Psalm 10:1-11

Psalm 10:1-11

Bible Reading

Psalms 10:1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far away?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
2 In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor;
let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.
3 For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.
4 In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him;
all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
5 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
7 His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.
8 He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.
His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;
9 he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket;
he lurks that he may seize the poor;
he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.
10 The helpless are crushed, sink down,
and fall by his might.
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it.


 To the tearful sufferer the Lord can seem to stand still, as if he calmly looks on but does not sympathise with those that are  afflicted.  This of course is not true,  It is also a feeling that is apparent to the  unbeliever who is watching.  Someone has said that if you talk about something that is false  often enough it becomes the truth. There are three sayings that come in this section of the Psalm.  The first saying is "there is no God", the second is "I shall not be moved" and the final one is  "God has forgotten"

It is interesting that it begins with affirming that there is no God and gradually with each step that affirmation  becomes weaker. Until there is a recognition of the existence of God but the challenge is to his memory. It takes human experience and  attributes  them to God. The probability of us being here, in a mathematical sense, without God is so large as to be ridiculous. It is easy to say there is no God, but if you do, it is difficult to describe anything else.  Romans chapter 1 says the existence of God is evident by what is around us.

Next,  to say that "I will not be moved" is to be like a man trying to  stop a  moving train. What we do not perceive is we regularly change our opinions and premises. The final one is "God has forgotten." We forget that God never forgets, that is why we need the forgiveness of Jesus. Without that we would have no eternity. Yet when we move into the eternal situation we will find that God never forgets.


Dear father, help me to remember the needy in the daily problemns that they have. May I not be associated with those that seek to live independently of you and who look to victimise those that have little standing before the law. Help me to remember that the present and the future is in your hands. Most of all help me see and understand where the Spirit is moving and to praise you for what I see. Amen

Psalm 10:12-18

Psalm 10:12-18

 Bible Reading

Psalms 10:12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up your hand;

forget not the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The LORD is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17 O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.


In this section of the psalm we get a fourth statement from the ungodly: “God will not call to account”. In other words the hope is that they will get away with ignoring God. How can a God of love be that nasty. If he judges me he is not a loving God. We know, with our children that love goes hand in hand with discipline and judgement and many times it is a matter of safety. We say "if you do not stay with me when we are down at the mall, there will be consequences when you get home." Why! Because you want your child to be safe. And if you are wise you will follow through on those consequences. God is the same but far more loving and provides the pathway to safety which is Jesus.

To suggest 'God will not call to account,' is very much wishful thinking. Throughout the Scripture and another Psalms, the fact that we will be called to account is quite clear. The issue is that we have all sinned and fallen  short of what is required, and that the only protection from being called to account, is belief in Jesus who died for the forgiveness of sins. But he also died  and rose again and becomes the first fruits of a new life. So people who die are  revived to live again, and will  be called to account. In that process the forgiveness of sins becomes paramount and is due to those who believe. Where the pressure of society has become so strong, that they haven't been able to bear it by themselves, they need to call on Jesus to give them the strength and the ability to be able to do ordinary, good and right things well.

The contrast in the psalm comes in the last few verses. The  significant verse is the 16th "The Lord is king forever; the nations perish from His land." As king, he is concerned about the plight of all  his subjects and the nations perish from his land. Acts 17:26 talks about that God determines the boundaries of the nations and their length of stay. This in iself is evidence that the Lord is concerned with the plight of his people and he is resposive to their need.


Dear father I know that I will be called to account, and I know there are things that I'm thoroughly ashamed of and there are things that I should be ashamed of .  Because of these things which are so unnatural sometimes to do I deserve the consequences. But the thing that is wonderful is to know that Jesus died for my sins and when I'm called to give account I can use what his  done and that my account becomes clean. Help me to appreciate the deposit that I gained through Jesus in  in my behaviour bank account. May I never let down my guard in resisting sin. Amen


Psalm 11
 Bible Reading

Psalms 11:1 In the Lord I take refuge.

How then can you say to me:

“Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;

they set their arrows against the strings

to shoot from the shadows

at the upright in heart.

