Take time to praise Him. If we do not take up His
praise, God will raise up someone else.
To describe the Psalms we could say some are ...
(1) the voice of the Lord Jesus, written l,000
years before the events took place! (2) Or like
the voice of the little group of believing Jews,
(the remnant) during the tribulation, or (3)
mostly the words of King David. Each word is
inspired by God Himself. Also this Book of Psalms
could be like a hymn book for the believing
Remnant, during the tribulation. It is so much
about their trials, joys, sorrows and coming
The book opens with "blessed" or "happy".
God wants us to be happy. He has made every
provision for our happiness. Notice three words,
"walketh", "standeth" and
"sitteth"... If we walk with someone,
it might seem to us to be of very little
importance... a passing friendship, so we might
think it does not matter if they are "ungodly".
But the next step is "standeth" - that
is, we are still more in their company and are
beginning to feel at home with them - though they
are "sinners". And last comes, "sitting"
- now we might feel right at home, for we sit
down with them, even though they are "scornful".
If we love the Lord Jesus, and His Word, we shall
not want to walk or stand or sit in the company
of those who do not love Him. We separate from
them but we do not isolate ourselves, for we must
witness to them.
Ps 1:2 Are we reading our chapter each day and
thinking about it daily and at night too? Read
your chapter with God.
Ps 1:3 A tree planted here is getting its
moisture from the river. If we keep close to the
Lord, and read His Word, we shall grow, even
though we may find very few Christian friends to
help and encourage us.
Ps 1:4 "The ungodly" may seem to
prosper, but they will have to meet God some day.
The Lord Jesus walked totally in the truth of
this wonderful Psalm. But keep reminding yourself...the
Lord Jesus lived on earth 1,000 years after these
words were written! He perfectly fulfilled them.
True energy always shows itself in cheerful
In this Psalm, we see terrible hatred and
opposition foretold for the Lord Jesus. The world
does not want anyone who lives for the glory of
God. They hate the light, for they want to live
in their sins.
Ps 2:2 Many unite to show their hatred, exactly
Ps 2:7-9 Though written 1,000 years before the
Lord Jesus came to earth, notice how similar the
words are to Matthew 3:17, Acts 13:33 and Hebrews
1:5. God sees the hatred of the heart of man, and
He tells us that His Son, the Lord Jesus, in a
yet future day is going to be honoured, and those
who despise Him will be punished. The Lord is
going to reign over this world, and His enemies
are going to be "dashed in pieces".
Holy and fierce judgment is going to fall on
those who have rejected Christ.
Ps 2:12 If they do not repent, they will "perish".
But blessed are all they that put their trust in
Slanderers are the devil's bellows to blow up the
fire of strife.
Notice the heading of this Psalm; (these are
inspired). God could just as easily have given
David these words when all was quiet and happy,
but He gave them to him when he was really in
trouble. Take a few minutes and turn to another
example of difficult days producing more praise
and worship to God than days of great blessing. 2
Samuel 22:2-51 (50 verses). Praise after his
troubles. Chapter 23:1-7 (7 verses) after success
and blessing. Do you get the point in your life?
Ps 3:5 Although David was in real trouble, he
awakens happy and fearless. The night is passing
and the morning has come.
It is hard for them that trust in riches to enter
into the kingdom of God. It is not the having,
but the trusting.
Ps 4:1 Middle part can be translated "In
pressure thou hast enlarged me". Encouraging
to us when the Lord puts us through trials.
Ps 4:3 Here we read about the "godly".
You remember the way in which the Lord will reign
after He has called us home to Himself. All those
who have rejected the gospel will be punished,
with no further chance for them to receive the
gospel. But God will work in the hearts of some
of His own people, the Jews, and will tell them
that their promised King is coming out of heaven
to reign. Some will believe this wonderful
message, and will wait for Him in faith, and will
tell others about His coming. These are often
referred to in the Psalms as "the godly"
or sometimes even "the poor" or the
"meek". Those who reject that message
are called "the wicked" or "the
ungodly". This will help us to understand
these Psalms more easily.
Ps 4:7-8 We might think that plenty of money
would make us happy, but there is a happiness
that is far more wonderful than "when their
corn and their wine increased". Those who
please God can lie down and sleep in peace.
A father is a looking-glass which the boy often
dresses himself by. Let the glass be clear and
Ps 5:2 David called God his King, and in the time
that is coming, which we mentioned in yesterday's
Psalm, the godly Jews of that day will also know
Him as King.
Ps 5:3 It is a good thing to begin each day by
speaking to the Lord.
Ps 5:10 This may surprise us a little. But let us
remember again, this is the language of David, of
the Old Testament, and also looks ahead to the
time when the Lord will be ready to come forth to
put down His enemies and to reign over the earth.
Ps 5:11-12 Do you rejoice? Perhaps you might say
"when all things go well, then I rejoice".
But here we read of how every believer may
rejoice each day.
Blessed is he who has nothing to say, and
refrains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
Perhaps we may be rather surprised at so much
trouble and weeping. David had mighty faith, it
is really wonderful to hear him crying to the
Lord like this in his times of trouble.
Ps 6:6 It seems to be night time. And there will
be a very dark time of suffering for those "godly"
ones, when the "ungodly" prosper and
persecute them. In this darkness and trial they
cry to the Lord.
Those who are on the road to heaven will not be
content to go there alone.
Ps 7:1 David, when he was in trouble, not only
calls on the Lord but he trusts in the Lord. And
so it will be with the "godly" in time
to come, when they have no strength of their own,
and their enemies are so strong.
Ps 7:6 The Lord will not openly deliver His
people for quite a while during their future time
Ps 7:7 What wonderful words! This is what David
looked forward to.
Ps 7:17 Notice how very often the last verse of
the Psalm is one of victory.
God will always have a few who are true to
Himself, and He goes on with the world because He
will have this witness to Himself in it.
The song of praise promised at the close of Psalm
Ps 8:1 What a wonderful burst of praise this is!
This is really the song of the "godly ones",
who have been despised and who have heard the
name of their Lord despised. But now, the wicked
are gone, and the Lord reigns.
