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While reading this Psalm, picture David with tear-stained cheeks and a broken heart enduring a rebellion led by his own son. With that mental image, read the Psalm. This is a perpetuation of the events of Psalm 2. In the second Psalm, David has learned of the rebellion. In the third Psalm he is running from Absalom. He has left Jerusalem and the palace, and in perhaps the darkest hour of his life, he is fleeing to Mahanaim.

This Psalm was probably written as he fled. As you read it, picture a brokenhearted father and a sad king who, after having stepped down from the throne, flees the battle rather than engage in warfare with his own son. The Jews would find pavilion in this Psalm when they were completely bewildered and confused. When the way ahead was foggy and they could not see clearly the path that God had for them, they would find great comfort in the words of David when he faced a similar fate.

A new word is introduced in this Psalm. The word is "selah. It is a word that is used as a musical term, much like our musical term, "rest. The events of Psalms 2 and 3 continue to progress. In Psalm 4 David is at Mahanaim. He has been forsaken by his son and many of his friends and subjects. A few of his followers are with him, such as faithful Ittai and a band of Philistine bodyguards.

As the Psalm is read, the Christian should picture in his mind a saddened father sitting at Mahanaim looking back at Jerusalem and watching the dust of battle rise. One of the miracles of this Psalm is found in verses 7 and 8. It is marvelous how the Christian can have gladness, peace, sleep and assurance of safety in such an hour of trial. This Psalm was sung at night by the Jews. It was especially used by people who had a problem sleeping or going to sleep. Note verse 8. It was a tranquilizer in the dark hours of the night. So it can be for us when we face the darkness of battle or loneliness, or for that matter, even when we are unable to sleep in the nighttime.

Verse 4 should be examined carefully. The words, "Stand in awe, and sin not," could be translated, "When angry, sin not. When anger does come, however, we are not to give vent to it. It is often said that it is just as bad to do it as to think it. This is not so. David is saying here, "When you think it, don't do it. It is agreed that these words were written during one of the dark hours of David's life. The darkest hours of his life were no doubt during two self-imposed exiles. One of these was his exile to Mahanaim during Absaloin's rebellion, and the other was his constant fleeing from Saul when Saul had become jealous and made a constant attempt to kill David.

However, verse 7 reminds us that David was not in exile at the writing of this Psalm. We then find in verse 8 that he did have bitter enemies at this time. So the Psalm was probably written before Absalom's rebellion. Absalom was stirring the people against David and very coyly rallying them to himself.

David could see the cloud rising and no doubt realized that a battle was inevitable. It was no doubt written in the morning time. Note verse 3, as David was seeking grace and strength to face a new day in the midst of tremendous burdens. The Jews used this Psalm in the early morning hours.

They used it as a prayer for help verses 7 and 8. When in adversity, they used it as a plea for joy verses 11 and When beset by enemies, they would plead for God to destroy their enemies verses 9 and Notice also that there are three things the Jews would do in the morning time, as is found in verse 3. First, they would let God hear their voices. Maybe they would read the Psalm aloud; perhaps they would sing the Psalm. They they directed a prayer to God. In other words, they petitioned God for His help to supply their needs. Third, they would look up.

Ah, here are three wonderful things to do in the morning hours. Let God hear us sing and praise; then let us present our petitions to Him and then look up. For many years now the first thing I do in the morning upon arising is to pull the curtain and look to the sky and tell Jesus I would love for Him to come today. The wise Christian spends time with God in the morning, and especially so when he faces a battle or heavy burdens. David had committed his sin concerning Uriah and Bathsheba.

At the writing of this Psalm, Bathsheba had given birth to a baby. The baby was near death. David was heartbroken and penitent. He is praying and asking forgiveness. This is the first of the penitential Psalms. This, like Psalm 51 and some others, is a Psalm of seeking forgiveness and begging restoration. The Psalm was sung with stringed accompaniment and was serious music. Psalm 6 is no victory shout; it is the mourn and wail of a sinner seeking forgiveness as he pays the price for his sin. The Jews would use this Psalm when wanting forgiveness. It was used after a time of backsliding when a vow had been made to God to return to His will and His work.

Notice the groanings of verse 3, the need for restoration found in verse 2 and the desire for forgiveness found in verse 4. Perhaps some reader has wandered from his God. Read this Psalm. Picture David pleading for restoration at the bedside of a dying son whose brief life was soon to be ended. Then call to God for forgiveness and restoration. Saul was the king of Israel. David had become a national hero after his slaying of Goliath. The ladies began to sing, "Saul hath slain his thousands and David his tens of thousands.

