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I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.  Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.  Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.  Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.  Psalm 116:1-5


I love the Lord because he heard me.  How does the psalmist know this?  He knows because he got results in some form that convinced him that God stepped in.  God answers, intervenes, helps, and saves us.  Because he listens I will always call on him.  Serious problems and mortal danger and fear of hell, the wrath of God fell on me.  The fear of God and sorrow motivated a cry to God for help.  The Lord does give us grace.  Last night I dreamed that my house was falling into the basement, where giant serpents waited to devour us.  I ran around telling the kids to get out in time.  Can we warn our children as the psalmist is doing here?


The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.  For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.  I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.  I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:  I said in my haste, All men are liars.  Psalm 116:6-11


God saves the simple and foolish people like myself.  God did answer with help, so breathe easy my worried soul!  You Lord have delivered me from real fears and death when my feet were slipping.  I have the privilege to walk with God here in the land of the living.  I spoke what I believed when I was threatened, and my hasty response was to call all men liars.


What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?  I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:12-15


How can I repay God for all he has done?  I can accept the sweet taste of salvation and call on God for my help.  I will behave righteously towards God in full view of his people.  If I do die, God sees our death as being precious.  If he is there for me, how can I complain about passing through the veil into his realm?  Come with us!



O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.  I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.  I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,  In the courts of the LORD’S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 116:16-19


I am the servant of you alone Lord, as a son of a faithful mother and a servant released from slavery.  I am willing to make the effort to give you thanks and to turn to you for my help.  In the view of everyone in Jerusalem I will honor my promises to honor you and praise the Lord.




O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 117:1-2


Every person of every nation should be praising God.  Considering the evil in the world God has proven his mercy and kindness to all of us.  Praise the Lord.  What part of telling the world that God is good can we fail to understand?  In two lines we have his word; his commandment.


Psalm 118


O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.  Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  Let them now that fear the LORD say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.  Psalm 118:1-5


Give thanks to God just because he is good to us, and he forgives us endlessly.  All of Israel should say that mercy is eternal.  We are of Israel as believers and we know that we test God’s patience and he proves his mercy regularly.  Let the House of Aaron, the priests and shepherds, that God is merciful.  If you fear God say that his mercy is forever.  When we say this it becomes part of our life that the world witnesses.  I called on God when I was in despair and he made me prosper again.


The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?  The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.  It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.  All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.  Psalm 118:6-10


The Lord is with me, this is a fact that he can reveal to you in crisis.  Then you know for sure that man can do nothing to harm you.  We will witness our victory over our enemies.  God is more trustworthy than men or princes.  Even if surrounded by enemy nations then in the name of the Lord Yeshua we will have victory.


They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.  They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.  Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.  The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.  The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.  Psalm 118:11-15


Although the enemy nations surround me I know that I will destroy them by the power of the name of the Lord.  They surrounded me like a swarm of bees.  That happened to me in Arizona so the dog and I broke records running to safety.  Those bees stayed with us for a great distance too!  But we see the sting of our enemies neutralized when we call on the name of the Lord.  I too have received the thrust of enemies who seek to harm or discourage me and today we still receive the Lord’s help.  A song is part of our strength, and the church should echo with his praises as he delivers victory to us.


The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.  I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.  The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.  Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:  This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.  Psalm 118:16-20


Thr right hand of the Lord is exalted.  In the New Testament Jesus is destined to stand at the right hand of God.  He is God’s right hand man; he is the arm and the hand of the Lord.  God has given me trials and punishment, but he spares me from death.  There is a gate; a barrier against injustice that we are allowed to pass through with God’s permission.


I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.  This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.  This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.  Psalm 118:21-25


I will praise you for hearing and saving me.  Now the psalmist (David?) is in the spirit of God again and about to speak for him.  The stone the builders turned down has become the cornerstone of the whole church now.  This line is recalled before the Priests of Israel by Peter in the New Testament:


Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.  This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Acts 4:10-11


So the singer has spoken a prophesy that would be witnessed by the high priest of Israel many generations later.  This is indeed marvelous in our eyes, and Peter remembered to praise the Lord by naming his name as our only salvation!  So the psalms teach rules of spiritual warfare that worked in Peter’s day, and still work for us today.  This is the day the Lord has made, and men still sing of it today.  Send me salvation too Lord!



Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.  God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.  Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Psalm 118:26-29


And who can come in the name of the Lord more than he who bears the name of the Lord?  Yeshua of Nazareth who is known as the Word was with god and was God in the beginning, before Abraham was I Am.  He who is the word spoke this line again in his time:


For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.  Matthew 23: 39


You are my God and I will exalt you by telling the world who you are.  All of us should thank God for being merciful to all of us who do not deserve you.


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when instructions are simple we may be tempted to do more.  But can we do more than what God asks us to do?  The Law would refute our effort to earn salvation, so we do better to hear his idea.  From the psalms before we can do a lot by just lifting his name in praise.


Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.  Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.  The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.  Psalm 113: 1-4

And indeed why not praise the Lord?  After all these reminders we should have seen the power reflected back from this act.  David has been inspired to be a voice for God himself in these psalms.  We should want our lives and our business to reflect the goodness of our God.  We have our entire day for as many days as we have to illuminate the name that gives life.  This one name; Yeshua, Jesus, is the only salvation and he is above all of us.

Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,  Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!  He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;  That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.  He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.  Psalm 113: 5-10

Who is like this God, who left heaven to look on us as a mere man?  He redeems the homeless and poor to give them honor.  The poor and childless woman is transformed by God to be the mother of nations.  Do praise God for these mercies.


When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language;  Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.  The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.  The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.  Psalm 114: 1-4

In the Exodus Israel was delivered from Egypt and its strange language, superstitions, and bondage.  Most of us have to move out of a bad situation into an unfamiliar situation at some point in life.  When God finally moves us he provides an open door.  The enemy was real, and so was the sea, but God moved all the obstacles that blocked Israel.

What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?  Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs?  Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;  Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.  Psalm 114: 5-8

What caused the great disturbances of nature that let Israel pass?  The supernatural is superior to nature.  When our knowledge of nature shows no way we may be about to discover new science as God reveals it to us.  If I set out to start a business or to get an education I have real work ahead of me.  But I should focus on the wonders that pave my way more than the obstacles that threaten failure.  God brought living water out of the rock of ages so we would see Yeshua in every part of nature around us.


Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.  Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: Psalm 115: 1-5

No Lord we are not to be honored for the great works that you have done.  Why should unbelievers say that our God is gone if they can see your name glorified in our prosperity?  Our God lives in the heavens and blesses his people while other beliefs are misguided towards stone and metals carved by men.

They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:  They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.  O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.  O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Psalm 115: 6-10

Those statues have features that do not live and move in the earth, let alone move the earth itself.  Those who carve idols are as lifeless as the images they form.  People of faith, please trust God who lives and helps and shields you.  Everyone faces challenges, but you face them with help from the throne of heaven.

Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.  The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.  He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great.  The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.  Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. Psalm 115: 11-15

You that are wise enough to fear God trust him to be greater than your lesser fears.  God cares for us and he will bless us.  He will bless the children of faith.  He will bless the weak and the strong alike.  He will bless.  He will cause you and your family to prosper and grow.  You are blessed.  The God of heaven and earth has done this for you.

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.  The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.  But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. Psalm 115: 16-18

The heavens are God’s realm, but he gave the earth to men to have dominion over it.  The dead do not praise the lord, nor those that are silent, having no praise for God.  Those who live without praising God are already dead.  The people of God know his goodness and give him praise forever; Praise the Lord!


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David in songs entered the presence of God and had communion there.  He may have begun with concerns about the day, but shifted quickly to praise of God.  The songs would endure, and the praise is still educating our generation.  The Psalms are a source of peace, even to people who have not fully discovered the grace in Yeshua, our Messiah.  In this Psalm David skips the introductions to report a direct announcement from God.  David is receiving a priority message direct from the central command of the universe.  It is short but vital.


PSALM 110  (A Psalm of David.)


The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.  Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.  The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.  He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.  He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.  Psalm 110:1-7


The Lord is speaking to David’s Lord?  David is living before the Messiah and yet seems to be speaking of a Lord like Christ as if he knows him already.  Indeed David has already prophesied about the branch of the Lord and if God spoke through him he fully understood the earlier conversation.  Yeshua, Jesus, is revealed often in the Old Testament.  God tells David’s Lord to sit at his right hand, honor mortals have not known.  He promises to make the enemies of this Messiah into a footstool.  The first sentence has already earned a paragraph of revelations.


The Lord will send the rod of your strength out of Zion so you can rule even when enemies are closing from every side.  Messiah would live among enemies and have his power even as they crucified him.  That did not seem to be a day of power, but that day will come.  When he returns his people will be willing and reflecting the beauty of holiness in their lives too.  Was the womb of the morning that day when he left the tomb to become eternally young?


