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Pastor's Pen - June 16, 2007
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June 16, 2007

Psalms 17-20
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Psalms
Chapter 17
  1. (A Prayer of David.) Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
  2. Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
  3. Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
  4. Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
  5. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
  6. I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
  7. Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
  8. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
  9. From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
  10. They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
  11. They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
  12. Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
  13. Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
  14. From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
  15. As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.


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Psalms
Chapter 18
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,) I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
  2. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
  3. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
  4. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
  5. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
  6. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
  7. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
  8. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
  9. He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
  10. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
  11. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
  12. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
  13. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
  14. Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
  15. Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
  16. He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
  17. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
  18. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
  19. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
  20. The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
  21. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
  22. For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
  23. I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
  24. Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
  25. With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
  26. With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
  27. For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
  28. For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.
  29. For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
  30. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
  31. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God?
  32. It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
  33. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
  34. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
  35. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
  36. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
  37. I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
  38. I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
  39. For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
  40. Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
  41. They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
  42. Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
  43. Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
  44. As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
  45. The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
  46. The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
  47. It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
  48. He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
  49. Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
  50. Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.


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Psalms
Chapter 19
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
  2. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
  3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
  4. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
  5. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
  6. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
  7. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
  8. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
  9. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
  10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
  11. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
  12. Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
  13. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
  14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.


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Psalms
Chapter 20
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
  2. Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
  3. Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
  4. Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
  5. We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
  6. Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
  7. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
  8. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
  9. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.


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 Psalm 19 is a song which points out to mankind the two forms of revelation that God has given to us. These are known in theological circles as General Revelation and Special Revelation. General Revelation is spoken of in verses 1-6, and Special Revelation is spoken of in verses 7-11, with David's response to this revelation being shown in the final three verses.

 General Revelation refers to God's revealing of Himself to man in a way that is obvious to all. This is accomplished primarily through nature. Verse 1 tells us that "the heavens declare the glory of God". In other words, all a man needs to do is look out of his window and he can know beyond any shadow of a doubt that God exists. Verses three and four show that the fact that day and night follow each other in a normal, predictive pattern also proves the existence of God. There is no place on earth where day time and night time do not follow each other in an appropriate fashion, so there is no place on earth that doesn't know the reality of a Supreme Being. In verses 4-6 we see that the regular rising and setting of the sun proves Who God is as well.

 Atheism is foolishness. The Bible says that

"the fool hath said in his heart there is no God" (Psalm 14:1).
Have you ever noticed that you do not find atheism in primitive cultures? You may not find Biblical Christianity, but you do not find people who deny the existence of God either. They may worship the sun or the moon, or perhaps a rock or a mountain. They may be polytheists and worship a variety of gods, but they worship something. Why? Because when they look out of the window of their hut their eyes tell them that the world about them which they can see but do not understand could not possibly have happened by chance. Someone had to create it. The only place where you find atheists is in the halls of academia where men have used pseudo science to "prove" the theory of evolution and thus eliminate the need for God. Just today I read an advertisement for a science lecture where the professor was going to explain how billions of years ago the entire universe was compacted into a small dot that was less that the size of an atom. Then it exploded, and here we all are. Of course along the way a meteor had to hit the earth with enough force to kill the dinosaurs, etc., etc., etc. And, of course, all these explosions and catastrophes worked together to produce life as we know it today. How illogical! Thousands of years ago David wrote that an orderly universe demands a Creator. He was right then, and he is still right today.

 The reason men do not want to believe in a Creator is the fact that if there is a Creator, then He must have created me. If He created me, then I am responsible to Him. If I am responsible to Him, then He must have shown me what I must do to be acceptable to Him. This leads to Specific Revelation, which is found in the Bible. Nature tells man that there is an orderly God to Whom he is accountable, but it does not explain how he can be justified . The Bible, referred to in this chapter as the law, testimony, statutes, commandment, and judgments of the Lord, explains to us what this God demands. David says that the Word of God is more desirable than great quantities of gold. He explains that It contain warnings that must be followed, and that when a man heeds Its words that he will receive a great reward.

 David concludes by asking the God Who has revealed Himself both through nature and through the Scriptures to keep him away from any sins that he might unknowingly commit (secret faults). He asks that the Lord help him not to be rebellious either (presumptuous sins), so that he can be right before God. He concludes with this great request:

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."
He acknowledges God for Who He is, and then asks that all he says, does, and thinks about be acceptable to the Lord. Today we see the Lord revealed through His creation and through His Word. Has it impacted our lives, words and thoughts as it did David? May we desire to be acceptable to this great God throughout our lives.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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