February 13, 2019

PSALMS 18-20    


Focus Verse For Today: Psalm 19:1-4


Take a few moment to pray for God’s perfect understanding of the journey we are about to take. Ready? Read Psalms 18-20. Let’s begin our journey!


Psalm 18 was written by King David. King David is a very interesting man. He was a sinner that had a deep relationship with God. Reflect back on our focus verse from yesterday, Judges 10:10-16. David was not unlike the people who ruled Israel during the Judges’ period. He was a sinner. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and plotted to conceal his sin by deceiving Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba. When King David knew that he could not deceive Uriah into believing the baby that Bathsheba was carrying was his, and afraid to be discovered, King David sent Uriah, one of King David’s mighty men, to the front lines of battle, so that he would be killed. King David orchestrated Uriah’s death to conceal that he, King David, committed adultery with Uriah’s wife, leading to her pregnancy. In the eyes of God, King David was a righteous man. Kinda wets your appetite for who this righteous man of God, this King David, was. More on King David later; a lot more!  Here we find David proclaiming his love for God. David describes God as his rock, in whom he takes refuge, and his horn of salvation. In this Psalm King David is seeking deliverance from his enemies, by God. God answers King David’s prayer and delivers him.  If you are asking, what does Judges 10:10-16 have to do with King David? King David was a man who acknowledged his sin, sometimes not so forthrightly - but he did, sought the Lord’s forgiveness, and repented. Read Judges 10:16. 


Psalm 19 is where our focus verses for today:

The heavens declare the glory of God;

    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2Day after day they pour forth speech;

    night after night they reveal knowledge.

3They have no speech, they use no words;

    no sound is heard from them.

4Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.  (Psalm 19:1-4, NIV)


The focus verses for today tells us that there is no excuse for anyone to claim that they do not know God. That all of creation, the handiwork of His hands, reveals God to anyone who is searching for Him.  Take a moment to think of places you have visited. Compare Hawaii to Colorado, to the Everglades of Florida, to the Arabian deserts, to the foggy dells of London - all so different and all so majestic in their own way! God’s personal touch reveals itself in every place on earth! What about the animals of the world? Look at the variety! Once again God reveals Himself in how He created them.


The balance of chapter 19 talks about all of God’s word being perfect and to which we need to model our lives. 


Psalm 20 reveals David’s growth in the Lord and David’s dependance upon God. David prayed fervently for God’s direction and protection and God granted it to him. David’s life took tumbles when he failed to include God in his plans. Take a moment and think of how tempting it would be for David to forget about God thinking to himself, I am king over all Israel. It would be easy to get sidetracked. David learned on his life’s journey that nothing is better than a life lived through God. 


Take a moment to contemplate where our journey has taken us today. Is God your refuge in time of trouble? Is God your rock? Do you see God in all creation around you? Does creation around you confirm God’s existence to you? What does God’s word mean to you? How important is it to you? God’s word is the highway for the journey to know Him.  Are you dependent on God? Are you dependent on Him for the air you breath? Are you dependent on Him for the blessings of your life? It is time to take out your journal and warm up your brain! It is time to contemplate and journal if you like. Answer, answer honestly, all the questions posed in this paragraph. You have just experienced a moment of spiritual growth. Godspeace!


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