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If David was saved from enemies he was delivered to his friend, the Lord.  He has the vision of victory, and now he can see the handwriting of God in the creation.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.  Psalm 19:1-5

Tonight I am camped in Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest near the 10,000 ft. level.  It may snow in September but the moon and stars are far more glorious than the city lights and trucks on the freeway.  Astronomers cannot yet fathom the depth and height of the universe.  Sunsets are glorious but the sun rising is like a vigorous being in the sky.

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Psalm 19:6-10

Ours is one sun but it is moving in the universe and its light goes to the limit even as other stars do.  The law is more perfect than we can be, and what is said about God is true and the only source of wisdom.  The fear of God is wisdom and his judgment is for life.  Being found in his book of life has value beyond any earthly treasure.

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.  Psalm 19:11-14

David is willing to accept the testimony of God and his law for correction and enrichment.  Without God we cannot discover our own mistakes to be corrected.  If God will restrain our brethren with his wisdom, they will not be hypocrites to become tyrants over us.  David wants his words and thoughts to please God so he will retain the strength and deliverance of the living God.

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;  Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;  Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.  Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.  We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.  Psalm 20: 1-5

David prays for believers that their pleas for help will reach God and bring his deliverance.  He exhorts us to remember our service in sacrifice and offerings.  He hopes we will receive good according to our hearts, and he offers to share our celebration of victory in God.

Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.  They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.  Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.  Psalm 20: 6-9

David is confident that those anointed by God will be saved by his right hand.  God will send his right hand man to fulfill that prophesy.  We will know the name of the Lord then.  Weapons are not our strength, but rather the name of the Lord is.

If David asks god to let the king hear us when we call, he is not referring to himself as the king.  David isn’t referring to an earthly king, but one seated with God.  We know that King of kings now, Yeshua Ha Meschia.

The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!  Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.  For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.  He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.  His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.  Psalm 21:1-5

This king who David foresees will have joy in seeing salvation for mankind.  That was his desire, and the king intercedes for us.  His selfless desire for our salvation earns him the crown of gold.  He has earned eternal life, and he is honored by God.

For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.  For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.  Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.  Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.  Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.  Psalm 21:6-10

Our King trusted God to the cross, and he has joy in the mercy of the Father in Heaven.  He is the right hand of God, and the instrument of judgment.  David recognizes a message about the plan of God in this prophetic Psalm.  He is describing in a form or shadow features of the coming Messiah.  David would not live pue enough or long enough to perform any of this judgment, but the king he envisions is so destined.  The earth is full of the enemies of God today, and we may live to see this day of fire.

For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.  Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.  Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.  Psalm 21:11-13

Men are imagining a future of sin, and attempt to present this as being “normal” in our entertainment and political engineering.  They will retreat in the hail of arrows when God steps up to demonstrate righteous government.  If we are to witness this day we will be able to join David in this song of victory in Yeshua.

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Now David will face the greatest physical threat that his enemies can send against Israel.  There are no conspiracies here, only the naked aggression of one who challenges the God of Israel.  This was not news to Israel, and it is still going on today.  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WIZRIE/ref=dv_dp_ep2 

By now David has his heart and mind filled with the testimony of the Lord, and has no hesitation.  The Psalm will relate the mindset of trust that lets David face a challenge knowing that the battle is the Lord’s.  He stands ready.

I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.  The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.  The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.  Psalm 18:1-5

David has been living his life with his mind anchored and focused on the reality of trusting God.  This is no fantasy or illusion to him.  He loves his father in heaven and knows where to turn when challenged.  Did he sing Psalms like this to calm King Saul?  These Psalms are still the source of peace even in parts of our world surrounded by darkness.  This was the mindset of David when he heard about Goliath.  He had some concern about the affairs of men, and may have heard rumors of the approaching Philistine army.  He had time to consider the threats and to look up for his help.

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.  There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.  He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.  And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.  Psalm 18:6-10

This is how David saw the reality of life.  He was not one who would be disturbed by news of Mexican cartel violence or plotting in high places.  He was prepared to face each new enemy with the same protector who had given him victory over man and beast.  This picture of David above captures the time of his declaration of confidence in God.  This is what David had to say to Goliath:

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands.  1 Samuel 17: 45-47

We know what happened next, and this Psalm may reflect this or any of David’s many victories.  As long a David was living right with God, God was giving life to David.  To David this describes what reality really is.  I doubt that David gave credit to his sling or rocks in the victory he received from God.  I think he could see the power of God through the eyes of faith.  This is the battle he witnessed through the eyes of faith:

He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.  At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.  The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.  Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.  Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.  Psalm 18:11-15

David sees the fire of battle belonging to the artillery of God.  He knew that his five smooth stones were not the source of his victory.  He saw Goliath, Saul, and later Absalom already defeated before they even found the field of battle.

