My teaching notes for Wednesday, May 19th. I am currently teaching through the book of Psalms. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the teaching.
Resources utilized for preparation and study:
- Psalms Vol. 1.The NIV Application Commentary, Gerald H. Wilson.
- Psalms. Vol. 5. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Tremper Longman III and David Garland.
- Personal Lament
- Earnestly seeking the Lord for protection and deliverance
- Praying for the downfall of his enemies
David’s Petition – vv. 1-3
 Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning.  Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
My words, my groaning, my cry
- David calling out to God.
- Groaning – sighing, murmuring. (inner thoughts)
- God hears our heart and our audible words
My King and my God
- David was the king, but he is calling out to the KING
- King provided leadership, stability, protection to the people.
- David viewed the Lord in this personal manner.
- His King and His God. His ruler and personal God. (Abba Father)
In the morning
- Points to the earnestness of it, its importance
- The start of the day… on his heart first thing.
- A since of renewed hope.
David’s Confidence – vv. 4-6
 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.  The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.  You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
His confidence was based on who God is. God’s Character
God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you.
- God hates evil, yet evil exists under His sovereign rule and care.
- God is holy, pure, righteous, and good
- 1 John 1:5
You destroy those who speak lies… bloodthirsty and deceitful man
- God abhors sin and abhors those who sin against Him
- God is love, but God is also just.
David’s Hope – vv. 7-8
 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.  Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
David’s hope is based on his fellowship with God.
Abundance of your steadfast love
- Because of God’s love of David, he could enter His presence
- Because of David’s fear of God, he could enter His presence
- God’s Love – Man’s Response (Fear)
Lead me, O Lord
- His hope was in God’s provision and guidance
- In your righteousness
- Make my way straight before me
- Proverbs 3:5-6
David’s Request– vv. 9-10
 For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.  Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
Truth is not on their lips
- Truth = God’s Truth
Make them bear guilt… let them fall by their own counsel
- Their guilt is on them.
They have rebelled against you
- They have sinned before a Holy God
David’s Refuge – vv. 11-12
 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.  For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
All who take refuge in you rejoice
- True joy is found in the presence of the Lord
Protection over them… those who love your name… Favor as with a shield
- Favor = God’s blessing
- When we love God
- We desire to be in His presence
- In His presence is where one finds peace and provision