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An Evening Psalm

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September 9, 2021 8:00 am

An Evening Psalm

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September 9, 2021 8:00 am

Today on The Bible Study Hour, we’ll witness King David, in the depths of his despair, pleading with God simultaneously for both forgiveness and vindication. His prayer is sincere and defenseless as he presents his case to the ultimate Judge. Tune in to find out how, by the end of Psalm 4, David has found peace in the midst of adversity and rest in knowing that God hears his cry.

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Today on the Bible study our will witness King David in the depths of despair, pleading with God simultaneously for both forgiveness and vindication is prayer is sincere and defenseless as he presents his case to the ultimate judge. Let's listening together to find out how by the end of Psalms for David has found peace in the midst of adversity and rest in knowing that God hears his cry to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Bortz preparing you to think and act biblically. We all have dreams and aspirations. But today Dr. Boyce will encourage us to simplify our life mission to one simple goal. Pleasing God, we come all Florence Alm Forest described as an evening salt because of the very last verse I will lie down and sleep in peace for your loan overlord make me dwell in safety very tempting to give an historical setting. The Psalm for a number of the commentators of tried to do that, although in my opinion there is no justification for it when we were looking at Psalm three, we saw that there was title to Psalm three says a Psalm of David when he fled from his son Absalom. I argued when we started that Psalm that we should take that literally, if for no other reason than that. Those words are part of the canonical Hebrew text and also the Psalm bears that out. You can understand how this would have been written on that situation in which David had to flee Jerusalem as a result of the rebellion of his son, but that's not the case when we come to form for the title of Psalm for simply says for the director of music stringed instruments. Psalm of David.

Nevertheless, as I sigh a number of commentators of tried to link to some of them just assume that Spurgeon is one fronds Dell extra great German commentator is another man named HC loop. Although my referred to on a number of occasions as being a very astute student of the Psalms tries to show the parallels. He says that in the fourth Psalm. David is obviously in distress as he also is in Psalm three is honor as a salesman. Psalm florescent seems to have been at least indirectly, in Psalm three speaks here to his enemies and very paternalistic way. You might have expected him to speak to his son Absalom and salon see works through the small number of those parallels in my mind are quite tenuous and some are probably very questionable. But the big objection to that kind of linkup between Psalm three and Psalm four is that the problems described in the two Psalms are entirely different unless we understand the difference. We really are going to understand how Psalm for can speak to us was a problem in Psalm freight will David was under attack by enemies he was in physical danger.

Psalm is filled with military metaphors. He has had to flee Jerusalem thousands of armed soldiers risen up against him. He needs God to be a shield against his enemies, and he uses the word he needs God to be his delivery calls upon God for deliverance is not the case in Psalm for the problem in Psalm four is one of his reputation being under attack. It's a question of slander and lives what he needs.

Here in Psalm four is not deliverance from physical file, but reassurance from God. The God really is on his side in his favor with God and that he can trust God even when his enemies are saying the kind of things they are saying so in order to understand this Psalm we have to look at it in that way is not a Psalm of penitence or other Psalms for that purpose Psalm of the person who has been wrongly attacked slanderous things of been set against them and he needs reassurance. He is an innocent suffer as soon as I introduce the word innocent. The question that naturally leaps to our minds is whether anybody is ever really innocent. We talk about a righteous sufferer, is anybody really a righteous suffer. Except of course for the Lord Jesus Christ. And, incidentally, some commentators perceive this Psalm as being about see virtually all the Psalms as being about Jesus Christ. But that's another matter. Question is, is anybody ever really innocent answer of course is now none of us really are ever really innocent in the absolute sense that there are times in life when we are attacked unjustly. We don't have sin in us we not done wrong things not even, perhaps, that we haven't contributed in some way the situation out of which the attacks of the risen. Nevertheless, for our times. We know that when people really do attack us without any grounds whatsoever. Someone in the work pool in your office begins to get a thing against you might be because they just don't like you like your looks, it may be because they're jealous. Maybe if you're a woman man that they're interested in is interested in you. So they don't like you. For that reason or if you're somewhere on the way up the hierarchy, someone else who wants to get your position or wants to get the position you're headed for price to undermine you in some way and so rumors began to circulate and memos go around the office that represent you in an unjust light of the things I'm talking about in those of the things are sometimes very hard to deal with preachers got them from time to time to honestly acknowledge that among ourselves.