Ps 8:3-4 The Lord has made all creation - yet He
finds His pleasure in His people.
Ps 8:5 This tells us of the Lord Jesus, who as a
babe was made lower than the angels. But now He
has gone up beyond angels again and is crowned
with glory and honour. A glorified Man up above
He that goes to bed angry, has the devil for his
roommate. The way to "be angry and sin not"
is to be angry at nothing but sin.
The cry of those who trust in the Lord during the
coming day of tribulation on the earth. They are
suffering and persecuted. Notice the many times
the words "wicked" and "poor"
are used. Look back to the outline of Psalm 4.
"Ungodly" and the "wicked"
are the same people.
Ps 10:3-11 What the unbelievers will be saying
during that same time.
Ps 10:12 This poor suffering "remnant"
loves the Lord and is waiting for His return.
Ps 10:14 The ungodly have said in verse 11 "he
will never see it". But here the godly ones
say "thou hast seen it". Those who know
the Lord are sure that He is watching and that He
will deliver them.
Ps 10:17 This word "humble" speaks of a
few godly ones who are true to Him in the time of
the coming "tribulation". They are
confident that the Lord will remember them and
deliver them. (Tomorrow, move on to Psalm 16).
Opposition to the truth is inevitable in a world
where men's minds are alienated from God by sin.
To understand this Psalm better, remember it is
like the Lord as a Man speaking to God.
Ps 16:2-3 The Lord Himself, finds His delight in
those whom He calls His saints. It specially
refers to those who will trust in Him and wait
for Him in a future day. He loves His saints! All
believers are known as saints or holy ones.
Ps 16:5-8 The perfectly dependent Lord Jesus is
described in these verses. He turns to the Lord
His God, and trusts Him for everything and thanks
Him for His faithfulness.
Ps 16:10 This refers to the then future
resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead.
Ps 16:11 What happy confidence! The Lord Jesus
prophetically looks forward to the joy, after His
death and resurrection, of being at the right
hand of God in glory. That is where He is now.
The new man loves to have the truth set before
We shall group Psalm 22, 23 and 24. We could call
them the cross, the crook (shepherd's rod) and
the crown of glory. Or another way, Psalm 22,
Yesterday; 23, Today; 24, forever. Or 22, the
Good Shepherd; 23, the Great Shepherd; 24, The
Chief Shepherd. The very language of the Lord
Jesus as He suffered on the cross one thousand
Ps 22:1 When He was bearing our sins on the cross,
God turned His face from Him, because He is holy
and hates sin.
Ps 22:4-5 He says that when Israel cried to God,
He heard them. But when He cries, God does not
answer! He is forsaken of God.
Ps 22:16-18 The exact way in which the Lord Jesus
was treated one thousand years before it took
place. The piercing of His blessed hands and feet
- the parting of His garments.
Ps 22:21 Ends the words of the Lord's sufferings
on the cross.
Ps 22:22 The work of the cross is finished. The
Lord has borne all the judgment and now He is
happy to "declare Thy name unto My brethren".
In John 20, verse 17, we hear the Lord saying
"I ascend unto My Father and your Father."
He wasn't meeting Satan at the cross (as many say)
but meeting God and the judgment for sin. He did
this as the Son of man. In His life He glorified
His Father, but on the cross He glorified God as
Ps 22:22 Is a small mention of the Christian era
- see John 20:17.
Ps 22:25 The "great congregation",
refers to the millennium when Jews and Gentiles
will follow the Lord Jesus in praise of Jehovah.
When God would test our faith in Him by some
fiery trial, Satan ever seeks to lead us to
question God's goodness.
The best-known and loved of all the Psalms. But
before we can enjoy the Lord Jesus as our
Shepherd, He had to die for us, and that is why
Psalm 22 with all its sufferings must come before
Psalm 23, with all its peace and rest.
Ps 23:1-3 What peace and happiness! But notice
that David says "He maketh me to lie down -
He leadeth - He restoreth..." When things
are smooth and pleasant, David enjoys talking
about that wonderful and faithful Shepherd.
Ps 23:4 But David is talking to the Shepherd.
Ps 23:5 The valley is passed and his cup runs
over! And so it will be with all those who belong
to the Lord.
Ps 23:6 The wonderful promises. What a wonderful
future! We look back to the sufferings of Psalm
22 and thank and praise the Lord for going
through all that for the glory of God, and so
that we might know Him now as our Shepherd, and
look forward to dwelling with Him forever.
In every trial let us keep this in mind: "He
that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up
for us all" is working all things together
for our good, the present severe trial included.
"The earth is the Lord's". We should
remember this. There is so much boasting about
"Man and his world", but it is really
the Lord's - He made it.
Ps 24:3 This world that the Lord made, has been
ruined by sin and here two questions are asked -
they can mean - who is worthy to reign over this
Ps 24:4 The answer to the question would show us
that the Lord Himself is the only One who is
worthy to reign. But also all those who have
accepted the Lord Jesus as their Saviour are
clean and pure in the sight of God.
Ps 24:7-8 We can see very clearly that it is the
Lord Himself who reigns, and there is rejoicing
when He reigns, for He will put down all His
enemies. Let us notice then, that in Psalm 22 He
suffers, in Psalm 23 He cares for us as our
Shepherd, and in Psalm 24 He comes out of heaven,
with us, to reign.
However great the difficulties around us, God
knows the way out and He will lead us if we only
wait patiently for Him.
Ps 25:1 When you and I are living with a good
conscience toward God, we can enjoy being close
to the Lord, as this verse says. It doesn't say
he lifts up his eyes, but his inward feelings,
his soul. The soul is our inward feelings, our
Ps 25:2 I won't be sorry or ashamed if I trust
Ps 25:3 Then he thinks of others (a good thing to
do.)He hopes they too will find this out for
themselves. They won't ever be sorry that they
trusted the Lord.
Ps 25:4 A change here. He longs to know the Lord
more and more. It's good to be teachable.
Ps 25:5 Not only to know the ways of the Lord,
but to live in them! A big difference.
Ps 25:6 He would rather remember what the Lord is,
than to think about himself.
