God rights wrongs

“Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who rejoice at my hurt; Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor Who exalt themselves against me. 27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” 28 And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness And of Your praise all the day long.” – Psa. 35:26-28

God rights wrongs.

Fruit of Fear of the Lord

“Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.” – Psa. 34:11-14

Here is the fruit of fearing the Lord:

Life. Many days. Seeing good. Clean words. Pure lips. Departing evil. Doing good. Seeking peace. Pursuing peace.

It all begins with fear of the Lord.

Thoughts on Psalm 34

The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God

A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.

34 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. – Psa. 34:1-3

Human responsibility: Bless, praise, boast, hear, magnify, exalt

4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.

Fear God and there’s nothing else to fear.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.

Jesus perfectly supplies every provision.

11 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

Here is the fruit of fearing the Lord: Life. Many days. Seeing good. Clean words. Pure lips. Departing evil. Doing good. Seeking peace. Pursuing peace. It all begins with fear of the Lord.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

The attentiveness of the Lord.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

The Lord hears, delivers, is near, and saves.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

We are not promised comfort, but affliction. However, the Lord delivers, guards, and redeems.

Thoughts On Psalm 33

“Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.” – Psa. 33:1-3

Curious to argue for “no instruments” with verses like these.

“For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” – Psa.33:4-5

Does your idea of what God is like match up with what the Bible says God is like?

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.” – Psa. 33:6-7

Something did not come out of nothing. Here is the creative word of God in Creation. Man does not have this power, only God.

“Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” – Psa. 33:8-9

God has no rival or equal. He, alone is worthy of our fear, awe, and praise.

”The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” – Psa. 33:10-12

God is sovereign over the nations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Cursed is the nation whose god is NOT the Lord.

“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” – Psa. 33:13-15

God is sovereign over all people of every nation.

“No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.” – Psa. 33:16-17

Only God saves, delivers, and is a real hope.

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine.” – Psa. 33:18-19

God watches over, delivers, and keeps those who fear Him and hope in His mercy.

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.” – Psa. 33:20-22

God is our help and our shield.

Thoughts On Psalm 32

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” – Psa. 32:1-2

Sin is forgiven, covered, and not imputed (not counted against).

“When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.” – Psa. 32:3-4

Here’s what happens when we don’t confess sin.

“Everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found;” – Psa. 32:6

Time is running out; pray now.

“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” – Psa. 32:7

God hides, preserves, and surrounds us with songs.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.” – God (Psa. 32:8-9)

God’s personal engagement. Far too often I am the stubborn mule.

“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.” – Psa. 32:10

Which will it be sorrows or mercy?

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” – Psa. 32:11

Be glad, rejoice, and shout for joy all in one verse.

Many Things To Say To You

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” – Jesus (John 16:12)

What Jesus has to say and reveal is never exhausted.

However, revelation is only made to a mind which can accept it.

Clothed With Power

“Who established the mountains by His strength, Being clothed with power; – Psa. 65:6

The mountains did not make themselves. God, through His mighty power, established them.

You Who Are the Confidence

“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;” – Psa. 65:5

God is our confidence.

Raised

He who was delivered over because of our wrongdoings, and was raised because of our justification.” – Rom. 4:25

Every day is lived in the shadow of the cross and the hope of the empty tomb.

Walk Just As He

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” – 1 John 2:6

Profession involves an obligation to act accordingly to the profession.