Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Psalms Bible Study Notes Chapters 10-12

Psalm 10

-Theme: The wicked seem to prosper, but the LORD observes all of it even when He seems to be hiding His face.

-Indicators of the wicked: 1. Pride that chases the afflicted, 2. Boasting of the heart’s desire, 3. Haughty countenance that doesn’t seek God, 4. Disbelief, 5. Fights with his adversaries, 6. Unmovable, 7. Flees from all adversity, 8. Mouth full of cursing, deceit, oppression, mischief, and wickedness, 9. Sits in the hiding (lurking) places of the town stealthily watching for the unfortunate like a lion, 10. Cunning, 11. Thinks God has forgotten and spurns Him.

-The psalmist claims that God’s judgments are on high and out of the wicked man’s sight. The LORD will lift up His hand and remember the afflicted. His eyes see all and will vindicate in righteousness. The LORD will seek out his wickedness and break it until there is none. He is the King forevermore. He hears the desire of the humble and strengthens their heart giving hope to the orphan and the oppressed.

-*Application* Don’t grow weary in well doing person of God (Galatians 6:9). Have patience and watch for the LORD to come and deliver from the madness that may surround you. Flee from evil pursuits and seek justice and righteousness. The LORD knows all things.

Psalm 11

-Theme: God is in control and will provide stability in the midst of distress and panic.

-The LORD is our refuge even though the wicked come in violence.

-“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do (Psalm 11:3)?” *Application* A couple of days ago I heard a 75 year old man lament that he had done nothing back as a young man when “that lady” (referring to Madalyn Murry O’hair) took prayer out of the schools in America. “Now,” he said, “we are paying the price.” It reminds me of the famous quote of Nazi resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Like unto it Bonhoeffer says, “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Take action to do all you can in love for the cause of Jesus Christ in your generation. Otherwise the foundations will crumble and our society collapses.

-The LORD weighs all things from His Temple, which is His throne in Heaven. He tests the righteous and the wicked. He hates violence and those who love it. Upon the wicked He will rain snares and they will get what they deserve.

-The LORD is righteousness and loves it. “The upright will behold His face (Psalm 11:7).” *Application* Imagine what a beautiful sight that will be when we as His chosen people behold the King of Glory’s face and our faith becomes realized.

Psalm 12

-Theme: Deception verses truth and purity from the LORD. A call for protection from the manipulators

-David cries out for help because he concludes that the godly man ceases to be and the faithful have disappeared.

-He observes that liars and flatters are in control and they are conceited and braggadocios.

-The LORD will arise and set the godly man in safety for which he longs. “The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times (Psalm 12:6).” God is the preserver of all that is good and will save His people from this evil generation forever.

-*Application* Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; whatever a man sows he will also reap (Galatians 6:7). As Johnny Cash says it, “God’s gonna cut you down” if you stay on the path separated from the Almighty.

Verse to Memorize: Psalm 12:1

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