Sometimes things are said that really do hurt. The question is how do we deal with and how do we rise above it. David tells us how to do that here in the Psalms we have different kinds of songs those who categorize him generally put them in the seven different types varies from commentator to commentator, but some of them would say this Trevor Longman who is professor of Westminster divides in this way, their hymns, laments Psalms of Thanksgiving Psalms of confidence Psalms of remembrance and wisdom Psalms and King ships are messianic songs. While this Psalm is probably to be placed in two classes. Classes aren't always easy to distinguish it's a song of lament individual element because David the author is in trouble. It is calling to God to help them but is also a Psalm of confidence and the secret understanding it is to realize that it moves from the one to the other starts out as a song of lament because David is being slandered is being hurt by the things that are set against Ms. reputation is under attack unjustly as he presents his cause to God and begins to work his way through the things that are said you find that in the end he comes to a position of great confidence and says those words for which the Psalm is called an evening song. I will lie down and sleep in peace for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety because you and I experience things like this all the time in our lives.

We have days like this when people attack us unjustly. There are many days in our lives when as we come to the end of the day. We need a song like this about all we need to be able to pray as the psalmist prays now asked the question, how does he deal with the problem. The outline of the Psalm is easy to follow. He has an appeal to God, which occupies verse one. And secondly, he makes an appeal to his enemies which begins with verse two and continues in verse five. Longer section it doesn't follow the stanza sin our Bibles as their divided and then having appeal to God, and secondly, having appealed to his enemies he ends in verses six through eight with an expression of quiet confidence in God telling us all who read the Psalm what God did for him in the circumstances unless the outline with the flow of it is something that goes beyond that. Well, that's the progression he uses what we actually say is that as David presents his case to God. God actually answers him and as he prays for his enemies or advises them. He actually finds his advice to them having comfort for his own heart. So he finds himself moving the confidence in the Psalm as a result of what he does now let's take it in each of the parts.

First, part one. His appeal to God answer me when I call to you, oh my righteous God give me relief for my distress to be merciful to me and hear my prayer. I suppose I could start by asking the question, who do you go to when you find yourself in a situation like this when someone is attacking you when you're unjustly accused would you go to many of us go to our friends, and that's not bad.

Certainly if there Christian friends and to be able to hear us out. Some of his unknown anybody. We simply attack our enemies fight lastly fight with them.

They attack we attack is David going to God, I want you to think about that and why that's important because you see when you go to your enemies. Well all you can do is respond as they respond. If you go to your friends. Well you can tell a little bit. What's in your heart. But when I can really ever fully unfold, what, where, feeling of the hurts we have other people you know that yourself. If you would say really how you're hurting the most people, you find that they wouldn't understand or they would think less of you supposed to be strong enough supposed to have that kind of feelings, your heart STAND UP THERE BE A MAN. DON'T ACT THAT WAY.

THAT'S THE SORT OF THING THAT YOU'RE TOLD, AND SO MOST OF US UNDERSTANDING THAT HOLDBACK WE DON'T SAY WHAT WE'RE REALLY FEELING OF REPORTING. WE DON'T REALLY TELL IT. THE POINT I WANT TO MAKE YOU SEE IS IF YOU GO TO GOD. YOU CAN TELL IT ALL. WHY CAN YOU TELL IT ALL BECAUSE HE KNOWS IT ALL ALREADY THINGS IN A SURPRISE GOD.

GOD, IF I MAY SAY SO IS THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL IN THE UNIVERSE IN THE COMPANY OF WHOM YOU AND I CAN REALLY BE FULLY HONEST REASON IS THAT HE KNOWS US ALREADY KNOWS OUR HEART, HE KNOWS THE SITUATION. HE KNOWS OUR HEARTS. HE KNOWS OUR WEAKNESSES, OUR SINS, HE KNOWS OUR STRENGTHS.

ABOVE ALL HE KNOWS WHAT IS GOING TO MAKE A BUS. HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH, EVEN IN THE DIFFICULTY WERE LIVING THROUGH YOU AND I CAN GO AND WE CAN POUR IT ALL OUT. THAT'S WHAT DAVID DOES HERE. HE TALKS ABOUT HIS DISTRESS. DOES IT IN SHORTHAND COARSELY PSALMS ARE MEANT TO BE USED BY OTHER PEOPLE. SO IN THE PSALM ITSELF.

HE DOESN'T ELABORATE UPON ALL THE DETAILS CERTAINLY DID THAT PERSONALLY. BUT HE'S ACKNOWLEDGING THAT HE'S DISTRESSED BY WHAT IS SAID, I THINK THAT'S NICE ON HIS PART THAT HE CAN BE SO HONEST WHEN WE WERE YOUNG. YOU KNOW OUR FRIENDS USED TO SAY NASTY THINGS ABOUT US.

