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  • James McFerrin 9:03 pm on 2017-03-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 23. Psalms of David Concluded 

    Ps. 144:1-145:21

    David began this psalm by recognizing God as his mighty Rock and Protector. He continued by stating God’s concern for man even though he is as fragile and temporary as a passing shadow. In today’s world, the Lord continues to be powerful and mighty, saving and protecting His people. The psalmist pledged his devotion to the Lord and continued his supplication for deliverance from the evil ones and abundant blessings for his nation. With God’s deliverance, protection and prosperity, man can bask in the beautiful state of PEACE!

    This may have been the last psalm that David penned. If it is, one can see the conclusion of a life full of hardships summarized in an explosion of thanksgiving and praise to the One who had led and protected him through those perilous times. However, if David is not the author of these words, they remain a fitting tribute of praise to the God who did sustain the second king of his children. God’s greatness is beyond man’s capability to understand. The psalmist pledged to praise His name daily forever and ever. Today, thousands of years after David’s life, succeeding generations have been told of those blessings by the previous generation. Man continues to praise the God of our creation and salvation. Not only does man praise Him, but His works of creation praise the Lord and show the handiwork of His kingdom. Some may deny God, but even they are dependent upon His love and care. However, in the end, “The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy…And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.”

     
  • James McFerrin 8:27 pm on 2017-03-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 22. Psalm of Penitence 

    Ps. 143:1-12

    The psalmist, David called upon the Lord for merciful judgment since in His sight, no one is righteous. He asked God for revival to the days of old before he had been overwhelmed by devastation by his enemies. David called for speedy action lest he be destroyed soon. He prayed for God to show him the way to righteousness and to give him relief from his enemies. In humility, he prayed that God would teach him His will and lead him in the land of uprightness. “For I am Your servant.” We should be that humble.

     
  • James McFerrin 7:13 pm on 2017-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 21. Prayers for Deliverance 

    Ps. 140:1-141:10

    As a righteous man, the psalmist approached God with a lament of grief over the actions of evil men, possibly Saul and his armies. Righteous men today have those same struggles with the evil around them. Violent schemes are continually being planned for the destruction both physically and spiritually of the righteous. Like David, we have the Lord for our salvation if we will only trust and obey Him. With confidence, David called for God’s hand to heap punishment upon the wicked and, “The upright shall dwell in Your presence.”

    David recognized that not all of his enemies were other men. Sometimes one can be his own worst enemy. He prayed for God to help him to keep his own mouth and actions from evil words and works. The psalmist also asked that he be open to the chastisement of others on his behalf. As in many of his other psalms, David concluded by calling for the overthrow of his enemies and God’s protection for himself.

     
  • James McFerrin 8:46 pm on 2017-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 20. God’s Omnipotence and Omnipresence 

    Ps. 139:1-24

    The psalmist, David was aware of the presence of God in his every action. Even though God’s knowledge is vast and incomprehensible to man, it is also personal with each individual. He is our maker and protector. One may try to escape His presence, but he is in the highest heavens, deepest caves, brightest days and darkest nights; whether on land or sea—comfort for the righteous and terror for the wicked. God was present at our conception, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” MAN HAS NO RIGHT TO DESTROY THE NEW LIFE THAT GOD HAS CREATED. David closed his psalm with a cry of vengeance against the wicked and a plea for his own guidance “in the way everlasting.”

     
  • James McFerrin 7:01 pm on 2017-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 19. Messiah Prophesied 

    Ps. 110:1-7

    David turned from lamenting about his enemies to prophesying the coming of the Messiah. Hundreds of years later Jesus, the Messiah did take His seat of honor on the throne of David at the right hand of God. The rod of Christ’s authority came from God. Kings did not become priests. Jesus of the tribe of Judah, instead of the priestly tribe of Levi became both King and Priest eternally after the order of Melchizedek, King of Salem. The Messiah did not depend upon human lineage to the priesthood just as Melchizedek had no earthly lineage to the priesthood. After all of the trials and tribulations of an earthly life, the King, Jesus will be/was triumphant.

