Thursday, February 23, 2012

Psalms Bible Study Notes Chapters 13-15

Psalm 13

-Theme: When in distress and despair, continue to trust in God even when he doesn’t answer immediately.

-*Application* God will not hide His face forever from those who continually seek Him in their need and pain (Luke 11:6-13; 18:1-8). God never minimizes our suffering. It is there to draw us closer to Him. This is His purpose in it all. We, like David, should do introspection at these distressful times and take counsel in our soul. See what is really there as far as selfish attitudes and other sin issues. There may or may not be, but we should examine ourselves in difficult times (Psalm 26:2). Ask God for His enlightenment, trust in Him, and sing unto Him the praise which He deserves. Be patient, which is waiting without complaining. He has given us everything we need for eternal salvation. 

Psalm 14

-Theme: It is foolish to say that there is no God. All men have turned away from the LORD; there are none who are righteous. But the LORD will restore the fortunes of those who look to Him and set the captives free!

-*Application* Sin has corrupted every individual who has ever been born of man. This has separated us from the knowledge of God and doomed us to destruction because we are unholy and do no good. We work wickedness in our heart and do not call upon the LORD. Because of these things we dread God and His wrath. The question that arises concerns how to become righteous. Righteousness is an act of turning to God away from our sinful nature by faith in His justification, which comes through accepting His plan of salvation. Namely, the blood of Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who died on the cross to rescue us from all our sin. Believe that He did this for you and that He rose again from the grave because death had no power over Him and you will be saved (Hebrews 9:22, Acts 16:31, Romans 4:20-25; 10:9-10). It is simple really, do it today if you never have. Eternity waits, but will be here before you know it.

Psalm 15

-Theme: Guidelines and virtues for a blameless walk with the LORD after salvation has been realized.

-*Application* David gives us a list of godly traits, which should be observable in the person of God. Take note and apply these to your life. Walk with integrity, work righteousness, speak truth, do not slander, treat your neighbor kindly, despise evil, and honor those who fear God. Keep your word even when it causes pain, do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent. These who do these things will never be shaken.

Verse to Memorize: Psalm 14:1

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