WE WENT HOME AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT YOU KNOW WHAT MOTHER USED TO SAY SAID NEXT TIME THEY SAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO YOU. YOU JUST GO BACK OUT THERE. YOU SAY THIS STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME. AND SO WE WENT OUT AND DID IT STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES BUT NAMES WILL NEVER HURT ME. AND THEN YOU DO ALL THAT THEY HEARD, THEY DO HURT AND WE KNOW THAT DAVID WAS HURTING. HE HAD TRIED TO LIVE FOR GOD AND INDEED HE HAD LIVED FOR GOD. HE WAS A MOST EXCEPTIONAL MAN AND A GREAT LEADER. HERE IS UNDER ATTACK AND SO HE POURS OUT HIS DISTRESS BEFORE GOD. HE CAN BE ABSOLUTELY HONEST. HE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE ARRAYED AGAINST HIM ARE SIGNIFICANT. PEOPLE ALSO IS MAKE LIGHT OF THEM.

THAT'S A LITTLE HARD TO SEE AN ENGLISH TEXT BUT IT'S EVIDENT SOMEONE IN THE HEBREW IT'S IN THAT PHRASE. OH MAN ACTUALLY IN THE HEBREW IT'S SONS OF MAN BENNY EACH AND THE SIGNIFICANT THING ABOUT THAT AS IT IS BENNY EACH RATHER THAN BENNY AND DONNA'S WORD ADAMANT MEANS OF THE EARTH AND WAS MADE FROM THE BOSTON. THAT'S A COMMON WAY OF SPEAKING ABOUT BEER MEN, MORTALS, MANY OF SONS OF THE EARTH, BUT THIS IS BENNY. EACH HIGHER LEVEL OF WORD AND IT MEANS MEN OF SOME IMPORTANCE. SO DAVID YOU SEE IS SAYING THAT HE'S IN DISTRESS IN HIS DISTRESS IS CAUSED, NOT BY MERE NOBODIES PEOPLE HE COULD NEGLECT, BUT RATHER BY PEOPLE HAD QUITE A HEARING THESE PEOPLE AS HE SAYS IN VERSE TWO, RETURNING HIS GLORY AND THE SHAME, THAT IS, THEY WERE SLANDERING HIM. THEY LOVE DELUSIONS. THE HEBREW ACTUALLY MEANS LIVES. THEY WERE DISHONEST ENEMIES AND IF WHEN HE SAYS THEY SEEK FALSE GODS.

THAT'S TO BE TAKEN IN THE LITERAL WAY THEY WEREN'T EVEN REAL WORSHIPERS OF JEHOVAH. THEY WERE HIS ENEMIES SPIRITUALLY IS WHILE IS IN TERMS OF LIFE. HE WAS TRYING TO LIVE ENEMIES OF HIS REPUTATION AND HIS GOD AS HE LAYS ALL OF THAT OUT BEFORE GOD. SO I RECOMMEND WHEN YOU'RE TROUBLED AND THAT WAY YOU BRING IT BEFORE GOD. AT LEAST WHEN YOU RAN BEFORE GOD.

YOU HAVE ONE WHO REALLY UNDERSTANDS AND INDEED THE ONLY ONE REALLY CAN LIMIT YOU TO SEE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT HIS APPEAL TO GOD. I'VE SAID THAT IT IS HONEST VERY FACT THAT HE COMES TO GOD ALLOWS HIM TO BE HONEST I WANT YOU TO SEE. SECONDLY, IS ALSO BALANCED BALANCE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE WAY BECAUSE OF THE VERY END OF VERSE ONE AFTER HE SAYS GIVE ME RELIEF FOR MY DISTRESS. HE SAYS BE MERCIFUL TO ME AND HEAR MY PRAYER.

MERCY IS WHAT IS CALLING FOR. I WAS NOT SIGNIFICANT.

MERCY IS WHAT GOD CHOSE THOSE WHO ARE UNDESERVING. THOSE WERE SINNERS HERE IN THE VERY VERSE ONE VERSE IN WHICH IS APPEALING TO GOD TO VINDICATE HIM AGAINST THESE UNRIGHTEOUS SLANDERS OF HIS ENEMIES, HE HIMSELF BEING RIGHTEOUS THE APPEALS TO GOD, NOT AS A RIGHTEOUS ONE, BUT AS A CENTER WHO COMES ONLY SEEKING GOD'S MERCY YOU SAY IS NOT CONTRADICTORY WELL KNOW IT ISN'T BECAUSE YOU SEE, ALTHOUGH BEFORE HIS ENEMIES HE REALLY WANTS A RIGHTEOUS MAN.

THEY WERE THE ONES THAT WERE LYING. THEY WERE SLANDERING HIM A FOR THE WORSHIPERS OF FALSE GODS. NONE OF THAT WAS TRUE OF DAY, BUT HE REALLY WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN, ALTHOUGH BEFORE HIS ENEMIES HE REALLY WAS RIGHTEOUS, COMPARED WITH OTHER MEN BEFORE GOD. HE WAS NOT SO HE HOLDS BOTH OF THOSE THINGS TOGETHER ONCE TO BE VINDICATED ON THE HUMAN LEVEL, BUT HE RECOGNIZES THAT HE MUST COME EVEN WITH THAT REQUEST. AS A SINNER SEEKING MERCY FROM GOD.