     
  • James McFerrin 8:45 pm on 2017-03-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 18. A Lament of David 

    Ps. 109:1-31

    The psalmist devoted the words of this psalm to uttering curses upon his enemies and those who would mistreat the poor. He called for divine justice against the wicked. In our age of Christianity, those words from David seem harsh as Christians are commanded to have a forgiving attitude and to love one’s enemies as himself. David called upon the Lord for help in his time of persecution. However, he began and ended with words of praise to God.

     
  • James McFerrin 5:40 pm on 2017-03-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 17. Psalms of Praise, Devotion and Supplication 

    Ps. 86:1-17; 101:1-8

    The psalmist began this psalm with a declaration of deep need and dependence. He flavored his plea with praise to the one true God. There are many false gods, but only God, our Creator can tend to our needs. Since man is weak and frail and needs guidance, David prayed that God would “teach me Your way.” One has no way of receiving salvation unless he is taught. David promised to walk in God’s truth and to continue to praise and glorify His name. Men had risen against the psalmist. In contrast, as they had sought to take his life, God was longsuffering and full of compassion and mercy toward him.

    David’s commitment to God was emphasized throughout this psalm. He began by pledging his personal commitment to upright conduct. One who has personal righteousness also desires that his associates conduct their lives in a like manner. The psalmist concluded by stating that those who would serve him would have the same qualities that he possessed and that he would destroy wickedness from the land. Imagine how life would be today if the world’s leaders would approach their positions of leadership with that same commitment!!

     
  • James McFerrin 8:42 pm on 2017-03-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 16. Prayers of Dependence from David; A Look Forward to the Messiah 

    Ps. 70:1-72:20

    David continued his petitions to God for deliverance from those who would do him harm. One could easily conclude that the psalmist was selfish in his supplications, but he also included “all those who seek You.” He prayed for speedy deliverance from his afflictions to the only One who could help.

    An unknown author stated, “In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be put to shame.” The aged psalmist prayed for continued deliverance and praised God for the many previous blessings during his lifetime. He reflected on his trust in God, his only hope for the future. One who has spent a lifetime of devotion and trusting in God can look forward in the hope of his salvation. BUT, there is no time to retire from that service. Continue to sow the seed; some will grow. Also, as long as one has his mental capabilities, he can still turn to God, but there is no guarantee of tomorrow. Today is the day of salvation. The psalm ended with declarations of praise to God.

    The psalmist was able through inspiration to see a future King who would be righteous and just in His judgments and would bring peace to the people. His reign would last until the end of time. All kings, nations and people would bow before Him. “Blessed be the Lord God,…And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.”

     
  • James McFerrin 7:04 pm on 2017-03-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 15. More Laments of David 

    Ps. 64:1-10; 69:1-36

    Man is faced by many enemies, both spiritual and physical. The psalmist described the tactics of those physical enemies who seek to do one harm. They hide and plot in secret forgetting that God sees. Their words of slander cut like swords and pierce like arrows. The righteous, however, have God on their side. One person and God make a majority and will ultimately win the battle—either in this life or in the life to come. The righteous shall overcome their enemies as they are defeated by their own schemes.

    Metaphors are figures of speech used to describe a similarity between various objects or conditions. They are used extensively in the Scriptures. The psalmist described his suffering as being stuck in deep mire with floods nearly covering him. The occasions of his exile from the armies of Saul, Absalom and others found him in the position of fleeing for his life due to no fault of his own. At other times, he was persecuted because of his faithfulness to God. He acknowledged that he was not sinless. David prayed that his mistakes would not hinder others and for deliverance from the mire in which he was stuck. The scene on Calvary’s cross hundreds of years later was depicted. “They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” The psalmist continued with an outburst of supplication for punishment of the unrighteous. He concluded with a declaration of praise to God and a confidence that He would continue to bless His people.

     
  • James McFerrin 8:32 pm on 2017-03-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 14. Some Laments of David 

    Ps. 58:1-11; 60:1-61:8

    The psalmist addressed corrupt judges who ignored the wickedness of the unrighteous. He described the condition of sinners as they lived their immoral lives. Man is born with a sinful nature that must be curbed by proper training and discipline. Next, David called upon those judges to execute punishment upon the evildoers. He concluded his thoughts by disclosing the reward and rejoicing of the righteous by God, the righteous Judge.

