“6The Lord works righteousness

and justice for all who are oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,

his acts to the people of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (ESV)

C: David is exhorting himself, then angels, heavenly hosts, and all creation to praise God.

O: 6 The Lord brings justice for the oppressed?

7 God made Himself, character and works, known to Israel through Moses.

8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love

9-10 God has every right to be angry toward man, but by grace He does not treat us as we deserve but instead gave His only begotten Son to pay my debt.

M: What is God’s character, what has He done for man? How is He merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love? How does He bring justice for the oppressed? I don’t need to look further than the Bible, or specifically here, Exodus.

When Moses was just an infant in the midst of the killing of Hebrew infants, God rescued him through extraordinary means (adopted by the princess of Egypt herself!) (Exodus 2:10), and used Moses to set His people free from slavery in Egypt. Through miracles again He demonstrates that He alone is the true God, even His enemies were in awe.

A: 1Know God through His Word and deeds. 

a. His character through His relations to man, interactions and works.

b. “He made known His ways.” I did not find God, but He made Himself known through the people of Israel, chosen by a promise, not by their works.

2. Dwell on the fact that God made Himself known to me, not that I found Him. He placed the desire in my heart.

3. Remember my sins against the Lord and how He has been merciful and gracious, not treating me as I deserve but “crowning me with love and compassion.”

Father, Your Word is life. Since the beginning of man You have been merciful, gracious, loving, and just in all Your ways. I confess that I have forgotten You just as the Israelites did and returned back to Egypt. Father, by the Holy Spirit help me to know and understand You more intimately, giving You the glory and praise due You, the only King. Lord, give me understanding so I may bring Your love to those You place into my life. Thank You Father, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and zforget not all his benefits,

who aforgives all your iniquity,

who bheals all your diseases,

who credeems your life from the pit,

who dcrowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

who esatisfies you with good

so that your youth is renewed like fthe eagle’s.” (ESV)

C: A Psalm of praise. It is right after a Psalm of an afflicted man, yet both praise the Lord.

O: 1 The Psalmist tells his soul to praise God with everything he has.

2 Remember what God has done

3 a. Forgiven my sins b. Heal my diseases

4. a. saved me from the lowest point b. crowns me with love and compassion

5 Satisfies my desire with good things so my strength will be restored.

M: Praise God by remembering all that He has done

Like the song 10,000 Reasons, there are so many reasons to praise God for. Lately I’ve become stale in the giving of praise to God, this passage reminds me to remember all that the Lord has done.

A: Remember what God has done and praise Him.

1. How he saved me from my sins, even while I was His enemy (Romans 5:6,8). He did so by giving His only begotten Son, who lived a sinless life, yet died the sinner’s death for me. How since my conception, God has been taking care of me, even when I didn’t care about Him.

2. How God has healed me from much of sin’s effects, or in the process of healing:

- Less fighting with parents

- More thankfulness for the talents and gifts that God gives

- less loneliness and seeking affirmation from man

- Learning to look forward to the future, less on what I don’t have.

- Forgiveness toward others as God has forgiven me

- Less worry about school, future, job, family than before

- Patience toward situations where I used to would be impatient (Driving, with people)

- Learning to find comfort in Christ, instead of food, people, games, entertainment.

3. Crowns me as His son, inheriting all the earth. He also gives me infinitely His love and compassion through His Word, through His people, through His creation, through His Spirit… Freely is His grace given to me, freely may I receive!

4. Satisfies my desires and restores my strength – Lately I’ve had the joy of writing songs again and playing the guitar. Also time with friends, a new hobby (running), and also many opportunities to be Christ for others.

Father, You have been so good to me. As I grew up without any thought or care for You, You have been protecting me, leading me all along. Everything I have is a gift from You, and I have never done, nor ever will, be able to deserve any of the blessings You pour on me. Father, I have been lacking in thanksgiving towards You and instead have become focused on the things I do not have. Please forgive me of my grumbling over my future career, relationships, worries that You do not know best for me. I pray for more rememberance for what You have done, so that there would be less of me and more of You.

