Friday, February 24, 2012

Psalms Bible Study Notes Chapters 16-18

Psalm 16

-Theme: The joys and benefits of those who live in companionship with the LORD. These benefits are both for now and eternity. There is no God besides the LORD. The saints are majestic and are the LORD’s delight. He is our counselor and instructor even during the night. He gives security and will not let His Holy One undergo decay. This is certainly Messianic and points to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

-*Application* Allow the LORD to control your life and be blessed. This does not mean that everything will always go your way. David had plenty of problems and violent attacks during the course of his life (1 Samuel 16-2 Samuel 23). He was rejected and cast off more than once. But, he was steadfast in his devotion to the LORD and knew that God was for him no matter what. This is the comfort he felt and we can too. Turn to Him!

Psalm 17

-Theme: A prayer of David for justice in the face of false accusations and persecution. Realize the true goal in life, which is to know God intimately. The LORD is the true reward and we will see Him one day. He tests us with equity.

-*Application* Always remember the justice and fairness of our God. He gives heed to your righteous cry when you bear your soul to him and give Him praise turning from any wicked way. God’s tests reveal everything, purpose in your heart not to sin against Him. Hold fast to His paths; they are narrow and not many have the guts to follow it. But, the life of faith and perseverance is certainly worth it. We have a refuge in Him against our enemies. He delivers. Awaken to His incredible awesomeness!

Psalm 18

-Theme: Gratitude for deliverance and victory. God is the strength to do right and gives His people the power to be saved from the surrounding evil.

-*Application* Notice the contrast in the beginning personal pronouns in the first person and how it moves to the second and third person, namely God as the chapter progresses. This chapter recognizes the power of our deliverance as coming from the LORD and our personal response to that work that He is doing. We have no excuse. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). David here in this chapter is simply giving the characteristics of what that looks like for us. Some of these characteristics include His: deliverance, refuge, shield, response to our cries, blamelessness, purity, illuminating lamp, strength, gentleness, security, and lovingkindness.

Verse to Memorize: Psalm 16:7

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