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THE PERSON OF WISDOM

Solomon has been given wisdom and finds it to be a fountain of wealth.  God gave him prosperity along with wisdom because he saw humility in this young king.  What is this wisdom that the young king is getting to know?

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My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:  So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  Proverbs 3:1-5

The wisdom of Solomon fits his place in God’s plan.  We are admonished to remember the Law but to let our heart keep his commandments.  Now we know that the Law kills by revealing the sin in our hearts.  Yet even then they could remember the law and desire them in their heart.  The will to do right itself can extend our days and health.  In time Jesus would open the way to salvation by faith, not by works.  He would save whosoever will, those who have the will to do right by accepting Yeshua, their messiah.  Mercy and truth were to be close to our heart, in our desire, not tied to our bodies in little boxes.  This is the path to life, not in the outward signs and rituals of religion.  Every cult is a deviation into our own carnal efforts to be religious.  God wants us to know that we are failures as we remember the Law that condemns us.  God welcomes the willing, the merciful, the humble, not the self righteous.  God wants us to turn to him for forgiveness, to trust him more than our imagined duties and dogmatic rituals.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:  So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.  Proverbs 3:6-10

When David repeated a message to praise God it was to make the world around us aware of our hope.  Everything we do should reflect the hope we have in God.  Our work ethic, our recreation, our words all belong to our fear of God.  The natural or carnal wisdom suggests the value of cheating.  A young singer chooses to become a musical harlot to tap the wealth of an immoral world of young rebellion.  A rich man runs for president claiming to be a Christian while speaking like a hateful fool.  His Presbyterian church embraces homosexuality while the candidate hides his “faith” as being “personal”.  King David advised such leaders to praise the Lord, not to hide the Lord.  This is faith; to honor the Lord with your tithe and your life.  The fruit of faith is prosperity.

My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:  For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.  Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.  For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.  Proverbs 3:11-15

Don’t feel bad if you discern that God himself is punishing you.  First you should know that your hearing is not dull if you recognize God’s voice.  His sheep know their master’s voice; and they know if it is meaning reward or reproof.  Then know that your father in heaven is as loving as any good father; he means to teach you to be right.  As we grow the punishment diminishes from spankings to just the words of correction that we will be wise enough to respond to.  When you find this wisdom you can recognize that love will guide you to prosperity.  The temptation to backslide into the carnal world has no wealth that can compare to the value of a clear conscience.  That will carry you to treasures in heaven beyond imagination.  Remember; this life is only an entrance exam for the true life, the great life, the eternal life.  God has a plan for you there if you follow his plan here.

Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.  The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.  By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew.  Proverbs 3:16-20

There is promise for a long life, honor, and wealth in this world, with the help of wisdom.  It may seem slow in coming but this path will be the most rewarding.  We are in the world, but not of it.  If there is a father in heaven, there is a mother on earth in wisdom.  There was a tree of life in Eden, and it is the same now in the wisdom she offers you here.  Take of the fruit of wisdom instead of that of the tree of carnal knowledge.  This wisdom is the foundation of the universe.  We can understand science and nature fully only when we understand the wisdom that begins with the fear of God.  God and wisdom are your father and mother in everything.

My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:  So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck.  Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.  When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.  Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  Proverbs 3:21-25

God admonished Solomon to keep the Law and the Commandments close to his heart.  These are the Word of God, and now we know that the Word is the Son of God in the flesh, a life given to demonstrate wisdom to us.  No mortal could do that until Yeshua Ha Meschia who gave grace to the Old Testament after his crucifixion.  If Solomon would keep the desire for wisdom in his heart he would be drawn to repent as his father had.  When I was living in sin I learned that the Psalms of David could show me peace and let me sleep without being drunk.  So the patriarchs too had sin but knew peace if they kept the commandments in their heart.  David was an adulterer and a murderer and was still a man after God’s own heart.  They found shelter from fear in the promises of God in this life.  He is our hope.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  John 1:1-5

John knew the name of the Lord, he had walked with him and talked with him, even as the song “In the Garden”.  John knew that Yeshua and Yahweh, Jesus and God, were one and the same.  If Jesus was the designer and builder of the universe, then his life, the Bible, is also that creator.  The word and the commandments are born of wisdom, and she began as the fear of God the father.  Family values go full circle in the meaning of life.