3 When the foundations are being destroyed,

what can the righteous do?”

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;

the Lord is on his heavenly throne.

He observes everyone on earth;

his eyes examine them.

5 The Lord examines the righteous,

but the wicked, those who love violence,

he hates with a passion.

6 On the wicked he will rain

fiery coals and burning sulphur;

a scorching wind will be their lot.

7 For the Lord is righteous,

he loves justice;

the upright will see his face.


Theme: God’s rule provides stability in the midst of panic. Because we can trust him, we can face our problems.

David had several opportunities to kill Saul when he was the king but would not. This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. The honour that was afforded Saul by David was not being returned to David. In this situation it is contrast between a person of faith as compared to someone without faith. David died in hi bed of old age, but Saul died violently. In this case David was encouraged by his advisors to flee. David’s answer is the Lord is my refuge. And God is in His temple and on his Heavenly throne. The temple, the place of worship and the heavenly throne, the place of authority. True worship involves a reference to both.

The reference to God hating those who use violence is interesting because the issue of violence depreciates through the scriptures and eventually Christ goes meekly to the cross, the power of a different Kingdom.

In the previous psalms David was wondering about the power of the ungodly. In this psalm it is the opposite, it was his advisers who had the limited view of God. David affirms that it is God who loves justice and the righteous who will see God’s face, which is the promise of God that will be fulfilled in heaven because in Jesus our sins are forgiven.


Dear Father I thank you that faith is a refuge. That you care for the sparrow and you care for me. I think of the people in my community that do not have this privilege. May the love of Jesus shine through  me and may not l have insight as to how the Spirit is moving in my area so I can pray and act effectively. Amen


Psalm 12

Psalm 12

 Bible Reading

Psalms 12 :1 Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore;

those who are loyal have vanished from the human race.

2 Everyone lies to their neighbour;

they flatter with their lips

but harbor deception in their hearts.

3 May the Lord silence all flattering lips

and every boastful tongue—

4 those who say,

“By our tongues we will prevail;

our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?”

5 “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan,

I will now arise,” says the Lord.

“I will protect them from those who malign them.”

6 And the words of the Lord are flawless,

like silver purified in a crucible,

like gold refined seven times.

7 You, Lord, will keep the needy safe

and will protect us forever from the wicked,

8 who freely strut about

when what is vile is honoured by the human race.


Sometimes, walking in faith can be very lonely. this psalm depicts the problem. It is not unique description example Proverbs 20:6  Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? There are times when even strong Christian friends can flutter away. Spurgeon divides the Psalm in the following way. In the first and second verses David spreads his complaint before the Lord concerning the treachery of his age and ours too; verses 3 and 4 denounce judgments upon proud traitors; in verse 5, Jehovah himself thunders out his wrath against oppressors; hearing this, the writer talks of the faithfulness of God and his care of his people, in verses 6 and 7; but closes on the old key of lament in verse 8, as he observes the abounding wickedness of his times. Those holy souls who dwell in tents loneliness, may read these sacred stanzas with hearts in full accord with their mingled with lowly mourning and lofty confidence.

The last verse is very appropriate for our age, where we struggle with drugs and abortion laws are becoming more liberal and alcohol adverts reach children. There is a need for the church to be far more the outspoken. Today it is too easy to hear the voice who think our society is going forward, they ignore the horrific pictures on the television news which proclaim the tragedies of a so-called march forward. What we need to remember is that when ordinary people do the ordinary correct and truthful things we are standing up for the truth of the Gospel and resisting this flow of false flattery.


 Lord I thank you for the truth of the Gospel that salvation  comes through faith Jesus. I thank you for the truth of the scriptures. Guide me though the many pitfalls that are in our society. May I help those that are in need and help people to do what is right and stand up for truth. Amen


Psalm 13

Bible Reading

 Psalms 13:1 How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3 Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4 and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6 I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.


The state "How Long" appears 4 times. First: How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? second: How long will you hide your face from me? third: How long must I wrestle with my thoughts. Fourth:How long will my enemy triumph over me? There are times when I have thought in similar patterns to all of these four how long statements and perhaps I fall down in being selective in what I pray about and should folow David's example of actually expressing them to God.

