Lord will take me up.
The passage promises that Joy (the Joy of the Lord) is coming despite the sorrow we may experience for a short time.
For his anger endureth but a moment in his favour is life weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning.
God being perfectly good is the ground for His doing good things.
Oh how great is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men
David, in constant danger, trouble, grief, or humiliation, always implicitly trusted in God.
Be of good courage and he shall strengthen your heart all ye that hope in the Lord.
David spoke of the Lord as his hiding place, his place of security. Though David was probably thinking mostly of safety from physical threats, God also provides safety from spiritual trouble. He delivers us from the penalty of sin.
Thou art my hiding place thou shalt preserve me from trouble thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Instruction and Counseling.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go I will guide thee with mine eye
But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
The young lions do lack and suffer hunger but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
The Lord delivers us.
The righteous cry and the Lord heareth and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
A broken and contrite heart indicates the humility of one who has truly repented of sin.
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
There will be many troubles but the Lord delivers from all
Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord trust also in him and he shall bring it to pass.
The Lord promises us that even if we stumble, if we delight in Him, we will not fall!
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall he shall not be utterly cast down for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
David, the writer of this psalm, had seen the wicked thrive and the righteous suffer. But in spite of that, he still could speak of safety for the righteous because he chose to focus on God and his goodness.
I have been young and now am old yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful and lendeth and his seed is blessed.
For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His saints They are preserved forever...
For the Lord loveth judgment and forsaketh not his saints they are preserved for ever but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
God is our refuge and strength.
God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.
Call on the Lord and he will deliver you.
And call upon me in the day of trouble I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved
I pray to the God Most High, who competes HIS PURPOSE in me.
I will cry unto God most high unto God that performeth all things for me.
He is a shelter and a strong tower from the enemy.
For thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
Blessed is the man You choose And cause to approach You That he may dwell in Your courts.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and causest to approach unto thee that he may dwell in thy courts we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house even of thy holy temple.
This psalm describes God’s ongoing sovereign protection of His people from the ever-present dangers and terrors which surround humanity.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress my God in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord which is my refuge even the most High thy habitation There shall no evil befall thee neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me therefore will I deliver him I will set him on high because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him I will be with him in trouble I will deliver him and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him and shew him my salvation.
You shall not be afraid
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night nor for the arrow that flieth by day Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
God describes the blessing He gives to those who know and love Him.
Because he hath set his love upon me therefore will I deliver him I will set him on high because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me and I will answer him I will be with him in trouble I will deliver him and honor him.
He heals your diseases.
Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits Who forgiveth all thine iniquities who healeth all thy diseases.
Illustrative of his bountiful provisions for the daily needs of his people.
He hath given meat unto them that fear him he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
The fear of the Lord brings wisdom.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom a good understanding have all they that do his commandments his praise endureth for ever.
Keep his word in your heart so that you won't sin.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee.
Around the clock protection!
The Lord is thy keeper the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even for evermore.
Though I go thru many troubles, the Lord will revive me and protect me from the wrath of my enemies.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble thou wilt revive me thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies and thy right hand shall save me.
He heals the brokenhearted.
He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds.
No matter how many promises are made, they are yes and amen in Christ. Keep in mind that Christ has fulfilled the Law for righteousness and you are in him. His faithfulness qualifies you for any and all promises, not your ability to keep the Law or remain faithful. Now it's up to you to believe in your heart that you are in Him and He is your righteousness. Remember that you are a joint-heir with Jesus as you read thru these Old Testament promises.
These promises are all from God. Some are for a specific time, some for specific purpose, some for specific people and others are for everyone. So, as you read these, invite the Holy Spirit to show you how these promises reveal His character, purpose, plan and hope for your life and all those who are in Christ.
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