PSALM 18

The Lord is:

1.  I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
2.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.

My Actions:

3.  I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and he saved me from my enemies.
4.  The ropes of death entangled me;
floods of destruction swept over me.
5.  The grave wrapped its ropes around me;
death laid a trap in my path.
6.  But in my distress I cried out to the Lord;
yes, I prayed to my God for help.
He heard me from his sanctuary;
my cry to him reached his ears.

The Lord’s actions:

7.  Then the earth quaked and trembled.
The foundations of the mountains shook;
they quaked because of his anger.
8.   Smoke poured from his nostrils;
fierce flames leaped from his mouth.
Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
9.   He opened the heavens and came down;
dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
10. Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew,
soaring on the wings of the wind.
11. He shrouded himself in darkness,
veiling his approach with dark rain clouds.
12.  Thick clouds shielded the brightness around him

(You may not see Him, but he is working on your benefit)

and rained down hail and burning coals.
13.  The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most-High resounded amid
the hail and burning coals.
14.  He shot his arrows and scattered his enemies;
great bolts of lightning flashed, and they were confused. (the enemy)
15.   Then at your command, O Lord,
at the blast of your breath,
the bottom of the sea could be seen,
and the foundations of the earth were laid bare.

For you and me:

16.  He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17.   He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
18.   They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
but the Lord supported me.
19.   He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he delights in me.

What we are to do:

20.   The Lord rewarded me for doing right;
he restored me because of my innocence
21.   For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I have not turned from my God to follow evil.
22I have followed all his regulations;
I have never abandoned his decrees.
23I am blameless before God;
I have kept myself from sin.

WHY THE LORD REWARDS:

24.  The Lord rewarded me for doing right.
He has seen my innocence.
25.   To the faithful you show yourself faithful;
to those with integrity, you show integrity.
26.  To the pure, you show yourself pure,
but to the crooked, you show yourself shrewd.
27.  You rescue the humble,
but you humiliate the proud.

THE LORD:

28.  You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. (shows the way)
29.  In your strength I can crush an army;
with my God, I can scale any wall.

GOD IS:

30.  God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
31.  For who is God except the Lord?
Who but our God is a solid rock?

GOD GIVES:

32.  God arms me with strength,
and he makes my way perfect.
33.  He makes me as surefooted as a deer,
enabling me to stand on mountain heights.
34.  He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow.
35.  You have given me your shield of victory.
Your right hand supports me;
your help has made me great.
36.  You have made a wide path for my feet
to keep them from slipping.
37.  I chased my enemies and caught them;
I did not stop until they were conquered.
38.  I struck them down so they could not get up;
they fell beneath my feet.
39.  You have armed me with strength for the battle;
you have subdued my enemies under my feet.
40.  You placed my foot on their necks.
I have destroyed all who hated me.

BUT MY ENEMIES:

41.  They called for help, but no one came to their rescue.
They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.
42.  I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.
I swept them into the gutter like dirt.
43.   You gave me victory over my accusers.
You appointed me ruler over nations;
people I don’t even know now serve me.
44.   As soon as they hear of me, they submit;
foreign nations cringe before me.
45.   They all lose their courage
and come trembling from their strongholds.

THE LORD LIVES:

46.   The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!
May the God of my salvation be exalted!
47.   He is the God who pays back those who harm me;
he subdues the nations under me
48.   and rescues me from my enemies.
You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;
you save me from violent opponents.

I WILL:

49For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;
I will sing praises to your name.

YOU WILL:

50.   You give great victories to your king;
you show unfailing love to your anointed,
to David and all his descendants forever.
and as always~Simply You Matter,

PSALM 17

 GOD HEARS, LISTENS AND PROTECTS

  1. O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
    Listen to my cry for help.
    Pay attention to my prayer,
    for it comes from honest lips.

PLEA FOR JUSTICE AND HELP

 

  1. Declare me innocent,
    for you see those who do right.

GOD SEES AND KNOWS WHO DOES RIGHT

 

  1. You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
    You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
    I am determined not to sin in what I say.