GOD OF COURSES MERCIFUL WHEN YOU COME TO HIM WHEN YOU UNFOLD YOUR HEARTS BEFORE HIM WHEN YOU TELL THEM WHAT YOU REALLY FEEL YOU NOT ONLY HEARS YOU NOT ONLY KNOW THAT BUT YOU KNOW THAT HE WILL BE MERCIFUL AND WILL MINISTER TO YOU OUT OF HIS ABOUNDING LOVE. THAT'S THE FIRST PART INTERESTING PART. I THINK IN THE REAL HEART OF THE PSALM IS IN HIS APPEAL TO HIS ENEMIES WHAT HE HAS TO SAY TO THEM IF I DID AS I SAID IN VERSES TWO THROUGH FIVE. I MENTIONED VERSE TWO IN REFERENCE TO HIS APPEAL. VERSE THREE. THE FIRST THING HE WANTS THEM TO KNOW IS THAT THE LORD HAS SET APART THE GODLY FOR HIMSELF. I WENT TO SEE HOW THIS OPERATES WHEN DAVID SAYS THE LORD IS SET APART THE GODLY FOR HIMSELF AND IS REALLY TALKING ABOUT THERE IS ELECTION AND ELECTION OF COURSE IS A DOCTRINE THAT IS WIDELY HATED BY THOSE WHO WERE NOT THE PEOPLE OF GOD. DAVID'S CASE WHEN HE SAID THE LORD IS SET APART THE GODLY FOR HIMSELF. HE WOULD MEAN GOD CHOSE ME TO BE KING I BECAME KING NOT BECAUSE I WAS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE OTHER KING THE KING BEFORE ME AND BECAUSE I DEFEATED HIM.

RATHER, BECAUSE GOD ANOINTED ME IN MY YOUTH AND I WAITED FOR HIM TO RAISE ME TO THE THRONE AND HE DID SELECTION OF COURSES THAT EVERYTHING IS ENEMIES MOST HATED A DESPISED HIM. THEY WANTED TO GET RID OF THEM. BUT IT WAS GOD'S ANOINTED IS REMINDING THEM OF THAT OUR CASE, OF COURSE, IT HAS TO DO WITH SALVATION WHERE CHRISTIANS WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY THE ELECTING GRACE OF GOD IN THE WORLD IS NOT LIKE THAT. THE WORLD HATES THE DOCTRINE OF ELECTION AND IT'S TRUE TRUE, SOMETHING THAT NOT ONLY WIKI BUT THE WORLD NEEDS TO BE REMINDED OFF AND THAT'S WHAT DAVID IS DOING WITH HIS ENEMIES IS REMINDING THEM OF THE TRUTH IS HE SAYING TO THEM. IS THIS GOD HAS SET ME APART.

IT'S GOD'S DOING AND IF GOD CHOSE ME TO BE KING, THEN THE GOD CHOSE ME TO BE KING IS CERTAINLY GOING TO TAKE CARE OF ME AS KING.

YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT. AND SO WHEN YOU BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS. HE GOES ON TO SAY WHEN YOU'RE LYING ON YOUR BEDS AND SEARCHING YOUR HEARTS. REMEMBER THAT. REMEMBER THAT IT SINKS IN.

YOU BEGIN TO GET THE TRUTH OF AND WHAT IT REALLY MEANS, THEN YOU KNOW HOW UNSUCCESSFUL YOUR ATTACKS AGAINST ME ARE GOING TO BE. REMEMBER WHEN I BEGAN. I SAID THAT IN THE COURSE OF THE PSALM AS DAVID THINKS ABOUT OTHERS HE'S MINISTERED TO HIMSELF IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS HERE IN VERSE THREE IS TOTALLY GOD BLESSES ENEMIES THAT THE LORD TAKES CARE OF THE GODLY LORD SETS THEM APART FOR HIMSELF AND HE CERTAINLY GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THEM. I SUPPOSE AT THAT POINT HE MUST'VE SAID AS HE WAS THINKING THROUGH THE WORDS OF THE PSALM. WELL THAT IS TRIAL IF THE LORD REALLY DOES CARE FOR THE GODLY AND SET THEM APART INTO HIMSELF.

