“Lord, lead me in your righteousness because of those who wait to ambush me, remove the obstacles in the way in which you are guiding me!”
After an opening appeal to be heard, 1-2, David bases his prayer on God’s holy nature, 3-6. He himself will worship and acknowledge God, 7, but the wicked lie and rebel, 9-10. His request and expectation center in joy, 11. He ends with another affirmation of God’s action consistent with his person, 12.
How does this psalm contrast with the attitude of the Pharisee praying in the temple? Lk 18.9-14.
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“The days of our lives add up to seventy years,
or eighty, if one is especially strong.
But even one’s best years are marred by trouble and oppression.
Yes, they pass quickly and we fly away.”
The title to this psalm attributes its authorship to Moses, “A prayer of Moses, the man of God.” Most of his life was one of hardship.
Jesus lived 30-plus years. He came to die for man’s sin. His years were short, but his life was full. Our time on earth is short-lived and full of trouble. In Christ, life is blessed and eternal.
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By Rick Kelley
Introduction: Seven powerful words from the shortest Psalm, the mid-point of the Bible.
a. The beginning, the ending and the point, of the Psalm
b. Not only that, but Praise is the beginning, the ending, and the point of the Psalms
c. The Psalms are, by and large, prayers, petitions, and praises to God.
d. Praise is perhaps the one thing humanity can offer to God that God cannot offer to Himself, and which God cannot extract from us.
“How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.”
In his trials, David is still able to see God’s goodness and the favor he bestows upon his people.
The saint must not judge his life and God’s treatment of him by what happens in a single day. Where can you identify God’s goodness in recent days?
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“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”
Psalm 119.45 NIV
Freedom of movement and security within his space come from seeking the word of God.
Some believe God’s commandments are restrictive. In fact, they are the means to true freedom. Christians should be clear on this.
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“I am determined, O God! I am determined! I will sing and praise you!”
Fleeing from King Saul and hiding in a cave, David steadfastly maintains his commitment to praise God. He keeps in view that God is sovereign.
How does remembering God’s sovereignty help us in any given situation?
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“I maintain a pure lifestyle, so I can appear before your altar, O LORD, to give you thanks, and to tell about all your amazing deeds.”
The psalm declares the conditions of entering and remaining in the presence of the Lord. This negative confession humbly presents itself as a holy people pleading with the holy God.
What is involved in a pure lifestyle?
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