Ps 25:7 We believers today, know that since then,
the Lord Jesus has come to earth and died for us,
and so the verse for us Heb. 8:12.
Ps 25:8-13 He goes back to remembering what the
Ps 25:14 The Lord will whisper to you what to do
when you don't know; but it's only when we fear (have
reverence for) the Lord.
Ps 25:15-end Remember that the Psalms don't give
us the full revelation of what God has given the
believer today. The next Psalm continues on with
the same thoughts as today's Psalm. Remember too
that the first application of the Psalms is to
The life lived in the light of the rapture means
running the race looking unto Jesus. Heb. 12:2
This Psalm is like the words of the "remnant"
in the tribulation. But these people are so close
to the Lord that their words are like the Lord's
Ps 27:1-3 He is light first - and salvation, and
strength. Anything more needed?
Ps 27:4 King David loved the Lord so much he
wanted to dwell, or live in the house of the Lord.
And he wanted it "all the days of my life"
- not just occasionally. "To behold the
beauty of the Lord". Do you notice the
difference between this verse, "all the days
of my life", and the last words of Psalm 23?
Ps 27:5 Sometimes it takes a time of trouble to
make us feel our need of the presence of the Lord.
Ps 27:8 The Lord wants us to seek His face, or to
keep close to Himself.
Ps 27:11 This is a very good prayer for all of us.
We so often want our own way.
Ps 27:14 Not always easy to do. But the secret of
What a solemn thing to have the truth and then
fall. There is a special responsibility for those
who have had the privileges.
A very important point for you and me to learn,
is in this Psalm; that the wonderful position
every believer is in, is greater than the best
circumstances a person could be in on this earth.
We might think that when everything is quiet... a
nice job, happy marriage, good health and so on,
that that is true happiness. But Scripture
reminds us in 1 Peter 3:14 that there is a
happiness which is ours when we're in opposite
circumstances... suffering. So we realize that
the Lord has left us an example in His own life
of sorrow. (1 Peter 2:21)
Ps 30:1-3 A soul who has everything out before
the Lord and confesses it to Him, is conscious
that he (she) has been lifted up out of the pit.
Ps 30:4-end Even after we have felt we are
forgiven, we might be careless again and become
depressed. Verse 10 shows us the Lord still hears.
This will humble us, but He still hears when we
confess to Him. (Read 1 John 3:20,21).
The wilderness proves what we are.
Ps 32:1-2 The thankful words of one who has been
forgiven. He doesn't pretend, because he realizes
the Lord knows everything.
Ps 32:3-4 He remembers how terrible it was when
the Lord first began to work in him.
Ps 32:5 It was a great day when he confessed all
to the Lord. (This is our way of staying in
communion with the Lord).
Ps 32:8 Notice the order of the three promises.
Don't forget them. The horse and mule have no
understanding of the mind of their master. The
Lord doesn't want us to be like them. God wants
to guide us gently and with love. But sometimes
He has to bring real trouble or sorrow into our
life because we are trying to have our own way.
Ps 32:11 Here the forgiven sinner encourages
others to join with him in praising the Lord.
The ordered prayer leads to the ordered life.
Ps 36:1-4 These describe the human heart. What
depravity! No hiding anything. All is exposed.
How awful it is! Your and my old nature.
Ps 36:5-end But...The Lord God v.5, His
lovingkindness, His faithfulness; v.6 His
righteousness, His judgments; v.7 again His
lovingkindness; v.8 His pleasures; v.9 with Him
is the fountain of life and His light; v.10 Again
His lovingkindness and His righteousness.
Ps 36:12 The opposites... pride, the hand of the
wicked, workers of iniquity cast down. How
thankful we should be for having such a God!
A person is wise if he learns from his own
mistakes, but he is happier if he learns from the
mistakes of others.
Ps 37:1 "Evildoers" and "workers
of iniquity" seem to get along quite well!
And perhaps those who live to please the Lord don't
seem to get along so well - but "fret not
thyself.... be not envious". Because they
shall soon be cut down.
Ps 37:3-7 We need these things every day. This is
written to God's earthly people, the godly Jews,
in a future day.
Ps 37:3 "The land" means the promised
Ps 37:11 This will only take place here in this
world after the Lord returns to reign; we shall
be in heaven. "The wicked" (verse 14)
are those who go on in their ungodly ways during
the tribulation. The "meek", "righteous",
and the "godly" (the remnant) are those
who love the Lord, and are waiting for Him to
come out of heaven to reign at that time.
The Lord deserves the best we have. Romans 12:1
Often in this book of the Psalms, some are
grouped together around one theme. These three
are a picture about Christ's life on earth among
His own people, Israel. Not only sharing in their
sorrows, but in the end, paying for their sins on
the cross, so that all who looked to Him, might
be blessed with Him in the end. The last verse is
like a prayer of the Lord Jesus as He was on the
cross. He didn't ever do anything to save Himself
from that dreadful cross. Throughout this Psalm,
you will see a little of what He went through,
and how He felt everything that was done to Him.
Ps 40:1 He does not use the word "Father",
for it is only used in the New Testament. We can
see that the Lord took His place right among His
own People. May we take our place with Him in
this wicked world, and realize we are following a
Unless you own Jesus as Lord you'll never find
the true place of gathering.
There were times in the life of David when his
own friends turned against him. One of these was
Shimei, and one of them was his own son Absalom.
But there were some who were true to David and
suffered with him.
Ps 41:1 "The poor" really means the
despised followers of the Lord in a still future
day. Those who will remain faithful in waiting
for the Lord are called "poor", "weak",
or "godly". Although this will be
fulfilled after we are gone to heaven, yet it is
true even now. For those who love the Lord are
despised. He is happy to see those who confess
Ps 41:5 Even today, there are many who hate that
precious Name, and would like to see it blotted
out. But we can honour that name in our hearts,
our lips and our ways. We can be with those who
are gathered to His precious Name. The One whom
we love is despised, and if we wish to be popular
in this world, we shall be unfaithful to Him.
Ps 41:9 David wrote this when one of his special
friends had turned against him, and he felt it
very much. At the same time, he valued those who
stayed with him and were true to him.
If we imitate the world, we will get caught up in
things that can only cheapen our spiritual life.
