Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Psalm 140, David's Exile.

 Psalm 140, David's Exile.

Could not work out why I was drawn to singular and to plural and from plural to singular, in the last study...

Until I came to this study..

This psalm begins with a singular - with "evil man" to "violent men"and so it begins to make more sense now...

Now lets look at some background as David is forced into exile... in this Psalm

And so Davids own son [Absalom] launches a coup against David and David goes on the run, and we find all this in the book of 2 Samuel .

Now at this time [and now we see the culmination of the previous studies - leading up to this crescendo]

Shimei Curses David in 2 Samuel 16:7-8   ...

To add further insult Absolam sleeps with Davids concubines... but later absolam is killed and the coup is overthrown.

And so whether the man mentioned at the beginning of Psalm 140 is Absolam or Saul or Doeg is not the question - but rather David begins the psalm with a singular  and David is on  run and in exile.

Now these were enemies of God, coming up against David [In other words they were people who stood in the way of God's Will]

It must have seemed as if "all things were against David at this time - whether from inside his own family or from his own people or from other natons / neigbours] who sought war . [against what God had established]

This is where the Psalm is coming from and through it all, we see that it is embedded in the eight Psalms of the praises of David.

Here the enemy "satan" and his hordes are desperate to  fraught God's plans and will use people to do this [thereby you read "we do not pray against people but spirritual forces "behind the people"

satan will come with a force and come from many places at once [as we see with David - here]

Now David comes up against his enemies in this Psalm by going to God

Another view and from another place

Through this you may suggest that an evil man is loved of God and of course we are all loved of God - now look at 1 Samuel 22:18 The king then ordered Doeg, "You turn and strike down the priests." So Doeg the Edomite turned and struck them down. That day he killed eighty-five men who wore the linen ephod.

This is King Saul ordering the death of Priests before God.

Getting in the way of God's purposes - but not His soveriegn Will - as this cannot be changed by us [humans]

This is why God hides Himself - and is invisible.,,,  obviously, God is above our will - but our will desires to be above God - hence the discrepancy.

Hence I am afraid there were and are enemies of God - unfortunately -believe it or not.

David is taken out of his comfort zone and left to wander and run [at this point I see a vision of a person afraid and on his own, I hear his panting and breathing, I see his fears and he is running [ as before a multitude] but he feels alone.

[I see a person that wants his home and what he is used to - yet he is exiled - without his consent or will and the life difficulties are leading hm away from what he knows and to an exile that he does not want.]

God is also showing me that this will be seen - at a time in the future ]

Now I want to merge this study for some reason with Psalm 139 and with this post a video/

In   Psalm 140:4-11 we come back to the imprecatory prayers again which do not just exist in the Holy Spirit inspired Old Testament, but also continue on into the New Testament.

As with Psalm 140:3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.

An example of a prophetic  imprecatory scripture can be found in  Psalm 69:25  May their place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in their tents and Psalm 109:8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.

This is again penned and remembered  with Acts 1:20 For, said Peter, it is written in the Book of Psalms. May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it and, May another take his place of leadership -  concerning Judas and others of office . See : Acts 1:18 - where the prophetic scripture is revealed. This is just one imprecatory example.

As God is everywhere at once [omnipresent] and has all knowledge, knowing everything, [omniscient] David in the Psalms can pen the very words of God 1 Peter 4:11 .

Here we see scripture being inspired by God speaking into the future through David about Judas who was yet to be born...

Here God speaking through David [a type of Christ] can speak "not as Christ spoke" as in Luke 23:34, Matthew 5:44,

Because here even Jesus Himself [in flesh] had given his will to the Father Luke 22:42
"Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done."

But rather God/ the Holy Spirit spoke through these imprecatory prayers, to speak of a future/past/present/ time - when God would judge.

And so David is exiled "by his own enmemies" whether family or foe, as both were involved as well as "the one man" [be that spiritaul forces - or the enemy as in satan] being the catalyst to the events -  but working through people [even those nearest to us]

Here David is attacked from all sides and pray's a prophetic prayer against "the enemy" which is later revealed in history to be the one who will be destroyed - but furthermore, the ones who are used and deployed will come to an end and are already known of by God.

Here again I am reminded of Psalm 139, where God is everywhere and all knowing, the great time traveller, as He is before time and after time [living outside of time].

Here God knows our comings and goings, our wakings and our restings, indeed all the days of our lives, even before any of them came to be.....  Psalm 139:16.

Now look at Psalm 140:4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

See how close this is to Psalm 139 and our comings and goings ..

