Psalms 63-64

Psalms 63-64

Chapter 63: David “Thirsts” for God.

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

                David tells us that his “…soul thirsteth for thee [God], my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” (Psalms 63:1)

                David praises god, even in his hardest times. He tells us that those who seek to destroy us will be dealt with accordingly if we praise God.

Chapter 64: David Prays for Safety

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.

                David prays for his safety and exclaims that the evil men “Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words.” (Psalms 63:3). David is of course speaking of the evil men who can cause much damage with the words that leave their mouth as they can by any other means.

But we learn that those evil men, with their bitter words will make “…their own tongue to fall upon themselves…” (Psalms 63:8) In other words, they will be caught in their lies and because of this they will fall and those who do not declare the work of the Lord and fear Him shall perish.

 

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Psalms 61-62

Psalms  61-62

Chapter 61: Shelter in the Lord

To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.

                David finds shelter with the Lord, he says that from the end of the earth will he cry unto the Lord “…when my heart is overwhelmed…” (Psalms 61:2)

How many times do we feel overwhelmed? Everyone at some point in their life will feel like everything is coming down around them. We must lean to the Lord for his shelter, comfort and guidance. But even David knows that this comes with a price, we must keep our covenants and promises with the Lord.

Chapter 62: God= Rock and Salvation

To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.

                David knows that God is the only one he should put his trust in. He says that the Lord is…

                “…my rock and my salvation…” (Psalms 62:6)

                “…the rock of my strength…” (Psalms 62:7)

                He goes on to say that you should “Trust in him at all times…” (Psalms 62:8)

David ends by saying that if “…riches increase, se not your heart upon them.” (Psalms 62:10) Notice how it isn’t bad to have riches? I know plenty of people that have millions of dollars and you would never expect that they had so much. Yet, these people live very modest lifestyles and give freely! Because we know that being “saved” in the sense of being saved from this physical presence is FREE, that is what Jesus died for, and so we could have the opportunity to return with God. In a way you could say he unlocked the door for us, but in order to open it we must do good works (see Psalms 62:12)

 

Psalms 59-60

Psalms 59-60

Chapter 59: Delivered from Enemies

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Mitcham of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.

                David in his despair asks God to deliver him from his enemies. Go will rule forever.

Chapter 60: Ephraim… The Head of His People

To the chief Musician upon Sushaneduth, Mitcham of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharim and with Aram-zobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.

                David pleads with the Lord and tells him that He has scattered Israel. The Lord places Ehpraim over the head and makes Judah his law-giver.

Psalms 57-58

Psalms 57-58

Chapter 57: David Pleads for Mercy

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Mitcham of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.

                As David is now fleeing from Saul and hiding in a cave he writes this Psalm. He pleads with the Lord to have mercy on him and gives glory unto Him!

He explains his situation like this; “My soul is among lions: and I lie… among them… the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue is a sharp sword.” (Psalms 57:4)

                David asks the Lord to prepare a net for his steps, for his protection.

Chapter 58: The Wicked Speak Lies

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Mitcham of David..

                David asks the Lord to not only save him from his enemies, but also for the Lord to destroy his enemies. He tells the Lord to “Break their teeth… break out the great teeth of the young lions…” (Psalms 58:6)

He tells us that by having the Lord kill these wicked men that intend to harm David that the people can see that the righteous are rewarded and the Lord will judge the earth.

 

Psalms 55-56

Psalms 55-56

Chapter 55: David Seeks Protection

To the chief Musician on Neinoth, Maschill, A Psalm of David.

                David spends morning, afternoon and evening praying for the Lord’s protection. He says that “…the terrors of death are fallen upon…” him. (Psalms 55:4)

                He tells us that the wicked fear not God, but because of that he puts his trust in the Lord and prays for His mighty protection from the evil.

Chapter 56: The Book of Remembrance

To the chief Musician upon Jonath-elem-rechokim, Mitcham of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.

                David continues by telling us that he “…will praise his [God’s] word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” (Psalms 56:4) We, like David, should not fear what man can do to us! We must fear God only! With that trust and faith in God, He will deliver us from the evil in the world!

 

Psalms 53-54

Psalms 53-54

Chapter 53: The Fools Say there is NO GOD!

To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.

                David’s main point in this Psalm is to tell the reader that the only people who do not believe in God, and will openly say that there is NO God are FOOLS! Most of these fools are also corrupt and work iniquity and evil.

This reminds me of the same people who discredit and attack the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka Mormon) because we believe;

  • God is our loving Heavenly Father.
  • Jesus Christ is his Son, our Brother and Savior
  • God spoke to Prophets of old and continues to speak to prophets TODAY.
  • God’s “Word” is NOT limited to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

As many of you who are reading this now, know that the “Mormons” or Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS for short) believe in the Book of Mormon. Many people in Christianity say that we cannot possibly be Christians because we believe in something more than the Bible. Does that mean we don’t credit the Bible as Word of God? Absolutely not, this blog should prove that! We love the Bible, but we know that God has spoken to His children throughout the world, not just to the children of the Middle East (The Bible), but the children of the Americas too (The Book of Mormon). To those people who believe that there cannot be more than just the Bible… Remember what the Book of Mormon says;

“And because my words [meaning the Book of Mormon] shall hiss forth–many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.

“But thus saith the Lord God: O fools, they shall have a Bible; and it shall proceed forth from the Jews, mine ancient covenant people. And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them?…

“Thou fool, that shall say: A Bible, we have got a Bible, and we need no more Bible. Have ye obtained a Bible save it were by the Jews?

“Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?” (2 Nephi 29:3-4, 6-7)

Chapter 54: David Pleads to God

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?

                This is a Psalm that was written while David was hiding from Saul in (1 Samuel 23). The Ziphites came to Saul in Gebeah asking if David was hiding in the hills of Hachilach. David prays to the Lord and asks for His help to overcome his enemies.

 

Psalms 51-52

Psalms 51-52

Chapter 51: David Pleads for Forgiveness

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba.

                David opens this Psalm by asking God to have mercy on him for his sins. David is speaking of something that happened earlier in the Book of 2 Samuel 11:2-5 “…David arose from his bed, and walked upon the room of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon… David sent and enquired after the woman [Bath-Sheba]… David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her… the woman conceived…” (2 Samuel 11:2-5)

                The story then goes on to explain that Nathan the prophet tells David that he despised the commandment of the Lord to commit adultery after he had been given so much. The son that was conceived in Solomon.

We learn that everyone sins, and David definitely sinned here. But it says that if we want to be forgiven of our sins, we need to come to the Lord and offer a sacrifice of “…a broken spirit: and a contrite heart…” (Psalms 51:17)

Chapter 52: Wicked Tongues

To the chief Musician, Maschil, A Psalm of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.

                David tells us that the wicked and evil man will boast himself in mischief, because he “…lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness.” (Psalms 52:3). These are the same men who trust more in their riches and worldly possessions than they do in God.