Ps 42:1-3 This is a picture of a believer who is
searching for something... and he doesn't know
what it is. He had the first joy of his salvation,
but now, somehow, he doesn't have the joy any
more. But he finds that even the searching is
beginning to bring relief. What he is really
searching for is God, Himself. And he finds that
the searching is bringing the joy! And don't we
find the same thing? The circumstances around us
may be nice, but they don't satisfy. Only the
Lord satisfies. So when the Lord sends us
something which our old nature doesn't like, we
discover that the Lord is trying to teach us that
our new life only finds total satisfaction in
Christ, and Christ alone. So we are learning from
this Psalm is that when we put out of our life
the things we know are not pleasing to Him, then
real joy is given us by God, Himself
There is an index to what is found in the heart,
which betrays more than any other what is within
- the tongue.
Remember that although these Psalms are referring
to the actual things which happened to King David
and others, they are beautiful, poetic pictures
of the Lord Jesus when He returns to be King over
the earth. This Psalm is an answer to the
troubles and the prayers for help in the last 3
Ps 45:1-2 A lovely description of the beauty of
Ps 45:3-5 In a future day, the Lord Jesus shall
come out of heaven to put down His enemies and to
reign over His own waiting people.
Ps 45:3-8 His enemies - the ungodly - will fear
Him, but His own people the godly Jews will
rejoice in His beauty here described.
Ps 45:9-12 "The queen" - this is
Jerusalem, looked at as a queen. The Lord Jesus
will come out of heaven with us, to bring
blessing to this earth.
Ps 45:13 That is so important. We look on the
outside but God looks on the heart. "Her
clothing is of wrought gold" - that which is
outside - that which others can see, but she is
"all glorious within".
The life of faith is a little more than a series
of falls and restorations, errors and corrections;
displaying, on the one hand, the sad weakness of
man, and on the other, the grace and power of God.
This Psalm gives us one very important but simple
point... "Be still and know that I am God."
Ps 46:10 So where do we start to learn this ? In
v.1 Not many words, but what words! Read it over
for at least five times, and see what happens to
your confidence! A very accurate translation of
this verse is, "God is our refuge and
strength, a help in distresses, very readily
found." (J.N.D. translation.) No matter what
happens in our life, (even the mountains shaking),
we can be still. Try Him for yourself !
A believer slips back into the world by stages.
First comes friendship with the world, then being
spotted by the world, loving the world and being
conformed to the world. James 4:4, 1:27; 1 John 2:15-17;
God has had only one main centre on this earth...
Jerusalem, or Zion. So this Psalm is entirely
about one point. We notice that it is not talking
about what that city is today, but what it shall
be in the future Millennium. In Ps. 44 we can
read of what awful judgments are going to fall on
that city (after we believers are caught away to
heaven) in the tribulation.
Once God has been displaced, immorality follows.
This Psalm explains a lot of the past days in
Israel's history. Yes He did give them
instruction as to what the people were to bring
to God in the many, many sacrifices. There was
nothing wrong with the sacrifices. What God is
telling in this Psalm is that He is not
complaining about the sacrifices, but about what
the people were going on with, their bad
practices, their wicked ways with each other, at
the very time they were doing these sacrifices.
You can see what God is saying to us today....we
might give an outward appearance of being holy by
attending a religious service and at the same
time going on in sin.
Ps 50:23 tells us what HE has done... given the
one sacrifice for sin, the Lord Jesus. Notice the
last part of that verse... is our daily life in
keeping with this sacrifice?
It is not for us to decide what God is and what
He is not; we have a revelation in the Person of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ps 51:1-4 Here is a very important lesson. King
David had committed a dreadful sin (2 Sam. 11).
Not only in committing adultery, but in causing
the husband to be killed. In this Psalm David
takes full responsibility for his sin. He throws
himself at the Lord's feet. All sin is against
Ps 51:5 He goes back to the root of all sin. When
the believer sins he (or she) must go to God
quickly and confess it. 1 John 1:9 is important.
Ps 51:8-12 He longs to get back to the real joy
of life... keeping close to the Lord.
Ps 51:13-15 He wants to be able to witness to
others about the Lord.
Ps 51:16,17 We rest on the one sacrifice for our
sins, the death of the Lord Jesus.
Ps 51:19 Then the Lord will rejoice too.
We are on very dangerous ground when we form a
doctrine from the Old Testament without New
Psalm 52 and 53
There is plenty of power seen everywhere today,
advances in, science, industry and knowledge
generally. If the believer is impressed and taken
up with them then Psalm 53 is telling him that he
has a few things to learn from GOD! May verses 8
and 9 in Ps. 52 be what we want.
Most of us are conditioned by our society to have
a "wanting mind".
The godly repentant ones are persecuted by the
mocking ungodly ones, and they cry to the Lord,
and trust in Him.
Ps 54:1 May that worthy name be more and more
precious to us.
Ps 54:6 & 7 The result. We call on the name
of the Lord when we're in trouble, and then we
praise that worthy name.
Many of us are messing around with trivial
pursuits, forgetting who is Lord.
In the life of David, there were several of his
friends who turned against him; the saddest of
all was his own son Absalom. And in the life of
the Lord, it was Judas who turned against Him and
Ps 55:12-13 The Lord sorrowed greatly at the
hatred in the heart of Judas. The Lord grieves
over the unbelieving part of the nation of Israel.
He loved them, and had done so much for them, and
yet they hated and despised Him.
Ps 55:16 The Lord Jesus lived for the glory of
God. We too, can call on God and find our
happiness in Him, even though friends may turn
Ps 55:17 Daniel did this, see Dan. 6:10.
Jesus had always been perfectly loved, but His
obedience gave the Father another cause to love
Him. (John 10:17)
Has your heart ever been overwhelmed with the
most awful conditions around you? Have you lost
the joy in the Lord that you used to have? Does
there seem to be no way out ? Read this Psalm 61.
Turn to the Lord. Forget everything else. He will
lead you to the ROCK; it is UNDER you, and His
wing is OVER you.
What the light reveals, the blood cleanses (1
Ps 62:1,2 Here we are listening to a person who
knows the Lord so well that he has full
confidence in Him for everything in his life.
