Adrenaline is rushing through me in excitement for our trip which begins in a couple hours. Yikes! Please be praying for us, and if you do not already receive our prayer letter, please CLICK HERE to receive updates as we travel. I am nervous to fly, but am excited about everything we will be doing in Cyprus. This Psalm is calling out to God, as I am today. I am praying that we encounter peaceful people on our trip who are honest and helpful so our travels will be as easy as possible. God is our strength and shield. David is asking for God’s help and before the Psalm is over he has also thanked God for listening and answering.
David—the Psalmist, the Lord, those who go down to the pit, the wicked, workers of evil, neighbors, God’s people
Verse 8-9 “The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.”
Psalm 140:7 “O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle.”
Psalm 20:6 “Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.”
Deuteronomy 9:29 “For they are your people and your heritage, whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.'”
Deuteronomy 32:9 “But the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.”
Psalm 78:70-72 “He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance. With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”
Isaiah 40:11 “He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.”
Isaiah 46:3-4 “”Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”
Isaiah 63:9 “In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.”
In all our circumstances, and at any age, we are in God’s hands. He is caring for us, saving us, and loving us, more than we are even aware of. If there is any worry on your heart, give it over to God, as I am doing. Even if it rises again. Remember our practice to take every thought and turn it into praise to God.
Jesus in the Psalm
“As it did for David, our assurance of God’s promises to save his people settles our hearts into quiet joy, even before the difficulties of our immediate situation are resolved (Ps.28:6-7; 1 Pet. 1:8-9).”*
1 Peter 1:3-9 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious that gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Tomorrow: Romans 6
*Note: I am using the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible for the Jesus in the Psalm section, so these are paraphrases and quotes from the commentary with my own ideas sprinkled in.
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