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Scriptural Delights 13

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Kaph

G’day and welcome to Partake and our series “Scriptural Delights!” Here is our thirteenth podcast of our series going through the wonder that is Psalm 119! Today we look at the eleventh of its twenty-two letters, Kaph and its verses 81 to 88.

81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,

but I have put my hope in your word.

82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;

I say, “When will you comfort me?”

83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,

I do not forget your decrees.

84 How long must your servant wait?

When will you punish my persecutors?

85 The arrogant dig pitfalls for me,

contrary to your law.

86 All your commands are trustworthy;

help me, for men persecute me without cause.

87 They almost wiped me from the earth,

but I have not forsaken your precepts.

88 Preserve my life according to your love,

and I will obey the statutes of your mouth.

Thank you for reading, Sandy! Well we are half way there! I hope you are enjoying going through the wonder that this Psalm 119 as the Psalmist meanders his way talking about his love of God, love of God’s Word and about his own life in God and in relation to other people.

Here the Psalmist is fading. He is languishing in desperation, worn out and expiring. You can feel his weakness as he pitifully cries out that he is wilting under pressure and his eyes are failing due to darkness overpowering him. You can sense the life draining out of him as he pitifully cries out to God. But yet… Yet the Psalmist, despite being in such desperate condition, continues to have a twin hope. A yearning for salvation brings about a hope in God’s word. The Psalmist knows that salvation will come to him, because God has promised it and God always keeps His promises. David knows God will rescue him because God never disappoints! When desire is exhausted and extinguished, then a certain and sure hope takes over to lift the Psalmist back up again. With weakened eyes the Psalmist seeks comfort and ease.

The picture of wineskins being smoked is perhaps strange to us in the 21st century world. But for David they were an explicit illustration of his condition. Wineskins when empty were hung up in the tent and when smoke filled the tent as it often did, the wineskins grew haggard, wrinkled from the heat and blackened with soot. It’s a picture of David’s face. He is no longer the ruddy-faced shepherd of his youth. He feels decrepit, wrinkled, haggard and gloomy. His body was feeling listless and dilapidated. He had endured persecution, undergone the torment of slanderous lies being told about him and his character blackened as if with soot. And yet… and yet he still had hope, a glimmer of anticipation – he does not forget God’s decrees and statutes. This is his way of reaching out to hold God’s hand through this time.

 

He is waiting for his God to deliver & rescue him, to realise the hope he had placed in Jehovah God. David was getting edgy and fed up! He has placed his grievances against others into the court of the Lord and was waiting for justice to be done! He wants his persecutors punished according to God’s law! His persecutors were digging him many pits to which to trap and bury him. They were contravening God’s law with jesting, arrogance and a haughty step. But David’s enemies had forgotten that while they were his enemies, they were also enemies of God! God who had decreed and given commandments to be followed! David had followed God’s commands so would be rescued from his tormentors. David had not forgotten about God and what God had promised him. God will help him and David is stretching out his hands for help.

And isn’t this last verse more than delightful. It is not only the Psalmist saying spare or preserve my life. We get a sense it is more a case of “Give me life!” The Psalmist is not seeking merely survival but wanting a full life restored to him. And he knows that this God he follows and serves will grant him new life! David will live again! God has promised it! WOW! Despite what he is going through, David knows he will have new life! This new life will see David continue to exhibit a life worthy of God as he follows God’s commands in a dynamic relationship. What God has said, David will do. David was assuredly a man after God’s own heart.

How are you doing right now? Are you feeling as David was? Confused, aged, drying up, wrinkled and lacking energy – physically and/or spiritually? Are people mocking you and jeering you because of the faith you have in Jesus Christ? Take heart for God is watching, protecting and will rescue you. Stay faithful to Him despite all the opposition you are enduring and the Great God whom you seek to serve will come to your aid. Don’t give into the doubters by compromising yourself but hold true to God and His word. If you are the subject of abuse, injustice or any kind of wrongdoing, take your case to God in prayer! Let the God of justice help you, give you counsel through the Bible and minister to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you comfort, for that is one of his names – the Comforter. Whatever you are going through reach out and touch God’s hand that is outstretched to you. Reach out in gratitude to the great God and as an act of gratitude, seek to serve a holy life worthy of being called His servant. Thank you.