Ps 62:5,6 Notice that his faith is increasing .
In V.2, he says he won't be greatly moved by
problems, but in V. 6 he says he won't be moved
Ps 62:8 Only when you are keeping close to the
Lord with a good conscience, can you tell others
effectively to trust Him.
Ps 62:11,12 He has total confidence in the
goodness and fairness of God.
Joy is contagious! Joy under fire brings blessing
Psalm 63 & 64
Ps 63:1 He seeks for God. His soul thirsts for
Him; his flesh (body) longs for Him. From time to
time we should remind ourselves that there are
different lessons in these Psalms. Very often
they are the language of the heart of Jesus while
He was here on earth - written long before He was
born. At times they are the feelings of David in
his trials. But most of them can teach us lessons
for our own problems today. Here, the Lord feels
deeply the hatred of those who rejected Him. No
doubt also the godly Jews will feel the same way
in the time of the great tribulation yet to come
to them. But in it all, there is confidence and
trust in the Lord.
Notice in Ps. 63 verse 1, his soul thirsts; in
verse 5, his soul is satisfied and in verse 8 his
soul finds fellowship.
Ps 63:6 Contrast this verse with Eccl. 2:23.
When we excuse our wrongdoing as heredity or
environment, we are blaming God's providence.
This is what Adam did in Genesis 3:12. No man is
driven to sin by the circumstances God has placed
Ps 66:1-4 The whole earth. It will yet be filled
with the glory and the praise of the Lord. This
is speaking of the millennium.
Ps 66:5-12 All Israel. "Come and see..."
This beautiful Psalm calls upon every one to come
and see what the Lord will do, and the glory that
will be shown openly.
Ps 66:6 Their thoughts go back to the time when
they were brought out of Egypt, and though they
did a lot of complaining, they now are filled
with praise as they look back on the goodness of
the Lord, verse 12.
Ps 66:16-20 The individual. "Come and hear"...
Yes, not only come and see - but come and hear.
Let our voices be lifted up in praise and prayer
and confidence, even though we may be surrounded
by difficulties, for it is going to end in His
presence with all its joy.
Many profess to know Him, but in lifestyle deny
Those believers in the "gospel of the
kingdom" (to be preached after we have been
taken to heaven) are brought into this wonderful
blessing, and will be anxious that others may
"come and see" 66:5; "come and
hear" 66:l6; and "know" 67:2, and
"praise" 67:3, "be glad and sing
for joy" 67:4, and "God shall bless"
67:7. All believers shall see and enjoy the
blessings of the Lord.
If you don't control your time, everything else
In 1 Chronicles chapter l5, King David brings the
ark up to Jerusalem, to set it on Mount Zion. You
will see that there was to be singing as the ark
was carried forward and up the hill. This Psalm
gives us the words of the song which they sang
long ago. But, amazing to realize, this same song
shall be sung in a future day by the believing
remnant of Jews.
Ps 68:15 They have come within sight of Mount
Zion and they are filled with praise. This may be
hard to understand. They describe what was
happening in King David's day; but they also are
telling what Israel can expect when the Lord
Jesus returns to reign over the earth as King
during the millennium (1,000 years).
Ps 68:19 They cannot take any glory to themselves,
but bless the Lord for His daily blessings and
for His goodness in restoring them to their land.
The test of every ministry is, "Does it
occupy the heart with Christ?"
We will now read three Psalms which speak of the
Lord's sufferings, (not from God as in Psalm 22)
but from people. Psalm 69, l02, 116. The cries of
the Lord as He suffered from people.
Ps 69:5 Could there be any fault found in His
holy life? Certainly not. But He bore our sins,
and confessed them as His own.
Ps 69:20 There was no one to pity or to comfort
Him in His terrible sorrow and suffering.
Ps 69:21 How remarkable that we should read words
like these, written long before the Lord Jesus
lived here, and so perfectly fulfilled a thousand
years after they were written by King David.
Ps 69:22 There will be terrible punishment on
those who hated and crucified the Lord and have
Ps 69:32-36 There will be blessing for the humble,
and for those that love His name.
Some of us want God to be the frosting on the
caking of life. But God, and the life He gives,
is not the frosting - He is the foundation. He
will not be less than that. Mark 10:17-22
Perhaps we have all had the thoughts that are
opened to us in this Psalm.
Ps 73:1 It is true that God is good to those who
are of a clean heart. He loves to bless, but we
sometimes hinder His blessings by our own
Ps 73:2-16 The writer watches the ungodly to see
how they get along. They are healthy and they
prosper and don't even seem to have as many
troubles as believers often have. This was so
hard to understand. The more he looked around,
the more puzzled he became. But he had not been
looking in the right place.
Ps 73:17 But when he gets into the presence of
the Lord, he gets the answer. The awful end of
the wicked is so terrible that their little time
of prosperity seems as nothing.
Ps 73:22 He admits he had been foolish to envy
the wicked. But perhaps we have all done the same
thing. Let us look up then, and remember that our
future is to be in the glorious presence of the
Lord Jesus, no matter what our present troubles
Ps 73:25 The Lord will be the joy of our hearts
in heaven - and it surely should be true of us
now - for He is well able to fill our hearts with
joy on the way home.
Ps 73:28 Let us then draw near to the Lord, and
trust in Him then our testimony will follow.
In vain Satan seeks to cast down those who,
resting on Christ's love, have Him as the
cherished object of their soul.
Ps 84:1 This wonderful verse tells of one who
loves to be in the presence of the Lord. Is that
true of you?
Ps 84:2 There was a time when David was driven
out of Jerusalem, and it may have been at this
time that he wrote this Psalm. He isn't longing
to be in his palace, but in the courts of the
Ps 84:3 The sparrow; the least valuable bird, and
the swallow; the most restless bird, but both of
them found a place to lay their young. No matter
how lowly or how restless we may feel - we can
find a home in the presence of the Lord.
Ps 84:5-12 There is a valley to pass through.
