This is Episode #175 and today we’ll read Psalms 58-65 together. Never stop asking questions.
Joy: You’re listening to Season 2 of the Lifting Her Voice podcast. This is Episode #175 and today we’ll read Psalms 58-65 together. Never stop asking questions.
Welcome to the Lifting Her Voice podcast, Season 2! I’m your host, Joy Miller, and I invite you to grab your Bible and join me – from the beginning – simply reading God’s word together. We built some spiritual muscles in 2020 with just the New Testament. But this year we’re going all out, cover-to-cover, Old Testament and New. So, whether with your first cup in the morning, your commute to work, or as the last thing on your mind before sleep, God’s Word will equip you for every good work. I’m really glad you’re here!
A Cry against Injustice
For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David.
Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?
Do you judge people fairly?
No, you practice injustice in your hearts;
with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
The wicked go astray from the womb;
liars wander about from birth.
They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,
that does not listen to the sound of the charmers
who skillfully weave spells.
God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.
May they vanish like water that flows by;
may they aim their blunted arrows.
Like a slug that moves along in slime,
like a woman’s miscarried child,
may they not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns —
whether green or burning —
he will sweep them away.
The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Then people will say,
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!”
God Our Stronghold
For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David. When Saul sent agents to watch the house and kill him.
Rescue me from my enemies, my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.
Rescue me from evildoers,
and save me from men of bloodshed.
Because look, Lord, they set an ambush for me.
Powerful men attack me,
but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine.
For no fault of mine,
they run and take up a position.
Awake to help me, and take notice.
Lord God of Armies, you are the God of Israel.
Rise up to punish all the nations;
do not show favor to any wicked traitors.
They return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.
Look, they spew from their mouths —
sharp words from their lips.
“For who,” they say, “will hear?”
But you laugh at them, Lord;
you ridicule all the nations.
I will keep watch for you, my strength,
because God is my stronghold.
My faithful God will come to meet me;
God will let me look down on my adversaries.
Do not kill them; otherwise, my people will forget.
By your power, make them homeless wanderers
and bring them down,
Lord, our shield.
For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips,
let them be caught in their pride.
They utter curses and lies.
Consume them in fury;
consume them until they are gone.
Then people will know throughout the earth
that God rules over Jacob.
And they return at evening, snarling like dogs
and prowling around the city.
They scavenge for food;
they growl if they are not satisfied.
But I will sing of your strength
and will joyfully proclaim
your faithful love in the morning.
For you have been a stronghold for me,
a refuge in my day of trouble.
To you, my strength, I sing praises,
because God is my stronghold —
my faithful God.
Prayer in Difficult Times
For the choir director: according to “The Lily of Testimony.” A Miktam of David for teaching. When he fought with Aram-naharaim and Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and struck Edom in Salt Valley, killing twelve thousand.
God, you have rejected us;
you have broken us down;
you have been angry. Restore us!
You have shaken the land and split it open.
Heal its fissures, for it shudders.
You have made your people suffer hardship;
you have given us wine to drink
that made us stagger.
You have given a signal flag to those who fear you,
so that they can flee before the archers.
Save with your right hand, and answer me,
so that those you love may be rescued.
God has spoken in his sanctuary:
“I will celebrate!
I will divide up Shechem.
I will apportion the Valley of Succoth.
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine,
and Ephraim is my helmet;
Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin.
I throw my sandal on Edom;
I shout in triumph over Philistia.”
Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
God, haven’t you rejected us?
God, you do not march out with our armies.
Give us aid against the foe,
for human help is worthless.
With God we will perform valiantly;
he will trample our foes.
Security in God
For the choir director: on stringed instruments. Of David.
God, hear my cry;
pay attention to my prayer.
I call to you from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
for you have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower in the face of the enemy.
I will dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge under the shelter of your wings.
God, you have heard my vows;
you have given a heritage
to those who fear your name.
Add days to the king’s life;
may his years span many generations.
May he sit enthroned before God forever.
Appoint faithful love and truth to guard him.
