Saturday, 25 March 2017

Psalm 57

For the director of music. To the tune of ‘Do Not Destroy’. Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,
   for in you I take refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings
   until the disaster has passed.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
   to God, who vindicates me.
3 He sends from heaven and saves me,
   rebuking those who hotly pursue me –
   God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.
4 I am in the midst of lions;
   I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts –
men whose teeth are spears and arrows,
   whose tongues are sharp swords.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
   let your glory be over all the earth.
6 They spread a net for my feet –
   I was bowed down in distress.
They dug a pit in my path –
   but they have fallen into it themselves.
7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,
   my heart is steadfast;
   I will sing and make music.
8 Awake, my soul!
   Awake, harp and lyre!
   I will awaken the dawn.
9 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
   I will sing of you among the peoples.
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
   your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
   let your glory be over all the earth.

Father, help me to be like David (and Jesus) who by taking refuge in you were able to have steadfast hearts even in the midst of lions. Please send forth your love and faithfulness today. Amen.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Psalm 56

For the director of music. To the tune of ‘A Dove on Distant Oaks’. Of David. A miktam. When the Philistines had seized him in Gath.

1 Be merciful to me, my God,
   for my enemies are in hot pursuit;
   all day long they press their attack.
2 My adversaries pursue me all day long;
   in their pride many are attacking me.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4     In God, whose word I praise –
in God I trust and am not afraid.
   What can mere mortals do to me?
5 All day long they twist my words;
   all their schemes are for my ruin.
6 They conspire, they lurk,
   they watch my steps,
   hoping to take my life.
7 Because of their wickedness do not let them escape;
   in your anger, God, bring the nations down.
8 Record my misery;
   list my tears on your scroll –
   are they not in your record?
9 Then my enemies will turn back
   when I call for help.
   By this I will know that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
   in the Lord, whose word I praise –
11 in God I trust and am not afraid.
   What can man do to me?
12 I am under vows to you, my God;
   I will present my thank-offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered me from death
   and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
   in the light of life.

LORD in you I trust. I hang onto your words even when people oppose me. Jesus’ enemies didn't just hope to take his life (6) they actually achieved it but you delivered him from death (13) and in him you have taken my death away. Amen.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Psalm 55

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David.

1 Listen to my prayer, O God,
   do not ignore my plea;
2     hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
3     because of what my enemy is saying,
   because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
   and assail me in their anger.
4 My heart is in anguish within me;
   the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me;
   horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, ‘Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
   I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
   and stay in the desert;
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
   far from the tempest and storm.’
9 Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words,
   for I see violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
   malice and abuse are within it.
11 Destructive forces are at work in the city;
   threats and lies never leave its streets.
12 If an enemy were insulting me,
   I could endure it;
if a foe were rising against me,
   I could hide.
13 But it is you, a man like myself,
   my companion, my close friend,
14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship
   at the house of God,
as we walked about
   among the worshippers.
15 Let death take my enemies by surprise;
   let them go down alive to the realm of the dead,
   for evil finds lodging among them.
16 As for me, I call to God,
   and the Lord saves me.
17 Evening, morning and noon
   I cry out in distress,
   and he hears my voice.
18 He rescues me unharmed
   from the battle waged against me,
   even though many oppose me.
19 God, who is enthroned from of old,
   who does not change –
he will hear them and humble them,
   because they have no fear of God.
20 My companion attacks his friends;
   he violates his covenant.
21 His talk is smooth as butter,
   yet war is in his heart;
his words are more soothing than oil,
   yet they are drawn swords.
22 Cast your cares on the Lord
   and he will sustain you;
he will never let
   the righteous be shaken.
23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked
   into the pit of decay;
the bloodthirsty and deceitful
   will not live out half their days.
But as for me, I trust in you.
Heavenly Father don't let me be a hypocritical butter spreader (21) who betrays his friends (14) but someone who calls to you (16) turns to you (22) trusts in you (23). Amen.

Great memory verse happy song https://youtu.be/Vc9pEb-Ej7U

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Psalm 54

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskil of David. When the Ziphites had gone to Saul and said, ‘Is not David hiding among us?’

1 Save me, O God, by your name;
   vindicate me by your might.
2 Hear my prayer, O God;
   listen to the words of my mouth.
3 Arrogant foes are attacking me;
   ruthless people are trying to kill me –
   people without regard for God.
4 Surely God is my help;
   the Lord is the one who sustains me.
5 Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
   in your faithfulness destroy them.
6 I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you;
   I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.
7 You have delivered me from all my troubles,
   and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

David looks to your character (name, might, faithfulness) as the reason the suffering won't last. LORD I normally look within or at the difficulty when I'm facing hardship, help me to look to you. Amen.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Psalm 53

For the director of music. According to mahalath. A maskil of David.

1 The fool says in his heart,
   ‘There is no God.’
They are corrupt, and their ways are vile;
   there is no one who does good.
2 God looks down from heaven
   on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
   any who seek God.
3 Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
   not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
   they never call on God.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
   where there was nothing to dread.
God scattered the bones of those who attacked you;
   you put them to shame, for God despised them.
6 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
   When God restores his people,
   let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

LORD I don't need to be overwhelmed with dread today for you are on my side and have already dealt with my unrighteousness. Amen.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Psalm 52

For the director of music. A maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him: ‘David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.’

1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?
   Why do you boast all day long,
   you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
2 You who practise deceit,
   your tongue plots destruction;
   it is like a sharpened razor.
3 You love evil rather than good,
   falsehood rather than speaking the truth.
4 You love every harmful word,
   you deceitful tongue!
5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
   he will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent;
   he will uproot you from the land of the living.
6 The righteous will see and fear;
   they will laugh at you, saying,
7 ‘Here now is the man
   who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
   and grew strong by destroying others!’
8 But I am like an olive tree
   flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
   for ever and ever.
9 For what you have done I will always praise you
   in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
   for your name is good.
Read 1 Sam 22:6-23 for a taste of how evil  this dog Doeg was.
Heavenly Father, please make me like an olive tree flourishing in your presence as I trust in you and speak with truthfulness.  Amen.