This is much the same as Psalm 23. It also speaks
of the house of the Lord, and dwelling there for
ever - but it also speaks of the valley on the
The house of the Lord is something that we look
forward to at the end of the way, but there may
be valleys of tears and troubles along the
May the last eight words take hold of us, and may
we experience what it means to trust Him.
A Bible that is falling apart is usually owned by
someone who isn't.
This Psalm begins the fourth book or section. It
runs to the end of Psalm l06. It begins with a
Psalm of Moses (He lived about 500 years before
King David). The wonders, the mysteries of the
first creation seem to be compared with the
majesty and wonder of God, Himself. We could call
this a "Time" Psalm. Watch for the
words "Generations", "Everlasting",
"years", "night", "morning",
Ps 90:1-2 We can look around at creation - the
sea - the mountains - and can rejoice to know
that the God who loves and cares for us was
before all these - from everlasting to
everlasting! In verse 2 we see the stability and
greatness of God; what a contrast to man's
frailty and littleness! (v.5,6).
Ps 90:3-10 How weak and frail man is! He thinks
himself very wise and important, and he boasts
about what he can do. But after all, he just
lives a few years and then he is gone, and where
has he gone?
Ps 90:12 If we just remember how short our time
is here, we shall apply our hearts to wisdom.
What wisdom is this? It surely is not the wisdom
that is taught at school, but the wisdom of
accepting the Lord as our Saviour and of living
to please Him.
Ps 90:14 Man's wisdom never brought him any
happiness. But the consciousness of the Lord's
care and mercy can make us glad all our days.
Ps 90:17 May we too desire that the beauty of the
Lord be seen in us, and that our life may be such
that those who watch us may see the "beauty
of the Lord".
How many of us would serve Him if He offered
nothing but Himself? No healing. No success. No
prosperity. No worldly blessings. No miracles,
signs or wonders.
This beautiful Psalm is about the Lord Jesus
their Messiah who would not come to earth for yet
a thousand years! He would be preserved by the
"Almighty God" (of verse 1).
Ps 91:3-8 Shows us how God would preserve His
beloved Son Who would become a Man. It seems to
be a remarkable contrast to the story of Adam.
Adam wanted to be like God and so tried to make
himself wise and important. But the Lord Jesus,
equal with God, speaks in this Psalm as a
dependent Man. He trusted in God in all things,
and this is an example for us. Yesterday we were
reminded of how very weak and frail man is. Here
we have an account of that blessed One who was
without sin or failure of any kind. And yet, as a
Man, He trusted perfectly in God.
Ps 91:11-12 The devil quoted these words to the
Lord in the temptation in the wilderness. Matt. 4:6,
the devil knew this verse were about the Lord,
and so he tried to tempt the Lord to act apart
from the will of God His Father. But the Lord
would not do so. Let us then, learn the lesson of
dependence from this Psalm.
The moment you do a thing because it is your own
will, you have sinned. To do our own will because
it is our own will is the very essence of
rebellion against God.
Ps 92:1 Praising the Lord is only possible when
we are enjoying Him!
Ps 92:3 Do we praise the Lord with an instrument
of 10 strings? Two eyes, two ears, two hands, two
feet, one tongue and one heart! Ten strings! Let's
praise Him with all that we have.
Ps 92:5 We can see His work in creation, and we
know His thoughts of love, for He has shown it
all in giving the Lord Jesus.
Ps 92:6 There are many fools who deny that God
made the world, and care nothing at all for His
thoughts of love.
Ps 92:14 Isn't it grand to see those who are old,
still happy in the Lord, and telling others of
His love. No doubt this specially reminds us of
God's people, the Jews, who in the coming days of
their history will bless and praise the Lord.
Ordinarily a mountain will not slide into the sea
at my command. But if that mountain stands
between me and the accomplishment of God's will,
then I can say, "Be removed", and it
will. (Philipians 4:13)
Here we read of majesty and glory and strength on
this earth in a time which is still future. It is
not so right now, but there is One Who is
mightier than the waves and floods of man's
rebellions, and He will set it all right. In the
meantime, let those of us who know Him, and who
enjoy His presence, remember that He wants us to
act in holy separation - verse 5.
You must be separated from your sin, or you
cannot be together with God.
We learn more of the inner feelings of the Lord
Jesus from the Old Testament than we do from the
New Testament where the events actually took
Ps 102:1-11 We hear the Lord Himself in His deep
grief as He is suffering for us on the cross.
Ps 102:12-22 God answers His cries and He is able
to rejoice at the promise of life and a kingdom.
It should make us praise the Lord ourselves, as
we think of the suffering He went through, that
we might have the joy of forgiveness, and of
Up to verse 11, we have the sorrows of the Lord's
life, when He came the first time. But from 12 to
17, He is comforted when He thinks of the result
of His work.
Ps 102:18 It will bring blessing to Israel and
all the nations in the future millennium.
Ps 102:23 The Messiah, V. 25 The Creator.
Ps 102:24 The price He paid to redeem us!
Our convictions are formed by our affections.
Begins with the greatness of the Lord; closes
with the glory of the Lord (v.31). God as the
Creator is exalted. There are many today who
think they are very wise, and yet they laugh at
the idea that God created everything. What a
surprise it will be to them when they meet the
very One who made it all!
Ps 104:5 He laid the very foundations of the
earth. As we read these verses slowly it makes us
praise Him more and more. Look at the sky - the
moon and the stars - and remember verse 19. Look
at the hills and remember verse 13. Look at the
trees and remember verse 16. Yes, wherever we
look, we see the hand of the Lord, and we feel
the same as the writer as we come to verse 24!
Ps 104:30 All things that exist came from the
hand of God.
Ps 104:34 And this should make us think on the
Lord. And it is not only sweet to us, but it is
sweet to Him, for He knows what we are thinking
I would not give much for your religion unless it
can be seen. Lamps do not talk, but they can be
The writer speaks of God's promises to Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob. He remembers the goodness of God
Ps 105:25 Tells about the time when God's people
were slaves in Egypt. God allowed them to be
hated and to be beaten - and yet He loved them.
Ps 105:26-37 God's wonderful deliverance of His
people, but we can learn a lesson from this. Does
the Lord send a time of trouble to you? Does He
allow some to hate you? Remember He loves you and
He is going to bring you into eternal blessing.
