My teaching notes for Wednesday, June 2nd. 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.
- A Penitential Psalm. Could David be in despair over sin?
- A picture of sorrow, repentance, & then joy
- A person in deep despair finding their hope in the Lord.
- The Lord hears the broken hearted.
Crying out to God – vv. 1-5
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath.  Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.  My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD—how long?
 Turn, O LORD, deliver my life; save me for the sake of your steadfast love.  For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?
Rebuke me not…nor discipline me. – v. 1
- The burden was so heavy, David felt as if the Lord was disciplining him.
Be gracious…heal me – v. 2
- David knows it was only God’s grace and mercy that could deliver him from such a situation.
I am languishing…bones are troubled…soul greatly troubled – vv. 2-3
- The magnitude of the situation
- Notice the depth of his sorrow. Bones and Soul.
How long – v. 3
- It was as if David could not complete the sentence “How long until you deliver me?”
Turn and deliver – v. 4
- As David is “turning” repenting… He is calling out to God to turn as well. (From a human perspective…it is as if he is calling on God to change the course of the situation)
For the sake of your steadfast love – v. 4
- The essence of redemption… GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE
- In suffering, in peace, in sorrow, in joy… GOD IS LOVE!!!!!!!!
In Sheol who will give you praise – v. 5
- In the OT the emphasis was on the living.
- In the NT we see the joys of heaven. Rev. 4:11
- In this context the thought was… let me live free from the suffering so that my life may truly praise you.
A Description of His Sorrow – vv. 6-7
 I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.  My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows weak because of all my foes.
Weary and weeping and wasting away – vv. 6-7
- The sorrows of alone at night. The mind consumed with the suffering and situation.
- Many tears…flood
- The grief is heavy, real, and not relenting
A Renewed Declaration – vv. 8-10
 Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.  The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD accepts my prayer.  All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled; they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment. (ESV)
Depart from me – v. 8
- Acknowledging the wrong of it and turning from it.
- Realizing the sin of allowing it to control you (the suffering causing you to sin)
The Lord has heard. The Lord accepts my prayer – vv. 8-9
- The lord HEARD DAVID’S HEART. Praying in such a way that one is open and honest to God about their feelings over the circumstances.
All the enemies will be ashamed and troubled – v. 10
- God always blessing those that are His and judges those that opposed to Him.
- It may appear like the world is winning at times…. BUT THERE IS A PAYDAY SOMEDAY!