THAT INCLUDES ME. AND HE DOES CARE FOR ME AND THEREFORE NOTICE THE SECOND HALF OF THE VERSE. THE LORD WILL HEAR WHEN I CALL TO HIM, PUT THAT TOGETHER WITH VERSE ONE AND NOTICE THE PROGRESSION VERSE MONIES IN DISTRESS AND ANGUISH HE COMES TO GOD, IS GOD ANSWER ME WHEN I CALLED TO YOU. I NEED AN ANSWER I'M IN TROUBLE. I'M IN DISTRESS.

I NEED HELP AS HE BEGINS TO THINK ABOUT HIS ENEMIES AND DIRECTS SOME WISE COUNSEL TO THEM.

THAT COUNSEL COMES BACK UPON HIMSELF AND HE'S SHORT THAT GOD REALLY IS GOING TO HEAR HIM WHEN HE CALLS HIM SO HE SAYS THE LORD WILL HEAR ME GOD IS GOING TO ANSWER THIS PRAYER. THAT'S WHY I RECOMMEND THAT YOU GO TO GOD TO GO TO GOD YOU FIND ONE WHO WAS READY TO LISTEN WHY. I WOULD ALSO IN THE SECOND PLACE RECOMMEND THIS KIND OF CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO ARE YOUR ENEMIES, BECAUSE IS YOUR CONCERN FOR THEM. GOD WILL EXPRESSES CONCERN TO YOU.

WELL, NOT ONLY DOES HE REMIND THEM OF THIS GREAT TRUTH OF THE LORD IS SET APART THE GODLY FOR HIMSELF. HE BEGINS TO TELL THEM WHAT TO DO TO DEAL WITH THE ANGER THEY HAVE THREE THINGS IN VERSES FOUR AND FIVE. FIRST OF ALL, IN ANGER DO NOT SIN. SECOND OFFER RIGHT SACRIFICES AND THIRD TRUST IN THE LORD IS GOOD ADVICE FOR ANYBODY THAT'S LOOK AT IT.

ONE OF THOSE ITEMS AT A TIME IN YOUR ANGER DO NOT SIN THAT'S A BIT OF A PROBLEM TO US AS FAR AS INTERPRETATION GOES BECAUSE IT CAN MEAN TWO DIFFERENT THINGS. ONE THING IT MEANS IS THIS YOU CAN BE ANGRY. ALL RIGHTS BUT DON'T GO ON TO SIN. DON'T LET YOUR ANGER IN A CERTAIN SITUATION CARRY YOU INTO OUTRIGHT SINFUL ACTIONS. THAT'S WHAT IT SEEMED TO AMEND TO THE TRANSLATORS OF THE SEPTUAGINT GREEK VERSION OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, WHICH IS WHAT THE APOSTLE PAUL SEEMS TO QUOTE IN THE FOURTH CHAPTER OF EPHESIANS THE ANGRY BUT SIN NOT, AND IT SEEMS TO BE EXACTLY WHAT HE MEANT. BECAUSE THE VERY NEXT VERSE IN EPHESIANS GOES ON TO SAY, DON'T LET THE SUN RISE UPON YOUR WRATH. IN OTHER WORDS, DEAL WITH YOUR PROBLEM AND THE ANGER STAY, THAT'S ONE THING, IT CAN MEAN.

AND APPARENTLY THAT'S WHAT IT MEANT TO PAUL ON THE OTHER HAND, THAT WORD BE ANGRY IS ACTUALLY THE WORD TREMBLE CAN MEAN THE TREMBLE IN ANGER, WHICH IS WHY IT'S TRANSLATED THAT WAY.

THAT'S OFTEN USED THAT WAY BUT IT ALSO DOES MEAN TREMBLE AND IF YOU'RE NOT TREMBLING AND ANGRIER AS WELL. HOW ELSE CAN YOU TREMBLE AND ONE WAY YOU CAN TREMBLE OF COURSES BEFORE GOD IN ALL OF HIM WHO CALLED WHOM I MENTIONED EARLIER, ONE OF THESE INSIGHTFUL COMMENTATORS ON THE PSALMS TAKES IT THAT WAY AND HE SAYS WHAT THE VERSE REALLY MEANS IS TREMBLE BEFORE GOD, AND STOP SINNING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT WAY TO TAKE IT THAT SOMETHING THAT DIVIDES THE SCHOLARS.