For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.  Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.  Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.  Proverbs 3:26-30

We have one great anchor in our God.  We can operate with confidence in the wisdom that points to mercy and charity.  If you are able to give to others we should do it without waiting for the government to demand a tax for it.  If the church is working we should never hear about a need for welfare.  We shouldn’t seek revenge against our sinner neighbors because we are all sinners.  Otherwise our churches would be empty.  We should never harm a neighbor because he has a different religion or ethnicity because they are doing no harm to us.  Those harm themselves because they are deprived of the wisdom we claim to possess.  If we share the love of Jesus they may want to find this wisdom for themselves.  There are Christians winning many Muslims to Jesus in ISIS territories today by this wisdom.  The Lord is our confidence to do good.

Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.  For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous.  The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.  Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.  The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools. Proverbs 3:31-35

The popular masses love the cheaters and loud bigots who get quick wealth and power.  We shall not envy those who pervert wisdom for personal gain and fame.

Froward:

Turning back to one’s own ways; difficult to deal with: stubbornly disobedient or contrary; going in one’s own willful ways.

Habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition

Distortion, crookedness, to go wrong; go crooked, backsliding, twisted, distorted, crooked, perverse, perverted, perversity, or perverse thing.

Not easily controlled; stubbornly willful; contrary

These are an abomination to God, an offense, while he secretly supports the honest and obedient.  There is a master controlling this life, a secret force of judgment in the universe.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, because his promise is eternal.  Do not fear the death of the saints, because they have been promoted into the eternal life, the greater life, the great reward.  Solomon had the promises of God without the revelation of the eternal life or the immediate grace of Yeshua.  But his generation would live by wisdom by faith even as we do in this life today.  We will see rewards for faith even as Yeshua revealed grace to his generation.  We have witnessed thousands of years of testimony that remains unshaken today.  God gives grace to the faithful, but reserves shame for the fools of the world.

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THE LESSONS OF WISDOM

God gave Solomon wisdom, and Solomon shared it with his people, including us today.  We need to remember that the Law was given to prove that we are not able to obey in total, and it condemns us to death.  Wisdom is given here with the knowledge that man would hear wisdom, and still have the free will to disobey.  Solomon had already taken wives with strange religions and his choices are actually leading Israel away from the wisdom he points us to.

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;  So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;  Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;  If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;  Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.  Proverbs 2:1-5

We need to study the words of this book and keep them fresh in our memory to know wisdom.  We need to cry out for wisdom, actually praying for this gift.  This request will be honored as the power and fear of God is unveiled to motivate your wisdom.

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.  He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.  Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.  When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;  Proverbs 2:6-10

God gives wisdom, and he speaks to us from our prayers and in the word that we have before us here.  He is the armor and safe passage of the willing student.  You will recognize the safe path when this wisdom enters you through the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:  To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;   Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;  Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;  Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:  Proverbs 2:11-15

There is safety in wisdom that protects us from the traps that await the rebellious and violent people.  Those have chosen the way of death for a season of lust who have no faith in the life to come.  These people around us celebrate their sins and have fellowship with the darkness of death.

To deliver thee from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flattereth with her words;  Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.  For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.  None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.  That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.  Proverbs 2:16-20

That discretion of wisdom can save you from the beautiful temptress who uses your vanity to lead you to destruction.  These are the women (and men) who rebel against the wisdom of their parents and their God.  How many diseases, divorces, and deaths are multiplied in our modern world in the pattern of these ancient warnings!  The way of rebellious temptation is a downward spiral and today the world is circling the drain.  This wisdom will take you by the well marked path of life.

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.  But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it..  Proverbs 2:21-22

These men who stay on the path of wisdom are promised a home in their land which they may possess and stay in.  But the warning remains for the removal of evil men from their homelands.  It had already been done to the Canaanites before Israel, and this would also happen to the evil of Israel as we will see.

THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM

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THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM

We have completed the Psalms and the message of King David.  He reminded us to praise the Lord, and he is remembered as a man after God’s own heart.  His son Solomon witnessed the rebellion of his brother Absalom and all the trials of David’s kingdom.  He was instructed by the Psalms and all the teachings of this godly father.  Yet when he became the king he had allowed some compromises that were not pleasing to God.  We may have hope for our children if they can remember our wisdom when it is needed.  David was a king who demonstrated humility to his son.  Solomon must have remembered this lesson from the Psalms:

 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 111:10

The fear of God is a starting point for wisdom, but it may take a season to reach us.  So we find Solomon in a few youthful indiscretions as he assumes leadership of a nation that is also inclined to backslide.