God promised unwaveringly that his Lord would be a priest forever, as Melchizedek, who Abraham honored.  Indeed Melchizedek may have been a manifestation of David’s Lord, Yeshua.  He was a priestly order long before the Law or Aaron.  That Lord will become a king in power in the wrath of God.  He will strike kings and judge the heathen with death.  He will drink of the brook, perhaps the living water that he shares with his flock.  In this living water; which is his living word, our bible, he lifts up our head in salvation.  Now this message itself is the living word, the bible you now read, to lift our head and our hope.


Psalm 111


Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.  His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.  He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.  He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.  Psalm 111:1-5


Now the Psalmist is encouraged and inspired to praise God.  We have heard God speak through the writer in the previous psalm and this motivates the proclamation of God’s glory to the world.  This is not hesitation; it’s a proclamation and a testimony that God is good.


He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.  The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.  They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.  He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.  Psalm 111:6-10


God has given evidence for his people.  The world may never learn, even when the evidence is powerful.  To those with only a little faith God’s works give confidence.  The humble and repentant people have redemption and they know it.  Their fear was well-directed to God who can destroy the soul.  Their fear is taken away from the threats of our enemies and redirected towards the real power of God.  Their fear produced wisdom and understanding that eludes those who trust their own works.  When they heard the praise of God they obeyed by faith and found life.


Psalm 112


Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.  His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.  Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.  Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.  A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. Psalm 112:1-5


Praise the Lord, give the world evidence that God is good.  Announce the rewards of the fear of God and the blessing of obedience.  The man who lives of God will have a prosperous family.  He will prosper in this life and in eternal righteousness.  He will be compassionate and generous to the world around him.


Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.  His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.  He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.  The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish. Psalm 112:6-10


It is a certainty that a good man will not be moved and his righteousness will be remembered forever.  To be remembered as good for a few years is honorable, but how much more for eternity?  That is the realm that belongs exclusively to God, and his declaration of your goodness is a reward past this life’s treasures.


This man will not fear bad news.  His confidence is anchored and unmoving, while his enemies will Fade before him.  We remember how this was so for Joseph even as slavery and false imprisonment passed into history.  So as Joseph all God-fearing men will be part of God’s eternal honor.  As Pharaoh was vanquished so are the threats that speak against any of God’s own.  Our God has given us salvation greater than Moses, and as David was promised this hope is also ours in Yeshua Ha Meschia.






We are usually admonished to praise God in these psalms.  But today the psalmist addressed God directly as a participant in the song of life.  To live for God we have to live with God, illustrating our trust for the world to see.  Like dark matter and dark energy we cannot measure the spiritual realm, but we know that it holds the universe together.  Someone is there for anyone who can see with the eyes of faith.

PSALM 108 (A Song or Psalm of David.)

O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.   Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.  I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.  For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.  Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;  Psalm 108: 1-5

I have joy in the morning because God has given me a day.  Since he has also given me eternal days I have even more reason to praise him.  Now I have a greater adventure because I can share that eternal gift with others.  All I have to do is to make sure I tell people about the gifts of God.  God’s mercy reaches all the people on the earth, and he can also reach those in orbit in space.  Remember Apollo 8 astronauts reading from Genisis?  We too can praise him today!

That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.  God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.  Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;  Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.  Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?  Psalm 108: 6-10

Lord, be glorified by my testimony to others so I too can be saved.  I will divide the lands of Seechem and deliver the property to its owners of Israel.  This same passage is found in Psalm 60.  David is assured of victory and ownership of the Canaan lands.  He is confident of victory over the enemies of Israel.

Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?  Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.  Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies. Psalm 108: 11-13

You, the God who threw us away, won’t you go into the battle with us now?  Our generals are only men, and their plans are feeble next to yours.  Now we will remember to call on you and with your help we will have our victory.  It is God who wins our battles for us, not our own works.

Oh my, this writer has been unemployed for over five years now, and I have no education of note.  But the trade skill that I have remains in reach and God has pointed out open doors to serve.  My plans are feeble, but I have seen deliverance.  We can invest in business or plant crops, but it is the Lord who will bring the harvest.

PSALM 109  (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.)

Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;  For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.  They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.  For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.  And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.  Psalm 109: 1-5

Is there true evil in the world?  Do people allow their minds to imagine false accusations?  At times even the people of faith may be tempted to judge falsely without evidence or even an excuse for investigation.  Rumors are just as good as facts, and some even invent the rumors to serve their jealousy.  For these David asks God to be the judge.  David will not act against them except in prayer.  He will trust God to clear a safe path for him.

Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.  When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.  Let his days be few; and let another take his office.  Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.  Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places. Psalm 109: 6-10

If these people love evil then give them a leader of their own kind.  Those who hear the dark ideas are listening to Satan and they are the leaders who will draw the evil men down to the lake of fire with their dark lord.  If they spawn like flies their children learn the ways of maggots, so the sins of the fathers will draw them into decay as well.

Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.  Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.  Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.  Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.  Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth. Psalm 109: 11-15

Extortioners may be crude criminals or respected elected officials.  So evil men may suck the life blood of other evil men as they gather in dark cities.  The sins of fathers, sons, and grandchildren are all observed and noted by God.  They are already booked for prosecution.

Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.  As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.  As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.  Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.  Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul. Psalm 109: 16-20

These Are people who have a memory problem about mercy.  These people may have bible teaching, but the natural heart yearns for vengeance.  If they do not ask for supernatural help they may start a tale that turns into a lynch mob.  So David asks God to mark the works of evil “return to sender”.  So the cursing will become the covering of those who launched the attack.

But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name’s sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.  For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.  I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.  My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.  I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads. Psalm 109: 21-25

David has been a target, and he asks God to save him.  Later in the book of Esther we will see a demonstration that returns evil to the enemy of Esther and her uncle Mordecai.  They may have remembered this example that David has left for us during their crisis.

Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:  That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.  Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.  Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.  I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.  For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul. Psalm 109: 26-31

When your enemies know that God was their judge, they witness another form of praise.  This revelation is evidence of a mighty God.  Enemies will learn to fear God while the persecuted learn to praise God.  When the poor are delivered, they know that their God was their hope and their strength.  These are the witnesses that praise with sincerity.  Their testimony is the hope of the world around us


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We are usually admonished to praise God in these psalms.  But today the psalmist addressed God directly as a participant in the song of life.  To live for God we have to live with God, illustrating our trust for the world to see.  Like dark matter and dark energy we cannot measure the spiritual realm, but we know that it holds the universe together.  Someone is there for anyone who can see with the eyes of faith.

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;  And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.  They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.  Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.  Psalm 107:1-5

To speak to God with gratitude acknowledges his participation in the conversation and in our conversion.  Acknowledgement to him and to our world confirms the source of safety to all who know they need to be saved from a spiritual enemy.  Everyone so redeemed still has a journey to reach a promised land, and it is still a hard road.  When I announce that God is my source and destination our fellow travelers know where to find what they are hungering for.

Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.  And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.  Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;  Psalm 107:6-10

Amazingly after all these lessons the people do remember who to turn to for help.  They find the right road through the hard times and arrive at the city of glory.  If people would just give honor and praise to God for the neighbors to learn about him!  He does deliver hope to the needy.  Those neighbors are bound in death by the mistakes that tear their lives apart.  Old fashioned mistakes like fornication and greed fail to build a good life.  Avoidable mistakes bring them disease, divorce, poverty, and prison.

Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:  Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.  Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.  Psalm 107:11-16

Because they rebelled…the cause is found in their choices.  Although God allowed the consequences they suffered, but only enough to be awakened.  We can all wake up and follow their example.  They cried to the Lord and he saved the people who didn’t deserve to be saved.  There was real pain and despair before that relief came, and we only need to remember to appreciate what God has offered us.  We should tell our neighbors who gives us mercy, grace, and wisdom for safety.  The Lord is good.

Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.  Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.  He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:17-20

Who is punished?  Those who try to evade the natural laws of God.  Those who refuse to believe that they answer to a real God discover real distress until they hear that God is good.  Then they speak to God and discover mercy.  Israel repeated this cycle endlessly as an example to us.  Don’t we sometimes read the bible and wonder why they never learn?  They are our example for today.

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. Psalm 107:21-25

So, church, it is our job to praise God to our friends so they remember his name.  Giving thanks is a sacrifice for them, a huge effort after actively ignoring him.  Once they start he joins them and inspires their rejoicing.  This pattern is also seen among the men who go to sea as sailors.  They witness the power of his works as the waves sink and rise to tower over them.  I took a canoe past a breakwater in Lake Huron once, and immediately felt the power of the lake pulling me away from the safety of land. I retreated quickly.

