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Psalms 55 – 58

Psalm 55

Trust in God and run to him for deliverance, remembering that God allows trials for our good to teach us to be holy as he is holy.  

Leviticus 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.

David cries out to God over his sufferings and we should also run to our Mighty God in all our trials, instead of trying to bear them on our own or trying to relieve them by compromising with the Word of God. 

Psalm 55:1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.  55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn [seek God when we overwhelmed by afflictions] in my complaint, and make a noise [weeping in sorrow];  55:3 Because of the voice [because of the false accusations and slanders] of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

Those who live by every Word of God we will be afflicted; and God will allow many trials to teach us lessons in his righteousness which will last in us for eternity 

55:4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 55:5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

We may seek to fly away from our bitter sorrows, but if we double down in seeking our LORD and living by every Word of God;  his reward of eternal life in peace and joy is sure.

55:6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.  55:7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.  55:8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest [of many afflictions and trials].

God will deliver his faithful and will bring down those who persecute his faithful who live by the Righteous Word of God.   

55:9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

The deceits and persecutions against those who seek God in sincerity and truth never seem to cease, but in due time God will correct the wicked

55:10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.  55:11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

The greatest affliction is to be betrayed and hated by those who are closest to us, who we love so much.  There is no greater pain than to be betrayed and rejected by a cherished spouse, a child or a beloved brother or close friend.

55:12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:  55:13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.  55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

God will destroy the unrepentant wicked one, Satan the Adversary; for separating many brethren from God the Father and their Beloved espoused Husband Jesus Christ, by  deceiving them into following false traditions,  corporate idols and idols of men. 

55:15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

Despite all the trials and afflictions that we may face, those who truly love God will remain absolutely faithful to him and will remain dedicated to live by every Word of God; they will continually put their trust in the Husband of their baptismal betrothal and will hear his voice and live by every Word of God the Father. 

55:16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Our LORD will deliver all his faithful from the Adversary, Satan, and from all bondage to sin and death; and he will pour out his love on his faithful

55:18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.  55:19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old.  Selah. Because they have no changes [many have no fear of God because things remain the same and no correction comes for a long time], therefore they fear not God.

Satan the Adversary is full of deceit, seeking to destroy the godly   

55:20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 55:21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter [slick, smooth, to deceive], but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

The faithful will put their trust in God and God’s Word forever, and he will deliver them and will destroy the true enemy; Satan and bondage to sin and death

55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.  55:23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

 

Psalm 56

A prayer for mercy and God’s deliverance 

Our Adversary Satan oppresses the godly with many trials and temptations daily, and we need to cleave to our God trusting in him for deliverance 

Psalm 56:1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man [the wicked] would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

Our real enemy is Satan who is behind the acts of wicked men

56:2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.  56:3 What time [whenever] I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Trust in God, for if we live by every Word of God which is Wisdom and Righteousness we need not fear what men or Satan can do; because our Deliverer will raise us up from death itself, granting the gift of eternal life to all those who love God and keep his Word

56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

The wicked twist the words of God and men, to deceive men to turn away from living by every Word of God

56:5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

Many false teachers conceal themselves behind a facade of godliness, while like wolves in sheep’s clothing they use clever words to deceive us. 

2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power [the authority of God’s Word by declaring that they are the deciders] thereof: from such turn away.

Psalm 56:6 They gather themselves together, they hide [conceal or disguise] themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

Can the wicked escape the judgment of God by deceits?

56:7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the [wicked] people, O God.

God knows our paths in this life and he knows our trials and sorrows

56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

When we put our trust in God to live by his Word, God will deliver us

56:9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

God is to be praised because his Word is Wisdom and Righteousness

56:10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

The faithful KEEP their baptismal commitment to live by every Word of God and they will follow no man [no matter who they claim to be] contrary to God’s Word

56:12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

Only Almighty God can deliver men from bondage to Satan, sin and eternal death.

56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

 

Psalm 57

A prayer of repentance for God’s merciful deliverance, by those who put their trust in God

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.  57:2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

Satan would swallow up the godly in death and the grave, but if we are faithful to follow and to live by every Word of God,  God will deliver us from Satan and death

57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth [God’s Word is truth, John 17:17].

The wicked are like roaring lions surrounding those who are faithful to God (1 Peter 5:8)

57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

Even in great distress and death; let us exalt the Eternal and his Word above all else

57:5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.

The wicked attempt to deceive those who trust in God and live by every Word of God, but the wicked will fall into their own snares because they believe their own lies and deceits, not living by every Word of God

57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit [a grave] before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

The hearts and minds of the faithful are always dedicatedly fixed on God and on living by every Word of God

57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed [on God and living by God’s every Word]: I will sing and give praise.

In the resurrection the faithful will awaken in a resurrection to a glorious eternal spirit body

57:8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.

The faithful to God praise him and rejoice in him always, but when they are resurrected to spirit their joy will be full and they will shout by his Mighty Power we live!”  The faithful will praise and rejoice in God and his Word FOREVER! 

57:9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.  57:10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.  57:11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.

 

Psalm 58

Is there righteousness in men, or do they need the righteousness of God?

Psalm 58:1 Do ye [men] indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?  58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh [fill the earth with injustice and violence] the violence of your hands in the earth.

People are born without any knowledge of anything and people must be taught what is right and what is wrong by every Word of God.  

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.  

The unrepentant wicked are like those serpents which cannot be charmed [pacified and controlled], the wicked rejoice in their sins and will not be instructed in righteousness.

58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 58:5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

May God deliver his faithful from the poison tongues and pens of deceivers and from the mouth of the roaring lion [Satan]

58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.

May God deliver his faithful from the devices of the wicked and bring the evil to nothing.

58:7 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.  58:8 As a snail which melteth [in the hot sun], let every one of them [the unrepentant wicked] pass away: like the untimely birth [stillborn miscarriage] of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

Verse 9 is a reference to the burning of thorns for fire to cook with, meaning: before your pots can be warmed by the fire.  This is a reference to the sudden and complete overthrow of the wicked at the coming of Christ 

58:9 Before your pots can feel the [heat of the burning thorns] thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.  58:10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the [the coming of Christ as King of kings to destroy wickedness from off the earth] vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

When Christ comes to resurrect the chosen and destroy the unrepentant wicked, the whole earth will know the justice of God; and everyone will see that there is a reward of eternal life for faithfulness, and a reward of destruction for wickedness

58:11 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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