There are several issues here. I am not always aware of what God is doing in both the short and long term.  For example this quote from 1 Peter 1: 1 Peter 1:6- In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. It is easy to talk like Peter but hard to accept at the time that the troubles are of greater value than gold. In the short term trial it is hard to see that God is there and we need to see that he is. So there are things that God is allowing in the short term, like the trials, that have a long term purpose. and we look toward to heaven and the new earth. What we need to see that God has promised blessings right through history. The most important promise is based on the ressurection of Jesus, that is eternal life.

In the last verse of the psalm David come to accept that God's love is unfailing. It does not mean that the earlier verses are not relevant, but they need to be swallowed up by God's unfailing love as seen in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 


Dear God help me to be a learner and a listener. Help me to see to the story of Jesus as I read through the Bible. Help me to remember what I read so I can connect what I see with what I read. Help me to see that what happens to me daily actually has a purpose in your long term plans. May I do all the little things in life that reflect your love and truth effectively and may I always remember that your gifts to me come though your grace and not my efforts. Amen

Psalm 14

Psalm 14

 Bible Reading

Psalms 14:1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the Lord.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the Lord is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the Lord restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!


The first verse introduces two important issues. First, the philosophical issue of what we choose to believe. The second issue is a moral one. When the philosophy suggests that there is no first cause or God it then frees people up to do what they want. There is no sense of sin or falling short of God's expectation, It is replaced by considerable pride and superiority, but only in relation to what is seen. What people then achieve moves to the lowest common denominator. In Exodus 32 the people made their own god, a golden calf, and gave it the credit for all that God had done. When Moses came down from the mountain with statutes from God he found the Hebrew people in a debauched state. On one side is the statutes of God which allow and encourage acchievement. On the other side there was debauchery and no achievement at all. 

Man will take any opportunity to move away from any acknowledgement of God.  Yet God knows the number of those that are faithful. 1 Kings 19:18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”  

The issue of the possibililty of God being there is something that fills the evil doers with dread. C.S. is said to tell people that when he was an atheist God seemed very likely.

The last verse underlines that God has plans for those who have been troubled which involves what Jesus was to accomplish on the cross. 


Dear Father I thank you for that fact that you care for those that love you. That  you care for the fatherless and the unforntunate. Help me to understand your ways and to set my life to your priorities. I pray that you will show me how to support my friends and neighbours that do not know you. Help me also  to support other people that believe. help me always to realize you company and that we have the privelege to continally be able to talk to you. Amen


Psalm 15

 Bible Reading

Psalms 15:1 Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
2 The one whose walk is blameless,
who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from their heart;
3 whose tongue utters no slander,
who does no wrong to a neighbor,
and casts no slur on others;
4 who despises a vile person
but honors those who fear the Lord;
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
5 who lends money to the poor without interest;
who does not accept a bribe  the innocent.
Whoever does these things
will never be shaken.


In this psalm the first verse is two questions and the rest of the psalm is questions.

There, are two aspects of most psalms. The first is to see how it adds to the story of Jesus and sometimes what it is adding in the sense of the future or prophecy. The second aspect is to look at the psalm for what attitude changes or comrehension changes it is encouraging in us.

The first two verses ask a two questions: who can dwell in your holy tent (a reference to the tabernacle)? and who can live in your holy hill. (Zion)? The  answer is; the one who is blameless and behaves in an approprite way.  Now the answer is the Lord Jesus, as he is the only one who fulfils the list. Yet, we too have that hope. Our hope entails being able to be where the temple and the hill are a symbol and that is heaven. Rev 21:1 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Having look at the first verse, we now turn to the behaviour and it large all encompassing list which word be valuable to follow. Our behaviour should also be  seen  in terms of a growing understanding of the role of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. As we seek to follow Jesus we open ourselves to work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. The word translated  'fruit' is singular so as belief and the work of the Spirit acts in our life we should find more and more of the basket of fruit in what we do. Note it is as we pray, worship and work that changes happen.  

