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David could be tempted to have unbelief like any of us.  So he made the sacrifice of praise and turned it into the celebration of promise.  His worship invited the answer of God and he was not disappointed.

Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.  Psalm 73:1-5

God is good to Israel but David was letting his faith slip away.  When he saw evil men living in wealth and comfort, it was easy to be jealous.  These are the people who have time and money to join the gym and stay tanned and fit.  They don’t get pulled over for traffic stops if they drive through a ritzy neighborhood.  Even if they commit a crime there is bail money, lawyers, and affordable elected officials to slip them out of jail.  The bankers and politicians make laws to expedite their own prosperity.

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.  Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.  Psalm 73:6-10

The wealthy can kill others and get off with a slap or less.  They have materials deliberately chosen to upstage the slightly less wealthy.  They have no morals and talk above other people.  They let their words run against man and God with impunity.  They tempt others to join their sin and offer them the cup of their poison even as the people of Jonestown were given.





And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.  Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.  If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. Psalm 73:11-15

How does God know what evil is done?  These people acknowledge that God is alive and yet assume he is ignorant of their larceny.  David wants none of this stolen gain, and pays by being among the oppressed.  If he is tempted to rail against the oppressors he could cause others to stumble into that same sin.

But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.  1 Corinthians 5:11

We are to trust God for judgment, and not to usurp his authority to reward evil.  To become vigilantes to help God is to display unbelief.

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.  Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.  How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.  As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Psalm 73:16-20

Living with the knowledge of the prosperity of evil nearly overwhelmed David.  But when he entered the sanctuary of praise God revealed his preparations for the workers of inequity.  The kings of the hill will find the slope dropping off under their feet when God awakens to his mission.

Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.  So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. Psalm 73:21-25

David was prodded to emotion like a horse with a bur in the saddle.  God had a hand on the reins to keep him calm in the face of great offense.  I am amazed at the ability of dogs and horses to trust us, and so we should also be at ease with God’s counsel.  Who else shelters and feeds us and leads us in safe ways?

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works. Psalm 73:26-28

Human nature is weak enough to need supernatural help.  Flesh is drawn to bad conclusions and fears while faith in God delivers special understanding of our circumstances.  For those who hate God that revelation is missing and leads to destruction.  Wealth from deceit does not bring life but moving close to God allows David to rebuild his faith and to tell the world of a good God.

O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?  Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.  Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.  Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.  Psalm 74:1-4

David thought his world was abandoned.  He asks God to remember his covenant with Israel.  He asks God to stomp on the evil works of these cockroaches.  The enemies of God are waving their flag on the sanctuary.  Is there anger from heaven against America?  I wonder how it looks when we form alliances with the devil in foreign policy.  Do our “friends” deal in drugs and cruelty?

A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.  But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.  They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.  They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.  We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.  O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?  Psalm 74:5-10

If men were anointed to sculpture as a work unto the Lord should the heathen tear their testimony down?  The temple is built on the testimony of faithful generations and the unfaithful fully intend to tear down the house and the name of God.  David wants to know how long God will be quiet.  Perhaps our generation will be a witness.


Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.  For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.  Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.  Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.  Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.  Psalm 74:11-15

David calls on God to draw his right hand into action.  He speaks of God as his King, even as David has talked of this king in earlier Psalms.  He knows that this king is the creator and the destroyer.  This is the king that puts nature under authority.  By now we know who this king is.

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.  For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,  Until I make thy foes thy footstool.  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  Acts 2:32-36

Is there any question that a storm is gathering?  And if Israel is charged with crucifying their own messiah, is the world any less guilty today?  They exalt their version of good against the word of God and demolish the works of generations of faith.  Our leaders have turned away from the hope of Israel.


The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.  Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.  Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.  O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.  Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. Psalm 74:16-20

Nothing is beyond the power of God who moved the creation of the universe.  David asks God to remember the insults of his enemies.  David asks God not to leave the righteous under oppression and poverty.  He reminds God of the cruelty hiding in dark places.