Hence, he vowed to kill him and spent many days pursuing David in an attempt to slay him. David fled from Saul, not because he was afraid to fight or felt he could not be victorious, but because David refused to lift up his hand against God's anointed, and because David realized that vengeance belonged to God and not to him.

At the writing of this Psalm David was in a cave fleeing for his life. He was lonely, frightened and perhaps disillusioned. He was a young man. He had been used of God to save his nation. Honor should have come from the king, but in its place came jealousy. As the Psalm is read, the reader should picture David in the cave, a young man, discouraged and lonely. God's people would use this Psalm when they were in deep trouble.

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It often seems that God's people are in deep trouble most of the time. Peter reminds us that we are as gold refined by the fire.

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Sometimes it is difficult to ascertain the purpose of God when we have to stay in the fire so long and so often, but God has His way of purifying us, and this is by placing us in the refiner's fire. He said, ''Until it is purified. The refiner answered, "I know it is purified when I can see the reflection of my face in it. This is why Jesus puts us through the fire. He wants the reflection of His face to be seen in us. The Jews would also read and sing the seventh Psalm when they were tempted to seek revenge or to retaliate. Let it be remembered that revenge and vengeance is a work of God for us, not a work for us to do for ourselves.

This Psalm was written during the harvest time. It is obvious that David was looking up into the sky during the nighttime and feeling his insignificance and God's greatness. Notice verse 4. The word "man" in this verse comes from a Hebrew word which means "weak, insignificant man. Then notice in verse I the words, "Who hath set Thy glory above the heavens. That platform is the world, but the world is not big enough for His performance, so the platform is built in the heavens.

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Then the heavens are found too small for this performer, so a new platform is built above the heavens. Our God is so great that His platform cannot be contained by the heavens themselves. The marvelous thing about this is found in verse 2 when God says He is interested in the little baby and the suckling child. Here is a God so great that He must have a platform above the heavens, and yet, so tender and so personal He is concerned about the whimper and the cry of an infant. When a dedicated Jew was feeling proud of himself, he would run to the shelter of humility found in the eighth Psalm. When he felt superior, he would go in the field in the nighttime and quote or sing this Psalm.

Perhaps when we become proud we could find in the eighth Psalm a place of humbling as we view the greatness of our God and His handiwork and the weakness of human flesh. Then we can shout, "Hosanna! In the sixth Psalm we found David penitent and saddened because of the fatal illness of his infant son. Now in Psalm 9 that son has passed away and David is reflecting upon the abbreviated life of the little one and his sin that caused it.

Ah, 'tis sad that such tragedy has to come in our lives to make us aware of the importance of our staying in the will of God. Years ago when I was pastoring in Garland, Texas, a young man came down the aisle in response to the message during the invitation time. He said that God had called him to preach but he could not do it. He could not afford to do it because he had a good job and his wife was opposed to his entering the ministry.

He simply could not preach, he said. It wasn't long until a beautiful baby left their home for Heaven. Friends and family had passed by to view the body and then with trembling hands, a broken heart and moistened eyes came the young parents. The father reached down into the casket and lifted the little baby's body into his arms and shouted through tears, "I can preach now!

I can preach now! It is not difficult to discern the use of this Psalm by the people of God. It was used in times of bereavement at the loss of a loved one. Has someone very dear to you passed away? Then take refuge under the wings of Psalm 9. The tenth Psalm is a continuation of the ninth Psalm. Some have suggested they should be combined into one, but that is not important. It does, however, deal with the same subject and was written perhaps at the same time under the same circumstances. This also was a Psalm used in times of bereavement. Through the years when I have been bereaved, I have taken refuge in Psalms 9 and On December 13, , at in the afternoon on Mother's Day, I stood at the casket of my father.

My heart was broken for many reasons, when suddenly I felt a hand on my arm. It was holding me tightly. I thought perhaps some friend had grasped my arm in an effort to comfort me and give me strength. I turned to see who the friend was and could see no one. Then suddenly it dawned upon me that the Friend of friends had touched me with His hand. I could feel it not only in my heart, but I could feel it on my arm. A mother had been taken from a home. After the funeral service the grief-stricken father and son returned for their first night at home without their wife and mother. During the night the little boy began to whimper.

His dad asked him if he could help, whereupon the little boy replied through the darkness, "Daddy, is your face turned toward me? The father reached his big hand out and held the son's and said, "Yes, son, my face is turned toward. His face IS truly turned toward us, especially in hours of bereavement. For a time, David lived in the court of Saul. It was a time of testing, for David and his friends were in a definite minority. Anarchy and sin were so prevalent that David and his friends could not participate in much of the activity of the court. Because of this, they had to build their own little community within the court.