The second verse is very interesting; the challenge to walk a blameless life. In the new testament the greek word for faith and faithful are the same. What this suggests is that faith is not only about what we believe but what we do as a result of what we believe. Faith is active, it is walking the blameless life in other words we keep in step with the spirit.

 Father, I thank you for all that you have done for me. I pray that I may walk a blameless life. That my life will not be just what I believe and be words and ideas but actions; that I may walk a blameless life. I want you to help my awareness of what is going on so that I may may bring my faith and understanding to bare on every day issues. More than that may I be always concious of your present and carry on a continual discussion with you. Please help me to show my family what you mean to me in a meaningful way. May forgiveness be in my heart so my family may see that my faith is not just words but actions. Amen



Psalm 16:1-6

Psalm 16:1-6

 Bible Reading

Psalms 16:1 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;


The King James version doesn't use the term refuge. Instead it uses the term  'preserve' Psalms 16:1 (KJV) Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.  The word is used in a similar way in Job chapter 7:20 (KJV) I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men?  Refuge is a word referring to something that is of a short-term process, whereas  'preserve'  has a much longer term picture. And it doesn't matter whether we are referring to Jesus, or David as the central person in the Psalm. Death is just one blip on the way to eternal life.  Preservation  is relevant because we are looking towards living on a new earth.  Although David saw corruption, he died of old age he nevertheless looked for preservation so that he can enter  eternity. Revelation 21:1-4 (LASB NIV - Bible Text) Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death. This is one of the most incredible promises  of the new Testament .1 Corinthians 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. What we do not see is the word 'all' in that passage. So it would seem some will rise and be surprised only to see the second death spoken of at the end of revelation. 

In the end there is a question of what do we live for. In the end God is our portion who makes life secure. This is an allusion to the the Levites in the Old Testament. Who did not have lend as there inheritance but rather what came from the worship process. Deuteronomy 18: The Levitical priests—indeed, the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the Lord, for that is their inheritance.

  Prayer   Thank you Father  for directing our paths toward the Lord Jesus, rather than that of idols. However it is so easy to look at  what the world offers and seek satisfaction that.  Yet the reality is that it has nothing in it that should attract   me anyhow.  May my delight be in the Lord Jesus and not in things around me. May I look towards the goal that is heaven and realise the wonder of eternity. Father I thank you that when I slip, I can pick myself up through realising that Christ's death means forgiveness. Amen

psalm 16:7-11

Psalm 16:7-11

Bible Reading

Psalms 16:7- I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.


 There is a difference between consequence and penalty. When I do something there are consequences as a result of the action. Sometimes other people feel the consequences of my actions and unfortunately had to live with them. We can't change them. They are there. Penalty on the other hand is something imposed. So if people have to suffer consequences sometimes the state imposes a penalty. So a courtroom cannot change the consequences of my act but they can impose a penalty. Now  unfortunately a lot of what I do, and much of what I think, is done without reference to God. Now there are consequences because of that, which are borne by myself and others. The most critical time is when I am thinking and conceiving ideas which are contrary to God's plan. The Bible calls this sin.  The consequences of sin I can't change  but God issues a penalty.   Christ dies on the cross to remove two things firstly he removes the penalty  that sin deserves. Secondly he removes death which is a consequence.  We know the consequences removed because Christ rose from the dead and there is quite considerable historical verification  for this fact. Now from David's point of view he looked forward to what God was going to achieve in Christ,  and he saw the eternal pleasures at your right hand. But more than that, he understood that if his understanding was correct God was leading him or making known to him the correct path of life. God was also rewarding him with joy because of his presence. This second part of psalm16  outlines  the joy of walking with God and following his precepts.

This  psalm  can apply to David.  But there are parts  that Scripture take as referring prophetically to Jesus.  For example, Paul makes the statement Acts 13:35  So it is also stated elsewhere:“ ‘You will not let your holy one see decay.’" Peter make this statement  Acts 2:25-) David said about him: “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand,I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;my body also will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.''  So David may well have been talking about circumstances of his own life, but of the same time he was talking prophetically about Jesus. At the same time there are statements within the psalm which we should heed.


