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“May you and I continue to enjoy reading the Psalms.” <>< Dona(07/23/20)

Please read Psalms 16 through 20.  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 16 Theme

A life lived in relationship with God brings joy and other great benefits.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord we can enjoy both benefits now and in the future.

Something to think about

When we make plans and then consult God we’re putting the proverbial cart before the horse (verse 7).    

Something to experience

But when we constantly seeks what the Lord wants, we will gain valuable insight. We will be able to make right decisions and live the way God desires (verse 11). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 16:7 I will bless the Lord, who has given me counsel. …

Psalm 16:11 You, Lord will show me the path of life.  In Your presence is fullness of joy.  In Your right hand there are pleasures forever more.

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Psalm 17 Theme

A plea for justice when false accused and persecuted. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist resolved that he wouldn’t sin with the words of his mouth (verse 3).

Something to think about

The Psalmist trusted the Lord to hear him when he prayed (verses 6-7).

Something to experience

Don’t think you’ve missed God’s protection if you experience troubles.  God’s plan for each situation we face varies.  He uses each one for His purposes (verse 8).  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 17:3 You Lord have proved my heart.  You have visited me in the night.  You have tried me, and found nothing.

Psalm 17:6-7 I have called on You, for You will answer me, God.  Turn Your ear to me.  Hear my speech.  Show Your marvelous loving kindness, You who save those who take refuge by Your right hand from their enemies.

Psalm 17:8Keep me as the apple of your eye.  Hide me under the shadow of your wings.

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Psalm 18 Theme

Call upon God for help and strength when surrounded by evil (verse 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, our shield, our horn of salvation and our high tower (verse 2).

Something to think about

The Psalmist said God reached down and rescued him from his enemies.  He said his enemies confronted him but the Lord was his support.  The Lord delivered the Psalmist because He (God) delighted in him (verses 6-7, 16-19).

Something to experience

The Lord will reward us according to our righteousness; according to the cleanness of our hands (verses 20-21). He will be a shield to those of us who take refuge in Him (verse 30).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 18:1 I love You, Lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower.

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called on the Lord, and cried to my God.  He heard my voice out of His temple.  My cry before Him came into His ears. 

Psalm 18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled.  The foundations also of the mountains quaked and were shaken, because He was angry. 

Psalm 18:16 He sent from on high.  He took me.  He drew me out of many waters. 

Psalm 18:17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me; for they were too mighty for me. 

Psalm 18:19 He brought me out also into a large place. He delivered me, because He delighted in me. 

Psalm 18:20-21 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands, He has recompensed me.  For I have kept the ways of God, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Psalm 18:30 As for God, His way is perfect; the Lord’s word is tried.  He is a shield to all those who take refuge in Him.

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Psalm 19 Theme

Greatness is revealed both in God’s creation and His Word (verse 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, everything of Yours is great.

Something to think about

God’s law is perfect.  God’s covenant is sure (verse 7).  God’s precepts are right.  God’s commandment is pure (verse 8).  God’s ordinances are true (verse 9).

Something to experience

God’s law can restore our soul.  God’s covenant can make us wise (verse 7).  God’s precepts can rejoice our heart.  God’s commandment can enlighten our eyes (verse 8).  God’s ordinances are altogether righteous (verse 9). May the words we speak and the thoughts we have all be acceptable in God’s sight (verse 14).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God.  The expanse shows His handiwork.

Psalm 19:7 The Lord’s law is perfect, restoring the soul.  The Lord’s covenant is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 19:8 The Lord’s precepts are right, rejoicing the heart.  The Lord’s  commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Psalm 19:9 The fear of the Lord’s is pure, enduring forever.  The Lord’s ordinances are true, and righteous altogether.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, God, my rock, and my redeemer.

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Psalm 20 Theme

For victory in battle – pray.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, prayer can help us prepare for any challenge.

Something to think about

The Psalmist knew that trust should be placed in the Lord more than in human power.

Something to experience

Because only God can preserve a nation or an individual we need to be sure our confidence is in God, who gives eternal victory. 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 20:5 We will triumph in Your salvation.  In the name of our God, we will set up our banners.  …

Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed.  He will answer him from His holy heaven, with the saving strength of His right hand.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Prayer

Lord, I ask You to counsel us (Psalm 16:7).  Lord, I ask You to show us the path of life (Psalm 16:11).  Lord, I ask You to search our heart (Psalm 17:3).  Lord, I ask You to turn Your ear to us and show Your loving kindness and save those of us who take refuge in You (Psalm 17:6-7). Lord, I ask You to hide us under the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 17:8).  Lord, I love You.  You are our strength (Psalm 18:1).  You Lord are our Rock, our Fortress, our Deliverer, our God, our Refuge, our Shield, the Horn of our salvation and our High Tower (Psalm 18:2). Lord, in our distress I pray we will call on You and You will answer us (Psalm 18:6). Lord, I ask you to deliver us from our enemy, from those who hate us, for they are too mighty for us (Psalm 18:7). We will delight in You (Psalm 18:19). Lord, I pray we will keep Your ways (Psalm 18:20-21).  Your way is perfect.  Your Word is tried. You are a shield to all of us who take refuge in You (Psalm 18:30).  Oh! Wow! Lord, the heavens declare Your glory. The expanse shows Your handiwork (Psalm 19:1). Lord, thank You for Your law which is perfect and restores the soul.  Thank You for Your covenant which is sure and makes the simple wise (Psalm 19:7). Thank You for Your precepts which are right, which rejoice the heart.  Thank You for Your commandment which is pure and enlightens the eyes (Psalm 19:8). Lord the fear of and reverence to You is pure and enduring forever.  Thank You for Your ordinances which are true and righteous (Psalm 19:9).  Lord, I pray the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart will be acceptable to You (Psalm 19:14). Lord, thank You for Your salvation and for saving us (Psalm 20:5-6).  Lord, we will trust in (Psalm 20:7) and pray in Christ Jesus’ name.  AMEN.

“May the thoughts you and I have and the words you and I speak be acceptable to the Lord.” <>< Dona