“Rock On, Part 2” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – January 21

Psalm 18:16-36   Rock On, Pt. 2    A Psalm Of Praise  By David

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Psalm 18:16-36  Rock On, Pt. 2

Today we continue with the second of three parts of Psalm 18.  It is a psalm of praise by David for being delivered from his enemies.  God saves us from enemies every day as we continue to trust Him moment by moment.

Have you ever been pulled under by the undertow at the ocean?  It’s scary.  David said God rescued him from “waters” (v. 16).  Water in Scripture is often symbolic of trouble and chaos.

Are  you being confronted by anything that you think is “too mighty” (v. 17) for you?  My stove going out is too mighty for me.  So are car repairs.  And the hot water heater freezing.  They can result in a “day of calamity” (v. 18).  But the Lord can bring you into a “broad place” (v. 19) and rescue you.  A “broad place” is a place where you can just relax and not worry, kinda like by “still waters” (cf. Ps. 23:2).

God “delights” in you (v. 19) if you’re trying to please Him and living in trust in Him (cf. Heb. 11:6).  He counts you as “righteous,” then (v. 20, cf. Rom. 1:17; Hab. 2:4).

If you are living by faith and trust in Christ:

v. 21   You’ll try to do the right thing

v. 22  You keep His commandments (cf. 1 John 2:3-4)

v. 23  No one will be able to find fault with you

v. 24  You won’t do bad stuff, you’ll keep your nose, and, well, your hands “clean”  (cf. Acts 24:16)

I’ve noticed over the years that people who don’t really want to do what God wants them to do will find excuses why they can’t (vv. 26-27).  Those who are seeking God find Him (vv. 25-26, cf. Jer. 29:13).  You can really see what God is like when you are “blameless” (v. 25) and “pure” (v. 26).

God will show you the way to go if you trust Him (cf. Prov. 3:5-6).  I like using the “three lights of guidance” to know what God wants me to do:  1)  the Bible  2)  circumstances  3)  the peace of the Holy Spirit (see Three Lights Of Guidance).  God will light things up for you, if you trust Him (v. 28).

I love verse 29!  Superman could “leap tall buildings in a single bound.” He was also “faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive.”  According to verse 29, though, David could take on a troop and “leap over a wall.”  The NT says, “I can do all things through Christ Who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13  NKJV KJV NLT).

God Himself is blameless (v. 30).  That is why the blameless can see Him so well (cf. vv. 23, 25).  He will be a “shield” and protect them (v. 30b).  Notice that when you have a shield, you are not immune from attack.  You are just protected.

God is a rock, verse 31 reiterates the second verse of the psalm.  Rocks are used for a foundation.  We can depend on something that is hard and not malleable to hold us up and not give under us.  God is our rock.  Trust Him.

David did not always want to go into battle but when he did, God prepared him.  God made him strong (v. 32), gave him the all important “high ground” in battles (v. 33), and gave him talent with powerful heavy metal bows (v. 34).

David knows Yahweh will save him (v. 35a).  Jesus will help him who is at God’s right hand (cf. Psa. 16:11).  A person’s right hand is usually their strong hand (cf. Ps. 89:13).  It is also associated with victory in Scripture (cf. Isa. 41:10 NLT  RSV).

David is so strong through God that he can be gentle (v. 35).  Do you know why you get very powerful amps for your stereo?  Not just so you can blast them.  It’s so the soft portions come through clear.  See what you learn by reading this commentary?

Verse 36 doesn’t mean that David had big feet.  It meant that God kept him steady as he walked in Him.  Remember parallelism in Hebrew poetry?  Feet not slipping and “enlarging” steps are similar.

We’ve called this psalm a psalm of praise but it also could have been classified as a psalm of trust or confidence.  Do you see why?

Has it increased your confidence and trust in the Lord?  Has it made you want to praise Him?

Then it’s done its work.

 

Proverbs 4:7-10   Keep Your Head In The Game

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There was a old Steve Martin routine:  “How to become a Millionaire.”  Here’s how Steve said to do it, first, get a million dollars.  Thanks, Steve.

Here’s how Solomon said to get wisdom.  First, “acquire wisdom” (v. 7).  Thanks, Solly.  And while you’re at it, get understanding.  Wow.  Isn’t wisdom the same as understanding?

I think it may be like my video on How To Read A Bible Verse.

I think Solly is saying that you have to be on the alert to learn and understand things.  You have to keep your head in the game.  Years ago when I was working for a radio station, I played on their softball team.  I was just standing on second base where I was supposed to be during warm-ups.  I didn’t seem to be needed so I started reviewing my Bible Memory verses.  All of the sudden my brain went blank as I was hit in the head with the ball.  Apparently, the coach of the team was a lot more invested than I was at the time.  He thought I was just in a daze so he threw the ball and hit me in the head shouting, “Hey, get your head in the game.”

The point is, if you keep your head in the game of life and trust the Lord, you will acquire wisdom.  “Prize” wisdom (v. 8) and she’ll put a “garland of grace” on your head (v. 9).  You might look a little funny but you’ll know what grace is.

Solomon told his son to listen to him and he’d live a long life just like Commandment No. 5 says (cf. Exod. 20:12).

 

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