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“May you and I trust God even in times of trouble.” <>< Dona (08/12/20)

Please read Psalms 86 through 90.  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 86 Theme

Trusting in times of trouble.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist David knew his situation was so intense that his only choice was to cry out to the You (v. 1). 

Something to think about

David knew because of his relationship with the Lord He could preserve his soul (v. 2). He asked the Lord to be merciful to him (v. 3). He asked the Lord to bring joy to his soul (v. 4).  He knew the Lord was good and ready to forgive (v. 5a).  He knew the Lord was abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on Him (v. 5b).

Something to experience

When we find ourselves in trouble we too can pray as David did.  And the Lord will hear our prayer too.  And the Lord will answer us (v. 6-7).  We like David can also ask the Lord to teach us His ways (v. 11).  And we like David can praise the Lord and glorify His name (v. 12).  And like David we should recognize the Lord as a merciful and gracious God who is slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness and truth (v. 15).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 86:1   Hear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

Psalm 86:2 Preserve my soul, for I am godly.  You, my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.

Psalm 86:3 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I call to You all day long.

Psalm 86:4 Bring joy to the soul of Your servant, for to You, Lord, do I lift up my soul.

Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, abundant in loving kindness to all those who call on You.

Psalm 86:6-7 Hear, O Lord, my prayer.  Listen to the voice of my petitions.  In the day of my trouble I will call on You, for You will answer me.

Psalm 86:11 Teach me Your way, O Lord.  I will walk in Your truth.  Make my heart undivided to fear Your name.

Psalm 86:12 I will praise You, Lord my God, with my whole heart.  I will glorify Your name forever more.

Psalm 86:15 But You, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God,  slow to anger, and abundant in loving kindness and truth.

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Psalm 87 Theme

The city of Zion (the mountain, Jerusalem) (v. 2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You have set Your foundation on the holy mountain (v 1).

Something to think about

Wonderful things are spoken about the city of God, Jerusalem (v. 3).

Something to experience

The city of Zion (the holy mountain, Jerusalem) is where all believers will one day gather with the Lamb, Christ Jesus (v. 5).  [see Revelation 21:27]

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 87:1 God’s foundation is in the holy mountains.

Psalm 87:2 The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

Psalm 87:3 Glorious things are spoken about you, city of God. Selah.

Psalm 87:5 Yes, of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one was born in her;” the Most High Himself will establish her.

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Psalm 88 Theme

When no relief seems to be in sight (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, The psalmist was asking for You to turn Your ear to him (v 2).

Something to think about

The psalmist was so distressed he believed he was nearing death (v. 3).  He saw no help in sight (v. 4). The psalmist continues crying out to the Lord (v. 13).

Something to experience

This psalm gives no answer or hope from God.  But no matter how low we feel we can go to God and talk. And trust that God will answer.  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 88:1 O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before You.

Psalm 88:2 Let my prayer enter into Your presence.  Turn Your ear to my cry.

Psalm 88:3 For my soul is full of troubles.  My life draws near to Sheol.

Psalm 88:4 I am counted among those who go down into the pit.  I am like a man who has no help,

Psalm 88: 13-17 13 But to You, O Lord, I have cried.  In the morning, my prayer comes before You.  14 O Lord, why do You reject my soul?  Why do You hide Your face from me?  15 I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up.  While I suffer Your terrors, I am distracted.  16 Your fierce wrath has gone over me.  Your terrors have cut me off.  17 They came around me like water all day long.  They completely engulfed me. 

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Psalm 89 Theme

God’s Promise to David.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You promised to preserve David’s descendants by establishing his line forever (v. 3-4).

Something to think about

God’s promise was fulfilled in Christ Jesus, who will reign for eternity (v. 1).  The love and kindness promised is ours in Christ Jesus (v. 2).

Something to experience

The eternal king, Christ Jesus, came to earth just as God promised.    All that God promises He will fulfill (v. 34-37).  God can be trusted to save us just as He promised. (see Hebrews 6:13-20)

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.  With my mouth, I will make known Your faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 89:2 I indeed declare, “Love stands firm forever.  You established the heavens.  Your faithfulness is in them.”

Psalm 89:3-4 “I have made a covenant with My chosen one, I have sworn to David, my servant, ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah.

Psalm 89:34-37 34 I will not break My covenant, nor alter what My lips have uttered.  35 Once I have sworn by My holiness, I will not lie to David.  36 His offspring will endure forever, his throne like the sun before Me.  37 It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.” Selah.

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Psalm 90 Theme

God’s eternal nature (v.1- 2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, even the way we experience time is different from You (v. 4).

Something to think about

The psalmist spoke of time on this earth being limited and passing quickly (v. 10). He asked the Lord to teach them to count their days, that they might gain a heart of wisdom (v. 12).  He also asked that the favor of the Lord their God would be on them and that He would establish the work of their hands (v. 17).

Something to experience

We too can ask the Lord’s favor to be upon us and to establish the work of our hands.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 90:1-2 1 Lord You have been our dwelling place for all generations. Before the mountains were born, before You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Psalm 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight are just like yesterday when it is past, like a watch in the night.

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty years; yet their pride is but labor and sorrow, for it passes quickly, and we fly away.

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to count our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us. Establish the work of our hands for us.  Yes, establish the work of our hands.

Prayer

Lord, I ask You to be merciful to us (Psalm 86:3).  Thank You Lord for being ready to forgive. Thank You for being abundant in loving kindness to all of us who call on You (Psalm 86:5).  Thank You for answering us when we call on You in our day of trouble (Psalm 86:7). Lord, teach us Your way so we can walk in Your truth (Psalm 86:11).  Lord, I pray we will glorify Your name forever (Psalm 86:12). Lord thank You for being merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness and truth (Psalm 86:15).  Lord, I pray we will sing of Your loving kindness and with our mouth make known Your faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 89:1).  Thank You Lord for being our dwelling place (Psalm 90:1). Lord teach us to count our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12). Lord, prepare our hands to do Your work (Psalm 90:17).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I gain a heart of wisdom.” <>< Dona