Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Psalms Bible Study Notes Chapters 25-27

Psalm 25

-Theme: A prayer for deliverance, pardon, guidance, and patience. As we put our trust in God, He comes through by His compassion, lovingkindness, grace, covenant, and truth.

-*Application* Our soul longs for the LORD’s goodness in this fallen world, which is full of corruption and depravity. We see the contrast of the good and bad and get an insight here in this passage as to what the LORD is looking for in us. He wants to be teachable so He can lead us. He desires our repentance from all sin so that He can forgive and put us on the right path. He leads the humble and teaches them His way. He wants steadfastness and commitment to His covenant and testimonies. He wants us to fear Him for the purpose of our blessing and prosperity and inheritance. In fact the secret of the LORD is found by those who fear Him and keep their eyes continually fixed on His righteousness (Psalms 111:10, Proverbs 1:7; 9:10, Hebrews 12:1-2). He is our refuge and savior in troubled times. In our loneliness and affliction He is there and brings us out of our distress. When we are stayed upon Him, we are never ashamed, but the wicked are ashamed. Three times in this passage we see the word “wait.” The reiteration is calculated and important for us to consider. God expects endurance from us, not an easy fix.

Psalm 26

-Theme: The righteous are vindicated (judged) in their integrity and worship of the Almighty. God extends His redemption, His grace, and His lovingkindness to His beloved. God is the One who tests us and His judgment is just and equitable.

-*Application* David inquires of the LORD to judge (vindicate), examine, try, and test him to see if there is any wicked way. This shows us the great confidence David had in his integrity, which came from a pure heart before the LORD. He was willing to be challenged in righteousness and pay the penalty if sin was found. We see the sincere love of the LORD in this psalm that David had. Truly he hungered and thirsted for the things of God and so should we.

Psalm 27

-Theme: Our help and hope is directly from the LORD. He sustains us in desperate times of evil, war, trouble, loneliness, abandonment, and false accusation. Wait on Him, patience is a virtue.

-*Application* God is our defender and we should never be afraid. He is our light and salvation and we need not dread the future. Take confidence in His promises for you as David did in his times of agony and tribulation. His resting place was in the LORD and so should ours be as well. Consider then the house of the LORD, His beauty, and meditate in His temple. His tabernacle (covering) will conceal and protect you and He will lift you up on a rock. This is true security. For this we can sing and praise the God of the universe. He will not leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5, Hebrews 13:5)

Verse to Memorize: Psalm 27:1

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