Now to end the Psalm David speaks of the Righteous, in the Lord - Psalm 140:12-13 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name: the upright shall dwell in your presence.

And so the implicatons here in this Psalm is that - the evil person will find his acts come back upon himself/herself/ this is the person who will not turn [as with Pharoah of egypt - who hardened himself against God - so that his actions came upon himself and his armies [note singular to plural]

God used this situation - to save His people - and drown the enemy. [here being egypt oppressing the hebrew people]

The righteous person however "the person who seeks God's will" finds the result of God's actions upon his life "the Son"

The people were now saved from their bondage yet tested at meribah Exodus 17:7

Tested at many stages of their journey as in Exodus 32:34 Therefore now go, lead the people to the place of which I have spoken to you: behold, my Angel shall go before you: nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin on them.

The chosen people now worshipped a created angel [god] and the uncreated God was angry. [they had worshipped the golden calf]

Here the chosen people worshipped the golden calf at the foot of the moutain where God was speaking to Moses and they lost their lives ... for the anger of the Lord burnt out against the people - and Moses begs God to spare the people.

Jesus was working within God's Will and although David was a type of Christ - this is where the typology ends...

Psalms 140:10. Let burning coals fall upon them, as on Sodom. For upon the wicked he shall rain snares of fire and brimstone

I want to jump back to Psalm 7 and specifically Psalm 7:11-15   God is a righteous judge. God shows his anger every day. 12   If he does not change his mind he will make his sword sharp. He will bend his bow and make it ready. 13   He will prepare weapons of death for bad people. He will make ready arrows of fire. 14   Look! The bad man is pregnant with evil. He conceives trouble. He gives birth to false ideas. 15   He digs a hole. He makes it deep. Then he himself falls into the hole that he has made!

Again notice the reference to a "man"

And so David is on the run, exiled and having many who conspire against him.

Here Saul is after david, including members of his own household and doeg, plus many more.

David is remmebering the prophecies and hoping that they might repent, knows that their hearts are leading them to destruction, David here is simply doing "spiritual warfare" as his enemies are making his life and God's plans for his life falter - yet God's plans will still succeed [as God is soveriegn]

There may well be a time when - when you will find yourself praying in God's Will, that may lead you praying against your own will [not just for youself - but your will for other people]

Thankyou Lord God in Jesus name  that we can be led  into places we do not want to go and into situations we do not want to be in.  As You allowed David to be was led into exile by his enemies.

Although we can not always understand the purposes or the reasons or the source of the conflict which may be coming from many places at once - You are Lord and know all about our comings and goings, our rising and resting.

In Jesus name Amen

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Psalm 139, Getting to know myself.

Psalm 139, Getting to know myself.

The second Psalm of eight, contributed to King David, one of eight Psalms of Praise.

Again we get personal and  even to our creation and birth .

Here God knows us, as we get to know Him in our short journey of life and begin to "know ourselves"

Here we find ourselves and who we are and as we get to understand ourselves / God already know us and our actions before we even wake, He is  already familiar with each persons actions and responses, He already knows each day of our lives before they ever came to be.

As we grow and develop and begin to understand ourselves - God is already way ahead of us and even hedging us in.

Now we learnt about Imprecatory Prayers in Psalm 137 @   Psalm 137, By the rivers of Babylon.

Again here this Psalm is interlaced with an Imprecatory Prayer - see : Psalm 139:19-22

Now I begin to understand who I am [which is an ongoing journey throughout life]

We all know there are times when we do not pray for a person or when we have to simply pray that the prodigal child will be sent to the pigs to wallow in the mud [as only to repent and return] and so there is a place for an  Imprecatory Prayer.

There is also a time when we simply believe that the prodigal  is beyond/ has gone too far/ for repentance .

There is a place for Imprecatory Prayer - even if it means "no prayer"  as silence is a hidden prayer - there is also a place for this type of prayer, when a person or persons "affect your walk with God on a daily basis or seek to drag you down with them [whether knowingly or unknowingly"

...   see: KJV Psalm 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them my enemies.

There is a perfect hatred....

 God can also turn enemies to Himself or further away from Himself -

[The sovereingty of God - and the personal relationship God has with people ]

For God has already searched us out and knows all about us, before we even begin to learn about ourselves.

Once having learnt more about ourselves and knowing "what we are about" God will continue to disect/search us/divide/ as in Hebrews 4:12

Knowing all our mornings and evenings/rising and tiredness/ all actions/ all rising and resting/ indeed everyday of my life before it even begins and before I even know what will happen.