And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaoh’s daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.  Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the Lord, until those days.  And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.  And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.  In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.   1 Kings 3:1-5

So Solomon had taken a gentile wife, and sacrificed in the high places forbidden in the Law of Moses.  Even after the temple was built he offered sacrifices in a well known high place.

Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:  And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.  Deuteronomy 12King :2-3

God is merciful, and agreed to give Solomon his wish, to answer his prayer in spite of the errors going on.  It takes us time to learn, and Solomon was a young king.  So Solomon made his request.

And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.  And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.  And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?   And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  1 Kings 3:6-10

Solomon was king, and he was already a married man, but he was humble enough to acknowledge his youth and inexperience.  He knew that he needed help to manage a nation that had brought some grief to his father.  He knew that he had to ask for help for the mission ahead of him.  The Lord rewarded his servant for this request.

And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;  Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.  And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.  And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.  And 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 up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.  1 Kings 3:11-15

Solomon was given wisdom, wealth, and honor.  His first act with this wisdom was to go to the proper house of worship in the temple in Jerusalem and make offerings there.  He immediately demonstrated wisdom in his leadership for which he became famous.  Yet the working of wisdom is not an instant miracle, and his life would only see that gift fulfilled after some hard lessons.  He will only reveal the sum of that wisdom after the sum of his regrets.

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The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;  To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;  To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;  To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.  A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:  To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.  Proverbs 1:1-6

These proverbs are presented to give perception and discretion.  Oh I wish our leadership candidates today could understand discretion, diplomacy, and humility.  God is taking us into situations that have been prophesied for many millennia and those warnings are cloaked in dark sayings.  Understanding, wisdom, and equity do NOT proceed from the mouth of the loud, vain, corrupt, wealthy, powerful, FOOLS we would choose to be our kings.  Hear these proverbs!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:  For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.  Proverbs 1:7-9

So the Psalm of David was remembered and repeated by Solomon, and his instruction and examples live on in the confirmation of these proverbs.

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.  If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:  Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:  We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:  Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:  My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:  For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood.  Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.  And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives.  So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.  Proverbs 1:10-19

So Solomon has turned away from the high places, and calls us to ignore the popular temptations.  It should be obvious that we are not to join with thieves and killers, but almost the entire population of Germany followed a lie for their own prosperity in the last century.  Is America any better for the previous century when our desire for land and farms displaced the Native Americans?  Are we any better when we allow big corporations to corrupt our political system to gain our way in elections?  Do we send our young people to war for the greed for oil and profits?  Your snares are known to everyone; your secrets are revealed.  Those who are discovered conspiring to violence for greed will be caught in their own traps and hanged on their own gallows.  (Thus saith the Lord)

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:  She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,  How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Proverbs 1:20-23

The message of hope has been declared in all the world; in every language by missionaries  in the air, on the radio, and on the internet.  Good men have lived the example of faith for many millennia so wisdom has been displayed to everyone.  Even the Old Testament people received the Gospel when Jesus went to them after his crucifixion.  God accepted Solomon while he was sinning, and rewarded his humility with wisdom and wealth too.  How long will we try to steal what God is willing to give?

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:  They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Proverbs 1:24-30

We have been offered the only name by which we can be save; Praise the name of the Lord, who is Yeshua, Jesus.  This God of mercy has made a limited time offer.  Because the world follows popular belief they have chosen to mock the truth of the Ancient of Days, and they deny the life offered to them.  God will destroy the people who rebelled against him even as Absalom rebelled against his father David.  He evokes the image of a tornado, which we have often seen in America, as his destruction of evil men.  They who do not fear God will not be heard when they finally will cry out to him.

Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.  But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. Proverbs 1:30-33

If the world chooses to devour others with evil, they will be devoured by their own evil.  Deviating from the truth of salvation in Jesus will kill the fools of this world.  The wealth gained by oppressing others will be the evidence of possessing stolen goods before the throne of judgment.  This does not apply to those who come humbly to find wisdom to help other people and will serve our God.  You who have entered the Kingdom of God by faith will fear no evil.