I SUPPOSE IN TERMS OF PAUL'S USE OF IT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT YOU ATTENDED TAKEN IN THE FIRST WAY I TEND TO THINK IT PROBABLY SHOULD BE TAKEN IN THE SECOND WAY BECAUSE OF THE CONTEXT OF THE SONG. SEE WHAT DAVID GOES ON TO TELL THEM TO DO IS OFFER RIGHT SACRIFICES AND THEN TO TRUST IN GOD. I THINK THE FLOW OF THE THOUGHT, THEREFORE, WOULD BE SOMETHING LIKE THIS TREMBLE BEFORE, NOT REALIZING YOU'RE DEALING WITH ALREADY SAID TO THE LORD SETS APART THE GODLY TO HIMSELF AND HE DOES, YOU'RE SETTING YOURSELF AGAINST ME REALLY SETTING YOURSELF AGAINST GOD TREMBLE WITHOUT THOUGHT, AND THEN STOP SINNING AND FOR THE SIN THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY COMMITTED OFFER RIGHT SACRIFICES THAT IS COMING TO GOD IN THE WAY THE POINTS FORWARD TO THE ATONEMENT AND WHEN THAT IS DONE AND STOP LIVING AS A SINNER BEGIN TO TRUST GOD. I THINK THAT'S THE FLOW OF IT IS WHAT DAVID HAD TO SAY TO HIS ENEMIES IN ITS COURSE. IT'S WHAT WE CAN SAY AFTER WE HAVE. FIRST OF ALL, SET IT TO OURSELVES. SEE WHAT GIVES DAVID HIS GREAT STRENGTH IN THE SONG. SOME OF THEM AS YOU KNOW, WHICH HAVE VERY STRONG LANGUAGE AGAINST HIS ENEMIES.

HE WANTS GOD TO BRING DOWN WRATH UPON THE HEADS OF HIS ENEMIES WERE GOING TO DEAL WITH AT A GREATER LENGTH WHEN WE GET TO THEM THERE CALLED THE IMPRECATORY SONG. ONE REASON WHY DAVID CAN DO THAT AS IT IS FIRST MADE HIS HEART RIGHT BEFORE GOD SEE IF HE'S TELLING THEM TREMBLE BEFORE GOD AND DON'T SIN LORD IN YOUR ANGER DO NOT SAY, HOWEVER, YOU TAKEN MAKE RIGHT SACRIFICES AND TRUST GOD.

THAT IS SOMETHING HE HIMSELF HAS DONE SO IS NOT SPEAKING OFF THE WALL. HE'S NOT OFFERING ADVICE ON OF THE TEXTBOOK HE SAYING THIS IS THE WAY I LIVE. IT'S WHAT GOD HONORS AND THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD LIVE TO IT REALLY IS THE WAY OF BLESSING I SAID EARLIER HAPPENS HERE SECOND TIME. REMEMBER HOW I'VE SAID MOTION OF THE PSALM IS THIS WHEN DAVID GETS CONCERN FOR THE OTHERS AND HE BEGINS TO THINK ABOUT THEM. HE FINDS THE ANSWER HIMSELF WHEN HE BEGAN TO REMIND THEM THAT GOD CARES FOR THE GODLY SAID WELL GOD'S GOING TO ANSWER MY PRAYER THAT I WAS THE ASSURANCE HE NEEDED OF THE QUESTION. HE FIRST BEGAN OR IS ANSWER MY PRAYER OF GOD AND NOISE AS GOD IS GOING TO ANSWER MY PRAYER IS MOVED ALONG BY THE SAME THING HAPPENS ALL OVER AGAIN HERE BECAUSE HE'S TOLD HIS ENEMIES HOW THEY MAY COME TO TRUST GOD AND HAVING TOLD THEM THAT HE COMES TO THE POSITION OF TRUSTING GOD HIMSELF IS WHAT HE TALKS ABOUT IN VERSES SIX, SEVEN AND EIGHT, THREE THINGS HE SAYS THAT GOD DOES. FIRST OF ALL, GOD CHOSE IN FAVOR ENEMIES WERE SHOWING IN ANY FAVOR BUT GOD HAS THOSE WERE STANDING AROUND AND DIDN'T EVEN THINK THAT GOD WOULD GOD WAS DOING IN ANY WAY YOU SEE THOSE WHO WERE AROUND DAVID WERE SAYING WHO CAN SHOW US ANY GOOD.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT KIND OF A SITUATION. THIS WAS, HE WAS IN WHEN HE WAS SAYING THESE THINGS WASN'T THE SITUATION DESCRIBED IN PSALM THREE, BUT WHATEVER IT WAS IT WAS BAD ENOUGH, THE PEOPLE WHO WERE AROUND HIM IS COUNSELORS PROBABLY HIS FRIENDS WERE SAYING THAT THE SITUATION IS SO BAD I CAN'T SEE HOW ANY GOOD CAN COME OUT OF IT. COURSE OF DAVID WAS LOOKING ONLY AT THE SITUATION, HE WOULD'VE HAD TO SAY THE SAME THING HIMSELF.