They met periodically for fellowship and strength. They were hated by many, persecuted by others, and disliked by most. They were not understood, for they believed in living righteously. So in this sinful kingdom they built within the confines of the court a little righteous community where they could fellowship one with the other.

We too live in a sinful age. Black has become so black and white has become so white that it has become almost impossible for the Christian to find any kind of secular organization or fellowship in which he may participate. Because of this, God has given us a little community called the New Testament church where we may have an empire within an empire, a kingdom within a kingdom, a city within a city, a community within a community.

Here God's people meet. They fellowship, they sing, they give, they preach, they teach, they learn, and in a sense, build their lives around this community. The wise father will see to it that his family is built around the church. Our children should be able to choose their friends from church children. They should be able to fellowship within the church, date within the church and, yes, even marry within this amazing little community called the New Testament church. This Psalm was used by God's people when they were in a minority. Notice verse 3, "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

The conditions surrounding the writing of this Psalm were the same as Psalm David was living in the court of Saul. The people of Saul were wicked. Notice in verse 8 the words, "The wicked walk on every side. When God's people were in a minority, they used Psalms 11 and 12 for their strength. These would certainly be splendid ways to gain strength for someone who works in an office and is surrounded by unrighteous people.

Maybe there is a young person in school who has to stand alone, or at best has few to stand with him, who could find a haven in this Psalm. Or, how about a serviceman or a factory worker or a Christian family surrounded by unholy neighbors in a community? Note the words, "Help, Lord," in verse 1. This is an unusually vehement cry for help from God. Also notice in verse 8 the call that is given to rich and well known people to remember their responsibility.

We are pilgrims passing through on our way to the holy city. Though we are in the world, we are not to be of the world Thank God for New Testament churches, thank God for Christian schools, thank God for youth departments, thank God for that community within a community called the New Testament church. Let us center on it and build our lives around it. David was being hunted in the mountains by Saul. Saul's jealousy had prompted him to make a vow to take the life of David.

David flees for his life and while in the mountains, he writes Psalm Now with this picture in mind, read the Psalm. Notice especially the words, "How long? It speaks of a very intense desire for deliverance, and this desire soon bordered on impatience. Yet through it all David says in verse 6 that he will sing unto the Lord. His faith kept him singing in the midst of heavy trials. This Psalm was used by God's people during prolonged suffering.

They would sing it during a prolonged illness or prolonged famine. Many of God's people have an incurable disease or have been under the chastening or refining hand of God for a long time. Such people should sit beside David in the mountains and sing the thirteenth Psalm. One day an old man was hitchhiking. Over his shoulder rested a bag of potatoes. Soon a driver stopped his car to offer a ride. The old man got in, sat down and yet kept the bag of potatoes over his shoulder. The driver of the car looked at him and said, "Sir, put the sack of potatoes on the floor," whereupon the old man replied, "Sir, it's asking enough for you to carry me.

It's asking too much for you to have to carry the potatoes too. There's no need in both of us bearing the weight. Put your load down. We come back to the story of David and Absalom and Absalom's rebellion against his father. It is probable that this Psalm was written as David fled from Jerusalem during Absalom's rebellion. It is akin to Psalm 3, so it was written in the darkest hour of David's life after having been forsaken by family and friends. The dedication to this Psalm, "To the chief musician by David," stands at the head of 53 Psalms.

What this means is that these Psalms were intended not merely for private use but that they were also to be sung by the official appointed choir at great assemblies. In other words, these Psalms were to be used for public worship as well as private meditation and praise. The ancient church practiced the singing of these Psalms at public worship.

When this time comes, the Christian must be reminded that there is One Who will never forsake him. Someone has said that there are promises in the Bible that God is with us and will not leave us. Ah, what great comfort this is! There are days in a year. Think of it—a promise for every day.

God promises to be with us every day, not even omitting one. God reminds us that He will never leave us or forsake us. In this passage there are five negatives. Now in the English language a double negative is bad grammar, but in the Greek, added negatives are given to increase emphasis.

God gives us five negatives. The promise could be translated something like this, "No, I will not never leave thee nor not never forsake thee. The ark of the covenant was a sacred box. It was in the holy of holies in the tabernacle. Its top was the mercy seat overlaid with gold over which the shekinah glory, representing God's presence, hovered.