Ps 105:37 The people were wealthy and healthy.
Ps 105:38 The Egyptians were glad when the
children of Israel departed. It is quite possible
that the unsaved will be rather glad when the
Lord calls us away. There will be nobody then to
trouble their conscience, or to talk to them
about the Lord. But it will be so short a time,
and then the judgments will fall.
Ps 105:41 He looked after them in the wilderness,
and gave them water from the Rock. He knows our
needs too, and can refresh our thirsty hearts
with the water of His Word.
Knowledge may make me a long talker, but grace
will make me a good walker.
Psalm 105 has shown us what God really is like
toward His people. Over and over again He told of
His faithfulness to them.
Ps 106:3-25 Today we look at the other side... at
the way people act. They were glad when God had
acted so kindly to them, but they soon turned
back to their evil ways. So here we get a brief
history of the people's thoughts and actions when
they were delivered out of Egypt.
Ps 106:12 When they saw the wonderful miracle at
the Red Sea, they even sang (Exodus 15).
Ps 106:13-25 It didn't take them long to forget.
They go from bad to worse. These are all very sad
verses, but what a picture of all of us in our
Ps 106:26-27 God steps in with punishment. Did
that turn them from their disobedience? Verse 28
answers that question.
Ps 106:30-31 Another kindness of God. Moses, in
verse 23 spoke to God on their behalf. Here
another faithful man shows his courage.
Ps 106:32-43 Back they go again; this time
turning to idols. V.35 shows us what mixing with
worldly friends does to us (see 1 Cor. 15:33).
They began by forgetting God's works (v.13); and
ended by sacrificing to devils (v.37).
Ps 106:44-48 And yet God shows what HE is. Are
you getting the message?
There is no victory if we compromise the Biblical
Today we start the 5th and final section of the
Psalms. It is like a history written before it
happened. It will help us to understand better if
we keep in mind that this section is like Israel
on their final march into the land and centre
they had previously despised. And it is their
entry into the millennial blessings and joys
which they will have for one thousand years, with
the Lord as their King and Jerusalem their centre.
Ps 107:2 "Let the redeemed of the Lord say
so". Let us open our mouths and tell what
the Lord has done for us. Read verse 6, 13, 19,
28. They are all about the same. And now verses 8,
15, 21 and 3l. Again they are the same. The Lord
sent trouble to them from time to time, and in
their troubles, they turned and cried to the Lord.
He delivered them, and then came the call to
Let us then learn the lesson from these few
Psalms of praise. We can never forget the
goodness and mercy of the Lord that picked us up
and saved us. We can see His lovingkindness and
His faithfulness in all the trials and troubles
that He has allowed in the life of each of us.
And the result of all this should be more and
more praise to His worthy name.
Cultivating discipline in the physical realm will
help you become disciplined in your spiritual
A very beautiful Psalm. Notice the word "Lord".
Ps 110:1 The letters of the word are different.
"The LORD said unto my Lord". The first
word LORD means "Jehovah" - and the
next word Lord is "Adonai" and refers
to the Lord Jesus. Now this word is new to most
of us and it means God for the Lord Jesus was God,
as well as man. In Luke chapter 20, verses 41-44,
you will see that the Jews didn't understand this
Ps 110:2-3 In Psalm l09, the Lord speaks of
Himself as "poor and needy". But what a
place of honour is His! He has ascended, and
receives such a high place. In Philippians
chapter 2, verses 5- 11, the Lord Jesus went down,
down so very low, to the shameful death of the
cross. But He has now received such a wonderful
place of honour, and He will yet reign over
willing people, (the people on the earth, not us)
and will put all His enemies down. And we shall
be with Him to share it with Him. Let us not try
to get the honour of this world now, but wait for
the day when we shall share the honour that He
Ps 110:7 This can refer to the Lord Jesus in His
perfect dependence all the way along His lowly
life here on earth. He was glad of the
refreshment He received from God, but He never
went out of the path of dependence. May we be
refreshed in the same way and "lift up the
If I am going to reach souls for Christ, I must
touch Him first myself.
Ps 111:1-6 Our hearts should be filled with
praise as we remember that the Lord Jesus, so
despised and unwanted, now is in a place of
honour and majesty.
Ps 111:7 It is good to remember that even the
work of His hands, (that we see all around us)
should make us praise Him. Five verses speak of
the Works of the Lord.
Ps 111:10 How we need to remember this! The
schools today teach man's wisdom, not the wisdom
which comes from God through the Bible. Read
verse 5 and 10 together. We aren't afraid of the
Lord, but notice what the "fear" of Him
The truth of God, if not submitted to, has a
hardening effect upon the one who is familiar
Ps 112:1 Not only is the fear of the Lord the
beginning of wisdom, but the person who walks in
this fear is blessed of the Lord. The Lord Jesus
Himself would do nothing that was not for the
glory of God.
Ps 112:2-3 Always remember that the promises of
rewards for obeying the Lord (in the Old
Testament days) were riches and things, whereas
today, for us, they are the enjoyment of our
spiritual blessings in Christ.
Ps 112:7 Are we afraid of evil tidings (bad news)?
If we are, it is because we are not completely
trusting in the Lord. We may be trusting Him for
salvation, but we should trust Him also every day
of our lives, for He is caring for us.
Ps 112:9 Daily walking with the Lord does not
make us selfish, but it does make us want to help
others. Notice how long that person's
Faithfulness is only another word for obedience.
Ps 113:1-2 Notice the "name of the Lord"
is mentioned in the first three verses. Today
there are so many names that men honour, and even
call "churches" by different names. Is
this what the Bible teaches?
Ps 113:7-8 Our position before and after we knew
the Lord Jesus as our Saviour. God uses weak
things so that it may be plain and clear that
good and blessings come from His love and power.
So let's remember that His heart and His hand are
the sources and we enjoy our blessings through
obedience, prayer and the reading of His Word.
Ps 113:9 We can put Sarah, Rachel, Hannah and
Elizabeth into this verse.
