Praise God For A Miraculous Deliverance
Psalm 124 calls on the people of God to take notice of their deliverance and to praise God for it. David wrote this psalm to celebrate and give glory to God for deliverance from some very great danger. It may have been a foreign invasion of an insurrection. Whatever the issue he was personally affected as were others. He realized that had it not been for the goodness of God in making a way for them to escape it would have resulted in disaster. He is careful to give all the glory to God.
When we think back over our lives imagine what would have happened if the Lord had left us, and then reflect on what has happened because he has been faithful to us. Just thinking about it should, like it did David, make us sing unto the Lord.
Psalm 29:1-11 NIV Ascribe to the Lord , you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!” The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
The Glory Due God’s Name
Psalm 29 calls upon the “heavenly beings” (presumably angels) to acknowledge and attest to the awesomeness of God.
David declared that the Lord is worthy of praise because of his power and majesty. There is no other god is like him. In describing God’s glory the psalmist talks about His attributes and actions. He talks about the voice of God seven times throughout the psalm. He proclaims God’s omnipotence who created the great flood and who is also King of the world . He alone is able to give His people strength and peace.
The New Testament paints a similar picture of Jesus commanding angels and receiving honor and glory and power.
Matthew 24:31 NIV And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Revelation 5:13 NIV Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
Jesus is the one to whom the final glory is given as he is seated at God’s “right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion”
Ephesians 1:20-21 NIV he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
Psalm 1261:6 MSG 1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles.We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune.We were the talk of the nations— “God was wonderful to them!”God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.
4-6 And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken livesSo those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest,So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
A Pilgrim Song
The writer begins with the emotions of celebration and joy expressed in remembering God's past acts of restoration on the return of the people to the land following the Babylonian exile. It’s interesting that the writer says that the nations that surround Israel, nations that worshipped other gods and often threatened, attacked, and invaded Israel, were astonished at what God had now done for them. Just think about that concept. Unbelievers and your enemies will be amazed at how God provides for and blesses you.
The psalm ends by painting beautiful images of God’s restoration; streams in the desert, farmers crying because they didn't expect a good harvest now rejoicing because of the amazing bounty from the harvest. For us today this psalm shows that although things may be dark and bleak remember that with God “the best is yet to come”. Then praise God with joy and thanksgiving as you remember the goodness, faithfulness, mercy and love of God.
Psalms 28:1-9 NLT I pray to you, O Lord , my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die. Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your holy sanctuary. Do not drag me away with the wicked— with those who do evil— those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts. Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others. They care nothing for what the Lord has done or for what his hands have made. So he will tear them down, and they will never be rebuilt! Praise the Lord ! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The Lord gives his people strength. He is a safe fortress for his anointed king. Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever.
An Answered Prayer
In his hour of need, David prayed to God for help because he believed that God listens and responds. His hope was not disappointed. He thanked the Lord with praises. Throughout the Bible, God urges his people to pray with confidence that he will listen and respond:
Proverbs 15:29 (NLT) The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NLT) 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.
Mark 11:24 (NLT) I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.
1 John 5:13-15 (NLT) 13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
Once they ask, he faithfully answers, and their appropriate response should be thankful praise!
Psalm 127:1-5 NIV Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. Children are a heritage from the Lord , offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
The Virtue Of God’s Blessing
Psalm 127 was written by King Solomon.
The emphasis is placed upon the futility of human effort without God's help. King Solomon was an architect and great builder. Although Solomon’s father King David designed the temple and all its furnishings it was Solomon who directed its construction. Solomon is also credited with designing and building other great structures during his reign.
1 Chronicles 22:7-10 NIV David said to Solomon: “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. But this word of the Lord came to me: ‘You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’
1 Kings 7:1 NIV It took Solomon thirteen years, however, to complete the construction of his palace.
1 Kings 7:8 NIV And the palace in which he was to live, set farther back, was similar in design. Solomon also made a palace like this hall for Pharaoh’s daughter, whom he had married.
