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“May you and I recognize all the miracles around us.” <><Dona (08/18/20)

Please read Psalms 106 through 110.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 106 Theme

Another review of Israel’s history (v. 5).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You delivered the Israelites even when they weren’t obeying You (v. 6-8, 16-18, 19-20, 24-25, 28, 32, 34-36, 37-38, 39).

Something to think about

God would perform a miracle (v. 9-11).  The Israelites would turn back to Him (v. 12).  But then they would soon forget what He had done (v. 13). The Israelites sinned many times and God rescued them many times (v. 43).  God was consistently faithful but the Israelites were not (v. 44-45).

Something to experience

Perhaps we should pray as the psalmist did – “Save us, O Lord, our God, gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise.” Stop and recall all the miracles God has done for you.  If you don’t think you’ve ever seen a miracle in your life – look a little closer. 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 106:5 that I may see the prosperity of Your chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation, that I may glory with Your inheritance.

Psalm 106:6-8 We have sinned with our fathers.  We have committed iniquity. We have done wickedly.  Our fathers didn’t understand Your wonders in Egypt.  They didn’t remember the multitude of Your loving kindnesses, but were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea.  Nevertheless You God saved them for Your name’s sake, that You might make Your mighty power known.

Psalm 106:9-11 You God rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up; so You led them through the depths, as through a desert.  10 You redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.  11 The waters covered their adversaries.  There was not one of them left.

Psalm 106:12 Then they believed Your words Lord.  They sang Your praise.

Psalm 106:13-14 13 They soon forgot Your works Lord.  They didn’t wait for Your counsel, 14 but gave in to craving in the desert, and tested You in the wasteland.

Psalm 106:43-45 43 You God rescued them (Israelites) many times, but they were rebellious in their counsel, and were brought low in their iniquity.  44 Nevertheless You regarded their distress, when You heard their cry.  45 You God remembered for them Your covenant, and relented according to the multitude of Your loving kindnesses.

Psalm 106:47-48 47 Save us, O Lord, our God, gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise!  48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting!  Let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise the Lord!

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Psalm 107 Theme

Giving thanks to God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, we will give thanks to You, for You are good, for Your loving kindness endures forever (v. 1).

Something to think about

The psalmist pointed out that the redeemed of the Lord should be thanking God for saving them out of the hands of their enemy (v. 2). They (the redeemed) had cried out to the Lord in their trouble and He had delivered them out of their distress (v. 6). They (the redeemed) were encouraged to praise the Lord (v. 8). Others rebelled against the words of God and sat in darkness and in the shadow of death (v. 10-11). Others who were rebellious, the Lord weighed down with labor.  But then when they cried out He saved them too (v. 12-13).  Others were fools who were afflicted because of their disobedience and because of their iniquities.  They drew near the gates of death, and cried to the Lord in their trouble.  He saved them (v. 17-19). God sent His Word and healed them and delivered them (v. 20). And still others would get in trouble and call out to the Lord and He would save them (see v. 23-30, 33-37).

Something to experience

When God delivers us out of distress we should do as the psalmist encouraged in verses 8, 15, 21, and 31 – Remember and praise the Lord for His loving kindness (v. 43).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His loving kindness endures forever.

Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary,

Psalm 107:6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses,

Psalm 107:8 Let them praise the Lord for His loving kindness, for His wonderful deeds to the children of men!

Psalm 107:10-11 10 Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron, 11 because they rebelled against the words of God, and condemned the counsel of the Most High.

Psalm 107:12-13 12 Therefore God brought down their heart with labor.  They fell down, and there was no one to help.  13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.

Psalm 107:17-19 17 Fools are afflicted because of their disobedience, and because of their iniquities.  18 Their soul abhors all kinds of food. They draw near to the gates of death.  19 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, He saves them out of their distresses.

Psalm 107:20 God sends His word, and heals them, and delivers them from their graves.

Psalm 107:31 Let them praise the Lord for His loving kindness, for His wonderful deeds for the children of men!

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise will pay attention to these things.  They will consider the loving kindnesses of the Lord.