I DON'T SEE HOW ANY GOOD CAN COME OUT OF THIS TOGETHER. KNOW THAT YOU EVER BEEN IN THAT KIND OF A SITUATION IN SUCH A MESS. AT WORK, SOUNDS HAVE ANY GOOD IS EVER GOING TO COME OUT OF THE SITUATION.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY MAKE THE SITUATION RIGHT OR YOU GET INTO SUCH TURMOIL IN YOUR FAMILY THAT YOU SAY I DON'T SEE HOW ANYTHING IS EVER GOING TO MAKE THIS GOOD AGAIN WHILE HUMANLY SPEAKING THAT MAY VERY WELL BE TRUE TO SAY DAVID IS BETTER THAN THAT AND AS HE HEARS THEIR QUESTION NOW HAVING PRAYED FOR HIS ENEMIES AND THOUGHT ABOUT THEM AND ADVISING THEM TO TRUST GOD. HE REMEMBERS THAT HE CAN TRUST GOD AS WELL. WHAT HE SAYS IS THIS LETS THE LIGHT OF YOUR FACE SHINE UPON US.

OH LORD, WHAT IS PROBABLY DOING THEIR WAS THINKING OF THE IRONIC BENEDICTION THAT IS FOUND IN THE SIX CHAPTERS OF NUMBERS. VERSE 26, WHERE WE PRAY THAT GOD WILL LIFT UP THE LIGHT OF HIS COUNTENANCE UPON US AND GIVE US PEACE. THINK WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT BROUGHT THE TEXT TO DAVID'S MIND. YOU'RE ALL THE PEOPLE STANDING AROUND IN THERE SAYING WHO CAN SHOW US ANY GOOD.

ONLY SPEAKING NOBODY'S GOING TO SHOW US ANY GOOD.

NOT IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYS ALL YES BUT REMEMBER THE BENEDICTION.

THE LIGHTS OF YOUR COUNTENANCE UPON US AND GIVE US PEACE. DAVID SAYS ALL YES THAT'S WHAT OUR GOD IS LIKE.

HE'S A GOD WHO ALLOWS HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON US FAVORABLY.

THAT'S OUR GOD, AND AS HE LOOKS UPON US IN FAVOR. HE GIVES US PEACE SO HE PRAYS THAT YOU SEE GOD IS THAT HE WOULD DO IT SO HE TAKES GOD'S WORD AND HE SAYS ALL RIGHT. LET THE LIGHT OF YOUR FACE SHINE UPON US OF GOD EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE GREAT TURMOIL HE FINDS FAVOR FAVOR WITH GOD TO DEFINE FAVOR FROM HIS ENEMIES. NOT LIKELY HAD HE GIVEN THEM THE ADVICE AND DID THEY LISTEN ARE VERY LIKELY IN MY JUDGMENT ENEMIES GENERALLY DON'T ALL THEY MIGHT'VE ONLY ENEMIES DIDN'T FIND FAVOR WITH GOD. BY FOLLOWING DAVID'S ADVICE. DAVID HIMSELF DID SO IN VERSE SIX. THIS IS WHAT HE SAYS THE SAME THING HE FINDS HIS JOY.

YOU HAVE FILLED MY HEART WITH GREATER JOY THAN WHEN THEIR GRAIN AND NEW WINE ABOUNDS, REFERRING TO THE HARVEST TIME OF GREAT JOY, AN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMY SAYING IF YOU LOOK AT NATIONAL LIFE. THERE IS NO TIME IN THE LIFE OF THE NATION.

IN THE COURSE OF THE YEAR WHICH WE HAVE MORE JOY THAN AT THE TIME OF HARVEST.

HE SAYS GOD HAS ANSWERED MY PRAYER AND GIVEN ME MORE JOY EVEN THAN IN SUCH TIMES WHY BECAUSE GOD'S PROMISES, AND GOD'S FAVOR. SEE IF GOD IS GOING TO ALLOW THE LIGHT OF HIS COUNTENANCE TO SHINE UPON US FAVORABLY AND THAT ITSELF IS THE CAUSE FOR JOY. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE MY ENEMIES ARE SLANDERING MY NAME WORST THEY CAN DO IS MAKE THINGS DIFFICULT FOR ME FOR A TIME, PERHAPS ROLE OF LIFE, BUT IN THE LIGHT OF ETERNITY.