An ounce of heart is worth a ton of knowledge. (1
Ps 114:1-6 Remind us of the children of Israel
leaving the land of Egypt and going across to the
land that flowed with "milk and honey".
There were big deeds of power at that time.
Ps 114:7 But there is greater power to come! What
an awful day it will be for those who are left
behind at the coming of the Lord. The earth will
feel His power in judgment (punishment) far worse
than it was felt in the land of Egypt.
If you are not faithful where you are, you will
not be faithful anywhere.
Here we find the song of resurrection of the Lord
Jesus. Don't forget... written 1,000 years before
the cross of Christ had happened!
Ps 116:3 He went into death for you and me.
Ps 116:8 But He was raised again. We shall never
know the awfulness to His holy soul of going into
death and the grave for us. But we rejoice to
know that He is now risen and we can join in His
song of praise and victory.
Ps 116:15 What a wonderful verse! It is truly
precious to Him, when one of His own saints (believers)
is called Home into His presence. Have these
verses of our blessed Lord's sufferings touched
Ps 116:18 His people... V.19 the place...
Had the Lord been willing to enjoy heaven alone,
He could have escaped the death of the cross. But
it was His will that we should be with Him.
Heaven will not be complete for Him until we are
there to see His glory.
Ps 125:1-2 If you have quiet confidence in the
Lord, even if you have difficulties in your life,
you are going to be thinking like these two
verses...Do you believe that? Do you see that
third word in the first verse? The Lord would be
happy to show you what He is waiting to do for
you if you ..... Him!
Ps 125:4 We sometimes say to our children "Be
good now". Do you want the Lord to "do
good" to you? What does the Lord expect us
to be? Upright in heart. Do we need to ask Him to
help us to be this? Read 2 Peter l:3,4.
Ps 125:5 This will be the end of those who turn
to do their own will. But the Lord doesn't want
to end the Psalm like that. The Psalm starts with
"trust" and ends with "peace".
When we complain, lets remember it is an insult
to God to gripe with the mouth He has created for
You may have noticed, at the chapter number a
statement which reads "Song of degrees".
The word "degrees" means "a going
up". These 14 Psalms, from 120 to 134, are
thought to be songs like steps up... from days of
troubles, difficulties, captivity, all the way up
to joy, rejoicing and singing praise to God in
His house (or temple). It could be like Israel's
long journey from Babylon, "the city of
confusion" Isa. 24:10 to Jerusalem, the city
of peace. Ps. 122:3-8. So you can also enjoy the
thought that we are on our journey up to heaven,
where the Lord Jesus is waiting for us.
Ps 126:3 Every believer can surely say this from
Ps 126:5 We can think of these verses as the Good
Seed of the gospel, and the telling of it to
Ps 126:6 We can apply verse 5 to ourselves...
"they", but this verse to the Lord...
"He". The Lord Jesus wept as He looked
on Jerusalem, for He knew that would refuse
refused His love and mercy. But He shall come
again bringing the fruit (us) with Him.
The person who really knows truth is only too
conscious of how much he does not know.
Here we are reminded that God alone gives the
blessings. Everything that we try to do on our
own is empty.
Ps 127:1 If men build buildings, some day they
shall be dust and ashes and their honoured names
forgotten. But there is a building which will
last for ever - the church of God! This is made
up of every true believer, each one a living
stone - 1 Peter 2:5.
Forgiveness is more than remission of penalty. It
is the restoration of fellowship.
Ps 133:1 "Brethren, dwelling together in
unity". Is it really possible? Yes, thank
God, it is. If we all obeyed the Word of God, we
all would be gathered together in the name of the
Lord Jesus. What glory we would bring to Him!
What happiness and unity for us. (Or are we like
Prov. 6:19?) Read the first sentence again and
quickly read the last clause of verse 3. Get it?
Unless we are living in communion with the Lord
Jesus, the Scriptures will not yield to us their
strength and nourishment.
Ps 134:1 Here all the servants of the Lord are
standing in the house of the Lord. What a lesson
for us! It is a wonderful thing to be saved, and
to have the Bible as a lamp to our feet and a
light to our path. But what about the house of
the Lord? Do we really want to be found there?
That is where the Bible would lead us. If we read
His Word prayerfully, and then obey it, we will
learn more truth. The Lord Jesus is the truth and
the Spirit of God will lead us into that one
unity of the Holy Spirit (Read carefully Eph. 4:3).
If Jesus Christ were personally on earth, we
would all like to be in His company. But if He is
gone we shall surely like to be with those who
express something of His character.
A man who loves the Lord, and is surrounded by
wicked and proud men. What shall he do? In verse
4 he says "keep me O Lord". In verse 6
he says "thou art my God". In verse 12
he says "I know that the Lord will maintain
the cause of the afflicted". We think we can
fight against the evil that is around us, but
instead we can quietly trust in the Lord, who
will soon deliver us from it all, completely and
If your lifestyle contradicts the Word of God,
you must either change your lifestyle, or the
Word of God.
Ps 141:3 When we hear that which is evil and
wicked around us every day, we sometimes begin to
talk that way ourselves. Let us ask the Lord to
keep our lips.
Ps 141:5 There may be times when some friend will
speak a faithful word to you, because he or she
fears that you are getting careless. Don't be
angry about this. The Lord has allowed it, and
there is a lesson for you in it.
This time called life is far more sacred and
special than any of us can ever imagine.
Ps 149:4 "A new song" (see Rev. 5:9,
this will be our song). It is His earthly,
believing people that are being spoken of here.
The Lord will use them to put down the wicked,
and all the enemies of the Lord. But today, we
can rejoice to know that we are His heavenly
people. It is not our responsibility to cut off
the wicked, but to tell them of God's offer of
forgiveness; to wait for the Lord to call us away.
Then He will judge the wicked who refused to
The reward for obedient service is the capacity
for greater service. (Matthew 25:21-23)
All believers today have the joy and privilege of
praising our blessed Lord in His sanctuary, and
soon we shall praise Him up there in heaven, His
Nothing saps the Christian's vitality more than
the rubbish of unholy alliances, unwholesome
amusement, ungodly practices and suchlike. True
separation from these will make our lives "vessels
unto honor, sanctified and meet for the Master's