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POD – Psalm 71

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Psalm 71

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71:1 In you, Yahweh, I take refuge.
Never let me be disappointed.

71:2 Deliver me in your righteousness, and rescue me.
Turn your ear to me, and save me.

71:3 Be to me a rock of refuge to which I may always go.
Give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.

71:4 Rescue me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.

71:5 For you are my hope, Lord Yahweh;
my confidence from my youth.

71:6 I have relied on you from the womb.
You are he who took me out of my mother’s womb.
I will always praise you.

71:7 I am a marvel to many,
but you are my strong refuge.

71:8 My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
with your honor all the day.

71:9 Don’t reject me in my old age.
Don’t forsake me when my strength fails.

71:10 For my enemies talk about me.
Those who watch for my soul conspire together,

71:11 saying, “God has forsaken him.
Pursue and take him, for no one will rescue him.”

71:12 God, don’t be far from me.
My God, hurry to help me.

71:13 Let my accusers be disappointed and consumed.
Let them be covered with disgrace and scorn who want to harm me.

71:14 But I will always hope,
and will add to all of your praise.

71:15 My mouth will tell about your righteousness,
and of your salvation all day,
though I don’t know its full measure.

71:16 I will come with the mighty acts of the Lord Yahweh.
I will make mention of your righteousness, even of yours alone.

71:17 God, you have taught me from my youth.
Until now, I have declared your wondrous works.

71:18 Yes, even when I am old and gray-haired, God, don’t forsake me,
until I have declared your strength to the next generation,
your might to everyone who is to come.

71:19 Your righteousness also, God, reaches to the heavens;
you have done great things.
God, who is like you?

71:20 You, who have shown us many and bitter troubles,
you will let me live.
You will bring us up again from the depths of the earth.

71:21 Increase my honor,
and comfort me again.

71:22 I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, my God.
I sing praises to you with the lyre, Holy One of Israel.

71:23 My lips shall shout for joy!
My soul, which you have redeemed, sings praises to you!

71:24 My tongue will also talk about your righteousness all day long,
for they are disappointed, and they are confounded,
who want to harm me.

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POD – Psalm 14

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Psalm 14

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// 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt.
They have done abominable works.
There is none who does good.
// 14:2 Yahweh looked down from heaven on the children of men,
to see if there were any who understood,
who sought after God.
// 14:3 They have all gone aside.
They have together become corrupt.
There is none who does good, no, not one.
// 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge,
who eat up my people as they eat bread,
and don’t call on Yahweh?
// 14:5 There they were in great fear,
for God is in the generation of the righteous.
// 14:6 You frustrate the plan of the poor,
because Yahweh is his refuge.
// 14:7 Oh that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When Yahweh restores the fortunes of his people,
then Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

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POD – Psalm 84

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Psalm 84

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1-2 What a beautiful home, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!

I’ve always longed to live in a place like this,

Always dreamed of a room in your house,

where I could sing for joy to God-alive!

3-4 Birds find nooks and crannies in your house,

sparrows and swallows make nests there.

They lay their eggs and raise their young,

singing their songs in the place where we worship.

God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God!

How blessed they are to live and sing there!

5-7 And how blessed all those in whom you live,

whose lives become roads you travel;

They wind through lonesome valleys, come upon brooks,

discover cool springs and pools brimming with rain!

God-traveled, these roads curve up the mountain, and

at the last turn-Zion! God in full view!

8-9 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, listen:

O God of Jacob, open your ears-I’m praying!

Look at our shields, glistening in the sun,

our faces, shining with your gracious anointing.

10-12 One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship,

beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches.

I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God

than be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.

All sunshine and sovereign is God,

generous in gifts and glory.

He doesn’t scrimp with his traveling companions.

It’s smooth sailing all the way with God-of-the-Angel-Armies.

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POD – Psalm 136

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Psalm 136

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1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

His love endures forever.

