…Psalm 72:1-19: Solomon Celebrates His Blessings

To the Coming Reign of the Righteous King–Christ the Messiah

Psalm 72 is one of only two psalms written by Solomon. In it, he prays that he and his royal descendants would rule over Israel with righteousness and compassion. These traits please God, and all the people of Israel are inclined to imitate such a king. If Israel practiced such righteousness, God promised to bless her with prosperity and global fame. This would make kings and citizens of other countries aware of Israel’s God and Israel’s ways.  It is through the kings that the Lord God’s blessings are mediated to the people.

A Psalm of Solomon.
     1     Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s son.
     2     May he judge Your people with righteousness and your afflicted with justice.
     3     Let the mountains bring peace to the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
     4     May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,  save the children of the needy
            and crush the oppressor.
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     5     Let them fear You while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout
           all generations.
     6     May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
     7     In his days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
     8     May he also rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
     9     Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, and his enemies lick the dust.
     10    Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; the kings of Sheba–
     11    And let all kings bow down before him, all nations serve him.
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     12     For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, the afflicted also, and him
             who has no helper.
     13     He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy he will save.
     14     He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, and their blood will be
             precious in his sight;
     15     So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; and let them pray for
             him continually–let  them bless him all day long.
     16     May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains–
              Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon, and may those from the city flourish
             like vegetation of the earth.
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     17     May his name endure forever–may his name increase as long as the sun shines.
             And let men bless themselves by him, let all nations call him blessed.
     18     Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders.
     19     And blessed be His glorious name forever.  And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
              Amen, and Amen.
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…Psalm 72: Solomon: Wiser Than All Men

wisdom
IS A GIFT OF GOD
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He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.
He spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall. 
He spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom–
Came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.
1 Kings 4:31-34
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God’s faithfulness to the Davidic Covenant demanded that Solomon would have to walk in accordance with all of God’s will.

PSALM 72   A Psalm Of Solomon, A Prophesy for the Coming Messiah

1     Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son.
2     He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice.
3     The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
4    He will bring justice to the poor of the people–  
     He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.
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5    They shall fear You as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
6     He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing,
     Like showers that water the earth.
7    In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace,
      Until the moon is no more.
8   He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9     Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust.
10   The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents–
     The kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts.
11     Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him.
12     For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper.
13     He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy.
14     He will redeem their life from oppression and violence;
     And precious shall be their blood in His sight–
15   And He shall live.   And the gold of Sheba will be given to Him;
     Prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.
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16     There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, on the top of the mountains–
     Its fruit shall wave like Lebanon, and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
17    His name shall endure forever!    His name shall continue as long as the sun.
     And men shall be blessed in Him. All nations shall call Him blessed.
18   Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Whom only does wondrous things!
19   And blessed be His glorious name forever!  And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
     Amen and Amen.
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Solomon’s Prayer
     6   Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You.  You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.
     7   “Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, I am yet but a child; I do not know how to go out or come in.
     8   “Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted.
     9     “So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people , to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”     [1 Kings 6-9]
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GOD’s Answer
      10    It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.
      11    God said to him, “Because you have asked this and have not asked for      yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of  your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice –
    12   behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.
     13     “I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there  will not be any among the kings like you all your days.
     14   “If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father   David walked, then I will prolong your days.”
     15  Then Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and made peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.      [1 Kings 19-15]
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If Solomon would adhere to the high standard of God’s will and His Word… 
Everything will all depend on Solomon’s walk before God …
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God’s faithfulness to the Davidic Covenant demanded that Solomon would have to walk in accordance with all of God’s principles and His will for the people of Israel.
Wisdom is a gift from God.  What we do with it and the choices we make is just as important.

…Psalm 26: Are You Sealed in God?

RE_BLOG  JANUARY 23, 2013 BY 

 

Are you sealed [made secure] by the Father through Jesus Christ His Son?
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts… as a guarantee of what is to come.  

