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March 17, 2022

Psa 18:47-48 — God, Our Great Rescuer

David continues praising God today in our Psalms, tell us us Lord, you Rescued me from my enemies, saved me from my foes, put me above those who tried to bring me down and saved me from the violent throes of my adversaries.  

Psa 18:47-48  the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me, who rescued me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you delivered me from the man of violence.

So between 2 verses, David tells us in 3 different ways that there was some bad dudes after him, the stuff that nightmares are made of…but God was with David, as the word says “You Lord, delivered me from the man of violence” or God rescues David.  These were the kinds of people that keep you awake at night, merchants of fear – but God saw David through.  God also sees us through when we are going through hard times, in fact, it is when we are in the hard times that we are closest to and most dependent on God.  

March 16, 2022

Wednesday Devotional For March 16, 2022

Good stuff in the Psalms from David today that shows that God’s divine intervention on David’s behalf causes others to yield to David’s authority.  

Psa 18:44  As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me.

Psa 18:45  Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.

The tables have certainly turned for David, he was once being hunted down and now David’s reputation seems to supercede him, people hear about David and think wow, this is that guy and surrender to David without even putting up a fight.  

But again, rather than taking the credit – and saying “look at me, I’m all that”  David praises God, rather than himself in the following verse: 

Psa 18:46  The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation—

David’s affection isn’t for himself, he is not vain, staring at himself and taking selfies trying to promote how much better he is than these foreigners who surrender to David, instead David gives God the glory when he calls the Lord God of my salvation, in other words, David is telling us, I didn’t do that, God saved me…not making it about himself, but rather giving God the thanks and praise.  

March 15, 2022

Tuesday Devotional For March 15th, 2022

David continues telling us about his victory over his enemies, and David had to overcome several, there was Saul his adversary, Goliath the fighter in the field and then his own son Absolom who tried to stage a coup against David, and David 

Psa 18:40  You placed my foot on their necks. I have destroyed all who hated me.

Psa 18:41  They called for help, but no one came to their rescue. They even cried to the LORD, but he refused to answer.

We learn there that God was with David, and not David’s foes, carefully noting again here that David declares these victories as God’s, not his….in other words, these wins came at the hands of God, not David’s , as we note in Verse 40 where he says “Lord, you placed my foot on their necks” or in 41 “they called for help but You did not answer” 

So without God, none of this would have happened as David tells us in the next verse:

Psa 18:43  You gave me victory over my accusers. You appointed me ruler over nations; people I don’t even know now serve me. . 

So David takes the throne because God allowed it.  He is the head of all of Israel.  Quite the contrast to today’s politicians, who like to take their own credit, a politician’s favorite word is I, they can’t say enough good things about themselves, but we compare that to what David says, and David says, not i but God.  God made me the ruler of nations, God did that, and further, I couldn’t have done that without God.  Big difference between David and today’s heads of state.  

March 14, 2022

Psalms 18:37-39 — Giving God The Glory

Today’s Psalms covers David overcoming his enemies against the biggest of odds, we think back to the story of David and Goliath, David is seemingly a regular Joe, and Goliath is this hulking figure that completely outsized David by comparison, looking at it how we would look at a UFC fight, the odds are definitely in Goliath’s favor by how big he is, yet David emerges victiorious

Psa 18:37  I pursued my enemies and overtook them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.

Psa 18:38  I shattered them, so that they were not able to rise; They fell under my feet.

The rock to the forehead was all it took, and Goliath was a done deal.  But we also note here, that rather than pat himself on the back, like most fighters like to do, think Mohammed Ali’s boasting “i am the greatest” after he’d win a bout, David is different, instead of praising himself, David praises God:

Psa 18:39  For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.

David declares that his defeat of Goliath wasn’t David’s doing – there is no touchdown dance in the endzone, instead, David gives the glory to God, because God is the One who made sure that rock David slung hit Goliath between the eyes, not David.  

A teachable moment here that when we triumphs in life, we give the praise to God, because God is sovereign, God runs the show, not us!  

 

March 11, 2022

Psalms 18:36 – God Keep Us From Slipping

Some more colorful symbolism here today that gives us some understanding on how God protects us: 

Psa 18:36  You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped.

Large feet ensure that we don’t slip, if we look in the animal kingdom at the clumsiest animals, they are ostriches or giraffes, who typically have smaller feet relative to the rest of their bodies…so smaller feet have a tendency to slip and fall, the language David uses today is that larger steps ensure that we have a much lesser chance of falling.  The more stable something’s base is, the less likely it Is to fall over, in this case; our bases, or our feet, our foundations are sturdy enough that we don’t slip, and fall.  God’s Word does just that, it points out the sin in the world, and more importantly shows us how to avoid it, and we do that through obedience, but how do we know what to obey, unless we emerge ourself in God’s Word.  Another great call to action here that reminds us we should always stay in the Bible, everyday so that we have a strong base, and don’t slip into sin.