He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.  He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.  They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.  He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.  The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.  Psalm 18:16-20

He delivered me David says of his victory over those who were stronger than himself.  David is not deluded into trusting the strength of his own arms.  Some today forget this deliverance and credit America’s “arsenal of democracy” as our deliverance in our world wars.  But can we see victory in our future as a reward for the righteousness of our modern nation?  Our true compensation may be unfolding soon.

For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.  For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.  I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.  Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.  With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;  Psalm 18:21-25

Did David sing a Psalm like this for Saul?  Did Saul have an opportunity to examine his ways and motives before God?  Today our nation is formed around secret societies like the Masonic order more than around the open truth of the Gospel.  Our leaders have had far more warning than Saul had, and still don’t consider God to be a factor in our destiny.  What can they expect to get from the living God if they are sworn to secret rites of demonic origin?

With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.  For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.  For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.  For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.  As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.  Psalm 18:26-30

David knew that corruption would be brought down.  He could see the victory of righteousness in a confident vision of faith.  Do any of our political parties stand free of corruption to see the same victory today?

For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?  It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.  He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.  He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.  Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.  Psalm 18:31-35

David could run like the blitzkrieg or stand like a bunker in God.  He could see the enemy move from high places and then destroy the giants of war.  While God is a sword and a shield to him, it is God’s gentleness that empowers him.

Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.  I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.  I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.  For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.  Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.  Psalm 18:36-40

The great King Saul did not deliver Israel, and no president empowered by worldly power has ever made victory possible.  The humble righteous prayers of the faithful, the soldiers, grandmothers, and weak warriors of faith have carried the day.  No glory seeking general can find the power that David has had over his vanquished enemies.  Real heroes know their weakness and seek the rock of refuge for help.

They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.  Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.   Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.  As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.  The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.  Psalm 18:40-45

The enemies of God will cry out and they will not find God’s mercy then.  As David is able to blow through his enemies, Israel will be given respect by all nations in the day of the Lord.  There is another battle coming before the great millennium period.  The Israel that sees their messiah will recognize him as the God they pierced, who returns with mercy as Joseph did for his brethren before.

The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.  It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.  He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.  Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.  Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.  Psalm 46-50

David can see God as the sure deliverance of Israel, and he praises God for his victory.  Yeshua of Nazareth is the seed of David and the source of mercy for Israel and those of the nations who receive him.  He is the righteous King who will carry our battles and take us to the Kingdom of God.

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If David has lived in the court of King Saul he has seen life in the big city for the first time.  But before this service he was prepared by the anointing of God as performed by Samuel.  It may have looked like a world of evil, but David was not of the world.  He was prepared to live in the world of enemies.  The headlines may have proclaimed the victory of darkness, but David could see the Army of the Lord.

How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?  How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?  Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.  But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.  I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.  Psalm 13:1-6

David could ask for help in a troubled world and remember his trust in God.  He could sing because he had history with God for assurance.  He sang because it brought spiritual warfare to shine light against the darkness.  It illuminated the works of darkness to reveal their weakness.  Anointed music is the weapon of the spiritual realm, and Israel needed this weapon as much as Saul did.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.  There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.  Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.  Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.  Psalm 14: 1-7

David must have seen some unbelief in the court of the king.  Samuel had mourned for the backsliding King Saul.  David was anointed and probably had the same awareness of the weakness of Israel.  He even envisions Israel in captivity, needing deliverance from God.  The captivity and return of Israel would fulfill this prophesy long after David’s time.  David wonders who will have real faith for salvation.

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?  He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.  He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.  In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.   He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.  Psalm 15:1-5

At this camp the King lives, and the Tabernacle is the house of worship.  Yet David wonders who will actually walk with God.  Those who are righteous and who avoid gossip and hate evil will be unmovable.  Those who do not cheat those who borrow from them will live.  There must have been some who did not have the courage to walk uprightly in the city.

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.  O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;  But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.  Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.  The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.  I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.  I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:1-11

Preserve me God; David sang about his need and his hope.  If there was trouble in the land King Saul heard peace against the threats of men in David’s Psalms.  The good men provoke joy while the evil are dragged down by their false gods.  Today we still have men meeting in secret fraternities hoping to build a world empire even as armies were gathering against Saul’s Israel.  But David did not waste his time on the vanity of rituals when the living God was available to him.  The Lord inspired his songs with glimpses of the prophetic future of Israel’s Messiah.  By putting God first, David allowed no distractions or fears to dilute his hope.

Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.  Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.  Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.  Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.  Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.  I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.  Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.  Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,  From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.  Psalm 17: 1-9

David cries out for God to hear the prayer of the righteous.  Saul needs this hope against real enemies and against his own paranoia.  David spells out the spiritual warfare that Israel will need in the near future.  Their enemies are real and ready.

They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.  They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;  Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.  Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:  From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. Psalm 17: 10-15

Enemies were real and gathering around the camp of Israel.  They had the pride and roaring of words as young lions.  David asks God to arise and throw down their enemies who prosper in this world.  David will be satisfied with the rewards of eternal life, to become as one with God.  David has the opportunity to prepare his king with the spiritual warfare he will need to lead Israel.  He is an exemplary trainer in this weaponry.

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When David tended his flocks he faced the darkness and the dangers of predators.  Once he began to serve King Saul he was introduced to a darker danger.  Perhaps he may have faced the night wondering where God was hiding his hope.  He was becoming aware that outside his family there were men who plotted evil in the night.

Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?  The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.  His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.  He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.  His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.  He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.  He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.  He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.  He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.  Psalm 10:1-11

David is young and is appalled at the evil he sees in the world around us.  He may wonder why God allows so many to be contrary to his will.  Evil men take advantage of the weak and scorn their enemies.  Their self confidence leaves them in denial of the waiting wrath of God.  Don’t they still do that today?

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble.  Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.  Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless.  Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none.  The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:  To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.  Psalm 10:12-18

While evil men lose their fear of God, the humble have confidence in him.  We all have sin, but daily repentance returns us to the fear of the Lord.  The day will come when evil will no longer be found.

In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?  For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart.  If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?  The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.  The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.  Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.  For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.  Psalm 11: 1-7

Why should I run away at the threats of evil men?  I trust in God against the weapons of evil.  The arrows and sword are not the only works of evil either.  The words of gossip and divisive cliques are just as destructive as violence.  All conspiracy is known by God, and evil will meet destruction from God.

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.  The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:  Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?  For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.  The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.  Psalm 12: 1-8

Help Lord; this is the key when we see that even the godly man ceases.  The faithful fail:  if there were no sinners there would be no church.  We all need grace.  Christians speak vanity, polite in public and critical in private.  We do need to repent daily, but in Christ we find the door open for us to do so.  Without that opportunity, we who are just beginning to become righteous will backslide right off the path.  The temptation that makes our feet slide is not our downfall; the temptation to omit repentance is.  Some turn away from life and their neighbors need deliverance from them.  God will keep those who are humble enough to maintain a relationship with him.

David will go on to fall into sin, to recover, and to confront the proud workers of evil.  He will have no reason to fear the works of the night because he will walk in the light of relationship with God.  He is not destined to be a perfect man, but he is to become a man after God’s own heart.

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We have seen David defend his sheep from a lion.  Now the king of Israel is in bad spirits and his advisors need a way to calm his madness.  Someone is aware of David’s music and songs.  They suggest that David is more than a little boy with a harp.  He must have been a bit of a warrior to dispatch the lion.  This is not a self absorbed modern musician with legions of admiring fan girls.  The Psalms of faith are actually a source of spiritual warfare which David has mastered.

Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.  1 Samuel 16: 18

Spiritual music is powerful in expressing faith in God against the threats David would face.  As he entered the court of Saul he was standing in the presence of the first of many human enemies.  These would become a common theme of David’s prayer for deliverance.

O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:  Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.  O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;  If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)  Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.  Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.  So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.  Psalm 7: 1-7

David checks his own walk before asking deliverance.  As a warrior checks his weapons before battle, we have to be sure we are not letting darts pass through flaws in our armor.  The spiritual song of our warfare is empowered by righteousness.  This is the kind of spiritual weapons training that David brought to Saul’s court;

The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.  Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.  My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.  God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.  If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.  He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.  Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.  He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.  His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.  I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.  Psalm 7: 8-17

David sings about righteousness as if God is his protection.  Lies and deception are portrayed in their vulnerability to the wrath of God.  David uses song and praise as his warfare.

For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.  Isaiah 59:17

The songs of David develop into a relationship that hints at revelation God shares with David.  He has recognized that God has created man lower than angels but destined to something greater.  David will be aware of the coming Messiah and will deliver prophesy of him in his psalms.

O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.  When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?  For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:  All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.  O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!  Psalm 8: 1-9

This relationship of praise is like the military artillery observers in modern warfare.  They take small teams to places where they can report enemy movement to the artillery.  The power of God is called by the prayers of our observed needs.  Praise and worship in song is part of that communication, our communion.