2 Cor 1:21-22

Seek the LORD while He may be found.  Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him–
And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater– So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth.  It shall not return to Me empty. Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it .
Isaiah 55:6-11
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 images (1)Covenants are binding.   David and Jonathan had an exceedingly strong  relationship before the Lord and made an everlasting covenant between themselves. 1 Samuel 23:16-18, says this,  ”David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in a forest. Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God.  And he said to him, ‘Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.”  So the two of them made a covenant before the Lord. And David stayed in the woods, and Jonathan went to his own house.’” 

To be in a covenant relationship with God, we are sealed by Him in with binding agreement.  It is an agreement of Promises that can not be broken or forsaken. He will care for and provide for every one of His own, including you and me.

Saul may be looking for David, but it is Jonathan who finds David. Jonathan could not have appeared at a better time, and his words couldn’t have been any better chosen. The purpose of Jonathan’s visit is to encourage David in God. Jonathan’s encouragement is summed up in verse 17, making these assurances to David:

(1) Jonathan tells David not to be afraid. With Saul’s resources it seems as though impossible for David to escape him. Saul has publicly ordered David to be detained and brought to him or to reveal his place of hiding. David’s fears are not without reason, but Jonathan tells David not to be afraid.

(2) Jonathan assures David that in spite of his father’s efforts to find him, he will not succeed.  Jonathan not only joyfully accepts this fact, but has purposed to be David’s most loyal servant and supporter.

(3) Jonathan’s assurance is rooted in the sovereignty of the God whom he and David serve, whom Saul seeks to resist. If David is God’s choice for Israel’s next king, then no one including King Saul, will be able to kill him and thwart God’s purposes and promises.

(4) Jonathan’s loyalty is not a secret. Jonathan’s father Saul is fully aware of his son’s loyalty to David, even though he does not like it. Jonathan has not kept his association with David a secret, possibly encouraging others in the kingdom to support David as well.

(1 Samuel 23:25-29)  Encouragement comes at the right moment, and it picks the right words to say. Encouragement addresses fear and promotes courage.  At its root, encouragement is helping to instill courage upon those who are afraid.  When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David. Therefore he went down to the rock, and stayed in the Wilderness of  Maon.  And when Saul heard that, he pursued David in the Wilderness of Maon.    Then Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain.  David made haste to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were encircling David and his men to take them.

But a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have invaded the land!”  Therefore Saul returned from pursuing David, and went against the Philistines; so they called that place the Rock of Escape.  Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi.

Who would have believed a hostile attack against Israel would be God’s means for preserving the life of her next king? God often saves when all human hope is gone, and then in ways we would never have predicted or expected. He does so because He is God, because His resources are unlimited, and because His way of doing things is beyond our imagination…

 In this Psalm, David by the Spirit of God, speaks of himself as  innocent…  there is a comparison with that of  Christ.  The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator.   He longs to be satisfied by practicing only the holy commands of God.  Great care to avoid bad company, is  a good evidence of our integrity.  Hypocrites may be found attending to God’s laws—but it is a better sign of sincerity to the Lord if we exercise repentance and have a conscientious desire for obedience.
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Psalm 26 – A psalm of David
1     Vindicate me, O Lord,  for I have walked in my integrity.
     I have also trusted in the Lord, I shall not slip.
2    Examine me, O Lord, and prove me, try my mind and my heart.
3     For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.
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4     I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, nor will I go in with hypocrites.
5     I have hated the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.
6     I will wash my hands in innocence—so I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
7     That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and tell of all Your wondrous works.
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8     Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.
9    Do not gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10     In whose hands is a sinister scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes.
11     But as for me, I will walk in my integrity, redeem me and be merciful to me.
12    My foot stands in an even place— In the congregations I will bless the Lord.