Knitting me together in my mother's womb and knwoing all about me before I even know myself/ and all my days thereafter.

Being a bit like "the creation in Genesis - creation being an embryo /unformed/yet to become/in which God then beams His Light into the darkness [the darkness here being ""not known/being constructed/yet to find it's place.

Now we move on through time "as when God knows our ways" [each morning and evening as the new creation begins to take shape]

Now we go to the personal relationship "as God knows all I will speak "before it is spoken"

Almost as if creation began to speak and testify after it became and was and had it's being.

Now creation speaks and we see the footprints of God and so this is the equivalent here.

As God knew how He would speak through creation- so He knows all my words and thoughts before they ever came to be.

I see Light into darkness and God is showing me a person writing onto a scroll  -

 This Psalom is about God's omniscience and God's omniprescence  and I am reminded of Jonah hiding in  the depths of the boat/ship. [As in Him we live and move and have our being, so we can never escape God the Father ....]

I continue to see a person writing onto paper/or scroll.....

And so I see the greatest imprecatory was when Jesus became a curse for us Galatians 3:13  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.

They proclaimed a curse against an enemy - as our sin  holds Jesus on the Cross - so we take up our Cross daily.

In the words of a song "It was my sin that held Him there - until it was accomplished"

What a paradox as a blessing can be a curse...  ?

How - why ? ...Jesus became a curse for us - while we were still in our sins...

Never believe that your own lifestyle and goodness can save you..

Those who are most used by God are those who have been through the trials and the testings , the triblations and refining...

These are the people that God uses and so it may see  like life is not a good thing...

Now await the blessing /anointing/ spilling of God...

At this point I want to focus on Nineveh in the singular [as a person- as in once saved always saved] I want to focus on a particular time in His-story - when Nineveh was found as an enemy of God and Jonah being a person "was chosen/born/  to save that naton at that time] from it's destination [as with the train video]

Lets go on in time now and see the Nineveh was overtaken and destroyed by the Medes later  in time...

So here we see that I am saved yet later on - I am not...saved  - now I later in history Nineveh becomes Iraq [given a new name "singular"]  and we know about her activities in recent years under the leadership of Saddam Hussein....

So why do I equate /link/ a nation as a personal /singular/  ? because Jonah was chosen to turn a nation toward God at a certain time in His-story , Here Jonah was anointed and appointed

It is quite clear here - that once saved always saved is a silly argument [as with the nation of Nineveh becoming Iraq...

This is because the scriptures relate the singular to a group/nation/ as with  "Genesis 32:28 Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome."
this is now a singular - becoming a seed for many [as with Abraham] "given birth by God to do and become"

God does this again and again in the scriptures - making a single person a group of people... as with Luke 22:31  "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. now God is making the singular into a group here - as this is the "you" in a plural sense "as with the Church or with a group - God is speaking the the Apostles whether present or future.

I cannot help but relate now too the he three Musketeers shouting  - "One for all, All for one"

Now in this biblical story - relate  and consider Nineveh and her salvation through history....

Now relate this to the video of many people on the train and the one individual who met the Father.

re: Am I my brothers keeper ?

Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper ?" Here singular becomes plural....

In Genesis 1:26 we have the singular - now look at Genesis 3:22 "The man has now become like one of us,

Again the man has become like us ....

You see the relatonship here - between groups and individuals and how God makes one for all and all for one..

Yet we see throughout Ninevehs history that "Not all were saved from battle and war"

Now we must not mix up - those saved with those chosen to save... [as those chosen might well be saved]

Hopefully you now get the message of this Psalm and where it is coming from [King David - singular]

And his relationship with the sovereign God who knows all things [that we can never grasp] see : Psalm 139:6  Such knowledge is beyond my grasp -  It is so high I cannot reach it.

Lord God thankyou that You have chosen me to be my brothers keeper - whether a nation or an individual - In Jesus Name Amen.

And thankyou that You have chosen me to be the child to lower the bridge to save the people on train - Your thoughts are higher than mine and I thankyou for that.

I thankyou that You decide who are Yours and divide that with who believe they are Yours.

Amen and all glory to You and not to me .

I thankyou that I am saved through Your Son..

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Psalm 138,My life in His Hands.

 Psalm 138,My life in His Hands.