DAVID’S FINAL MESSAGE: SUMMATION

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THE LIFE MISSION

King David was a mortal man, who lived, aged, and died.  A lifetime of experience is reflected in these psalms or songs.  Here he delivers the one single message that all of mankind needs for success.  That message points to the only answer we have; to look to someone else for our hope.  Our mission is to deliver that hope to others.

Psalm 146

Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.  While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.  Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.  His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.  Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:  Psalm 146:1-5

Do this in private, but do it in public too.  Tim Tebow is on target even while he is being a target.  Yes the world complains about preaching, but the lost sheep of Israel are in the same crowd.  So speak up!  Don’t place your hopes on wealthy or influential people, nut in the God we praise.  We will find our joy only in trusting god.

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Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:  Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:  The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:  The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.  The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 146:6-10

This is God who created the earth unlike any planet ever seen to date.  God protects, feeds, and heals those who embrace him.  This is God Who loves those who are faithful yet delivers evil men to judgment.  This God is forever and he is to be praised; to the world.

Psalm 147 

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.  The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.  Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.  Psalm 147:1-5

Yes, we sing praises to God in worship too.  Even in the sanctuary praise is good, even if we are all gathered believers.  God reinforces Jerusalem, his church through praise.  When we demonstrate praise to the congregation they learn that this is our key purpose, and they are healed and made whole.  God is the creator who knows all of his creation, every star and asteroid by name.

The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.  Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:  Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.  He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry.  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.  Psalm 147:6-10

This God lifts those who are willing to be humble, rejects the cheaters and the violent.  Sing praises in the congregation and join the musical instruments in harmony.  God provides rain for plants, which feed the animals and the baby birds in the nest.  God is not impressed by the strength of man or beast, which he created and harvests as all flesh.  To a world of industry he still provides as he did for agriculture.  There is some credit for the workers, and destruction for the greedy captains of industry.  He warned the Jews not to abuse their own, and needs no union to render judgment in his season.  He is not impressed by our skill in marketing or manufacturing and does not forget the crimes of our greed.

The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.  For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.  He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.  He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.  Psalm 147:11-15

God has built walls around the people who call on his name.  Publicize the goodness of this God who secures the locks on your fortress.  God has given you a home of peace and prosperity for your health.  God has published his word to the word, and it quickly influences the people of the world around you.  Your light motivates the lost to desire your hope, so tell them his name.

He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.  He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?  He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.  He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.  He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the Lord..  Psalm 147:16-20

When the fall comes he sends the frost, then the blizzards on the earth.  When the winters of life are harsh, who can stand in the icy blast?  But as the seasons move, the warm spring melts the snow, and fills the rivers with the water that brings us life.  He teaches the righteous leaders his word, the living water, for our prosperity.  No nation outside the Kingdom of God sees this prosperity, and you are released from God’s anger by grace.  Remember to Praise our God.

Psalm 148 

Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights.  Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.  Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.  Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.  Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.  Psalm 148:1-5

We are all called to Praise God, those with him in heaven, those on the high achievements of this life, even the angelic host above us all.  Our celestial Sun, moon,   planets, and stars are placed to reveal his glory.  There are galaxies beyond the galaxies that we can see or detect, and nebulas of living water giving glory to this creator, Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus, our Lord.  Let us all praise the God who spoke us into being.

He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.  Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word:  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:  Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:  Psalm 148:6-10

God created the universe to be eternal, not to collapse on itself or to end.  Every terrible living creature, powerful storm, shaking mountain, volcano, and all life fulfill his word and publish his praise.

Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:  Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:  Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.  He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 148:11-14

David was a king who pulled the people together and established a great nation.  It grew stronger under his son Saul, but never help the moral high ground as it did under David’s godly modesty.  God is our refuge and every ruler of this age should give him glory.  The name of the Lord is the key they needed, and Jesus, Yeshua provided that key.  Those who praise any other deity, government, or philosophy are denied the power of his grace.