… Psalm 65: Making Matters Right

David is once again in Jerusalem, reigning as King of Israel.  It was a long, hard struggle for David as he waited for God to fulfill his promises.  There were a number of years of success as King over Israel, but this success led to carelessness, and ultimately to David’s fall.  The outcome was a great deal of suffering and adversity—topped off by the rebellion of his own son Absalom and having to leave Jerusalem.  David’s difficulties after his moral decline were many, and they were extremely painful. There is much to learn from them.    David did sin, and he did repent, but things did not just go on as before. David’s life was never the same.  Sin is never worth the price, and David’s life illustrates that.  What followed were difficulties that ultimately were for David’s good, and for the good of God’s people. David’s difficulties also served to humble David, and to make him more dependent upon God. It produced even greater humility and graciousness in him.

We can also see the “turning points” through out where God intervened in David’s life and for the kingdom in a very direct way.  Do we ever wonder why David didn’t just stay in Jerusalem and defend his throne from Absolam?  By leaving for the wilderness of Ephraim, He would not have to go to battle against his own people.  The people of Israel we God’s chosen as well as people under his own reign.  David’s Covenant with the God would have been immediately broken and a great sin would have occurred.  This, was a major turning point.  David did not sin against God and He intervened and worked all out all for His glory.  Another can be seen in The rebellion of Sheba,

… a Benjamite, who came against David saying,  “We have no share in David, nor do we have an inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to his tents, O Israel!” So every man of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba the son of Bichri.  David had appointed Amasa commander in place of Joab after the killing of his son Absalom, and by this wins back the favor of the men of Judah.  When Amasa is late in returning to Jerusalem with his army, this prompts David to send Abishai,  Joab’s brother, to search for Amasa.  A dropped sword and an unsuspecting Amasa become the opportunity for Joab to eliminate Amasa and to take back his place as commander.   Joab went on after Sheba, when a wise woman from over the wall of Israel speaks out, convincing Joab that he need not make further war because of  Sheba’s rebellion.  The people inside cornered Sheba and killed  him and threw his head over the wall to Joab.  Here is the unseen hand of God at work in saving the lives of His people Israel.

The men of Judah, from the Jordan as far as Jerusalem, remained loyal to their king. The people of Israel are again arguing with the people of Judah.  The Israelite’ s argued that since they consist of ten tribes they have ten times more ownership of David–or should we say David is ten times more obligated to them. But when the people of Judah speak of their relationship to David, their claim to him is that he is near kin. Neither speak of David as God’s anointed king.  Both tribes follow David for self-serving reasons.  We can see the spiritual condition of these people.  Israel’s sinfulness in relationship to the divinely appointed leadership of David, as if they believed their king was obliged to give them what they wanted, when they wanted it, and felt free to reject him when they didn’t get their way.  Their  rebellion against David is also rebellion against God.

Making Matters Right with the Gibeonites

A famine has come to the land of Israel.  There are two events in  2 Samuel 21 that show us there are times when God intervenes in the lives of men.  No matter how “out of control” things may have looked, God was in complete control, using the most unlikely means to achieve what He had purposed and promised.  He is using David to make “right” the breaking of covenant between the Gibeonites and Israel 400 years earlier.

I am using the commentary of Bob Deffinbaugh. (Bible.org).  The Israelite’s made a covenant with the Gibeonites four centuries before the days of David. (Joshua 9 )    It fell to David to deal with the sins of Saul regarding the breaking of this covenant.

2 Samuel 21:1-14   Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David sought the presence of the LORD. And the LORD said, “It is for Saul and his bloody house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.”  So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites, and the sons of Israel made a covenant with them, but Saul had sought to kill them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah). Thus David said to the Gibeonites, “What should I do for you? And how can I make atonement that you may bless the inheritance of the LORD?” Then the Gibeonites said to him, “We have no concern of silver or gold with Saul or his house, nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.” And he said, “I will do for you whatever you say.” So they said to the king, “The man who consumed us and who planned to exterminate us from remaining within any border of Israel, let seven men from his sons be given to us, and we will hang them before the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the LORD.” And the king said, “I will give hem.”  But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the oath of the LORD which was between them, between David and Saul’s son Jonathan.  So the king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, Armoni and Mephibosheth whom she had born to Saul, and the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she had born to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite. Then he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them in the mountain before the LORD, so that the seven of them fell together…