 

“23 He has broken my strength in midcourse;
    he has shortened my days.
24 “O my God,” I say, “take me not away
    in the midst of my days—
you whose years endure
    throughout all generations!” (ESV)

O: 18-20 The writer records his suffering so that future generations may know the Lord saves and give Him praise.

“Hear the groans and release those condemned to death”

21-22 So the Lord will be praised at the end of this age, when all His people will be gathered and worship the Lord.

23-24 God gave the Psalmist suffering so that he would call on the name of the Lord for help

25-27 and give Him all glory and honor and praise, praising His power in creating the heavens and the earth, His timelessness, and never changing, always the same, the same God of love and justice will remain forever.

28 God will rescue and bless not only His people, but the generations after them. That means my children, their children, their children’s children, etc. will partake and enjoy the Lord forever!

M: To be able to ascribe all His suffering and afflictions as from the Lord, some may call him crazy, or his God as not all powerful, all loving. Yet the Psalmist gives the reason for the suffering in the very next verse, so that he would call out to the Lord,

24 Praise and worship Him

25 Ascribe all worthiness in God alone, nothing else in heaven and earth can compare

27 Bringing the focus back to God Himself

28 and looking forward to future promises.

A: Recognize that every circumstance, the joyful times and times of sorrow are from the Lord. In times of affliction:

1. Call out to Him for deliverance

2. Praise and worship Him for who He is, remembering His perfect character. Turn attention to God instead of my ability.

3. Look forward to future blessings!

Father, I praise You for Your Words of life, for being sovereign. Forgive me for not turning to You in my afflictions, please grant me wisdom by Your Spirit to turn and praise You in the storm and give You all the honor and glory and power.

“because of Your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.” – Psalm 102:10.

Context: According to the NIV “A prayer of an afflicted man. When he is faint and pours out his lament before the Lord.” A man going through intense suffering.

Observation: 1-2 A plea to God to save

3-5 Description of his suffering

6-7 He became alone, shunned by others

8 Persecuted, mocked because of his sufferings

9-10 The Psalmist acknowledges that his circumstance is from the Lord

11 A repeat of verse 3, summary of his agony and situation

12-14 But he praises God for His eternal rule and fame through all time. God will have compassion on His church. 

15 The nations will fear the Lord, because…

16-17 The Lord will rebuild His church, appear before the world, answer and heed to the cries of the distressed.

Meaning: “because of Your great wrath, for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.” – Psalm 102:10.

The afflicted man acknowledges that his suffering is from the Lord, instead of blaming it on coincidence or others. How does he do that? Because he understands that the Lord is sovereign over all, even the “crooked lot” that we receive. This is such a great faith; the moment I encounter pain and trials my tendency has been to turn to entertainment, food, people, anything to find comfort, instead of coming before the Lord and acknowledging that the suffering is from Him. I am distrusting God’s ability to provide for me. Instead, I believe that I am more wise, more able, more loving than my Heavenly Father. What a great folly!

Application: Seek God in my trials and suffering, because ultimately the trials are allowed by God in my life for my good. (Rom 8:28). Also, He is infinitely more wise, more able, more loving, and more compassionate toward my suffering than I ever am or will be for myself. Trust that not only is the trial from my God, but that deliverance will also come from Him.

Father, I praise You because You are sovereign over all things. In my sin I have thought myself to be more capable of taking care of myself than You. I confess that in my times of sin and rebellion I am not trusting in You. Thank You that You are a compassionate God, and that You have pity on me in my afflictions. Help me to trust in You at all times, so that You would be glorified in Your servant’s life.

A practice run of “Having Fun Writing a Simple Love Song to my Wife” before presenting it in my songwriting class today, hope you enjoy it!

 

A little background of the song can be found here: http://godismylife.wordpress.com/2014/08/13/writing-a-simple-love-song-to-my-wife/

 

 

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