The ark had been captured by the Philistines, and when it was retaken by the Jews it was not brought immediately to Jerusalem. David had vowed to bring the ark back to Jerusalem. Ah, 'twas a happy day in his life when the ark returned. He was so happy that he danced around the ark singing praises. His wife, Michal, looked from the window and saw David demonstrating such ecstacy.

It disgusted her and she rebuked him for it, but even the rebuke of his sullen wife did not dampen his joy. The ark was back home! David had succeeded in bringing it back! Perhaps it was then that David wrote the fifteenth Psalm. With the reclaiming of the ark fresh in his mind and with the words of rebuke from Michal still ringing in his ears, he pens the five verses of this Psalm.

The Jew used this Psalm before going to Jerusalem. Three times a year the Jews were to make a trek toward the city of Jerusalem for the three main feasts. Before embarking on such a journey, it was their habit to sing the fifteenth Psalm.

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It was also a Psalm sung and read before prayer. It Was the kind of a Psalm that was to prepare the heart for prayer. Notice verse I, "Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? God will not answer our prayers nor honor our intercession unless we come to Him by way of the prerequisites listed in Psalm Notice some of them: We must walk uprightly, work righteousness, seek the truth, and refuse to gossip or do evil against our neighbor.

There are others that form the stairsteps of access to God. Read it before you pray. Read it before you go to church on Sunday. It will prepare your heart. This Psalm finds David running from Saul. He comes to the mountain of Maon. He is on one side of the mountain. He finds that Saul is on the other side.

Bear in mind that Saul is attempting to kill David. Soon Saul's forces encircled David until he thought that death was inevitable. Just when it appeared that escape was impossible a messenger came and shouted to Saul, "Philistines have invaded the land. During this time of tension David penned the words of Psalm Notice the prayer in verse 1, "Preserve me, 0 God: for in Thee do I put my trust. Look at verse 9 where David said, "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Of course, deliverance from trouble brings joy and happiness, but our wonderful Saviour gives us joy in our troubles. The Jews learned to use this Psalm when facing death. Perhaps a. He would flee to Psalm When one of God's people had a loved one or friend who was facing death, he would read or sing this Psalm to his friend. Rush these verses to the terminal cancer patient. Speed them to his loved ones. What comfort, help and strength they will find!

Also the use is the same as Psalm Perhaps the reader has already noticed the trend. God has what we need in every occasion. There is no condition in which the Christian can find himself or need that he can require that is not beautifully satisfied by the Psalms. This Psalm was written after David had won a victory over Goliath's family.

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It is a Psalm of joy, a Psalm of victory, a Psalm of exaltation. The Psalm is also found in II Samuel It is noteworthy that though this was a wonderful victory, it was a needless battle. Goliath and his family should not have even been alive.

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God had told Joshua and his people to destroy and drive out the heathen in the land of Canaan. Among these people to be driven out and destroyed were the Anakites.

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  7. These were giant people, the ones that the spies mentioned upon returning to the promised land to report to the children of Israel. Joshua, however, did not destroy all of the Anakites but let some live in Gaza, in Gath and in Ashdod. Because of Joshua's incomplete obedience, much grief was brought to the people of God by the descendants of Anak. It is never right to obey our God partially. We must completely obey Him, for those things that we fail to crucify in our lives will return to haunt us in the future.

    This Psalm was sung and read after deliverance from a great struggle. The Jew would sing it after he had recovered from an illness or after he had won a great battle. It was also a Psalm that was used on Thanksgiving Day or during the Thanksgiving season. Has God recently given to you a great victory? Have you recently recovered from a serious illness? Join David in his shout of victory in Psalm These words were written by David when he was anointed as a boy to become king.

    Samuel had come to the house of Jesse to anoint one of his sons as king. Jesse never thought of David. When all the other sons had been rejected by Samuel, then Jesse was reminded that David was in the fields. He reluctantly, and with some embarrassment, told Samuel of young David. Samuel went to David and anointed him to become the king. Picture David in the wilderness caring for the sheep writing this, one of the most beautiful of all the Psalms. What beautiful imagery is found in verses ! What logic is found in verses 1!

    What an amazing warning is found in verse 13! What a tremendous secret to the Christian life is given in verse 14! David is seeking God's help as he assumes this amazing new responsibility. One of the most important prayers that he prays is in verse 12, "Cleanse Thou me from secret faults. There are certain faults that we have that we do not know that we have.

    David is asking God to reveal to him his faults and then cleanse him from those when they are revealed. This Psalm was used at the nighttime. It as basically used when the Jew felt pride coming his way. It is akin to Psalm 8 in this respect. It was for the developing of humility. It is interesting to note the three places the Christian is to look in this Psalm. In verses he is to look UP. In verses 1 he is to look AT. In verses he is to look IN. He looks up to God in verses ; he looks at the Word of God in verses and looks inside his own heart in verses This Psalm is akin to Psalm It deals with the bringing of the ark back to Jerusalem.