They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.  Psalm 107:26-30

Those stormy waves can still overpower the modern super freighters.  The oceans, and even the Great Lakes have broken the backs of steel leviathans.  Those men witness a ship capsizing and rolling like a toy while their legs forget where their balance is at.  These men remember what prayer is for, and God remembers to honor them.  There are many kinds of storms in life, and God is prepared to guard the coasts of your home as well.

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.  He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;  A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.  He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. Psalm 107:31-35

How can God bring them to the desired haven if no one is operating the lighthouse?  Who will publish a declaration of the safe haven in Jesus name?  God can turn the rivers and seas into a desert.  In Russia the Aral Sea has become a desert as our cover photo shows, but in Israel the desert has been made to bloom as the people of the land return.

And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;  And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.  He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.  Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.  He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Psalm 107:36-40

Where God created the waters he brought the hungry to build their city.  Even today God has planted the Jews in prosperous fields and they are blessed in Israel.  They do still see war and strife, but they will see their way to salvation in his time.  God has no respect for leaders who mislead or abuse their flocks so they are left in confusion.

Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.  The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.  Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. Psalm 107:41-43

While leaders are lost, their people are delivered from poverty and established their families as his own sheep.  Those who observe the deliverance of the oppressed will celebrate while evil will fall silent in fear.  Wisdom will have the spiritual view of all this and reflect the love that God would want, even as he gives.



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As always the psalmist gives honor to God for his goodness.  Formerly he observed the ancient works, and now he addresses the gifts that God gave to the patriarchs.  Nature has been our womb, and now supernatural freedom has been given to man.    Abraham leads us to generations of evidence for God.


Psalm 105


O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.  Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.  Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.  Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;  Psalm 105:1-5


How else can I start my day except to praise God for giving it to me?  I’m alive!  I have this day and I can tell the world about the great days I have witnessed where God has given me victory.  Before my day were the foundations of time, and more recently are the patriarch who also gave this testimony.


O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.  He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.  He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.  Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Psalm 105:6-10


You of Israel who are descended from Abraham Isaac and Jacob, he is our God.  I can say this as one grafted into the family of Abraham by faith.  He is our God, and I am of Abraham.  God remembers the covenant he made with Abraham, and we are all part of this eternal agreement.


Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Psalm 105:11-15


This morning I celebrate God’s promise that Israel has Cannan and we all have our promised land.  Abraham had a small family in a large land so God protected them from enemies in that strange new land.  Indeed Abraham’s family was able to intervene against  kings with strong armies.  His new nation was under God’s protection even as it has been since 1948.


Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.  He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:  Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:  Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.  The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. Psalm 105:16-20


A famine in the land; isn’t that bad news?  And Joseph the favorite son was secretly sold as a slave.  Worse still, he became a convicted sex offender, which wasn’t good even in those days.  The word of the Lord tried him, then the word came.  Yeshua was there even then to be the word and to give mercy to Joseph.


He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:  To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.  Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.  And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.  He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants. Psalm 105:21-25


The king made Joseph ruler of his substance, kind of a prime minister.  Not bad for an ex-con.  Now the young man is a wealthy ruler of Egypt when his brothers arrive seeking food to survive.  When they recognized their lost brother, he gave mercy as God had given to him.  Israel prospered while Egypt began to hate them.  Do I see a shadow of Messiah in all this?  A brother presumed dead returns with mercy and the world begins to hate these children of faith over the centuries they lived together.


He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.  They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.  He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word.  He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.  Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings. Psalm 105:26-30

Moses experiences the opposite of Joseph, leaving royal comforts to become a shepherd to a stubborn flock.  Egypt rejected his declaration of independence so God delivered plagues on them.


He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts.  He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land.  He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.  He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,  And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. Psalm 105:31-35


God sent bugs.  I moved to the west from Michigan and I don’t miss the bugs that seek blood relentlessly.  I could have taken that hint alone.  But Egypt needed hail, fire, storms, and even more nasty bugs.  The harvest was all gone now.


He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.  He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.  Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.  He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.  The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. Psalm 105:36-40


Oh Egyptian leaders can’t take a hint.  Just ask their last president, even today.  The death of children closed the deal though, and Israel was sent away gladly, with riches as well.  Egypt feared Israel, but they failed to understand that they should fear the Lord.  In our day some of Egypt have discovered Christ, and they too are grafted in to Israel by faith.  Israel left with a guiding light and provisions for their journey.