2 Chronicles 8:1-6 NIV At the end of twenty years, during which Solomon built the temple of the Lord and his own palace, Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hiram had given him, and settled Israelites in them. Solomon then went to Hamath Zobah and captured it. He also built up Tadmor in the desert and all the store cities he had built in Hamath. He rebuilt Upper Beth Horon and Lower Beth Horon as fortified cities, with walls and with gates and bars, as well as Baalath and all his store cities, and all the cities for his chariots and for his horses —whatever he desired to build in Jerusalem, in Lebanon and throughout all the territory he ruled.
being strengthened or rebuilt by Solomon, include Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer
It doesn't matter if it’s a house, a building, a city, nation or family, nothing can succeed if God is not included in the plans and efforts. Even the most diligent person who works their hardest 42/7 can’t hope for success without God's blessings and approval.
The concept of the necessity of dependence upon God is carried over into the building of a family Recognition that marriage was created and sanctioned by God and that children are His gift is the basis for building a successful home. Joy and protection are pictured, in Psalm 127, as the results of fruitfulness in the bearing and raising children. Another result are children who can protect and provide for their parents in their old age.
Psalms 27:1-14 NLT The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. The one thing I ask of the Lord — the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord ’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music. Hear me as I pray, O Lord . Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “ Lord , I am coming.” Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation! Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. Teach me how to live, O Lord . Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord . Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord .
Fear No More
Fear has no place in the heart of God’s children. Even when attacked by those who belittle us for our belief, even when tragedy strikes, even when things appear darkest. I know that this is easier said than done. It is possible when we trust God and are confident that what He said He will do,He will do.
In this Psalm David gives us the way forward in the face of very difficult circumstances, and that is to seek God's presence and to wait in confidence for His deliverance. He expresses this process by starting the Psalm with joyful confidence which moves to anxious fear back to joyful confidence in his waiting waiting.
Fear is one of the strongest weapons that Satan uses against us in spiritual warfare. Worry, anxiety, fear…can overwhelm us and either paralyze us or control every move and decision we make. In doing a research for a post on fear that I wrote in 2015 (Fear Not Is A Command), I saw a lot of references to “"fear not"” being in the bible 365 days, or one “"fear not"” for everyday in the year. In conducting additional research I found that in the context of instructing us not to be afraid of circumstances, or to not fear following a command or instruction of God, the phrase is only used about 80 times. Other phrases that would be equal to “"fear not"” like; “do not be afraid, “do not fear”, or “be not afraid” appear about 30 times. While there is disagreement on exactly how many times we are told to “"fear not"”, the fact that we are told to not fear anyone or any circumstance other than God Himself.
Luke 12:4-7 (NLT)4 “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that.5 But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear.6 “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them.7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
Jesus promises his presence and with it his peace.
John 16:33 (NLT)33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
David prayed for God’s presence in this Psalm. Our prayer today should be;Jesus, help me to give fear no foothold in my life. Fill me with your presence and your peace. Amen.
Psalms 128:1-6 NKJV Blessed is every one who fears the Lord , Who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord . The Lord bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life. Yes, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
The Virtue Of God’s Blessings
Psalm 128 can be classified as a wisdom psalm, expressing a truth about life. The truth in this psalm is that there are blessings for those who fear (reverential respect) God.
The writer starts by saying that the person who has learned to walk in the ways of the Lord is a happy person. The family is prosperous as a result of their work. They are content, prosperous, full of joy., and will attain long life. The result of these blessings is the peace of the nation.
For Us Today
It is a family psalm, a song for a marriage, or a birth, or for any day in which a happy household has met to praise the Lord. Perhaps in no country can it be better understood than in the United States, for we above all nations delight in the saying "Home, sweet home."
Psalm 26:1-12 (NKJV)1 Vindicate me, O LORD, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the LORD; I shall not slip.2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth.4 I have not sat with idolatrous mortals, Nor will I go in with hypocrites.5 I have hated the assembly of evildoers, And will not sit with the wicked.6 I will wash my hands in innocence; So I will go about Your altar, O LORD,7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house, And the place where Your glory dwells.9 Do not gather my soul with sinners, Nor my life with bloodthirsty men,10 In whose hands is a sinister scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes.11 But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; Redeem me and be merciful to me.12 My foot stands in an even place; In the congregations I will bless the LORD.