Dear Father  I thank you that we are I go you're at my right hand, I thank you to that I can look forward  in the hope towards a new world and participating in it. More than that I know that as I go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning I can do that all because you're there. I thank you for the peace and for the joy that studying your Scriptures brings to me each day. May your light shine through me to others where ever I go. Help me to pray for my neighbours that they too may look forward to when you come again. Amen

Psalm 17:1-8

Psalm 17:1-8

Bible Reading

 Psalms 17:1-8 A prayer of David.

1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.
3 Though you probe my heart,
though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me,
I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.
6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings

 David, is very brave. Very few of us would be prepared to undergo the Inquisition that he is suggesting. Fortunately for David he looks forward to the coming of Jesus, where we look back to the death and the resurrection which can so change our lives and mean that we can undergo that inquisition. Why can we undergo the Inquisition? Because we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is Jesus who is covered all our misdemeanours, so when God looks at us he only sees what Jesus has done on our behalf.

At the same time David is giving us a picture  of a person who could actually react positively to such an inquisition. He is giving the picture of Jesus. It is Jesus who is the apple  of God's eye.   As we consider  this Psalm, we need to be reminded that faith in what Jesus has done is more than just believing, it is more than just a philosophy. It is action to. It is action because of our beliefs. Part of what our action needs to include his repentance and if we look into the character of David there were several times when he demonstrated repentance. Especially, when God explained things to him through the prophet Nathan.

 Dear Father Holy is your name. I thank you  that you love me, despite the Holiness you have and the sinfulness of my life and attitude. I thank for the promise that the resurrction of Jesus gives me, and the knowledge of the future. I thank you to for the way you answer my prayers and how often when I look back on the answer and see many coincidences along the way. Please bless my family, my city and my church. Amen

Psalm 17:9-15

Psalm 17:9-15

 Bible Reading

Psalms 17:9  from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.
10 They close up their callous hearts,
and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
like a fierce lion crouching in cover.
13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
may their children gorge themselves on it,
and may there be leftovers for their little ones.
15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.


 In our country we have ombudsman who have the task of helping people who have been wronged by the large industries of our day. These people are paid by the state. What this demnonstrates that through history the character of the ungodly and the wicked has not changed. Sometime ago in the Queensland there where serious floods that damaged many homes . Many of those people found that after purchasing insurance, that they thought covered them appropriately, did not cover them for flood damage. Evil has not changed, its character is consistent. Unless pride gets  in the way and ultruistic ideals appear it is very self centred. David, though realises that there is more to life than self gain. He knows that in the future, God promises a future where love and worship is key. He knows God will be the judge as to who attains that wonder of grace. For us we look forward the this fulfilment of the promise of God in Jesus Christ. There will be a time for David and you and I who believe in Jesus where there will be no more tears. The issue is that those of faith have a hope  for the future but people and societies may have become more affluent but they have not changed much from David's time.



Dear Father, when I consider all that you have provided my I be reminded of your holiness. May I be reminded that everything I have is a gift from you and with humbleness be grateful. Father I bring before you all those that you have given me some form of contact, and I pray that you will bless them may love and hope be part of their lives. As you draw them may they see the truth of the resurrection of Jesus and the consequent eternal life. Amen

Psalm 18:1-9

Psalm 18:1-9

Bible Reading

Psalms 18:1 I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
8 Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
9 He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.


Society may not have changed muchfrom David's time but neither has the support of the Father,it is always there. This psalm opens with seven wonderful opening words: rock, fortress, deliverer,  shield, horn of my salvation, and my stronghold. No wonder David says he loves God. The challenge is to know God in this manner ourselves, to cling to God like a parent. David uses the terms 'to love heartily with my inmost bowels' to describe his commitment eand love. 