2 Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love endures forever.

3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:

His love endures forever.

4 to him who alone does great wonders,

His love endures forever.

5 who by his understanding made the heavens,

His love endures forever.

6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,

His love endures forever.

7 who made the great lights-

His love endures forever.

8 the sun to govern the day,

His love endures forever.

9 the moon and stars to govern the night;

His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt

His love endures forever.

11 and brought Israel out from among them

His love endures forever.

12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;

His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder

His love endures forever.

14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,

His love endures forever.

15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;

His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the desert,

His love endures forever.

17 who struck down great kings,

His love endures forever.

18 and killed mighty kings-

His love endures forever.

19 Sihon king of the Amorites

His love endures forever.

20 and Og king of Bashan-

His love endures forever.

21 and gave their land as an inheritance,

His love endures forever.

22 an inheritance to his servant Israel;

His love endures forever.

23 to the One who remembered us in our low estate

His love endures forever.

24 and freed us from our enemies,

His love endures forever.

25 and who gives food to every creature.

His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His love endures forever

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POD – Psalm 135

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Psalm 135

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1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the name of the Lord!

Praise him, you who serve the Lord,

2 you who serve in the house of the Lord,

in the courts of the house of our God.

3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;

celebrate his lovely name with music.

4 For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself,

Israel for his own special treasure.

5 I know the greatness of the Lord-

that our Lord is greater than any other god.

6 The Lord does whatever pleases him

throughout all heaven and earth,

and on the seas and in their depths.

7 He causes the clouds to rise over the whole earth.

He sends the lightning with the rain

and releases the wind from his storehouses.

8 He destroyed the firstborn in each Egyptian home,

both people and animals.

9 He performed miraculous signs and wonders in Egypt

against Pharaoh and all his people.

10 He struck down great nations

and slaughtered mighty kings-

11 Sihon king of the Amorites,

Og king of Bashan,

and all the kings of Canaan.

12 He gave their land as an inheritance,

a special possession to his people Israel.

13 Your name, O Lord, endures forever;

your fame, O Lord, is known to every generation.

14 For the Lord will give justice to his people

and have compassion on his servants.

15 The idols of the nations are merely things of silver and gold,

shaped by human hands.

16 They have mouths but cannot speak,

and eyes but cannot see.

17 They have ears but cannot hear,

and noses but cannot smell.

18 And those who make idols are just like them,

as are all who trust in them.

19 O Israel, praise the Lord!

O priests-descendants of Aaron-praise the Lord!

20 O Levites, praise the Lord!

All you who fear the Lord, praise the Lord!

21 The Lord be praised from Zion,

for he lives here in Jerusalem.

Praise the Lord!

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POD – Psalm 132

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Psalm 132

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A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

1 Lord, remember David

and all that he suffered.

2 He made a solemn promise to the Lord.

He vowed to the Mighty One of Israel,

3 “I will not go home;

I will not let myself rest.

4 I will not let my eyes sleep

nor close my eyelids in slumber

5 until I find a place to build a house for the Lord,

a sanctuary for the Mighty One of Israel.”

6 We heard that the Ark was in Ephrathah;

then we found it in the distant countryside of Jaar.

7 Let us go to the sanctuary of the Lord;

let us worship at the footstool of his throne.

8 Arise, O Lord, and enter your resting place,

along with the Ark, the symbol of your power.

9 May your priests be clothed in godliness;

may your loyal servants sing for joy.

10 For the sake of your servant David,

do not reject the king you have anointed.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David

with a promise he will never take back:

“I will place one of your descendants

on your throne.

12 If your descendants obey the terms of my covenant

and the laws that I teach them,

then your royal line

will continue forever and ever.”

13 For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem;

he has desired it for his home.

14 “This is my resting place forever,” he said.

“I will live here, for this is the home I desired.

15 I will bless this city and make it prosperous;

I will satisfy its poor with food.

16 I will clothe its priests with godliness;

its faithful servants will sing for joy.

17 Here I will increase the power of David;

my anointed one will be a light for my people.

18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,

but he will be a glorious king.”

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