 

 

March 10, 2022

Psalms 18:35 – The Messiah

Some Messianic undertones in our Psalms today which is always exciting to get into, considering that this Psalms was written literally hundreds of years before Christ entered time and took on the form of a man, but today’s Psalms gives us some shades of Christ even though it was written by David who literally lived 1000 years before Christ came.  

Psa 18:35  You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your right hand upholds me; And Your gentleness makes me great.

Looking at that through the lens of The Gospel, the shield of Your salvation is Christ’s death, theologically when we hear the word “salvation” that refers to us being spared the death sentence from our sins, the Hebrew word for salvation is Yesha which means “saved” or “rescued”, then next part of the verse says “your right hand uphold me”.

The New Testament commonly refers to the Right Hand as a divine place where Christ sits in the heavens; think “seated at the right hand of the father” which is mentioned in the Gospels and Paul’s epistles. 

Finally, “Your gentleness makes me great” – gentleness refers to meekness, we think of the attributes of Christ in His earthly ministry, he was humble, lowly, meek, gentle.  Christ certainly was meek in His time here on earth, didn’t own anything, we think how the Ruler of The Universe came and really had nothing to call His own, no donkey of His own to ride into Jerusalem on, no home at all, and He was born in a manger or an animal trough.  Very lowly existence, yet – His humble submission to do His Father’s will, or die for our sins so that we could be made right is what the Psalms eludes to today…”Your gentleness or meekness is what makes me great”. 

Again, absolutely incredible reading these Psalms that paint a picture of Christ’s coming that were written 1000 years before hand.  Awesome stuff.

March 9, 2022

Psalms 18:34 – God Equips Us

Great Word once again in our Psalms that shows that David emerges victorious, but it wouldn’t have happened without God! 

Psa 18:34  He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Unpacking that, we see that David states; God equips my hands for the battles, so that with the strength God has given me, I can bend a bow of bronze or equip myself with the defenses so I can protect myself.  

The Psalmist is saying, sure – I can lift up weapons and protect myself, but that wouldn’t have happened unless God first trained my hands so I was able to protect myself, putting the onus on God.  

So God is the constant here, with God, David is able to win the battle, but without God, David would have lost the battle.  

From a New Covenant point of view, with Christ we are able to win the battle againt sin.  We are dead in sin, but redeemed through Christ.  Without Christ, we are on our own, and that is a hopeless state with a one way ticket down below!  

 

March 8, 2022

Tuesday Devotional For March 8, 2022

A look at our Psalms here and God’s protection is painted in a word picture through some symbolism 

Psalms 18:33  He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights.

If we think of the most nimble and elusive animals, a deer is certainly one of them, deer are fast and able to evade most attacks, and deer are also able to climb the tallest of mountains with the greatest of ease which indirectly represents God’s protection over us.  

The Word also says God set me secure on the heights, which suggests that the heights are a dangerous place, some of the most fear inducing places we can be are high up, hence that phobia “afraid of heights” but God’s Word today tells us that “God set me *secure* on the heights” Or even in the most dangerous of places, God sets us secure, or holds u fast.   

The world is a dangerous place for sure, but we have God’s Word to guide us and set our paths straight, and as today’s Psalms Says “set us secure” or issue His divine protection over us, when we are in dangerous spots.  

March 7, 2022

Psalms 18:32 – Staying On The Straight And Narrow Through God’s Word

Back into our Psalms on this fresh week and we get a good insight into God’s will and how God’s Word keeps us out of trouble:  

Psa 18:32  ….our God(v31) –  the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless.

David is saying God endowed me with strength, instead of saying, look what I did, David is saying, look what God allowed me to do.  Acquiescing to the fact that God made it happen, not David.  Lots of times when someone does really well in sports, they tend to pat themselves on the back, which is foolish, if everything is according to God’s will, than our triumphs come from God, it is God who gives us the strength to these things, not us.  

The second half of the verse says God made my way blameless, or kept me out of trouble.  What a great call this is for us to get into the Bible.  How do we know what pleases God unless we understand the mind of God, what pleases Him and what angers Him?   It is in the Bible, which is God’s revelation of Himself to us.  The secular world, the world where there is a separation of church and state has all sorts of things that are legal in a humanistic sense, but biblically they are big ‘no-no’s” a lot of things which are openly celebrated today are things that anger God!  So how do we make our ways blameless?  We get into the Bible, reading it every day, and it shows us the do’s and don’t’s; and it also shows us how a lot of those don’t’s – we get up to everyday.  In other words, it shows us our sinful ways, and it shows us a path forward by following HIs Son, and how the way to the Father is through The Son.  It’s all there, so let’s not forget to read our Bibles!  

 

March 4, 2022

Friday Devotional For March 4, 2022

Psalms today points out that there is only one God who reigns supreme:  

Psa 18:31  For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?—

The metaphor being used there is a rock, or something solid and unshakeable and that is how David describes God, as constant or unchanging.  

We are always wishy washy in our ways forever changing our minds to best suit our own purposes, but God is now what He is always was and always will be.  

We humans will come and go, but God is forever!  

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