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The psalmist declares that even in times of persecution when people accuse falsely his trust is in God alone. At times when falsely accused we can do nothing to defend or clear our name with others. We can rest in our relationship with God, He and we know the truth. In His own time God will allow the truth to be revealed, Joseph spent years in prison because of a false accusation before God lifted him up and set him free (Genesis 40-41). The psalmist is willing to be punished if these accusations were true but he knows his own heart Ps 7:4-5. God is angry with the false accusers and the wicked every day. He will retaliate against them He has sharpened His sword and His bow is ready vs.12. The unsaved and wicked are in imminent danger. At times the false accuser will be trapped in their own lies, as was Hamman in Ester chapter 7, in his plan to kill Mordecai. We need to be sure our testimony is true before men and God. In the good times and the bad we just need to keep singing praises to our God.
Psalm 7 O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me: 2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.3 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:) 5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah. 6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded. 7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high. 8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me. 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. 10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. 11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. 12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. 14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. 16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. 17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

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The psalmist comes to God knowing the Holiness and Justice of God, knowing his own sin and its’ seriousness before God. He does not make excuses other than his own weakness as a man with s sin nature. Today in society and sadly in the in the church also sin is excused and given other names to make it sound better homosexuals are now gays, sex outside of marriage is not fornication and adultery but sleeping together. The absolute holiness and justice of God is downplayed. The psalmist as we should come to God admitting his sin knowing that according to Gods’ rules he only deserves punishment. But then he pleas only for mercy to the Holy, Just and Loving God. Sin has taken its’ toll mentally and physically he is weakened as the results. He ask as we do when in need Lord how long before help comes. Grave yards are silent the dead don’t speak praises and give glory to God opportunities are loss. From the despair he is experiencing because of sin to the hope and triumph of knowing God has heard his prayer and will deliver hip showing mercy. As Believers we need to keep in focus in our daily walk the holiness and justice of God His view and response to sin as He defines it according to His Word, the Bible. The question of sin is not what or how we define it but what and how God defines it. And then come before Him when we sin, looking only for mercy.
Psalm 6 6 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. 3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long? 4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. 5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? 6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. 7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. 8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer. 10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

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In Psalm 5, the psalmist pleas with God to hear his prayers and take note of his mediations. In Psalm 1 the blessed man mediates in Gods’ Word in other places we are told to mediate in His Word. He say my king, we are not strangers we are His subjects, we belong to Him, purchased by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. When we voluntarily accept His offer of salvation. He is our God the one we worship the only true God, its to Him we pray, the God of the Bible. The psalmist is committed to meeting with God in the mornings, that should be our commitment also as we start the day knowing we will face the many and various temptations of sat and our own flesh, both mentally and physically. In verse 4-7 we see that our Holy God does not take sin and sinners lightly. The psalmist whom it is said a man after Gods’ heart in verse 8 ask God to lead him in a righteous walk. Believers are to rejoice and shout for joy because of their relationship with God and show their joy I their daily walk. God has promised to bless the righteous, with blessings that will not get corrupted or can be loss but will last for eternity. As we see in many countries the righteous have little in material goods and little peace with their rulers but have peace with God now and for eternity. God has promised to be our shield even in times of persecution and death, we see this in the New testament and many today who die for their faith. Psalm 5
Give ear to my words, O LORD,
Consider my meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.
10 Pronounce them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
For they have rebelled against You.
11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
12 For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

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The Psalmist calls on God to hear his prayers. As he has done in the past and delivered him from distress, troubles and problems he was facing. He once again ask God to show him mercy. He declares his righteousness, we also can speak of our righteousness in Gods’ eyes because the Blood of Jesus covers our sins, once we have put our trust in Him alone for forgiveness, as we daily confess our known sins to Him they are remembered no more by God. Our standing before God is based only on the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary no amount of good works or anything else can add to the finished work of Christ. God pleads through David for men to turn from their false way and come to Him for forgiveness. We as believers can rely on His promise to hear us when we call upon Him. Stand in awe, wonder as we consider God and all He is and has done for us. Mediate on Him, His promises and His love and sin not. Set aside time to be alone with just your Bible and God.
Psalm 4:1-4 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer. 2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah. 3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. 4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
Nothing Between
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between.

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In this life troubles will come to all some more that others it seems. Troubles that come through no fault of their own and yes sometimes they are at fault but we face them just the same. As David writes this Psalm he is in the midst of great troubles. See the story in 2nd Samuel 15. Most Christians face trouble in this life they are different than those David faced but still bring heart ache. Troubles come in health, finances, friends and families. At times we may feel the same as was said to David, where is thy God. But as we stop and think, reminding ourselves of His promises we have learned. We can look up to Him as our shield, we can cry aloud to our God and know He hears us, in that we can have rest. As David says don’t fear when trouble mount and seem to be overwhelming. Look too, call upon God and trust in Him and rest. Psalm 3 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
2 Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah
3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD; Save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly. 8 Salvation belongs to the LORD.
Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah
As the Hymn writer put it “In Times like these”
In times like these you need a Savior
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I’m very sure, I’m very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
Chorus
This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One;
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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When God Laughs Ps 2: 4-12
When men reject God, want no part of Him in their lives, are determined to have their own way. To make their own rules and standards without Gods’ influence. That seems to be the way our nation and many people are going today. They close their eyes and minds to the truth and their destination. God laughs and ridicules men when they think they can get rid of God, set Him aside as though He has no power or influence. They say He doesn’t exist, His Word is not true or meaningful for today that becomes their reality, that there is no God and the Bible is just a fable. Then He speaks with and unleashes His wrath and troubles them. What God has determined mere man cannot change Christ will rule. His words to the kings and all men serve the Lord with fear, that is utmost respect, serve Him with joy, the joy over what He has done for us in paying the price of our sin and making us His own. Trust is the road to blessings, trust His Word, His promises and His character. Study His word to know His promises and learn of His character.. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure….Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and ye perish from the way when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Psalm 2:4,5,12.

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We see in our country today the rage of the unbelievers against Christians because of their belief in the Bible. Their goal is to rid America of God, the only true God, the one who created the heaven and earth and man himself. They want no acknowledgement of God in our nation, that has been greatly blessed because the founders looked to God in the forming of our nation and its’ laws. They want to change freedom of religion to freedom from religion. Many in our nation are pushing to set aside all moral laws. Set aside all limits as long as you don’t physically hurt some or steal from them. Their view is do whatever you want and call it right, you set your own rules. No rules/laws on marriage men with men, women with women, no age limits or number of wives. Already we have TV shows promoting polygamy. No laws on alcohol and drug use for recreation. Sadly but our nation is moving quickly in that direction. There was a time in America when Christians and the Churches were at least respected. To clarify Christians are only those who have put their trust in Christ alone for forgiveness of sin nothing else added, not church or baptism nothing added but faith alone. We as individuals need to know what the Bible actually says on the subjects and stand on the truth. The downward path of sin is first tolerance, then acceptance then embracing it. Christian know the truth and stand fast and speak the truth is our challenge. Psalm 2:1-3 “ Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing: The kings of the earth set themselves and the leaders take counsel together, against the LORD and against his anointed saying. Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”

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