Most of the seven terms used by David, mentioned above, are defensive terms, a rock, fortress, shield.  and stronghold are all about protection.  A deliver is different in that, he is a person who delivers when it would seem that all was lost. An interesting view of what Jesus has done for all of us. The horn of our salvation is a picture of strength and attack. It is an emblem of strength and power efficiently exercised. Deut 33:17  In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth. Speaking of Jesus; Luke 1:69  He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us—

In times of stress prayer is the main gate we should use. This was David's experience even when he was under threat of, death. There was no time gap between his concern and his appeal to God.

The last verses of the section of the psalm are dynamic. There is no picture of 'Jesus meek and mild,' rather we see Jesus in the temple throwing out the money chambers. Sometimes Jesus showed compassion and friendship but under this was a strength and determination to follow truth and God's way. 



 Dear Father, in heaven, how worthy you are of my prayer and attention. Help me see your intervention in my life, that I might see the difference in my mind and thinking between what you are saying and I am thinking.I thank you that Jesus has made a significant difference to the way I live my life and the values I used to have. God I know there are people whom you love that ignore you. Teach me how to pray for them in a way that will have an added impact on my community. May the parts of the city where I loive have a yearning for you.

Psalms 18:10-19

Psalms 18:10-19

Bible Reading

Psalms 18:10-19 He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
13 The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.
14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

 When I read this section of the psalm it gives me a picture of Jesus coming again in his promised second coming. One of the things that interests me is that the miracles that God does for his people repeat themselves. In this  psalm there are many description of things that surround God, for example, fiery hailstones. Joshua 10:11 As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites. or Psalms 78:47 ) He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet. The cherubim is another interesting reference. Genesis 3:24  After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life or So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they brought back the ark of the covenant of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. 

The final part of this section, verse 19, is lovely, God delights in you because he is your heavenly Father.

Psalm 18:20-29


 Bible Reading

Psalms 18:20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
25 To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
27 You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
29 With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.


  When you look at the statements that David has made and the challenges and standards he sets for himself there was only one person who was able to achieve them and that was Jesus. I think that that does not excuse us from building a firm foundation to our lives and faith. The first challenge in the passage is  David sayung that he had not turned his back on God. Now how do we do that? Firstly by praying. I like to reflect on my day and I try to work out what was likely to be God leading me and what was God. My aim is to become more confident as to be able to discern when God is talking. I have the bible on my phone so I can read it when I am taking a break. During the day I keep looking at the same passage. In particular I pick on a simple point that I could pray about and ponder.

The issue is that David had to pray ‘You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. 29 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. God rewards even the minuscule of effort or effort that fails but judges no effort at all.

 The essence is to show yourself faithful.


 Dear Father, I thank you for being with me each day. I asked that I might be like David and have that sense of victory and being able to scale a wall because of the strength that you impart. The biggest difficulty I have is talking to people about my faith. How do I bring conversations around so people can understand their need to walk with you. Most of all may I show compassion to all those in need. Amen

Psalm 18.30-39

Psalm 18:30-39

Bible Reading

 Psalms 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.
37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
39 You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.


The verses that we now read, come from a grateful heart. Some of them tend to be repetitious, but often second and third effort in thinking about what God has done for us are better than those first thoughts we had. One of the remarkable things about being a follower of Jesus is that God gives us strength, and then rewards us for having the strength. Recently, I followed a walking trail small island outside of Esperance in Western Australia. It was fairly steep, narrow and full of slippery rocks. You had to be careful where you put your feet or you would slip and fall. It's interesting to know that God's strength and keeps your way secure. Or  he makes my feet like the feet of a deer and that he provides broad path for my feet. Some critics seem to think that we come to faith because we need a crutch. That faith is for those who are weak and need psychological helping hand because they could not face the world without it. God is a shield that protect us when we feel weak and struggle with trials we face, however, he does not want us to continue that way. He strengthens, protects, and guides so we can be effective. The reality is he continues to work in us.

Finally, we need to be aware that God knows who we really battle, and his battle equipment is most effective.

Dear Father I thank you that you supply all my need, and give me a secure path to walk on. I appreciate that I can recognise your activity in the many things you do in my life. I thank you too that I can look forward to the wonderful pictures you give of the future kingdom where there will be love and security. Amen

Psalm 18:49-50


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