Now we see a another Psalm /song of King david - as He sings "I will  give glory with my  whole heart"

I had a disturbing dream the other night - in which I saw a person speaking to me - He had eyes that were dazzling and He told me to wait for "the woodman" - no idea what this meant but I assume this has something to do with more pruning"

I can only assume that God is n0t finished with me yet and that He has greater plans for my life.

So we come back to another "rising up psalm with Psalm 138 " as we let go of more of us and take on more of Him.

We now go from Psalm 137 and the hanging up of the harps into willow trees and go to the opposite with Psalm 138 "to praise God with all of our hearts"

I begin to wonder whether the people in babylon were not really beginning to worship God with all of their hearts

With Psalm 138 we begin another series with a theme of Praises of David - this series continues to Psalm 145 and has
 eight steps - I am not going to divide this into stanzas, but I make it personal and I want you to speak out these
words, [or sing them]

I will give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart, before the gods I,  Tes will sing your praise;

I bow down toward your holy temple and I Tes will give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
 for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

On the day I, Guardian called to You and  you answered me and  my strength of soul You increased.

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, for they have heard the words of your mouth and they shall sing
of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.

For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly - like me , Tes ,but the haughty he knows from afar.

Though I, Tes walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life, you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my
enemies and your right hand delivers me.

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me,  your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. I, Tes will  not forsake
the work of your hands.... 

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Psalm 137, By the rivers of Babylon.

 Psalm 137, By the rivers of Babylon.

I get a picture of broken glass here, like there are many reflections. [as in a broken mirror] and these shards of mirrow can hurt.

I see the word "broken"

God is showing me a broken clay pot as well.

It is on many pieces and will not be brought back together until the age of the babylon release.



Here Israel says :

"Here I am in a strange land with many waters and it is as if my tears make the waters..

I mourn and grieve for my homeland and the waters of babylon rise up with my tears.

How can I sing the sacred songs in this strange land ? a land where enemies surround me and mock me ?

Sing us a song they say and make us merry !

We hang our harps on the willow tree's as we no longer sing a song - but let the weeping willow tree - sing a song of lament for us...

My heart no longer sings of Joy - but weeps ... let the weeping willow pick up the harp and play the song."

"The darkness has fallen and it is as night - let the watchmen keep watch for the morning when the light will once more adorn the temple - we shall stay silent and wait for the morning and let out harps sing a song in the willows that overshadow the many waters of this foreign nation....

This temple cannot sing a new song at this time - let the levites wait until a time - a certain time - here we wait upon the Lord Yahweh...

Remember me "O Zion" remember me O Lord -  do not forget me ......

See my tears as you did in the captivity of egypt and once again deliver me from this bondage...

Imprecatory Prayers

An  imprecatory prayer is found in , Psalm 137:9

Now do not forget that there were implicatons against Israel IF she was unfaithful - as with Deuteronomy 27:15-26

Now the remnants of Israel are in mourning and weep by the waters of babylon...... and now she prays against her bondage and prays against her binding.

Examples of imprecatory Prayers can be found in Psalms or should I say verses - of Psalms including   Psalm 5:6 - Psalm 10:2 -Psalm 17:13 -Psalm 35:1 - Psalm 58:6 - Psalm 59:5 - Psalm 69:22 - Psalm 70:2 - Psalm 79:6 - Psalm 83:13 - Psalm 109:7 - Psalm 129:5  - and Psalm 140:3 and so on....

With imprecatory verses the people prayed against evil /they provoked a curse....

Psalm 109 for example is an imprecatory psalm and with the remaining psalm we now have the retribution Psalm 137:7 ending with "Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks."

see an example of an   imprecatory Verse  with : Psalm 109:6 I said, Appoint the evil one to oppose him. Let Satan stand beside him, 7 When he stands trial, let him be found guilty, Let his prayer be considered sinful. 8 Let his days be few in numbe, Let someone else take his position. 9 Let his children become fatherless and his wife a widow. 10  Let his children wander around and beg. Let them seek help far from their ruined homes.

Babylon's walls were later to fall and babylon was destroyed as prophesied in Jeremiah 50:15

We are told to love our enemies, in Matthew 5:44 and to pray for those who hurt us..

Lets pray

Lord God in Jesus name help me, if I find myself in a place I do not want to be in life, to follow Your Will and not mine
 and to lead me back out and into known territory when You decide - In Jesus Name Amen

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Psalm 136, The Great Hallel.

 Psalm 136, The Great Hallel.

This is worship from solomons temple and remembering the deliverance from egypt and their journey of deliverance through the wilderness and finding their in canaan.