    At this time there was a war with the Syrians. Before going to war, David writes the twentieth Psalm. You will find this mentioned in verse I when he speaks of the Lord hearing him in the day of trouble. Then in verse 2 he seeks help from the sanctuary and from Zion. He reminds God in verse 6 that He saveth His anointed, and then in that amazing verse 7, he speaks of the foolishness of trusting in chariots and horses which were used in battle and in the wisdom of trusting in the name of our Lord for battle. How wise he was to claim the blessing and power of God and victory through this power before fighting a battle!

    Picture David waiting for the battle, girding himself for the conflict, and writing this Psalm as a part of that preparation. When the Jew was facing a time of testing, he would read Psalm When the general was facing battle, he would read and sing the twentieth Psalm. Are you facing some serious battle? Are you awaiting surgery?

    Is there a testing just ahead of you? Then Psalm 20 is for you as it was for David. The use is the same as Psalm There is a wonderful comforting statement in verse 3. Notice the words, "for Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness. It meant "to go before and prepare the way. Our daughter, Linda, is now in the hospital. She has been in labor and travail for 24 hours.

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    The flight will last for four hours. I do not know how it is with her. She is even now undergoing testing and, in some sense, her father is in a battle also. What a comfort to know that the Lord goes before us in these battles, in times of testing, and prepares the way! Praise His name! It is not clear as to whether this Psalm was written while running from Saul, when Saul was trying to kill him, or when he was running from Absalom because of his unwillingness to fight against Absalom's forces.

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    In this book, we see an unstoppable little boy run, jump, and soar through his day. He takes a little time to refuel, then he's back at it—zooming and zipping around. This poetic, joyful book—filled with illustrations as bright and energetic as the boy himself— is a celebration of the active child. She is the author of many picture books including I am Yoga and I am Peace. She currently lives in East Hampton, New York with her family. She's a successful businesswoman, a well-rounded individual, and a fairy! Tallulah thinks she knows just about everything about running her company, Tooth Titans Inc.

    But then one day she comes upon a new challenge—a little boy hasn't only lost a tooth, he's really lost it. In that it's gone and he has nothing to leave under his pillow, which means there's nothing for Tallulah to take. What's a fairy to do? Luckily, Tallulah has a great team of advisors who help her solve the problem. Tamara Pizzoli is an African American educator born in Texas. For the past few years, she has run a boutique publishing house from Rome, Italy, where she lives with her four young children.

    By day, Mel Strickland is an underemployed help-desk tech at a start-up incubator, Hatch, where she helps entitled brogrammers—"Hatchlings"—who can't even fix their own laptops but are apparently the next wave of start-up geniuses. And by night, she goes on bad dates with misbehaving dudes she's matched with on the ubiquitous dating app Fluttr.

    But after one dick pic too many, Mel has had it. Using her brilliant coding skills, she designs an app of her own, one that allows users to log harrassers and abusers in the online dating space. It's called JerkAlert, and it goes viral overnight. Mel is suddenly in way over her head.

    Worse still, her almost-boyfriend, the dreamy Alex Hernandez—the only non-douchey guy at Hatch—has no idea she's the brains behind the app. Soon, Mel is faced with a terrible choice: one that could destroy her career, love life and friendships, or change her life forever. Kristin Rockaway is a native New Yorker with an insatiable case of wanderlust.

    After working in the IT industry for far too many years, she traded the city for the surf and chased her dreams out to Southern California, where she spends her days happily writing stories instead of software. When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and planning her next big vacation. In this collection, including two never-before-published essays, Nussbaum writes about her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show that set her on a fresh intellectual path.

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    Emily Nussbaum has written for The New Yorker since Previously, she was the TV critic and editor of the The Culture Pages for New York magazine, where she created the "Approval Matrix," the playful culture charticle that to this day closes out each issue of New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Clive Thompson and their two children. Their online magazine features interviews, essays, poetry and more. In addition to their online magazine they plan to create programming that engages their community and allies.

    Visit them at inqluded. He graduated from Columbia University and has worked in the tech industry. When he's not reading or writing books, he can be found watching late-night talk show interviews and editing Wikipedia pages. Down and Across is his first novel, followed by Girl Gone Viral. They are also the author of the middle grade novel Hurricane Child. You can visit them online at www. All rights reserved worldwide. You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information.

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