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“May you and I surrender to God and His plan for our life.” <>< Dona (08/11/20)

Please read Psalms 81 through 85.  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 81 Theme

A song to celebrate the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt (v. 1-7). 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the Israelites wouldn’t listen to You (v. 8-10).

Something to think about

This Psalm compared God’s goodness to Israel’s waywardness.  Instead of obeying and pursuing God’s plan for them (v. 11); the Israelites blindly, stubbornly and selfishly went their own way (v. 12). 

Something to experience

God is our deliverer too.  In spite of our past behavior God is ready to guide us if we surrender to Him and His plan (v. 13-16). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 81:1-7 1 Sing aloud to God, our strength! Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob! 2 Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant lyre with the harp.  Blow the trumpet at the New Moon, at the full moon, on our feast day. For it is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.  He appointed it in Joseph for a covenant, when he went out over the land of Egypt, I heard a language that I didn’t know. “I removed his shoulder from the burden.  His hands were freed from the basket.  You called in trouble, and I delivered you.  I answered you in the secret place of thunder.  I tested you at the waters of Meribah.” Selah.

Psalm 81:8-10 “Hear, My people, and I will testify to you, Israel, if you would listen to Me!  There shall be no strange god in you, neither shall you worship any foreign god.  10 I am the Lord, your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.  Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Psalm 81:11 But My people didn’t listen to My voice.  Israel desired none of Me.

Psalm 81:12 So I let them go after the stubbornness of their hearts, that they might walk in their own counsels.

Psalm 81:13-16 13 Oh that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways!  14 I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries.  15 The haters of the Lord would cringe before Him, and their punishment would last forever.  16 But He (the Lord) would have also fed them with the finest of the wheat.  I will satisfy you with honey out of the rock.”

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Psalm 82 Theme

God, the fair judge.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You are the ultimate judge (v. 1).

Something to think about

Every human judge can make wrong judgments (v. 2, 5).  Only God will always be right with His judgments (v. 8).  

Something to experience

God will defend the cause of the weak and fatherless.  He will maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.  He will rescue the weak and needy.  He will deliver them from the hand of the wicked (v. 3-4).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 82:1 God presides in the great assembly.  He judges among the gods.

Psalm 82:2 “How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?” Selah.

Psalm 82:3-4 “Defend the weak, the poor, and the fatherless.  Maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.  Rescue the weak and needy.  Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.”

Psalm 82:5 They don’t know, neither do they understand.  They walk back and forth in darkness.  All the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Psalm 82:8 Arise, God, judge the earth, for You inherit all of the nations.

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Psalm 83 Theme

Fighting God’s enemies.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your enemies conspired against Your people (v. 1-3, 5).

Something to think about

The psalmist was asking the Lord to blow away those nations who were against Judah (v. 13). And to fill these same nations with confusion (v. 16).

Something to experience

We, too, have enemies that are plotting against our nation.  May we let them know that the Lord alone is the Most High over all the earth (v. 17-18).  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 83:1-3 1God, don’t keep silent.  Don’t keep silent, and don’t be still, God. For, behold, Your enemies are stirred up.  Those who hate You have lifted up their heads.  They conspire with cunning against Your people.  They plot against Your cherished ones.

Psalm 83:5 For they have conspired together with one mind.  They form an alliance against You.

Psalm 83:13 My God, make them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind.

Psalm 83:16 Fill their faces with confusion, that they may seek Your name, Lord.

Psalm 83:17-18 17 Let them be disappointed and dismayed forever.  Yes, let them be confounded and perish; 18 that they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, are the Most High over all the earth.

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Psalm 84 Theme

God’s Presence.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your dwelling place is lovely (v. 1).

Something to think about

Blessed are those who dwell in the Lord’s house (v. 4).

Something to experience

Better is one day in God’s courts than a thousand elsewhere. The Lord is our sun and our shield.  He bestows favor and honor, no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless (v. 10-11).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 84:1How lovely are Your dwellings, O Lord of Armies!

Psalm 84:4 Blessed are those who dwell in Your house.  They are always praising You. Selah.

Psalm 84:10-11 10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else.  I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and a shield.  The Lord will give grace and glory.  He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly before Him.

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Psalm 85 Theme

From reverence to restoration.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You showed favor to Israel (v. 1). 

Something to think about

The Lord forgave the iniquity of His people and covered all their sins (v. 2). He set aside all His wrath and turned from His fierce anger (v. 3-4).

Something to experience

When we are in need of restoration may we ask the Lord to revive us, to pour out His love on us, and renew our love for Him (v. 6-7). And may the Lord give us that which is good (v. 12).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 85:1 O Lord, You have been favorable to Your land.  You have restored the fortunes of Jacob.

Psalm 85:2 You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people.  You have covered all their sin. Selah.

Psalm 85:3-4 3 You have taken away all Your wrath.  You have turned from the fierceness of Your anger. 4Turn us, God of our salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease.

Psalm 85:6-7 Won’t You revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your loving kindness, O Lord.  Grant us Your salvation.

Psalm 85:12 Yes, the Lord will give that which is good.  Our land will yield its increase.

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will sing aloud to You.  I pray we will joyfully shout to You (Psalm 81:1). Lord, I pray we will listen to You and walk in Your counsel (Psalm 81:13). Lord, thank You for defending, rescuing and delivering the weak, the poor and the fatherless. May we too defend the weak, poor and fatherless (Psalm 82:3-4).  Lord, I pray we will seek to dwell in Your house and always praise You (Psalm 84:4).  Lord, thank You for being our Sun and our Shield (Psalm 84:11).  Thank You for forgiving us when we repent (Psalm 85:2). Lord I ask You to show us Your loving kindness.  Grant us Your salvation (Psalm 85:7). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I experience God’s loving kindness.” <>< Dona