Then I will continually sing of your name,
fulfilling my vows day by day.
Trust in God Alone
For the choir director: according to Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
I am at rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will never be shaken.
How long will you threaten a man?
Will all of you attack
as if he were a leaning wall
or a tottering fence?
They only plan to bring him down
from his high position.
They take pleasure in lying;
they bless with their mouths,
but they curse inwardly.
Rest in God alone, my soul,
for my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge.
Common people are only a vapor;
important people, an illusion.
Together on a scale,
they weigh less than a vapor.
Place no trust in oppression
or false hope in robbery.
If wealth increases,
don’t set your heart on it.
God has spoken once;
I have heard this twice:
strength belongs to God,
and faithful love belongs to you, Lord.
For you repay each according to his works.
Praise God Who Satisfies
A psalm of David. When he was in the Wilderness of Judah.
God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you.
I thirst for you;
my body faints for you
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.
My lips will glorify you
because your faithful love is better than life.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
at your name, I will lift up my hands.
You satisfy me as with rich food;
my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.
When I think of you as I lie on my bed,
I meditate on you during the night watches
because you are my helper;
I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
I follow close to you;
your right hand holds on to me.
But those who intend to destroy my life
will go into the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the power of the sword;
they will become a meal for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by him will boast,
for the mouths of liars will be shut.
Protection from Evildoers
For the choir director. A psalm of David.
God, hear my voice when I am in anguish.
Protect my life from the terror of the enemy.
Hide me from the scheming of wicked people,
from the mob of evildoers,
who sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim bitter words like arrows,
shooting from concealed places at the blameless.
They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.
They adopt an evil plan;
they talk about hiding traps and say,
“Who will see them?”
They devise crimes and say,
“We have perfected a secret plan.”
The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
But God will shoot them with arrows;
suddenly, they will be wounded.
They will be made to stumble;
their own tongues work against them.
All who see them will shake their heads.
Then everyone will fear
and will tell about God’s work,
for they will understand what he has done.
The righteous one rejoices in the Lord
and takes refuge in him;
all those who are upright in heart
will offer praise.
God’s Care for the Earth
For the choir director. A psalm of David. A song.
Praise is rightfully yours,
God, in Zion;
vows to you will be fulfilled.
All humanity will come to you,
the one who hears prayer.
Iniquities overwhelm me;
only you can atone for our rebellions.
How happy is the one you choose
and bring near to live in your courts!
We will be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
the holiness of your temple.
You answer us in righteousness,
with awe-inspiring works,
God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the distant seas.
You establish the mountains by your power;
you are robed with strength.
You silence the roar of the seas,
the roar of their waves,
and the tumult of the nations.
Those who live far away are awed by your signs;
you make east and west shout for joy.
You visit the earth and water it abundantly,
enriching it greatly.
God’s stream is filled with water,
for you prepare the earth in this way,
providing people with grain.
You soften it with showers and bless its growth,
soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges.
You crown the year with your goodness;
your carts overflow with plenty.
The wilderness pastures overflow,
and the hills are robed with joy.
The pastures are clothed with flocks
and the valleys covered with grain.
They shout in triumph; indeed, they sing.
Writings such as David’s Psalm 58 confuse me. I’d go so far as to say they make me uncomfortable because I don’t have a good answer to those who say, “I thought Christians were all about peace and love.” Is it because I’m a post-Jesus believer? Was David’s time just really different than what we know? He was a man after God’s own heart. Do these words reflect God’s hatred of sin? Or was it just the vernacular of the time?
It’s okay to have questions. You’re not crazy for seeing these seemingly opposing beliefs. I am so grateful we live in a time when resources are so abundant. Commentaries abound, both contemporary and those that go back hundreds of years. Modern day language interpretations have improved our ability to translate accurately. And the tried and true method of seeking counsel with those who are more knowledgeable than we are helps us to grow in our understanding. But there is no substitute for searching the Scriptures and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that the Word of God is useful for teaching us. We should never stop asking questions. Share your thoughts with me at Lifting Her Voice.com, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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