Now Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until the late rains poured on them from heaven. And she did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.  And David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done.  Then David went and took the bones of Saul, and the bones of Jonathan his son, from the men of Jabesh Gilead who had stolen them from the street of Beth Shan, where the Philistines had hung them up, after the Philistines had struck down Saul in Gilboa.  So he brought up the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from there; and they gathered the bones of those who had been hanged.  They buried the bones of Saul and Jonathan his son in the country of Benjamin in Zelah, in the tomb of Kish his father. So they performed all that the king commanded. And after that God heeded the prayer for the land.
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Gibeon was the hometown of Saul’s forefathers (1 Chronicles 8:29-30, 9:35-39). It was also the place where 12 of Ish-bosheth’s men (Saul’s son) engaged in a contest with 12 of David’s men, which turned into a bloody battle (2 Samuel 2:12-17). It was also the place where the “great stone was located, where Joab met Amasa and killed him.  Saul’s actions were a violation of Israel’s covenant with the Gibeonites, made nearly 400 years earlier–a covenant foolishly entered into by the then leaders of Israel (Joshua 9).   Now the Israelites are obligated to keep this covenant… but God brings a famine upon the land of Israel, prompting David to inquire into this matter and then make it right.  David inquired of the Lord concerning the reason for this famine. God’s answer was clear:

“It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites” (2 Samuel 21:1b, KJV).

Atonement must be made for Saul’s sin of seeking to annihilate the Gibeonites, with whom the Israelites had entered into a covenant of protection. Seven of Saul’s sons” were executed by the Gibeonites and thus the famine was removed in answer to the prayers of God’s people.  Because of the sin of Saul, the Gibeonites had been wronged.  David called the Gibeonites and asked what he should do to make this matter right.   “Nor is it for us to put any man to death in Israel” (verse 4).

The story of Saul, David, and the Gibeonites teaches that sin must be atoned for by the shedding of blood, and that there will one day be a payday for sin. How gracious God was to bless these people (Gentiles), and through them to bring blessing back to Israel.

 .PSALM 65      His Salvation and Providence  Pointing to the Messiah

1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;
     And to You the vow shall be performed.
2     O You who hear prayer, to You all flesh will come.
3     Iniquities prevail against me. 
     As for our transgressions, You will provide atonement for them.
4    Blessed is the man You choose, and cause to approach You,
     That he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with
     the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple.
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5     By awesome deeds in righteousness You will answer us,  O God of our salvation, 
     You who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the far-off seas;
6     Who established the mountains by His strength, being clothed with power;
7     You who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves,
       and the tumult of the peoples.
8     They also who dwell in the farthest parts are afraid of Your signs–
     You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.
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9     You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it–
      The river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, For so You have prepared it.
10   You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows, You make it soft with showers,
      You bless its growth.
11     You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.
12     They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side.
13     The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered with grain;
       They shout for joy, they also sing.
  AMEN
 

…Psalm 28: Death of Saul and his son’s

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:43, 44

imagesCA18BATSSaul and Jonathan are killed.  This part of David’s life touched me …  more than any other psalm I have written about.  This lament is not recorded in the Book of Psalms, but the song itself can be read in 2 Samuel chapter 1.  I felt David’s pain, I felt the heartache over the loss of a brother and a friend.  This was Agape’ love.

 We find David lamenting over the death of Saul and his sons after battle.  David’s public expression of grief over the deaths of Saul and Jonathan has been preserved into a poem, “The Song of the Bow.”  David has no harsh word or condemnation for Saul–but only spoke with respect for the anointed one of God.  David praised Jonathan’s love for him as “wonderful”–next to the love between Christ and his people. This affection produced a strong friendship.  In David’s song, which opens and closes with “How the mighty have fallen!” David warned the people against the telling of the tragedy in Philistia–or else the Philistine maidens would rejoice… just as the Israelite maidens had done singing of the triumphs of David over Saul years before. (1 Samuel 18:7)    Even though Saul oppressed the people at times, he also brought them bounty. But it was Jonathan whom David celebrated for all the years of their unbroken friendship… “your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of a women.”  