DETERMINED TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT

 

  1. I have followed your commands,
    which keep me from following cruel and evil people.

I FOLLOW YOUR WAYS

 

  1. My steps have stayed on your path;
    I have not wavered from following you.

I STAY ON YOUR PATH

 

  1. I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
    Bend down and listen as I pray.

I KNOW YOU BEND DOWN AND LISTEN

 

  1. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
    By your mighty power, you rescue
    those who seek refuge from their enemies.

 

SHOW ME AND ALL THAT SEEK TO HARM ME YOUR WAYS

 

  1. Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.[a]
    Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

EYELIDS HIDE EYES, SO THE PSALMIST IS ASKING TO BE HIDDEN AS EYELIDS HIDE THE EYES.

 

  1. Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
    from murderous enemies who surround me.

PROTECTION

 

  1. They are without pity.
    Listen to their boasting!

WHAT THE ENEMY IS DOING

 

  1. They track me down and surround me,
    watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.

ENEMIES WAITING FOR ME TO MESS UP

 

  1. They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
    like young lions hiding in ambush.

ENEMIES WATCHING FOR A MISTAKE

 

  1. Arise, OLord!
    Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
    Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!

GOD RESCUE

 

  1. By the power of your hand, OLord,
    destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
    But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
    May their children have plenty,
    leaving an inheritance for their descendants.

WHAT THE RIGHTEOUS IS ASKING FOR: SATISFY MY HUNGER, GIVE MY CHILDREN ALL THEY NEED AND LEAVE AN INHERITANCE FOR MY DESCENDANTS

 

  1. Because I am righteous, I will see you.
    When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

EAGER TO SEE YOUR FACE LORD AND FAITH THAT I WILL BE SATISFIED

 
verse 8:  Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.

DEFINITION:

Guard: to watch over
Eyes: the human eye is fragile, needs moisture, sensitive
Eyes are fragile and need a lot of protection. There are 3 ways to protect the eye.

  1. eyelid- has a built-in nerve to automatically shut the eye if threatened
  2. eyelash- for the 2nd way of protection
  3. tears to keep the eye moist

God automatically protects and has many ways to protect to all who matter,
Simply You Matter

Psalm 16

11 things I know

 

  1. Keep me safe, O God,
    for I have come to you for refuge.

 

  • I know God is my safety net

 

  1. I said to theLord, “You are my Master!
    Every good thing I have comes from you.”

 

  • I know good things come my way

 

  1. The godly people in the land
    are my true heroes!
    I take pleasure in them!

 

  • I know who to look up to

 

  1. Troubles multiply for those who chase after other gods.
    I will not take part in their sacrifices of blood
    or even speak the names of their gods.

 

  • I know to stay away from ungodly

 

  1. Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing.
    You guard all that is mine.

 

  • I know God takes care of all that is mine

 

  1. The land you have given me is a pleasant land.
    What a wonderful inheritance!
  • I know what God gives is pleasurable

 

  1. I will bless the Lord who guides me;
    even at night, my heart instructs me.
  • I Know He guides me when I asleep

 

  1. I know the Lord is always with me.
    I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
  • I know God is always with me

 

  1. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.[b]
    My body rests in safety.
  • I know I can rest in safety

 

  1. For you will not leave my soul among the dead[c]
    or allow your holy one[d] to rot in the grave.
  • I know He will not leave me

 

  1. You will show me the way of life,
    granting me the joy of your presence
    and the pleasures of living with you forever.[e]

 

  • I know He will show me the way and give me pleasure and joy

 

One other thing I know!

I know you matter in the eyes of God,

Simply You Matter!

 
 

Psalm 15

Answers the question,

Who may enter The Presence of the Lord?

 

Question:

Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?

    Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?

     Answer:

Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right,

   speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

  • to be above suspicion
  • live righteous, by doing what is right
  • speak truth

 

    3  Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors

      or speak evil of their friends.

  • Refuse to gossip
  • Speak well of others
  • Love your neighbor

Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful

   followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.

  • Shun Noticeable wrongdoers
  • Honor followers of Christ
  • Keep promises

 
5    Those who lend money without charging interest,

and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent?

Such people will stand firm forever.

  • Help others with needs without expecting extra in return
  • Will not lie even if it is beneficial

 

May our Desire always be for the presence of the Lord,

Simply, You Matter

Karan~