    As long as God’s people were faithful and obedient to Him, He remained in their presence and helped them fight their battles. He never left them, BUT they left Him on numerous occasions. When Israel went into battle without God, they suffered bitter defeats. After one of those defeats, David called upon God, “You have been displeased; Oh, restore us again!” He described their condition as the aftermath of an earthquake and as the confused state of a drunken person. The psalmist listed numerous victories that God had helped them to achieve and confessed that man is useless without His help. “Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” That same principle still holds true for God’s children. We shall ultimately be victorious.

    In humble prayer, David called upon God to hear his cry for continued protection. The Lord has been described as a rock of salvation many times both in the Scriptures and also in modern songs of praise. David had previously vowed his allegiance to God and he used this psalm to renew those vows. “So I will sing praise to Your name forever…”

     
  • James McFerrin 8:35 pm on 2017-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 13. Prayer for Survival 

    Ps. 55:1-23

    One of the deepest wounds that a person can suffer is the betrayal of a friend. David had suffered that injury many times. The hatred of Saul and the treason of his own son, Absalom were two of those incidents. His life was in constant peril. He poured out his fears before the Lord and prayed for His salvation. His prayers were constant—evening, morning and noon. David concluded his psalm with the confidence that God would sustain him and bring his enemies “down to the pit of destruction…But I will trust in You.”

     
  • James McFerrin 7:11 pm on 2017-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 12. Psalms of Praise & Supplication 

    Ps. 40:1-41:13

    “I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me…” Generally speaking, man is an impatient being. God’s existence however is timeless. Many times one feels that he has been forgotten, but God never forgets. Man’s requests will be fulfilled according to God’s time table and will. The man that trusts in the Lord shall be blessed. David prayed that God would continue to deliver him from his enemies and from his own weaknesses.

    Care for the poor has been stressed many times in God’s word. Harvesters under the law of Moses were required to leave portions of their grain in the field for the poor to come in and glean. The psalmist stated various blessings that the Lord would bestow upon one who helps the poor. He then lamented over those who had done evil against him. David closed the psalm with praise for God’s protection.

     
  • James McFerrin 5:35 pm on 2017-03-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 11. Plea for Forgiveness 

    Ps. 38:1-22

    David was a man after God’s own heart, BUT as a man, he also had sin in his life. The first thing one must do to find forgiveness is to become aware of his sinful condition. At times, it was necessary for David’s sins to be pointed out to him. The same is true today as we sometimes struggle to please God. In penitence, the psalmist confessed the wretched condition of his soul and humbly pled for God’s forgiveness and salvation.

     
  • James McFerrin 8:52 pm on 2017-03-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 10. Voice of Wisdom 

    Ps. 37:1-40

    This psalm of David made a bold contrast between the rewards of the wicked and the righteous. It is natural for a righteous person to become discouraged and possibly envious when he sees the earthly prosperity and power of a wicked person. One may fall, but the hand of the Lord will lift him up. Throughout the verses of this poem, the psalmist urged patience and trust among God’s people. The riches of this world are only temporary, but the inheritance of the righteous is eternal. As David concluded his psalm, he stated, “The future of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord…”

     
  • James McFerrin 9:21 pm on 2017-03-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Mar. 9. Psalms of David Continued 

    Ps. 35:1-36:12

    The psalmist continued lamenting to the Lord about his persecutions. In calling for the punishment of his enemies, one might conclude that David was vindictive and harsh. However, he was pleading his case to a just God to mete out a fair justice against the wicked. They had plotted his destruction, had rewarded him evil for good and had hated him without a valid reason. This psalm described a period in David’s life that could well have been during the pursuits of King Saul. It also described the time when his son, Absalom was seeking his life. As in his other laments and pleas, David was thankful as he expressed his hope and faith that God would deliver him.

    David described various characteristics of the wicked. The wicked person was summed up as, “There is no fear of God before his eyes.” He followed that with a direct contrast as he described the fullness of God’s house—mercy, faithfulness, righteousness, judgments and lovingkindness. The psalm ended with a prayer.

     
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