I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.  I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.  When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.  For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.  Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.  O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.  But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.  And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.  The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.  And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.  Psalm 9: 1-10

Praise, rejoice, and sing.  Confidence in our redeemer brings joy, and we make a sacrifice of praise to confirm that confidence.  We pray against spiritual powers and principalities in the same way David prayed against his human enemies.  We witness the same destruction of enemies and the same deliverance from God as we praise him today.  David was not just some sweet little boy singer, but rather the demonstration of spiritual warfare.  He could stand in the presence of his enemies with confidence.  He was a man of war.

CONFIDENCE

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RESPONSIBILITIES

War will come.  For David it first came from wild animals threatening his flock.  He did not run from the job then, and God gave him the victory.  The first victories are the confidence of our future challenges.  David would soon have human enemies as well, and the confidence of faith will be there, even while fear made its claims.  A giant warrior, a king of Israel, and even his own son would not validate those fears against his faith.

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.  Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.  But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.  I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.  Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.  Psalm 3:1-8

David heard the danger, and he was moved to cry out for help.  He was able to sleep, and to awaken again because God gave him the gift of another day.  David knew that he had witnessed evidence of the faithfulness of God again.  He praised God for being the source of his victory and of his enemy’s destruction.  David acknowledged his relationship with the God of salvation.  He recognized that Israel was blessed by the God of Abraham.

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.  O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.  But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.  Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.  There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.  Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.  Psalm 4:1-8

David calls to his God who is his righteousness; not on the strength of his own works.  David knows that it was God who has always resolved his distress.  But it has been man who would misrepresent the Lord’s good works in David as being evil.  Man invents “political correctness” to flatter their own self image which is formed of licentious sin.  If David’s enemies could hear, he would warn them away from harming the Lord’s servants.  They would hear the communion of the Lord and stop their sinning.  God has given light to David as more joy than when the heathen are expecting a good harvest.  He can sleep in peace knowing that God is the guardian of his rest.

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.  Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.  My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.  For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.  The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.  Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.   Psalm 5:1-6

David will start his day with prayer.  He doesn’t hesitate to ask for help because God has not hesitated to save him in the past.  Are we “saved” because we ask once?  Are we forgiven if we only repent once?  Repentance is daily and asking God to help is our hope every day.  The first time we dare to “help” God by helping ourselves we are in enemy territory.  Trespassers in the realm of lying will run headfirst into an angry God.  David has this confidence.

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.  Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.  For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.  Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.  Psalm 5:7-12

David will be surrounded by God’s mercy in the temple of his holiness.  He asks God to keep him on the righteous path where he is safe from evil men.  He asks God to destroy these whose mouth is like an open grave full of sin and death.  David prays for all who prefer truth and righteousness to find joy in God.  David tells God that he will bless the righteous because he has the confidence of his own experience.  David has a relationship with God, not religious rituals and vain sacrifices.  To David God is closer than a brother.

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Job endured foolish friends, who then enjoyed his intercession and God’s grace.  Now we look at the endurance of David, who had good friends and really bad enemies.  We may struggle with friends who need to grow a bit more, but what do we do when we have no doubt that a violent threat is looking for us?  God offers peace when men offer only war.  You may enter his sanctuary when you call on his name.

David the young shepherd looks ahead to life with confidence.  His job assignment is the first of many responsibilities he will carry.  David praises God for being his guardian during serious danger.  He made his praise permanent in songs we remember as the Psalms today.  This first Psalm points away from the enemies of God and offers assurance to the faithful.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.  Psalm 1: 1-6

You have your blessing when you don’t try to take it from your enemies.  You can’t appease the unrighteous and please God.  There is an anchorage in God that holds us against the same storm that scatters those who attempt to turn you with fear.  Their heart reveals their darkness to the God who gives us light.  The law is light and it is the word.  The word is Messiah with us, Emanuel.

Nature tells us that worldly wisdom is strong, but we see that the supernatural is superior.  From the beginning David possesses the confidence to tend the sheep and later to tend his nation.  Even this second Psalm considers the ways of kings and nations.  It is possible that like Joseph, young David may have had assurance from God of his destiny in leadership.  It is also true that this Psalm introduces us to a type or shadow of the Messiah.  This is a word of prophesy from God to the shepherd.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.  Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.  Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.  Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.  Psalm 2: 1-12

For a young man any invitation which God shares about the future is reassuring.  David has observed the behavior of nations and Kings and considers God to be the assurance of justice for all.  David has been given a small responsibility for his flock, but God will send trials for even this early charge.  David has the faith to see his victory in life.

Long before I became a Christian I discovered that the Psalms deliver a soothing calm that would let me go to sleep in peace.  I didn’t need to be drunk or high to face the night with quiet and rest.  David’s songs (Psalms) soothed a mad king Saul, and they can also soothe men today.  If you are hearing threats or suspect danger, join the shepherd in his cave as he sings of his faithful God.