David’s Lament

2 Samuel 17- 27  “Then David lamented over Saul and over Jonathan his son… and he told the people to teach the children of Judah this Song of the Bow

“The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!  Tell it not in Gath, proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon–lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.  O mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain upon you, nor fields of offerings. For the shield of the mighty is cast away there! The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil, from the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty.

The bow of Jonathan did not turn back, and the sword of Saul did not return empty.  Saul and Jonathan were beloved and pleasant in their lives,  and in their death they were not divided.  They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.  “O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet–with luxury, who put ornaments of gold on your apparel.  How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! Jonathan was slain in your high places.  I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan.  You have been very pleasant to me; your love to me was wonderful,  surpassing the love of women.  How the mighty have fallen,  and the weapons of war perished!”  

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PSALM  28

1     To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me,
     Lest, if You are silent to me,  I become like those who go down to the pit.
2     Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You,
     When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
3     Do not take me away with the wicked–and with the workers of iniquity,
     Who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts.
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4   Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors–
     Give them according to the work of their hands; render to them what they deserve.
5     Because they do not regard the works of the Lord, nor the operation of His hands,
     He shall destroy them and not build them up.
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6     Blessed be the Lord, because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7     The Lord is my strength and my shield. my heart trust in Him, and I am helped;
     Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.
8     The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
9     Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance–
     Shepherd them also, and bear them up forever.

…Psalm 26: Are You Sealed in God?

…Psalm 26: Are You Sealed in God?

Seek the LORD while He may be found.  Call upon Him while He is near.
images (1)Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him–
And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.  “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater– So shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth.  It shall not return to Me empty. Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it .
Isaiah 55:6-11
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 Covenants are binding.   David and Jonathan had an exceedingly strong  relationship before the Lord and made an everlasting covenant between themselves. 1 Samuel 23:16-18, says this,  “David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in a forest. Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God.  And he said to him, ‘Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.”  So the two of them made a covenant before the Lord. And David stayed in the woods, and Jonathan went to his own house.'” 

To be in a covenant relationship with God, we are sealed by Him in with binding agreement.  It is an agreement of Promises that can not be broken or forsaken. He will care for and provide for every one of His own, including you and me.

Saul may be looking for David, but it is Jonathan who finds David. Jonathan could not have appeared at a better time, and his words couldn’t have been any better chosen. The purpose of Jonathan’s visit is to encourage David in God. Jonathan’s encouragement is summed up in verse 17, making these assurances to David:

(1) Jonathan tells David not to be afraid. With Saul’s resources it seems as though impossible for David to escape him. Saul has publicly ordered David to be detained and brought to him or to reveal his place of hiding. David’s fears are not without reason, but Jonathan tells David not to be afraid.

(2) Jonathan assures David that in spite of his father’s efforts to find him, he will not succeed.  Jonathan not only joyfully accepts this fact, but has purposed to be David’s most loyal servant and supporter.

(3) Jonathan’s assurance is rooted in the sovereignty of the God whom he and David serve, whom Saul seeks to resist. If David is God’s choice for Israel’s next king, then no one including King Saul, will be able to kill him and thwart God’s purposes and promises.

(4) Jonathan’s loyalty is not a secret. Jonathan’s father Saul is fully aware of his son’s loyalty to David, even though he does not like it. Jonathan has not kept his association with David a secret, possibly encouraging others in the kingdom to support David as well.

(1 Samuel 23:25-29)  Encouragement comes at the right moment, and it picks the right words to say. Encouragement addresses fear and promotes courage.  At its root, encouragement is helping to instill courage upon those who are afraid.  When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David. Therefore he went down to the rock, and stayed in the Wilderness of  Maon.  And when Saul heard that, he pursued David in the Wilderness of Maon.    Then Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain.  David made haste to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were encircling David and his men to take them.

But a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have invaded the land!”  Therefore Saul returned from pursuing David, and went against the Philistines; so they called that place the Rock of Escape.  Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi.

