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Pastor's Pen - June 24, 2007
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June 24, 2007

Psalms 58-65
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Psalms
Chapter 58
  1. (To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.) Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
  2. Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
  3. The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
  4. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
  5. Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
  6. Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
  7. Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
  8. As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
  9. Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
  10. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
  11. So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.


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Psalms
Chapter 59
  1. (To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.) Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
  2. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
  3. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
  4. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
  5. Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
  6. They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
  7. Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
  8. But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
  9. Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
  10. The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
  11. Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
  12. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
  13. Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
  14. And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
  15. Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
  16. But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
  17. Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.


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Psalms
Chapter 60
  1. (To the chief Musician upon Shushan-eduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.) O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.
  2. Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
  3. Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
  4. Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
  5. That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
  6. God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
  7. Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
  8. Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.
  9. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
  10. Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
  11. Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
  12. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.


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Psalms
Chapter 61
  1. (To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David.) Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
  2. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
  3. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
  4. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
  5. For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
  6. Thou wilt prolong the king's life: and his years as many generations.
  7. He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
  8. So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.


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Psalms
Chapter 62
  1. (To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.) Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
  2. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
  3. How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
  4. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
  5. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
  6. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
  7. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
  8. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
  9. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
  10. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
  11. God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
  12. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.


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Psalms
Chapter 63
  1. (A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.> O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
  2. To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
  3. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
  4. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
  5. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
  6. When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
  7. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
  8. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
  9. But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
  10. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
  11. But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.


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Psalms
Chapter 64
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
  2. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
  3. Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
  4. That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
  5. They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
  6. They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
  7. But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
  8. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
  9. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
  10. The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.


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Psalms
Chapter 65
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.) Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
  2. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
  3. Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
  4. Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
  5. By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:
  6. Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
  7. Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
  8. They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
  9. Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
  10. Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
  11. Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
  12. They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
  13. The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.


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 Psalms 65:2 gives an interesting title to the Lord. David refers to Him as "Thou that hearest prayer". This is a wonderful expression, and teaches us great things about our God.

 First of all, it teaches His ability. Our God is capable of hearing prayer. This is one of the characteristics that distinguished Him from the false idols of the Old Testament, and separates Him from the pagan deities of today. When Elijah dealt with the prophets of Baal, they cried aloud for an entire day, but they received no response. Elijah mocked them because of the inability of their god to hear; calling on them to scream louder lest Baal was on vacation, or perhaps asleep. Despite all their hysterics, Baal never heard them, for Baal can not answer prayer. In primitive cultures men will pray to stones or mountains or the sun, but their prayers can not be answered because their "god" does not hear prayer. In other areas of the world today, men pray to Allah, or to Vishnu or Krishna. These gods do not exist, and they can not hear prayer. Catholics pray to Mary or the saints, but they are incapable of answering prayer for they are not divine. Only one God is capable of hearing prayer, and that is Jehovah, the God of the Bible. I am grateful that my God lives, and that He has the capacity to hear me.

 Second, it teaches His availability. There have been times in my life when I had needs, but the person who could help me was unavailable. The ability to hear serves no purpose apart from the availability of the hearer. My Lord is always there. He is never too far away, nor too busy, nor temporarily unobtainable. He never has too many other people to deal with so that I have to wait for his attention. While it is true that my sins will hinder my prayer life and cause the Lord not to listen (Psalm 66:18), that problem lies with me, not God. As far as the Lord is concerned, if I am in a right relationship with Him, He is awaiting my prayer.

 The third teaching about the Lord that we see here is His capacity to solve my problem. We need to have a God Who can hear prayer, and we need to have a God Who is available to hear prayer, but neither one of those things matters if the One Who hears can not do anything about the issue. My God can. He has all power and strength and wisdom, and there is nothing that is too hard for Him (Gen 18:14). He can do abundantly above all that I can ask or think (Eph. 3:20), so there is no reason for me not to bring my petitions before Him.

 One last point should be mentioned here. I believe that the Scriptures teach that God wants to answer prayer. It isn't simply a matter that He can; He desires to! He commands His people to call unto Him so that He can answer them (Jer. 33:3). He tells them to pray so that they won't faint (Luke 18:1). He tells them to pray without ceasing (I Thes. 5:17). All of these indicate that the Lord wants to receive verbal communication from us. I John 1:3 states,

"That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ".
If God wants us to fellowship with Him, He certainly desires our conversation with Him.

 Our God has many titles, one of which is "Thou that hearest prayer". May we rejoice in that truth, and may it motivate us to come boldly before Him for all our needs and for every situation of life.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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