A Worshiper's Prayer
It appears that David is protesting accusations against his integrity, from his enemies who he calls idolatrous, wicked, evildoers, and hypocrites. He claims to have walked in the truth, to have avoided any contact with renegade Jews, and to have participated regularly in worship. All of this stands in sharp contrast to the conduct of his enemies.
Much as Job did, David presents the case for his integrity. He is sure that God will be merciful and redeem and him because of his “lovingkindness.” He then prays that God not leave him is the company of the ungodly. He prays for redemption and mercy because he has maintained his integrity. Because he is confident of God's mercy he will publicly praise Him.
Psalm 26 reveals the quality of the state of mind that should characterize every child of God. It reflects the humble, yet confident, peace of the believer.
Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:5-7 (NKJV)5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
This mindset despises evil and embraces godliness.
Psalm 130:1-8 NIV Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord ; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord , kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord , my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Israel, put your hope in the Lord , for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins.
The Missing Record Of Our Sin
If God kept a record of every human’s past sins, then no one would be able to stand before him when their turn came to give an account for their life. But Psalm 130:3 explains that the Lord does not keep a record of all the times each believer sins. He will not have everyone come before him so that he can scold them for every single sin they committed since they were born. Hebrews 10:17 says, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
God is not looking to discover the faults of man, but instead he is gracious. His memory is short when it comes to humanity’s wrongdoing. God’s grace is evident. He does not keep score in the midst of mankind’s propensity toward waywardness.
This forgiveness, grace and mercy that God is so eager to give his followers comes through the sinless life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He is the only way in which humans can receive God’s forgiveness.
Matthew 26:28 NIV This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Ephesians 1:7 NIV In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
1 John 1:9 NIV If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:12 NIV I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
First John 4:10 explains that Jesus is the “atoning sacrifice” for all sins, which means he is the sacrifice that can repair every person’s relationship with God, bringing about perfect reconciliation between God and sinners.
1 John 4:10 NIV This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
God no longer has to keep track of everyone’s sins because he placed all sin on Jesus when he was on the cross.
2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
With the sacrifice of Jesus, God provided a remedy for the guilt and shame of all humankind, offering them a clean slate. With the resurrection of Jesus, sin and death have been defeated, and God is now solely focused on bringing everyone to himself through the forgiveness, grace and mercy that can be found through belief in Jesus and what he did on the cross.
John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus, thank you for erasing the lengthy record of my sin. Help me to live free of sin’s entanglements, so you can better use me for your purposes. Amen.
Psalm 24:1-10 (HCSB)1 The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD;2 for He laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers.3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully.5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.6 Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.Selah7 Lift up your heads, you gates! Rise up, ancient doors! Then the King of glory will come in.8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle.9 Lift up your heads, you gates! Rise up, ancient doors! Then the King of glory will come in.10 Who is He, this King of glory? The LORD of Hosts, He is the King of glory.Selah
God's Lordship In The World
This is one of the most majestic and stately hymns of the entire book of Psalms. The occasion has been associated with the Feast of Tabernacles, an annual New Year's festival, the dedication of the Temple, and the bringing of the ark to Jerusalem.
The emphasis of the first two verses is the sovereignty of God over the habitable earth and all creatures. The next four verses, 3-6 present the prerequisites to the worship of God, referenced by the question “Who may climb, who may stand?” Then the answer that only those who are pure in the hearts and deeds may come and worship.
Verses 7-10 describe the divine entrance of the God Almighty. The portals or tops of the entrance are too low for the Divine King to enter. The question is who is this king that is so magnificent that the normal entrances to the temple are too small for Him to enter? The answer comes back this is Jehovah Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts (See Who Is God? - Jehovah Sabaoth - The Lord Of Hosts).
Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.