Who would have believed a hostile attack against Israel would be God’s means for preserving the life of her next king? God often saves when all human hope is gone, and then in ways we would never have predicted or expected. He does so because He is God, because His resources are unlimited, and because His way of doing things is beyond our imagination…

 In this Psalm, David by the Spirit of God, speaks of himself as  innocent…  there is a comparison with that of  Christ.  The man that walks in his integrity, yet trusting wholly in the grace of God, is in a state of acceptance according to the covenant of which Jesus was the Mediator.   He longs to be satisfied by practicing only the holy commands of God.  Great care to avoid bad company, is  a good evidence of our integrity.  Hypocrites may be found attending to God’s laws—but it is a better sign of sincerity to the Lord if we exercise repentance and have a conscientious desire for obedience.
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Psalm 26 – A psalm of David
1     Vindicate me, O Lord,  for I have walked in my integrity.
     I have also trusted in the Lord, I shall not slip.
2    Examine me, O Lord, and prove me, try my mind and my heart.
3     For Your loving-kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.
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4     I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, nor will I go in with hypocrites.
5     I have hated the assembly of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked.
6     I will wash my hands in innocence—so I will go about Your altar, O Lord,
7     That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving and tell of all Your wondrous works.
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8     Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells.
9    Do not gather my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men,
10     In whose hands is a sinister scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes.
11     But as for me, I will walk in my integrity, redeem me and be merciful to me.
12    My foot stands in an even place— In the congregations I will bless the Lord.
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…Psalm 135 God’s Word Never Fails

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He is a Covenant-keeping God.  This Promises was made back in the day of Jacob.  Gods promise’s were faithful and true since Genesis and are still in effect today.  Not one word of God’s good promises has ever failed.  Isaiah 55:12 says,

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth–
     It shall not return to Me void,
     But it shall accomplish what I please,
     And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. Joshua 21:44-45

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What God says he will do, he will do. Have you taken the Lord’s commitment to Jacob to bless all people to heart? God’s good promises to you will come to pass.  God’s Word is trustworthy. His promises are true.   God’s promises will never fail.  His goodness and faithfulness in love is who He is.  Our gratitude,  for His loving-kindness to us should be what we do…  “Praise the name of the Lord–Praise Him, O you servants of the Lord!
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What we must remember to do for God is ALWAYS  “GIVE THANKS” to Him in every situation:  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.    

Next, “PRAISE God in every situation—praise releases faith for deliverance: Whatever your trial,  remember God will deliver you if you call upon His Name and praise Him.   

And then, have “Faith”  in God’s “Faithfulness.”   “With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37),  faith says, “God is always enough!”

–Passage    Genesis 28:13-16  

God’s Promise to Jacob    And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, Surely the Lord is in this place…

Psalm 135 — Sing Praises to the Lord  “Praise to God for For His Faithfulness to His Covenant”

1     Praise the Lord!  Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him,
       O you servants of the Lord!
2     You who stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God,
3     Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;  Sing praises to His name,
       for it is pleasant.
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4     For the Lord has chosen Jacob for Himself, Israel for His special treasure.
5     For I know that the Lord is great, and our Lord is above all gods.
6     Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth,
      In the seas and in all deep places.
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7     He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
      He makes lightning for the rain, He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
8   He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
9     He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt,
       Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
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10   He defeated many nations and slew mighty kings—
11    Sihon king of the Amorites,  Og king of Bashan,
     And all the kingdoms of Canaan—
12    And gave their land as a heritage,a heritage to Israel His people.
13   Your name, O Lord, endures forever, Your fame, O Lord,
      throughout all generations.
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14   For the Lord will judge His people, and He will have compassion on His servants.
15   The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.
16     They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see.
17     They have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths.
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18     Those who make them are like them, so is everyone who trusts in them.
19     Bless the Lord, O house of Israel!  Bless the Lord, O house of Aaron!
20     Bless the Lord, O house of Levi!   You who fear the Lord, bless the Lord!
21     Blessed be the Lord out of Zion,
     Who dwells in Jerusalem!   Praise the Lord!