O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.  Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.  Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually. Psalm 74:121-23

If the prayers of a righteous man are heard, those of a man after God’s own heart have weight.  If David has asked God to remember his own honor and to fulfill his own will then this will be.  God already ordained this, and David only offers a reminder, but the timing belongs to God.  We already know what Daniel and John wrote about these coming events.  Now we know that we may witness the deliverance of the oppressed faithful, perhaps in our time.




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David could be tempted to have unbelief like any of us.  So he made the sacrifice of praise and turned it into the celebration of promise.  His worship invited the answer of God and he was not disappointed.

In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.  Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.  Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.  Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.  For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. Psalm 71: 1-5

David declares his confidence in God against all temptation to confusion.  The Lord is true when the world is totally confused.  Republicans, Democrats, Communists, have all sinned and fall short of God’s glory.  God can speak for himself and guide you to safety.  He is a fortress of safety in a world of dangers.  David asks God for deliverance from violence as he has since his youth.

By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.  I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.  Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.  Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.  For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together, Psalm 71: 6-10

David acknowledges that God has taken care of him even before he was old enough to know about that.  To many David seemed amazing, but he points to God for the credit.  He asks God to help him continue with praise so he will not lose his peace when he reaches his old age.  David knows that the dark side waits for us to slip into unbelief or to become ungrateful.

Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.  O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.  Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.  But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.  My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof. Psalm 71: 11-15

It is interesting how David’s enemies think that God has forsaken him.  They are admitting that there is a God, but they think David may have lost his favor.  They are believers who think they are better than David.  They may be better than the David who was an adulterer and a murderer, but they are not better than the David who repents.  David will praise God because faith preserves him, and God has promised to forgive him.  He can’t keep praise bottled up and walk in faith.

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.  O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.  Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.  Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!  Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth. Psalm 71: 16-20

The strength of the Lord moves in the praise of the unworthy.  The lessons David leaves for youth are to keep faith in the face of our enemies and our own unworthiness.  David asks to live long enough to warn this new generation of their need for God.  God has taken him through trials and will redeem him from the grave.  David understands the resurrection.

Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.  I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.  My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.  My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt. Psalm 71: 21-24

David is expecting honor and safety as he praises God.  He will know that this physical comfort will pale beside the joy of worshipping God for the sake of worshipping God.  The praise of God is its own reward while the self-righteous are discovered in spiritual nakedness.

Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.  He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.  The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.  He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.  They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.  Psalm 72:1-5

David looks beyond himself to his son of this new generation.  He asks that this son (Solomon?) will be a great ruler and judge of Israel.  He describes the reign of a righteous king who will be feared by the nations around Israel.

He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.  In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.  He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.  They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.  The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.  Psalm 72:6-10

David prays for a son who will rule to the ends of the earth.  While Solomon was a type of this king, he did not rule the whole earth.  This king receives tribute from more than even the great rule of Solomon.

Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.  For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.  He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.  He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.  And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.  Psalm 72:11-15

The king who is honored by all kings has a greater reach for his mercy.  For all nations to serve this king of kings he has to be more than a mortal ruler.  No one can save souls except the agent of God, and this king will be praised like God.  There will be prosperity.

There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.  His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.  Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.  And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.  The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended. Psalm 72:16-20

David’s worship represents the seeds of faith.  The crops, herds, and commerce of the new king will overflow the land.  The fields and cities will prosper.  The name of this king will be eternal and all nations will bless him.  As David releases his praise of God the Lord manifests the prophesy of prosperity through him.  Praise may begin as a sacrifice but it grows into a relationship with God that testifies of his generosity and love.  The joy of praise manifests a relationship with the messiah that is still to come in this prosperous future.  The readers of these Psalms also become part of the celebration.  In this we have the full circle of the trinity.  David initiates prayer, bible study and believer’s fellowship in his Psalm.  Prayer invites God the Father, revelation of messiah welcomes the Son of God, and believer’s participation lets the Holy Spirit flow out to us.