AND I'M AN ETERNAL BEING. THAT'S JUST A LITTLE DROP IN THE BUCKET AND WHAT MATTERS. WHAT IS GOING TO MATTER ADAMANTLY AND ETERNALLY, IS WHETHER GOD HAS SAID HIS FAVOR UPON ME IF I WOULD APPLY THAT I WOULD SAY MAKE IT YOUR GOAL IN LIFE TO STRIVE FOR THE FAVOR OF GOD. TRY TO PLEASE HIM. REMEMBER, EVEN UNIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT MAN WHO LIVED BEFORE THE FLOOD, WHO PREACHED A MESSAGE OF JUDGMENT FROM HIS GENERATION. BEHOLD, THE LORD IS COMING WITH THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF HIS HOLY ONES TO EXECUTE JUDGMENT ON THE EARTH AGAINST ALL THE UNGODLY WAYS OF ALL THE UNGODLY SINNERS AND ALL THE UNGODLY WORDS THEY HAVE SPOKEN AGAINST HIM IN AN UNGODLY WAY, THAT WAS THE NEXT MESSAGE IS RECORDED IN THE BOOK OF JUDE ASKED THE QUESTION, WAS THE POPULAR WITH THE GENERATION OF THE MESSAGE LIKE THAT HE WASN'T YET NO FAVOR FROM THEM. THEY WERE ALL AGAINST HIM, AND WHEN THE TIME OF THE FLOOD CAME. WE KNOW THAT VERY FEW WOULD LISTEN.

PROBABLY NOBODY BECAUSE THE ONLY ONES LEFT WERE PRESERVED WERE NOAH AND HIS FAMILY ON THE ARK AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE FAVOR WITH HIS GENERATION BUT HE DID HAVE FAVOR WITH GOD BECAUSE THE BOOK OF HEBREWS WORRIES PRAYS FOR ITS FAITH TOLD AND HE PLEASED GOD IS A THAT'S WHAT WE SHOULD STRIVE FOR. THAT'S WHAT DAVID CAME TO WANT AND IN THE LIGHT OF THAT, ALL OF THE TURMOIL IN THE CRITICISM FADED AWAY WHEN WE COME TO THE LAST VERSE OF WHAT WE FIND IS THIS PICTURE OF TRUST ONCE AGAIN. ACTUALLY THE GREAT MANIFESTATION OF A PERSONAL PEACE FAVOR WITH GOD, JOY, GAS AND PEACE AS WELL BECAUSE DAVID SAYS IN VERSE EIGHT I WILL LIE DOWN AND SLEEP IN PEACE FOR YOU ALONE KNOW LORD, MAKE ME WELL IN SAFETY EVER GO THROUGH A DAY WHEN PEOPLE OF BEEN OUT TO GET YOU SURE YOU HAVE NOT PARANOID TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS OFTEN A FACT OF LIFE. MY FAVORITE SAYING OF YOGI BERRA HAS TO DO WITH PARANOIA.

YOU'VE HEARD IT BEFORE.

YOGI BERRA SAID JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE PARANOID DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE NOT OUT TO GET YOU AND THAT THAT IS OFTEN TRUE.

EVER GONE THROUGH A DAY LIKE THAT. MAYBE HER WHOLE LIFE SEEMS TO BE LIKE THAT, HERE'S A SONG FOR YOU. IT'S AS PRACTICAL AS IT CAN BE ADDRESS YOUR CONCERN TO GOD. GOD KNOWS THAT HE UNDERSTANDS TO BE HONEST ANY HERE'S DIRECTOR CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO YOUR ENEMIES SEE THAT HE CAN'T SPEAK TO THEM EVEN IF THEY WON'T LISTEN ARTICULATE IN YOUR MIND THE ADVICE THEY SHOULD HAVE.

AS YOU GIVE THEM ADVICE SHALL TAKE IT FOR YOURSELF AND YOU'LL FIND THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL KEEP YOUR HEART AND YOUR MIND IN CHRIST JESUS.

THE BIBLE SAYS PRAY FOR THOSE WHO DESPITEFULLY USE YOU, AND IF YOU DO PEACE OF GOD WILL BE YOURS AS PRAY. FATHER, WE THANK YOU FOR SUCH A PRACTICAL SONG DEALING WITH SUCH A PRACTICAL PROBLEM. VERY FEW OF US HAVE ANYTHING THAT CAN COMPARE WITH PSALM THREE, OR ENEMIES ARE OUT TO GET DAVID ARMED FORCES WORRIES PHYSICALLY UNDER ATTACK, BUT ALL OF US AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, LIVED THROUGH THE DISTRESS OF PSALM FOUR FATHER. THAT'S OUR CASE FOR GOING THROUGH THAT NOW USE IT TO STRENGTHEN US AND STRENGTHEN US IN THIS WAY, NOT TELLING US HOW TO HAVE A STIFF UPPER LIP FIGHT BACK, BUT RATHER ON HOW TO PRESENT OUR REQUESTS TO GOD.

ALL REQUESTS TO YOU AND FIND THAT PEACE WHICH PASSES ALL HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. WE THANK YOU FOR THAT BLESSING. WE THANK YOU FOR THOSE PROMISES. WE THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO IN OUR LIVES. THIS DAY, THIS NIGHT, BEFORE WE GO TO BED EACH NIGHT THIS WEEK AND INDEED THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES.

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