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“May you and I learn about God’s character as we read the Psalms.” <>< Dona (07/22/20)

Please read Psalms 11 through 15.  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 11 Theme

In the midst of chaos, God can provide stability.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, we can face our problems when we walk with You (verse 1).

Something to think about

God sees and understands all that is happening. Nothing happens without His permission (verse 4).

Something to experience

God will restore justice and goodness in His good time. We should look at every situation that comes our way as an opportunity to grow. (verse 7).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 11:1 In the Lord I take refuge. …

Psalm 11:4 The Lord is in his holy temple.  The Lord is on His throne in heaven.  His eyes observe.  His eyes examine the children of men.  The Lord examines the righteous …

Psalm 11:7 For the Lord is righteous.  He loves righteousness.  The upright shall see His face.

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Psalm 12 Theme

A call for protection for the weak and needy.  

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You will arise and protect the weak and needy (verse 5).

Something to think about

God promises to protect the downtrodden and confront their oppressors (verse 5).  

Something to experience

We should have the same attitude as the Lord.  We should seek to help the poor (verse 6-7).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 12:5 “Because of the oppression of the weak and because of the groaning of the needy, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in safety from those who malign him.”

Psalm 12:6-7 The Lord’s words are flawless words, as silver refined in a clay furnace, purified seven times.  You will keep them, Lord.  You will preserve them from this generation forever.

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Psalm 13 Theme

When in despair the answer is still prayer. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, prayer is always the answer (verse 3).

Something to think about

We must continue to trust God even when His answer is not immediate (verse 5).

Something to experience

In God’s time our answer will come.  Until then we must hold fast to God’s goodness (verse 6).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 13:3 Look on me and answer, O Lord my God.  Give light to my eyes …

Psalm 13:5 But I trust in Your loving kindness.  My heart rejoices in Your salvation. 

Psalm 13:6 I will sing to the Lord, because He has been good to me.

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Psalm 14 Theme

It is foolish to deny there is no God (verse 2-3).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, will evildoers never learn (verse 4).

Something to think about

God is present among the righteous (verse 5).  Evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the Lord is their refuge (verse 6).

Something to experience

Those who attack us are foolish because God is the one fighting the battle for us.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 14:2 The Lord looked down from heaven on the children of men,
    to see if there were any who understood, who sought after God.

Psalm 14:5 … God is in the generation of the righteous.

Psalm 14:6 … The Lord is their (the poor’s) refuge. 

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Psalm 15 Theme

How to live a blameless life.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You call us, Your people, to live moral lives.

Something to think about

God give us ten standards to live by (verses 2-5).

Something to experience

We shouldn’t live like the world lives.  We should follow God’s standards (verses 2-5).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 15:1 Lord, who shall dwell in Your sanctuary?  Who shall live on Your holy hill? 

Psalm 15:2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart;

Psalm 15:3 he who doesn’t slander with his tongue, nor does evil to his friend, nor casts slurs against his fellow man;

Psalm 15:4 in whose eyes a vile man is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; he who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and doesn’t change;

Psalm 15:5 he who doesn’t lend out his money for usury, nor take a bribe against the innocent. 

Psalm 15:6 He who does these things shall never be shaken.

Prayer

Lord, in You I pray we will take refuge (Psalm 11:1). Lord, I pray You will find us righteous as You examine the people of this world (Psalm 11:4). Lord, I pray we will see Your face (Psalm 11:7).  Lord, I pray You will keep us safe from those who malign us (Psalm 12:5).   Lord, I pray You will keep us and preserve us from this generation forever (Psalm 12:7).  Lord, I ask You to look on us and give light to our eyes (Psalm 13:3). Lord, thank You for Your loving kindness and Your salvation (Psalm 13:5). Lord, I pray we will sang of Your goodness (Psalm 13:6). Lord, I pray we will seek after You (Psalm 14:2). Lord I pray we shall dwell in Your sanctuary and live on Your holy hill because we do all that is required of us in Psalm 15.  For if we do all these things we shall never be shaken (Psalm 15:1-6). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I do all God requires of us.” <>< Dona