Psalm 149

Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.  Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.  Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.  For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.  Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Psalm 149:1-5

Let Israel and the children of Zion have joy in their King.  We remember that David revealed a King in his prophesy earlier, a messiah who is revealed as Yeshua, who we pronounce as Jesus now.  This is not a king, but the word is capitalized as King, the only King of Israel.  And we remember that Yeshua allowed both Jew and Gentile to be grafted into the tree of Israel.  The sons of Ishmael are also being rejoined with their brother Isaac in the house of Abraham…there is revival in the crisis of ISIS!  If you are among the celebration in Zion then join the celebration!  God is pleased with his people and reflects his beauty over you now…rejoice!

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;  To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;  To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;  To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 149:6-9

Your praise of God is your weapon against the gathering darkness.  Christians are being martyred all over the world but their praise is raising up a greater army even as during the Roman persecution.  Praise of Jesus is your power to overcome, even as Christians won over Rome and the world.  The Kingdom of God is without boundaries so be within the kingdom when judgment begins.

And I saw the beast, and  (ALL!) the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  Revelation 19:19

The kings of the earth will make war on God.  All the kings of the earth will choose the wrong side.  But your Kingdom is without boundaries and is always found with the army of the Lord.  Your boundaries are established in your praise of the only name by which you can be saved:  Yeshua Ha Meschia, Jesus.

Psalm 150

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.  Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord..  Psalm 150: 1-6

Do not be deceived, no political party is Christian, and no nation is Christian.  True faith is a minority and cannot win the vote or the carnal warfare.

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Matthew 7:14

Arms will not save you from corrupt government.  All the nations of the earth will war against God.  The KINGDOM OF GOD will be HIS army, and the boundaries are found within his praise.  Christians are in the Kingdom of God wherever they are now, and we will be with him when his time comes.  Here is where you should be when his time comes:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2019&version=KJV

CLIMATE CHANGE

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DECLARATION OF WAR

David has been persecuted by enemies, and he is about to go on the offensive.  The works of darkness have offended him and he is going to war now.  Face it, man is damaging the world with sin, and threatening our own extinction.  God gave us a time and a season to get it right.  If God made us stewards, why are we so insanely self destructive?

Psalm 144 (A Psalm of David.)

Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:  My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.  LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!  Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.  Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.  Psalm 144:1-5

Bless God for teaching me how to engage in warfare.  Is this the God of love?  David and Israel have been the targets of invading armies and violence for many millennia.  Modern Israel has survived wars in the face of overwhelming enemy numbers and Russian technology.  They have done so without the full support of their allies in many cases, and it may be so today as well.  Many feel that American leadership is abandoning Israel.  But their God is a shield and remains trustworthy today.  Why should God favor Israel when they are still mortal flesh, born in sin like everyone else?  David knew that we are mortal, and undeserving, as Israel is today.  But he was confident to ask God to shake the earth and the powers in it.  But does David expect to see the victory by the military might of Israel?  Israel would soon be defeated by Babylon because of their sins.  What did he expect?  The scriptures he read pointed to a variable range of experience ahead.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:3-8

Life offers seasons of joy, sorrow, prosperity, sickness, war, and death.  How could David expect to war against all the threats of life?  Notice what David is expecting of God now.  The next verses point to the real source of his hope for victory.

Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them.  Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children;  Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.  I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee.  It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.  Psalm 144:6-10

David asks God to do his warfare, to deliver the miraculous deliverance from the works of evil men.  David has learned to engage in spiritual warfare, keeping his life honest and letting God be the judge of men who do evil.  He gives credit to God for saving him, not to his own strategic skills or the power of his army.

Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:  That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:  That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets:  That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.  Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.  Psalm 144:11-15

How can children threaten David, the king of Israel?  I once lived in an affluent suburb where some of the church youth were experimenting with heroin.  Such was the nature of Sodom, the city of choice for Lot.  God did rid Abraham of the sinners who threatened his nephew.  He led me out of that kind of a city too, and life is much better in the less affluent areas of rural America.  David asked God to cleanse the land, and he still brings prosperity to those who honor his word.  Spiritual warfare is holy living and prayer, and overcomes much more than the weapons of carnal warfare.

Psalm 145

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.  Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.  One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.  I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.  Psalm 145:1-5

David finds so many ways to repeat this message; instructing us to praise God.  This message is to go outside the church and our secret prayer chamber though.  This is a message meant for a few lost sheep, who already desire God.  He knows who they are, and sends us to share his word with those few.  The enemies of God will abuse and bully us, but those few lost sheep will be listening and watching from the same crowd.  His sheep know their master’s voice, so the scriptures are your trumpet to call them in.  Jesus is the word, and the word is his voice.  You are empowered to deliver the word and his sheep.