He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.  For he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.  And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:  And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;  That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 105:41-45


Again a shadow of Yeshua Ha Meschia in this rock.  We will remember that a rock of ages, the stone the builders rejected, will produce living water in the future.  The psalmist is again singing in the spirit, and God is using him for a prophetic message.  Israel received a land and the psalmist reminds us again to always Praise the Lord.  Praise is capitalized, as a verb and a noun both it is a proper sacrifice to God.


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TO YOU       

The psalmist again demonstrates praise, reveals the power that it awakens, and includes you in those rewards.  He offers a comparison of that which is alive and growing and that which is a dead growth of a past season.  You are invited to join the endless summer; can you feel the Lord in this?


Psalm 103 (A Psalm of David.)


Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  Psalm 103:1-5


We can call our whole being into service to exalt the name of the Lord.  As I engage my whole being in praise I remember all the ways that he has already lifted me in the past.  He has lifted me from my worst state and delivered me from injuries and illness.  He carried my family and I through lean times.  I feel strength and energy as he restores my youthful energy.


The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  Psalm 103:6-11


All the downtrodden can call on God for help, and will hear his people.  He will let us recover from his correction and he forgives us.  His mercy is great enough that he doesn’t give us what we really deserve.


As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.  As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.  Psalm 103:12-16


We dwell on the great expanse of mercy where are sins are beyond the horizon of memory.  God sympathizes with those who fear and obey him.  He knows that we are weak flesh, full of temptations.  Our days are too short to be of value without mercy.  We are gone like last year’s grass.


But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.  The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments,   hearkening unto the voice of his word.  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.  Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.  Psalm 103:17-22


There is no limit to God’s forgiveness and mercy; you are eligible.  He is fair to you and your family down to your grandchildren.  His throne is established above everything else.  The psalmist is envisioning the glory above and in this he calls the heavenly host to exalt the Lord too.  The psalmist is calling the angels, the ministers, and the heavens to bless the Lord as if he himself is in a vision of the heavenly host.  He calls all of the creation to bless the creator, and finally he again calls his own soul to bless the Lord.  It would seem that his soul has complied, and probably the host of heaven as well.  Mission accomplished in the joy of the Lord.


Psalm 104

This psalmist will not let his soul forget to bless the Lord.  He reminds us as well, and an often repeated lesson is meant to be learned.


Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.  Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:  Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:  Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:  Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.  Psalm 104:1-5


The psalmist engages his soul in direct communion with the Lord now.  He honors the Lord as a participant in this song.  Some songs are not written with great effort, but spring from the soul as a spontaneous celebration.  He sings as speaking directly to the Lord, and as one who is seeing the vision he is painting in song.  This is a song inspired by the subject of his praise, the Lord himself.  The word is living and revealing himself in the living word here, even as he inspired the singer.


Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.  At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.  They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.  Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.  He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. Psalm 104:6-10


You Lord covered the earth with oceans and changed their places and their foundations.  You sent them in the great flood, then limited them from doing that ever again.  You delivered our springs and rivers to the earth.


They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.  By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.  He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.  He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;  And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart. Psalm 104:11-15


You, our creator, gave the streams for the creatures and the plants of the earth.  You provided crops for man and his herds, and abundant foods to give life and joy to man.


The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;  Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house.  The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.  He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.  Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. Psalm 104:16-20


God created robust trees for the birds, and hills for the wildlife of the earth.  Here in Wyoming we have the mountain sheep, elk, and antelope.  Around the world God provided a food chain for all the grazing and predatory animals.  Now we have to protect his creation from poachers and the lust for profit.  God also provided men to serve as game agents, and technicians to patrol the skies with drones.  He still provides today.


The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God.  The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens.  Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.  O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.  So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. Psalm 104:21-25


The order of God provides for lions and men alike.  The wisdom of God is established in the wonder of creation.  The earth and the seas declare the order that is, and that has been in place for the ages.


There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.  These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.  That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.  Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust.  Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. Psalm 104:26-30


On the seas are ships and great creatures that all depend on God for life.  The life of the earth comes and fades into death only to be replaced by new life.  The cycle of life is eternal.  Lord, your spirit established and renews all the life here.


The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.  He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke.  I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.  My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.  Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD. Psalm 104:31-35


God is glorified and he is the power over the earth.  The psalmist sings praises of God, and will do so for his lifetime.  These are the testimonies of God that have been confirmed for all the ages of the past and of the future to come.  This is testimony of God from old times, and newer assurances will come in the next psalms.  The psalmist knows a lifetime of evidence, and declares the evidence of all history: God is good.

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