Yesterday and Today I read Psalm 6-8. Each of these passages has a distinct meaning so I“m going to go over them individually.
When I started this journey I really wanted to go through all the Psalms. I’ve heard so many people talk about how they have gotten such strength through the Psalms and for me I really haven’t understood them. I wanted to take a deeper look. I know that David wrote most of the Psalms and his story is so amazing. What I’m finding right now is the Psalms really do have all of David’s emotions and feeling wrapped up in them. His heart is clearly seen on each page. Sometimes it takes me a few times reading the same Psalm to really understand it because its so poetic and expressive but I know God said David was a man after his own heart and I want more than anything for God to say that about me to. To help me in this study I’ve been reading from different versions to give me more understanding. I’ve been reading the Holman Christian Standard Bible, The Amplified, and The Message.
Lets start with Psalm 6-A Prayer for Mercy
The version I got the most from on this one was the Amplified Bible
1 O LORD, rebuke me not in Your anger nor discipline and chasten me in Your hot displeasure.2 Have mercy on me and be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am weak (faint and withered away); O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.3 My [inner] self [as well as my body] is also exceedingly disturbed and troubled. But You, O Lord, how long [until You return and speak peace to me]?4 Return [to my relief], O Lord, deliver my life; save me for the sake of Your steadfast love and mercy.5 For in death there is no remembrance of You; in Sheol (the place of the dead) who will give You thanks?6 I am weary with my groaning; all night I soak my pillow with tears, I drench my couch with my weeping.7 My eye grows dim because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies.8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity, for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord receives my prayer.10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and sorely troubled; let them turn back and be put to shame suddenly.
In verse 2 and 3 he talks about his bones being troubled. I looked up a couple commentaries on this and when he talks about bones he is referring to his soul. ”Lord heal me, for my soul is troubled“. How many times have you felt like that, your soul is troubled. This Psalms shows a very emotional side of David. ”I am weary with my groaning, all night I soak my pillow with tears, I drench my couch weeping.“ Can’t you just hear the sadness and desperation of his soul in these verses. How many of us are going through some hard times right now. Were all on a journey in our walk and sometimes on our journey I know we soak our pillow with tears. What this Psalm speaks to me is we need to be more expressive with God. Cry out to Him, Moan out to Him. For me the easiest thing to do when facing a situation is to call a girlfriend and tell her all about it. Call a leader in my life and ask for prayer. God wants us to come to Him first. Cry, weep, moan express our sadness and frustration to Him first. And what will happen if we do notice verse 9 ”The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord receives my prayer.“ The Lord hears our prayers and receives them. He hears us when we cry out! How blessed are we that He listens.
So next time my soul is troubled I’m not going to reach for the phone, I’m going to reach toward the throne!
Psalm 7-Prayer for Justice
1 O LORD my God, in You I take refuge and put my trust; save me from all those who pursue and persecute me, and deliver me,2 Lest my foe tear my life [from my body] like a lion, dragging me away while there is none to deliver.3 O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my hands,4 If I have paid back with evil him who was at peace with me or without cause have robbed him who was my enemy,5 Let the enemy pursue my life and take it; yes, let him trample my life to the ground and lay my honor in the dust. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!6 Arise, O Lord, in Your anger; lift up Yourself against the rage of my enemies; and awake [and stir up] for me the justice and vindication [that] You have commanded.7 Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered about You, and return on high over them.8 The Lord judges the people; judge me, O Lord, and do me justice according to my righteousness [my rightness, justice, and right standing with You] and according to the integrity that is in me.9 Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the [uncompromisingly] righteous [those upright and in harmony with You]; for You, Who try the hearts and emotions and thinking powers, are a righteous God. 10 My defense and shield depend on God, Who saves the upright in heart.11 God is a righteous Judge, yes, a God Who is indignant every day.12 If a man does not turn and repent, [God] will whet His sword; He has strung and bent His [huge] bow and made it ready [by treading it with His foot].13 He has also prepared for him deadly weapons; He makes His arrows fiery shafts.14 Behold, [the wicked man] conceives iniquity and is pregnant with mischief and gives birth to lies.15 He made a pit and hollowed it out and has fallen into the hole which he made [before the trap was completed].16 His mischief shall fall back in return upon his own head, and his violence come down [with the loose dirt] upon his own scalp.17 I will give to the Lord the thanks due to His rightness and justice, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.
At first I found this Psalm a bit confusing as well but after reading it in several version the Amplified again helped me to better see what David was trying to express. Here again we have David calling out to God still troubled but this time over what he enemies have accused him of. Have you ever had a situation where it just seemed everyone was against you. I did. In middle school up until high school I was bullied and made fun of. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I am and always will be a ”goody two shoes“. I refused to participate in some of the things others were doing because I knew they were wrong. So for me to relate to this Psalm I reflected back on how I felt during that time. The emotions and the heartbreak. What I find interesting about this Psalm is how David is upset about what his enemies said he has done and he is truly searching his heart and asking God to bring vengeance to him if he as done what they accused him of. This is again something that really jumps out to me about David. Our hearts don’t need to be so defensive right away and hurt by our enemies. We need to truly search our own hearts and ask God to search our hearts. ”God have I done anything wrong? Please search my heart and show me so I can change and be a better person.“ After you do this then remember verse 10 ”My defense and shield depend on God, Who saves the upright in heart.“ God is our shield. God is the judge. Forgive your enemies and those that have hurt you and allow God to be the judge. I know easier said than done but this is how we need to position our hearts.
Psalm 8-God’s Glory, Man’s Dignity
I really liked how the message translated this Psalm. I think it is such a great expression of the writers heart here in modern terms.
1 God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name.
2 Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
and silence atheist babble.
3 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
4 Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?
5 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
bright with Eden’s dawn light.
6 You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
7 Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
even animals out in the wild,
8 Birds flying and fish swimming,
whales singing in the ocean deeps.
9 God, brilliant Lord,
your name echoes around the world.
A David psalm
Here David is astonished that God in his hugeness and magnificence cares for us so much. The astonishment that we are so small compared to the heavens yet God cares for us and loves us. I have felt this many times. I’m just a woman in a universe of thousands of women but God still speaks to me, teaches me and has a great destiny for me. How amazing is God!
Well I hope you enjoyed my look into these three Psalms. Wow God is really beginning to open my eyes to His word. I’m really enjoying this eye opening journey!