And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.  They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.  The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.  All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.  Psalm 145:6-10

When God moves the world sees the power of his works, and they know that you praise God for those acts of deliverance.  Egypt was aware of the loss of their Army in the day of Moses.  They have never been able to get vengeance on Israel to this day.  There are Christians in Egypt today who are actually grafted in to the family of Abraham by faith.  They too are persecuted today but they will be one with their Lord and Israel.  God was firm with ancient Egypt, but merciful to those who have learned to fear God.

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;  To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.  Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.  The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.  The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season..  Psalm 145:11-15

Men are accepting Jesus in the midst of Islamic persecution and they speak of the kingdom of God fearlessly.  The zeal of Moslems who come to Christ declares the glory of Yeshua Yahweh and their faith in his promise of eternity.  Christians have been persecuted before, and still God is the dominion, forever and his church only grows.  God will lift the fallen, and the dead, and exalt those who bow to him.  We all wait on God and he feeds us the bread of life in his season.  http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/26/world/garissa-color/index.html

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.  The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.  The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.  He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.  The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever..  Psalm 145:16-21

God has made a food chain that services everything that lives.  While some things in nature seem harsh, it was less so before the sin of man changed it.  The debate about man’s role in the environment still rages, but the extinction of many species testifies to it.

As God made us stewards we will also be judged for that performance.  God first slew animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve, so he has a righteous plan even in this destruction.

Life is difficult since being changed by sin, and we should learn from this as being part of God’s righteous correction.  God will save those who love him per this declaration of David.  God offered himself as a sacrifice in place of animals to all who would recognize Jesus, Yeshua, as being the human form of himself.  His gift alone was clean enough to be a righteous offering for sin.  Like David we should accept and honor the name of our God; Yeshua, Jesus.

SOME BONES DON’T RISE

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Sodom-and-Gomorrah

CONFIDENCE FROM EXPERIENCE Now this again is a psalm of David, and it follows his pattern of praise.  Like the psalm before, David has seen despair but David knows that God will answer, even as he did for the children of Israel in that later captivity.  This is a psalm of one who has seen the victory, and this may have encouraged Israel even when they were oppressed in Babylon. Psalm 140  (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.)

Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man;  Which imagine mischiefs in their heart; continually are they gathered together for war.  They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders’ poison is under their lips. Selah.  Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.  The proud have hid a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the wayside; they have set gins for me. Selah.  Psalm 140:1-5

Are there evil men in the news today?  This is the nature of their hearts that make strategies to destroy others.  Their words are given to perfect violent death against others.  David knew that his enemies were bringing the hate and violence to him.  These who were full of lies were also proud of themselves, unrepentant in planning traps and ambushes for David.

I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my supplications, O LORD.  O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.  Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves.   Selah.  As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.  Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again.  Psalm 140:6-10

David remembers God as his refuge and protection.  Do we remember God, or do we go to the gun store?  David knew the weapons of his day, and he knew that even the strong warrior can be overcome.  How many good men in the old west couldn’t draw or shoot fast enough to survive?  But David knew that he needed more than his best efforts or works to survive.  Before David’s time, Abraham had interceded in prayer for Lot in Sodom.  In that case the burning coals actually did fall on the violent men.  Prayer can give us the edge.

Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.  I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor.  Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence. Psalm 140:11-13

David prays against the evil speaker.  Such a man was Hitler, and the evil he started finally hunted him down too.  God defends the underdog and the weak.  The outcome is sure and good men will ultimately live in the place of God. Psalm 141 (A Psalm of David.)

LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.  Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.  Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.Psalm 141: 1-5

God help me, and do it now.  David wanted his requests to be as pleasant fragrance that could only win God’s favor.  He asked God to protect him from any evil in his heart or mouth.  He asked for help to be different from evil men.  He wanted to resist the temptations that can begin to seem like sweet treats.  David would welcome rebuke from anyone who would help him to correct his mistakes.  David would pray for his friends when they suffered disaster or fell into temptation, so he wanted their prayer and open correction too.  Enemies show kindness only to set a trap, but friends may intervene to save you.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.  Proverbs 27:6

When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words; for they are sweet.  Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.  But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.  Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity.  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, whilst that I withal escape..Psalm 141: 6-10

In our time gross sin has been eased into our society in music and television over many years.  There is humor or humanism to make evil seem more humane.  Hitler used lies that promised prosperity and glory to gradually lead a nation into gross sin.  Righteous men tried to warn against this but they were too late to resist the darkness.  Judges and governments today can be dominated by drug cartels, sexual deviants, and violence after a long slow process of erosion by lies.  David could see violence closing in on him too, but he had assurance of seeing those judges and rulers fall.  He was in the world, but not of it.  He asked God to protect him while his enemies met their own evil devices.  Those evil devices reappear throughout history.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  Rom 1:22-26

The Romans had to learn what is wrong as they came to Christ.  Their former idolatry celebrated nudity and the creature more than the creator.  Greek influences helped to transform Romans into a perversely corrupted society.  But that began in misplaced worship, which provoked GOD to turn them to perversion.  They truly are damaged in a way that only God can fix.

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Rom 1:27-31

What began as lust drove God away from them and paved a decline into being a nation of violent evil.  The secret sins degenerated into denial and cruel rebellion.  Rome left a mark of corruption and cruelty including the crucifixion itself.  Today we see that simple rebellion is not enough, the offensive must reach new depths to produce the desired offense in the world; their dark lord demands it.  That “harmless” deviation of lust will manifest in violence.  Don’t think that haters of God will be lovers of peace. Psalm 142 (Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave.)

 I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication.  I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.  When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.  I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.  I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.  Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.  Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.  Psalm 142:1-7

ISIS could teach us how to relate to David’s situation.  He had been pursued first by armies of Saul and later of his own son.  When men listen to demons they degenerate beyond simple perversion.  There are bloody men in the world now, and we may see more in the future.  David knew where to look for help, even when he was hunted and hiding in a cave.  In our cities violence is often ignored by those who don’t want to get involved.  David’s danger is real to many people in our time.  The Star of David was a brand for all of Israel in the last century, and that kind of persecution is raging today in the Middle East.  Are the western nations unprepared to get involved while Israel is being surrounded by ISIS today?  Will we condemn Israel when they respond to the assault of rocket barrages?  David knew his refuge and his salvation.  Will we remember the name of our hope when darkness comes looking for us? Psalm 143  (A Psalm of David.)

Hear my prayer, O LORD, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.  And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.  For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead.  Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate.  I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.  I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.  Psalm 143:1-6

David looks up to the Lord for help, but not in pride.  No one can claim to be pure and we all need to repent daily.  David has experienced defeat, and is overwhelmed by the assault of his enemies.  I experienced sieges on our firebase in Vietnam, but we held even when the enemy penetrated our defenses.  After I returned to the United States that same firebase was overrun and taken by the enemy.  The threat is real for all of us today, as violence is still about.  David knew the stress, and the source of his hope in God.  http://www.bravecannons.org/index.html

Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.  Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.  Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.  Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.  Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.  And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.  Psalm 143:7-12

David is in despair and afraid to go without God’s help, which can only lead to the grave.  David has the hope to hear the love of God, to feel the reassurance of his care.  He expects the morning to bring God’s direction and a guide to safety.  David expects deliverance from his enemies, so he runs to God.  I just read that my lieutenant turned to prayer when he was wounded in Vietnam.  It took me another ten years to realize that I too was wounded and needed to turn to God for help.  Like David we were both quickened to overcome the battles of our day.  Once David has engaged the reinforcements of heaven he too sees the coming destruction of his enemies. David said earlier, “Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.  But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD”.  So Israel’s bones have been scattered by enemies for millennia.  Christians can relate to Israel as we see persecution spreading throughout the world today.  Whatever sin does it continues to degenerate into violence.  In Sodom the demand for lust turned into violence.  We all die so our bones too will one day be found.  Will we be placed in the grave by a loving family, or found in evidence of sin?  The loving (male) couple in the photo above was found in the ruins of Sodom.  God has rendered them non-violent.

HERITAGE OF VICTORY

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 IA AM IS GREATER

CONFIDENCE FROM EXPERIENCE

Psalm 138, A Psalm of David.