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Psalm 108 Theme

God’s faithfulness reaches to the skies (v. 4).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are the only one who can give us victory (v. 5).

Something to think about

God delivered with His right hand (v. 6).

Something to experience

God will give us the help we need against the enemy.  The help of man is vain (v. 12). Through God we will do valiantly (v. 13).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 108:4 For Your loving kindness God is great above the heavens.  Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Psalm 108:5 Be exalted, God, above the heavens!  Let Your glory be over all the earth.

Psalm 108:6 That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and answer us, O Lord.

Psalm 108:12-13 12 Lord give us help against the enemy, for the help of man is vain.  13 Through You, we will do valiantly.  For it is You who will tread down our enemies.

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Psalm 109 Theme

Wicked, deceitful men (v. 2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist, David, was calling on You to not remain silent about the men who were lying about him (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

These so-called friends were speaking words of hatred.  David felt they had no reason to attack him (v. 3).  He believed his love for these friends was being rewarded with hate (v. 4-5).  He spoke of the leader of the group of friends and what he wanted to happen to him (see verses 6-19). He prayed for himself (v. 20-26). Then he referred back to the group of friends (see verses 27-29). In the last two verses the psalmist David spoke of thanking and praising the Lord (v. 30-31).

Something to experience

My experience: Many years ago, when I was new to the Christian life, I too wished “bad stuff” to happen to someone who was mistreating someone I loved.  I’m so grateful that God didn’t do what I asked.  Perhaps you have wanted God to punish someone because of their “evil” behavior. Pray for them instead.  That’s what I eventually did, and God did take care of the situation.  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 109:1-21 God of my praise, don’t remain silent,  for they have opened the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of deceit against me.  They have spoken to me with a lying tongue.

Psalm 109:3 They have also surrounded me with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.

Psalm 109:4-5 In return for my love, they are my adversaries; but I am in prayer. They have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

Psalm 109:30-31 30 I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth.  Yes, I will praise Him among the multitude.  31 For He will stand at the right hand of the needy, to save him from those who judge his soul.

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Psalm 110 Theme

The Messiah’s credentials.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Christ Jesus is the Messiah.

Something to think about

Psalm 110:1 speaks of Christ Jesus (see Matthew 22:41-45). Psalm 110:1 and 6 speak of Christ’s destruction of the wicked (see Revelation 6-9). Psalm 110:2 speaks of Christ’s reign on earth (see Revelation 20:1-7). Psalm 110:3-4 speaks of Christ Jesus’ priestly work for His people (see Hebrews 5-8). Psalm 110:5-6 speaks of the final battle on earth when Christ Jesus will defeat the forces of evil (see Revelation 19:11-12).

Something to experience

The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, proclaim Christ Jesus’ deity.  He came to save and to reign forever.  We can’t claim Him as a great teacher and not also believe He is our Lord, our High Priest, our King, our Messiah, and our Savior.  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 110:

1 The Lord says to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool for Your feet.”
2 The Lord will send out the rod of Your strength out of Zion.  Rule among Your enemies.
Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in holy array.  Out of the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.
The Lord has sworn, and will not change His mind: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”
The Lord is at Your right hand.  He will crush kings in the day of His wrath.
He will judge among the nations.  He will heap up dead bodies.  He will crush the ruler of the whole earth.
He will drink of the brook on the way; therefore He will lift up His head.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will remember what You say.  I pray we will listen to Your counsel (Psalm 106:12). Lord, I pray we will give thanks to You for You are good and Your loving kindness endures forever (Psalm 107:1).  Lord, I pray we will cry to You when we are in trouble for You will deliver us out of our distress (Psalm 107:6). Lord, thank You for all You have done, are doing and will do for us (Psalm 107:8). Lord, when we are sick I pray You will send Your Word and heal and deliver us (Psalm 107:20). Lord I pray we will receive wisdom from You (Psalm 107:43). Lord, I pray You will give us help to resist our enemy (Psalm 108:12-13).  Lord, I pray we will give thanks to You (Psalm 109:30). Lord, thank You for being our High Priest forever (Psalm 110:4).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I thank Jesus for being our High Priest.” <>< Dona