This hymn is known as the Great Hallel, which runs from Psalm 118 to Psalm 136.

It has run through the fifteen steps of ascension and although this note has ended we continue here with remnants of and endings of the great  Hallel orchestration.

These Chants or hymns [by King David] would have been used during times of dedication, consecration, communion / [the passover supper] times of celebration or of great joy. [as in being released from babylon captivity]

So here  we are ending another part of the continuing Psalm where parts overlap as the song builds up.

There a time when a vast army came up against Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.

These were the peoples that God had mercy upon - but later turned against God's own..
[as God had mercy upon "Lot" and "Esau"..

These were the nations of which God said "Do not harass the Moabites or provoke them to war, for I will not give you any part of their land. I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession."  Deuteronomy 2:9

Again as for the Ammonites, God had said "do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot."  Deuteronomy 2:19

To the others from Mount Seir, God had said "Do not provoke them to war, for I will not give you any of their land, not even enough to put your foot on. I have given Esau the hill country of Seir as his own." Deuteronomy 2:5

These were the invading armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir....

Here the nations that were shown mercy, came up againsts the Lord's people and the whole of Judah fasted.

King Jehoshaphat, stood before the assembly and prayed before them and "The Lord"

The Spirit of the Lord came upon  Jahaziel and he spoke the word of the Lord saying "the battle is the Lord's and not our's"  2 Chronicles 20:15-17

On the day of the battle King Jehoshaphat appointed singers to go out before the army - to sing "Praise the Lord,

for His mercy endures forever"

Here the Lord defeated the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir and Judah was saved...

Note that the "singers" sang before the battle was won and went out before the armies of Judah..
And so we continue with psalm 136 which repeats this praise over and over again.... in fact 26 times..
"O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever"

Note : Malachi 1 and Romans 9:13 and God had mercy on "Lot" so He had Mercy on Esau as He also had mercy on Jacob...and

Judah descending from Jacob [son of Jacob] was invaded here...
 and these were the very armies [of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir] that in the future that would invade Judah [Jacob]

- here God's Character is in play .... as in  "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated." - yet God had mercy on all mentioned..

.[past tense /individuals in play here/ affecting future generations/ here what God began God ends/

Briefly I will share a testimony, on saturday I kept getting "Touch my lips"  so I actually prayed this and asked for God to give me the words as He touched my lips..

So sunday Morn I rush off to Church and of course a main part of the message was about Isaiah and God touching his lips Isaiah 6:7 ,

So now we shall divert to to the meaning of this [in this study]

So lets make this short.....God speaks today !

Jeremiah 1:9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "I have put my words in your mouth.

As God spoke to me on the saturday for preparation of the sunday..

Simple ! - it is done for the Glory of God - however not all words glorify Him - therefore God can send a word of warning or a word unknown at the time  until the person seeks the meaning [sometimes the meaning is never really understood] until many years later.

Not all words of God are used to glorify Him - but in this case "this specific word shows that God is very much alive and working"

So we have hopped from Isaiah to Jeremiah, now let us go to the plural explanaton with Isaiah 51:16 I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand? I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ?You are my people.? ?

And so  Jehoshaphat, king of Judah -  appointed singers to go out before the army - to sing "Praise the Lord,

for His mercy endures forever" so that the battle would be won.

Here we can go through and testify of God's mercies from  earliest biblical history in Eden where God had mercy on Adam and Eve, all through to the salvation of Israel from babylon captivity [of which this psalm can be seen to come from] where the people of God sung of the mercies of God [of which they did not deserve]

Visualise and imagine the  singers being sent out before the army of God's people  to praise God's Name "like a banner of victory"

For the battle is the Lord's and is already won [this does not mean we do not fight the battle]
In the testimony "God spoke before it happened/was spoken in preparation]

Nothing could change the outcome of the battle of Judah and King Jehoshaphat against the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir.... they were already defeated....

Nothing can change what God has spoken beforehand and what God says "God does".

This is Psalm 136 which declares O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

  going throughout History from Eden to the the babylon release and into the future - even as Jesus was resurrected and even into your life now.

Lord of my life, may Your mercy endure forever.

Have mercy when I am like, Adam and Eve and look to other things..

Have mercy when I am like, those trapped in captivity in egypt...

Have mercy when I am like, those wandering throught the desert wilderness..
Have mercy when I am like , a sinner needing mercy, Luke 18:13 "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'

Have mercy on me now Lord Jesus as You forgive me and cleanse me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit

In Jesus Name Amen.

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