Now this again is a psalm of David, and it follows his pattern of praise.  Like the psalm before, David has seen despair but David knows that God will answer, even as he did for the children of Israel in that later captivity.  This is a psalm of one who has seen the victory, and this may have encouraged Israel even when they were oppressed in Babylon.

I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.  I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.  In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.  All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.  Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.  Psalm 138:1-5

This is the bible.  The bible includes the statements of John as inspired by god.  He tells us that Jesus is the word of God, he is the bible, and he is God.  So David can praise God and his word which lives in his heart.  David also has fellowship with God the father through prayer.  God has magnified his word, his son above his own name so David’s reading of scripture is blessed to show him these truths.  David’s prayer to the father is rewarded with strength.  He knows that kings of the earth will praise God which verifies the Holy Spirit in men in leadership like himself.  David and the godly leaders of the earth will sing praises as a fellowship with the Holy Spirit.  The trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are alive in the world to David and the godly men of the earth.

Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.  The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.  Psalm 138:6-8

David has been the young shepherd who became king by God’s blessing.  He knew better than to walk in pride, having seen others fall in that.  David has powerful enemies but he can trust a greater power for his safety.  David has understood the right hand of God to be messiah from his earlier psalms.  Only one name is given to save men; Yeshua, Jesus.  God will repair the flaws that remain in David and his mercy is unlimited.  David trusts God to complete the work he has begun and holds the hope to see his salvation completed.

Psalm 139 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

David seems to be a mature adult, and possibly a senior in this psalm.  He has lived long enough to know that his hope is ever near and dependable.  David depends on God and he is not living in the pride that a king might be tempted by.  He knows how close his king is to his very soul.

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.  Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.  Psalm 139:1-5

When you allow God to take your life, he gains entrance into your heart and mind.  Now David’s conversation is with the God who is his roommate within his very soul.  Today I too have no closets that are closed to the God who has all of my keys.  If we drive to work he is within us with knowledge of our route and our traffic experiences.  God has more intimate knowledge of our words and thoughts than our marriage partner.  In all of this he has given us comfort, encouragement, and guidance.  His hand guides us to the best path.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  Psalm 139:6-10

To know that God is a spirit who is so close and loving is hard to comprehend.  How could we run away from God?  Can I hide my sin or run from God?  Many who want to hid guilt have run to the remote places like our own wild west.  Even now men dream of a place in space where they can live by their own rules.  Star Trek fantasies imagine social experiments that defy biblical direction.  But even these escapes often try to find answers in the spiritual realm.  Be sure that the spiritual realm has answers where ever you go.  You can fly or run to the sea but God will find you even as he found Jonah.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.  For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Psalm 139:11-15

David knows that the dark of night will not leave him vulnerable.  David has discovered spiritual sight that is aware of his surroundings.  To God there is no darkness, there are no secrets.  God holds his reins and guides him now even as he did in his mother’s womb.  He was formed by the knowledge of the Lord even before his birth.

Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.  Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.  For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.  Psalm 139:16-20

God knew the form of David when he was a fetus, without the form of a man.  He was already recorded as a whole being in God’s book.  So we are received by God as being whole as soon as we are willing to receive him.  Our salvation is conceived and born by faith while we are in the womb of our confession and surrender to Jesus.  It is finished even as it begins, we are saved by faith.  The mind and thoughts of God are more vast than the universe of his creation.  We are just beginning to fathom some of the physical universe and this spiritual mind of God is far beyond our minds now.  He who planned to save the humble is surely set against those who remain stubbornly angry against their father and creator.  We should reject sin and come apart from those who have chosen the bloody way of rebellion.

Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?  I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:31-34

David knew about the way of violent and evil men.  Israel was to discover that kind of evil in the captivity of Babylon.  Even today we see violent evil manifest in the land of Babylon under the flag of the Islamic State.  David was offended by evil even as Israel was in the later years of their captivity in Babylon.  But David’s fear was not of the violent men around him, but rather of the dangerous thoughts within himself.

The church today may share David’s danger if we do not ask God to discover the evil within us.  Do we need God to cleanse and protect us, or do we trust in our right to bear arms?  The day will come when men and women become weak in the infirmity of old age.  But we will never be weak if we are borne in the arms of the Lord.

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