Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Psalms Bible Study Notes

Psalm 7

-Theme: A request for justice against those who make slanderous comments. God is the perfect judge and will show His wrath in punishment of the wicked that persecute the innocent.

-Take refuge in the One who saves and delivers. There is no injustice in His hands.

-David wants justice and is willing to be punished himself if he has done any evil against his enemies. He asks the LORD to lift Himself up against the rage of his adversaries in His righteous judgment. *Application* Are we so willing to put ourselves on the line like this in regard to our character and motivations? David challenges us to live in such a way that we are blameless before the LORD.

-Remember to read these passages with a Messianic mindset. These are thoughts that Christ would have more than likely been meditating on during His incarnation. These were His Scriptures.

-The cry is for vindication according to his righteousness. God is portrayed correctly as the righteous Judge. He is a shield who saves the upright in heart.

-“If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword (Revelation 19:11-16).” *Application* God’s grace only extends to the repentant. His wrath is the just reward for insubordination and rebellion. God does have His enemies. Warning! Don’t be one of them.

-Man’s nature is depicted, which travails with wickedness, conceives mischief, and brings forth falsehood. This will all be taken into account by the all-knowing God and will return on his head if he doesn’t turn from his sin. Because of this, David sings his praise to this righteous God and lifts up His Most High Name. In other words, He turns to God and so should we.

Psalm 8

-The continuation of praise to the Majestic Name of the LORD whose splendor is displayed above the heavens is lauded. God is strong and His greatness assures the worth of mankind is the theme of this chapter.

-Consider the works of the fingers of God, the moon, the stars, which He has ordained. *Application* Don’t forfeit the opportunity to go out to a dark place on a starry night and worship the Creator and all His glory. It is an amazing experience. Be still and know that He is God.

-“What is man that You have taken thought of him (Psalm 8:4)?” God somehow cares for us, His creation and has made us as humans, crowned with glory and majesty, just a little lower than Himself. *Application* This enforces the fact that we are the pinnacle of His creation and He dearly loves us and wants relationship with us.

-Man has dominion over the creation and his chief purpose is to praise the LORD and give Him glory.

Psalm 9

-The theme in this chapter is that God never ignores our cries for help.

-The victorious Psalmist gives thanks to the LORD with all his heart. He will tell and declare the LORD’s wonders and be glad to exalt His Name. God has maintained the cause of the just.

-The LORD abides forever and is established as King over all in righteous judgment. He executes His dominion with equity and is a stronghold for the oppressed in times of trouble. “Those who know Your Name will put their trust in You” and they who seek Him will not be forsaken (Psalm 9:10). *Application* How great is our God! He is our deliverer from the oppression of this wicked world and will take us in for protection and comfort. Give Him glory!

-God will not forsake those who seek Him. His grace is sufficient and He sees the affliction that comes from the haters. God is the One who lifts the faithful up from the gates of death. *Application* Our only hope for salvation rests in the LORD. He is mighty to save through the work of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). Rejoice in this great salvation!

-The LORD has made Himself known. There is no excuse for mankind. The wayward of the nations sink into the pit and snare, which they have made. *Application* Don’t ever forget that it is the grace of God that saves you. Our fear should be in the LORD and not man. Fear of man will bring a snare (Proverbs 29:25). Our trust must be in the LORD alone, the Savior of our souls.

Verses to Memorize: Psalm 8:1; 9:13

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