Psalms 7– Theme: A request for justice against those who make slanderous comments. God is the perfect judge and will punish those who persecute the innocent. instead of striking back, ask God to take your case, bring justice, and restore your reputation.
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. many strong men have been slain by her –
Neh.13:26> Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.
Focus Points: Nehemiah used the example of Solomon’s mistakes to teach his people. If one of the greatest kings of Israel fell because of the influence of unbelievers others could too. Nehemiah saw the principle in Solomon’s example. Your gifts and strengths won’t be of much benefit if you fail to deal with your weaknesses. Although Solomon was a great king, his marriages to foreign women brought tragedy to the whole kingdom. A tendency to sin must be recognized and dealt with swiftly; otherwise, it may overpower you and bring you down. One of the strongest reasons for reading the Bible is to learn from the mistakes of God’s people.
Her house is the way to hell, –
Prov.2:18> Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.
I Cor.6:9,10> Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Focus point: I will just say, in a permissive society it is easy for Christians to overlook or tolerate some immoral behaviors (greed, drunkenness, etc.) while remaining outraged at others (homosexuality, thievery). We must not participate in sin or condone it in any way, nor may we be selective about what we condemn or excuse. Staying away from more “acceptable” forms of sin is difficult, but it is ho harder for us than it was for the Corinthians. God expects his followers in any age to have high standards.
Heb.13:4> Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
Real love for others produces tangible actions: (1) kindness to strangers (2) empathy for those who are in prison and those who have been mistreated (3) respect for your marriage vows and (4)contentment with what you have. Make sure that your love runs deep enough to affect your hospitality, empathy, fidelity, and contentment.
Rev.22:15> Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
The emphasis is that nothing evil and no sinner will be in God’s presence to corrupt or harm any of the unfaithful.
Proverbs 26: 1- 12
verse 1 -Judge (a) me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: (b) I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
(a)Ps.7:8>The LORD judges the nations.Declare me righteous, O LORD,for I am innocent, O Most High!
(b)Ps.28:7> The LORD is my strength and shield.
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
Prov.29:25>Fearing people is a dangerous trap,
but trusting the LORD means safety.
verse 2 -Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
verse 3 -For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
focus Point: By saying that he was “blameless,” David was not claiming to be sinless- that is impossible for any human being to achieve. But he was consistently in fellowship with God, cleaning his record when he sinned by asking for forgiveness. here he pleads with God to clear his name of the false charges made against him by his enemies. We also can ask God to examine us, trusting him to forgive our sins and clear our record according to his mercy.
verse 4 -(c)I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.(c) Ps.1:1> Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,or stand around with sinners,or join in with mockers.
Jer.15:17>I never joined the people in their merry feasts.I sat alone because your hand was on me.
I was filled with indignation at their sins.
verse 5 -I have (d) hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
(d) Ps.1:1> Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
Ps.5:5> Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,for you hate all who do evil.
Ps.15:4> Those who despise flagrant sinners,
and honor the faithful followers of the LORD,
and keep their promises even when it hurts.
Ps.31:6>I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the LORD.
focus points: verses 4,5 – Should we stayaway from unbelievers? No. Although there are some places Christians should avoid, Jesus demonstrated that we must go among unbelievers to help them. But there is a difference between being with unbelievers and being one of them. Trying to be one of them harms our witness for God. Ask about the people you enjoy, “if I am with them often, will I become les obedient to God in outlook or action?” If the answer is yes, carefully monitor how you spend your time with these people and what effect it has on You.
verse 6 -(e)I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
(e)Ex.30:19> Aaron and his sons will wash their hands and feet there
Ps.73:13> Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
1Tim.2:8> In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
verse 7 – That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
verse 8 – LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
focus Points: verse 8 God’s house in this verse can mean either the tabernacle in Gibeon (the one constructed in the days of Moses, see Exodus 40:35) or the temporary dwelling David built to house the ark of the covenant (2Sam.6:17), David exclaimed how he loved to worship God at this place. We should God with the same love and reverence as David did.
verse 9 – Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
verse 10 – In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
verse 11 – But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
verse 12 – My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.
focus points: Too often I (we) complain about our problems to anyone who will listen and praise God only in private. How much better it would be for us to complain privately and to praise God Publicly.
A prayer that carries us from great suffering to great joy. Despite rejection by his friends and God, David believed that God would lead him out of despair, He looked forward to that future day when God would rule over the entire earth.
How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD!
He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
verse 21:2 – Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
(a)John 11:42> You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”
verse 21:3 – (NLT) You welcomed him back with success and prosperity. You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.
verse 21:4 – He asked you to preserve his life,
and you granted his request. The days of his life stretch on forever. (b )2Sam.7:19>And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD?[
verse 21:5 Your victory brings him great honor,
and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty.
verse 21:6 You have endowed him with eternal blessings
and given him the joy of your presence.
Focus Point: verses 1-6: David described all that he had as gifts from God: “the desire of his heart,”rich blessings, a crown of pure gold, long life, splendor and majestly, eternal blessings, gladness. We too must look upon all we have – position, family, wealth, talent – as gifts from God. Only then will we use them to give glory back to him.
verse 21:7 For the king trusts in the LORD. The unfailing love of the Most High will keep him from stumbling.
Focus Points: a good leader trusts the Lord and depends upon his unfailing love. Too often leaders trust in their own cleverness, popular support, or military power, But God is above all these “gods” If you aspire to leadership, keep the Lord God at the center of your life and depend on him, His wisdom is the best strength you can have. Because David trusted God, God would not let him be shaken (removed from the throne). When we have permanence and stability. We may lose a great deal – families, jobs, material possessions – but we cannot be shaken from God’s favor. He will be our foundation of solid rock. He will never leave or desert us.
(c)Psa. 91:2>This I declare about the LORD:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
verse 21:8 – You will capture all your enemies.
Your strong right hand will seize all who hate you.
verse 21:9 – You will throw them in a flaming furnace
when you appear.The LORD will consume them in his anger;fire will devour them.
(d) Deut.32:22> For my anger blazes forth like fire
and burns to the depths of the grave.
It devours the earth and all its crops
and ignites the foundations of the mountains.
Psa 21:10 – Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
verse 21:11 – For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
Focus point: When you see people succeeding with evil acts remember that they will not succeed forever. Their power is only temporary, and God’s very presence would send them scattering in a moment.
verse 21:12 – Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.
verse 21:13 – Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
(e)Rev.15:3-4>And they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and marvelous are your works,
O Lord God, the Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”
(time to consider running for Pubic Office – the State top chair)